18 million Brits have encountered a nuisance neighbour


18 million Brits have encountered a nuisance neighbour

Your home is your safe haven, the place you relax, rest and escape from the rest of the world – so it’s no surprise that anything that intrudes on this can be deemed a nuisance on your day-to-day life.

Here at Ocean homeowner loans, we help people to buy their dream home, and we think it’s important that your property stays as tranquil as possible, and so we’ve conducted some research into neighbour nuisances and put together some helpful tips on how to deal with them.

Research conducted on our behalf shows that the equivalent of 18 million Brits* have encountered a nuisance neighbour in the past year.

Neighbour nuisances can come in various forms, but our research discovered that nuisance noise, such as arguing and loud music, is the most common irritation for more than half (57%) of respondents**. And, as you might expect, it is particularly an issue is cities such as London.

Other featured annoyances include neighbours who drop litter (30%), rude or abusive behaviour (30%), neighbours who do not look after the exterior of their property (20%) and intimidating or threatening behaviour (15%).

While half (51%) of our survey’s respondents said nuisance neighbours make them feel stressed or depressed, almost a quarter (24%) said they feel as though they want to move to a new area as a result.

Furthermore, another fifth said nuisance neighbours have led to them no longer feeling safe in their home, and marginally less (18%) said they no longer sleep well.

Our research also revealed that seven million of us don’t know who to contact to resolve a neighbour dispute, showing there’s an evident lack of guidance for many.

The Government advises of six steps when dealing with neighbour disputes:

1. Speak to your neighbour
2. Contact your landlord (if you are a tenant)
3. Use a meditation service
4. Complain to the council
5. Call the police
6. Take legal action

*Based on ONS 2013 population projections of 50,371,000 UK adults.

**Red Dot questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,005 adults aged 18 and over between 6 October 2015 and 13 October 2015, of whom 651 were Scottish residents.