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Respecting Your Neighbours

As all tenants have the same Tenancy Agreement, it follows that all tenants have the same rights and responsibilities.

The Tenancy Agreement is designed to allow you and your neighbours to enjoy your homes in peace and comfort.  By conducting your tenancy in a responsible manner and showing respect and consideration for others, many disagreements or more serious problems of noise and disturbance can be avoided or resolved.

Introducing those involved to a mediation service can solve some problems between neighbours. Other, more serious incidents of anti-social behaviour, may lead to legal action for a breach of your Tenancy Agreement.

In simple, straightforward terms, all tenants are expected to act reasonably and to show respect for their neighbours.

Anti-social conduct covers a wide range of behaviour but is basically described in your Tenancy Agreement as "causing or likely to cause alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance to any person or causing damage to anyone's property."

The following list shows examples of what are considered to be breaches of your Tenancy Agreement:-

  • making excessive noise.  This includes, for example, such things as the use of TVs, HiFis, radios, musical instruments and DIY tools;
  • failing to control your pets properly or allow them to foul or cause damage to other people's property;
  • allowing visitors to your house to be noisy or disruptive;
  • using your home, or allowing it to be used, for illegal or immoral purposes;
  • vandalising or damaging our property or any part of the common parts or neighbourhood;
  • leaving rubbish in unauthorised places;
  • allowing your children to cause nuisance or annoyance to other people by failing to exercise reasonable control over them;
  • committing or inciting any act of harassment or perpetrating any act of violence against any person in the house, or neighbourhood, for whatever reason.  This includes that person's race, colour, or ethnic origin, nationality, gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion or other belief, marital or other status;
  • using or selling unlawful drugs or selling alcohol;
  • using or carrying offensive weapons;
  • storing unroadworthy or untaxed vehicles in the garden or driveway of the house or within the boundaries of the estate of which the house forms a part.

The Association wants all of our tenants to enjoy their homes and have consideration for neighbours.  We also work closely with other agencies to ensure that new legislation, including Anti Social Behaviour Orders are implemented where necessary.

The Association has protocols in place with both Angus Council and Dundee City Council to allow partnership working to deal with anti-social behaviour.

REMEMBER

  • The tenant of the house is also responsible for everyone living in the house and for the behaviour of any visitors.
  • Anti-Social behaviour will not be tolerated and all complaints will be acted upon.
  • Mediation Services work to resolve neighbour disputes and can be made available by contacting your Housing Officer.
     

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