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Don’t be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!

Published On: December 21, 2016 at 11:10 am


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Tis the season to be jolly and many of us will be welcoming friends and family into our winter wonderlands for a mince pie and glass of something festive.

However, while you are rockin’ around the Christmas tree, remember goodwill to all men and don’t annoy your neighbours!

Christmas Spirit

New data released from Co-op Insurance reveals what is most likely to turn your neighbours into The Grinch!

Results show that over two-thirds of the UK population wish they were lonely this Christmas, if their neighbours played loud music.

Other features such as inconsiderate parking (blocking a driveway etc), bad language and slamming doors were also found to be a surefire way of creating a Nightmare Before Christmas!

The full results of the survey are shown below-don’t be a turkey and take note!

Top 10 traits of a bad neighbour at Christmas
1 Loud music or television 68%
2 Inconsiderate parking 65%
3 Barking dogs 62%
4 Outdoor loud parties 57%
5 Bad language in or outside of the house 55%
6 Unsupervised children 53%
7 Slamming doors 33%
8 Neighbours pets roaming about your garden 31%
9 Bonfires, BBQ, chimenea smoke 28%
10 Ignoring your neighbours 27%


Don't be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!

Don’t be a turkey to your neighbours this Christmas!


Caroline Hunter, Head of Home Insurance at Co-op Insurance noted: ‘The research shows that playing loud music and making a lot of noise is a top bad neighbour trait, therefore it’s important to spare a thought for your neighbours this Christmas when hosting friends and family.’[1]

‘This is the season for goodwill after all and by showing a little courtesy it can ensure that you and your neighbours leave 2016 harmoniously and as friends rather than enemies. Whilst Christmas is a great time to really come together with friends, family and neighbours, sadly many people find themselves alone on Christmas Day, why not pop round for a cuppa, rather than simply sending a Christmas card, forging those all-important links in the community for years to come,’ she added.[1]




One in five Britons have fallen out with neighbours

Published On: October 26, 2016 at 11:17 am


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An interesting new report has revealed that around one in five property owners has been involved in a dispute with their neighbours.

A portrait of the modern British community report from Co-op insurance gives an insight into most-common disputes and changing communities in the UK.

Nuisance Neighbours

Of people who have had problems with their neighbours, noise was the most common reason. 41% of residential problems were due to noise related issues, such as loud arguments, parties or banging around.

22% of respondents suffered rude or abusive neighbours, with 21% experiencing issues with barking dogs. 19% had issues surrounding parking.

By region, London and Birmingham saw the largest number of neighbour problems. 25% of those questioned in these regions said they had seen some kind of problem in the last year. On the other hand, people in Milton Keynes get along the most, with just 7% experiencing neighbour disputes in the same period-compared to the national average of 20%.

The top-ten reasons for disputes with neighbours were found to be:

1 Excessive noise 41%
2 Rudeness or abuse 22%
3 Barking dogs 21%
4 Parking wars 19%
5 Nosey neighbours 18%
6 Unruly kids 15%
7 = Boundary disputes 12%
7 = Gossipy neighbours 12%
8 Messy gardens which blight the community 11%
9 Roaming pets 7%
10 Not keeping shared facilities maintained 6%


One in five Britons have fallen out with neighbours

One in five Britons have fallen out with neighbours

Good neighbours

Data from the report shows that a Briton’s ideal neighbour would show respect at all times, with 77% agreeing this makes a good person to live next door. 75% said tolerance was the most important trait.

Half of under 35’s have never been in their neighbours’ property, but 77% of over 55’s have.

However, just 19% of people have been invited round to a neighbouring property for a brew!

James Hilton, Director of Products at the Co-Op Insurance, observed: ‘The research shows as a nation we’re at risk of losing the community spirit we once prided ourselves on. Strengthening our communities whilst making them safer places to live is firmly at the heart of the Co-op. Communities are valuable as they allow people to interact with each other, share experiences and develop valued relationships. Without communities we’re in danger of living isolated lives.’[1]

‘However, as our lives, both in and away from the home, become ever busier and we spend more time engaged with technology – TV, the internet and social media, its seems we are becoming ever-more distant from our closest neighbours.  As a nation we need come together, lose the British stiff upper lip and engage with our neighbours, who in time may become friends,’ he added.[1]


Neighbours make good friends…don’t they?

Published On: February 7, 2016 at 10:37 am


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Wouldn’t it be nice to get on with my neighbours?

Well, yes, according to a new survey by Ocean Finance, which suggests that millions of Brits have issues with people living in close proximity to them.

51% of those who encounter a nuisance neighbour feel stressed or depressed and 24% said they wanted to move to a new region. 20% said that they don’t sleep well as a result, with 18% saying that they do not feel safe in their property.

Neighbours make good friends...don't they?

Neighbours make good friends…don’t they?

Typical Troublesome Traits

Troublesome neighbours come in many forms but Ocean Finance has recorded a list of the top-ten most annoying traits. Can you label your neighbour as one of these?

