Problems with neighbours

Problems with neighbours

Antisocial behaviour means different things to different people but to Fife Council being anti-social is behaving in a way which causes, or is likely to cause, alarm and distress to the community where the behaviour is happening.

The behaviour can include:
 

  • Physical assault
  • Verbal abuse
  • Hate crime
  • Vandalism
  • Persistent excessive noise, such as loud music


Anti-Social Behaviour is not always a crime but incidents of violence, suspected drug dealing, hate crime etc should always be reported to the Police.

What can be done

The best way to deal with antisocial behaviour when it first begins is to try mediation with your neighbour. Fife Community Mediation Service are an independent service and can speak to everyone involved to try find a solution to the problem.

If mediation doesn’t work you should write to your Local Office and give them details of the problems you are experiencing. You should try and include:
 

  • Who is causing the problems
  • Dates and times of the problems
  • Details of the type of problem
  • If there are any witnesses such as the police, noise team or neighbours


If the Local Office can’t deal with your complaint they will pass the information onto the Housing Investigation Team.

There are different things that we can do depending on whether the problems are being caused by a council tenant, private tenant or an owner occupier. 

 Corroborated complaints

Any legal action that the council can take has to go to court and we usually need:
 

  • Corroboration from more than one household
  • The behaviour to be affecting the wider community
  • Independent evidence from the Police, Noise Team or similar service


Independent evidence will help the Council take legal action.

Useful Numbers

Police Scotland / Night Time Noise Team - 101 (in an emergency always dial 999)

Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111
 


For more information contact

Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 00 33 Contact Housing Information and Advice (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) online
By Post: New City House 1 Edgar Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7EP
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