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How I Dealt With Neighbours' Noise: A Case Study

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 25 Mar 2021 | comments*Discuss
 
Noise Loud Music Rights Neighbour

You don’t expect that when you move into your dream house, you will end up living next to somebody that makes your life a complete misery. That’s what happened to a couple from the South of England who moved into a new build in 2007, and found that their idea about starting a new life and settling down were ruined by Problem Neighbours.

“It was fine at first. We moved in on a Friday and didn’t see anybody for a few days. We didn’t hear anything from our new neighbours but that’s not really unusual. We just got on with moving in and assumed we’d bump into them and say hello around the place at some point.

“The first signs of trouble came with some loud music a few weeks after we’d moved in. We thought that they were having a party as the noise was so bad, but decided that we would write it off because we didn’t want to cause any trouble. If it was a one-off, it hardly seemed worth making a fuss."

“Then it happened again a few days later, along with some loud arguments and banging and crashing. We think that one of them moved out at that point, and that was when the problems really got bad. From that point we were listening to loud music until three or four in the morning most days, and we were constantly ratty and exhausted.

Taking the Appropriate Action

“Eventually we plucked up the courage to speak to the neighbour. He was a youngish man but old enough to know better, and he wasn’t best pleased that we were complaining. I tried to be pleasant and make a joke of it, hoping that maybe he didn’t realise that he was causing so much trouble, and he appeared to take us seriously, but then within a few hours the noise was just as bad.

“After another week of incessant noise from the neighbour, we just couldn’t take it anymore. I wrote him a letter to say that we’d been tolerant, but that we were losing sleep and had to resolve this problem before it escalated into something legal. We mentioned that we would have to get in touch with the local Environmental Health Officer at the council if he didn’t turn his music down and restrict it to a reasonable time."

“We’d been to the local library and realised that we had Certain Rights Under The Noise Act 1996, so we quoted that in the letter, explaining that the environmental health officer had a legal obligation to deal with complaints about excessive noise, and that we were considering asking them if they would serve a noise abatement notice – which could lead to a fine if he carried on – or even the seizing of his stereo equipment."

“We added that we didn’t want to have to take this action, but that if he carried on with this level of noise we could see no alternative, as our sleep was suffering and his noise was affecting our quality of life."

“The letter seemed to do the trick! I can’t say that we are on friendly terms, but he has stopped the noise and playing the music every night now, and although it gets put back on occasionally, we can live with that. We didn’t want to have to involve anyone else, so I’m glad that we knew our legal rights about noise levels, and were able to write the letter instead of things getting even worse. And we’re getting some sleep again now!”

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Hi I have a big problemWith a neighbour who lives next to me. He sleeps all day doesent work and then he awakes. At 7pm at. Night and starts blasting music til 5 having lots of people in smoking drugs, drinking alcohol all night loudly shouting back and for all night slamming and banging. Told my landlord who hasn't done anything about it he just said your more than welcome to ring the police. Which I think is wrong why should I ring them he is the landlord he should sort it. I don't want to phone the police as the neighbour will know its me and will cause more of a atmosphere
Ev - 25-Mar-21 @ 3:05 PM
What should I do with a noisy neighbour who live on top flat? They have got kids and they constantly running or jumping on the floor. Have spoken to them few time and also their landlord already but doesn’t seems like anyone cares.Luckily they don’t make noise after 9pm that’s why council can’t do anything about it.Even the noise is during the day still is so loud and nothing that we would be able to tolerate it.Please advise what should we do?
