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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Neighbourhood issues

Neighbourhood issues
Neighbourhood issues

Getting involved in your neighbourhood can be a great way to settle into your new home.  When problems crop up with neighbours, it's best to try to resolve these between yourselves, but you may be able to get help from the council or other organisations if this isn't possible. 

Make sure you know where your land ends and your neighbour’s begins. Disputes over boundaries can cause formerly friendly relationships to sour.

You need both planning permission and building control approval for certain extensions and building work. For others, like a loft conversion or installing a new boiler you’ll only need building control approval.

You should take steps to protect your home and your family from burglary and break-ins.

Your local council is responsible for dealing with complaints about noise and nuisance behaviour.

Anti social behaviour is any type of persistent behaviour that upsets the community. There are things that can be done to deal with certain types of anti social behaviour (ASB). A dispute with a neighbour won’t necessarily be classed as anti-social behaviour.

Everyone wants neighbours they can get along with, but we’re not all this lucky. If your neighbours are seriously harassing or intimidating you, you may be able to get help to find a new home from the Housing Executive.

Some people enjoy getting involved in their neighbourhood. You might want to join a residents association or community group or even set one up if you think it would improve the area.

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