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Protection from Harassment

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 15 Aug 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 alone in a L.A. bungalow with my tiny dogs, have severe chronic illnesses, have been here six years without issues. New neighbour arrived 3 months ago and has submitted at least 6 complaints to council and animal welfare about me; though I've never actually met her, never seen her face to face and have had no contact from her. I've had 2 visits from the housing officer to inspect every aspect of my home in and out, and interrogate me like a criminal, plus visit from the animal welfare officer to inspect my dogs. The neighbour for reasons unknown is making the most crazy claims that I am being cruel to my dogs, there is faeces outside, the gardens are overgrown, etc, etc, but none of this is in any way true and I have been cleared by the official visits and was told no action would be taken against me, because there is nothing wrong. However, I am still being treated as the villan and not as the victim of harassment and not offered any protection against this neighbour who I'm now very frightened of about what she may do next, because she's made another complaint about the same false issues and the housing officer is coming again next week to do another full inspection. This is horrendous. I feel more victimised by the council in this situation, because every bit of my home has now been violated and noted and I have no privacy anymore due to this neighbour. I hate intrusion so much. It has made me feel very depressed and upset and I feel there is no point calling this my home anymore as I feel it is just a shelter for my bed and I cannot live here normally due to being under such close scrutiny. I do not understand why the false complaints are taken so seriously when I am the victim and treated as though I'm the villan. I live like a mouse, so quietly and never bother anyone and my home is clean, tidy, so is my garden and my dogs are sweet and cared for, so it makes me very upset to have such horrible lies told about me to the authorities by a woman I've never met. I want to know what I can do to stop this madness, because it is making me very ill.
northuk - 15-Aug-17 @ 5:43 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
Lunatic actors began to contact neighbours to harass me and my family . After I tried to report this to the police they discriminated against me. Since the police, leeds council and police and ambulance, ganged up on me and my family. Neighbours began to hack into our computer network and it turned into full of gang stalking, monitoring my every move, some intrusive nurse who drove her ex husband mad, would even ask her disabled sons to say things to me, the woman would pathetically chordinating things for months to let me know she was watching what I did online, manically slamming bins, spreading rumours around, we have another neighbour that has been manipulated by either the council MP or ambulance service, she screams at our wall if I make a complaint about these other individuals, monitors me, threatens me often that " we are going to f* kill you" she knows what im doing on my computer, somebody said she is being used by the local police to harass me and my family. We have had other neighbours hacking into our computers, controlling and harassing me when Im about to leave the house, stalking me around, even copying me as I dress, spitting at me, speeding with their cars as Im about to go out shouting at me to f off out of here, I have filmed some of their gang stalking bullocks, they act like their not part of this but others agree they are nothing but pests for the police to manipulate.
Tasha - 14-Jun-17 @ 12:00 AM
Since I've been renovating my house me and my girlfriend have constantly been getting harrarssed by our neighbour When there was some wood in our garden that we needed to take to the recycling centre once we got time, the neighbour came around demanding that we get the rubbish from our garden gone as it's causing a rat problem, there was no rats at all we said it will be going soon once we get around to it When we had workmen in the house during the weekday working normal hours 9-5 because they were doing a bit of drilling the neighbour decided to come around again to complain as they had guests over and couldn't hear each other over the noise we were having some plug sockets fitted there was not much noise. When my girlfriend was having a shower one morning at about 10am the windows were open she put some music on next thing we know my daughter has come to me saying the neighbours are shouting up at us as the music is to loud, so we turned it off. When we were finishing of our bathroom the neighbour knocked on the door again my girlfriend answered and she received a mouthful of abuse from our neighbour saying she can't hear herself think due to the noise of us working in the bathroom which was about 10 mins after my girlfriend calmed down she decided to go around and see the neighbour but she was still quite hostile and decided to chest poke my girlfriend saying she knew her auntie and uncle A few weeks ago we were in the garden having a BBQ with my girlfriend, her sister and two kids who were having a play in the paddling pool and they asked for some music so we put some on at a low volume next thing we know the neighbours are shouting at us to turn it off, we choose to ignore them as its in the middle of the afternoon next thing we know the neighbour decides to get a stool and stands over our fence looking in telling us to turn it down again we chose to ignore him telling him he doesn't own the steet. At the weekend we had some family over for a BBQ and a few drinks, we had our music on low and just having general chit chat, next thing we know the neighbours are starting again we choose to ignore then the women puts her head over the fence saying if you don't keep the noise down I'm going to chuck water over you, we stood our ground and said we're doing nothing wrong just talking listening to the music at a low level you couldn't hear it once you entered our house, next thing a load of stones start coming over luckily we had a large umbrella and they bonuced away and not hitting any of the kids. I'm not really sure what to do will the police listen??? I don't want to retaliate as two wrongs don't make a right, me and my girlfriend are really fed up with them he's even knocked on our neighbour on the other as she was listening to music with her windows open during the day as we were next door you could barely hear it.
