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Protection from Harassment

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 16 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Harassment Laws Neighbours Police Victim

Nobody has to suffer persecution or harassment from their neighbours, no matter what has motivated the perpetrator to do this to you in the first place, and you are protected by the law in this regard. Some instances of harassment arise as a result of a dispute between neighbours which has escalated out of control.

Sometimes it’s down to anti-social behaviour by irresponsible youths, other times it may be due to a long-running dispute with a neighbour. Your harassment may be motivated by perceived differences between you and the rest of your neighbourhood by a neighbour(s) and these are usually of a Discriminatory Nature which is dealt with in another article contained on this website.

What Constitutes Harassment?

Harassment can occur in many forms. It's described as 'causing alarm or distress' and also as 'putting people in fear of violence'. It can include, but is not limited to, the following types of behaviour:

  • Threats of violence against you or an actual act of violence committed upon you
  • Abusive and/or insulting behaviour or words
  • Threats of damage to your property and possessions or actual damage to them
  • Any written form of abuse or threat made to you, including letters, graffiti or any other kind of written material such as posters being put up that are derogatory towards you

Basically, harassment can be any type of behaviour or action taken towards you which threatens your own sense of security and peace or which causes you unnecessary inconvenience. For more detailed information surrounding harssment and the laws governing it take a look at www.cps.gov.uk

What You Can Do if You Become a Victim of Harassment

If you feel that you are being harassed, you should immediately notify the police. It’s also useful if you have Kept Written Records of all the occasions when any harassment has took place, including what form of harassment you suffered, the date and time it took place, and a name or description of the perpetrator(s). Even if you haven’t gathered all of this information or you don’t know who might be responsible, just give the police as much information as you can.

The more you can tell them, the quicker and easier it will be to get the harassment to stop and to instigate any legal proceedings that might be necessary. Once you have been interviewed by the police, they will be on hand to offer you any advice while they conduct their investigations.

What Happens Next?

The police take harassment issues very seriously. They will be there to support you although the level will vary depending upon the severity of the harassment which has taken place. They will also offer you all the required information and guidance you might need if the matter goes to court. Depending on the nature of the harassment, they’ll also put you in touch with relevant external organisations or agencies that will be able to give you specialised support and further counselling assistance, if needed.

If You Live in Rented Accommodation

If you live in rented accommodation, you should also inform your landlord, local authority or housing association. They can offer additional support which might include fitting locks, vandal-proof letterboxes, fences and lighting, and installing alarms which might even be linked to your local police station. If your perpetrator lives in the same building as you, they can also confront them and warn them about possible tenancy agreement breaches, and the possibility of eviction.

In the case of local authorities and housing associations, they might also be able to assist in re-housing you elsewhere if that’s the decision you feel would be best for you. However, if you like living in your present home, you should feel under no compulsion to move, and your local authority will take all the necessary steps and offer you the support to enable you to remain put. Nobody should ever feel compelled to be driven out of their home and neighbourhood against their wishes because of a harassment issue.

Harassment is a serious offence, can cause unbearable stress and will be dealt with harshly by the Police and the Legal System.

