New edition of Neighbours and the law

Love thy neighbour – or at least try to get along!

Broken fences, fallen trees, invasive tree roots, barking dogs, late night parties and piles of rubbish – these are some of the small day-to-day annoyances that can lead to ongoing neighbourhood disputes. 

barking dog

Dog barking in garden

The State Library’s specialist legal information team, who coordinate the Find Legal Answers service online and in public libraries, have produced a new edition of the popular resource Neighbours and the Law to provide information so that everyone can understand their rights and responsibilities as a neighbour. 

Author Nadine Behan has worked as a barrister and as a lawyer in a community legal centre and has written the book to provide plain English information on commonly asked about neighbourhood issues. Nadine recommends treating your neighbour with courtesy and respect, as well as trying to resolve your issues without resorting to expensive legal action except as a last resort. The new edition has been revised and updated for recent changes to the law.

You can read it online, and the book will also shortly be available in NSW public libraries.