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How I Dealt With Neighbours' Noise: A Case Study

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 22 Oct 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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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
Am angered by these two fat husband and wife who don't have the courtesy of living upstairs. They never caution their baby elephants that run and jumpoff the couch all day till 4am everyday. I wonder if they ever sleep because there is always stomping and banging. I hate them. I wish i never rented a downstairs,because they are jobless fellow who stay home all day causing fuss all over our living room and bed room. The floor creaks when they walk and i understand that the building is old but these illiterate couple fix everything they do to midnite. Vacuuming,dishes, washing etc. I can't wait to get out and am glad am not alone in this anxiety struggles. Karma will catch up with them definitely if they do some stuff on purpose to annoy me
Calm - 2-Oct-20 @ 4:39 AM
How cathartic it is to come across this site! I am so empathetic to so many of these entries, and sincerely wish all your problems may be resolved. My girlfriend and I live in an apartment building.We are pretty tame I’d say for being in our early thirties. We both work full time and are in bed by 9:00.We haven’t had a soul over, partly because we are introverts and largely due to Covid. I have recently had to start working from home and the past few months I have nearly lost control of my mental health, which I have come so far to get a handle of.There are two men living upstairs.I can’t lay all of the blame on them as I believe in large part, our issue is caused by substandard construction.I can tell where they are standing down to the centimeter due to how much the floor creaks and booms with each step.I can even tell when someone is standing still shifting their weight from leg to leg. The problem is, the noise does not stop. At any given hour of the day, there are bangs, booms, screaming, slamming.I know it’s not great to throw out assumptions but if there was rampant stimulant use occurring upstairs I would not be surprised.It sounds like we are below deck of a colonial-era warship where there is a jiu-jitsu class in session above. Our property managers do. not. give. a. sh*t. I’ve inquired about getting an inspector over to confirm the floor/ceiling is to code and to see if they’d be receptive to installing some sort of noise-softening flooring, which I proposed would be mutually beneficial given the age of the building. They ignore me and refuse to schedule an appointment with me. We have decided it is best not to engage the neighbors as they’ve given indication they may be armed (one of them has a note on their car threatening to “shoot anyone on sight” he sees messing with or playing around his vehicle).I am at a point where I think it is best to scrap our money-saving plan and try to get pre-approved for a mortgage, then try to refinance in a few years. I fear for our safety, and our sleep schedules have been destroyed.Every boom, slam, and shout I hear gives me horrible heart palpitations and makes my anxiety skyrocket.I have tried so many coping mechanisms and breathing exercises, but I am just exhausted and depressed trying to deal with this around the clock. This is no way to live, I pray that we can find a way out soon. Best wishes to you all on resolving your issues!
The Dude - 1-Oct-20 @ 7:35 PM
How cathartic it is to come across this site! I am so empathetic to so many of these entries, and sincerely wish all your problems may be resolved. My girlfriend and I live in an apartment building.We are pretty tame I’d say for being in our early thirties. We both work full time and are in bed by 9:00.We haven’t had a soul over, partly because we are introverts and largely due to Covid. I have recently had to start working from home and the past few months I have nearly lost control of my mental health, which I have come so far to get a handle of.There are two men living upstairs.I can’t lay all of the blame on them as I believe in large part, our issue is caused by substandard construction.I can tell where they are standing down to the centimeter due to how much the floor creaks and booms with each step.I can even tell when someone is standing still shifting their weight from leg to leg. The problem is, the noise does not stop. At any given hour of the day, there are bangs, booms, screaming, slamming.I know it’s not great to throw out assumptions but if there was rampant stimulant use occurring upstairs I would not be surprised.It sounds like we are below deck of a colonial-era warship where there is a jiu-jitsu class in session above. Our property managers do. not. give. a. sh*t. I’ve inquired about getting an inspector over to confirm the floor/ceiling is to code and to see if they’d be receptive to installing some sort of noise-softening flooring, which I proposed would be mutually beneficial given the age of the building. They ignore me and refuse to schedule an appointment with me. We have decided it is best not to engage the neighbors as they’ve given indication they may be armed (one of them has a note on their car threatening to “shoot anyone on sight” he sees messing with or playing around his vehicle).I am at a point where I think it is best to scrap our money-saving plan and try to get pre-approved for a mortgage, then try to refinance in a few years. I fear for our safety, and our sleep schedules have been destroyed.Every boom, slam, and shout I hear gives me horrible heart palpitations and makes my anxiety skyrocket.I have tried so many coping mechanisms and breathing exercises, but I am just exhausted and depressed trying to deal with this around the clock. This is no way to live, I pray that we can find a way out soon. Best wishes to you all on resolving your issues!
