Neighbourhood disputes

Other Names:
Community disagreements
Disgruntled neighbours
Unneighbourly behaviour

In the UK in 1988 it was estimated that 25% of households on an estate were suffering from long-standing disputes with a neighbour. Most indicated that the quality of their lives had declined because of their inability to find a solution to the situation, whether noise, children's misbehaviour, broken fences, dumping of rubbish, boundary encroachment, deprivation of light, odours, badly parked cars or other forms of insensitivity. Although the issues may initially be minor, over time they acquire much greater significance, occasionally leading to violence.


Not a few murders every year are caused by minor disputes between people who are forced to go on living close to one another.

Broader Problems:
Related Problems:
Divisive zoning disputes
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
06.08.2019 – 19:24 CEST