Hello, thanks for your question.
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Are they doing anything more than a normal person would in a neighbouring property?
Okay. Then this makes it easier for you to take action.
The first thing is to speak with your local council - have you done this?
No not yet, we were thinking about doing this, but i'm informed that our property will be flagged on searches. However, because they have built and enclosed the carport without permission, i'm more inclined to go down this route. We've tried banging on our wall, but we are just ignored!
hi, are you still there?
Yes, I'm here.
Okay, you could look at civil proceedings if you needed to. You could apply to the Court (if necessary) to seek an injunction to prevent them doing this that constitute a nuisance.
This is always a balancing exercise for the Courts.
However, ultimately, if somebody is doing something more noisy/distracting than you would find with normal neighbourly activities, then you should stand a reasonable prospect of securing an injunction. Now, I appreciate you don't want to have to go to Court if you can avoid it, and to that end, you should get a solicitor to write to the neighbours first.
If that fails, then Court is always an option.
My wife has phoned the police this evening as its been going on and off since 8.55pm this evening, I don't know if they will come. How do I take civil proceedings - or do you think going to the council first is best?
The Council doesn't cost anything, and is risk-free. Court proceedings come with risks, and cost money for lawyers. So the Council is usually always best first.
To issue proceedings though in Court, you would issue an N1 Claim Form seeking an injunction and damages, to prevent the acts complained of.
ok. I'll try the council first, then the solicitors letter and see how we get on from there. Thanks
Is this okay, is there anything else you would like me to answer?
I think i'm happy with that advice for the moment. Thank you.