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Letter Template: Noisy Neighbours

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 28 Jul 2019 | 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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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
Hi, I live to my property for 3 years. From when I move I have problem with my neighbor tv sounds because it’s too loud, my neighbor is older 85 and all the day until morning to 10:30 - 10:45 pm it’s less the tv open and loud because she’s cooking on the kitchen and the tv in on the living room on the front of the house. I stay most of the time upstairs because I have a small baby, my kids can’t sleep on the day or night because they hear the sound. I already informed them but the lady late me know that she is not put the tv sounds down. Please can you late me know what I can do? Thanks
Rah - 22-Dec-18 @ 6:52 PM
We have lived in semi detached bungalow for 12 years.We are pensioners and live a very quiet life.Eleven years ago our neighbours moved in with a severely disabled child plus two others.Four years ago they got themselves a dog.This dog barks up to ten times a day - when someone comes in, goes out, walks past the house and you can imagine there are a lot of visitors to the house.The council say it is 'borderline' and won't entertain a statutory noise notice or another complaint even though we have appealed, and so it goes on and on and on.The dog is only about four years old so I have many years of this.We are too old to move house and why should we - we are not making the noise!!I want to get my side of the party wall soundproofed.Can I get my neighbours to pay for it?
Saucygirl - 5-Nov-18 @ 2:00 PM
The neighbours directly behind me have lived there for only a few months but atleast once a week the wife stays out with the kids and the husband has friends round. They party until around 3 am, they are noisy and take drugs, this usually happens midweek aswel, what can I do?
Keithlemon - 23-Aug-18 @ 7:51 AM
I have lived at my adress for over 2 years and had a peaceful time when coming home frome home. My husband and me wrk in the construction industry. I gave birth in july this year and at the same time my neighbour moved and gotcreplaced with a polish couple. The man constantly brings discarded wood from the streets and cuts it home in thegarden with a chainsaw durring the day and paints it durring the night. My little ones clothes are covered with sawdust and we can smell the chemicals. This has been going on for 2 monts now and i can't rest, my child is startled all day by the noise andmy husband does not have any peace when coming home. Basically we can no longer go in the garden since it is next to them. What can we do?
Lyly - 21-Aug-18 @ 9:29 AM
I have been living in my mid terraced home for almost 10 months and I am frequently disturbed by the family that live on one side of me. The family are mum, dad and 3 children under 8 years old. My teenage son and I can hear most things through the wall. I can appreciate that during the day there will be noise from the 3 young children playing, particularly in a small house. However the issues I have are at night when the children do not have a bedtime routine. They are often up until past midnight with the tv on loudly while they are shouting or screaming or running around. The parents are loud too especially the mum. I have mentioned it once but the dad was oblivious to the noise and just said he would tell them to keep it down. Since then I have been logging all noise that has disturbed me. I am reluctant to speak to the mum about it as I’ve heard how she speaks to the children and am worried about her reaction. I have had enough of my sleep being disturbed.
Erica - 9-Aug-18 @ 12:51 AM
I have lived in my detached house for 25 years, with no noise problems, that's the reason I got a detached house. In the last few months, the next door neighbours got a barking dashund, barking outside my bedroom window, early, when I'm not an early person, from working night shifts for 18 years. I wear earplugs 24/7, so not living, just existing, and I'm 70. Now a new noise, on top of that...music coming through my ears, and I don't know where it's coming from, again early waking me.I went all round the house, took my earplugs out, to see if I could hear where it's coming from.The mystery is how it comes through the earplugs, the same level of noise, if they're in or out....so now I've got the dog barking, and music ringing in my ears, every morning. My heart is pounding with anxiety, as to whether I'll sleep or not.I'm just so miserable about all this, just don't know what to do.My quality of life is zero.
