Dealing with neighbours

Disputes between neighbours can have a serious effect on everyday life. Disagreements over dividing fences and boundary issues, overhanging tree branches, excessive smoke, water run-off, noisy dogs and other nuisances can cause long-lasting ill-feeling. 

This section has information about some of the common legal issues that can come up between neighbours, what your rights and options are, and where you can get help. 

Going to court is often not the best way to solve a problem. Legal action can be expensive, stressful and take a long time. It is also unlikely to do anything to improve the relationship with your neighbours.


The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.