dispute resolution

Neighbour disputes

Where people live close together there is always the possibility of friction and disputes.

Lifestyles can clash; maybe people of different age groups, or from different cultural backgrounds. Even different working or sleeping patterns can easily lead to arguments.

The spectrum of neighbour disputes and anti social behaviour is wide. Neighbour nuisance might refer to a dispute between two neighbours. Anti social behaviour might threaten the physical or mental health, safety or security of other households or individuals.

Common issues that cause problems between neighbours include:

Boundary disputes
Fence disputes
Trees & high hedge disputes
Blocked access, parking & pathways
Right of way issues
Nuisance neighbours
Property maintenance
Breach of covenant
Party Wall Act
Building & construction disputes
Adverse possession claims
Access to Neighbouring Land Act

How to deal with a dispute with your neighbour:

It is advisable to take advice at an early stage to avoid the situation escalating out of hand.

If you have a dispute with your neighbour you can:

1. Try to solve the problem informally by talking to them.
2. If your neighbour is a tenant, you could contact their landlord.
3. You could use a mediation service if raising the issue informally does not work.
4. If the dispute involves a statutory nuisance (something like loud music or barking dogs), you can make a complaint to your local council.
5. Contact the police if your neighbour is breaking the law by being violent or harassing you.
6. As a last resort you can take legal action through the courts.

We can help you with your neighbour disputes

Whether regarding boundaries, trees, blocked access or neighbour nuisance we can assist you to amicably resolve what can prove to be an extremely stressful and distressing situation.

If you have a question for our specialist solicitors please complete our online enquiry form on our contact page or call 0121 705 7571 and ask for Daniel Zakis.

Our dispute resolution team are dedicated to finding practical and cost effective solutions to your situation.

Further reading:

Boundary disputes with neighbours (Dispute Resolution)

What is Mediation? (Dispute Resolution)

6 key benefits of mediation (Dispute Resolution)

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