Shaz - 12-Mar-21 @ 6:14 PM
I have a solution for some of you. It's not a long term one but it will help you get a little peace every day, say, 1 or 2 hours of quiet time for you to read, paint, play or even nap. You cannot live with it permanently though, as you don't want to get used to it. A white noise machine - get the best you can afford - but - make sure it has the water sounds. Only water can truly mask noise. It blocks out outdoor noise 100% (cars, children screams, anti social behaviour, music) and indoors you will no longer hear anything from your neighbours unless it's something that you will FEEL. So, washing machines, music with bass - you will still feel those sounds so your brain might ' hear ' them but far less than you would without the sound machine, barely audible. You won't hear your neighbours' voices no matter how loud, and you won't hear them walking around. And if you don't have carpets, get some. Also add paintings to your walls, proper thick curtains (not the rollers), and anything that absorbs sound. What you don't want is an empty white room. The sound from the white noise machine is delightful, I love listening to water streams. It's perfect if you are working from home. For anyone dreaming of a detached house to escape noise, forget it, unless you have no neighbours. I know this myself, now in my 3rd detached house in the UK. It's all the same. People in detached houses have other issues to put up with - loud entertaining in garden (sometimes with live bands), spoiled rich kids withpurpose built play areas, DIY (it's constant), and gardening noise (lawn mowers, trimmer, leaf blowers.. every season). And the worst thing is, you've invested your life savings and it's not easy to get out. Your neighbours will own their house so there can be no eviction, and the police cannot do much except stop drunken parties, if you're lucky. Also, you will still hear impact sound! (the bangs you all describe) Whenever your neighbour closes his gate it will vibrate through your house too, and worse, basketball and other ball games, the noise vibrates right through our detached house. And there is nothing you can do about it as it's not considered a noise nuisance. Don't gamble. If you want a quiet house, you have to go rural and find a spot you know they won't develop on and build anything that can be of nuisance. Or try tiny house living, and more importantly, learn to be self sufficient before you make that move. Try a few courses, learn to grow your own food, learn to fix things yourself. It's worth it. We're making that move after covid, as heartbreaking as it is because we otherwise love our home and town. People are selfish and it's not getting any better with every passing decade.
Sandy - 27-Feb-21 @ 1:11 AM
I have a problem at rancho valencia resort. The yoga building is below us. Only class at 845 every morning is driving me crazy. The instructor yells one two three yea for one hour it comes thru our family room kitchen. Some days goes thrust to back yard. They say it’s no problem. All other classes are quiet. Who do you call. I turn my music up very loud so I can stand being in the house
Hooty - 15-Jan-21 @ 5:52 PM
I am as so many people a victim of very loud noise:music,shouting,screaming,loud talk,every kind of noise,the amazing thing that council,police,all organization are zero help,and they only waste your time if you ask their help! The more amazing that the solution is easy but no body want to apply it! Which is:strong law and punishment for noisy people,and all of this will stop,but goverment don't seem care! Why? Who know?! Do you know the answer?
Victim - 2-Jan-21 @ 1:59 AM
I have a big problem with neighbours who live two doors away. They are a young couple with 2 young girls. The problem is that the children do nothing but scream both inside the house and outside in their garden. I do not know if there is a problem with autism butit is making me very distressed especially as I have my own diabetes to manage and my partner has MS. On Christmas Eve the children were out in the garden after 19.00 hours screaming as they ran round the garden. It was extremely cold and they were out there with just party frocks and no coats. The noise was so piercing that I had to switch the fan on while I was cooking the evening meal to drown out the noise. In the end I went out and asked the mother to stop annoying the neighbours. Yesterday 29/12/2020 exactly the same situation both girls outside screaming for at least 20 minutes. I felt obliged to go out and tell the mother that the children were causing me distress. She replied that they were her children and that she would not listen to me any more and simply walked off. This is a neighbourhood made up of retired elderly people and I am very upset that no one else causes any problems with noise and yet we have to put up with behaviour which is totally irresponsible and with a total lack of thought or concern for anyone ellse. Is there anything you can advise please - this is doing me a lot of harm.
Terri - 30-Dec-20 @ 3:49 PM
Part 2 (just realised there's a character limit) I'm really worried about being broken into - also obviously concerned about anti social behaviour. I know from speaking to other neighbours that there was immense problems on my street just before I moved in as my house and one other had been designated by the council for short term tenancies meaning they were used for people in crisis (and basically were being used as drug dens). Anyway just needed to vent but if anyone has any ideas let me know. Thanks!
