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Being a good neighbour

How you can help – being a good neighbour

A good neighbour is:

  • Considerate – respects people's rights and privacy and thinks how their behaviour affects others.
  • Tolerant – understand that people have different ways of doing things and that is okay.
  • Responsible – for the actions of themselves, their family, visitors and pets.
  • Law abiding – does not engage in illegal activity. Takes responsibility and reports to the Police.

As a good neighbour you should:

  • Talk things over with your neighbour when there are problems, listen to other peoples’ points of view, and try to come to an agreement that works for everyone.
  • Keep the noise coming from your home (music, parties, alarms, pets, cars and so on) at a reasonable level, particularly at night.
  • Be tolerant of neighbours’ children playing outside.
  • Park considerately so as not to block your neighbours’ access to their property.
  • Keep your garden tidy and free of rubbish.
  • Avoid dropping litter, take it home with you.
  • Control your pets and clean up after them.
  • Dispose of bulky items responsibly, by taking to your local Community Recycling Centre or contacting your local Council who will pick up bulky waste for a charge.
  • Avoid keeping untaxed or un-roadworthy vehicles at your home or in the neighbourhood.
  • Comply with the terms of your Tenancy Agreement.

What do I do if I have a problem with my neighbour?

If a problem occurs between neighbours, it is often best to try and sort the matter out with your neighbour yourself. By speaking to your neighbour, you may be able to settle the matter straight away without having to do anything else. Your neighbour might even be unaware that there was a problem in the first place.