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How I Dealt With Neighbours' Noise: A Case Study

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 6 Aug 2020 | 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 all. I hope some of you who already posted have sorted out your problems, I wanted to share my experience with a noisy neighbour. It started about 4 months ago. I work nights and remember going to bed at noon...I started to hear strange music, almost like there was a band practicing nearby.. I wasn't sure where it was coming from (yet) it wasn't really that loud either (yet) and it only lasted an hour or so. This continued over several weeks, disturbing my sleep. Then it went 24/7. ONE album of what I can only think of as some sort of party/rave mix. It got louder too. It's been going on for over nearly two months now NON-STOP. I tried to get the council involved, they put me in touch with an environmental health officer who explained how things work when dealing with a noise complaint 'It can be a painfully slow process, especially when the first letter doesn't work'. A letter has now been sent to the offenders. The EHO told me she would be in touch in a couple of weeks(!) to hear my thoughts. I'm going to tell her I'm still not happy about the music. The offenders are over the road and down a little, I'm surprised no one else has complained (the EHO told me this), despite two neighbours saying to me that they are sick of the noise. I think the EHO will be sending some audio equipment which is to be set up in my flat so the music level can be recorded. This is as far as my enquiry has gone. Sadly I might not be able to help the EHO any further, I'm looking at flats to rent elsewhere and want to move in a few weeks. Hope everyone gets their noisy problem neighbours sorted, good luck.
Wakefield lad - 6-Aug-20 @ 8:06 AM
I have lived in my current house for 15 mostly dreadful years. After years of renting myself and my then wife and 2 kids bought a terraced house in a not too great area. We bought right at the height of the property frenzy just to get on the housing ladder and it quickly became apparent the area was dreadful, immediately we got eggs at windows stones thrown which smashed a window, every car I have had has been vandalised , jumped on etc, garden furniture stolen etc etc. We had intended to move up after 4/5 years but sadly the marriage broke down and she walked out on me and our two boys . Anti social behaviour around here is the norm and anyone who stands up to it is made to regret it .I am now divorced and still live here with my two ( now grown up sons ) . we all work but my neighbours are all on benefits and the neighbours on one side are appalling. They are all taking drugs ( class A ) , they talk openly about drugs,they grow cannabis too and the alley at the back is constantly full of people whistling and their 17 year old son is dealing to them,they sleep most of the day and start to wake up mid afternoon, when I get home from work as soon as I open my back door they are sat there smoking cannabis, they throw stuff in my garden and at my house and a constant stream of lowlife hang about the house well into the early hours. Last week they started to party at midnight and were smashing bottles in the back and doing karaoke until 5am. I get up for work at 5.15am:-(.... I have spoken to the police who have done nothing, social services who told me that if people didnt want to engage with them there`s nothing they can do ( the family is known to them ) and finally the landlord which is a housing association for troubled families who promise to ring me back but never do. I`m putting the house on the market and the estate agent tells me the property has lost £10k since I bought it despite putting in new kitchen, bathroom and central heating .....because of the area and the junk in next doors garden front and rear .God I feel low..........
