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High hedges sample complaint letter

Example letters to send to a neighbour regarding a hedge dispute. You should edit the red text with the specific details of your complaint.

Letter one

Your Name
Your Address
Your Telephone Number
Date ********

Your Neighbour’s Name and Address

Dear ********

Regarding Your High Hedge Located At **********

Following our previous discussions regarding your high hedge I would like to meet with you to discuss my concerns so that we can come to an amicable solution.

I believe the hedge is interfering with my reasonable enjoyment of my property because:

(state reasons below, including a clear statement of how the height of the hedge is causing light loss)

(clearly state the action/s you would like your neighbour to take to resolve the problem)

I welcome any comments you may have regarding reducing the height of the hedge.

The High Hedges Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into force on 31 March 2012.  This gives the council powers to investigate my complaint, and if it is upheld, to take legal action against you, as the hedge owner, to reduce the height of the hedge.

You can contact Belfast City Council on 028 9027 0331 or go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/highhedges for more information.

I hope we can resolve this issue directly and without needing to make a formal complaint to the council.

I look forward to hearing from you by *** (insert date- suggest 2 weeks) or can we meet ***.

(you could offer to show your neighbour how their hedge is effecting your reasonable enjoyment of your property)

Yours sincerely

Letter two

Your Name
Your Address
Your Telephone Number
Date ******** 

Your Neighbour’s Name and Address

Dear ********

Regarding Your Hedge Located At **********

Following my previous letter dated *** regarding *** (concerns)

I am sorry to inform you that since we have not been able to resolve this issue directly, I am now in the process of making a formal complaint to the council.

If you would like to resolve this issue please contact me and I will withdraw my complaint.

The High Hedges Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into force on 31 March 2012.

This gives the council powers to investigate my complaint, and if it is upheld, to take legal action against you, as the hedge owner, to reduce the height of the hedge.

You can contact Belfast City Council on 9027 0331 or go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/highhedges for more information.

Yours sincerely

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