Nuisance neighbours can reveal themselves in a number of ways. From being excessively noisy through to being verbally abusive or even just playing games in order to provoke or irritate, difficult neighbours can really affect your home life.
Last year, a poll of 2000 UK adults revealed that 28% of people have fallen out with a neighbour at some point.
Potential buyers should do their own research regarding a neighbourhood when they are searching for a property, but there are often things that research alone won’t reveal e.g. if there is a dispute over boundary lines, the height of a hedge or if a neighbour is prone to being verbally or physically abusive after consuming alcohol. That is why, if you want to sell your house, but you’ve had a dispute with your neighbour, then you do need to disclose anything relevant to potential buyers.
There is a fear that disclosing this information could put buyers off or could drive down the value of your property. However, it is a legal requirement to provide this information in the property information form during the conveyancing transaction, when you are selling a property. The form has questions relating to any disputes or complaints regarding your property or any nearby. You will also need to state if there are any current issues that may lead to a dispute if they are left unresolved.
Failure to do so could result in legal action or financial compensation being issued to the buyer of your property.
It is worth noting that the nature of the dispute will be considered by a potential buyer e.g if your dispute is regarding your neighbour having noisy animals, but the buyer also has animals, then this may not be a massive issue for them. Sometimes disputes can be considered circumstantial and may not continue once you sell the property on. As long as you are honest about the issues you’ve had then you can rest assured that there will be no repercussions because the buyer is fully informed and is still keen to buy your house.
If you have nuisance neighbours and are struggling to sell your property on the open market then The Property Buying Company can help. We buy any property, in any condition and in any location for a fair cash sum. We won’t be able to offer you the full price, but we will enable you to have peace of mind and a sum of money that can help you to start afresh somewhere else. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.