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Nightmare Neighbours: Swansea named in top 10 UK cities with most nuisance neighbours

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Swansea has been named as one of the top 10 cities in the UK for nuisance neighbours – with an average of 4,653 complaints every year!

New research by Comparethemarket reveals UK councils receive an average of 190,181 complaints a year about nuisance neighbours (that’s a complaint every two minutes and 46 seconds).

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In fact, one in 12 Brits doesn’t get on with their neighbours, and one in seven doesn’t even know their neighbours’ name. The research also reveals the areas with the most complaints, alongside Brits’ general perceptions of their neighbours.

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Noise levels and rubbish build-up are the top nuisance complaints made by neighbours

Noise levels (129,122) and a build-up of rubbish (15,915) are the top nuisance complaints made by neighbours, followed by smoke, fumes or gases (14,718) and complaints made against business premises (6,783). 

The below table shows the number of complaints by nuisance type:

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Nuisance Type*Average yearly complaints
Noise levels129,122
A build-up of rubbish that could harm health15,915
Smoke, fumes, or gases14,718
Dust, steam, smell or insects from business premises6,783
High hedges, trees and boundaries2,693
Artificial Light2,252

Mancunians complain the most about their neighbours

Residents in Manchester are most likely to have issues with those living next door with over 12,000 complaints made to the council every year totalling 61,400 in the last five years – of these, 29,345 are due to noise.

According to the findings, Newham, Birmingham, and Barret and Haringey are also amongst the worst places for disruptive neighbours.

Top 10 areas with the most average annual nuisance complaints:

AreaAverage yearly complaints
Manchester12,280
Newham9,660
Birmingham7,608
Barret and Haringey6,589
Waltham Forest6,010
Bradford5,475
Southampton5,453
Glasgow4,911
Swansea4,653
Doncaster4,594

See what kind of neighbour you are, and discover some helpful neighbour etiquette tips here.

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