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I live in a purpose built block of 6 flats to on each floor I am on top floor, we property owners run our Management Company & my neighbor Nigel is Chairman, recently his behaviour towards me is out of order, My Partner who stays here part of her life has Magazines sent here they are too big to fit in the post Box so get left on a shelf however he has thrown them in the bin also on the hall communal notice board anything I put up for general information he immediately takes down this sort of harassment is making me feel ill What can I do
Mrbaker - 16-Dec-17 @ 5:56 PM
I'd like to think I'm a really good person I'ma carer and have spent most of my life empowering those who are without a voice.I've just moved into a new apartment my first in the UK for many years.I was welcomed by the neighbors with a complaint.I promptly apologised and quickly complied with his wishes. Since then he has been at my door every day I'm home often late at night banging on the door with more complaints.Mostly about the sound of my tumble dryer which I tend to run for a few hours once or twice a week.This evening the complaints have become threats. I live alone it's quite scary dealing with threatening people.I didn't open the door and explained that I was in my pj's and that he should take his complaints to my landlord. He pretty much told me that he had ways of dealing with people like me and that he didn't expect me to live here for long.Like wow!!!!
Joy - 9-Dec-17 @ 8:37 PM
Happyme can I say I know how that feels, it seems like my neighbors have been trying to hate campaign against me. I have had things shouted at me from Windows called names in my gardens in shops and everywhere they no that I go, now I'm getting extremely paranoid about them in all sorts of ways. They laugh at me crying and hate when I am happy. It seems like these people are very jealous and will stop at nothing to bring another persondown.
Hatethyneighbor - 9-Dec-17 @ 7:39 PM
2 of my neighborsare harassing me and tormenting me. They are extremely jealous of us and have been so for years, we've had problems with them in the past. They call us all sorts of names and are very nosy, they Always used look in to our house and window and also the through the gaps in the fence, now we know they are not wellbut this is just rediculus. now they have a new tacktic of listening to us through the walls. I have heard them drilling holes in the middle of the night when we are all in bed . I know it is them. Them shouting things at me when I'm in the garden. throwing things in to our garden and accusing me of doing what they do. I am at whits end and feel like I'm going insane, there dog is always barking and making so much noise. I've been stalked called names in shops and bullied in my house from people like this. Now I feel like they have ganged up together to bring me down.
Amgoinginsane - 9-Dec-17 @ 7:23 PM
My partner and I have been harassed for 2 years now. There is no help out there at all as far asIi am concerned when you are a victim of harassment, intimidation and bullying which my partner suffers from a large group of people daily and I can tell you it is a non stop relentless campaign from them with no sign of a let up whatsoever. She has suffered terribly from both men and women who have told lies, spread hate and are vile to her every day. She never answers them back yet it makes no difference at all. If anything they see this as a greater challenge to break her down even more. She is hounded daily from the garden front and back, had abuse thrown at her, dog noises from males from cars, picked on when we go out to the local shops that she cannot go on her own now as she is so badly harassed. She has to be accompanied to the doctors because they will not leave her alone. She has done nothing wrong at all. The lies that have been spread are vicious, slanderous and nasty and are not substantiated. She says there is no point in answering back as that only makes thing worse. Men and women of all walks of life and ages who should know better but it seems they do not sadly. They are malicious little pests who seem to be able to operate within the parameters of the law. It is insidious in nature, a crime but help is zero as we have found to our cost. Contrary to what you are told there is no help out there at all but people like my partner and myself. It is seen as insignificant, you are considered nuisances, troublemakers but that is not the case. Harassment is a crime but try getting it recognized as such. Some of the things they have subjected my partner too I cannot talk about because nobody would ever believe us a swe have found out. She has kept a permanent log of everything now with evidence and we hope that one day this will get us the justice we so rightly deserve at the hands of such monsters!!
happyme - 9-Dec-17 @ 6:58 PM
My neighbours have caused damage to my house they live in a rented property I however own my home, what I need to know who will be responsible for the damage? The tenants that did the damage or the landlord ? They both won’t give me there insurance details .. where do I go from here ?
Jessi - 7-Dec-17 @ 11:11 PM
Tooknjdkdnnd - Your Question:
Hi,So we recently moved into a block of flats and didn't know where to out our bins when they where due for collection. So as a simple solution we put them next to our neighbours bins. However they felt the need to empty the contents of our bins in front of our drive, and then scream abuse at us. Fair enough if we had left rubbish out or near there property bus this was bins left out and was a simple mistake. Now. The bins have been emptied, it was just the odd rubbish bag that was tipped out. Where can we go for advice as the landlord doesn't seem to care. We just want it to be resolved, thanks.

