Anti-social behaviour

About neighbour disputes

If you have a dispute with your neighbour, before making a formal complaint or getting others involved, we encourage you to try to discuss the problem with them if you feel comfortable/safe to do so.

If you’re worried about speaking to them, you could consider writing them a letter, explaining the problem clearly and sticking to the facts.

If you decide to talk to/write to your neighbour about a problem it may help to consider the following:

  • explain clearly what the problem is and how it is affecting you and your family
  • stay calm and be as polite as possible
  • don’t use abusive language
  • be open to suggestions for resolving the problem and come to an agreement to suit all of you
  • leave the situation if it becomes too heated.

If the problem affects other neighbours, why not involve them as well. It can be easier to settle a dispute if the complaint comes from a number of people.

If your neighbour is a tenant, you could also contact their landlord. Local housing associations include:

If you have tried to speak/contact your neighbour to tell them about the issue, or do not feel comfortable/safe doing so, you can report the issue to us:

Report a neighbour dispute