A nuisance is something which is unreasonable and causes substantial interference in the use and enjoyment of a person's property. It is much more than just an annoyance or being aware of something. To fall within the definition of statutory nuisance, an activity needs to be, or likely to be:
A statutory nuisance may arise in the form of;
Statutory nuisances tend to be property based issues. Therefore an issue which disturbed you whilst walking on a public footpath, or whilst you were a visitor somewhere, could not be a statutory nuisance to you and cannot be investigated.
Issues which are not covered by statutory nuisance law include:
Before you report a problem to us, try to talk to the person responsible. They might not realise they're causing a problem.
If your complaint is regarding a social landlord property, please contact your housing provider in the first instance.
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What we need from you
In order to fully investigate complaints of nuisance we need you to co-operate with us. We might ask you to:
We don't investigate anonymous complaints. We won't reveal your identity during our initial investigations, but it may be necessary to present your statement in court should the matter require a prosecution.
Please be aware that if your complaint goes on to a formal investigation stage, it may be registered against your property. This then has to be declared if and when you come to sell it.
In instances where the Council is unable to act on your behalf, you may be able to take private action.
To report a problem contact City and neighbourhood.
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