Managing Neighbour Disputes
Most neighbour disputes can be resolved effectively and amicably with a little thoughtfulness and patience. Communicate with your neighbours politely, listen to them and be willing to compromise to maintain a harmonious living environment.
How should I approach my neighbour about his/ her annoying behaviour?
Before the conversation
- Identify the most appropriate time to approach your neighbour.
- Don’t confront your neighbour when you are angry as this may upset your neighbour.
- Work out what you want to say before you speak to your neighbour.
During the conversation
- Don’t lose your temper as this would make things worse and harder to sort out.
- Keep calm and be polite while you attempt to talk things through.
Ending the conversation
- Thank your neighbour for his/her time and leave on a friendly note.
- Wait a few days to see if the problem has been solved.
A conflict happens when two or more parties have a disagreement. Conflicts, if left unresolved, could escalate and cause tension among family members, neighbours and friends. Instead of getting angry, let's FOCUS on resolving the conflict.
Facing difficulties in engaging your neighbour?You can contact your grassroots leaders (GRLs) for help. You may get in touch with your GRLs through your nearest Community Club (CC). Locate your nearest CC and contact information.
How can mediation help me?
What is mediation?
Where can I find mediation services?
Approaching the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal (CDRTs)
Have you attempted mediation first?
What cases qualify for hearing at the CDRTs?
How can I file my claim at the CDRTs?
Community Dispute Resolution Framework : Courtesy of MCCY