Scottish Lass - 29-Nov-20 @ 2:03 PM
Hi, my problem is more of a problem-waiting-to-happen rather than something that's actually critical now but I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do in the circumstances (if not then this is at least allowing me to vent). I live in a one bedroom end of terrace council house (been here 6 years). I've always had one neighbour (an elderly lady) who unfortunately moved away (I think to be with relatives) when Covid happened. In mid summer it appeared the council had found a new tenant (I overheard housing officers chatting outside to someone who was standing in the doorway of the house) - I didn't see the person but it sounded like they had just been given keys that very day, this was around 4 months ago. Anyway since then I have never seen them and am 100% sure they have never moved in (no sound whatsoever from the house, never any lights on and the walls are thin so I would definitely hear if someone was there). The one thing that has happened (on 4 occasions over last 2 months and likely more I'm not aware of) is police officers have turned up shouting and banging on the door of the house - and not in a friendly way! The last of these occasions was this morning - they turned up early obviously hoping to wake the person up. I went out and spoke to them to tell them that no one has ever moved in there and this was met with obvious scepticism. I got the distinct impression they were suspicious of me (ie maybe they thought I was covering for this invisible person, lol!) They then posted something (that I assume was an arrest warrant) through the letter box before driving off. I have now emailed the council to tell them all of this and to express concern about the possible risks posed by the person (depending of course what the police want them for). I assume they wont be able to give me any information for data protection reasons but I'm a female living alone and there's obviously different risks if the person has a history of burglary, drugs, assault etc - I assume it has to be something serious given the persistence of the police in trying to get them. I'm pretty sure the council are already aware the house is empty as a few days after the 3rd police visit (a couple of weeks ago) a housing officer turned up and entered the house without knocking. She spent a few minutes in the house before driving off. My best guess is that (for whatever reason) they cant easily end this person's tenancy (if they're classed as "vulnerable" for example) if not they likely would have done it by now. I'm not sure what (if any) rights I have as a neighbour here? I'm particularly worried as I have no house contents insurance and my garden (and back door) is easily accessible from this person's garden. I have tried to get house contents insurance before but I'm a Carer (which effectively means on insurance applications I class as "unemployed"). I'm really worried about being broken into - also obviously concerned about a
Scottish Lass - 29-Nov-20 @ 2:02 PM
Hi, my problem is more of a problem-waiting-to-happen rather than something that's actually critical now but I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do in the circumstances (if not then this is at least allowing me to vent). I live in a one bedroom end of terrace council house (been here 6 years). I've always had one neighbour (an elderly lady) who unfortunately moved away (I think to be with relatives) when Covid happened. In mid summer it appeared the council had found a new tenant (I overheard housing officers chatting outside to someone who was standing in the doorway of the house) - I didn't see the person but it sounded like they had just been given keys that very day, this was around 4 months ago. Anyway since then I have never seen them and am 100% sure they have never moved in (no sound whatsoever from the house, never any lights on and the walls are thin so I would definitely hear if someone was there). The one thing that has happened (on 4 occasions over last 2 months and likely more I'm not aware of) is police officers have turned up shouting and banging on the door of the house - and not in a friendly way! The last of these occasions was this morning - they turned up early obviously hoping to wake the person up. I went out and spoke to them to tell them that no one has ever moved in there and this was met with obvious scepticism. I got the distinct impression they were suspicious of me (ie maybe they thought I was covering for this invisible person, lol!) They then posted something (that I assume was an arrest warrant) through the letter box before driving off. I have now emailed the council to tell them all of this and to express concern about the possible risks posed by the person (depending of course what the police want them for). I assume they wont be able to give me any information for data protection reasons but I'm a female living alone and there's obviously different risks if the person has a history of burglary, drugs, assault etc - I assume it has to be something serious given the persistence of the police in trying to get them. I'm pretty sure the council are already aware the house is empty as a few days after the 3rd police visit (a couple of weeks ago) a housing officer turned up and entered the house without knocking. She spent a few minutes in the house before driving off. My best guess is that (for whatever reason) they cant easily end this person's tenancy (if they're classed as "vulnerable" for example) if not they likely would have done it by now. I'm not sure what (if any) rights I have as a neighbour here? I'm particularly worried as I have no house contents insurance and my garden (and back door) is easily accessible from this person's garden. I have tried to get house contents insurance before but I'm a Carer (which effectively means on insurance applications I class as "unemployed"). I'm really worried about being broken into - also obviously concerned about a
Scottish Lass - 29-Nov-20 @ 2:02 PM
Rev.TchaTchamomonomi You're comment is almost nonsensical, but the sense I can make out of it I don't like. I worked and saved for years to buy our first house, this house and sorry to upset your delicate sensibilities but we have a right as a family not to be abused in the street and in our garden, in front of our children etc simply because we complained about arguing and screaming in the middle of the night and dogs barking non-stop. Just because you are a council tenant and need a house, doesnt mean you have a right to make everybody's life a misery and abuse people for daring to be unhappy about your anti-social behaviour. And we can't move because we plowed everything we had into buying the house and took out loans for work and can't move while there are legal issues and problems ongoing with those tenants. But you would know that if you weren't some sad little troll trying to get a rise. Well you got one, pleased with yourself? I hope you feel good now.
