Neighbourhood Problems

This section deals with antisocial behaviour and other problems with neighbours, including boundary disputes. It also has information on residents' associations and planning issues, and explains what you can do if you're unhappy about a planned development in your area.

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Antisocial behaviour in Scotland

What you can do about anti social behaviour if you are having problems in your area. If your neighbours are complaining about you, this section will help you to work out where you stand and also specific legislation in Scotland regarding antisocial behaviour.

Boundary disputes

If you're not sure where the boundaries of your house or garden are, or if you've been having arguments with your neighbour about who owns what, this page can help.

Setting up tenants' and residents' associations

This page looks at what tenants' and residents' associations can achieve, what powers they have and how you can set one up.

Neighbourhood watch

If you're having problems with crime or vandalism, or if you just want to keep your area free of these problems, you might be interested in joining a neighbourhood watch group.

Planning and building work

How you may be affected if the council, Scottish Government, your neighbours or a private company are carrying out building or development work in your area.

Illegal cannabis factories

Cannabis factories are set up to mass produce cannabis. If you suspect a cannabis factory is in your area, you should report it to Crimestoppers. Cannabis factories can cause fire risks.

Problems with stray dogs and other animals

Outlines problems with animals in your area and explains what you can do if pets are causing a nuisance. It also includes what to do if you find a stray dog, or suspect animal cruelty.

Empty homes and Property guardian schemes

Own an empty home or have an empty home in your neighbourhood, then get some ideas about getting a property back into use through a property guardian scheme or where to report an empty home.

Last updated: 24 September 2017

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