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Can anyone in the know confirm or dispell the following for me please. I can't remember for the life of me where I heard it (although I'm fairly sure it was on a TV programme) but reporting neighbours to the authorities (one assumes council or police) for whatever reason (or it may be a specific reason such as noise/anti-social behaviour) not only affects the value of your property but you are also legally obliged to disclose this when selling your property. 

Thank you.

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True,any dispute with a neighbour should be disclosed in the legal pack when selling a house.

My Daughter is a senior solicitor and head of conveyancing.

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17 minutes ago, Dave at kelton said:

Civil claim for damages I suspect

Does not a legal obligation imply, to not do so is illegal? And in consequence, attract a criminal prosecution?

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it's just human nature , to keep stum , if you want to sell your house , otherwise it might take longer to sell , but at the end of the day if they want your house , some people may think it is a small price pay , o k.

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The posts above are correct but in context they’re potentially misleading.

It is true that you will be asked to disclose any dispute you’ve had with your neighbours, HOWEVER, reporting your neighbours to the police/council doesn’t necessarily mean you have had a direct dispute with your neighbours.

I don’t know the motivation for your question but suppose a homeowner is fed-up with the loud music from next door and is considering selling his house as a result. The sensible thing to do would be to avoid talking to the neighbour directly and instead report the neighbour to the council anonymously. When the homeowner’s sale is progressing there is no proof that any dispute has arisen with his neighbour.

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1 hour ago, panoma1 said:

Does not a legal obligation imply, to not do so is illegal? And in consequence, attract a criminal prosecution?

No civil and criminal law are two different things

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12 hours ago, Dave at kelton said:

No civil and criminal law are two different things

Dave, yes I am aware civil and criminal law is different! I’m also aware the law in Scotland can differ from the law in England!....I Just wondered whether not complying with a “legal obligation” was a criminal offence?

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56 minutes ago, panoma1 said:

...I Just wondered whether not complying with a “legal obligation” was an obligation was a criminal offence?

You either need to go through what you have written before pressing return or cut down on the firewater.

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Reporting a neighbour for playing loud music is termed 'subjective', which would depend on whether you are the kind of person who is not bothered by it or if you like peace and quiet. Also, I don't think it is possible to report anonymously as they would be inundated with calls most of which would be unfounded I dare say. I believe councils require you to keep a diary over a month or so before they will consider acting..

Disputes will usually be regarded as over boundaries/land/buildings, etc.

I did a bit of research which turned that info up but it was more to do with other kinds of things regarding our neighbours. The OH was given some verbal abuse by the stupid cow who lives a couple of doors down because she was cleaning up out the front. Some things were said to her which revealed some of the gossip that is obviously passed amongst them. The fact is they don't like it as we don't have any of them round and we aren't round to theirs. We don't want them knowing our business and that's just how we like it. 

It really is juvenile/play ground stuff which you think adults would be above but then I have to say I'm not wholly surprised. People will form their own opinions regardless but at least this way we have the knowledge that they are wrong. 

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6 minutes ago, Doc Holliday said:

Reporting a neighbour for playing loud music is termed 'subjective', which would depend on whether you are the kind of person who is not bothered by it or if you like peace and quiet. Also, I don't think it is possible to report anonymously as they would be inundated with calls most of which would be unfounded I dare say. I believe councils require you to keep a diary over a month or so before they will consider acting..

Disputes will usually be regarded as over boundaries/land/buildings, etc.

I did a bit of research which turned that info up but it was more to do with other kinds of things regarding our neighbours. The OH was given some verbal abuse by the stupid cow who lives a couple of doors down because she was cleaning up out the front. Some things were said to her which revealed some of the gossip that is obviously passed amongst them. The fact is they don't like it as we don't have any of them round and we aren't round to theirs. We don't want them knowing our business and that's just how we like it. 

It really is juvenile/play ground stuff which you think adults would be above but then I have to say I'm not wholly surprised. People will form their own opinions regardless but at least this way we have the knowledge that they are wrong. 

If that’s the extent of the “dispute” I would be comfortable not mentioning it. It is a personal issue rather than a dispute relating to the property.

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10 hours ago, henry d said:

You either need to go through what you have written before pressing return or cut down on the firewater.

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear! :no: “Let he who is without sin”....................

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30 minutes ago, Thunderbird said:

I'm sure I read somewhere that in the USA you have to declare if you know whether someone has ever died in the property.

Yep! Ghosts apparently!

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These are the questions asked which must be answered truthfully.

I have recovered compensation for innocent buyers of a property whose vendor deliberately failed to mention the local residents' campaign she had led about the pornographer residing opposite.

An untrue answer can give rise to a civil claim for damages, usually the difference in value of the property with the dispute properly disclosed. 

 

 

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We interpreted dispute as to be over boundaries and buildings primarily, when we sold our place. The southern couple next door liked to have a drink or 10 and row or knock lumps off each other. And occasionally the police would be called out by her for their fights. She'd occasionally go knocking on doors drunk to complain about him/the area/the tractors/life/running out of gin/the country lanes. She was embarrassing and cost us 2 sales being ****** up and coming out to quiz buyers. We knew our eventual buyers would cope with her as I knew where they had previously lived, next to an Indian takeaway that was raided every 6 months for illegal immigrants and they always got a few! A gobby southern cow wasnt a patch on that. It caused the wife and step daughter a fair amount of stress living next to her but it used to amuse me on the whole. But we never actually had a dispute with her because we wanted to move. She's now wanting to sell to go back darn sarf and is on her best behaviour!

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1 hour ago, Thunderbird said:

That wasn't Bristol's most famous porn star was it? 

I'm sorry I wouldn't know ... this was a suburban home in quiet residential street being used as a "studio" with single males showing up for an hour at a time. 

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Decided in the end to log it with the police but with no further action to be taken. PCSO was very helpful and said to contact them directly if anything happens in future. I think the fact they were seen coming to us, well, Mrs H as I was at work, has had the desired effect or so it seems. I've seen a number of them when out the front and not one of them has the guts to look me in the eye. Just speaks volumes about their character. Thanks for all the replies guys.

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