Lara - 26-Nov-20 @ 12:55 PM
Dreams houses next to Housing Association Dreams houses next to Council tenants Buying dreams houses (Ooh ooh yeah) Was it your dreamses that makings you buy You can sell it and wave goodbye They have to be there because they can't Afford to buy their dreamses Afford to buy their dreamses (Woo, ooh, nooo!) Lucky you can buy a house Keep pet rats or even a mouse Run a business sell lemomaids Buying your dreamses, getting paids.
Rev.TchaTchamomonomi - 25-Nov-20 @ 9:41 PM
Hi all, so saddening to read your stories and I hope you all have a happy ending and get some peace. Me and my family have also been going through similar for the last 3 and a 1/2 years. We bought the house of our dreams, a semi in a good area, lovely garden and my son's school at the end of the road. Tenants next door are HA. the day we moved in we heard the dogs barking and that went on for 3 hours nonstop, that was just the beginning. We tried approaching them but they weren't interested in engaging. We wrote polite letters as they sometimes wouldn't answer their door. Eventually, after 6 months of putting up with some days 8 hours of pretty much non stop barking, we complained to their HA. That was the starting point of the anti-social behaviour. They started knocking on our walls, lots of shouting and screaming, dogs barking, door slamming, thumping on floors and walls etc. We found out their neighbour is also a relative and they got involved as well as other family members of theirs. We've been abused and threatened with physical violence, my husband has been followed in the street and intimidated. My kids have witnessed all of this. We have multiple complaints, incident diaries, police incident numbers video and audio footage etc. And they are still there and still causing us bother. We are both now taking anti-anxiety meds too. I just don't know how much more we can take.
Lara - 25-Nov-20 @ 4:09 PM
Hi all, so saddening to read your stories and I hope you all have a happy ending and get some peace. Me and my family have also been going through similar for the last 3 and a 1/2 years. We bought the house of our dreams, a semi in a good area, lovely garden and my son's school at the end of the road. Tenants next door are HA. the day we moved in we heard the dogs barking and that went on for 3 hours nonstop, that was just the beginning. We tried approaching them but they weren't interested in engaging. We wrote polite letters as they sometimes wouldn't answer their door. Eventually, after 6 months of putting up with some days 8 hours of pretty much non stop barking, we complained to their HA. That was the starting point of the anti-social behaviour. They started knocking on our walls, lots of shouting and screaming, dogs barking, door slamming, thumping on floors and walls etc. We found out their neighbour is also a relative and they got involved as well as other family members of theirs. We've been abused and threatened with physical violence, my husband has been followed in the street and intimidated. My kids have witnessed all of this. We have multiple complaints, incident diaries, police incident numbers video and audio footage etc. And they are still there and still causing us bother. We are both now taking anti-anxiety meds too. I just don't know how much more we can take.