Goingcrazywithneighb - 31-Jul-20 @ 11:50 PM
Moved into a semi detached just 3 weeks gone, after 7 years in a flat with constant noise issues and about 4/5 different tenants. First week into the house I spoke with the new neighbour to find shes hard of hearing and asked if she was ok to turn tv down a notch as I work dayshifts and got to be up at 4am. She said yes thats fine. Issue has been constant for a week now and I approached her last night, in a nice friendly manner and this time she didnt take it too kindly. She said her tv volume is at 40 (which is nearly half and is loud) I sympathise that shes hard of hearing and I did try to make my point to say that I am not trying tostop her watching tv and would like to compromise on the situation, as with me having 4am get uops, but before that could go ahead she closed the door on me. I spoke with my landlord and they said they will try and get in touch with the council. But with an elderly person who is hard of hearing, Im not sure if there is much they can do, apart from ask her to get hearing aids, turn her tv down, move the tv to a different location
Paulie - 21-Jul-20 @ 9:42 AM
Ive lived in my house 18 years. Recently we have spent a fortune renovating it, something we could never afford before because we have 3 kids. The house next door has been converted into 2 flats and rented out, the family living in the upstairs flat are lovely people, quiet and polite. Last year a young girl moved into the downstairs flat, we have since found out she is a student. When she first moved in she would play really loud music. The music would go on at 7 am and not stop untill 3 am every day. We could hear it in our bedroom, evan though she was in the downstairs flat and our bedroom is upstairs. My husband gets up at 3am because he is a postman, he went weeks without a proper sleep. I myself am a nurse working 13 hour shifts. If I am working a day shift I would get up at 5. I found I was also going to work on only 2 hours sleep a night, and then having to look after patients. When I work nights Iknew I was in for no sleep. During the day we couldnt evan watch tv, because we couldnt hear it over her music. We tried talking to her, but she was very aggressive. In the end we gave up and reported her, something we didnt like doing and have never done before. She was warned because the enviromental health were shocked at how loud it was, and her music was turned down at night, and she does turn it down now if we ask her, however she still plays it extremely loud in her garden and kitchen every day, to the point we cant sit in our garden and enjoy it. We have found out she has placed speakers in her garden. Although she does turn it down now if asked, it gets a bit much having to ask her constantly throughout the day. Her new thing now is student parties every Fri and Sat night, and although her music gets turned down, slammimg doors, the drunken laughter and very loud talking keeps us awake. Due to our jobs we dont have every weekend off. We have explained this to her but she just dosent seem to care. She is also very aggresive to me when she sees me (not my husband just me), it has come to the point now that I am scared to leave my house if she is outside, and that includes my own back garden because her back door over looks ours and the wall is low so she can see me. At 1 point she was throwing cat poo in our garden, that stopped when my husband caught her red handed and threatend her with the police. We arenow considering selling the house that we have spent a fortune doing up and nearly paid off, and move and literally have to start again after 18 years. People should not be allowed to get away with this. We have tried everything, we have even contacted the landlord and he dosent care aslong as the rent is getting paid each month.
Lou - 17-Jul-20 @ 11:12 PM
We've been renting a terraced house for around 10 years now. All the tenants that have ever moved into the one house next door have been simply vile. Loud music, banging on the walls, drug usage, screaming and the tenants that are currently living there let their kids play with a rape alarm. Only recently has it been affecting my anxiety severely and has it contributed to depression, they are not approachable at all, sometimes I wait inside before going to work to make sure they are not out front. Because of the pattern of problem neighbours is there some way that the land lord can be held accountable?
BM - 8-Jul-20 @ 8:48 PM
Short Version: Contact your council's Environment Officer department for noise nuisance STRAIGHT AWAY the first time it happens, ask for a diary to be posted to you. The police dont get involved its all council. Dont move, this is your Castle, be strong but act first and act fast!. But at the same time, be vary careful where you buy and unfortunately there is a "price" to pay in purchasing in areas where a landlord can turn a profit. I still say its worth it to only buy the property you need as its tens of thousands of interest £ in the long run isnt it. Is it worth paying £500 more a month in interest just to live in 'nicer' area that still has a (lesser) chance of the next door detached 5 bed being rented out? Long Version: I live in Terrace house, and mid 20's family of a Romanian persuasion moved in to the rental next door. Started playing loudspeaker in garden, mates round shouting, drugs, drink etc. Blocking off other peoples driveways with friends' cars. Having read comments here and other places, i think it is quite deliberate; sometimes it is to seek people to sell up / move out of rentals so that their friends can move in nearby. Often up beyond 10pm on a weekday i wouldn't mind the odd weekend night but this is too much. Tried the 'friendly' approach, asked to stop, turn it down, each time a bit of movement, but then reset again the next time. So i went to the council after a YEAR of trying to sort it myself after about 9 major ad hoc incidents. It's the Environment Officers ones, they say ok posted me a 'diary' which i need to fill in 5 events then send them back. I said i got 9 right now, they said ah, has to be 3 from the point the diary is received in the post. Had 3, and emailed it in. Made a point to mention i have audio recordings from both within my house and with window(s) open to show the impact. Since then next to nothing i think they sent them a warning letter. BUT i have taken to playing some music on my mobile phone in the garden not loud but enough that htey can hear it when they are playing their music middle of the day the loud bass and the folk music. Also, USE SHAZAM mobile app's to record what the music is, eg the singer, the track name etc. then make a log it will add to your case.
