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Letter Template: Noisy Neighbours

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 22 Jun 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Letter Noise Neighbour Noisy Loud Music

Noisy neighbours are a huge problem for many residents. Whether the noise is caused by people shouting, dogs barking, loud music, or even noisy sex, it can cause a real problem for neighbours left having to listen to it. Often neighbours simply haven't considered how noisy they are and the effect of that noise on others. Bringing this to their attention will usually resolve the issue. If you need to know more about noise legislation and your rights, we've posted links to our articles following our letter templates below.

So how do you go about discussing the problem with your neighbours?

Talk to your neighbour

Initially try just popping round for a quick chat to your neighbour. If they are never in when you go round, or you don't feel comfortable talking to them face to face, try sending an informal note. If this doesn't resolve the problem, then a more formal letter may be required.

To assist, a template informal note and more formal letter are below:

Informal Note to Neighbours About Noise

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding the noise from your property. This can be quite clearly heard from inside my house and so prevents me from getting to sleep on an evening.

Please could you try to keep the noise down a little, particularly overnight?

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,

[Name]
[Your house number]

Formal Letter to Neighbour About Noise

[Your Address]

[Neighbour's name]
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']

[Date]

Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],

Re: Noise from [neighbour's address]

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to the noise from your property.The noise specifically is: [select appropriate]

  • Slamming Doors
  • Loud foot traffic/stomping
  • Barking dogs
  • Shouting / loud voices
  • Loud music

You may have previously been unaware of this noise. However it affects me because it can be clearly heard in the habitable areas of my house [and prevents me from sleeping].

The Noise Act 1996 means that the local authority must take steps to investigate any complaints of noise at night time. I am however, keen to resolve this amicably and do not want to report this to the council at this stage; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could try to reduce any noise between 11pm and 7am.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

Want to Know More?

We have lots of useful feature, articles and responses to comments, which we hope will help you handle your own neighbour noise problems. Here are some of the articles you may find useful:
Your Rights Under the Noise Act
What Constitutes Noise Pollution?
The Noise and Nuisance Act

