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Your Rights Against Troublesome Neighbours

By: Thomas Muller - Updated: 2 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Troublesome neighbours can seriously damage the quality of home life, but not only do you have the right to live in peace but the legal rights too.

Neighbour Trouble

Whether it’s head thumping bass of a stereo, persistent shrieks of an over active child or loud footsteps, the chief neighbour nuisance is noise, but neighbours can also make life hell through destructive children, ill-trained dogs, ill-kempt trees and hedges, poor rubbish management and abusive or harassing behaviour.

Whatever the incitement, if the actions of your neighbours are making your life a misery and they are not responsive to polite requests to stop then you need to be aware of what rights are available to you.

The Noise and Environmental Protection Acts

As a particularly common grievance, excessive noise falls under the control of two main pieces of legislation.

The Noise Act 1996 gives the council the powers to order neighbours to cease their noisy exploits immediately. They can also confiscate noise-making devices, such as the TV or stereo, and issue a fine. It is the council’s decision to implement any preventative action and so the grievance should be raised with them for their consideration.

If you can reliably anticipate your neighbour’s noisy pursuits then alternatively you could invite the local authority over to witness the act. If they agree then they can serve an abatement law under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Control of Pollution Act in Scotland).

You are also entitled to take out private action by applying to your local magistrates court. If you are in Scotland then you can take action through a solicitor to the Sheriff's Court.

Environmental Protection Act for Non-Noise

The Environment Protection Act is a far-reaching law that is also a valuable piece of legislation for a host of other non-noise issues where your neighbour poses further threats to environmental well-being.

For instance, it can be used if you live next door to someone who has living habits that could be construed as being a health hazard, such as if they use their garden as a vermin-friendly rubbish heap. In such a situation you should contact your local council’s Environmental Health department.

Housing Act

If your neighbours are engaging in anti-social behaviour that doesn’t fall within the remit of the noise or environmental protection acts then the Housing Act 1996 might prove a valuable ally.

Under this law, you can appeal to the High Court or County Court to grant an injunction to stop neighbours from "engaging or threatening to engage in conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance." This could include neighbour behaviour deemed violent, destructive or disruptive. It also can be used to curb the use of residential premises for illegal or immoral purpose, including as a drug den or brothel.

If your neighbour has trouble keeping their dog’s toilet habits under control then this becomes an issue for the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

Protection from Harassment Act

Neighbours that target you personally with their behaviour, such as through verbal abuse, dumping litter in your garden, deliberately causing obstruction or any other efforts intended to make your home life a misery, then this then becomes an issue for the Protection from Harassment Act 1977.

It is an offence for an individual to conduct themselves in a way that amounts to harassment of others and, if found guilty, offenders can face up to six months in jail.

Crime and Disorder Act 1998If your neighbour’s bad behaviour, such as drunkenness, violence, damage, intimidation or verbal abuse, is not solely directed at you but affecting the neighbourhood as a whole then your rights to curtail their anti-social activities are supported by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

This act rebuts the notion that a child is incapable of crime. Under this legislation you can appeal to the police and your local council authority for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to imposed on chief offenders regardless of whether they are over or under 18 years of age. If the individual has behaved in a manner "that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress" then they can be restricted from entering a specific geographical area or banned from certain acts.

