People living in Newcastle have the most issues with neighbours, with almost three-quarters (73%) of residents admitting to having previously experienced a legal dispute or argument.
Anna McEntee, from the home insurance team at Compare the Market, said: “While disputes regarding noise or parking might have an easy solution, disagreements involving damages could be slightly trickier to resolve.
“Damage to your property can be very costly, so ensure you have an adequate level of home insurance to ensure you are as protected as possible. Some home insurance policies also offer legal cover as an optional extra, which is good to have should the dispute end in having to pay for solicitors’ fees or court proceedings.
“Also, make sure you keep records of any communication with neighbours and take photos of any issues. This could help you further down the line if you do find yourself having to make a claim.
“If you’re unsure of the best course of action, government websites and Citizens Advice are good places to find information on your legal rights, and contacting your local council could be an option if you need additional support to resolve the issue.”
Resolving neighbour disputes advice on the government website is as follows…
Try to solve the problem informally by talking to them.
If your neighbour is a tenant, you could contact their landlord.
You could use a mediation service if raising the issue informally does not work.
If the dispute involves a statutory nuisance (something like loud music or barking dogs), you can make a complaint to your local council.
Contact the police if your neighbour is breaking the law by being violent or harassing you.
As a last resort you can take legal action through the courts.