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As temperatures rise, and the kids break up from school, we typically receive a larger number of calls to our Legal Assistance Helpline (LAH) relating to neighbourhood disputes. From property boundary disputes and noise complaints to nuisance behaviours and errant shrubbery, tensions can rise as quickly as the mercury and the garden fence can suddenly become the front line for a neighbourhood battle zone.
Why does summer become such a fraught time, even for some of the most relaxed of neighbourhoods? We believe proximity plays a large role here.
The combination of the school holidays, working from home, and warmer weather means that more people are home in the summer, spending prolonged periods outside in the garden, or with their windows open. This extended time at home gives people more time to notice those nuisance behaviours, or troublesome tenants – the bonfires lit too close to houses, the bass music played on full volume throughout the day, or the landscaping that blocks out the sunlight.
Another factor is time. The combination of warmer weather and more time to spare, makes the summer months the perfect time to work on those home renovations or improvements; great for a homeowners property value, potentially terrible for their neighbours as they can often spark party wall disputes that require the support of mediation experts.
In anticipation of the increase in disputes over the coming months, we’ve prepared a few top tips to help you to avoid these uncomfortable situations:
Property disputes can be extremely costly. It’s not unusual for legal costs to exceed £100,000; not the kind of holiday spend anyone wants to be subject to, it’s therefore important not to let disputes escalate. If there is a risk of a dispute, it’s vital to seek early legal advice.
Our Family Legal Expenses Insurance provides our customers with expert legal advice and covers up to £100,000 for legal costs for a wide range of issues such as consumer disputes, employment disputes, personal injury and property matters including:
Rebecca Conway, Chief Legal Officer, Arc Legal Group
To find out more about Family Legal Protection, please contact your Partnerships Manager or email [email protected].