Our Response:
Ask the landlord where your bins should be put out for collection so next time the problem does not re-occur.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Dec-17 @ 12:55 PM
Hi, So we recently moved into a block of flats and didn't know where to out our bins when they where due for collection. So as a simple solution we put them next to our neighbours bins. However they felt the need to empty the contents of our bins in front of our drive, and then scream abuse at us. Fair enough if we had left rubbish outor near there property bus this was bins left out and was a simple mistake. Now. The bins have been emptied, it was just the odd rubbish bag that was tipped out. Where can we go for advice as the landlord doesn't seem to care. We just want it to be resolved, thanks.
Tooknjdkdnnd - 2-Dec-17 @ 9:31 PM
Mars - Your Question:
I have been living in rented accommodation for three years now above a run of 4 shops. There is an access way at the side leading through to the back, which has been locked off and abandoned for years. I spent the first two years thinking about all the potential the space has to be turned into a nice communal garden for the tenants and businesses. This summer I realised nobody is doing anything with the land and it had became overgrown and was a spot for rubbish to be dumped from the other tenants and businesses using it. This summer I cleared the land, and put some palettes down creating a nice seating area. I created a flower bed and planted ferns and other plants. I installed a trellis on the concrete wall supporting the locked gate. I used some bricks to create a tidy fireplace in the center of the seating area. One night, I had two friends over, had a barbecue and talked into late evening. later on, some woman had fought her way through her overgrown disused portion of the access way ranting and raving that we were having fun. We immediately ended it as we are being courteous and annoying anybody is the last thing we wanted to do. The next few days my landlord calls me and lets me know she made a complaint to the shop, who in turn passed it to my landlord, who told me she is known for being a 'real piece of work'. She claimed the wood was blocking an access gate - that she has padlocked up herself, and has not been open for years. I moved the wood. This was a few months ago. Today, I receive another call from my landlord saying she has gone to the council and they have served a notice to move the wood in 14 days or be fined. Now. I've put a lot of work into this space that isn't even on her side of the access-way. Her complaint- it's blocking access. She hasn't and doesn't ever use this side of the access way. I could understand if we really were blocking potentially a fire engine or ambulance, but she has installed big gates and has her own padlock on separating that whole other half of the access way. Beyond that, the whole area has been neglected for so long that a fire engine or ambulance wouldn't even be able to make it through. There is also no water valve for a fire engine, and neither would be able to make it round the side corner to even make it to the back. She has never tried to speak to me directly, the first notice I've had is a phone call from my landlord. Any help or advice from you on dealing with this situation or with such discourteous neighbors would be greatly received. Thank you :(