The Dude - 1-Oct-20 @ 7:13 PM
How cathartic it is to come across this site! I am so empathetic to so many of these entries, and sincerely wish all your problems may be resolved. My girlfriend and I live in an apartment building.We are pretty tame I’d say for being in our early thirties. We both work full time and are in bed by 9:00.We haven’t had a soul over, partly because we are introverts and largely due to Covid. I have recently had to start working from home and the past few months I have nearly lost control of my mental health, which I have come so far to get a handle of.There are two men living upstairs.I can’t lay all of the blame on them as I believe in large part, our issue is caused by substandard construction.I can tell where they are standing down to the centimeter due to how much the floor creaks and booms with each step.I can even tell when someone is standing still shifting their weight from leg to leg. The problem is, the noise does not stop. At any given hour of the day, there are bangs, booms, screaming, slamming.I know it’s not great to throw out assumptions but if there was rampant stimulant use occurring upstairs I would not be surprised.It sounds like we are below deck of a colonial-era warship where there is a jiu-jitsu class in session above. Our property managers do. not. give. a. sh*t. I’ve inquired about getting an inspector over to confirm the floor/ceiling is to code and to see if they’d be receptive to installing some sort of noise-softening flooring, which I proposed would be mutually beneficial given the age of the building. They ignore me and refuse to schedule an appointment with me. We have decided it is best not to engage the neighbors as they’ve given indication they may be armed (one of them has a note on their car threatening to “shoot anyone on sight” he sees messing with or playing around his vehicle).I am at a point where I think it is best to scrap our money-saving plan and try to get pre-approved for a mortgage, then try to refinance in a few years. I fear for our safety, and our sleep schedules have been destroyed.Every boom, slam, and shout I hear gives me horrible heart palpitations and makes my anxiety skyrocket.I have tried so many coping mechanisms and breathing exercises, but I am just exhausted and depressed trying to deal with this around the clock. This is no way to live, I pray that we can find a way out soon. Best wishes to you all on resolving your issues!
The Dude - 1-Oct-20 @ 7:09 PM
And agree with the other comments write a letter to state what you feel? How it's making you feel and if it happens again what you will do? That's what we did. You won't be friendly with them but you claim your self respect back as regardless no one has the right to judge someone else especially when they have their own issues. With noise, keep a record if the letter does not work and call in Environmental Health they can then take it further!
Village - 30-Sep-20 @ 6:33 PM
my neighbour has numerous chiming clocks.The person came to live in an adjoining bungalow 2 years ago. We have talked about this problem of chiming clocks and at first switched them off at night . I received a threatening letter of his landlord accusing me of bullying his tenant and best friend and if I carried on this way they would put someone in I really wouldn't want to live next door to.The clocks have been turned on again through the night with a chime at the half hour added and is even louder. Will the council use a noise monitor to calculate the noise pollution..
Pensioner - 26-Sep-20 @ 7:32 AM
I know you may think I am being stupid but I am terrified of who will be moving into the rented house next door.
