How do I handle difficult neighbours?
Question from Denise updated on 7th August 2008:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Landlords are obliged to prevent tenants from breaching the reasonable peace, comfort and privacy of their other tenants and neighbours. However, this obligation can only be enforced by other tenants of the same landlord. You may be able to find out who owns the neighbouring property by contacting your local council. You can then put your concerns in writing to the landlord. If you are unable to contact the owner, or have difficulty in getting the owner to take action, you may also wish to discuss your concerns with the noise control officers at your local council.
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