Our Response:
If access rights are there then you must respect them unfortunately. Your landlord could apply to have the access rights removed if he/she felt so inclined but it might be a costly legal process that they'd prefer to avoid. Note, the neighbour should not be blocking the other half of the accessway either. Speak to her landlord about getting that removed too and then may all work together to get the area improved.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Oct-17 @ 11:31 AM
I have been living in rented accommodation for three years now above a run of 4 shops. There is an access way at the side leading through to the back, which has been locked off and abandoned for years. I spent the first two years thinking about all the potential the space has to be turned into a nice communal garden for the tenants and businesses. This summer I realised nobody is doing anything with the land and it had became overgrown and was a spot for rubbish to be dumped from the other tenants and businesses using it. This summer I cleared the land, and put some palettes down creating a nice seating area. I created a flower bed and planted ferns and other plants. I installed a trellis on the concrete wall supporting the locked gate. I used some bricks to create a tidy fireplace in the center of the seating area. One night, I had two friends over, had a barbecue and talked into late evening. later on, some woman had fought her way through her overgrown disused portion of the access way ranting and raving that we were having fun. We immediately ended it as we are being courteous and annoying anybody is the last thing we wanted to do. The next few days my landlord calls me and lets me know she made a complaint to the shop, who in turn passed it to my landlord, who told me she is known for being a 'real piece of work'. She claimed the wood was blocking an access gate - that she has padlocked up herself, and has not been open for years. I moved the wood. This was a few months ago. Today, I receive another call from my landlord saying she has gone to the council and they have served a notice to move the wood in 14 days or be fined. Now.. I've put a lot of work into this space that isn't even on her side of the access-way. Her complaint- it's blocking access. She hasn't and doesn't ever use this side of the access way. I could understand if we really were blocking potentially a fire engine or ambulance, but she has installed big gates and has her own padlock on separating that whole other half of the access way. Beyond that, the whole area has been neglected for so long that a fire engine or ambulance wouldn't even be able to make it through. There is also no water valve for a fire engine, and neither would be able to make it roundthe side corner to even make it to the back. She has never tried to speak to me directly, the first notice I've had is a phone call from my landlord. Any help or advice from you on dealing with this situation or with such discourteous neighbors would be greatly received. Thank you :(
Mars - 17-Oct-17 @ 7:07 PM
Hello.Sadly my neighbour and I don't get along and tend to rub each other up the wrong way.There has been unpleasantness, misunderstandings and actions which have been misinterpreted.Thus, almost to the point of me being brought to Court though, to my neighbour's credit, reason prevailed.It would have been costly and we still have to live opposite each other (never mind our health declining through it all). We don't speak, but have a "peaceful co-existence" arrangement whereby we don't interact or have any contact with each other, basically leaving each other alone and going about our own business.It seems to be working out well at present as, when I do go outside, I keep my eyes averted from my neighbour's property.Hope this will help other people going through similar disputes with their neighbour.All the very best.
Toosey - 15-Oct-17 @ 6:03 PM
We have lived in our house for over 40 years next to same neighbours but for some unknown reason they have started to start on my husband when he goes in our front garden first it was they said was throwing sweet papers in there garden then cigs ends this morning it was he has thrown eggs and there windows very nasty words. My husband suffers very bad with depression he never goes out the garden is his haven which now he does not want to go out in case they start he was only taken stone away from gate. This is making him very ill. May seem little but it is very upsetting we even had egg on our window which was said to them. It's got so bad my husband want to sell up and move away why do poeple behave like this. I have not said anything to them until this morning asking them to leave him alone which I only got abuse thrown back at me they are council tenants is there any thing we can do
Pottybeighbours - 15-Oct-17 @ 9:09 AM
Yeah the Police take it SO seriously..... call us from the hospital after he actually beats you up.. then we will do something if you provide a video and 6 witnesses.....
Boss - 9-Oct-17 @ 8:48 PM
I lived in DRDO government house.In my neighbour one lady lived.she is lots of problems with me.we kept our shoes outside of my house.but she told me that don't keep you shoo here.we take cable connection against she told don't Take wire from wall.you take your wire from roff. she gave me order everytime.Her husband call me from Dubai and abused me in phone.she Take my all shoo photo and share with everyone.that how I kept my things .she told other neighbour that I I m thief.I theft her things.which is not correct.i m very afraid from her.I have two girls kids.i m also worried for them.plz help me what should laws for me.
Suman - 5-Oct-17 @ 8:58 AM
Su - Your Question:
I had been seeing a man who's Mother lives opposite me. His Mother has never liked me and has made my life hell for over13 years. While white this man he behaved extremely badly towards me over 13 years leaving me often and the coming back and then his mother would be pestering him as well as turning other neighbours against me. I have been recovering in the past from 2 bouts of cancer when the boyfriend always left me but returned and I would foolishly take him back. In 2012 after having bowel cancer he left me and was visiting his Mum and humiliating me which he is doing again now since I decided after 13 and half years I couldn't take anymore but now after telling me how much he hated his Mum and other neighbours for the stress and anxiety they had put me through he has joined them and laughing and joking with them while looking round to see if I'm watching. He has also conned me out of a lot of money and stolen from me but I was stupid and I was taken in by his contoling behaviour and his constant lies over and over. Now he is laughing at me with his mother and her friends who are neighbours of mine just 3 doors away and my life is a complete misery. I have trouble leaving my home as well as the hurt he has caused me. I try not to take any notice but I find it hard to see a man I trusted doing this to me. I always told him he mustn't be nasty about his mother and he should visit her dispite what she thinks of me but he left me and is now putting me through this hell and humiliation. I am a council tenant and a quiet person but I have never been hated to this extent in my life. I just don't want this and it is driving me to suicide. Is there anything the council can do as it is more mental abuse than physical abuse?

