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Are you a limited company or trading as an individual?
Trading as an idividual
Okay. And they're doing it to discourage customers to your business?
To dicourage and to intimidate and provoke.
Okay. Sounds like it might be to cause you, as your business, harassment?
The botXXXXX XXXXXne with this is that if this is designed to cause you harassment, as it sounds like, then it is actionable by you and/or the police.
Yes, the Idea is to cause such a situation as to bring about a confruntation. The landlord clearly states the agressor in any confruntation will be evicted.
Causing harassment is now a criminal offence, and the police could become involved. Further, it might also constitute other criminal offences under public order legislation.
You could also consider civil action in the courts. Ideally, though, this is best resolved through the landlord, although clearly you cannot force him to act.
So what is my first legal step to put an end to this harrassment
He obviously just wants an easy life.
I would say the best thing for you to do is to speak to the landlord, tell him that you don't want to be the aggressor, but that you have to take action and you're prepared to go legal to do that.
The landlord will not get involved untill there is a confrontation
Suggest you will bring a claim against the neighbour - see how that sits with the landlord.
He will agree but still not get involved. What legal procedure will I need to use?
Then, have a solicitor write to the neighbour suggesting action will be taken. Yes, it'll cost you about £100 plus VAT to have the letter written, but if it resolves this, it should be worth it.
After that - you would need to issue proceedings in the county court to do this the civil route. But, before you do that, I would suggest seeing whether the police would become involved, as it costs nothing to use them.
Ok thanks, XXXXX XXXXX presume the solicitor will take action if this is ignored
Yes, that's right.
And they could then introduce claims for other things too if appropriate, such as loss of business caused by the neighbours behaviour.
You know not relly looking for financial gain from this...just for the neighbours to stop
That's fine - then an injunction is what you would need to ask the Court for, but you're right, your solicitor would guide you through the process.