Up to two thirds of Britons have, at some point or another, lived next door to a nuisance neighbour, according to a new study.
The news comes after recent research, which quizzed more than 2,000 UK residents, found that 60 per cent of Britons row with their neighbours – and at least 20 per cent have contacted their local council to complain about a ‘nuisance neighbour’ on at least one occasion.
Astonishingly, more than a third told surveyors that they had even considered moving house due to ongoing problems with irritating neighbours.
Loud music and noisy pets ranked amongst the most common annoyances reported, at 21 and 15 per cent respectively. Car parking disputes and boisterous children also ranked highly, at 15 and 13 per cent.
In the event of a neighbour dispute – no matter how small – Britons need to be aware of their legal standing and, equally so, of what constitutes ‘nuisance behaviour’.
A separate study carried out in May found that the average Briton unknowingly breaks the law at least once a day – usually in relation to causing an ‘illegal disturbance’.
Loud gardening tools and television noise, use of power tools at inappropriate times (including Sundays) and even bubbling bath tubs, can all be considered a reasonable noise disturbance under English law.