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Every night taking to 12.pm can’t workor sleep
Jo - 22-Jun-20 @ 11:52 PM
Alwaysevery night talking not evenbeingnice 12.pm every night can’t go to work
Jo - 22-Jun-20 @ 11:50 PM
I have a problem with my next door neighbor's that lives onthe second floor next to me they're not even above my apartment. This woman lives with her kid ather grandparents.So this three-year-old kid is being taken care of by his great-grandparents. they have no control over the kid, he runs the scooter all day play with his toys and makes a lot of noise. when his mom comes from work she doesn't have any control over the kid either, none of the neighbors that live below her can't sleep he still making noise and running scooter till 2 and 3 a.m.. I live in a condominium, my neighbors have complained to the association andthe office management and have call the police.I have all the police reports and video of the tantrum that the kid has in the hallway,not even with all this proofs that we have they have done anything to help us. I have written to the association my health has declined because I do not get enough sleep neither my neighbors. The management office and Association has spoken to the young lady before but she just doesn't care. To my understanding the asociation or the management office hasno power to enforce any fines the only thing the association or the management office does is put a warning on her door.She's just living there with her grandparents,we are owners we are not renters and it's incredible that in this condominium renters have more rights than owner's do. This has been going on for 3 years.All neighbors are so tired of complaining and nothing has been done how is it possible that we can't get any help so she can move somewhere else, her grandparents are not in condition to take care of a 3 a year old.I've been living here for 30 years, it's incredible that I'm going to have to make a decision to move next year I can keep living like this, I had back surgery last year and it's been hell to recuperate.We are all mentally and physically tired. Well hopefully I can sell my apartment next year and move somewhere quiet
Zombie - 5-Jun-20 @ 6:34 AM
At present my neighbour has been furloughed. He has started building a vehicle from scratch in his garage, which is next door to my lounge. My daughter in law is working from homein my lounge, on telephone and PC. Unfortunately, in these times it is very frustrating . This man is arrogant as he once laughed at another neighbour who asked him to remove a swing tyre from a large overhanging tree, which was breaking his fence and leaving debris in his garden. He advised he would leave it there just to annoy him. The noise is unbearable, he is using industrial tools which he had previously used in his own commercial garage. His wife has advised that her own daughter has asked him to stop for some peace, please can anyone advise. I have recorded some of the noise from earlier in the year before we were all having to stay at home.
harrassed - 2-Jun-20 @ 3:43 PM
Hi my house its on farm but opposite garage wich making a lot of noice every day and sometimes on the weekend .I have small baby and its wery hard for him to sleep .Even with windows clouse we can hear how mechanic grinding drilling be ouse he did'nt close garage door and doing everything with open doors.Another problem my landlort without letting me know start bulding another warehouse so the noice from construction side its even bigger please help me
Pawello - 27-May-20 @ 2:43 PM
They have a really loud party every week, and they have 2 noisy guard dogs which I’ve asked them to keep the noise down before. I have a baby and I want to push her round in the fresh air but I can’t because it will wake her up all the loud music. Shouldn’t I be able to live a quiet life!
Katy - 26-Apr-20 @ 3:43 PM
I have , now suffered from my neighbour countless reports too city council four tenants have quit living below her .plus all around live under the threat complain be beaten up., by family or friends one tenant was pushed too the thoughts of suicide because of noise fighting .the local council have stated until others , come forward no action .i have submitted recordings the females partner has been moved , cause he assaulted her I suffer long term mental health .depression stress ancestry I live in a state of unrest peace of mind , shown little respect from council .how much is enough
Jh - 26-Apr-20 @ 2:49 PM
The issue I have is i now love in a unit block, which I understood would come with different noises than being in a single dwelling. I live on the second floor of a three level government housing unit block making me the one smack bang in the middle. The unit above me must obviously have removed their carpet and installed I’m guessing floorboards. The constant noises that I hear which generally start from early evenings which can last right up until almost 6-7am are becoming increasingly louder and really getting on my nerves. The constant dogs potter patted running within their unit is amplified for me underneath them, the dog scratching at his or her fleas repeatedly in one spot echos for me downstairs. The scraping of the chairs as they are pulled in and out frequently, the doors closing/slamming sounds for me. The banging of what sounds to me like the end of a broom handle directly at the floor, the tool sounding noises like someone is sanding something that’s resting on their floor, the noises and sounds of someone being extremely clumsy frequently dropping things that hit and bounce of the floor, the noises can often wake me (if I’m asleep as I suffer insomnia) so these noises really disturb all my attempts to try and sleep or startle me and interrupt my sleep. Visitors are taken back when they hear the noises for themselves saying things like are your neighbours serious....., The neighbour doesn’t speak English well and I have had limited experiences talking with her. She lives alone with her dog which after living here for almost two years no one in the building has ever laid eyes on it. I have written an initial letter regarding making my neighbour aware of the disruption the noises that I can hear from her unit in every room in my unit, the sounds are disturbing my families te together eg watching television together. And the noises are extremely frustrating especially as I suffer from insomnia and my sleep patterns are limited as they are yet every short sleep I can grab is vital to me. The above disturbances which start from early evenings and can go right up until the wee early hours of the morning, anywhere between 5-7am are really beginning to affect my wellbeing. I have yet to deliver her my letter and thought I’d reach out here on this platform to see if there wasanything else I could or should do to save before giving her thelette. Please give me your suggestions as my sanity requires rest.... ??
