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As a last resort, you might want to consider legal action against a nuisance neighbour.
Bear in mind that taking someone to court is expensive, so this option should only be considered if you have exhausted all other routes. For more information on making a court claim, visit the GOV.
In this guide we explain the steps you can take to deal with nuisance neighbours.
It's always a good idea to make notes and keep a diary of when noise or an incident occurs, and how long it lasts.
The Civil Mediation Council, part of the Ministry of Justice, provides a list of local, professional and experienced mediators. Depending on how much you are seeking to claim, fees range from £50 - £425 VAT.
It's worth remembering that although the fees may seem steep, they are likely to be considerably cheaper than hiring a solicitor.
If you're unhappy with the way your local authority deals with your issue, you should make a formal complaint through the council's formal complaints process.
It's important to keep a note of each time you contact the council telling it about your neighbour's behaviour.
But sometimes people are unaware that they are causing a problem, especially when it comes to noise.
survey found that one in four people have had a problem with nuisance neighbours in the last year, leaving people angry, irritable and stressed.
We also found that 64% of people who have experienced problems in the last year didn’t know where to go to seek help and advice.
If you're genuinely frightened of talking to your neighbour, due to anti-social behaviour for example, you should contact your local authority's anti-social behaviour team or your local police.
If you live in a rented property or own a leasehold, you should contact the landlord, housing association or freeholder and explain the problem.If relations with your neighbour have broken down, or if you don’t feel able to, or are afraid to speak to your neighbour, you should contact your local authority to report the nuisance.