Call_The_Council - 2-Jul-20 @ 9:36 PM
This is a terrible nightmare for all of us,neighbors upstairs always run on the balcony and steel stairs next to my sleeping room, i can't sleep sometimes because they he will play with his children till late at night and the burglar gates just keep banging open and close. I honestly i can't take it anymore, i can't even study for my exams as this is eating my mind. I have complained to the agents of this building and hoping this doesn't worsen the noise levels as the these people are spiteful and raw. I leave it to God now
John - 24-Jun-20 @ 6:01 PM
I’ll also mention the hour of music a day was for working out and my previous neighbours told me how quiet I was, that they hardly knew I was there. There’s nothing I can do in three situations
Davisca9 - 22-Jun-20 @ 10:07 AM
So sad reading these comments, each one has its own story, but each of us looking for answers to an obviously widespread problem. We have lived in this property for 40 years, that alone will give some indication of our age, it gives me no more rights than the next person, and I state it solely to indicate my experience of different neighbours over the years. Never had a fall out with any of them, but boy is the one we currently have making up for all the decent folks before. Maybe we have been lucky and our luck just ran out. I have spoken with council officials and I’m awaiting the backlash which I’m sure is going to happen. Hang on in there, I wish each of you peace.
Beryl - 13-Jun-20 @ 2:18 AM
Reading some of these experiences, I feel for every one of you. My neighbours are driving me mad, made worse by the Coronavirus lockdown. I feel like they are living in my house, may as well be as I can hear every conversation they have as they speak so loudly. Alarm??? My neighbours are my morning alarm, I can either hear them talking at the top of their voices or their dog barks. Since lockdown their has not been a single day that they aren’t in the garden, I know they’re entitled to to but I mean from 7am until late and if we try to sit in our garden their dog barks continuously until one of them eventually shuts it up... for all of 5 minutes, therefore we have not used our garden once in the last few months. The dog they had a few years ago barked at every noise we made, if my house phone rang (wasn’t loud) the dog would bark... if we opened the back door and the dog was in the garden ... it would bark. I lost it one morning when the dog woke me up at 7am on a Sunday, I knocked on their door and told them I couldn’t bear the dog barking anymore, that it’s not fair we’ve gotta put up with this... It didn’t stop it until the dog passed away... but then my neighbours thought it would be a good idea to buy another dog to bark at everything again, it’s even worse than the first dog. So it’s obviously not the dogs fault, it’s the owners who just can’t be bothered to train it. Also the husband is always banging/building something or other... you’d think they lived in a mansion... surely there’s nothing else to build ?? I was trying to finish my university final exams online a few weeks back which I had already informed my neighbours of and asked if they could keep the noise down, nope, the same day he was hammering in the garden for a couple of hours until my head felt like it was gonna burst so I told him to give it a rest for once to put it politely. Is it too much to ask for some peace occasionally... as I’m writing this the dog is barking his head off again ?? I’m even considering moving house as I can’t take it anymore.
