Anti-social behaviour includes abusive or noisy neighbours, littering and graffiti. It can leave you feeling intimidated, angry and frightened.
The Local Authority and the Police, along with other organisations, work together in a Community Safety Partnership to tackle antisocial behaviour problems.
Everyone has the right to quiet enjoyment in their home. If you feel this has been disturbed due to excessive noise, for example persistent barking dogs, late night noise from pubs or clubs or machinery then the Local Authority can investigate the cause of the problem and this may lead to action taken against the perpetrator. To report a complaint contact the Community Wellbeing Team.
Disputes over particularly high boundary hedges can often be controversial and the Local Authority can only get involved in certain circumstances and after you have tried other ways to solve the problem. Talk to your neighbour, use a mediation service and keep records of all actions. Any service offered by the Local Authority will be chargeable, that is, you will have to pay.
Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO's)
There are particular problems associated with HMOs in the community. This may be because HMOs are more significantly occupied by certain groups from society (e.g. students etc.) and there may be a clash of values, or the problems may relate to the change in the makeup of the community in a way which puts a strain on the local amenity provision.
For example, there may be concerns about noise or refuse in HMOs from the residents of neighbouring properties; or there may be issues regarding parking provision. Problems may arise where there is negligence by the management of the property in dealing with serious anti-social behaviour.
The legislation makes provision for these potential problems where associated with HMOs and allows the Local Authority to take action where problems come to light. This is especially where specifically related to poor management of such issues. Lesser problems are usually resolved through either the 'Management Regulations' or through the HMO licensing regime. However, the Council also has the power to take over the management of a HMO with an Interim Management Order provided that there is good justification. If you are concerned about the behaviour of occupants of a HMO either as a neighbour or a fellow occupier you may report your concerns to the Local Authority. Please see the Report A HMO page.