Life is not always plain sailing, and disputes between neighbours can be very stressful and time consuming. If you are seeking legal advice for a problem with your neighbours, you may find it reassuring to know that you are not alone. Conflict with neighbours appears to be on the increase, although the topics that arise are often the same across the country.
We’ve been looking at the reasons people give for falling out with their neighbours, and thinking about how these could be resolved more peacefully. If you need help to deal with nuisance neighbours, contact us at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors and see what we can do for you.
If your problem neighbours are tenants then you have the option of taking them and they are landlord before the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) for a resolution.
5 Reasons Neighbours Fall Out With One Another:
1. Extensions or changes to a property. If a property is being extended, neighbours may raise concerns over their access to light, which could be obstructed by building works. This sort of dispute may be resolved by compromising with neighbours over what sort of extension is planned, or legal advice may be sought if agreement cannot be reached.
2. Pruning or cutting down trees. Neighbour disputes over cutting down trees or hedges along property boundaries are very common. Ownership of trees that have been pruned may be one problem, or the lack of privacy that results from a severe pruning or removal of trees on a boundary. Be aware that issues such as this may cause problems, and discuss them with your neighbours beforehand if possible.
3. Boundary disputes. Many property owners experience ongoing problems with boundary disputes, and these often end up in legal proceedings. Solicitors who specialise in property law will be able to help and advise in situations such as this, so seeking legal advice is a good way to find resolution.
4. Removal or repair of fences. Fences may seem a minor issue, but are actually the most common subject of disputes amongst neighbours. Discussing who owns the fences on each side of your property can help to prevent problems arising, and talking to your neighbours before making changes to fencing can help to avoid this potential difficulty.
5. Painting the outside of a house. If you are considering painting your house in a different colour or style to the other houses in your area, it is a good idea to talk to your neighbours before you begin. You should also check your title deeds to ensure that they do not specify certain restrictions by which you must abide.
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If you are experiencing problems with a neighbour, it is a good idea to seek legal advice from a conveyancing and property solicitor as soon as possible. Contact Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors for a free consultation without obligation. Simply contact us online or call us today on +021 4270934 to talk to our experienced and helpful team