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Can you help. My problem is with my nieghbour who looks after his grandchildren 24/7, The children are three yrs old ? not at school yet. He will wake the the children around 7am and come 7.30am he's constantly shouting at them, this goes on all day and when the mother of the children turns up around 10am she starts as well. The children are quiet but the adults are short tempered and will not stop and the children don't go out. On two recent occasions they have threatened the children to a point I had to ring the police and contact the N.S.P.C.C. This has also been witnessed by others in the avenue we all own our property. I contacted the regulatory services regarding the shouting they responded it's not their responsibility and can not stop people from shouting, at the top of the web site under noises neighbours it say contact the council but I've just been told to contact the police. I suffer from uncontrolled epilepsy and deep depression which leads to self harm which has now happened four times. I need to sleep after a siezure but with the shouting it's impossible, this cause more stress and depression resulting in more seizures. Due to the stress of my illness and arguments with the nieghbour my marriage of 27yrs is hanging by a thread my wife is looking at a devorce. I would be very greatful for any advice on who to contact. Many Thanks.
Skinner - 2-Jun-17 @ 3:28 PM
Can you help. My problem is with my nieghbour who looks after his grandchildren 24/7, The children are three yrs old ? not at school yet. He will wake the the children around 7am and come 7.30am he's constantly shouting at them, this goes on all day and when the mother of the children turns up around 10am she starts as well. The children are quiet but the adults are short tempered and will not stop and the children don't go out. On two recent occasions they have threatened the children to a point I had to ring the police and contact the N.S.P.C.C. This has also been witnessed by others in the avenue we all own our property. I contacted the regulatory services regarding the shouting they responded it's not their responsibility and can not stop people from shouting, at the top of the web site under noises neighbours it say contact the council but I've just been told to contact the police. I suffer from uncontrolled epilepsy and deep depression which leads to self harm which has now happened four times. I need to sleep after a siezure but with the shouting it's impossible, this cause more stress and depression resulting in more seizures. Due to the stress of my illness and arguments with the nieghbour my marriage of 27yrs is hanging by a thread my wife is looking at a devorce. I would be very greatful for any advice on who to contact. Many Thanks.
Skinner - 2-Jun-17 @ 11:49 AM
We are 80 years old and somewhat infirm, we have a neighbour diagnosed with Combat Stress Disorder. This person has called the police and accused us of digging up his plants, talking about him, while in the garden, complained to the landlord, and has concocted stories that are totally untrue. We have witnessed him threaten contractors with an imitation gun(as it turned out) and armed officers were called. Can anyone tell us how we can pro etc ourselves from this obviously disturbed individual?
Fuzz - 31-May-17 @ 7:00 PM
Please help someone once again my daughter has been verbally attacked by the neighbour whenever I call the live nothing gets done this woman is in her late forties my daughter is nineteen ,anybody with advice would be appreciated .
Misty - 13-May-17 @ 3:54 PM
About a month after moving in with my partner we are constantly getting abuse he lived here for years and he said they the same before I moved there the neighbours are a complete nightmare of hell my partner works unsociable hours and has to get up at 4 in the morning to be at work for half 5 the neighbours are constantly banging doors calling me and my partner abusive names death threats and they constantly arguing with each other
chloe-beth - 24-Apr-17 @ 5:39 AM
I was moved from a 2 bed roomed house with great neighbours. because of the bed room tax and the property belong to a housing assocation they put me in a retirement complex, many years the neighbour who now lives in the bottom flat hates women and makes my life hell. tv on loud every morning at 6am, when l put my appliances on he bangs his middle. he likes to stand out side his flat at night with just his under pants on and dressing gown even though people can see him quite clearly. he has had a talking to from the police and housing officer and was advised that cctv would be put, not happened. police put up dummy cctv. his front door stands back mine comes forward was asked to take it down because it was pointing at his front which is not true. he follows me to town about 4 times a week, and recently came up to my face in our high street of which has cctv. my housing officer has supported him. even when l open my front door he is in my face. he gets away with loads and mental and physical health suffers as l am disabled it is hard for me to get any relaxation time. why doesn't the law do enough for the suffers of bad neighbours, just may be if we all group together the law will listen to us. as this cannot carry on.
jellybaby - 15-Apr-17 @ 11:48 AM
The police the law no one helps. I live in nice house which i have made beaitiful for myself and my children. I work hard as a single mother. I have neighbours who are constantly abusive verbally and physically the police has been called out many times. And it always seems petty to the police. They have attacked me in 2015 attacked my daughter who is only 14. My kids get sworn at if they playing in there OWN garden by adults from next door. My life has been made utter hell. They have slanderd me in the community asbeing a loose women; as i drive a nice car am house proud and go on holidays; so they say i must be a loose women doing all sorts to have that life. All i do is go to work earn a living an budget. These neighbours dnt work. I am so fed up. I fear for my kids numerouse statments have been made. The paticular indivdual has been taking in to station for questioning many times. But thats all. The main culprit does not even live next door its their daughter and trouble always kicks off when she arrives. Im trying to get an injunction out on her due to saftey of my children. Once she followed my kids home from school howling abuse at them. The police will not do anything at all. I just feel if your a thug the police protect you. The police are nothing but a waste of time.
Bano - 8-Apr-17 @ 8:31 AM
I've lived in a rented property for just over 2 years now. I am 31 with 2 sons ages 8 years and 10 months. A few months ago in the summer my dad came over to put up some mesh for the fence to close the gaps to make it more private. As this was getting attached to the fencing with a nail gun at around 6:30pm on a Friday, bearing in mind this is summer and light out. My neighbour rudely hung out of her window and told my dad to stop what he was doing as she was putting her baby to sleep so my dad stopped and left it till the day after to continue. Since then I have made extra effort to be quiet in the house and garden and nothing has been said. Anyways this was around august time and it's now march, I had a letter to go to a compliance interview at the job centre (I receive benefits and am a single parent) I thought this was a routine thing until I got there and got taken to an interview room where I had to sign a statement, someone had anonymously reported me claiming I have been living with a partner whilst claiming. It crossed my mind that it might have been the neighbour but thought surely no one is that malicious as to make false allegations like that. Then a few days ago my mum was dropping my baby off and had to park a bit further past my house as there was another car parked there, at the same time my neighbour had returned in her car with her baby husband and father who was visiting, the father told my mum to move her car they had a baby to get in the house (as did my mum). Obviously I was furious at this and as my mum was leaving my house to go back to her car that she had had to repark I said next time don't move ur car until you're ready to go. The neighbour heard this and as she was carrying her baby in launched into a verbal assault on me. I was called disgusting, she said you're scum, single Mum with 2 kids slut slut slut getting your housing paid for its disgusting. She then went on to say that I never leave the house, she hears the baby screaming and I need physciactric help, by this point I just went in and shut my door as I had hold of my 10 month old baby whilst she was screaming calling me a slut for all the neighbours to hear. She mentioned that she had called social services and obviously there is no doubt in my mind that she had been the one falsely reporting me for benefit fraud. I feel sick to the stomach. I've suffered with severe depression for the past 4 years, I was a student studying biomedical science at university until 2014 when I left due to mental illness (returning to compete this September 2017). I feel as though I can't even leave my house now, having someone look down on me and talk to me as though I'm not even a person is so hurtful. I'm not a scrounger or a slut
Katiekay - 10-Mar-17 @ 10:45 AM
Sam - Your Question:
I have lived on a council estate 9 yrs. In March 2015 new neighbours moved in.I own my flat, they are council tenants. I work, they don't. A lot of people on the estate don't work and spend time hanging together.After moving in she started Slamming doors constantly, they would have people coming and going and stomping about. They then started to pack nuts and bolts and started throwing boxes onto the bedroom floor which would sound like someone was breaking in. This would be done persistently through the night until the boxes were packed. My sleep stopped. My health has suffered. This then moved to turning on the tumble dryer when they knew I was walking in. The other neighbours have now joined in. I was sitting in my car anxious about going in. I could see them peering over the balcony and I just sat in the car.Another neighbour then got a mirror and started to signal and try to get their attention. I feel harassed. They have put cameras up and I feel like my own space and privacy has been invaded. I have contacted the ASB officer who has been relaying to me the excuses but has taken no action.This has been going on for 18 months.I feel they know what to say to get away with the behaviours. I have worked hard for this place and I feel bullied and harassed. I had never thought existing neighbours would turn like this.The estate use to house elderly people and since the age criteria has been changed there has been no end of problems. They do the sleep until early hours of the morning and wake up late. I have to be on the motorway for 7am and I am struggling to cope now.I contacted the council and received no actual help. They spoke to the perpetrators and I was given the excuses and they denied the allegations. I've been here 9 yrs and people I thought were friends have changed. There is a click as three new neighbours moved in at similiar times. This womans past has been violent ans she has stood on the balcony telling neighbours about it. This has stirred up.sympathy and allowed her behaviour to be dismissed.The don't live under her and have no idea what not sleeping is like. I am desperate for help.