Lara - 25-Nov-20 @ 3:32 PM
Hi all, so saddening to read your stories and I hope you all have a happy ending and get some peace. Me and my family have also been going through similar for the last 3 and a 1/2 years. We bought the house of our dreams, a semi in a good area, lovely garden and my son's school at the end of the road. Tenants next door are HA. the day we moved in we heard the dogs barking and that went on for 3 hours nonstop, that was just the beginning. We tried approaching them but they weren't interested in engaging. We wrote polite letters as they sometimes wouldn't answer their door. Eventually, after 6 months of putting up with some days 8 hours of pretty much non stop barking, we complained to their HA. That was the starting point of the anti-social behaviour. They started knocking on our walls, lots of shouting and screaming, dogs barking, door slamming, thumping on floors and walls etc. We found out their neighbour is also a relative and they got involved as well as other family members of theirs. We've been abused and threatened with physical violence, my husband has been followed in the street and intimidated. My kids have witnessed all of this. We have multiple complaints, incident diaries, police incident numbers video and audio footage etc. And they are still there and still causing us bother. We are both now taking anti-anxiety meds too. I just don't know how much more we can take. It feels heartbreaking.
Lara - 25-Nov-20 @ 3:31 PM
Hi all, so saddening to read your stories and I hope you all have a happy ending and get some peace. Me and my family have also been going through similar for the last 3 and a 1/2 years. We bought the house of our dreams, a semi in a good area, lovely garden and my son's school at the end of the road. Tenants next door are HA. the day we moved in we heard the dogs barking and that went on for 3 hours nonstop, that was just the beginning. We tried approaching them but they weren't interested in engaging. We wrote polite letters as they sometimes wouldn't answer their door. Eventually, after 6 months of putting up with some days 8 hours of pretty much non stop barking, we complained to their HA. That was the starting point of the anti-social behaviour. They started knocking on our walls, lots of shouting and screaming, dogs barking, door slamming, thumping on floors and walls etc. We found out their neighbour is also a relative and they got involved as well as other family members of theirs. We've been abused and threatened with physical violence, my husband has been followed in the street and intimidated. My kids have witnessed all of this. We have multiple complaints, incident diaries, police incident numbers video and audio footage etc. And they are still there and still causing us bother. We are both now taking anti-anxiety meds too. I just don't know how much more we can take. It feels heartbreaking.
Lara - 25-Nov-20 @ 3:31 PM
Hi all, so saddening to read your stories and I hope you all have a happy ending and get some peace. Me and my family have also been going through similar for the last 3 and a 1/2 years. We bought the house of our dreams, a semi in a good area, lovely garden and my son's school at the end of the road. Tenants next door are HA. the day we moved in we heard the dogs barking and that went on for 3 hours nonstop, that was just the beginning. We tried approaching them but they weren't interested in engaging. We wrote polite letters as they sometimes wouldn't answer their door. Eventually, after 6 months of putting up with some days 8 hours of pretty much non stop barking, we complained to their HA. That was the starting point of the anti-social behaviour. They started knocking on our walls, lots of shouting and screaming, dogs barking, door slamming, thumping on floors and walls etc. We found out their neighbour is also a relative and they got involved as well as other family members of theirs. We've been abused and threatened with physical violence, my husband has been followed in the street and intimidated. My kids have witnessed all of this. We have multiple complaints, incident diaries, police incident numbers video and audio footage etc. And they are still there and still causing us bother. We are both now taking anti-anxiety meds too. I just don't know how much more we can take. It feels heartbreaking.
Lara - 25-Nov-20 @ 3:31 PM
Please please contact your local authority if you are having issues. I suffered with a noisy alcoholic violent neighbour. I called the council out at least once a week for a year, I made notes of everything. It took a year but it went to court and he was evicted. I provided statements to police for the case. If you stick with it councils will take action, they have a legal duty to
Sharon - 24-Nov-20 @ 11:31 PM
I was putting up with them until this week when he started screaming obscenities at me and threatened to come up -his partner begged him not too, said so urgently I’m inclined to think he had a weapon. I’m now a nervous wreck... I pretend I’m not in and when I’m out I don’t want to come back. Totally trapped with covid etc, I want to wake up from this nightmare... I should feel safe in the place I live (It will never be home) but I’m terrified :(
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Gray Gubler - 12-Nov-20 @ 6:50 PM
I suffered 3 years of hell my neighbours now rent out their house to family and the family are quiet so far .Im thankful every day but i will sell my house if the two vile creatures that made my life hell move back in , i could never live attached to them again . Id like to say if you live on social housing you should have the support of a housing officer whos job it is to support you after all you pay rent . Sadly if you own or are buying your property its more difficult because i was told by police etc that home owners are entitled to have a life , even though they received letters from anti social team they ignored every one and guess what the case was closed !During one distressing call i made yet again to anti social team the woman told me it sounded as though i had a vendetta towards my neighbours and i was offered counselling .......honestly But the vile creatures moved out somewhere and rent their house out , wherever they live i feel for their neighbours because they are the lowest of the low . I feel deeply for you all
Samaritan - 7-Nov-20 @ 7:32 PM
I didn't realize there must be a character limit on this so my story was cut short.I can't write it all again, but I am genuinely deeply sorry for anyone living with nasty, rude, anti-social neighbors because it truly does ruin your life, steal your health and makes you unable to function when the situation is bad enough.
