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Quarter suffer from nuisance neighbours in UK, say Which?

Josie Clarke

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 TVs (29%), doors slamming (27%), people stomping around (23%) and noisy 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 while a third of young people suffered from a nuisance neighbour, 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 guide on how to deal with a nuisance neighbour, with advice on keeping a diary, resolving issues face-to-face and complaining to councils.

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