Our Response:
You've obviously tried the council's housing department but have you approached the environmental health office for help with the noise/nuisance issues? They do have powers to act and have a duty to investigate regular/excessive noise that occurs after 11pm.
SaferHouses - 30-Nov-16 @ 10:56 AM
I have lived on a council estate 9 yrs. In March 2015 new neighbours moved in. I own my flat, they are council tenants. I work, they don't.A lot of people on the estate don't work and spend time hanging together. After moving in she started Slamming doors constantly, they would have people coming and going and stomping about. They then started to pack nuts and bolts and started throwing boxes onto the bedroom floor which would sound like someone was breaking in. This would be done persistently through the night until the boxes were packed.My sleep stopped. My health has suffered. This then moved to turning on the tumble dryer when they knew I was walking in. The other neighbours have now joined in. I was sitting inmy car anxious about going in. I could see them peering over the balcony and I just sat in the car. Another neighbour then got a mirror and started to signal and try to get their attention. I feel harassed.They have put cameras up and I feel like my own space and privacy has been invaded. I have contacted the ASB officer who has been relaying to me the excuses but has taken no action. This has been going on for 18 months. I feel they know what to say to get away with the behaviours.I have worked hard for this place and I feel bullied and harassed. I had never thought existing neighbours would turn like this. The estate use to house elderly people and since the age criteria has been changed there has been no end of problems. They do the sleep until early hours of the morning and wake up late. I have to be on the motorway for 7am and I am struggling to copenow. I contacted the council and received no actual help. They spoke to the perpetrators and I was given the excuses and they denied the allegations. I've been here 9 yrs and people I thought were friends have changed. There is a click as three new neighbours moved in at similiar times. This womans past has been violent ans she has stood on the balcony telling neighbours about it. This has stirred up.sympathy and allowed her behaviour to be dismissed. The don't live under her and have no idea whatnot sleeping is like. I am desperate for help.
Sam - 29-Nov-16 @ 4:21 AM
Just had a final visit from Environmental Health.As we suspected, the neighbours have refused to go for mediation.They did however accept the suggestion from EH to smoke further away from the fence, but, they have not done so.In fact the lady from EH saw her smoking alongside our fence yet again this morning.The next suggestion, because of the rude, obnoxious and downright personal insulting comments, the cig butts pushed in our garden, etc., is to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau and the police.If the verbal abuse continues I am to ring 101 not 999, if it is "intimidating, humiliating or I am afraid because of threatening behaviour!However, (again), was told the police may not see it as threatening, or verbal abuse.Now why are we not surprised?I feel that no matter what they do or say, we cannot do ANYTHING, not even retaliate, by burning garden waste in the garden, as it might be unwanted by THEM.The suggestion about contacting the landlord is not something we can do anything about, as we do not know who they are or where they live.We do not know if they have an agent or if is done privately.The police were told this some time ago, especially the verbal abuse and threatening words, (like I'll take a gun to the birds if you feed them again, he will come round there and smash your camera; she was taking photos at the time of me on her phone, I was not affecting her or taking photos of her children!), but the police said they would contact me again but did not.I still have the ansafone message from the lady concerned and of course the date.We feel that we are helpless.I have been subjected to ranting by both of them due to contacting EH, and they say "you cannot do nothing" about the smoking in the garden.I have NEVER told them they cannot smoke in the garden, but politely asked if they could move away from our fence; she actually used to hang over our fence to smoke, so we got the smoke, ash and butts, until she decided to push them through the fence.Our door is literally 4-5 feet away from where she smokes, their door is over 8 feet away.We intend to move, will start to make arrangements when husband retired in September next year.Only 11 more months of hell!
CathyB - 27-Oct-16 @ 12:20 PM
Heard today from Environmental Health.They do not hold out any hope for getting the neighbours from hell to agree to mediation.They ignored the first letter, a second was taken round by hand from EH, and although they were in, they refused to answer the door.Butts are still being pushed under our fence into our garden, she is still smoking enough for us to have to close doors and windows.Her latest nuisance activity is to bang loudly on the party wall at all hours of the day and evening, like with a hammer or some such heavy implement.Not like banging a nail in the wall, just a constant thudding noise.She has 3 kids now, so how they cope with all that I really don't know, not my problem.My problem is getting them to be more considerate (I know, just like asking for the moon!).Apparently we can take it to court, because of the noise, and litter problems, as littering is only a crime if it is on public land, but that of course will cost us money.We refuse to be driven out of the house by selling up, because she wants us to move, we will move when we are good and ready.She has a new friend, next door the other way, and she smokes (big surprise).She comes into next door's yard to smoke when she is in or out and smokes alongside our fence and pushes her butts through as well!I checked today, and under our fence and in our garden there are numerous butts.My husband asked why I had not taken a photo, but I just either pushed or threw them back over.There are lots around the yard anyway, so a few more would not be noticed.Really annoyed at this latest information from Environmental Health.Seems the problem people can do what they want, and those are victims cannot.I said I would start vacuuming late at night and make more noise, I was told I could not do that!!It would not be right.You cannot make it up.
CathyB - 12-Oct-16 @ 9:03 PM
I have the ultimate neighbour from hell. Currently working with the ASBO safer neighbourhoods team but I've been going through this since I moved in. Vile hillbillies who shout scream and can't control their kids/grandkids. They have two big uncontrollable dogs and sometimes offer to babysit another yapping little dog too! How nice of them. They smoke to excess and I have to shut my windows because of noise and foul stench of cigarettes chuffed on by upto six adults god help us when the kids start smoking too there's four of them inbred hillbilly wrong turns! There is no training with them at all and they try to bully whom they can. I'm on the receiving end of the clan at the moment thru harassment bullying intimidation and abuse, lots of slander and vile mental and verbal torture is the only way to describe it and the police have done nothing. Criminal damage reported I was given a crime reference number and referred to victim support that's it? Luckily a few members of the council team are sympathetic and willing to help get me moved. I pray this is soon as I'll only end up taking the law into my own hands if they dare to trespass again. Wishing all you suffering peace light and love your way!
LIZ - 6-Oct-16 @ 10:35 PM
I have the ultimate neighbour from hell. Currently working with the ASBO safer neighbourhoods team but I've been going through this since I moved in. Vile hillbillies who shout scream and can't control their kids/grandkids. They have two big uncontrollable dogs and sometimes offer to babysit another yapping little dog too! How nice of them. They smoke to excess and I have to shut my windows because of noise and foul stench of cigarettes chuffed on by upto six adults god help us when the kids start smoking too there's four of them inbred hillbilly wrong turns! There is no training with them at all and they try to bully whom they can. I'm on the receiving end of the clan at the moment thru harassment bullying intimidation and abuse, lots of slander and vile mental and verbal torture is the only way to describe it and the police have done nothing. Criminal damage reported I was given a crime reference number and referred to victim support that's it? Luckily a few members of the council team are sympathetic and willing to help get me moved. I pray this is soon as I'll only end up taking the law into my own hands if they dare to trespass again. Wishing all you suffering peace light and love your way!
LIZ - 6-Oct-16 @ 9:59 PM
