A couple in Perth’s southern suburbs has launched legal action against their neighbours, claiming their kids are too playful.

They claim that they are sick of picking up balls, kicked over the fence, but lawyers say its a waste of the court’s time.

In the writ tendered to court, the couple claimed ‘private nuisance’, claiming the three children are bothersome, reports Daily Mail.

They said the children, or friends of the children regularly kicked balls over the fence into their property which had ‘ruined’ their enjoyment of their home.

The couple provided photographic evidence of the offending balls in their yard from February 2016 to January 2019, and said the parents were aware of the incidents.

They allegedly raised concerns with the family in 2015, a year after they moved in to their home.

The couple claim the neighbours have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to their $1.4million home in Bicton, in Perth.

They are also claiming that the family built a children’s cubbyhouse and shower attached to a brick wall that is solely on their property, and argued a below-ground pool which was installed created a vertical crack in their timber-slat fence.

Share your comments below

  • Balls damage property and cars so it could be an ongoing issue of damage and mutual courtesy and respect.


  • The damage from the pool seems a bigger issue than a few balls.


  • Do you know what? Yes, it’s annoying when balls constantly come over the fence. We’ve been there, done then. Then our child, as he got older, ended up hitting and kicking balls over the fence. He simply outgrew our backyard. We can’t have it all – complaining kids are not outside, then complaining when they are outside doing kid things. You just suck it up and understand it’s part of life.


  • Somehow I feel there is more to this story than what has so far been revealed. Must see if there is a further chapter before I decide one way or another.

    • I agree – difficult to comment without more detail.


  • They should be able to request paying for damages caused by the neighbours, that’s not fair. Apparently talking to them didn’t achieve much. Interested to see how this goes.


  • I don’t think this is the whole story. Court is not the answer. If you are fed up, just keep the balls or give them away to a charity. They might realise just how much money they are losing then


  • Blocks of land are smaller theses days and the kids have no where safe to play with the way people hoon up and down streets… get over it, it’s a kids playing instead of sitting in front of a gaming device all day… and also think there is way more to this story than a few balls over the fence


  • Yep I don’t think we are seeing the full story here


  • How ridiculous! Honestly, I get that you have all this money to throw around but it can’t by happiness, just learn a little patience!


  • Well, I understand that it would get annoying after a while… but legal action!?


  • I’m sure there is more to this story


  • Seems to be about more than stray balls.


  • Talk to the neighbours!!


  • I think these neighbours need a good chat with each other instead of taking legal action, if necessary with a mediator.


  • I suppose this is what we get with living on top of one another in the burbs. I really feel for parents with children in todays idea of a back yard.Once the house is built , the entertainment area is added on ,the fire pit ,and if we are lucky the pool, where are the kids meant to play. Of course there are balls, feezbies and goodness knows what else that are going to end up in the neighbours yard and vice versa. You need a reasonable relationship with your neighbours to handle this or don’t let your children play with any sort of toy that could find it’s way over the fence. I thank god that my children grew up with a huge yard , a park across the road in a small country town . No such problems at our place.


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