Kiteleys Solicitors

Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

Neighbourhood disputes

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Neighbourhood disputes

 

Should you be unfortunate enough to find yourself in a dispute with your neighbour there are a number of steps you can try in order to resolve your dispute:

  • Talking to your neighbour directly in an attempt to informally resolve the dispute
  • Contacting the landlord if your neighbour is a tenant
  • Using mediation
  • Complaining to your local council if the dispute arises from a statutory nuisance
  • Taking legal action

Talking to your neighbour

Talking to your neighbour in an attempt to informally resolve the dispute can often reach an amicable solution.

Should you find it hard to approach your neighbour in person you can write them a letter as an alternative. The letter should include the events giving rise to the dispute by sticking to the facts and avoiding emotions.

 

You can also try talking to other neighbours to see if the dispute affects them as well. If the other neighbours agree and are happy to get involved it may prove easier to resolve the dispute if it comes from more than one neighbour.

 

Contacting the neighbours landlord

If you know your neighbour is a tenant you can direct your dispute towards their landlord. This could be a private landlord, local council or housing association.

 

Using mediation

Should the dispute not be resolved through talking to your neighbour you can try using a mediation service.

 

Through mediation an impartial, specially trained mediator will go between the two parties, much like a referee, until an agreement is reached. It cannot be guaranteed that an agreement will be reached, however if it can be the outcome will be binding on all involved.

 

There will often be a fee for using a mediation service, but in the first instance this will be cheaper than taking legal action.

 

Complaining to the council if your dispute involves a statutory nuisance.

If the dispute involves an activity that is causing a nuisance or damaging to health your council has a duty to investigate the dispute.

 

Prior to contacting your council it is advisable to try other means of resolving the dispute. Should the council find that your neighbour is causing a statutory nuisance, particularly by way of noise, they will issue a noise abatement order. The order will document what the neighbour must do to cease the nuisance activity. If this order is breached the neighbour will face further legal action.

 

A statutory nuisance can include but is not limited to:

 

  • Smoke, gases or fumes
  • A build-up of rubbish that could harm health
  • Artificial light
  • Noise

Taking legal action

If all other steps fail you can take legal action to resolve your dispute. Sometimes an agreement can be reached through using a solicitor or taking the dispute to the courts. Any agreement reached through taking legal action will be binding and therefore enforceable should the terms in the agreement be breached.

 

Kiteleys solicitors can enter into negotiations with your neighbour in an attempt to reach an amicable solution to resolve the dispute. Should the negotiations not reach an amicable solution Kiteleys Solicitors can guide you through the legal process from the start to the end of the trial.

 

Common neighbourhood disputes

Examples of common neighbourhood disputes include but are not limited to:

 

  • Boundary disputes
  • Trees and gardens
  • Noisy neighbour
  • Maintenance of shared facilities
  • Party wall disputes

 

If you wish to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to contact Kiteleys Solicitors on 01425 278866.

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Kiteleys Solicitors. 40 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset. BH13 7LP. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, SRA ID 401309. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.