Titch - 12-Jun-20 @ 1:09 PM
So, my daughter, dog, and I have been in our condo since January, 2020. For 6 months to date, we have dealt with the neighbor below us, as we’re on the 3rd floor, having shouting matches, transient company, loud music, banging, slamming, fighting, parties, you name it. Just last night, he cranked up his ridiculous music at 10:30pm and by 12:00am, and after calling the authorities many times in the past, we decided to retaliate back. We were over the point of calling anyone and the letter-writing days have long escaped because this individual is aggressive and there is a thick layer of contentiousness. When the music stopped, after we retaliated back, guess who comes knocking on the door? Right, the cops! ?? The cops after HE was the catalyst for it all! I haven’t ever had the authorities called on me and thankfully my daughter works where she does. I disputed the reason for their being called and sent them down to HIS place as well as informed them he had been loud music for the past 4 hours which was well over the noise ordinance. For example, we’ve laughed before and he’s banged on his ceiling, our floor. He has even came up to our place and knocked so aggressively, that it shook our door. He even has a modified car, with a super loud, ear-crashing muffler, that he backs in and when he goes and returns, everyone knows and feels it because the sound flushes against the building. We‘ve alerted HOA months ago and all necessary people. At this point, it means war! Right? We live on 3rd and have further to walk, so we’ll be claiming an unassigned parking space, where he parks, and the one next to it for starters. Like really, screw him! How inconsiderate are you, as a male, to call the authorities in these times, on 2 super-quiet women? It baffles me. Thank goodness we’re not the only ones that have a problem with this person, so we don’t feel bad, but something has to change and quickly.
RagingCatholicBabe - 8-Jun-20 @ 10:41 PM
So, my daughter, dog, and I have been in our condo since January, 2020. For 6 months to date, we have dealt with the neighbor below us, as we’re on the 3rd floor, having shouting matches, transient company, loud music, banging, slamming, fighting, parties, you name it. Just last night, he cranked up his ridiculous music at 10:30pm and by 12:00am, and after calling the authorities many times in the past, we decided to retaliate back. We were over the point of calling anyone and the letter-writing days have long escaped because this individual is aggressive and there is a thick layer of contentiousness. When the music stopped, after we retaliated back, guess who comes knocking on the door? Right, the cops! ?? The cops after HE was the catalyst for it all! I haven’t ever had the authorities called on me and thankfully my daughter works where she does. I disputed the reason for their being called and sent them down to HIS place as well as informed them he had been loud music for the past 4 hours which was well over the noise ordinance. For example, we’ve laughed before and he’s banged on his ceiling, our floor. He has even came up to our place and knocked so aggressively, that it shook our door. He even has a modified car, with a super loud, ear-crashing muffler, that he backs in and when he goes and returns, everyone knows and feels it because the sound flushes against the building. We‘ve alerted HOA months ago and all necessary people. At this point, it means war! Right? We live on 3rd and have further to walk, so we’ll be claiming an unassigned parking space, where he parks, and the one next to it for starters. Like really, screw him! How inconsiderate are you, as a male, to call the authorities in these times, on 2 super-quiet women? It baffles me. Thank goodness we’re not the only ones that have a problem with this person, so we don’t feel bad, but something has to change and quickly.
RagingCatholicBabe - 8-Jun-20 @ 2:39 PM
30 years of living next door to nieghbours from hell 5 years of heavy duty low frequency noise and vibrations i think would be known as infrasound Environment health guy picked up on unusual frequencies and an idling deasel generator with his monitoring equipment but the authorities have failed to deal with my noise nuisance iv suffered from sleep deprivation on a regular basis ..i know the gran mother who is a long term habitual alcoholic and chain smoker has had multipul children who are now grown up and like her are out of work and on the sick long term..i have and want to work albait care for others..but these vibrations and heavy duty like pumps and ventilation like noise has turned my entire life upside down feeling down whilst the authorities have been very unhelpful in putting a stop to the hell im put through
Redwhale - 5-Jun-20 @ 8:53 PM
So sad reading some of these stories......my heart goes out to you all. It should be a human right to enjoy peace and quiet in ones own home. I recently moved into a DETACHED house where I thought I could live in peace at last - wrong! I live next door to RACING people that are animals..... They shout, drink all afternoon and play music loudly. I have witnessed one of them urinting up our fence on two occasions and approached him and he totally denied it. They have been issued warnings from the landlord but still continue regardless, probably as they’ve forgotten once the drinking starts again! I have two beautiful young daughters who are very intimidated by this, we feel we have to hide in our home. Something needs to be done about these anti-social people ruining lives for us all. I have only ever found total piece of mind and that was living in a camper van when I was a youngster touring the world.....if not for my daughters I would move out immediately! Good luck all.
