Dealing with tenant and neighbourly disputes in the correct way is so important. Here, we identify the common issues that may arise, such as boundary issues and noise complaints, and the best way in which to resolve them.
How much notice for a tenant that disrupts neighbours?18-05-2022
No one wants to be a killjoy. But disruptive tenants can have a knock-on effect and become a real problem for the whole street or apartment building. Everyone is entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their property and most tenancy agreements require tenants to not do anything that causes disruption to neighbours - whether it’s loud music from parties, dogs barking at an ungodly hour or even a loud TV.
Are tenants liable for damages to a neighbour's property?22-03-2022
It can be tricky for landlords to figure out what they’re liable for and what tenants are liable for, particularly when it comes to damage to a neighbour’s property. After all, if your tenant floods the neighbour’s flat, they should be the one who foots the bill and not you, right?
Disputes with neighbours over building work18-11-2021
Let’s face it, neighbours can make life difficult - even at your buy-to-let. So, when you get good neighbours, try to keep them around. Maintaining good neighbourly relations and avoiding neighbourly disputes is sometimes just as important as having a good relationship with tenants. The trouble is, staying on good footing with the neighbours can get tricky when it comes to improving your buy-to-let.
Planning disputes with neighbours22-10-2021
You’ve probably heard of the famous quote, “good fences make good neighbours.” Neighbourly relations are at their best when neighbours don’t encroach on each other’s property. Neighbours don’t always make life easy - especially when it comes to buy-to-lets. When a neighbour has a problem with your tenant, they often turn to you as the landlord to deal with it. Getting involved in neighbour disputes can be a real headache, particularly for disputes over planning permission. So, how do landlords resolve planning disputes with neighbours?
Garden disputes with neighbours29-09-2021
Good neighbourship is not just limited to being friendly or keeping noise down, it also includes keeping on top of your garden. Sadly, your trees and hedges could become a point of contention with your neighbours and vice versa. Or at least if you don’t regularly maintain them, that is. Whether it’s a case of an overgrown hedge or overhanging branches, you and your neighbour may come to a disagreement about who is responsible and/or how to solve the issue. Such disputes can quickly become ugly if not handled properly on either end.
How to Resolve Neighbour Disputes16-06-2021
It goes without saying that we all want to get along with our neighbours. That will be no less the case for your tenant. And even if a dispute were to arise, most of us would hope that a discreet chat would be enough to solve the problem. In reality, though, neighbour disputes can often be more complicated than this to resolve.
Resolving Noise Issues31-03-2021
No landlord wants to be faced with noise issues - whether they’re coming from your tenants or your tenant’s neighbours. Our homes are our safe spaces. When someone else’s lifestyle interrupts this, it’s often not long until the frustration reaches boiling point.
Neighbourhood disputes are never good for a landlord’s reputation - even if they are totally out of a landlord’s control. You might not want to get involved, but it could reflect badly on you if you don’t. After all, as a landlord one of your most important responsibilities is your duty of care to your tenants.
Neighbours Dumping Rubbish2-12-2019
Good relationships with our neighbours is something that we all aspire to, whether we are property owners or tenants – but sadly, not all neighbours become good friends. Some can be less-than-friendly in their actions that could impact on you and/or your tenants.
Boundary disputes can prove awkward for everyone involved; the neighbours, the tenant and the landlord. Any arguments are uncomfortable but unfortunately, boundary issues are pretty common. Under the umbrella term of boundary disputes comes high hedges, dilapidated fences and walls and shared driveways, amongst others.
Top 5 Neighbourly Disputes in Rented Property Infographic11-10-2018
1 in 10 homeowners have claimed, or will need to claim on their home insurance because of their neighbours, according to recent research by MoneySupermarket.
Neighbourly Disputes Jargon Buster11-10-2018
Neighbourly disputes are amongst the most unpleasant issues to have as a landlord and of course, as a tenant. Things can get very nasty very quickly and with neighbours, there isn't often anywhere to escape the issue. Be clued up on how to handle these situations and be sure to know your jargon by brushing up with our neighbourly disputes jargon buster!
One of the hardest things about neighbourly disputes as a landlord is the lack of day-to-day control you have over what your tenant does in relation to whatever situation they’re in, whether it’s their fault or not. Niggles and problems are magnified and made worse between neighbours because they are usually raised in the wrong way, encouraging negative confrontation and unnecessary arguments.
Landlord insurance can protect landlords in the event of fire, theft, loss of rent and more. Whether you’re considering cover or have just taken out a policy, we’ll guide you through the topic of landlord insurance.
Property Maintenance & Interiors
Every landlord wants their rental property to stay in top condition, and tenants may want to decorate their new home. Read our advice about garden and property maintenance, and interiors here.
It’s important to approach legal issues carefully to honour your tenants’ rights, so pay attention to the details. We’ll give advice on the most common legal issues landlords face.
It’s a landlord's responsibility to ensure that a rental property is compliant with all safety regulations - from gas certificates to fire safety measures. Here, we talk about every safety regulation you should be aware of.
There is often confusion around the topic of utilities. Even with the tenants’ names on the bill, landlords can still be responsible in some cases. We’ll guide you through the topic of utilities here.
Once you hand over the keys to your tenant, you can’t just turn up and visit your buy-to-let property as and when you like. Here you’ll find advice on the correct protocols to follow when carrying out inspections and guidance on what might constitute too much contact between you and your tenant.
Most landlords will experience an issue of some degree with damages to their property at some point. We advise on how to handle deliberate and non-deliberate damage to the property or its contents.
It’s so important for landlords to know their stuff when it comes to money and finances. Here you’ll find advice on everything from rental arrears, deposits and many other important financial issues.
We explore and advise on issues regarding illegal activity taking place at a rented property – with everything from drugs and cannabis farms, to the setting up of secret brothels and gambling dens.
We explore all of the other issues and situations that may arise for landlords, so that you can feel confident and in-the-know.
Should you relax your ‘no pets’ policy, or is an animal-friendly rental a recipe for disaster? We explore the pro’s and con’s of housing tenants furry friends and how to deal with unauthorised pets, complaints and damages.
Squatters and unregistered tenants and guests are more common than you might think, so it’s vital you’re aware of the rules and regulations and how to deal with these issues correctly. We explore the in’s and out’s of squatters rights and secret subletters so that you don’t get caught out.
It’s no secret that the screening process is so important to get right, as it’s the foundations to ensuring an easy and simple tenancy. Here, we offer advice regarding applications, credit and background checks – and everything else you may need to know before selecting your future tenants.
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