Speak To Your Local Council
Know Your Numbers
If you think your neighbours are engaging in antisocial behaviour, like making too much noise or hosting parties at inappropriate hours, you should speak to your council. Most areas will have a 24-hour emergency and noise nuisance number that you can call. It’s important that you do this, as the call will be logged (and can be used as evidence in future) and usually, with regards to noise complaints, a council member will be sent to the property to assess the noise levels. Frustratingly, the noise might have ended by the time they make it (sometimes it’s not always possible for them to come out to your property straight away), but having that call logged could be key.
Write Everything Down
The first thing you’ll be asked in a serious dispute with your neighbour is whether you have evidence of such issues. So, it’s important to keep a log of everything that happens. “Its recommended individuals keep a diary of all events, as well as any correspondence between disputing parties, including emails, Facebook posts and text messages,” Gemma advises. You could also make video and audio clips of the problem, and Gemma says to consider installing CCTV cameras if you think the problem is bad enough.
Use A Third Party
Complain To A Governing Body
It’s time to take it higher. You can complain about them via their complaints process which you’ll find on their website, making sure you make note of every time you have contacted the council about your problem. After this, you can take it to the Local Government Ombudsman. They’ll be looking out for such problems as whether your local authority sent someone out to visit you to find out more about the issue. if anyone came to witness the issue after an emergency call-out, or whether your local council simply accepted your neighbours were causing problems but didn’t do anything to stop them. Hopefully this’ll help to get you the result you’re looking for.
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