Tips for avoiding a neighbour dispute

Trespass: Neighbour Disputes: Some tips as to how not to fall out with your neighbour 1. Maintain a friendly dialogue; 2. Do not assume how they may or may not act or react to what you propose to do and how you wish to do it; 3. Expect to compromise as to what you wish to

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Trespass: Neighbour Disputes: Some tips as to how not to fall out with your neighbour

1. Maintain a friendly dialogue;

2. Do not assume how they may or may not act or react to what you propose to do and how you wish to do it;
3. Expect to compromise as to what you wish to do;
4. Remember to keep your neighbour well informed of everything that goes on including, any building works. The slightest sound or builder walking nearby usually spooks your neighbour into a frenzy of panic wondering whether you will stick to your word or not.
5. Do not start work too early or allow builders to work too late.
6. Make sure you have the appropriate planning permission, and building regulation Compliance checks in place.
7. Does the work involve Party Walls? Or work near a boundary line? You may well need to serve notices under the Part Walls Etc Act.
8. Do not be concerned to involve 3rd parties if you think communications have broken down. There comes a point sometimes, when relations are fragile. The involvement of a mediator can help calm things down and allows the Parties to take the subjectivity out of the argument;
9. Avoid Court proceedings and try to resolve any differences through mediation.
David Rosen

David Rosen is a Solicitor-Advocate, Partner and head of Litigation at Darlingtons Solicitors. He is also a visiting associate Professor of Law at Brunel University.

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