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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Neighbour dispute

Don’t stay in your home if you don’t feel safe. If you or your home has been attacked tell the police. The Housing Executive might have to find you somewhere else to live if it’s not reasonable for you to stay in your home.

Mediation can often help to resolve problems between family members, neighbours or housemates. It’s not an appropriate solution in every case but can be very effective.

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

Harassment from neighbours can cause huge stress. You might be able to resolve your differences with your neighbour by talking calmly about the issues or using mediation services. If this doesn't work your landlord may be able to help you deal with the problem.

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

If the Housing Executive accepts that you've been intimidated and believe you're at risk of death or serious injury if you continue living in your home you might be entitled to financial help as well as help finding a new home. 

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.

You may get help securing your home if you’ve been attacked in a hate crime.

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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