A guide to being a good neighbour

Are you an annoying neighbour? Are you breaking the law inadvertently? Find out here, in our guide to being a good neighbour and not breaking the law.

  1. When putting up washing lines, make sure you obtain consent from your neighbour before using their fence or wall to hang it up.
  2. Ever been annoyed by an annoying constant sound? Bubbling hot tubs may not be for your neighbour and could be classed as a nuisance due to noise.
  3. Only cut back tree branches to the extent that they overhang your land. If you cut back into your neighbour’s property it is illegal. Also, if there is a preservation order you cannot cut any of the branches at all.
  4. Now that you’ve cut back the tree or hedge, don’t just thrown them back into your neighbour’s garden. Ask for consent. If not in could classed as garden waste fly tipping.
  5. Your neighbour apple tree that overhangs your garden has got some ripe fruit. Don’t think about taking any without consent. Otherwise it’s constituted as theft.
  6. under the Human Rights Act, none of your CCTV cameras should point to their land, as this is breaching their privacy and could possibly constitute harassment.
  7. Smoke- If you have a wood burner in the house, or a barbecue. It’s a nuisance. And action can be taken.
  8. If you’re planning to keep chickens make sure you consider that the noise, odour, flies and vermin can be deemed to be nuisance behaviour.
  9. Summer days, screaming children on trampolines. Make sure you’re not breaching your neighbours right to privacy and that the noise is not too loud, position trampolines carefully.

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  10. Security lights that go directly onto your neighbour’s gardens, could be classed as light pollution.
  11. To cut down noise pollution, noisy DIY and household appliances should be used between the following times: Weekdays: 8 AM – 6 PM, Weekends: 8 AM – 1 PM
  12. If you’ve got a big car, or a caravan, make sure you take care when you park so that you’re not blocking the light.
  13. If your Wi-Fi isn’t working, don’t think about using your neighbours unsecure Wi-Fi. This type of ‘piggybacking’ is illegal under the computer misuse act 1990.

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