Steve - 16-Sep-20 @ 6:36 PM
(part 2) ....despite it being so bad and I'm just whining about it for the sake it. There are complicated problems behind everything that keep me stuck here as of yet. I've gone through highschool getting worse with each year because studying was so difficult with all the noise. Wear headphones most of the time, damaging my hearing. I even hear noises now when there are none because of all this insidious noise pollution. It's simply so awful. This environment has traumatized me, my body is in stress mode 24/7. I rely on medication to relax for just a few hours. I'm struggling with college like never before. Now COVID has made things.... unbearably worse. For months I was stuck home, in the place I hate the most. Whereas prior to the pandemic, I would take any opportunity to go out, study in the library, meet my friends, I wouldn't come back til late on purpose to avoid this place. Now I'm not irresponsible, I would not risk my family's health by being out when the contagions were high (and my country is amongst the most affected by COVID, besides government actively made being outside difficult). I don't hold a grudge against that because it was for the greater good and I would take the noise over the virus any time, but that doesn't change how quarantine caused my already precarious mental state to get worse. I also suffer from severe depression and anxiety that make being outside among people an unnerving stressful experience. Usually with exposure and practice, it gets better - isolation on the contrary brought me back to square one. I'm relearning how to handle socializing and being in public without getting uncomfortable again. It's paradoxical and absurd. It's like I'm not allowed to have peace, neither by practical living circumstances nor my own treacherous mind. I've been depressed for years for my own personal issues, and this place has only enhanced that. Now I use medication and therapy to survive, but I'm becoming suicidal again. All I can think about is running away. Sometimes I get so angry I wish to actually hurt these neighbors for being such mindless human caricatures, they've become monsters in my mind. Other times that very same anger makes me feel bad, because I don't wish to engage and get revenge or whatever, I simply want to GET AWAY and finally have peace and forget this ever happened. I desperately want to have some quiet and rest and heal from this awful, years long experience. Money is the biggest factor, significantly slowing down the whole process of getting out of here. Thank you to anyone for reading this. I hope we all can solve our neighbor problems and live in a peaceful, comfortable environment soon.
No One - 12-Sep-20 @ 3:19 AM
I don't really talk about this to everyone because I feel like people won't get it unless they themselves have lived in extreme noise pollution and toxic environments. But finding this website, I just wanted to share my situation and vent my emotions a bit, hoping to be understood... Let's just simply say that this place has damaged my mental health in unimaginable ways. I've been living here for almost a decade now. It was not like this at first, and despite being a horrible squalid building right now, it is actually located in one of the nicest areas of town and in the beginning things were just fine. We had no idea what we were getting into. But progressively with each year more and more uncivilised, disrespectful, down right terrible people moved in and as of now I am CONSTANTLY surrounded by all kinds of noise at all sides. At least a dozen screaming obnoxious children in total, incessant stomping above me, abnormal inhumane shrieking at any hour of the day, noise that won't stop until even 2-3am, fighting, talking so loud I can hear every single word from far away, singing on a mic, blasting metal music, there is always someone doing some work, drilling noises. Neighbors upstairs throwing trash down from their windows, even stealing our things, inviting god knows who to sleep at night at their place, babysitting children and making the apartment above us into a kindergarten, people constantly coming in and out of the building stomping around like elephants, the stairs and common spaces are always so dirty... It's genuinely torturous. No respect for the condo rules, no civility, nothing. Landlords DO NOT CARE. We cannot get noise cancelling windows because it is not our property. We did everything we could, talking with neighbors at first but they didn't care, fighting, writing letters, even calling the police. There is no more point in doing that... No, the only option is to move elsewhere. To make things tenfold worse my own family is unbearable to me, they're toxic, dysfunctional, I cannot stand them anymore. We have to go separate ways so of course