Our Response:
There isn't a great deal the Council can do unless you are willing to move to a different council property. It's not classed the kind of neighbour dispute that the Environmental Health department will be able to do anything about. You aslo could try talking to your local police community support officer, or taking private legal action.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Sep-17 @ 10:33 AM
Goodman - Your Question:
My neighbours keep banging on the walls from their house. I live in a terraced property. I have stayed here for a year. They follow me from their side through the walls. They are always banging on the walls to alert me of their presence. It causes me a lot of distress and denies me peace of mind. I cannot go to the downstairs kitchen or bathroom or anywhere else in the house without hearing some loud banging on the walls. Even while sleeping in the middle of the night in my bed sometimes they come right opposite and do it. The walls are not soundproofed. What can I do to stop this? Thanks

Our Response:
Talk to your landlord about extra sound proofing (or instal some yourself if you're the owner). Complain to environmental health about the excessive noise.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Sep-17 @ 10:13 AM
I had been seeing a man who's Mother lives opposite me. His Mother has never liked me and has made my life hell for over13 years. While white this man he behaved extremely badly towards me over 13 years leaving me often and the coming back and then his mother would be pestering him as well as turning other neighbours against me. I have been recovering in the past from 2 bouts of cancer when the boyfriend always left me but returned and I would foolishly take him back. In 2012 after having bowel cancer he left me and was visiting his Mum and humiliating me which he is doing again now since I decided after 13and half years I couldn't take anymore but now after telling me how much he hated his Mum and other neighbours for the stress and anxiety they had put me through he has joined them and laughing and joking with them while looking round to see if I'm watching. He has also conned me out of a lot of money and stolen from me but I was stupid and I was taken in by his contoling behaviour and his constant lies over and over. Now he is laughing at me with his mother and her friends who are neighbours of mine just 3 doors away and my life is a complete misery. I have trouble leaving my home as well as the hurt he has caused me. I try not to take any notice but I find it hard to see a man I trusted doing this to me. I always told him he mustn't be nasty about his mother and he should visit her dispite what she thinks of me but he left me and is now putting me through this hell and humiliation. I am a council tenant and a quiet person but I have never been hated to this extent in my life. I just don't want this and it is driving me to suicide. Is there anything the council can do as it is more mental abuse than physical abuse?
Su - 17-Sep-17 @ 2:36 AM
rob - Your Question:
My partner is being pestered by the male neighbour through letters saying that he loves her and want to be with her. He has a Mrs he wont take no for an answer what can I do to stop this persistent harassment

