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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Harassed by neighbours

Harassment from neighbours can cause huge stress.  You might be able to resolve your differences with your neighbour by talking calmly about the issues or using mediation services.  If this doesn't work your landlord may be able to help you deal with the problem. 

Housing Executive and housing association tenants who are being harassed

If your neighbours are continually harassing you, but there is no real risk that you will be seriously attacked or killed you should speak to your landlord.  You can also report this sort of action to the police, but it may be best to try to sort it out between yourselves before you involve another organisation.

If you, or your neighbour, is a Housing Executive or housing association tenant the landlord should investigate the problems and try to resolve the situation.  You will both be interviewed and may be able to resolve the issue through mediation.

If mediation doesn’t work and you don’t feel comfortable living in your home you could apply for a transfer or an exchange or see if you pass the 4 tests for homelessnessThere are points available on the selection scheme for people who need to move because of a neighbour dispute.  You can get 20 points if there is a fear of violence or 10 points if there is no fear of violence.

Private tenants who are being harassed

Your landlord doesn’t have to get involved in any problems you’re having with your neighbours.  If the problems are serious, your landlord may agree to release you from your contract early, but you should get this permission in writing.  You can report any incidents or harassment to the police and should keep records of any contact you've had with the police in case you need these in the future. 

If the person who is harassing you is a Housing Executive or housing association tenant, their landlord may have to try to sort out the problem.  Contact the social landlord to explain what is happening.

If your landlord is constantly calling you or making unannounced visits to your home, he or she could be guilty of harassing you. If you’re having problems with your housemates, you should see if you can sort it out between you before involving your landlord.