What Constitutes Harassment From a Neighbour?

Posted by Chris Ringham on Jul 19, 2022 10:00:00 AM

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No one deserves to live in fear. Recently, there has been a shocking story in the news, detailing an elderly “nightmare neighbour” terrorising a family by taking photographs of them, abusing them verbally, and causing criminal damage to their car.

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This story highlights why it is important to consider what constitutes as harassment from a neighbour and consider what you can do about it.

Common Forms of Harassment

There are some more common forms of harassment, which might be easily recognisable. These can include blocking your parking spot, intercepting your post and perhaps even claiming to have lost it. A neighbour may also regularly play extremely loud music, with the aim to disrupt your sleep or work, even after you have asked them to keep the volume lower. In some cases, as with the news story we previously referenced, this can even escalate to criminal damage of your property.

Subtle Forms of Harassment

Some forms of neighbour harassment can be more subtle and harder to spot. This might include using aggressive language when communicating verbally, having a hostile attitude, subtly encroaching on your drive with a vehicle, or directing security cameras towards your property. Harassment can take many forms and can be difficult to explicitly spot when it is occurring. This means that you could be subject to harassment and not understand that you are.

Gathering Evidence and Getting Advice

If you question that your neighbour may be harassing you it is important to begin compiling evidence. You should keep a log of activities and should record abusive behaviour when possible.

If you are questioning whether you are subject to harassment, you should contact Bowsers Solicitors to advise you upon your situation. Contacting Bowsers Solicitors will allow you to receive professional legal advice to determine if you may be able to make a harassment claim.

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