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30 Neighbourhood and Community Disputes

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1 Introduction

2. What can I do if I have a problem with my neighbours?

3. Dealing with matters yourself

4. What is mediation?

5. What if mediation doesn´t work?

6. What is a ´statutory nuisance´?

7. What if the council won´t help?

8. Taking a case to court yourself

9. What can be done about anti-social behaviour?

10. Acceptable behaviour contracts

An acceptable behaviour contract (ABC) is a voluntary written agreement between a person who has been involved in anti-social behaviour and one or more local agencies who are responsible for preventing such behaviour (for example, the police or the local council’s housing department). ABCs are most often used for young people but may also be used for adults.

The contract includes a list of anti-social acts that the person has been involved in, and which they must agree not to do again. The ABC also states what happens if someone breaks the terms. This could be an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) or a possession order (eviction).

11. Anti-social behaviour orders

12. Further help

13. About this leaflet

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

Leaflet Version: July 2005