We all have different values, opinions, timetables, and expectations of others. Sometimes this can result in disputes, but it is important to remember that being a good neighbour involves compromise.
If this is the first time you’ve experienced a problem with a neighbour, it might be best to ignore it – as it could be a one-off event. Although these events might disturb you, a bit of tolerance might be all that is needed.
Wherever possible, and when it is safe to do so, the first thing to do it to try talking. Neighbours might not realise that their behaviour is causing a problem. It is important to be reasonable and avoid confrontation. In many cases, we will not investigate a complaint if you haven’t tried to speak to your neighbour, unless you don’t think it is safe to do so.
How should I approach my neighbour if there’s a problem?
If you decide to approach your neighbour, try to remember to:
If the problem you are experiencing is caused by children, do not approach them directly – speak to their parents if you can.
Keeping the noise down
Remember that no home is totally soundproof – everyone can expect to hear some noise from neighbours. There are things you can do to minimise disturbance – or that it might be possible to agree between neighbours.