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Brits would fine neighbours for these ‘offences’

What do you think most annoys people about their neighbours? No 1 might surprise you

What do you find most annoying about your neighbours and wouldn’t it be nice if you could fine them to show them the error of their ways? A Czech proverb says, ‘a good neighbour increases the value of your property’ and that could well be correct. However, what can we do when our neighbours are not the ones we’ve always dreamed off? How could we punish their most annoying habits?

With these questions in mind, the experts at Saveonenergy.com/uk were curious to find out which bad habits Brits think their neighbours should be fined for, and how much they would fine them for each ‘offence’ if they could. To find that out, they asked 3,504 Brits their opinion on the delicate matter.

What do Brits consider to be their neighbour’s most finable ‘offence’?

Getting into an argument? Loud noises while bonking? Sunbathing when almost naked? For me the latter is only a problem if you would prefer that they kept their clothes on. But, no – it’s none of these. The habit that gets under people’s skin the most is when their neighbours are parking in front of their drive, with 81% of Brits saying they would fine neighbours £35 for it if they could.

So, what can you do if someone parks in front of your house? Saveonevergy.com/uk got into contact with Emma Trouse, a spokesperson from Click4reg.co.uk, who said: “Having to wake up in the morning to see your neighbour is blocking your car before work is far from ideal. The best approach is always to try and talk it out. If this does not work, it is important to know your rights.

“The Highway Code, paragraph 207, states that people should not obstruct road users or pedestrians with their parking, which you can calmly explain to your neighbour. If you have a dropped kerb at the end of your driveway, there is a law that protects you as well.

“So, what is most important in this uncomfortable situation is to know the law and be polite. If that will not solve your issue, you can call 101 and ask for what your next step should be”

Close to three-quarters (72%) of people would fine their neighbours for not obeying social distancing rules! And they would fine them approximately £20 for each time they catch them in action!

Just less than alf (48%) of people are not happy with their neighbours sunbathing almost naked and would fine them approximately £5 for it. The same sum would also be the punishment for those who have sex loud enough to disturb their neighbours, as 68% of people would find that very annoying.

What would people do with the money they got from fines?

Furthermore, Saveonenergy.com/uk asked the respondents what they would do with the money they got from fining their neighbours.

What would you do with the money from fines?  
Donate to charity 66%
Put in savings 61%
Buy a new house 52%
Beautify the neighbourhood 49%
Build a bigger fence 44%
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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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