We all have the right to live our lives, and part of being a good neighbour is allowing some give and take. We all know that neighbours sometimes have different views and lifestyles which can cause issues.
In the vast number of cases there are simple steps you can take and we hope this page can give you some guidance on what to do and where we may be able to help.
How can I resolve issues with my neighbour?
Most people don’t realise they are being unneighbourly. We find that if you talk to them early and explain the impact they are having, the issue can often be resolved.
Most cases involving unneighbourly behaviour can be solved between residents themselves.
How to talk to your neighbour
Following this advice can help you have a constructive conversation with your neighbour about any issues:
- Don’t speak to them about the issue when you’re feeling angry or upset
- Choose a time that’s best for everyone
- Plan what you’re going to say, before you say it
- Talk face to face if possible
- Be clear about what the problem is, the impact it is having on you and how you think it could be resolved
- Stay calm, polite and pleasant
- Be prepared to listen to their side of the story
- Try to come to an agreement that everyone is happy with
- Don’t put yourself at risk, leave straight away if people are aggressive or threatening
If you don’t feel confident talking to your neighbour or finding a time when you’re both in is tricky, download our “Dear Neighbour” template here, change the bits in yellow to relate to your situation and pop it through their letterbox.
What can Futures Housing do if things don’t improve?
Sometimes unneighbourly behaviour can be a tricky problem to solve. Whilst there may be things we can do to help, we want you to understand that sometimes there are limits on what we can do. We’ll do our best to direct you to the best support and to help in any way we can to ensure you can enjoy living in your home.