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Etiquette expert shares ‘harmless’ things you’re doing that are driving neighbours mad

Let’s face it, almost all of us have been left feeling frustrated over something our neighbours have done at least once – whether it’s their decision to start a DIY job on your quiet Sunday afternoon, or a shoddy parking job which leaves you unable to park your own car.

But did you know that some of the seemingly harmless things you do on a daily basis could be making your neighbours pull their hair out too?

From not collecting parcels to using noisy appliances late at night and even letting your children play in the street near other houses, there’s a long list of innocent activities that might be making those you share a street with less than impressed.

A row of cars parked on the street
Cars, noise, parcels, and bins are all sources of annoyance for neighbours (stock photo) (
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But thankfully, etiquette expert Laura Akano, who is the head coach at etiquette school Polished Manners, has shared an easy-to-follow list of eight things you should stop doing if you want to get back in your neighbours’ good books.

She told The Sun that one of the most irritating things you can do as a neighbour is park poorly, especially if it results in your neighbours being unable to get out of their space.

“Parking on the street while leaving your own driveway empty is also horribly inconsiderate,” she added.

You could also be annoying your neighbours if you let your kids play out in the street.

While it’s acceptable and encouraged for children to play in gardens, some neighbours will be left fuming if they can hear your kids running up and down the road outside their front door.

Your neighbours could also be seething about your parcel deliveries – especially if you’re never at home to receive them. If your neighbours are always taking your parcels, they expect you to collect them as soon as possible, and if you don’t, you could be making an enemy without even realising it.


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