Our Response:
Have you tried talking to him about this yourself? Or mentioning it to his wife? If it continues and your partner is feeling threatened, she should try contacting her local police (on non emergency number 101).
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Sep-17 @ 2:45 PM
My neighbours keep banging on the walls from their house. I live in a terraced property. I have stayed here for a year. They follow me from their side through the walls. They are always banging on the walls to alert me of their presence. It causes me a lot of distress and denies me peace of mind. I cannot go to the downstairs kitchen or bathroom or anywhere else in the house without hearing some loud banging on the walls. Even while sleeping in the middle of the night in my bed sometimes they come right opposite and do it. The walls are not soundproofed. What can I do to stop this? Thanks
Goodman - 14-Sep-17 @ 2:16 AM
My partner is being pestered by the male neighbour through letters saying that he loves her and want to be with her. He has a Mrshe wont take no for an answer what can I do to stop this persistent harassment
rob - 12-Sep-17 @ 3:30 PM
It seems telling the truth these days means nothing when you are being harassed and intimidated on a daily basis like I have been for last 21 months and continually failed by those in authority who should be able to protect you when you are at your most vulnerable. I have been traumatised by constant bullying by my local neighbourhood where I live and it seems to make no difference how much evidence you have and I have documented everything, I have camera evidence, taped evidence at what goes on when I am in the garden and it means nothing when you are being harassed. I am not mad, paranoid or crazy nor is my partner and all evidence proves it. I have never known such cruelty from human beings from males and females of all ages in the community we live. I never realised people could be so wicked!!! They taunt me on a daily basis with the words. "PLEASE HELP ME- OH PLEASE HELP ME!!" and then they laugh after they have done it because they know we have no recourse for justice. They crawl past the property in convoy daring me to go out in the car and when I do they cut me up of which I have camera evidence yet again.. They honk their horns in a vicious way to make me jump or park their vehicles by the double gates where we live to make me feel uncomfortable in the garden. When that does not work they will park their cars and watch the front bedroom to make me feel uncomfortable. I do not open the curtains at the front anymore or open the windows. My partner has to work on the front driveside sometimes and I dread it as they come crawling past him and using their vehicles they try to make him jump so he might fall in the road and have an accident. They come so close to him sometimes he says he feels vehicle tyres nearly touching the back of his legs. It is awful to watch!The males eye him up aggressively trying to get him to goad back but he has not. At night a small number of vehicles try to keep us awake by opening and shutting their vehicle doors over and over again. They park outside the house and deliberately do it. We live in a rural area and only one neighbour and nobody is living there at the moment so we know. They stalk our property in the darkness- honking, revving, screeching in a desperate attempt to keep us awake. Sometimes they will use their main beams and flash them on the front of our house over and over again bathing the house in perpetual light before crawling away like the cockroaches they are and doing it then on the side area also. I hate them for what they do to us on a daily basis making our lives a misery. We are quiet people and we are impotent to do anything. Each day is a misery. SO MUCH FOR HUMANITY EH? IT DOES NOT EXIST HERE!! ONLY CRUELTY, NASTINESS AND SPITEFULNESS. I NEVER REALISED HOW CRUEL HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE. THE WOMEN ARE VILE TO ME. THEY LOVE TO SEE ME CRY- SATISFACTION AND A PAT ON THE BACK FOR A GOOD DAYS HARASSMENT. YOU SEE THE CRUEL SMIRKS ON THEIR FACES AND SOME EVEN LAUGH AT CRUSHING A FEMALE WHO HAS N
happydays - 21-Aug-17 @ 1:59 PM
I moved into my house last Christmas,there are 7 of us 4 children and 3 adults ,within an hour of moving in the neighbours came round complaining about noise well the kids were excited about there new rooms ect but yes as it was getting late got them to quieten down since then we have been contacted by social services claiming all sorts but one was that I leave the kids home alone (youngest being 5 oldest being 12) well I do not there is an adult at home almost 24 7 they have sent essays to our landlord about my children, they have sworn at and accused my elderly mother of lying be verbally agressive to her and my children's friends they have now contacted environmental health claiming bad behaviour and complaining about our rabbits to which we have 2 of in separate hutches, recently they have contacted landlord again claiming that my children have been throwing food into there garden which again they have not but they claim to have photographic proof of this aside from anything else is it not wrong to take photos of young children while out playing as on this day there were 7 children out playing only 3 of them were mine. In one of the complaints they wrote to landlord was on Christmas Day the children were noisy ( really ). Am I paranoid or are we being harassed what do people think .
Nikita - 5-Aug-17 @ 2:52 PM
My wife and I live on a main road and know that any one can park where they like. However, our terraced row can only park at the front of the houses. A neighbour across the road has a large car and transit van which he parks outside our house. When we arrive home he stands in the window and laughs. He even had his father stand at the door whilst he and his wife danced in the window. He has made threats. He has damaged a neighbour's car in the past. Physically hit his mother and sister a d gets away with it by saying my father was a copper (Bobby)
Fred - 3-Aug-17 @ 6:41 PM
I can understand how frustrated peopl get as we had neighbours from hell for over 8years finally got rid of them then home group who are the worst housing association going put this couple in with autistic boy then it started party's she gets drunk keeps threading to throw him out he's the boyfriend who told us it's his wife and son but that was alie he's the so called boyfriend and son to her exhusbandmusic blaring Tina turner Neil diamond albums day and night over and over again whistle belches farts constantly slags us off to every onebangs on walls day and night spies on us through gaps in fence even one of our other neighbours caught him stood on kids slide spying on us stalks us every time we go out shouts boom all the time when he sees us swears constantly I cud go on for days what the nutter has done noise patrol won't come outwaste of space we have police constantly he throws chewing gum tomatoes eggs screws on drive but he gets away with it its living nightmare we get no sleep but cos we own our own property no one wants to help
Nan - 30-Jul-17 @ 1:24 PM
Julie - Your Question:
I moved to my house though a home swap, finally had a house that me and kids love. The garden is amazing so maintain it regularly! But having issues from neighbor regarding a bush that's growing over there side, it's not restricting there view or touching any property! But thay are harassing me that I pay or cut it for them? I can't cope no more as I suffer from anxiety, depression and have back issues! The bushes were played here before I moved here and the lady before me moved because she had same issues! What happens now. Is it down to me to cut? She's threatening to hack bush and rip it out! Also to throw it all over my side!