we are searching for different apartments now... And we are also poor. If we could we would be out of here years ago. But we cannot afford to move as we please, wherever we desire. It doesn't work like that. And the prices do not accomodate you: they only go up. So the rents that are seemingly affordable are just the same awful buildings like this one. We carefully research because we don't have money to waste. It has been very difficult to move out to somewhere better and secure. On my part, I'm losing my mind and my health. If personal troubles were not enough, I've been stuck in this God awful environment for the most part of my teenage years when I could not even legally go away. It's never that simple, I cannot even explain everything but I feel the need to make it clear that I don't stay here on purpose despite it being so bad and I'm just whining about it for the
No One - 12-Sep-20 @ 3:15 AM
I live in a detached house, but I have neighbours on both sides think they can do what they like, they play their sub Woofer all day long, they must be on the dole. They own their own house how they manage to pay for it god knows. So I work from home and these guys knows I am annoyed by their doof, doof. I have mentioned it , threaten them but they just laughed and continue playing louder. I contacted the council, the police who came and gave them warning, they continue. I decided to open all my kitchen windows and switch on the extractor fan and fried chillies it let out fumes and I could hear these guys coughing and shouting. They knocked on my door I said what is the matter go and play your music, they just left. I have have heard no sound since.Please guys if law takes long to help you have to find ways to stop these selfish people, trying to find legal ways kept me sane so hang in there keep up the pressure you will win. I want law to act fast and enforce the good law we have.
Raj - 7-Sep-20 @ 1:28 PM
HI all what a living hell it is to live next door to noisy neighbours. My heart goes out to you all who are suffering or have suffered these selfish peopleI'm suffering terrible anxietyat the same time I'm angry with myself for letting them make me ill like that but I can't do anything to stop myself any ideas? It's a fact it has an effect on our mental and physical health I feel sometimes they are put in these rented properties to drive you out so there owner can buy your sorry guys just the way I feel
Anxiety - 6-Sep-20 @ 6:03 PM
I have Owned my house since June 1981. The problem is that it's in the Bronx, New York in a nice area where there are all private houses on our block with most houses sharing driveways. The problem is my neighbors and I share a driveway from the street to the back of our houses. I have a two car garage and my neighbor does not have a garage but they have room for two cars on their side of the yard. In order for them to park two cars in their side, they must enter my side. No problems with that. The problems I have been having is they sometimes leave cars at the entrance of the driveway or in the middle of the driveway at the bottom where it block my access to our garage. This driveway must be kept clear at all times, 24/7. Never block access. Never, but they block access lot of times. What can I do to stop this on-going problem. I spoke with these neighbors many times but it keeps happening. I need help with this on going problem. I'm a retired First Sergeant from the 82nd Airborne Division and care about almost everyone and don't want to hurt anyone anymore since I'm know longer in the army. Please help me if you can. Thanks. If you'd like to call be. My cell is (407)361-2727. You can call my anytime. 1SG Ace!!!
Joey or Ace - 30-Aug-20 @ 10:43 PM
The house and road we currently 'exist' in is like living next door and around a building site. One neighbour across the road has spent more than a year doing noisy work to his back garden and our neighbours the other side of the wall it's like living next door to a building site with one 'project' after another. The council couldn't care less and have practically said anyone can do what they want when they want. I don't sleep properly at the best of times and get suicidal when sleep deprived. Bank holidays are the worst when it all seems to start. The worst thing is the previous owners lied about who the neighbours were(said it was a couple,it was a house share) so had we known that we wouldn't have even bought it. We moved away from previous neighbours who were similar but at least that street wasn't as noisy. It feels like we don't own the house,our neighbours do and they paid a lot less than we did for ours! The house isn't even worth half of what we paid in my eyes. As soon as the current worldwide situation is over, we're selling. If I haven't killed myself by then.
