Q: The farmer next door has set up three pigpens housing 10 pigs each in a field that backs onto our garden. The nearest one is only 16ft away, and we have to suffer the stench and flies. What rights do we have to get them moved?

A: First, have a conversation with the farmer to see if he can do something to make life easier for you. Legal action is often expensive, stressful and time-consuming, and can damage relations with neighbours. 

If the friendly approach fails, consider making a complaint to the local authority. It must investigate and may consider serving an abatement notice if it decides that the smell and flies amount to a statutory nuisance. 

Ed Cracknell appears in The Sunday Times Home Experts section answering a question about a neighbours pigpens.

Ed is a senior associate in the property and housing litigation team. He specialises in all aspects of property litigation and property dispute resolution. His areas of expertise include landlord and tenant disputes, business lease renewals, rent and service charge recovery, possession proceedings, and dilapidations claims.

The Sunday Times - Home Experts.pdf