Communtity Law Manual | Community Life | Neighbourhood life

Neighbourhood life

Some key issues for you and your neighbours

What this chapter covers

This chapter explains what the law says about some common issues that come up in our neighbourhoods and communities, like problems with noise, and whether you’re allowed to busk or beg on the streets.

The first rule of neighbourhood life isn’t a legal one, just a common-sense and practical one – try to get on with your neighbours and others in your community, and if problems come up, try to talk them through. If talking things through doesn’t work, you can get information about your legal rights or obligations from this chapter.

What this chapter covers

This chapter has legal information about:

  • dogs and other animals
  • noise controls
  • begging, busking and sleeping rough
  • restrictions on outdoor fires
  • the law about trespass
  • building and repairing fences
  • trimming and removing dangerous or overhanging trees.

    Note: If you’re being harassed or intimidated by a neighbour or someone else in your local community, you may be able to take action under the Harassment Act – see the chapter, “Harassment and bullying”.

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