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Neighbours 'force many to move'

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One in five householders have been involved in a row with their neighbour over the last year, while one in 20 have been forced to move because of a dispute, a poll has found.

Home and garden maintenance issues were found to be top of the list for fuelling arguments in the survey by life assistance company CPP.

While home insurance can help with the costs of damage, it seems some relationships can be broken beyond repair, with a third of the 20,000 adults polled admitting that they never speak to their neighbour.

Other issues found to be at the root of disputes included parking spaces, boundaries and noise levels.

Alasdair MacSporran, of CPP, said: "Our research tells us that getting on with the neighbours shouldn't be taken for granted. It's always worth speaking to your neighbours about any concerns you have before issues escalate and get out of hand.

"Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and being on the right side of the law, is always useful, however, as it could influence - and temper - what you say at the beginning."

© Press Association 2011