Have been evicted after neighbours lie.I was being constantly harassed and bullied.Started before I even moved in.I was painting the upstairs bedroom whenI heard him running up his stairs in the house next door and started asking me was I spooning paint on my walls. Then again shouted through the wall at the start of winter for me to get emergency heaters as I had my gas boiler on.I was repeatedlybtold to get out of my home at night time he kept throwing up in his kitchen sink and called me an dirty B when I was cleaning my fish tank.Repeatedly trying to bully me to keep my dog outside.Dogs quite. Alternative services made problems worse I am now sleeping on my mothers floor and he still comes down the road at night time and harrasses me there.I don't know how to stop it. Can anyone help.
Molly - 23-Sep-16 @ 6:42 PM
Had a visit from Environmental Health.We have agreed to go for mediation.A letter has been drafted and will be sent to the neighbours.Still recording smoke, noise etc.Wait and see if the s... hits the fan when they get the letter!They have 2 weeks to respond then it will go further.Don't hold out much hope if it has to go further, as it is only what an average person can tolerate not someone with health issues, that is totally ignored!!Read somewhere in USA that a neighbour of a man was badly affected by marijuana smoke and required regular hospitalisation.Guess what?The judge sided with the smoker and said the other persons medical condition was not to be taken into account. This smoker knew he was affecting his neighbour but did it anyway. What is the matter with this world when the law is on the side of those who are determined to be antisocial and inconsiderate?
CathyB - 10-Sep-16 @ 8:33 AM
Got somewhere with Environmental Health.It appears smoke from cigarettes comes under the same smoke pollution from bonfires, barbecues etc!!During the last week we have also had the "pleasure" of her mother staying next door, smoking from 6.30am until 11.30pm, shouting through the windows even on weekends, while puffing all the while.Has been dreadful.Env Health are coming out to us in September following a two week record of smoke issues, and they also advised keeping a record of other nuisance, noise, dog barking, litter etc.Think we are getting somewhere.Police have not responded as we expected!We have agreed to go for medication, if they don't, they probably will eventually get an ASBO if their behaviour continues.
CathyB - 25-Aug-16 @ 8:32 AM
We are still being poisoned by the smoke and harassed by the female.The other night I went to water the plants at 9.40pm with the help of a torch!Their window was open and I heard him say "she's out there".She then came out to smoke before I had finished, result, I had to come in.Tonight I varied the time (yet again) to just after 9.00pm , how they heard me I do not know as their window was closed, he opened the door, and before I had returned to the house, a matter of 10 feet, I think their inner door was open so he can see me,the smell had invaded our home.Did not get the plants watered again.I will pray for rain!!She is heavily pregnant, yes I know that is her decision, but she has never once stopped smoking numerous times a day, presumably blames me for wanting to dare to use our garden and that makes her want to smoke!!Have not heard from the police, but did not expect to.May try Environmental Health as it now getting me down, as I have a chest infection still, now 6th week with no sign of abating.Considering when she is out I am going to move my plants to the front of the house, and see what happens.
CathyB - 31-Jul-16 @ 9:40 PM
My neighbor claims I a am a homo, chants ARE YOU HOMO, if I play music says ARE YOU HOMO? I am humiliated by my neighbors next door and around here. They told me I am bothering them when I asked them why they are repeatedly saying bits of words not completing sentences. I was at work and I heard a stranger who worked on the job telling my boss he will poison me I walked in on it. My neighbor said I am homosexual. I am the height and appearance of someone in my tweens probably?. I was out with my dad in another place. A stranger turned around and saw me and said that I am going to go to jail, someone said I am a homosexual, but I have never seen them before. I was also in a cafe near my house the other day buying fast food dinner I have been there quite a bit and this time one of the employees I think said I am a homosexual. My black neighbor said I am homo, dirty, I spend too much time making noise cleaning my house, I should clean because my dishes are dirty. I asked him one night when he was making noise very loudly I said AM I BOTHERING YOU? He said no. I banged on the wall several times. However, he continued to make trouble whenever I made any noise and noise seemed to be coordinated with everything I did. Garbage was strewn on my lawn, a neighbors dog crossed my lawn even though there is a fence around it, pooped, a few times. I asked my neighbors girlfriend not to cross my lawn to get to my neighbors house.
Feken - 24-Jul-16 @ 1:29 AM
Had a call from the police, just as I thought, we have no rights at all to enjoy our garden or have the doors and windows open if they decide to smoke, which is all day, evening and early morning despite it being a cause of pollution (this was from the police).They did think of going around to speak to her but think she will be very uncooperative.They will try and find out who their landlord is.They suggested Environmental Health, which is something I had thought of, but unsure if they would be of help.So basically if someone wants to be a "neighbour from hell" they seem to have rights, and the poor victims do not have any rights at all.So fed up with the police.After all, we have been verbally abused, threatened, had criminal damage by another neighbour (as was another car), and nothing can be done!What a country we are living in.
CathyB - 22-Jul-16 @ 10:35 PM
The house is privately rented.We have problems with the owners while they were renovating the house after the previous tenants left it in such a bad state.Trouble was, they were drilling, hammering, banging at all times, even Sundays, literally hours of noise.When we politely asked them when they would be finishing, they were quite abusive.My husband is still working, and cannot relax if work is going on until late evening every night.He also cannot relax at weekends if the noise is all day Saturday and Sunday.They claimed they were wallpapering on Sundays, didn't know you put wallpaper on with a hammer and drill!!We were forced out on numerous occasions because of the noise.So I don't think the landlord would be too helpful.The police have said mediation could be an answer, but I don't hold out much hope of her compromising in any way.I have used the front door while she is at the back door smoking, only to find she comes that way and eavesdrops on conversations that way as well.She wants me to move or drop dead, only then she will be happy.Seriously this morning we had had the windows open all night because of the heat, and she was out there smoking, I was not aware of the smell, but started coughing so much in the bedroom, I was sick.I have a lower lung infection at the moment, had it for 4 weeks now.The coughing only stopped when I went in the car to take my husband to work as I have a Hospital appointment this morning.
CathyB - 21-Jul-16 @ 9:45 AM
CathyB - Your Question:
We have been verbally abused by neighbours from hell since they moved in, March last year. They are both smokers, she is at home, pregnant yet again, still smoking at 8.5 months like a chimney. Problem is I asked politely when they moved in if she could move away from our fence (3 feet from our door) when smoking as I have a lung problem, she said "er no". Since then she has come outside very time I venture into the garden, throws her still lit butts over the fence and under it, and onto our driveway, also any rubbish she finds she makes sure she puts it onto our property. She has been aggressive with other neighbours over parking, not on their property but the main road, and not in front of a dropped kerb. Today I was called a f. old bat, shut the f. up, no wonder I have no children you f. miserable old bat, don't f. even look at me, don't f. speak to me. At the same time she instigates the verbal abuse on every occasion. I have a diary of the verbal abuse, and of every time I have been into the garden and she came out. Whenever we have a visitor or tradesman (like this morning we had a gas engineer out), she makes sure she eavesdrops to listen to what we are talking about, also on one occasion she was verbally abusive to a neighbour and myself while we were talking beside our car on our property, and not mentioning her at all! She claims our neighbour and and I are old, about 80, and should move as we don't belong round here. Our neighbour has been here almost as long as the houses, over 30 years and we have been here 17 years. There are several older people around here, perhaps we should all move out to accommodate her?? Also she said as I am old (I am actually 66 year old fairly well apart from breathing problems due to second hand smoke), and almost dead, why don't I just go now. The things she said would have had her committed to a mental hospital! I have called the police today as I am fed up with it now, I have laughed at her, to no avail, kept quiet to no avail, been polite to no avail, she is one sad case.Apart from moving, is there anything we can do?

