Summer months increase neighbourly disputes

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Summer months increase neighbourly disputes

It is well known that summer is the worst time for neighbourly disputes. A recent survey has found that 55% of disputes, that took place between June and August, were as a result of loud music, noise from parties (12%) and smoke from BBQs (5%).

We recommend that if you are planning an event, that will cause disruption to your neighbours, to inform them a few days before hand and include what time the event is likely to finish. Better still, if you know them well, invite them to drop in and be part of your party.

If your local council has resolved to apply the provisions of the Noise Act 1996 (in England, Wales or Northern Ireland), or been ordered by the Secretary of State to do so, it must take reasonable steps to investigate complaints of noise from dwellings or licensed premises between 11pm and 7am. Make sure you don’t have any unexpected visitors to your house this summer!