K.D. - 7-Nov-20 @ 12:25 PM
First, I have read every one of your posts and my heart truly does go out to each of you.I read so many sentences that are exact words I've said or thought myself that I never would have thought I'd feel or write until this happened to me. I'm broken down crying as I start typing.51/2 years ago (also on a Saturday, I'll never forget)the new neighbor started moving in.It was a nightmare. I should mention, I'm in Germany so as for the legal issues that you all are dealing with, we have no Asbos here or public health officials.This would have to go to court. She was 19 at the time (I only know that because after she'd been here wreaking havoc for months, she started "dropping"her doctor excuse from having to work due to "psychiatric conditions"on our doorstep and on the floor by the mailboxes in the stairwell. On move-in day there were 20-25 people, many just standing around outside and I thought "social work students".I don't know why, but that's what came to mind. ..The family were bringing her things in in trash bags.When we move, we put our bedding in trash bags, so no disrespect about that, but they had more trash bags than boxes.And we live in very small apartments and also the stairwell is very narrow.They stood outside our door screaming down to people outside through a window that only one panel (very small panel)opens.So no one could hear them and the screaming back and forth continued for the time they were moving. Then they left.And amid all the trash bags they left a little dog.This is not the dog's fault, they rightfully believed they'd been mistakenly forgotten and left behind.For the next 9 hours straight the dog barked.Nonstop.Our balcony is right next to their window so I tried to talk quietly to them and let them know they hadn't been forgotten, but of course that was hopeless. I can not begin to recount what happened in the following weeks.Besides the family dumping dogs off in the apartment, the person living there screams every word they say, throws trash down in the stairs, allows the dog/s to go to the bathroom all over the backyard area (gardens because there are actual houses owned by the same landlord that we're connected to), keeps birds, has caused insect infestations in the house that spread to the other next door neighbor...it is a never ending nightmare. In Germany you have to give 3 months notice before you move out.The people above her and the apartment next to her across from us, both moved before the three months was even up.At the moment I'm typing this, the person who had moved in across the hall almost a year after the other tenant left, gave up and moved too.She was too scared to tell the management why she was leaving because she knows they protect this family and she moved into another unit managed by the same company. We do have in writing from our management company that they realize there is a problem, but that's get
K.D. - 7-Nov-20 @ 12:22 PM
First, I have read every one of your posts and my heart truly does go out to each of you.I read so many sentences that are exact words I've said or thought myself that I never would have thought I'd feel or write until this happened to me. I'm broken down crying as I start typing.51/2 years ago (also on a Saturday, I'll never forget)the new neighbor started moving in.It was a nightmare. I should mention, I'm in Germany so as for the legal issues that you all are dealing with, we have no Asbos here or public health officials.This would have to go to court. She was 19 at the time (I only know that because after she'd been here wreaking havoc for months, she started "dropping"her doctor excuse from having to work due to "psychiatric conditions"on our doorstep and on the floor by the mailboxes in the stairwell. On move-in day there were 20-25 people, many just standing around outside and I thought "social work students".I don't know why, but that's what came to mind. ..The family were bringing her things in in trash bags.When we move, we put our bedding in trash bags, so no disrespect about that, but they had more trash bags than boxes.And we live in very small apartments and also the stairwell is very narrow.They stood outside our door screaming down to people outside through a window that only one panel (very small panel)opens.So no one could hear them and the screaming back and forth continued for the time they were moving. Then they left.And amid all the trash bags they left a little dog.This is not the dog's fault, they rightfully believed they'd been mistakenly forgotten and left behind.For the next 9 hours straight the dog barked.Nonstop.Our balcony is right next to their window so I tried to talk quietly to them and let them know they hadn't been forgotten, but of course that was hopeless. I can not begin to recount what happened in the following weeks.Besides the family dumping dogs off in the apartment, the person living there screams every word they say, throws trash down in the stairs, allows the dog/s to go to the bathroom all over the backyard area (gardens because there are actual houses owned by the same landlord that we're connected to), keeps birds, has caused insect infestations in the house that spread to the other next door neighbor...it is a never ending nightmare. In Germany you have to give 3 months notice before you move out.The people above her and the apartment next to her across from us, both moved before the three months was even up.At the moment I'm typing this, the person who had moved in across the hall almost a year after the other tenant left, gave up and moved too.She was too scared to tell the management why she was leaving because she knows they protect this family and she moved into another unit managed by the same company. We do have in writing from our management company that they realize there is a problem, but that's get
