Neighbour disputes can be extremely stressful, not least because it is often very difficult to escape the issue given the geographical proximity of neighbours and neighbouring properties. Examples of neighbour disputes include noise complaints, trees and hedge overgrowth complaints and overhanging property (such as gutters).
Neighbours arguing, dogs barking and loud music are all common examples of noise complaints our solicitors have dealt with. Whilst some noise is considered unavoidable and incidental to the fact that many properties in the United Kingdom are within close proximity to each other, this can become a problem where noise volume or duration becomes excessive. If you have a noisy neighbour, you may consider taking the following steps prior to contacting a solicitor:
If you are unable to resolve the noise dispute via the methods set out above, our team can assist with the following:
Overgrowth of hedges and trees which encroach onto neighbouring properties can also be a source of significant dispute between neighbours. Whilst a slight encroachment may not be overly problematic, if the issue is left, it is likely to cause issues for neighbours and heighten the potential for dispute. Generally, hedges should not be more than 2 metres tall or affect your enjoyment of the property.
If you have a tree or hedge which is overgrowing, you may consider taking the following steps:
Our team can assist you with:
There is often a dispute about the owner of the airspace above a property. As a general rule, you own the airspace above your property and therefore, this can result in overhanging property such as a gutter, encroaching a neighbouring property resulting in a trespass. Where you believe there is an overhang of a neighbouring property, we can assist you with the following:
We assist both claimants and defendants in neighbour disputes. We understand that swift and robust action is generally required. Therefore, we can assist you with the following: