Almost all of us have neighbours. Unfortunately, we don’t always get along.
The most common issues between neighbours involve arguments over fences, noise, privacy and trees.
Often, people can get quite emotional in these situations. It’s important to remember that whatever happens you’ll probably still be living next to one another- try to keep things friendly.
Communication is key. If you can talk it out and reach an agreement without taking the matter to court you will save yourself a lot of money, time and grief. If you’ve tried everything, and still find you need to go to court, make sure you get legal advice. There is a list of places you can go to for help in the links at the bottom of this page.
Here are some general tips for resolving issues in your neighbourhood:
Speak to you neighbours about any issues before they get out of hand- try to find a solution that works for both of you
Act in a polite and respectful way
Keep records of receipts, quotes, Police reports, as well as your own diary of times and dates for when things have occurred- you may need them as evidence later on
Get legal advice if you need it
Go onto your neighbour’s land, or interfere with their property without asking their permission first
Take matters into your own hands- always follow the law
Burn your bridges- even if the court does find in your favour, at the end of the day you’re the one who still has to live next to the person!
Click on the links below for more information on some of the more common problems between neighbours:
Disclaimer: This information is a general guide to the law. It should not be relied on as legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem you should consult a lawyer.
It applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in NSW, Australia. The information contained in this publication is current at 1 January 2014.