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Mark,
29 December, 23
The solicitor who was appointed to me was outstanding
Very simple to engage with instant confirmation in writing straight after. Daniel, the solicitor who was appointed to me, was outstanding in his approach, his understanding of the technicalities of the law and, crucially, a genuine care for the client. Would definitely advise using Lawhive, you won't regret it.
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We were so pleased to find the Lawhive website
After struggling to find a solicitor willing to give us advice, and for a reasonable cost, we were so pleased to find the Lawhive website. At first we wondered how well it would work, but needn't have worried at all - the whole process was simple, straightforward and professional and great value for money. We felt extremely lucky to be matched with our solicitor, Sonay Erten, as she was exactly what we were looking for - knowledgeable, patient and kind - a refreshing change from solicitors we have used in the past. She showed a great deal of empathy for our situation and explained things in language that was easy to understand (rather than the usual "solicitor" talk, which can be intimidating). She's a shining example of what a solicitor should aspire to be and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to others or use her again in the future. We came out of our session reassured and confident of what we needed to do going forward, so a big "thank you!"
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I got the outcome I wanted regarding cease and desist to a competitor spreading defamatory statements about my business. Fast and professional, and at a much lower price than high street firms. Highly recommended thanks.
Jason Hunter,
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Very efficient! Can highly recommend.
I found the website very easy to use. Quick responses and I was even able to talk to someone who was friendly and competent. She rang me rather than emailed me. A solicitor was quickly found who could help me and once the relevant identification was approved he started work. Within two days the solicitor had checked documents and commented on them. Very efficient! Can highly recommend.
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A nuisance neighbour is a person who causes a disturbance or annoyance to their neighbours. This can be through noise, damage to property, or other actions. Solicitors can help with the legal process of dealing with a nuisance neighbour, from drafting and sending a cease and desist letter to filing for an injunction.Next steps

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The cost for a licensed solicitor to help with Nuisance Neighbour is dependent on many factors including the complexity and specific requirements of the case. On average it is expected to range from £150-£200 but in some cases it could cost as much as £250.

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Dealing with problematic neighbours can be highly distressing and nuisance neighbour disputes can come in many different forms. Whether you're facing antisocial behaviour or property damage at the hands of a neighbour, getting legal advice early in the conflict is important to prevent escalation.

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At Lawhive, our nuisance neighbour solicitors can provide advice and guidance on neighbourly issues for affordable fixed fees. Get a free case assessment today to discuss your situation and find out how we can help put a stop to nuisance neighbour issues such as:

  • Noisy neighbours;

  • Aggression and harassment;

  • Access disputes;

  • Environmental hazards;

  • Privacy concerns;

  • Parking issues.

Private nuisance claims against a neighbour

A private nuisance is a legal claim you can make if something on your neighbour's land causes problems for you, such as noise, leaks, smells, or other disturbances. You can bring this claim against the person responsible for the issue, whether they are causing it or they are the landowner.

While a court won't automatically consider something a problem because you're inconvenienced by it, if your land has been damaged or your overall enjoyment of it has been significantly reduced, they might.

If you do claim a reduction of enjoyment, the court considers factors like how long the problem has been happening, the normal use of the land, and whether your neighbour intended to cause problems. If the disturbance is rare or within normal land use, it's less likely to be seen as a problem unless severe. However, if your neighbour intentionally causes issues, the court is more likely to consider it a problem.

Public nuisance claims

If you want to claim public nuisance, you must show that the problem affects many people and has caused you specific harm. Examples could include obstructions to the highway and unauthorised raves.

If the court agrees, your neighbour may be ordered to stop, and you could claim for any losses.

For personalised advice on whether you may be able to make a valid public nuisance claim about a neighbour, contact our legal assessment team for a free case assessment.

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How to deal with noisy neighbours

Are noisy neighbours causing you a headache? Whether it's blaring music or disruptive activities, dealing with a racket can be tough.

Noise disputes between neighbours can arise from arguments, loud music, DIY projects, moving furniture, alarms, ball games, barking dogs, slamming doors, or worse, abusive behaviour. While some noise from neighbours is reasonable, it can become a legal problem when it interferes with your enjoyment of your land or property.

So, what can you do about it?

Talk to your neighbour

Before making a formal complaint or getting others involved, you should consider having a chat with your neighbour first. Or, if you don't feel confident having a conversation with them, you can send them a letter. Just be sure to make it clear, stick to the facts, and explain the issue clearly.

It's also possible that your noisy neighbour is getting under the skin of other neighbours too. If so, you might also try to get them on board. Often, problems of this kind can be quickly resolved if a complaint comes from several people, rather than one.

Another option may be to go make a noise complaint to your neighbour's landlord. You can do this whether their landlord is a private landlord, housing association, or the council.

Complain about the noise to the council

If talking to your neighbour or their landlord doesn't solve the problem, you can report noise nuisance to your local council.

Under UK law, noise can be classed as a 'statutory nuisance' and your council has a responsibility to look into the problem.