Our Response:
Is her property rented? Can you speak to her landlord? You could try reporting her to your local environmental health department as some of her behaviour could be classed as a "nuisance" and affecting your enjoyment of your property. The other options would be mediation or legal action.
SaferHouses - 19-Jul-16 @ 2:36 PM
We have been verbally abused by neighbours from hell since they moved in, March last year.They are both smokers, she is at home, pregnant yet again, still smoking at 8.5 months like a chimney.Problem is I asked politely when they moved in if she could move away from our fence (3 feet from our door) when smoking as I have a lung problem, she said "er no".Since then she has come outside very time I venture into the garden, throws her still lit butts over the fence and under it, and onto our driveway, also any rubbish she finds she makes sure she puts it onto our property.She has been aggressive with other neighbours over parking, not on their property but the main road, and not in front of a dropped kerb. TodayI was called a f.... old bat, shut the f... up, no wonder I have no children you f.... miserable old bat, don't f.... even look at me, don't f... speak to me. At the same time she instigates the verbal abuse on every occasion. I have a diary of the verbal abuse, and of every time I have been into the garden and she came out. Whenever we have a visitor or tradesman (like this morning we had a gas engineer out), she makes sure she eavesdrops to listen to what we are talking about, also on one occasion she was verbally abusive to a neighbour and myself while we were talking beside our car on our property, and not mentioning her at all!She claims our neighbour and and I are old, about 80, and should move as we don't belong round here. Our neighbour has been here almost as long as the houses, over 30 years and we have been here 17 years.There are several older people around here, perhaps we should all move out to accommodate her??Also she said as I am old (I am actually66 year old fairly well apart from breathing problems due to second hand smoke), and almost dead, why don't I just go now.The things she said would have had her committed to a mental hospital!I have called the police today as I am fed up with it now, I have laughed at her, to no avail, kept quiet to no avail, been polite to no avail, she is one sad case.Apart from moving, is there anything we can do?
CathyB - 18-Jul-16 @ 2:52 PM
None - Your Question:
Hi I am becoming really ill with the things my neigbours are doing. I have lived in my home for 10 years and am just doing what I always have done in my home never ever had any compliants. My neighbours and there freinds and family are making me feel uncomfortble in my own home and I feel imtimadated by them. I get the impression thay talk about me and when ever I am in any room in my home thay seem to be on the other side of the wall banging or knocking on the wall. What can I do.

