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27% suffer nuisance neighbour: poll

Just over a quarter of UK adults have had a problem with a nuisance neighbour in the past year, a survey for a consumer group has found.

The poll for Which? found that among the 27% who have had issues with neighbours, loud voices and arguing topped the list of annoyances, suffered by 41%.

Other reasons cited for neighbours becoming a nuisance included loud music and noisy televisions (29%), doors slamming (27%), people stomping around (23%) and noise from pets (21%).

Half those who experienced a problem said they were left feeling angry (53%) and irritable (52%), while 42% felt stressed and 11% were afraid.

The watchdog found that young people were more likely to suffer from a nuisance neighbour, with 33% of 18 to 24-year-olds having experienced a problem compared with 17% of those aged 65 and over.

However 86% of 18 to 24-year-olds did not know where to get help or advice compared to 44% of those over 65.

Which? has produced a new guide on how to deal with a nuisance neighbour, covering advice such as keeping an incident diary, resolving issues face-to-face and complaining to the local authority.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "Having a nuisance neighbour can be a real problem, and our research has found that young people especially are suffering in silence.

"There are a number of ways you can complain and resolve a dispute, which is why we have produced a free guide to help."

:: Populus surveyed 2,062 UK adults online between June 20-22.

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