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James Mather
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I have complained about my neghbours when i first move in to

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I have complained about my neghbours when i first move in to property in 2006 do i still need to delcare this if i am selling my property due to this being over 7 years ago?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
Hello, I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a High Street practice. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008. During that time, as you appreciate, I have answered thousands of questions from satisfied users on a variety of subjects. Because we are all in practice with clients and court and other users, I might not always respond in minutes. Please bear with me in that case

It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me while I gather some further information from you in order for me to be able to advise you fully.

Unless I have all the facts that I need, my answer would not be accurate.

What was the complaint?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.



it was a noise dipsute load music playing etc i complained to the authorities and the local council who she renteed the house. However it turn out that she was not the tenant her father was and she was minding the house however she was the tenant, i think he was subletting with out the local council knowing.


however this was 7 years ago


Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
Was it resolved or have you kept quiet meanwhile?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

it was resolved the girl had a baby and she calm down with the parties.

Hence why i haddend complained for 7 year plus i rent the property out currently and no one had complained for the last 3 years.


I understood from why I last sold a property that they ask if you have had any neighbour disputes over the last 5 years, therefore i would understand from that anything over this point would be quashed?


Is that correct or would this come back and bit me after this point. I wish i had never compained in the first place and just kept quite.

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

To be frank, because it was seven
years ago, I would probably disclose it but probably not for the reason that
you think.

If you disclose a dispute from
seven years ago make it quite clear that this was settled and how it was
settled, then a buyer is more likely to believe that there have been no other
incidents (which you are keeping quiet about) meanwhile.

However, referring to the wording
of the latest property information form.

There is no longer a 5 year


Question 2.1 your answer should
be, see 2.3.

2.2 should be "no" assuming that
no one has complained about you of course.

2.3 should be "yes" because the
fact of the matter is that you have complained.

I would be brief and say: complaint
about noise (loud music) seven years ago, now resolved.. No incidents to my knowledge
in the last three years since the neighbour had a new child.




If you are open and transparent,
it can never come back and bite you.


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