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What you can do to be a good neighbour

You and your neighbours have the right to ‘quiet enjoyment of your homes’. This means that you, your family and your visitors must not behave in a way that would cause damage to property or annoy your neighbours.

There are some things that you can do to keep good relations with your neighbours:

  • Think of your neighbours before you start doing something noisy, such as work on your car or DIY. If possible, tell your neighbours about you plans beforehand and avoid working early in the morning or late at night.
  • Remember noise carries through walls, floors and doors. Take care to reduce noise. For example, think about the position of your sound system or how loud your TV is turned up.
  • Make sure your dog does not bark or cry for long periods of time.
  • Co-operate if a neighbour asks you to reduce the noise.
  • Be considerate when parking your car. Don’t block entrances or dropped kerbs. 
  • Put your rubbish out on the allocated day.
  • Don’t block communal areas.
  • Be understanding towards neighbours whose lifestyles are different to yours.
  • Do not use your home for commercial purposes.
  • If you have a garden, make sure you keep it neat and tidy.
  • No one wants to stop children playing but be aware that some games can cause a nuisance to neighbours.
  • Never use your home for illegal purposes such as drug dealing.
  • Never be violent or abusive towards others.