You don’t get to choose your neighbours. In many instances, your only shared interest with the person next door may be taste in property. It can be difficult to maintain healthy relationships with people you have nothing in common with, and sometimes, indifference can turn into animosity. Out of nowhere, you suddenly find yourself caught in a dispute.
Neighbour quarrels escalate quickly because of close proximity. The problem is permanently a few feet away which only heightens the tension, especially if they are constantly causing a nuisance.
If you want to avoid arguments on the doorstep, read on to learn more about dealing with nuisance neighbours.
What is a nuisance neighbour?
Nuisance neighbours can be defined in all kinds of different ways. Some of the most common disputes tend to occur because a nearby resident is causing a lot of noise, tainting the neighbourhood with anti-social behaviour, or offending fellow locals by creating a mess in and around their property.
However, neighbour disputes may also arise following differences of opinion. Common points of contention include debates over boundary lines, fence/tree/hedge positions, rights of way, and property maintenance.
So, what can you do to avoid things getting out of hand?
Try to remain reasonable
If a neighbour is behaving in a way that is actively harming the quality of your home life and disturbing your family, it’s important to remain as calm as you possibly can and address the situation with a cool head.
First and foremost, avoid approaching your neighbour when you’re angry or upset. Wait until you’re less emotional and then contact them to explain your misgivings, making requests in a polite, considerate manner.
In some instances, the neighbour will apologise profusely and you won’t experience any further trouble. On other occasions, however, the problems will continue, which means you may need to take another form of action.
Keep a diary
In order to make a clear case against a neighbour, it’s important to start making notes when problems begin. Be sure to list the nature of the issue with the date alongside it, and gather any supporting evidence. This will provide you with proof that you may be asked for after the matter escalates.
If you seek professional assistance later down the line to deal with the neighbour, a diary and photographic evidence will turn out to be an extremely useful asset for any legal counsel.
Use your legal rights
You don’t need to suffer in silence due to noisy or unruly neighbours. Get in touch with a solicitor and take advantage of your legal rights to ensure you never need to compromise on your comfort levels.
Blackstone Solicitors specialise in controlling, managing and resolving neighbour disputes, helping to restore a contented living environment for everybody in the area. We know this kind of process can seem stressful, so we do everything we can to take the workload off your shoulders.
Our team support you from start to finish, offering essential peace of mind and an expert to speak to whenever you need them. Contact our knowledgeable team today on 0161 929 0121 to learn more about what we can do for you. Alternatively, you can fill in our enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as possible.