Approaching the person causing the problem
It is generally better if problems are discussed and a solution is found before both parties get too annoyed.
If the problem is not too serious then try and talk to the person, particularly if they are a neighbour or someone you know. In most cases this will resolve the problem and a compromise may be reached.
Speaking face to face can sometimes be more effective than writing letters. A resolution and agreement made between both interested parties will work better than one imposed by a third party. Issues to consider are:
- before approaching your neighbour, you should give some thought as to what you are going to say
- be clear about the problem and how it affects you and your family
- do not stray away from the main problem
- think about what the outcome is likely to be and stay calm and friendly. Being aggressive at any point will not help
- try not to bring up incidents from the past, unless they are relevant