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Neighbours & Anti-Social Behaviour

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(ASB) encompasses virtually any intimidating or damaging behaviour that scares you or damages your quality of life.  If you experience problems with anti-social neighbours you should write to your local authority and ask them to investigate.  You can also request that the police become involved.

After receiving your complaint, your local authority will evaluate whether or not there is enough evidence to apply to the local court for an (ASBO).  An ASBO tells an anti-social person to cease behaving in a certain way for a specified period of at least two years - a typical ASBO lasts ten years, but can be imposed indefinitely.

Any breach of an ASBO by the anti-social person constitutes a criminal offence that can carry penalties of up to five years' imprisonment.

** Additional Information & Advice **

In addition to contacting your local authority and police about an anti-social neighbour, it may be wise to to get help, particularly in extreme cases.

You can be in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.

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