There are hundreds of age-old debates when it comes to neighbours, whether it be from a legal standpoint or a more personal opinion. 

Now with social media the number one place people go to vent, the list of neighbours and debates seems to be ever-growing. 

From the modern debacle of what time of night you should keep the noise down to how tall your garden fence can be. 

Many of these discussions do have legal answers, however, there are some which seem to be down to personal preference and common courtesy.

That includes the slightly sensitive subject of whether you can refuse to take in a neighbour's parcel.

Can you refuse to take in your neighbour's parcel?

Whether you're generally not a fan of your neighbour or if you feel like their personal postman with their never-ending packages, you do have a say. 

Whilst there is no legal standpoint, you do have the right to refuse to take in the item. 

Some postal services do state they will find a safe space which can be with neighbours, however, you can still say no and they will find another neighbour or safe space for the parcel. 

If you are in a situation where your neighbour may have put your address down as a safe space without asking, you can then discuss the matter with the neighbour and ask them to change it. 

However, if they refuse to do so, you then have the right to not take in the parcels and inform the postal worker so they are aware for the future.

Bournemouth Echo: You can refuse to take in parcels. You can refuse to take in parcels. (Image: Getty)

Whilst you may have to discuss with postal workers for some services, the Royal Mail does offer a neighbour opt-out scheme.

It has an online form available to everyone, the 'Delivery to neighbour opt-out form'.


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On the form, you will be asked to fill in your details, including names and addresses as well as information on why you would not like to receive the parcel. 

The Royal Mail will then send you an opt-out sticker to be displayed near your letterbox or somewhere clearly visible. 

You can also contact other popular postal services to discuss this matter.