The neighbours have a ROW through the garden to access the other houses and leave the terrace of houses via the back. It states they may go on foot only to access the other houses to get out via the garden. Surely this does not permit this kind of use? She has broken three out of the five large pots in the garden and still left the mess for me to clean up.
The landlord spoke to her about it and said she needed to clear it up. He told her she had to ask me before she did anything in the garden and I would phone and get his permission. She asked him if she could rent my house because she needed more room. He was shocked and told her I live at the house and will do for some time and she could not have it. He was shocked at the cheek of her behaviour.
I was out in the garden the next day painting the back door. She came out and on her way out was saying to her partner it would be fine if I was the same ethnicity as them. She was implying we don't want her using the garden because she is black. This worried me because an allegation like that could end my career and was obviously untrue as I don't want anybody using my garden in that way of any ethnic background. She didn't know I'd heard her. She came outside and told me my landlord had said that if she needed any help tidying her garden she just had to ask me and I would help her. I had heard the conversation and knew it wasn't true. I told her that what he had said was that she had to ask before she used the garden. I explained that I was cross she was using the garden. She lied and said all the branches had accidentally fallen into my garden in a pile and none had fallen into hers. I said she had a cheek using the wood chopper in my garden. She said she had no choice because she couldn't move the branches into her garden. I said you didn't even ask. She said I knocked on your door. She offered to allow me to use her garden tools to clear her mess. I said no and turned away. I said I would never use your garden without asking.
Her child came to the top window of the house and started talking to me. I would never be rude to a child so I replied to him. He started telling me that he was really lucky because they are going to get a bigger house with a bigger garden when they move next door. He said his mum had promised him he could have a trampoline when they move. I just laughed at the cheek of his mother and he carried on. He then told me that he and his brother and sister had been playing in the neighbour's garden but have to run out when they come to the window.
Sorry for the long posting, but I want to know about if they are allowed to do this. I think they may be being difficult in order to encourage me to move out because they want this house. I want to spend money doing up my garden and put up a willow screen to allow privacy and encourage them to stop using my garden as an extension of theirs. I won't block the gates but the screen will be high. The landlord says it is fine and any problems then he will come back and deal with them again. What can I do if they continue to come in and use the garden? The ROW is only usually used by the water company when they read the water meter. The rest of us know this isn't usually used.
Me? I would talk to my HR manager, ask his/her advice on how to deal with this without putting your job at risk. Get it on record.
Install a CCTV camera, but pointing only at your garden.
Your neighbour seems confident that they are going to be moving into your house. I wonder why that is? Perhaps they thought it was unoccupied, and had plans to move in and squat? Can somebody here can suggest ways of preventing that.
Get Legal Assistance cover on your house insurance ..... probably about £15 per year before you start taking steps.
I noticed weedkiller out in their garden. A few days later all the bushes and plants in the top part of my garden were dead. I was annoyed but thought I couldn't take the stress so I did nothing. The next day the neighbour went up and cleared out all the plants leaving a big muddy area that wash mud down into my garden. She also left a sheer 14ft drop from the top part of my garden to the bottom. She was allowing her 5 year old to play up there. I checked with the land registry and got the name of their landlord. I phoned mine and told him what she had done. I explained that if the child fell he could be legally liable. I said he needed to contact their landlord. It turned out he knew them and they are good friends of his. He got onto him straight away.
In the mean time my 2m willow screening arrived. I fixed it on my side of the fence with plastic ties. The neighbour came out and was saying he would cut them. When I was clearing the garden they had been storing things down my side of the fence. I put baskets and things back, but then found illegal drug paraphernalia at the bottom. It had been used as what looked like, i guess, marijuana was at the bottom of it. I got gloves and placed that in the bin. It may have belonged to the students that lived in my house before, but I hadn't noticed it before. I was worried about finding things like that when I need a clean police record and would never touch them myself.
However, they did then remove the stickers. I believe their landlord has now pointed out that their behaviour is not acceptable and they need to stop to remain in their property. So far this has worked. I have a nice garden that I can use in peace and my new patio set is lovely. I'm getting solar lights and am determined to have quiet enjoyment of my home. So, if you are having problems it can work out well. Fingers crossed it will stay that way for me.
Well, if a legal battle is the only thing that will stop it then I will do it. It is a pointless pursuit that they could easily avoid by stopping. I had bought a very high tech colour baby monitor with night vision for the baby I'm expecting. I've now set it up watching the garden area. I can see the garden at all times and I can hook it up to record the images. I'm going to have to do it to prove what they are doing and hopefully make them stop. I don't want revenge or legal justice. I just want peace and quiet to enjoy my home and garden. I went out into the garden with my son and had a very loud conversation about the fact the cctv is now operating and has very high quality images and excellent night vision. I hope it will put them off and just make them live their life in their home and leave us alone in ours.
I loved having my garden sorted. My son is being assessed for a type of autism and I've done the garden to give him a safe place to be outside without the worry of difficult social interaction. He now says he doesn't want to go into the garden in case the neighbours do something. It no longer feels like the safe place it was meant to for him.
Anyway, I'm just blogging my feelings. It probably sounds petty, but it is difficult to explain the disappointment I feel that they couldn't just leave it alone and knowing they are going to continue. I just dread what might be coming next. I'll be back to opening my blinds in the morning with the feeling of please God let them not have done anything, I just want to have a relaxed day. I also feel really bad keep complaining to my landlord. He is a busy guy and he doesn't need this either. The house is nice and well maintained. Oh well, I'm going to stay positive that today may be the day that they realize what a waste energy their behaviour is.
You have the option of packing your bags and moving on tomorrow morning - leaving the hassle behind and getting on with your life. New baby and autistic child need your full attention rather than watching the garden of a rented property. Life is full of choices and when a property is rented, there is a choice of stay or move - your choice, your life.
Neighbours like that simply will not stop ..........just thank your lucky stars you rent .........think of the hell and financial effect if you owned it
For the sake of your children get out as fast as you can and let the Landlord rent it to some real bullies who are more than capable of sorting out the nasty pair next door
I know they do want this house, but my landlord says there is no way on Earth they would get their foot in the door. If they want a bigger and better house they have to work for it like the rest of us. This is a very respectable area and both landlords are well known and respected business men in the area or surrounding area. I also have a well respected job that suggests a good amount of integrity. I don't think they can allow it to carry on. I just have to have faith they will see sense and stop.
I have got a much better job, meaning I have to move in a few months. I found a town 10 miles away but discovered it was still covered by this disgraceful police station so I'm moving further away because I know he could try something. I was worried about things being put my garden by him, but I would have a forensics team prove they had had no contact with me or my family. When I move away, I intend to put a letter in to the chief constable telling him what I think of his officers in this town. I just thought I'd let you know that garden disputes can get much worse if you keep relying on your neighbour to develop some decency. This police officer may spend his days pretending to be respectable, but I know the truth!
If you are lucky enough to be able to pack up and go away from nfh's with the only losses being a year's rent, grab the opportunity. Most people have to lose money on solicitors etc and sale costs and devalued property prices (which can amount to 10's of thousands of pounds!)- moving on from a rented property next door to nfh's is dirt cheap in comparison and can preserve your sanity (which can't be measured in money!).
Perhaps when others see this case it may make them think twice about their responses to 'just move!' comments from contributors.
Personally, with your responsibilities and commitments, I would not waste one iota of my energy nor push up my stress levels a single notch further by taking this matter any further, I would just walk away and move on with my life leaving the whole sorry episode behind (having learned a valuable lesson in life).
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