Donnie - 15-Apr-20 @ 7:43 PM
The issue I have currently is that my neighbour above me will lift a heavy item in their living room and will bang this repeatedly on the ground affecting my ceiling. I suspect as means to get me to be quiet. This is done whenever I am on a phone call, when the tv is on, when the washing machine is on once a week or when I have friends around which is very infrequent. This has caused the ceiling to shake, particles of paint to fall to the ground and 4 deep holes have formed on my ceiling. This has been ongoing for the last 11 months since I moved into the property. I have even made an effort to change my behaviours, such as lower my voice but it still continues.The walls are very thin so I hear conversations and footsteps, which I did expect will happen with the type of property i'm in. The neighbour has not written to me or approached me, so I am taking up this issue up with police and the London borough I'm in. Also recording each time this happens. Would appreciate any other advice please. Kind regards, C
Charlotte - 14-Apr-20 @ 9:27 AM
25 years ago I bought a semi detached house, it was pretty quiet neighbours wise. January last year our joined on neighbours started a loft extension which was the 5th neighbourhood extension we have endured in 5 years. Until then we experience impact noise from floors, walls, the full width ground floor door slamming, their neurotic water dog that Howells and barks without pause when they go out and the steel beam diy construction of garden Furnacture, angle grinding and welding 10 foot from my lounge window at weekends and now 4 days in a row through Easter weekend. He has his motor bike against the boundary fence 3 foot from my lounge window. Since he built his loft extension January last year 2019 we suffer from low frequency noise through the night. I don’t think it is from them but the neighbours the other side of them, it sound like a cross between frantically talking sports channel or possibly Spanish but only half the frequency and you can’t make out words. Something he has done has allowed this noise to be communicated to my bedroom but I can’t either record it or work out definitively where it is coming from. My wife has impaired hearing and does not hear it the way I do. However a neighbour on the other side of an adjoining road within view experiences the same Low frequency noise issue. We also only now, have a problem with night time milk an more delivery. Our neighbours use this service. A diesel vehicle, left running for 10 minutes or so, both doors open, 2 operators shouting to each other,moving slowly around ours and adjoining roads. Anytime between 2-6 am. There is no effective recourse. I wasted my time putting a complaint on google and the only outcome was an email from the girl in the office who said she would ask the driver to turn the radio down. This did not happen. My doctor has prescribed addictive sleeping pills which leave me drowsy and I am not supposed to drive. And now with lock down we must remain at home with lock down. I wish I had a chequers like place in the country to escape to. May all who read this find fresh peace at home. Kind regards Gas man
Gas man - 13-Apr-20 @ 6:14 PM
My neighbor has installed a hot tub against the fence and has it running all day. When my wife and I sit outside on our patio all we can hear is a continuous droning noise. We can't go outside an a warm day because of the noise, and if we have a window open you can hear the noise because it is right next to the house. Is this something we can complain to the council about?
Fred - 12-Apr-20 @ 5:39 PM
I'm having difficulty at the moment with terribly loud (thumping music all night) and aggressive sounding neighbours. The advice I have received is to note down all the times they are disruptive and to download a sound recorder or decibel metre, if you can, that records the date and time, then to send it all off to the environmental health department within your local council. My particular council also has a specific anti social behaviour department, this seems to be a service for those only in a council house though, but another route of things don't improve. We have also had to call 101 for help on the past as well when their music is so loud even my children struggle to sleep. Good luck with your noisy neighbours!
Katie - 12-Apr-20 @ 10:01 AM
As a last resort get the baseball bat out and start with their property, then them. These idiots only listen to fear so go scare the f out of em
Violence my friends - 4-Feb-20 @ 11:24 AM
Hi. I really need some advice and support. I had to move out of my house of 19 years due to divorce and have ended up in a house where the area isn’t as nice as I thought and I live next to the neighbour from hell. It started off with us being subjected to the fumes from her smoking weed and the fumes came into the property. We also had banging noises which we can only assume are doors and cupboards being slammed. She also has a bull mastiff dog in there that howls for the entire time when she goes out. The frequency of the noise differs but, she’s driven us out of our house twice now and we stayed with a relative for a break. She’s frightening my dogs with her noise and both myself and my daughter are suffering physically and emotionally because of her. I’m on diazepam. She’s living in a house provided by a homeless organisation and I’ve tried contacting them and the council but, she’s highly manipulative and convinced them that she’s a poor frail person and SHE’S getting distressed???? I tried reporting it to the police but all they’ve done so far is suggest mediation which I’m not happy to do as she’s shown her aggressive side and, a neighbour has told me if wouldn’t work with her anyway. I’m now in limbo and have decided to sell up. Things are so bad that I’m now looking to find a room to rent (that accepts dogs as they are too close to me to be separated) just until we move again but it looks like I can’t afford the prices people are charging for rooms. I’ve had to call the mental health crisis team over this and it’s splitting my family up. Is there any action I can take that won’t affect me selling my home?Or, if anyone has a spare room in North Somerset that they wouldn’t mind me renting, I’d be more than grateful.Thanks
