Being a Good Neighbour and Anti Social Behaviour
As Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association’s tenant base becomes increasingly diverse, it is natural that different age groups and lifestyles are living next door, or in close proximity to each other. This is a healthy thing, in that it can create balanced communities with diverse opinions, attitudes and ideas. If correctly harnessed, for example through a local residents group, this diversity can give tenants a positive voice, as well as an ability to enhance their community.
Acknowledge your neighbours - this can be as simple as a friendly hello as you pass, or if you prefer a conversation on a topic of interest.
Respect your neighbours - if you know you are having a party let your neighbours know about it. Better still invite them! This will promote a good relationship as well as show respect. Remember that guests coming and going must also respect your neighbours. This is particularly important when using the lift and stairs on arriving at, and leaving your home.
Understand your neighbours and accept they are different from you. Not all teenagers hang around drinking and looking to cause trouble, by the same token not all pensioners sit in silence waiting to complain about the least wee thing. 10pm may be bedtime for some, but for others this may the start of their day, for example if they work nights.
Help your neighbours out. This could be carrying a bag of shopping, allowing them to use your phone, or even lending the stereotypical cup of sugar!
If you do have problems with a neighbour try and approach them first about it. Most of us are reasonable people, and a majority of disputes can be resolved without having to involve the authorities. In actual fact sometimes involving the authorities before talking can make matters worse. Before complaining ask yourself if it is reasonable to do so. If so, address the issue with your neighbour as soon as possible so that the problem does not escalate. Remember your neighbour may not even realise they are doing something wrong, and in most cases will not deliberately be trying to annoy you.
Try and be as tolerant as possible. A lot of complaints tend to be about one off events, e.g. a New Years party, or an audible argument between partners. Whilst it is not right that residents are disturbed as a result of these events in most cases residents are unlikely to repeat the offence.
Know your rights! If talking does not work ensure you know what steps you are able to take. Glasgow City Council operate a Noise Team accessible here. For serious incidents you have the right to phone the Police. You can obtain further advice and assistance from your Housing Officer at our office.
If the worst comes to the worst - the Association works in partnership with the Neighbourhood and Sustainability Team at Glasgow City Council who are experts in investigating anti-social behaviour. Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association has a strong Anti-Social Behaviour Policy, which exists to protect all residents and ensure they can enjoy their tenancy. Complaints are required to be submitted in writing. We do not accept anonymous complaints.
This guide is not intended to detract from serious neighbour complaints. We understand that some residents may not be comfortable in talking to their neighbours first hand, however, very often this can be more successful than making a complaint. If there are serious problems such as drug dealing or violence then approach both the Police and ourselves in the first instance.
We cannot guarantee good neighbour relations, but most residents do get on a majority of the time. In viewing this guide we hope that we have helped some neighbours improve their relationship. For advice and assistance with any aspect of the above please contact the Housing Management department at Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association by telephone on 01419592552 (Main Switchboard).
The number for Police Scotland is 101.