Resolving disputes between neighbours

ST Paper, 27 May 2017, Yishun residents build ‘wall’ to keep out nuisance neighbour

Feuding neighbours who cannot resolve their issues on their own or with the help of grassroots leaders can approach the Community Mediation Centre, which aims to resolve disputes without litigation.

Examples of disputes include complaints of excessive noise, smell or smoke, littering at or in the vicinity of the complainant’s place of residence, and trespassing.

But there is little the authorities can do if the neighbours do not want to make up or even turn up for mediation.

If mediation does not solve the problem, parties can file a claim with the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals.

The tribunals, which are given powers to resolve disputes between neighbours under the Community Disputes Resolution Act passed in 2015, can order the payment of damages up to $20,000. It can also order a neighbour to stop an action or to apologise.

Supporting evidence, such as photographs, video and audio recordings and police reports, can be brought before the tribunal. If the neighbour refuses to comply with the court order, further legal steps may be taken.

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