Charlie - 11-Jun-17 @ 10:43 PM
My kids keep on being harassed by their neighbours and watching every move that they do even complaining to the council that their grass is too long. Even though its been cut down. They am always looking through the curtains at them. It has been going on since my kids moved there 3 years since their Mom died. Every time the kids go outside they am watching them. She even complained about where the kids keep the bins.
Bertie - 8-Jun-17 @ 10:57 AM
Ever since neighbours moved in had bullying leaning out of window videoing laughing mocking After council told them to remove a tree house never stopped If in garden SHE approaches and starts verbal abuse I am pathetically weak! Accuses me as s single parent defrauding council! Spreads exaggerated rumours Cuts right over fence .... that it is hanging on her side ..... years go by I try to grow for privacy ha Luckily bullying neighbour moved on other side big horrid guy they got on would laugh at me in drive way put weed killer over fence etc twisted stuff I stupidly admitted to police They had NO proof he had done all this weed killer ha should have complained to the top didn't ha weak Last thing they did as well as climbing over fence killing shrubs When I rang police as she was cutting right into my garden nothing to do with her ...... suddenly they the police comin in did I have gun knives I had to get solicitor ..... ? Lies she could have faced prison for her lies causing waste of police time causing yet more trouble Now upstairs window faces open into our garden NOT hers to spy harass intimidate as nobody cut down their garden on our side...... huh bully's bully's they have a BIG bullying family I am on my own ?
Sj - 26-May-17 @ 5:51 PM
Ever since neighbours moved in had bullying leaning out of window videoing laughing mocking After council told them to remove a tree house never stopped If in garden SHE approaches and starts verbal abuse I am pathetically weak! Accuses me as s single parent defrauding council! Spreads exaggerated rumours Cuts right over fence .... that it is hanging on her side ..... years go by I try to grow for privacy ha Luckily bullying neighbour moved on other side big horrid guy they got on would laugh at me in drive way put weed killer over fence etc twisted stuff I stupidly admitted to police They had NO proof he had done all this weed killer ha should have complained to the top didn't ha weak Last thing they did as well as climbing over fence killing shrubs When I rang police as she was cutting right into my garden nothing to do with her ...... suddenly they the police comin in did I have gun knives I had to get solicitor ..... ? Lies she could have faced prison for her lies causing waste of police time causing yet more trouble Now upstairs window faces open into our garden NOT hers to spy harass intimidate as nobody cut down their garden on our side...... huh bully's bully's they have a BIG bullying family I am on my own ?