  • The chatters-You know the types. You just want to make the short journey to your car or the dustbin and they are there. Waiting. To talk. About nothing.
  • Bin thieves-Everyone knows one of these-neighbours who, despite the fact that it has your house number emblazoned on the front, steal your dustbin. Which leads nicely onto…
  • Wrong bin dumpers-Do you remember ordering pizza last night? No? Because you didn’t, but there is still a pizza box in your bin. And the bloke next door put it there.
  • Parking police-The family who have 4 cars but 3 residents and who still moan about not being able to park their surplus vehicles outside their house..
  • WIFI grabbers-A teenager at number 26 is having a great time online, using your WIFI.
  • Noisey Nigel-The man living in the attached property who has no concept on TV remote volume control or a regular bedtime
  • Litter louts-Mmm lovely, takeaway boxes, containing part of a kebab, just outside your front gate
  • The curtain twitchers-There’s always one person on the street who sees everything, before seeking sanctuary behind their curtains. This is before gossiping to anyone who will listen about what so-and-so was up to last night
  • Scrapheap challengers- Those neighbours who could hold a car-port sale with the amount of rubbish in their back garden
  • The ‘Eastenders’- More at home on the Jeremy Kyle show, these people argue with themselves on an hourly basis. And you have a front row seat.

‘Good neighbours really can be good friends are a vital part of a vibrant community,’ said Ian Williams. ‘But most Brits will recognise at least one of these less welcome neighbours too-and sadly for some people a problem neighbour can make their lives a misery.’[1]


Most common neighbourly disputes revealed

Published On: July 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm


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Findings from a new report has revealed that many Britons do not fully understand their right to object to developments of their neighbours’ homes. As a result, this leads to thousands of disputes every year.


According to a questionnaire of 2,000 homeowners from property law specialists Slater and Gordon, the most common disputes between neighbours were over removing or repairing a fence (37%), arguments over boundaries (33%), chopping down trees (30%) and building an extension (18%.)[1]

10% of respondents also said that they had experienced a disagreement with a neighbor over painting the outside of their property.[1]

Alarmingly, 81% of people questioned said they are not completely aware of their legal rights to question changes. Nearly half said they would want to complain to their local council and 10% said that they would take legal action if they were not properly consulted about an alteration to a neighbouring home.[1]


On the other hand, one in ten people said they would not even talk to their neighbor before making a change to their own property. When questioned, 48% said that difficult property language put them off discussing changes, with 54% unsure over the legal process should a challenge arise. 47% said that they did not know who to talk to if they were unhappy.[1]

Head of Residential Property at Slater and Gordon, Samantha Blackburn, said, ‘I’m not surprised that so many people don’t know what to do if they are unhappy about changes their neighbours are making to their home.’[1]

‘It’s always preferable to be able to resolve minor issues, such as replacing a fence or cutting down a tree, informally. However, when it comes to major changes to a neighbouring home, or disputes over boundaries, it may be necessary to contact your local authority and in some cases take legal advice,’ she continued.[1]

Blackburn went on to say,’ however, when it comes to major changes to a neighbouring home, or disputes over boundaries, it may be necessary to contact your local authority and in some cases take legal advice.’[1]


In addition, the research revealed that 19% of homeowners expect their neighbours to talk with them over a new garden structure, such as a shed or a greenhouse. 60% said they expected contact over plants or trees that overgrew the boundary between homes.[1]

Concerns were expressed about neighbouring building projects blocking out the light into gardens and homes, with nearly two-thirds of people asked saying that this was their primary concer. Five in eight people said that they would expect at least a conversation over issues that could affect their boundaries, with 43% saying that they would like to discuss access rights for their own home.[1]

The biggest priority for a huge 94% of people however was simply to get on with their neighbours. With this said, only 25% said that they consider their neighbour a friend.[1]

Most common neighbourly disputes revealed

Most common neighbourly disputes revealed

Blackburn commented that, ‘the best way to resolve issues between neighbours is to try to avoid having them in the first place so I always advise my clients to be friendly and respectful towards their neighbours.’ [1]

‘Of course in some cases, such as with fences, overhanging trees, shared gardens or rights of access, homeowners will need to speak to one another about how to rectify certain problems. In my experience as a property lawyer, I have found the best way forward in these situations is to keep the channels of communication open. However, if neighbours cannot agree on how to resolve these issues it may be necessary to take legal advice,’ she continued.[1]


Additionally, Blackburn said that, ‘many homeowners still don’t know much about their rights when it comes to opposing local development or even their neighbour’s plans to add to or alter their homes.  would advise anyone concerned about any of these issues to contact their local authority in the first instance and ask for advice from a planning perspective. Often it’s as simple as lodging your opposition and outlining the reasons for this. It won’t always stop the change, but you can take the opportunity to ask your local authority for further information about what is planned, timescales and whether the change will be discussed at an upcoming council meeting.’[1]

Concluding, Blackburn stated, ‘I would also advise that they liaise with their lawyer who should be able to do some research and look at the title to the neighbouring property and see if there is anything in those title documents that means the proposed alteration needed consent from anyone before it took place.’[1]