Fa66ster - 24-May-20 @ 6:13 AM
So sad reading some of these stories......my heart goes out to you all. It should be a human right to enjoy peace and quiet in ones own home. I recently moved into a DETACHED house where I thought I could live in peace at last - wrong! I live next door to RACING people that are animals..... They shout, drink all afternoon and play music loudly. I have witnessed one of them urinting up our fence on two occasions and approached him and he totally denied it. They have been issued warnings from the landlord but still continue regardless, probably as they’ve forgotten once the drinking starts again! I have two beautiful young daughters who are very intimidated by this, we feel we have to hide in our home. Something needs to be done about these anti-social people ruining lives for us all. I have only ever found total piece of mind and that was living in a camper van when I was a youngster touring the world.....if not for my daughters I would move out immediately! Good luck all.
Fa66ster - 23-May-20 @ 7:35 AM
I have had a problem with my neighbour now for over ten years. Loud music, banging of doors till all hours, banging his walking sticks on the floor to wake me up. Even flicking the light switches on and off to try and annoy me. I complained to the council years ago but nothing was done really done as he would just denial all knowledge then go quiet for a while till he was off the radar again. Even got the police involved but they said it’s nothing to do with them and that I need to contact the local council noise team. It’s just like going on a merry go round, no one seems to want to help and I am just suffering here in silence, he knows what he is doing. I hate it, it’s not a home but know I would find it difficult to sell.
Stevenh - 19-May-20 @ 10:32 PM
It is so sad to read how everyone has been affected by something I am going through as well. We are running out of ideas against our noise and ignorant neighbours, we have tried everything from talking to them and speaking to the council and environmental health. We've even been threatened by the neighbours and the house we live in now feels like a prison to us, we can't use the garden or house to relax and this started about a month after we moved in. the excuse they always use is that the road we live on tolerated it before we arrived and therefore we should get over it. It has really affected our anxiety and stress levels.We are now curious about whether the previous owners of our house had any issues that they didn't declare and wondered if anyone else had experience of getting this information? I would appreciate any help anyone can offer.
Hellonearth - 19-May-20 @ 2:39 PM
Im so very sorry to read about the hell you are all going through.My story was written on here december 2019.I honestly feel there should be a law brought in by our government to protect us from these horrible selfish human beings .My story can still be read if your interested,though i have now a happy ending as the neighbours moved out 3 weeks ago and renting the house out to her parents who appear to be quiet and considerate , but im still holding my breath because of association and being related . My years of hell hopefully over as i wish for all of you too. If only there was a way to partition the government to come down hard on these neighbours who cause us distress surely out there must be a solicitor or lawyer willing to start one to help because enviromental health dont carry any weight at all . My heart goes out to you who still suffer .
Samaritan - 11-May-20 @ 6:42 PM
I moved into this house with my mum and brother when I was little and I am now in my late teens and still live here , I’ve always had lovely neighbours either side but up until my right neighbour moved out. Then came my new neighbours this was about 3 years ago now , they are really bad trouble! We spoke to them to get to know them, We trusted them and got a long with them but then we went on holiday, my mum was getting sent a parcel full of expensive makeup like Tom Ford Estée Lauder etc , and they took it in for us, when we got back we went round to get it back off them and to thank them for taking it in for a couple days and they told us they have not got it! Although we have cctv of them taking it in! After rows we realised we was not going to get it and just gave up. We never spoke to them since then. Recently starting from maybe the start of January (2020) the youngish lad that lives with his mum who is old enough to know better has started turning his music up louder and louder , we are now in a pandemic on lockdown nothing else to do and every night he plays it loud enough to hear the words, it is not fair we have a baby in the family now and sometimes it’s to loud that we wonder if she’ll wake up. My dad found his Facebook on the internet and messages him when it’s to loud and he reply’s and turns it down but it’s every night ! wouldn’t you think that he would get the hint and turn his music down every late night and save him the hustle of having to text my dad back? We are trying to keep our peace with them as we don’t want to make it go worse but it makes me not be able to go to sleep as his room is next to mine, me and my mum both suffer from anxiety and some night are unbearable to cope for me and I just want to cry, what do I do?