Sj - 26-May-17 @ 4:11 PM
My mother-in-law who is 67lives in a ground floor flat that is rented with an estate agent. Two new tenants moved into the 1st & 2nd floor last August. The tenants are friends. Everything was fine until last October when the female tenant above my mum started heavily drinking with the male friend from the other flat. She started arguing with another neighbour up the street and in the process my mum has had threatening behaviour. This woman knocking on her door. The woman telling her that she will make sure my mum cannot stay in her flat. Harrassing not only my mum but my family and other neighbours on the street. She even hit a pcso and basically got away with it.She has stayed with me on and off throughout these months butbasically been left to feel she can no longer stay in her home. I live across the road and this woman has egged my house. Is verbally abusive. She tries to intimidate people. Shouts things to my family when they visit and shouts abuse when shes seen things been delivered to my home.The police have been out on numerous occassions. The estate agents are trying to evict but courts have thrown it out once and we are now waiting to see if the new direction theyve taken will get this woman and man evicted. They hound other neighbours and even a lady who owns a hotel around the corner. Shocked that the system does not work for law abiding citizens and these people are allowed to remain intimidating us.
Shell - 12-May-17 @ 7:44 AM
Me and my family have been harrassed by neighbours for years. Alot of what is said above about problem neighbours has happened to me and my family. But nothing got done by anyone, we ended up getting the blame. They spent years letting our neighbours off, little did we know at the time, they were also spending time trying to set us up. But none of it worked because we wernt doing anything wrong. Eventually though, they found a way to get round it without our neighbours having to pay a penny, even though it was them harrassing us over our boundaries that all belonged to us. The way of the world is wrong, bullies always get away with it, children arnt daft they wont say anything when they are being bullied because they know. I put my story on the other day but it appears to have been taken off.
Su - 4-May-17 @ 3:44 PM
i have been harrassed by my neighbours kid for 3 solid yrs .kicking my fencing in with a football .aiming it at windows .jumping fence to get in even my double gates at front of my property .i have filled forms in though my local council to get it stopped .they did nothing at first but then sent her letter telling her to stop her son and his mates from playing football .as the gardens here are very small and its the only garden on whole street where a ball is played ,now the fence is wrecked my nerves are terrible .as its not once and a while but every night ,hols i have this and they think its funny .ive put off get police involved so far as there a trouble makers family.ive popped 11 balls in 1 month which proves how delibrate they target my home .i want advise on what im allowed to do as the mother cant controll any of her kids .
titch - 6-Apr-17 @ 6:12 PM
Nicky123 - Your Question:
I have been racially harassed by my elderly neighbour.I moved into a nice well to do area about a year ago.My next door elderly neighbour although very welcoming at the beginning with chit chats, soon turned out to be a racist, abusive bullying vamp. It started with her making comments about how she knows people who can help us with the garden, the fence, the hedges etc. She wanted us to trim all the hedges from the front of our drive. Then she complained about where our bins are kept, how tall our tree has grown etc. We told her we love the house as it is we don't want to decorate it the way she wants us to. That's when her true colours came out.She called me racial names and threatened to sent me back home.(I am British)The thing is because she is elderly I dont know what to do. I would be accused of discrimination against the elderly (she uses this to her advantage)but I cant live like this where I am afraid to get out my front door incase she starts her abuses again.What can I do??

Our Response:
If the neighbour has called you names based on race and made threats to "send you back home" - this is racist and should be reported to the police.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Apr-17 @ 11:36 AM
I have been racially harassed by my elderly neighbour. I moved into a nice well to do area about a year ago. My next door elderly neighbour although very welcoming at the beginning with chit chats, soon turned out to be a racist, abusive bullying vamp. It started with her making comments about how she knows people who can help us with the garden, the fence, the hedges etc. She wanted us to trim all the hedges from the front of our drive. Then she complained about where our bins are kept, how tall our tree has grown etc. We told her we love the house as it is we don't want to decorate it the way she wants us to. That's when her true colours came out. She called me racial names and threatened to sent me back home.(I am British) The thing is because she is elderly i dont know what to do. I would be accused of discrimination against the elderly (she uses this to her advantage)but i cant live like this where i am afraid to get out my front door incase she starts her abuses again. What can i do??