VStar - 1-Jan-20 @ 7:52 PM
I've been living in an apartment for 6 years. Haven't had many noice issues every now and then there's a party but always ends at reasonable time. About 3 months ago we have had a new neighbour move in next door and he blasts his music. I contacted building management about and they spoke to him and said it's his first time living in an apartment and explained to him that other people can hear him. I assumed it was then resolved because he was aware of the noice. We left if for another month still getting bombed by his base. The worse is on weekends 8am-12pm we got to the point where we couldn't enjoy our home. I wrote him a letter asking him to be a little bit more considerate as it's long hours and every day we have to deal with this. You can listen to music in your home and enjoy it while having it at reasonable volume. Thankfully he stoped having it at that level. Every now and then he has it loud and we can still hear his base but it's not at the point where our paintings are shaking. It's still very annoying and distributive. Honestly I feel paranoid when this happens as I worry if he will blast it again. It's making us feel very uncomfortable in our own home. We don't want to have a confrontation with this guy but don't know what else we can do to have this resolved. Is there any tips anyone could suggest? We aren't sure if we should try to talk to him, write another letter or contact building management again. We have started to write down the times when he is loud in case if we have to show building management.
lisa s - 30-Dec-19 @ 2:29 AM
The neighbour is constantly banging, playing loud music and slamming doors. In the past his friend threatened one of my other neighbours who left. This person falsely reports others. It has left me and my partner ill. Clearly these people get off on bullying others. I am going to a national newspaper to highlight how damaging the effects of anti social neighbours are. This time it has ruined Christmas. Enough!
artymuse - 27-Dec-19 @ 6:13 PM
So myself, my husband and children have been living in a flat above a pub for nearly 6 years now. When we first moved in, the music was minimal and hardly any noise. Three years ago their ceiling fell down and so the “soundproofing” disappeared. They installed very big speakers to the ceiling and it was stopping us going to sleep. They stay open way after 12 most nights with music blasting! We addressed the situation to them and they wanted a “chat”. So we met up with them and they said that we would have to pay for the soundproofing because they “ the landlords” can’t afford it!! So because we can’t afford it, it hasn’t been done. They allowed members of the public to put the music up as load as they could and had no control over it, because the bar person was fighting with the controls, because they were controlling the volume threw their phones! So because their were so many compliments from “other people” they changed it all. But it’s now starting to get out of hand again and I need help. I’m extremely tired, feel bullied and because I work there and live above ( pay rent also!!) they seem to think they can push me around. I’m scared of loosing my home which all I want is for them to stop being so selfish and stick to the law. I’ve been bidding for council houses for ages now. It’s making all of us ill.
Enough now! - 10-Nov-19 @ 12:26 AM
We have neghbours from hell. They were nice enough people when they first moved here about 10 years ago, but it was when they had a kid shortly afterwards that the problems started. At first there were normal acceptable baby noises, crying etc., but when the kid started school, the practically constant noise of him running and stomping round and round the whole house also started. Every waking hour he's been doing it for 4 years now and we're at the end of our tether. I suffer with migraines and the never ending stomping exacerbates them. It sounds like someone hammering at speed, it's that loud. Normal everyday living noise such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners, etc. are to be expected from neighbours, but not the sound of someone demolishing the house. Yes, it's really that bad. Of course we have asked them to ask the child to stop running and stomping and walk around the house instead, but it has been ignored and we've mentioned it 3 times now. My nerves are in tatters and my Dr. has given me anti anxiety tablets, but they don't solve the problem. The child's feet are growing bigger every day the older he gets, so the stomping's getting louder month by month. Friends and family say we'll have to move, but we're both getting on for 70 and have lived here for almost 31 years. Our kids were young teenagers when we moved in, the house was brand new then and we've both worked very hard over the years to pay the mortgage and get the house and garden as we like it. Neither of us are in good health and we just want a peaceful life. As you can tell, all this has become too much for us now. Although the noise is usually keptbetween the hours of 7 and 11, it's constant monotonous thumping is unbearable. The only respite is in school hours. We can't take much more. No one has the right to make someone else's life a misery, but they're too inconsiderate and selfish to care.
Kia - 13-Oct-19 @ 1:30 AM