Abs - 11-May-20 @ 12:31 PM
My newish neighbours in Mill Hill have had a loft conversion and extension to their semi, still not finished from last August even with builders working illegal long hours.Sadly its made their property noiser than ever, especially with slamming doors.This sound always wakes me up so not getting a lot of sleep.I did text neighbour to ask him to be more considerate as he stayed till 3 one morning doing diy work.He was hostile saying I shouldn't send him this as it could be classed as harrassment and all semi detached houses have some noise.He recommended I move to the countryside.He said its his house, he had paid for it and can do what he likes.Also he can't think about noise he makes as he will burn out! Anyway might mention it to his wife when I next see her as she is nicer.He occasionally parks his car in our front garden, on the grass, also using our drive.He is very intimidating.He has said he wants to buy my house.I'm suffering lots of anxiety as a result.He's not following lockdown rules, mingling closely with a handful of builders but more fool him.
Becka - 10-May-20 @ 8:47 PM
We've had nothing but helll from our neighbour for 4 years. We own....she rents. She's a drug user. Her child is feral. She's 'on the game'. Constant noise and fighting. She's spat at me.She's verbally abused me. She's verbally abused my son. The constant smell of cannibis is horrendous.She refuses to use her bin, preferring to throw her rubbish into the garden. Her yappy dog yaps away for hours at a time in the garden. Dog does its business in the garden and it's never cleaned up. Had to report her a week or so ago and she was warned....so now in revenge she's accused me of bullying the child at the other side of me. That house is rented to a drug dealing heroin addict. Both of them bring the street down....without them it'd be a nice street.. Neither landlord will deal with the issue. We really feel like we live in a 'scrote sandwich' haha.Seriously though, we're at the end of our tether and it's now really affecting me. We refuse to sell up and move.Why should cockroaches like thia force us out of our home!I've sent a report today to the local authority and also to the Victim Commissioner for England and Wales.
Scrotesandwich - 10-May-20 @ 5:59 PM
I'm so sorry to hear people are having such a terrible time with neighbours.We have a problem with noisy tenants in the area - mainly East Europeans - who are noisy, play their music loudly in the garden till late at night, and often sit out in the garden till 1am talking loudly.This used to be such a nice area till people started renting out housesto them, often packing in as many people as possible - greedy landlords! They should make it part of the tenancy agreement to follow the noise pollution rules of the UK.The authorities in this country are far too soft. Enfield and Haringey councils are really crap at dealing with this.I know so many people who have had longstanding problems with neighbours (many of them counciltenants) but nothing is done about it.It makes me so angry that decent people have to put up with this rubbish.We need to be more like Germany or Switzerland where such anti-social behaviour is not acceptable.I'm not sure what we can do but I feel we need to put pressure on local government to act.My heart goes out to all you people who are suffering.
Frank - 10-May-20 @ 5:16 PM
We've had nothing but helll from our neighbour for 4 years. We own....she rents. She's a drug user. Her child is feral. She's 'on the game'. Constant noise and fighting. She's spat at me.She's verbally abused me. She's verbally abused my son. The constant smell of cannibis is horrendous.She refuses to use her bin, preferring to throw her rubbish into the garden. Her yappy dog yaps away for hours at a time in the garden. Dog does its business in the garden and it's never cleaned up. Had to report her a week or so ago and she was warned....so now in revenge she's accused me of bullying the child at the other side of me. That house is rented to a drug dealing heroin addict. Both of them bring the street down....without them it'd be a nice street.. Neither landlord will deal with the issue. We really feel like we live in a 'scrote sandwich' haha.Seriously though, we're at the end of our tether and it's now really affecting me. We refuse to sell up and move.Why should cockroaches like thia force us out of our home!I've sent a report today to the local authority and also to the Victim Commissioner for England and Wales.