Nicky123 - 4-Apr-17 @ 9:18 PM
I would like to share my story with you. I am a 49 year old woman and I am suffering neighbourhood harassment at its worst. I came with my partner to live in a rural area 14 months ago. The cottage we are renting is truly beautiful and I love the property even though it is not ours. We are able to rent it for a long time and I believed that it was a dream come true. It has a beautiful large garden, only one house adjoining us and that is also rented.The neighbours have two young children and he is a farm labourer. They should have been our ideal neighbours but how wrong we were. The female who is her mid 20s has waged a campaign of hate and lies about me and my partner aided and abetted by her husband. I have caught her spying on me, bullying me, harassing me, she hits our walls, screams and shouts in an attempt to disrupt every part of our social life. Her husband has used other men he knows to attempt to intimidate my partner by acting aggressively towards him. They are evil. If that was not enough the female then proceeded with the aid of her husband to spread lies right around the community about us that are completely untrue. These have now been embellished and elaborated so much by various other people that it is now nasty tittle tattle and gossip. Other so calledrespectable members of this community have now engineered it that even businesses are involved and they spend every day trawling and stopping outside our property spying on us every day and reporting back what we are doing. Every day life has become a nightmare as I am followed to the library, doctors, shopping, getting petrol, going for a walk just for the sheer hell of it. It has become a major pick on me. I have never answered back once nor has my partner who is also followed while working wherever he goes. We say nothing in the vain hope this incitement of hate and lies will stop but each day it just gets worse. More and more people join in and although we have begged and pleaded with the Police to help us there is nothing they can do they say as it is happening in Public Places and it is a free world. They have ignored my pleas. I am alone, isolated and left to deal with stalking on a regular basis and am left shaking with fear when I go out and drive as I have been intimidated driving also. It is sheer hell and there is no help and we have had no help from the Letting Agent. We have done nothing wrong and we take the battering every day literally without saying anything back incase we make it worse but sadly it makes no difference. This is a living hell and we have no help or support from anyone.
happydays1 - 27-Mar-17 @ 9:16 PM
Hi all, Having problems with a neighbour above us. For around 3 weeks+ now we have heard constant stomping nearly every day with no apologies about it after confronting the neighbour. And also loud sawing noises but for only 2-3 minutes max at a time which is a very bizzare amount of time to be sawing for. We made a noise complaint to the council and I have had the neighbour come down this morning with a very threatening attitude about it all rather than just accept the noise complaint, dealing with it and moving on with it. We are keeping a diary sheet of all the noise and have added this confrontation to it but are unsure of where to proceed now. Any advice?
Loop - 23-Mar-17 @ 7:24 AM
Im in fear of violence from neighbours to get my property from my home.
PADA - 13-Feb-17 @ 2:52 AM
I'm so stressed , my neighbours keep on having a go at my 9 year old son , really shouting at him , I'm worried how this is going to affect him, they were threatening me last night as well I have called the police , I'm a nervous wreck , help please !!!
Lis - 9-Feb-17 @ 7:52 AM
Surayyahhh - Your Question:
A17 year old who lives near me been verbally harassing my daughter and on top of all that he also knows everything about her and when she enters and leaves the house. Like this has been happening for the past 6/7 months ?? Can he get arrested?

Our Response:
He may not get arrested for this but if your daughter feels uncomfortable she should report it on the non-emergency 101 number.
