General Insurance Article - Bad neighbours


As the theme tune goes - ‘Everybody needs good neighbours’ – but not everyone is lucky enough to get along with the people next door. According to new research, bad neighbours are not only stressful to live next to, they can adversely affect the sale of your home, with would-be buyers looking for tell-tale signs of potentially problematic neighbours.

 The survey, commissioned by GoCompare, found that 28% of people have fallen out with a neighbour, with the most common disputes concerning noise, issues with pets and rubbish. For 6% of respondents, the relationship with next door became so bad it escalated into a legal dispute. 

 

 The survey also revealed that 48% of buyers would be put-off a house if the garden of a neighbouring property was littered with rubbish, with 43% claiming they wouldn’t buy a property if the neighbouring address was in a dilapidated state. Over a third (37%) wouldn’t buy a home next door to a student let.

 On the bright-side, the survey also found that many neighbours get along well and help each other out. Half of those surveyed said they would call their neighbour a friend, 51% have lent items to a neighbour and 42% have borrowed items. Just over half (51%) of respondents look after a neighbour’s property if they are away and water their plants or feed their pets.

 Commenting on the research, Ben Wilson, GoCompare’s home insurance spokesperson said, "Most people get along well with their neighbours, however, not all neighbours are easy to live next to. If you have an issue with a neighbour, the first thing you should do is to have a friendly chat with them, as they may be completely unaware of any upset they may be causing. If you’re unable to resolve the matter amicably, depending on the cause of the dispute, there are a number of options available to you. Citizens Advice have a useful step-by-step guide on the action you can take, and your home insurance may provide valuable help as well.

 Ben Wilson continued, “What’s also worth noting, anyone looking to sell their property is legally required to disclose information about any disputes they’ve had with neighbours on the ‘Seller’s Property Information Form’ provided by their solicitor. Providing false or omitting information could lead to legal action taken against you by the buyers – so as ever, honesty is the best policy.” 

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