Anti social neighbours survey


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Research conducted by life assistance company CPP has revealed that Britons are being forced to move due to neighbour disputes. According to the report, nearly 1 million householders have taken the decision to move when unable to resolve feuds with neighbours.

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Anti social neighbours survey

  1. 1. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedAnti-social neighbours drive a millionhouseholders out of home.Find out more…
  2. 2. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedOur research revealed:• Nearly a million Britons have been forced to move house as a result of aneighbour feud.• Common causes of disputes include • Home and garden maintenance issues (27%) • Excessive noise (15%) • Arguments over boundaries (7%) • Stolen parking spaces (7%) • Trespassing children (6%)•18% of Britons have been in a dispute with their neighbours in the past yearalone.• Nearly a third of Britons (27%) rarely speak to their neighbours and 14% ofus don’t know the names of the people living in our immediate vicinity.
  3. 3. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedOur research revealed:• One in seven people (16%) have had a verbal argument with a neighbor inthe past, and a small number of disputes (2%) have even ended in violence.• Feuding neighbours are instead turning to the authorities to solve theproblems for them - close to a fifth of people (18%) have reported theirneighbours to the police or local council.• Without a quick resolution arguments can easily escalate, with Briton’spaying out a collective £100 million in the last year alone in an attempt torectify a neighbour dispute.• More than 12% believe that having easy access to legal advice could helpthem solve a neighbourhood dispute.
  4. 4. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedCPP’s tips to avoid neighbour disputes:1. Play your part – keep your garden and surrounding areas tidy and free of rubbish, this way people in your neighbourhood will respect you for showing them and their community consideration.2. Keep them updated – Make sure you keep your neighbour informed of anything that may disturb them – for instance building work or a house party. This will help maintain good relations between you and will encourage them to let you know of anything they’ve planned that you may find a nuisance.3. Lend a hand – Offer to pick up your neighbour’s papers and keep an eye on their place when they are away, letting them know that you’ll contact them if you see anything awry or suspicious near their house. This will let your neighbour know they can trust and rely on you, and they may also return the favour
  5. 5. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedCPP’s tips to avoid neighbour disputes:4. Be a good neighbour yourself – If your neighbour is behaving erratically it might be because of something you’re doing – for example the sound of you walking around may be deafening to the flat below. Try talking to them about their issues.5. Invite them in – If there is a particular issue with your neighbour and you’re on speaking terms, try inviting them into your home so they can experience the issues you’re having and understand how it’s affecting you (how loud their music sounds in your house for example).6. Purchase legal assistance – products such as Your Law from CPP offer support, advice and guidance on a whole range of legal matters including employment issues, personal injury, parking fines, cowboy builders and how to return faulty goods.
  6. 6. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedTo help solve the problems between Britain’s feudingneighbours, CPP is calling on consumers to make sure theyare gaining the correct legal advice.Alasdair MacSporran, Head of Your Law at CPP said: “It’salways worth speaking to your neighbours about anyconcerns you have before issues escalate and get out ofhand. Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, andbeing on the right side of the law, is always useful, however,as it could influence – and temper – what you say at thebeginning.”Visit our website for more information on legal advice.
  7. 7. Results of our Anti-social neighbours survey revealedResearch MethodologyICM interviewed a random sample of 2028 adults aged 18+ online between 15th – 16thJune 2011. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have beenweighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council andabides by its rules. Further information at According to research conducted for CPP by ICM, 5% of people who have had a dispute with a neighbour have moved house as a result. This equates to 914,000 people.2. According to the ICM research, the average cost to rectify a situation with a neighbour is £60.41. In the last 12 months, 4% of people have had a dispute with a neighbour which cost them money - the total adult (18+) population in Great Britain is 47,400,000. 4% of these equates to 1,678,000. 1,678,000 * £60.51 = £101,519,000