Our Response:
If this is a noise complaint you can report it to your environmental health officer. There is not much you can do about your neighbours talking about you within the walls of their own property.
SaferHouses - 18-Jul-16 @ 12:33 PM
Hi i am becoming really ill with the things my neigbours are doing. I have lived in my home for 10 years and am just doing what i always have done in my home never ever had any compliants. My neighbours and there freinds and family are making me feel uncomfortble in my own home and i feel imtimadated by them. I get the impression thay talk about me and when ever i am in any room in my home thayseem to be on the other side of the wall banging or knocking on the wall. What can i do.
None - 17-Jul-16 @ 10:27 AM
Fi - Your Question:
What can I do about children on the street being verbally abusive towards me and my partner, they have thrown wood at my door and have purposely knocked over my bins and jumped on them multiple time after the knocked them down, leaving me to pick up the rubbish. I'm sick to death of it I can't leave my own home because they will torment me as I walk out, I've just heard them saying to my partner as he left the house "hey short guy" "haha your short" stuff like that, other times they laugh at us and the thing is we've never done anything to them weve been here for two months and I already want to move. Can police be involved? I want them all to stay away from my house and stop bullying us. I know they are all different age ranges starting from 3 - 12 its mainly the older group that does the tormenting and the younger ones follow. What can I do? I've got a 1 year old and I can't even leave the house because of this

