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If noise, trespass or land owner disputes are a headache

We should all be able to relax in our homes. But if blaring TVs, persistent loud music or frequent all-night parties make that tough, what do you do? If a neighbour regularly trespasses on your property, how do you stop them? And then there’s adverse possession – where someone claims title to land they don’t legally own. What are your rights if you’ve been using and looking after land you thought was yours and someone else insists it’s theirs? 

Different approaches to the problem

Loud noise is stressful. And if it flouts the Environmental Protection Act, it’s also illegal. A chat with your noisy neighbour might be all it takes to make them aware and stop the disturbance. But if that fails, you could complain to your local authority or through the civil courts. A friendly approach might also do the trick if a neighbour is trespassing. But if the trespassing doesn’t stop, things become much more complex.

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When it comes to noise, we’ll explain what you can do to turn down the volume, and how to get environmental health involved if necessary. We can advise you on how to deal as amicably as possible with someone trespassing on your property. If you’ve found out that land you’ve used for some time was never legally yours, or it was passed down to you by someone who was equally in the dark, we can help you register it in your name. And if someone else has been using your land for years without you knowing, and is now trying to claim they own it, we can help you respond. We’ll:

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