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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Neighbourhood issues for foreign nationals

This page only contains basic information and is the English version of our translated content.  For more detailed advice and information on housing in Northern Ireland in the English language, use the menu options on the homepage. 

Problems in your neighbourhood can range from barking dogs to serious antisocial behaviour such as vandalism. Generally speaking, any behaviour that inflicts problems and disruption on individual families or wider communities may constitute unacceptable behaviour and, in some cases, antisocial activity.

There is no single definition of antisocial behaviour. Dog nuisance, noise disruption, vandalism and harassment are some examples. However, it is usually accepted that any antisocial behaviour “unreasonably interferes with another person’s right to peaceful enjoyment of the home, as well as the surrounding area”.

Living beside other people can raise problems from time to time. Late night noise, barking dogs and boundary disputes can lead to arguments. Negotiating with your neighbours is usually the best way to deal with any problems.

If you’re living in shared accommodation, such as a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may experience different problems with your housemates.