Our Response:
No you are not obliged to cut them back. You neighbour is entitled to trim back any branches as far as the boundary but cannot reduce the height, nor simply throwing the cuttings over to your side. Please see our guide here, for more information
ProblemNeighbours - 26-Jul-17 @ 1:50 PM
I moved to my house though a home swap, finally had a house that me and kids love. The garden is amazing so maintain it regularly! But having issues from neighbor regarding a bush that's growing over there side, it's not restricting there view or touching any property! But thay are harassing me that I pay or cut it for them? I can't cope no more as I suffer from anxiety, depression and have back issues! The bushes were played here before I moved here and the lady before me moved because she had same issues! What happens now. Is it down to me to cut? She's threatening to hack bush and rip it out! Also to throw it all over my side!
Julie - 20-Jul-17 @ 9:33 AM
Concerned. - Your Question:
I have been in living in my present home for almost 4 years When I first arrived, an old man in his 80s came in and said there was no need for a fence at the lower end of the garden which backs on to fields. I explained that I had a little dog and it would be needed to keep the dog in my garden I then bought a lead and stake which I would use to let him go to the toilet. He then put the fence up himself. I was out another ay and he asked me if I could pay someone to walk the dog as his wife liked lying with the window open. She is not at all well. I explained that the dog was going out to toilet and asked if she could sleep with the window closed. I cannot walk too far because of an accident which I had as a child. I cannot afford a dog walker. Another day, he told me he had been in digging out a weed out of my garden in case the seeds burst and it went over his flowers. He said it in a friendly fashion so I didn't say anything. He now, along with his daughter, are lying to the Council about my dog barking day and night. I went to the lady who lived on the other side of him and she told me he has been harrassing her a lot over the years and she had in the driveway; he also complained about her dogs and the Council did nothing but she kept reporting the lady. He made his own daughter get rid of her dog because it was ruining his garden in the back. The daughter has verbally abused the other lady as well as myself. The lady has phoned the police 3 times and I have phoned them twice. I am now ill because of their interference in my life. I have a piano in the middle room not in the room next to them and the daughter complained at 7.00 pm at night. I am living on the edge of my nerves and have just lost my sister and my brother has been seriously ill in USA. The policeman said my dog (in the half-hour he was there) was a docile animal; the Dog Wardens who came out (4 times and a letter received from them on Saturday) also said they find no fault with my dog's behaviour. Can I bring them to Court or get a Solicitor's letter for them. They have a cheek when I have considered that they are growing trees on land which does not belong to them just right behind our houses. I am going to ring Rates Office re this but I do not wish to be committing 'tit for tat' but I bought this but bungalow because of the scenery and his trees are taking some of that away. I am a good neighbour and yet they cannot see that. Equally, so is the other lady who is so lovely. She brought me a bouquet of flowers the other day which was a lovely gesture. She did this because she has been harrassed so much herself by them over the years. Can anyone give me advice, please.