Our Response:
If you know the parents, could you speak to them about it? It might just work. If not, advise them that their behaviour is unacceptable/hurtful and that you are going to contact the police about it. If the threat does not alleviate the problem, then contact your local police or PCSO for advice.
SaferHouses - 14-Jul-16 @ 12:07 PM
What can I do about children on the street being verbally abusive towards me and my partner, they have thrown wood at my door and have purposely knocked over my bins and jumped on them multiple time after the knocked them down, leaving me to pick up the rubbish. I'm sick to death of it I can't leave my own home because they will torment me as I walk out, I've just heard them saying to my partner as he left the house "hey short guy" "haha your short" stuff like that, other times they laugh at us and the thing is we've never done anything to them weve been here for two months and I already want to move. Can police be involved? I want them all to stay away from my house and stop bullying us. I know they are all different age ranges starting from 3 - 12 its mainly the older group that does the tormenting and the younger ones follow. What can I do? I've got a 1 year old and I can't even leave the house because of this
Fi - 11-Jul-16 @ 6:17 PM
poppydog1 - Your Question:
My (rather lengthy) postings re abusive neighbour and revving motorbikes. It made me feel ill for a few days, then thinking more clearly now and have undertaken research. We decided to let the matter go (even though I feel very aggrieved) and not turn it into a neighbour dispute by either talking or writing to the person. Instead we are taking evasive action by avoiding the neighbour in case they verbally abuse me again, but if they do start revving motorbikes on a regular basis then we might have to approach other neighbours being affected by the noise and decide what to do (we live in a medium sized cul de sac). Or we ask the neighbour to stop the noise and inform them it is a breach of the peace and we have the right to phone the police. I am very aggrieved that this person though now has made it difficult for us if we wanted to sell our home (which we were thinking of doing next year or so) as we would have to inform potential buyers. We may have to postpone this and hope that the person does not repeat their behaviour in which case we would not have to take any action and so in future, we would not have to declare these matters. These pages have been really excellent and have helped me a lot, thank you.