Scrotesandwich - 10-May-20 @ 4:28 PM
Hi I’ve just read your comment ‘fed up and ratty’ that sounds awful and the police should hopefully be able to do something it isn’t fair that you have to go through something like this , just like everyone else in this chat shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of behaviour of their neighbours! We had been thinking about taking it to the council but the lad is trying to be nice now so we’re playing it cool and hoping for the best
Abs - 10-May-20 @ 12:34 AM
My neighbors moved in Feb 2019 and we're a pain from the from the word go. Banging, drilling and shouting till 3am. Despite that, we still sent a welcome card after having a polite discussion it wasn't acceptable. Things got worse. Shouting and screaming. Spitting on our property. Blocking my drive so I couldn't get in or out. The shouting wakes up my little girl and keeps us awake. This is almost daily. Enough was enough. Feb this year I took it to the council after I asked her to keep the noise down and she was verbally aggressive. Things since complaining to the council have got worse. They have had a warning and still continue and are worse with each day. We have even had police out. We are at breaking point and even with tonnes of evidence, I feel like we are getting nowhere. We are all affected. No or little sleep. Ratty. Intimated. Totally fed up. Bring polite and leanient got us nowhere. Complaining through the correct agencies is getting us nowhere other than in more stress. I have no idea what else I can do.
Fed up and ratty - 10-May-20 @ 12:24 AM
I moved into this house with my mum and brother when I was little and I am now in my late teens and still live here , I’ve always had lovely neighbours either side but up until my right neighbour moved out. Then came my new neighbours this was about 3 years ago now , they are really bad trouble! We spoke to them to get to know them, We trusted them and got a long with them but then we went on holiday, my mum was getting sent a parcel full of expensive makeup like Tom Ford Estée Lauder etc , and they took it in for us, when we got back we went round to get it back off them and to thank them for taking it in for a couple days and they told us they have not got it! Although we have cctv of them taking it in! After rows we realised we was not going to get it and just gave up. We never spoke to them since then. Recently starting from maybe the start of January (2020) the youngish lad that lives with his mum who is old enough to know better has started turning his music up louder and louder , we are now in a pandemic on lockdown nothing else to do and every night he plays it loud enough to hear the words, it is not fair we have a baby in the family now and sometimes it’s to loud that we wonder if she’ll wake up. My dad found his Facebook on the internet and messages him when it’s to loud and he reply’s and turns it down but it’s every night ! wouldn’t you think that he would get the hint and turn his music down every late night and save him the hustle of having to text my dad back? We are trying to keep our peace with them as we don’t want to make it go worse but it makes me not be able to go to sleep as his room is next to mine, me and my mum both suffer from anxiety and some night are unbearable to cope for me and I just want to cry, what do I do?
Abs - 9-May-20 @ 11:50 PM
Hi! We've got the same situation with the neighbours above us.We moved to our flat 1.5 yrs ago and all seems to look fine, no problem at all, all nice and quiet, sometimes we could hear things dropped from upstairs or child shouting,but we understood as it was rare. But from the end of March all became a nightmare. First we could hear a lot of running and jumping all day long back and forth, back and forth. We wrote a polite note explaining what kind of noise we can hear from up there and kindly asking if they could do something in regards as it is very disturbing having this all day long while we are also in lockdown. We waited for a week and nothing changed, it was actually worse than before. One day me and my husband went to them to speak nicely, but we couldn't belive what kind of people we will be about to meet. He opened the door and I said to him nicely that we came to see what we can solve in regards of the noise that we have constantly. He said he's there for 3 years(we never met them in more than 1year)and then started to shout and to tell me that I'm crazy because i'm staying home, then she came as well to shout. I said to them to calm down as we came to discuss not to fight when he started to swear and say that he can do whatever he wants in his flat, have loud music, playing games on his playstation and his child can run as much as she wants. We left disappointed as we couldn't sove it. We were thinking maybe they've been angry because we went there but they will think about and will stop, but we were wrong. I started to bang few times in the ceiling when was very loud but they were banging back so bad, probably with a hammer. We called and wrote emails to the management and they have contacted both landlords. Our landlord called us and he said he wanted to speak with the neighbours landlord but no one is sharing the contact details. After another few days we called the police and the council as our landlord advised us and we are now waiting for the 10 working days to pass and to be contacted by the environmental health officer. We really don't know why they are doing this and don't really know what to do about. In the evening, if we have the light on in one of the rooms, he's coming and bangs there, and dropping heavy things on the floor that really scares me. My husband put some bass music, but sometimes we just need to increase the volume to not hear them. Please advice what can we do with these people as we are not able financially to move as everything is more expensive than we pay. It just became a daily stress that i can't get make it end.
