Your solicitor or conveyancer will check for disputes relating to the property, which can include problems with neighbours over boundary issues, noise, pets or parking. Your seller has an obligation to tell you about any disputes that have occurred.
However, there may be less cut–and–dried issues that could affect your decision. For example, if you like peace and quiet and there’s a lot of late–night noise around the property, it might be a deal–breaker for you, although your seller has no problem with it. It may be wise to save yourself heartache (and headaches) by walking around the neighbourhood at different times of day and night to check noise levels, traffic volumes and the general feel of the place.
What can you do?: If you discover a history of disputes with neighbours, the next steps depend on what the problem is, or was. Some issues might be easy enough to resolve or may be in the past, but problems like noise or anti–social behaviour could be more complicated, and may put you off the sale.
It’s worth considering whether past disputes were down to personal differences between your seller and their neighbour, and might not affect you in the same way.