Two thirds of the British population claim to have suffered nuisance caused by problem neighbours, with 1 in 5 of all complainants having reported the matter to the police. Unfortunately, most complaints are dismissed by the police as being ‘a civil matter’, despite them having a range of statutory powers to deal with neighbour disputes.
Nobody should be tormented in their home by a disturbance outside of it. Those that are, often suffer longer than necessary, unaware of the various rights they possess to end that nuisance. The most notable of those rights are contained within the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Under this Act you can make an application to the magistrates’ court for an abatement notice to end your neighbour’s nuisance behaviour. The Act also imposes a duty upon every local authority in the UK to take reasonable steps to investigate any reports of nuisance they receive.
Nuisance can also be classed as anti-social behaviour. Both the police and the local authorities have powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to deal with ‘problem behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in locality.’ This covers public spaces, private residencies and commercial premises. And it’s not just the police where you can report anti-social behaviour. You can report it to the council, to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team and to a social housing landlord if the tenant is living in council provided accommodation.
Although these are the most effective methods of tackling nuisance, taking action often means putting yourself at the mercy of the police or the council: neither of which have a reputation for speed and efficiency. So how can you take action to end nuisance right away?
Well, in the first instance the authorities send out a warning notice to the offending property, which is something you can do yourself with this Cease and Desist Nuisance Notice. A legal notice which requires the recipient to end the nuisance, or face proceedings in either the criminal or county court if they refuse to comply.
You should use this letter if you are experiencing the following types of nuisance on a regular basis:
- Loud music
- Late night parties
- Shouting neighbours
- Barking dogs
- Building works and DIY
- Intruder alarms
- Smoky bonfires
- Parking disputes
- Obstructions in street (such as illegally parked vehicles)
- Unsightly property
- Waste and rubbish
- Aggressive pets
- Intimidating behaviour
In most instances, this legal notice will be all it takes to stop nuisance neighbours without any of the delays or complications surrounding the authorities or court proceedings. It has been drafted in line with the appropriate legislation to describe all the relevant offences, legal recourse and penalties that could be incurred if the recipient doesn’t comply.
All you have to do is fill in the complaint details section of the letter with a short description of the nuisance you are experiencing. You don’t need to put your name and address on the notice. It is designed to be sent anonymously to avoid the risk of retaliation or malicious counter-claims being made against you. It can be hand delivered or posted to the resident, owner, landlord or letting agent of the offending property, and can be served on residential or business property.
This is a highly effective legal notice which gets results the vast majority of the time it is used.
A solicitor would charge anywhere upward of £150 for a notice of this kind. You can download it from this website right now, in PDF and WORD formats for just £3.
In less than 24 hours your nuisance neighbour problems could be over. Try it!