If, following a complaint, the council finds there is a statutory noise nuisance, they'll issue a noise abatement order. This tells your neighbour that they must stop the nuisance or face legal consequences.

If your neighbour doesn't comply with a noise abatement order, they could face a fine of up to £5,000.

If a noisy neighbour carries on after all of the above, you can take legal action against them.

A nuisance neighbour solicitor can, in the first instance, draft a formal letter which explains the issue and requests the neighbour tone down the noise. They can also help you set up a mediation meeting between you and your neighbour to help find a resolution regarding noise levels.

If all else fails and your neighbour won't quieten down, you can also apply for a court order to legally enforce the peace.

At Lawhive, our neighbour dispute solicitors can help you with nuisance neighbour issues. Get a free case assessment today to find out more about our affordable, efficient legal services.

How to deal with neighbour harassment

Harassment can take many forms, like threats of violence, actual violence, abusive language, threats to your property, or written abuse. Essentially, neighbour harassment is any behaviour from them that threatens your sense of security, and peace, or causes unnecessary inconvenience.

Nobody should have to endure harassment, especially from their neighbours. Harassment from neighbours typically arises when disputes escalate. Sometimes, it's fueled by differences between you and your neighbour, possibly taking on a discriminatory nature. Regardless of the reasons, you're legally protected from such behaviour, and you have the right to take action.

If you're dealing with harassment from a neighbour, contact the police immediately. Keep records of each incident, noting what happened, the date, and the time. The police should take reports of harassment seriously and provide an appropriate level of support, information, and guidance.

If you're renting, tell your landlord or housing authority about the harassment. They can boost security and, if needed, warn your nuisance neighbour of potential consequences if they continue harassing you, which could even include eviction. In some circumstances, they may also offer help with re-housing, but you shouldn't feel pressured if you want to stay.

How can a solicitor help with harassment from neighbours?

Dealing with neighbour harassment often centres on preventing conflicts, and hiring a lawyer might seem like a significant step. However, getting a solicitor's help doesn't immediately mean going to court. Initially, in cases of nuisance neighbours and harassment, a solicitor's role is to understand your situation, offer practical advice, and present all available options, including legal ones. Their advice is objective, grounded in legal knowledge and experience, steering clear of the emotions that often fuel neighbour disputes.

Drafting a cease and desist letter

One common suggestion from a solicitor could be sending a cease and desist letter, usually on their official letterhead. If you decide on this, how the letter is crafted matters. Instead of making legal threats, it should aim to persuade the other party to stop, using a more measured approach to prevent costly legal battles.

Alternative dispute resolution

In some cases, mediation can be an effective way forward in neighbour harassment cases, as it can happen alongside or before legal proceedings. A solicitor can help arrange this and represent either party, if necessary.

If cost is a concern, alternative dispute resolution can also take simpler forms, like lawyers having a meeting or communicating in writing.

Getting a court order or injunction

It is possible to ask a court to issue an injunction against your neighbour if they are harassing you. To do this, you typically need to follow certain steps, including a cease and desist letter, filing a court claim, providing evidence, and attending a hearing.

Injunctions are serious and litigation can be time-consuming. Therefore, it should be used as a last resort. However, there are situations where going to court is necessary and, under some circumstances, you may be able to seek costs and damages.

How to deal with environmental health concerns caused by a neighbour

If you're dealing with an environmental health issue caused by your neighbour, like large bonfires or piles of rubbish, legal action might be necessary if you can't reach an agreement and their actions are affecting your living conditions or property.

Similar to noise complaints against nuisance neighbours, you can report other environmental health concerns to your local authority if they pose a hazard and talking to your neighbour hasn't proved effective. They can help tackle problems including:

  • Air quality concerns caused by bonfires, barbecues, or chimneys;

  • Pollution of a water supply or contaminated land;

  • Dangerous or nuisance dogs;

  • Pest infestations;

  • Flytipping;

  • Incorrect or inappropriate disposal of household waste.

How to deal with a neighbour invading your privacy

When it comes to privacy from overlooking neighbours, it hasn't traditionally been legally actionable. However, if your neighbour consistently invades your privacy, seeking legal assistance can be an option to stop them.

This may include cases involving the installation of CCTV cameras pointing at your property. It's important to note that individuals have the right to protect their property with CCTV, and it's not considered an invasion of privacy unless the camera unreasonably focuses on your property without a valid reason.

Nevertheless, dealing with nosy neighbours invading your privacy can be distressing, and their actions might even be seen as harassment. If you're facing such a problem, contact our legal assessment team to explore your options and receive a free case assessment.

Get help with nuisance neighbours from Lawhive

Dealing with nuisance neighbours can be challenging, and open communication is a good starting point. However, if discussions don't get the results you want, seeking legal advice is a proactive step available to you.

Lawhive's neighbour dispute solicitors offer expert guidance at a fixed fee. They can clarify your situation and provide practical solutions tailored to your needs. If legal action becomes necessary, they can support you from applying for an injunction to representing you in court.

For personalised advice, request a free case assessment and quote from our legal assessment team today.

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