Marry - 7-May-20 @ 8:06 PM
We have lived in our property (flat) for past 10 years and I have raised my 6 years old daughter and 3 months baby boy in our flat.From very young age I've shown my children to be caring about my neighbours downstairs and never had any complaints from my downstairs neighbours.Now my children are 16 and 10 years old.For 8 years we had good lives in our lovely flat and cant complaint about itas we had a very understanding neighbour upstairs and downstairs.In2018 new neighbours moved in, from day one they have been a nightmare,their child started running,pulling,jumping and stomping from 6.30 am until 11 pm.when it became too much ,my husband and I went tospeak to them and they did show some understanding and the noises seemed to calm down a little bit then it went back to same situation. This has been affecting my children and myself .I've become very sensitive to noises as this Olympicsactivities keep on going upstairs and now they havetwo children ,when the children calm down a little bit then it's the adult drilling,hammering for past 2 years.I dont get how can someone DIY all the times.On and off the children run so fast and crashes on the floor making everything shake in our flat.In early morning and evening they constantly move furnitures .Once I got so frustrated that I banged the ceiling so that to make them aware how noisy they are but in response they all stomped back.On weekends they are playing loud music from 8 am until they feel like and these music vibrates in our flat,making our life miserable. We have the right to enjoysome peace in our property. I'm not against the neighbours to play their music,they shouldconsider others,my husband went to speak (despite we are not too keen to speak to themas they dont look approachable) to them regarding the music because it was unbearable.The womenanswered the door,my husband asked her if they could lower their music as this is disturbing us,she said,"thisis not loud for us n she doesn't care and slammed the door on my husband's face.We dont know what to do anymore as I did complaint to the management and nothing happened and they suggested to go to the noise environment.Since they moved in we are trying to adjust and compromise but sometimes it's too much.Once they had a birthday party and there were about 20 children running stomping above us from from 12 pm until 11pm.I couldn't bear it and went to sit outside.Now as we are in lockdown this is affecting us more as the noises are continues, it only stop when they go to sleep.I even feel bad for my husband as he is a key worker, he has to go to work and whenhe returnhome,he cant have some quiet time.
Twinkle - 20-Apr-20 @ 10:36 PM
The same landlord owns four houses next to me, and will only rent to East Europeans, how he gets away with this I don't know, but there we are. He continues to allow large groups of mainly men in these houses, there are a few women. These houses aren't registered as HMOs. The people are noisy, selfish, inconsiderate and intimidating, they are all friends and they doss about in the front gardens playing loud bass music from one of their rusty old cars, or play traditional Romanian music in the back garden, at top volume, for hours on end. I dread weekends and public holidays when they are home all the time. Complained lots to the landlord who does nothing. Am currently keeping noise diaries for the council. I dread coming home from work in case they have music playing. Can't relax in the bath because I have to listen to their music. They don't give a toss about any other neighbours. The houses are disgusting hovels and they've really brought the area down. Sometimes I just want to end it all. Been like this for about eleven years, and every group of people who have ever lived in these houses are the same. Is it too much to ask to have quiet, respectful neighbours.
Winnie - 14-Apr-20 @ 7:19 PM
We are in North Berwick and have been having a torrid time with neighbours from hell. It began when we moved into our new home almost 2 years ago one side on from us moved in too. From outset it was hell on earth! They are made of straw, have nothing and act as if they've landed in paradise which, to them, it probably is especially when I see where they come from! They have proceeded to make out lives an utter misery at every given point and, despite having called the police on them on numerous occasions, they still do not stop. Their latest behaviour is rallying other neighbours against us to defer from what they really are - trailer trash. I have decided that this matter must now go to court to get a non-harassment order against them and would like to know if anyone here has had any experience of this in Scotland.
Not Scottish - 30-Mar-20 @ 4:47 PM
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