The Complete Legal Service Based in Spennymoor and Ferryhill County Durham
Spennymoor: 01388-815317
Ferryhill: 01740-657444

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

During lockdown, many people may have gotten to know their neighbours better. However, recent reports suggest that the number of complaints made about neighbours to the police and local authorities has increased steadily over the past few months. Disputes between neighbours can range from a variety of issues including:


A significant proportion of neighbour disputes can be categorised as disputes giving rise to a private nuisance. In law, nuisance can be defined as an act which interferes with another person’s land. The most common examples include noise nuisance or nuisance caused by flooding.

Boundary Disputes

Gardening has proven to be a popular hobby for many people during the recent lockdown. However, it is important to recognise that any gardening work must not affect neighbouring property. Quite often, the erection of fences or the planting of trees can interfere with the boundaries between two properties. In situations such as this, it is strongly recommended that you review the title deeds to your property in an attempt to establish where the correct boundary line lies and to obtain the consent of your neighbour prior to carrying out any significant gardening work.


If you or your neighbour has installed CCTV, it is imperative that any cameras are pointing onto your land only, and not onto your neighbour’s property. The purpose of domestic CCTV is, first and foremost, to protect property and not to infringe upon anyone else’s rights to privacy. If you are unsure as to whether the installation of CCTV footage is unlawful, then please refer to the guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO).

If you need advice or assistance in relation to any of the above, then please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free initial discussion by contacting us on 01388 815317 or emailing

Spennymoor Office

33 Cheapside,
County Durham,
DL16 6QF

tel: +44 (0) 1388 815317
fax: +44 (0) 1388 811605

Ferryhill Office

1 Parker Terrace,
County Durham,
DL17 8JY

tel: +44 (0) 1740 657444
fax: +44 (0) 1740 655533

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