Neighbour Disputes

Solicitors in Essex & London


When it comes to neighbour disputes, there is a fine line between relatively minor disagreements and what can be classed as antisocial behaviour.

Antisocial behaviour varies hugely and can range from name-calling to criminal damage to one’s property. This type of behaviour can be very stressful and is often targeted towards one or more families. Our team of residential property dispute solicitors in Essex and London have significant experience in dealing with the legal aspects of tackling neighbour disputes.

Types of antisocial activities that can result in legal action include:

  • Racial or physical abuse
  • Violent behaviour or abusive language
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Vehicles parked on private property
  • Wilful/reckless damage to property
  • Uncontrolled animals (e.g. dangerous pets)
  • Fly tipping or refuse being dumped inappropriately
  • Human or animal waste left in public areas
  • Graffiti
  • Noise from private individuals (e.g. music, parties and vehicles) and from local businesses
  • Playing games or sports on common parts
  • Drug/alcohol-related behaviour

Some of the above activities will sometimes require intervention from a local authority or the police before legal proceedings can be taken.

Our solicitors can advise landlords and tenants on how to deal with antisocial behaviour effectively; we are also able to deal with emergency matters that require immediate legal assistance.

There is a plethora of legislation which has been designed to tackle antisocial behaviour, including:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990;
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997;
  • Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003; and
  • The Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The penalties for those who participate in antisocial behaviour will depend greatly on the severity of the behaviour in question. These can range from receiving a caution or a fine, to being imprisoned and having a criminal record.

Some cases of neighbour disputes are capable of resolution without issuing legal proceedings; our expert team of property dispute solicitors will advise you on all options available to you.

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Find out more about our Residential Property Litigation services

If you are a landlord or tenant and are currently experiencing a neighbour dispute in the form of antisocial behaviour, please contact any of our residential property litigation solicitors directly to discuss your legal options. Our team offers consultations in any of our five offices across Essex and London, or, if more convenient, we are happy to meet you onsite at your own premises.

Our Residential Property Litigation accreditations include:

The Legal 500
ALEP

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