Annabelle - 30-Aug-20 @ 10:57 AM
We bought a semi in a decent area. People who sold it to us said neighbours are great and very friendly... They have a 16-17 y old kid who plays electric guitar. Every day. Sometimes late in the evening, when you try to watch TV without turning volume up and cracking your windows. They also love to turn music on really loudly then sit outside in the garden, talking really loudly. My husband and I have been working from home for month, I often have to apologise in online meetings because of loud music, or kids screaming next door or them just shouting. We have not spent a single nice weekend outside in the garden in peace because they always have a lot of people over and are extremely loud, we cannot actually hear each other when talking. Couple months ago I was going to be after 10pm and they had radio on really loudly. I tried ear plugs, didn't work. So I walked over and asked him to turn it down and he switched it off. And this morning I planned a bit of a lie in, but no, just before 9am loud rock music banging theough the window. I really cannot understand how can people be so inconsiderate and selfish. I feel for everyone who has similar or worse issue, it really is soul destroying.
JT - 22-Aug-20 @ 9:25 AM
i swear i sometimes think how much better it would be if i just took my life , all the noise or maybe just kill all my neighbours, its how bad it gets for me.
mm - 20-Aug-20 @ 3:36 PM
I've read through many comments on this website today and the despair and harm done to.mental health is simply immeasurable. Unless you've had difficult noisy neighbours, you can't envisage how it can take over your life. For me it's an elderly woman who has her t.v. On loud every minute of her waking hours and no matter how often I ask her son and daughter can they lower it when they visit, it's always back up within minutes of them leaving. They're not on my side at all and for me, it's wearing.earplugs in bed, because her t.v. comes through the wall and the feeling that I'm the one who has to compromise because of her age. As I say,unless you've been through it, you don't know how it affects your life. Everyone on here has my full sympathy and a problem shared is a problem halved.
Tolkienista - 17-Aug-20 @ 4:39 PM
Honestly cant wait to move out of my place i have a single person who lives above me and is fully aware i have a 1 year old child and stomps around all day , and her guest are extremely loud and she wakes me up every morning and stomps loud at night also which sometimes wakes up my child its got to the point now that i am forced to have my tv loud in different rooms just to be able to block her out its really messing with my axiety and council seem to not care i feel like im forced to start looking at a morgage just to live happy
John Doe Gof - 13-Aug-20 @ 9:54 PM
Im a regular visitor to this site because ive had my share of appaling neighbours and i feel for you all.My story may not be here now as it was a while ago . Im blessed as my unpleasant neighbours actually moved out and have rented the house to a quiter family. I decided to write to the Police Commisioner asking for support for people like us who suffer anti social behaviour . It may not get me any where but i wanted him to know that no one helps . The anti social team did write to my neighbours and phoned them but they laughed and carried on raving . So im now waiting to hear from the police commisioner .May i suggest as many of you do too , especially ifhousing associations , councils , etc wont help . It would be only right some kind of legislation or boundaries were put in place to support us . Best wishes from one who has suffered at the hands of despicable people
Samaritan - 11-Aug-20 @ 9:08 AM
I have lived in my council home since 2005 had a nice elderly neighbour on one side who owned his home and on other a family of 9 in a council home both neighbours were fantastic neighbours all was well until the man died sadly and that house was bought to rent out the other side family moved out. Got new neighbours in council house who have constant BBQs and music on loud and been putting up with this on/off over few years and still putting up with it.Other side a family moved in for several years and were not so bad then they moved back to Poland. Then the property agency let the house out to another family in September last year and the garden is a dump they were very noisy kids running around at 2am and banging doors etc. Last week think they moved out been nice and quiet on that side but now I dread who will move in next because seems the place letting the property out is letting it out to immigrants and I doubt they will clear the garden to make it look nice so we get some working class people in. Both sides do not work . They are driving me and my family insane. Told the council about ones in council house but they don't seem that bothered at all. Can't afford to move anywhere else either so we are stuck. I feel for them that are having same problem. Sometimes I wish I were deaf life would be bliss. Sorry if anyone is actually deaf but I am afraid that's how I feel.
Fedup - 9-Aug-20 @ 7:19 PM
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
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