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lucyalura20 - 5-Nov-20 @ 1:22 PM
I have the same problem but only just realised I suffer from CPTSD. This means that any bang, crash, sound of someone’s television or music will trigger an emotional flashback from hell. I don’t know what my parents did to me to cause this but it’s not pleasant.
Bart - 31-Oct-20 @ 9:47 PM
I moved into a housing association property 2 years ago, (still here) im very quiet as im here on my own OMG! talk about nightmare neighbours i have two either side of me, that create nothing but trouble, and intimidation, and there not the kind of people you want to approach, but i painstakingly did diary notes, used my mobile phone to capture the audio, and had proof, it took me two years to report it to the community support police, as i was scared of repercussions, luckily i have a good police officer that regularly calls me, time and time again he said let me go in to them and warn them,it was only yesterday i allowed himto speak to the neighbor on one side, and touch wood its slightly quieter, but i feel for anyone going through this as i too am still going through it, some days i cant even go out, and when i do i don't want to come home! i let my housing officer know, and im waiting for a transfer to get the hell out of here, what i would say to anyone in social housing, is report it by 101 on the phone, get a log number, keep doing diary notes, if you can get audio evidence use your phone, and do not retaliate, although its tempting, call the local police that deals with antisocial behaviour,
had enough - 24-Oct-20 @ 7:38 PM
This is so cathartic to read. I have had to deal with a nightmare neighbour for several years now. I look after my disabled mum and the guy who lives upstairs is the worst. He'll play loud music and loud instruments regardless of the hour. He can start at 12 in the afternoon and keep going until 8am the next morning. He's an alcoholic, who whenever he's been confronted immediately attempts to threaten people. It's got to the point where I genuinely detest him and it's affecting my mental health and even turning me towards drinking more as I feel less agitated whenever I've had a drink.
rsmf - 22-Oct-20 @ 5:55 PM
Okay, so where do I begin... Initially my first neighbour related noise problems started 11 years ago in a ground floor flat. I was only 17 at the time and the couple above would sleep all day and stay up all night playing films and music through a massive sound system. Approached them numerous times to no avail. Ended up moving out. My second bad neighbour then came 9 years later and lasted just over two years. An older couple who initially seemed okay until 3 weeks in and music started in the early AM. This proceeded on various nights when the husband was working and the woman was in the house by herself. We approached her a couple of times but she was a very unsavoury character. The first time I approached her she turned the music down for twenty minutes then back up again. Second time my partner approached her and she apologised and kept the music down for that night only. After approaching her she would then ‘get her own back’ by banging stuff against the walls in the day pretending she was cleaning. We had the thinnest walls known to man and could hear the neighbours on the other side using the toilet etc. Ended up moving. Lastly, in my current property we have lovely neighbours one side and then a family who think it’s okay to slam, bang, crash and run up and down stairs and stomp everywhere. This goes on throughout the day. I have approached the gentleman who even questioned if I had got the right house and that it ‘couldn’t be them’. I almost laughed out loud when he said that. Since approaching him the slamming has marginally improved but the stomping of their children (who are old enough to know better) continues and every single time I hear it I just cannot put it any simpler than it just goes right through me and makes me so angry. I actually hate them SO much. I cannot believe we have moved from one noise hell hole to another!! I am becoming obsessed with them and check to see if their lights are on and whether they are sleeping yet. They seem to sleep and then wake up and all sorts. No routine which I cannot stand! The noise could happen at any time which means I cannot relax and am not myself. We still have quite a lot of months left on the tenancy too so in it for the long haul. We said this would be our last rented property before buying (which Covid put a hold on) but I’m not sure I can last here. All properties where I have had noise problems have been rented and I’ve hated every single one of them. I literally sit here just thinking about noise and any little noise makes me jump. It’s getting to the point I cannot think about anything else other than noise. My partner does not think the neighbours at my current property are that bad but I had to disagree. Admittedly they can go hours without making a noise but the fact they may make a noise at any time just puts me on edge. It isn’t just a little noise either it’s a startling bang, crash or stomping that goes through the house. Absolutely disgusting, and
