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Letter of Complaint to Neighbour about Nuisance

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Letter of Complaint to Neighbour about Nuisance

A Letter to Neighbour about Nuisance is a document used by a person whose neighbour's activity or something in the neighbour's premises is affecting the person's ability to effectively use and enjoy their property. For example, noise erupting from a neighbour's property may cause lack of sleep to another person. This letter allows the person to make a formal complaint about the nuisance.

Nuisance is any activity done by someone which affects or disturbs the other person's ability to use and enjoy their property. Nuisance may be divided into two namely: Private and public nuisance. A private nuisance is a situation where the neighbour's activity causes harm or damage to a person or property belonging to an individual. While nuisance affecting public space or a large number of people is called public nuisance.

Nuisance can be caused by any one or more of the following conditions:

  • Noise and vibration;
  • Smoke, fumes or gases;
  • Odours;
  • Waste deposits;
  • Animals;
  • Poor state of one's premises, etc.

This letter may be used as an initial request to deter the activity constituting nuisance or after the sender had already warned the neighbour severally about the nuisance activities. In this letter, the form filler must give information about the neighbour (such as the name and address), information about the sender and properly describe the activities of the neighbour.

How to use this document

After filling this form, the form filler must print, sign and deliver this document to their neighbour. The sender should also keep a copy for record purposes.

If the nuisance still persists or the neighbour is unsympathetic to the complaints made, the landlord (if the neighbour is occupying a rented property) may be notified of this nuisance. Also, the sender may institute an action against his/her neighbour in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Applicable laws

The laws prohibiting nuisance in Nigeria include:

  • The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999;
  • The NESREA Act, 2007;
  • NESREA Regulations;
  • Urban and Regional Planning Act, 2004;
  • Harmful Waste (Special Criminal Provisions) Act, 2004.

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