Neighbour dispute legal advice
In many cases, a solicitor will be able to advise on your rights in a given situation and help you to resolve a matter swiftly and amicably. For example:
If a shared drain between a property has become blocked and requires cleaning or repairing, a legal expert will be able to consult the legal documents relating to your home and help establish responsibility for repairing/paying to sort the issue.
Using a legal service provider to act as an intermediary can help to ensure that any discussions remain professional and avoid the deterioration of a relationship between neighbours. This may be as simple as a phone call or carefully worded legal letter.
Should you not be able to resolve a dispute directly, a legal letter or correspondence from your solicitor can be enough to draw a matter to a close.
In cases where your neighbour is living in rented accommodation, it may be necessary to contact their landlord if they refuse to cooperate when approached directly. If the issue is a serious one, it may be that a private landlord will choose to apply for a possession order and evict their tenants in order to avoid further problems at their property.
Mediation in neighbour disputes
If straightforward legal advice is not sufficient to solve an issue, it may be necessary to enter into mediation with a neighbour. Mediation involves bringing in an impartial, trained professional to liaise between two opposing parties. Although, there are costs associated with mediation, they are typically much lower than pursuing court proceedings.
A legal service provider will often recommend that you try handling a dispute with a neighbour through mediation before pursuing court action. This is partly due to cost but also because negotiating a solution can be a more successful process than taking a matter in front of a judge where any judgment represents a final decision.
Neighbour dispute court action
If it is not possible to resolve a problem through mediation, court proceedings may be unavoidable. In this situation, your solicitor will prepare all the necessary legal documents and any court applications. They will also represent you in court.
Serious neighbour disputes that involve criminal offences such as breach of the peace, harassment or assault should be reported to the police in the first instance. When the matter proceeds to court, the police report will be an important part of the evidence used by your solicitor to present your case.
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