There’s nothing worse than noisy neighbours or dogs keeping you up at night, or an overhanging tree which no one will do anything about. In the majority of cases, issues can be solved by speaking to a neighbour. David Lindley, CEO of By Design, said: “Neighbour disputes are unfortunately a common occurrence, and I’ve seen a variety of issues arise over the years, with the most common disputes tending to revolve around noise, boundary disputes, parking issues, pet problems and rubbish.
“In many cases, these disputes can be resolved through open and respectful communication with your neighbour and figuring out how to keep you both happy.
“However, if the dispute cannot be resolved through communication, seeking professional advice or mediation can be a helpful way to find a resolution.
“Remember, when it comes to neighbour disputes, it’s always best to keep a level head and try to find a solution that works for everyone involved.”
1. Noise complaints
Whether it’s loud music or constant barking from dogs, noise complaints are one of the most common issues people face with their neighbours.
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Dealing with excessive noise can be annoying, but it is often resolved with a talk, telling them how it makes you feel.
The expert said: “Offer them an olive branch, like asking them to keep the noise down after 8pm or letting them know if and when you’re working from home so they’re aware when to keep quiet.
“If that doesn’t work, you can try reaching out to your local council or environmental health department for assistance. They’ll be able to mediate the situation and help you find a solution that works for everyone.”
2. Boundary disputes
Boundary disputes arise over issues such as overhanging trees, fences, or other property boundaries. To find out where the legal property lines lie, check the Land Registry and any planning documents which may be available.
Once Britons have that information, they should try talking to their neighbour and work out a situation that suits everyone, as it could be a complete misunderstanding.
3. Parking disputes
David commented: “There’s nothing like fighting over a parking spot to really bring out the worst in people. To avoid any parking headaches, it’s a good idea to agree on parking rules with your neighbours, especially if spots are tight.
“You could discuss who parks where and when, or ask to swap numbers in case either car needs to be moved.”
Everyone loves their pets and would do anything for them, but sometimes they can cause issues with the neighbours, especially in small spaces.
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“Maybe you could agree on a more appropriate time to dispose of rubbish or come up with a better place they could put their rubbish where it won’t be scavenged – they might even need help putting it out themselves, so always see if you can lend a helping hand first before bringing a third-party like the council in.”
The “best way to resolve any neighbour dispute” is having an open and honest conversation, but if you are too worried, try posting a polite note through their front door.
If you find you’re still having trouble resolving an issue, make sure to keep a diary of any interactions and issues in case it is needed further down the line.
Chris Sheldon, managing director of Lettingsupermarket.com, said: “It’s easy to get caught up in a neighbour dispute and feel like it’s taking over your life, especially if it starts to become a tit-for-tat game where you try to outdo or mess each other over.
“That’s why it’s important to remember the bigger picture. Ask yourself whether this is something that will matter in a year’s time, and try not to let it consume you as it might not be worth it in the long run.
“However, if the matter is serious, don’t just bow down and take it – it might seem easy to let it go, but if there’s a risk to your property value or life don’t be afraid to take action.”