Our Response:
You can take civil action for harassment via the courts. They can order an injunction against your neighbour. You might want to seek advice from Citizens' Advice about this.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Jul-17 @ 12:42 PM
I have been in living in my present home for almost 4 yearsWhen I first arrived, an old man in his 80s came in and said there was no need for a fence at the lower end of the garden which backs on to fields.I explained that I had a little dog and it would be needed to keep the dog in my gardenI then bought a lead and stake which I would use to let him go to the toilet. He then put the fence up himself. I was out another ay and he asked me if I could pay someone to walk the dog as his wife liked lying with the window open.She is not at all well. I explained that the dog was going out to toilet and asked if she could sleep with the window closed. I cannot walk too far because of an accident which I had as a child. I cannot afford a dog walker. Another day, he told me he had been in digging out a weed out of my garden in case the seeds burst and it went over his flowers.He said it in a friendly fashion so I didn'tsayanything.He now, along with his daughter, are lying to the Council about my dog barking day and night. I went to the lady who lived on the other side of him and she told me he has been harrassing her a lot over the years and she had in the driveway; he also complained about her dogs and the Council did nothing but she kept reporting the lady.He made his own daughter get rid of her dog because it was ruining his garden in the back.The daughter has verbally abused the other lady as well as myself. The lady has phoned the police 3 times and I have phoned them twice.I am now ill because of their interference in my life.I have a piano in the middle room not in the room next to them and the daughter complained at 7.00 pm at night. I am living on the edge of my nerves and have just lost my sister and my brother has been seriously ill in USA.The policeman said my dog (in the half-hour he was there) was a docile animal; the Dog Wardens who came out (4 times and a letter received from them onSaturday) also said they find no fault with my dog's behaviour. Can I bring them to Court or get a Solicitor's letter for them. They have a cheek when I have considered that they are growing trees on land which does not belong to them just right behind our houses.I am going to ring Rates Office re this but I do not wish to be committing 'tit for tat' but I bought this but bungalow because of the scenery and his trees are taking some of that away.I am a good neighbour and yet they cannot see that.Equally, so is the other lady who is so lovely.She brought me a bouquet of flowers the other day which was a lovely gesture.She did this because she has been harrassed so much herself by them over the years.Can anyone give meadvice, please.
Concerned. - 3-Jul-17 @ 5:33 PM
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help with my situation . So I am basically being harassed by my neigbours the main thing getting to me know if the constant complaints made against us. I was told on the one hand after the police had seen them that they had told them to stop that it was borderline a hate crime and a waste of police time and the council have told them they won't open another anti social case against us as everything they said was disproved . And yet I've since been told ( as I said I now didn't want to hear of the ridiculous complaints that they keep making unless there is proof) my housing officer ( I am council they own their house) basically said if they don't complain for a while then complain the complaint will be investigated !! So if we stay here we potentially will have to put up with it forever! So I now feel that the council are facilitating them by taking they complaints seriously when they know they are made up. We are being forced out of our house because of this as I cannot take their abuse and complaints anymore and now know it definitly won't stop no matter what. What can I actually do ? Is there only an injunction left? Or is there something else I can Do? Please help thank you
Elflin - 2-Jul-17 @ 8:17 PM
To the lady who left the comment about her current situation in Leeds- you are not on your own. My wife and I are going through what is happening to you at this moment in time. We have felt extremely let down by the Police- my wife will never ring the Police ever again about anything she is so distressed about it after being called Paranoid and implied she has lied.This kind of stalking has been happening tor us now for 18months. We have taped what happens to my wife when she is outside on her own and used cameras with so much evidence that other people agree it is happening and a fully logged detailed diary of everything that has occurred here since we moved here. You must keep a diary and log it all down - it is important as we have been able to explain everything that happened here to us and that we are telling the truth. It is a vile kind of stalking- deliberate psychological harassment that is beyond belief and so subtle and clever only the person who is the victim knows it is happening to them. It should be a crime!! They intrude on every part of your life. You are right they are pests but they are evil with it. My wife had terrible lies about her and it is an orchestrated hate campaign which is deliberate and nasty. She has never defended herself or reacted because there is no point she says. They believe the lies and hate her and do not even know her. It was our next door neighbour who started it also but it got out of hand and now my wife has to stay behind locked gates every day while the people who should have helped her ignore her pleas for help!!! On Thursday night she was working on the front when a woman got out of the car and fisted her. If I had not been there nobody would have believed her and swore at by another woman who used her fingers to gestureat her. My wife has done nothing but she was to afraid to call the Police because they would not believe her anyway so we did nothing and let them do it to us. We are saddened, disappointed and my wife is extremely distressed because everything she says is the truth and because it is such a clever form of harassment it is almost impossible to prove. Yet we have proven it is happening and yet are pleas are ignored. My wife is leftisolated and vulnerable and it is not right. Keep a Logged Diary- It is important and we hope they leave you alone eventually. We also hope the same one day also.
happy - 1-Jul-17 @ 3:57 PM
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