I have the most inconsiderate neighbours... most nights, especially weekends they think I want to hear their so called music, singing and whooping until the early hours!!Sometimes the only way I can block it out and just hear a distant this is to sit in my garage!!!... unacceptable and makes me very angry.Have spoken to them on numerous occasions and nothing changes..
Clarence - 6-Oct-19 @ 1:50 AM
I have neighbors hear that for some reason thinks that everybody wants to hear their music. Everyday especially during the weekends they would have their garage door open and the music full blast inside the garage so it gets more Amplified. I live a couple of houses away from them and I can still hear them. I don't understand why the neighbors next door to them don't call the cops on these people. I don't know what else to do besides calling the cops numerous times.
Los encinos - 28-Jul-19 @ 10:23 PM
I live in a converted office block into flats and the Neighbors directly me thinks it’s so much fun to throw their discarded cigarette butts that are still alight onto my balcony which has fake grass and lots of lovely plants on it too burn them and cause damage! I’m so sick of every day coming home from work and having to pick them all up. Totally frustrating grrrrr
MAM - 22-Jul-19 @ 5:52 PM
I have moved to Percy road with my mum, little sister and the two cats and since last year the people who lives at number 14 have been spying on me ever since last and I could do with help to tell them to the council right now before they get out of hand.
Marsh - 17-Jul-19 @ 10:58 PM
My upstairs neighbour is hell. Tried everything. I tried a letter, informing the council about the slamming doors and swearing. I want to kill her but I wont. She is the nastiest woman I have ever met in my life.
Lucy - 25-Jun-19 @ 5:54 PM
Hi, I’ve been harassed by my prison officer neighbours for year after I asked her to keep the noise down a little as I was on shifts. My hedge has been set a light comments on social media laughing about it but now when we out 2 wks ago her latest boyfriend and colleague of hers came into my property drunk and threatened and assaulted my daughters friend then got him in a prisoner style restraint then she threatened him also called him names while her son put his foot on his neck then called police and lied. He was distraught by the time they came the accusations were unfounded but the lad still got charged with resisting arrest and now they are gloating. I’ve tried police, council and councillorswith the video evidence of stuff and still they get off. Help!
Mame - 15-Jun-19 @ 2:50 PM
Living(rentsl) in a small terraced cottage. To the rear of the property is a shared parking lot ...shared between 5 terraced cottages. My neighbour has two cats roaming the area sand he comes out shouting for them at least 6 times an evening. He is also constantly slamming the rear door, revving his motorbike and has van parked in the way of reversing in the car park. The van has been there unmoved over 6 months. I have tried to talk to him about these problems...what options do have to find a solution? Thanks in advance
Pete - 4-Jun-19 @ 6:07 PM
Me and my wife have lived in our small mid terraced house for 6 years and loved every minute of it, especially the cheap rent. 6 months ago however a new neighbour moved in and immediately started playing loud music that seemed to shake the walls. As of late the music has stopped but he now comes home late (late for me as I'm up for work at 5am) and slams seemingly every door in the house and stomped around and up the stairs until about 11:30pm. Then if I'm particularly unlucky his bedroom TV is turned on and you can hear it very clearly, I feel especially sensitive to the noise since developing anxiety about it, I don't want a confrontation and do not know what to do.
Rossco - 4-Jun-19 @ 7:58 AM
My neighbours next door are giving grief. We live in a semi detached home where our bedroom is diagonally above their kitchen. There washing machine is driving us mad, switched on at 5.30am everyday, waking us up constantly. Next they slam their back door and back gate while taking their dogs out into the field. Both constantly bark and this also occurs every day often before 6am. Any advice appreciated. Regards Andrea
Andrea Campbell - 24-May-19 @ 12:23 PM
I have lived in this HA property for 20yrs.My new neighbours moved in 6yrs ago. Since then I have suffered from loud DIY during the day/night. Occasional very loud pounding music which drives me from my home. They don't talk just shout. Very aggressive. They do not speak English and the female tenant has made many racist comments aimed at me. Our shared HA don't do anything and the Police after serving 2 harassment wawnings on them cannot do much more unless my neighbours speak directly to me in an aggressive way. They don't speak english so I cannot prove it. It is really difficult and my health has suffered. Bullies do get away with it. My telling the truth gets nowhere. My neighbours are professional liars in my opinion.So difficult.
Megan - 6-May-19 @ 3:36 PM
We live in flat in a modern development.Every morning usually from 05.30, sometimes as early as 03.00,the neighbours above us make a loud knocking/banging noise on the floor which wakes us up.This goes on for about 15 minutes then stops and then starts again about an hour later and so on until about 07.30 when it stops completely. This has been going on for about 6 months.We have sent messages and even spoken to them about it but they are in denial and suggest that it may the heating system.We have also notified the Managing Agents who say they have written to the owner of the property.But none of this has worked and the noise continues unabated.Is this something that the Local Council will investigate?
SJC - 26-Apr-19 @ 8:29 AM
Lived at place for 3yrs.pepole next door have stomped .and the man says everything idolizes he repeats it out loud so I can here it.i have got also a verified. Of them spying on me through the phone they got caughtut now I. Ant even stay at my house . It's a nightmare what can I do?
Betsy boop - 10-Jan-19 @ 12:20 AM
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