Noise ocd - 20-Oct-20 @ 12:09 AM
Omg I have the same problem with the temporary flat above me I've barely slept in 3 years because of the evicted people who get placed above me and my child we can't sleep in our own rooms adls the noise is so loud the people who are there 2 or 3 weeks at a time move in at all hours of the day and night and make out lived hell they make noise on purpose when I ask them to please not make noise after 11pm on a school night and the last ones were very unpleasant they harassed me and my child making noise and stomping very loudly on purpose to scare my little girl who is only 4 I asked the people housing them to stop made complaint after complaint (just like I've been doing the last 3 years) and was told my complaints were irrelevant to them go to the council they are not going to stop using the property for the temporary housing of evicted people they house there unless the council tell them to soni went to the council and they refused any part till I gave them proof I'm a council tenant but they wont move us even with the 3 years of logs of police reports,noise recordings, petitions and even every complaints not only by myself but other tenants and all I got told was the government let us do this so make any petition you like we wont stop using it for temporary accommodation??? How the hell can they get away with leaving us here. I've had people urinate through my letter box because I had to call the police because the weed they was smoking was affecting mine and my child breathing, as it was coming into our flat from theirs and the communal hallway was thick with smoke. the police did nothing and have done nothing to help with all the threatening behaviour from the people place above us they allow them to get away with everything while me and my child are forced to live here! being called liars even though I can and have provided them proof of everything I've said to them and am telling you all now and just refusing to do anything both mine and my child health and mental health is being effected by this and I've given proof to the council about this and yet they continue to house anti social tenants above us basically saying they don't care because they don't have to live with them. I have so much proof they have breached covid restrictions aswell and even reported to the mps of this country and the police but guess they above the law when dealing with anything as apparently the government let's them do this as a lady told me at the council I'm now withholding my rent till they move us and they ain't even asked for it because they know they are in the wrong!! even now at 12.24am the new neighbour's who just moved in a day ago only 4 hours after the last tenant moved out (and no one cleaned the property after the last tenant left) are making horrendous noise it's so aggravating to have to keep putting myself in danger going up there to ask these people to please be quiet continuously I've asked the housing group housing them to put
Livinginhell - 7-Oct-20 @ 12:24 AM
I’m so glad to have found this site. Our neighbors are the grossest people ever and I mean character. They bang, jump, stomp like jolly green giants, drag furniture, talk so loudly at times we can hear their conversations, rock on their work bed frame where the squeaking travels into our home. They smile and apologize. Classic passive aggressive. They slam doors like Neanderthals. They bounce balls right outside our window which is low to the ground which makes it right at our heads. They play the victim and feel that we are to accommodate them. Talk about privilege. Their door squeaking on it hinges. Their toilet flushing. Their washing machine noise. Those are relatively normal noises living in a building with others. Even footfalls, but not stomping and marching across the floor. The husband makes so much noise leaving out for work that it sounds like the entire family is having a parade just inside their door. They drop heavy items all of the time. And, they’re liars. I texted about the noise and I was met with questions: Running? My...are running?...I tell them to walk like mice...” Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Those must be some genetics mutated mice because what we hear are sounds one would hear in an indoor gym with play centers for a variety activities. They’re animals!
Samé - 2-Oct-20 @ 10:37 AM
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