You can’t choose who lives in the house next door – so when you sign the mortgage agreement and pick up the keys to your new pad, you can only hope for the best.
In a perfect world, your neighbour will invite you in for a cuppa, check on the cats while you’re on holiday and remind you to put your bins out on a Tuesday.
But sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to have the perfect neighbour living next door – and neighbourly disputes come in all forms.
From noise complaints to parking squabbles, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a feud with the person next door.
But a poster on Reddit seems to have found one of the greatest examples of ‘British pettiness’ in a neighbourly dispute displayed in a single photo.
The snap of two houses features a paved, pristine driveway on the right hand side with wrought iron gates beside the wall. On the other side is a nice, perhaps slightly unkempt lawn with a beautiful tree right on the boundary of next-door’s drive.
But it seems the tree has been the site of a row between next-door neighbours. On closer inspection, the tree has been completely shaved on the side of the house with the wrought-iron gates.
As if a perfect straight line has been cut down the middle of the two driveways, the lush tree is completely cut off on the other side – where it would presumably jut out over the neighbour’s property.
The photo was posted with the caption: “Some traditional British pettiness on display” and has racked up more than 30,000 likes from people who, presumably, recognise the exact dispute these two houses are having.
One Reddit user commented: “The wrought iron gate really sets it off nicely. Feel like I know the exact guy.”
Another said they had experienced something very similar with an overbearing neighbour in the past.
The user wrote: “He asked if he could cut down the ivy on the front of my house. I said no. He tried to do it when he thought I was out.”
After an expletive-filled exchange between the pair, the loving neighbourly relationship was ruined forever, and they only ever spoke about ivy from then on.
The user added that, when he sold the house, his busybody neighbour went ahead and cut the ivy anyway.
It seems there’s been no love lost between these neighbours…