ProblemNeighbours - 24-Jan-17 @ 11:38 AM
My partner and I have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for over one year now. We have logged everything down, logged incidents but we feel we feel weare not taken very seriously at all. If anything my partner is made to feel paranoid about it all and is very distressed by it all. We moved into a property thirteen months ago, it is a rented property rented from a Large Agent and it is in a rural area of Cheshire. Before we moved into the cottage it was fully refurbished and underwent extensive renovations. The garden is beautiful and the cottage has lots of land attached to it. We had waited a long time for it to come up and it is close to my work. There is only on other property next door and what should have been an idyllic life has turned into a living hell and there is a concerted attempt to hound us out of the property through an incitement of hate, lies, intimidation and harassment by certain sections of the community because essentially someone wants the property we are living in. We have had everything thrown at us that you can think of by our neighbours who are a couple with two young children who have been hostile from the moment we arrived there. He is a Farm Worker for a local farmer who is well known and respected and therefore he is protected to a certain extent along with his wife who has subjected my partner to the most inhumane and cruel treatment that she could think of along with her so called friends inside and outside of the property that my partner will not stay in the house on her own anymore without me. When I leave for work she lives in a caravan rather than being near to our neighbours from hell. Not one person has ever attempted to talk to us since we have arrived, it has been full on hostility from the start. My partner is subjected to stalking wherever she goes by so called males of all ages. I have also been subject to it. We have been stalked by vehicles round the propertyover and over again intruding into every vein of our privacy peering in like little peeping toms. We are regularly followed if we go shopping, honked at by tractors and various farm related vehicles. The woman next door has made our life hell this last year, from banging, screaming, banging anything she could, hounding us out of our garden with every form of anti social behaviour she could think of and if that did not work she would use other females to do her dirty work for her. Her husband is not much better goading me into a reaction, wanting a fight, aggressive looks and just general nastiness with the aid of other males in the area. They have made our lives hell along with certain members of the community who should know better. It is all based on lies and hate by the female next door and has been compounded by others have also told nothing but lies. And the only reason this is happening is because someone wants out property andwants it for themselves and are prepared to do anything to do it. What shocks us is the suppo
happy - 23-Jan-17 @ 11:55 AM
A17 year old who lives near mebeen verbally harassing my daughter and on top of all that he also knows everything about her and when she enters and leaves the house. Like this has been happening for the past 6/7 months ?? Can he get arrested?
Surayyahhh - 22-Jan-17 @ 9:01 AM
Hi please can you help my neighbours are the definite example of neighbours from hell they moved I about 5 years ago the house is a council property mine is owned at first things were ok then started to notice my house was smelling of drugs (skunk) continuously they are both users smoking it 24-7 asked them politely at first if they would mind opening the window then two years ago we had a drive built at the front of our property cus the parking in the street is atrocious the man next door would continuously block the drive every night with the works van that I couldn't get my car a mini in or out my partner was working away at the time one evening he parked the van there when my partner was home I politely asked him to move it and all hell broke loose he was on my property threatening us it ended up him and my partner fighting in the street the police were called but no further action was taken this has been ongoing ever since until a week ago they were threatening me over the garden fence calling me all names accusing us of reporting him to his work for drug driving and blocking our driveway I did not do this tried telling them this but it escalated to me being pushed in the face by him and jumped on by her I retaliated in self defence they called the police and now I am awaiting questioning for abh im at my wits end they are dealing drugs also from the property now but it seems like the law is on their side now
Clj123 - 14-Jan-17 @ 10:08 PM
My neighbours are really getting me down it started because of a dog pooing in my front yard I confronted the lady and she almost attacked me my next door neighbours are her friends so they have started throwing their rubbish in my front yard and meat out my back and then calling the counsel to report me for mice and rats which their are none because I despose of the meat and the creepy little husband peers over the back wall in at my kitchen I have an autistic child and one on the way I really don't need this I am renting and have nowhere else to go I have never come across the likes of these people in my life they don't want me on their road and are intent on making my life hell what's worse is they are older than me they should be able to live and let live and pick up their own rubbish without the childishness of throwing it over the wall I am at my wits end
Stressed - 8-Jan-17 @ 9:58 AM
A female who was my neighbor 5/6 yrs ago stalks me my boyfriend and my family. She will not stop. Our phones, bank accounts,medical charts, jobs and more. She calls her self classy because she's made tons of money by ripping everybody off. Why is she not in jail??
Mal - 27-Dec-16 @ 10:00 PM
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