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In the first three months of operations of Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT), close to 30 “neighbours from hell” cases have been hauled to court to resolve ugly community spat.
Under the Community Disputes Resolution Act, the tribunals are bestowed powers to resolve neighbours disputes. Previously, Community Mediation Centre (CMC) served as the only resort people can turn to if they could not settle their disputes.
CDRT has jurisdiction on claims of up to $20,000. An Exclusion Order can also be applied to force the neighbour to move out of his home.