The following videos have been developed by the Dispute Settlement Centre to provide you with helpful information about resolving neighbourhood disputes. NOTE - to view our videos in other languages (including AUSLAN), please click here. Starting the conversation: My neighbour and I don’t get on very well – how do we discuss the issue? I’m feeling a bit anxious or uncomfortable about talking to a difficult neighbour Are there any ice-breaker techniques I should try when approaching my neighbour? How do I deal with someone I don’t know? How do I deal with a neighbour who doesn’t speak my language? Is there a third party or someone else who can help sort the problem out for me? Your rights and responsibilities: Can’t I just fix it myself? Do I have to talk to my neighbour first? Can’t I just take my neighbour to court? This isn’t really my responsibility – why should I get involved? What are my rights and where can I get legal advice? Troubleshooting: I’ve tried approaching my neighbour but they ignore me – now what? My neighbour’s asking me to contribute to something I can’t afford and/or that’s too expensive I don’t understand why my neighbour is getting so upset How do I convince a neighbour my issue is important? I don’t think there’s any real problem – how do I get my neighbour to leave me alone? Reaching agreement: What’s an agreement and what sort of things need to be in it? Do we need to formalise or seal an agreement? How do we make sure we keep to the agreement?