Our Response:
We do hope you get this resolved soon and that it does not affect your state of mind or you house sale too much.
SaferHouses - 21-Jun-16 @ 12:24 PM
My (rather lengthy) postings re abusive neighbour and revving motorbikes. It made me feel ill for a few days, then thinking more clearly now and have undertaken research. We decided to let the matter go (even though I feel very aggrieved) and not turn it into a neighbour dispute by either talking or writing to the person.Instead we are taking evasive action by avoiding the neighbour in case they verbally abuse me again, but if they do start revving motorbikes on a regular basis then we might have to approach other neighbours being affected by the noise and decide what to do (we live in a medium sized cul de sac). Or we ask the neighbour to stop the noise and inform them it is a breach of the peace and we have the right to phone the police. I am very aggrieved that this person though now has made it difficult for us if we wanted to sell our home (which we were thinking of doing next year or so) as we would have to inform potential buyers.We may have to postpone this and hope that the person does not repeat their behaviour in which case we would not have to take any action and so in future, we would not have to declare these matters. These pages have been really excellent and have helped me a lot, thank you.
poppydog1 - 20-Jun-16 @ 2:10 PM
Sorry this is so long, but hope it may be of help to someone else, at least to know you are not alone in having neighbour problems. this terribly unacceptable manner and in front of the other person (who said nothing, and stared into space). The neighbour has never said a single word ever beforeand that is because my dog does not engage in prolonged barking, he is a happy dog and I am at home all day with him most of the time, so my neighbour would not have anything to complain about. If the neighbour had quietly asked to speak to me, I could have politely set him straight that it was not my dog barking as he had not been at home and cannot bark properly. I live near a public footpath on the other side, so I have no neighbour on that side. Several times a day dog walkers go down this path and I sometimes hear a dog barking as it goes by my fence, and often hear dogs barking on the council land at the rear of my house which is used frequently by dog walkers.There are one or two we think professional dog walkers who sometimes have 3 or more dogs, much larger than my dog. Plus, larger dogs have louder barks and the sound can carry. Additionally, another neighbour has a spaniel two houses down. This dog is left out in the back garden sometimes for several hours and it will have spates of barking repeatedly.There is another neighbour with a small terrier sometimes left in the back garden opposite my neighbour’s house. I have had it barking at me as I walk by. I am not bothered by these dogs occasionally barking, as it is not nuisance barking. It’s possible that whilst I was out, the neighbour heard another dog barking, and mistakenly thought it was my dog and as the neighbour has deafness, the sound may have been distorted as to where it was coming from.But that the neighbour would find this to be ‘doing his head in’ was strange as these dog barks would not be classed as nuisance barking, it’s just dogs barking in general as they are in their gardens at home or out walking. The second problem is, that this person told my husband yesterday that the two bikes he had delivered were ones he is going to do up and sell for profit. Later that day, he revved one of these up very loudly indeed for some time and the fumes entered our home. This is worrying me terribly, because already today, I have heard the sound of three motor bikes being revved up and another one just now being revved up. The sound is disturbing and I feel like going round and saying something as I cannot have my windows open. Looking out of my bedroom window, the neighbour has two of his bikes out and his friend has 3. So, I am very pleased to see from this article that there is something I can do about this new problem. And that this neighbour complained about dog barking (when it wasn’t my dog) when he is revving motorbikes up which are much louder is hypocritical. I don't particularly want to take action against my neighbour but if it carries on, I will have to
poppydog1 - 17-Jun-16 @ 2:38 PM
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