Sally - 5-Aug-18 @ 2:18 AM
Hi, We recently moved into a new privately rented home (Myself and my Son 10.) The reason I moved to this house was to escape a noisy Romanian family that had moved in next door and had basically forced us out. We suffered their noise for over a year and it literally broke me. I moved to my new house, in a quiet, rural area. The few 2 months were utter bliss. My next door neighbour then took on a lodger. This lodger plays loud music, has a very loud motorbike that he pops out at allsorts of times during the night (01:00, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30...) he is only normally gone for 10 minutes but then comes back and continues to be very loud in his bedroom which is next to mine. I have been round and spoken to the homeowner who promised it wouldn't happen again. It did! I have messaged him and noted down the issues. I have spoken to my landlord who has also been round to discuss the issues I am having. My issue is that this new lodger is stopping me from sleeping at night. I am going to bed worrying about being able to sleep, once asleep and then woken i am worried about getting back to sleep, this normally ends with me getting about 3 hours sleep... He has woken my son too. I work and my son has to go to school. Its simply not fair. This lodger obviously lives a bot of a nocturnal lifestyle, whether there is drugs involved maybe irrelevant but I am pretty sure this is what is happening and helping him be awake all night and sleep all day. I feel that I have done the letters part as my communication has been thorough. I have asked to go round and chat face to face but the homeowner is now ignoring me. What can I do?
Lid - 18-Jun-18 @ 3:41 PM
Hello. How could I discourage all the kids in neighbourhood from playing/screaming/Yelling/dropping litter in the corner of the culdesac which is right outside my house? The noise alone drives me mad! I can't have my Windows open in the summer and even with these double glazed windows shut I still have to put the subtitles on the tv! And they eat food in the street then discard the wrappers etc which end up in my open plan front garden! Please help??
G - 22-May-18 @ 8:59 PM
Lulu - Your Question:
I work from home & my office wall is a boundary wall.My neighbour has erected lean-to sheds against this wall. I was plagued with rats gnawing in the cavity walls for about a year. Eventually I asked them if they had any openings on their side to which they replied ‘No!’ immediately; (I would have expected them to say that they would check, considering they had attached outer buildings to my wall?) A few weeks later I heard a humming noise & thought it was coming from my central heating but it continued when my heating was off. This noise has now increased in volume for long periods of time. It’s obviously a washing machine. I bought a detached house so that I could have peace & quiet - now I am really stressed by this irritating noise while I’m working. The water supply has been sourced from my domestic supply so will be a problem when the government begin charging for water here.These neighbours have also planted fir trees & a tall tree against the front boundary wall which are blocking sunshine from my side, where I grow many potted plants & is the only area where I get sunshine in the late afternoons/evening. I shall discuss the above with them however if they do not wish to be accommodative in resolving anything, can you please advise me any course of action available?

Our Response:
Assuming the lean to sheds are attached to your wall, you can ask for them to be removed as the wall is your property and your neighbour cannot afix anything to it. The civil courts may help if your neighbour objects.
ProblemNeighbours - 21-May-18 @ 3:10 PM
I work from home & my office wall is a boundary wall.My neighbour has erected lean-to sheds against this wall. I was plagued with rats gnawing in the cavity walls for about a year. Eventually I asked them if they had any openings on their side to which they replied ‘No!’ immediately; (I would have expected them to say that they would check, considering they had attached outer buildings to my wall?) A few weeks later I heard a humming noise & thought it was coming from my central heating but it continued when my heating was off. This noise has now increased in volume for long periods of time. It’s obviously a washing machine. I bought a detached house so that I could have peace & quiet- now I am really stressed by this irritating noise while I’m working. The water supply has been sourced from my domestic supply so will be a problem when the government begin charging for water here. These neighbours have also planted fir trees & a tall tree against the front boundary wall which are blocking sunshine from my side, where I grow many potted plants & is the only area where I get sunshine in the late afternoons/evening. I shall discuss the above with them however if they do not wish to be accommodative in resolving anything, can you please advise me any course of action available?
Lulu - 20-May-18 @ 2:54 PM
09Bibury - Your Question:
My neighbours at the bottom of my very small garden have a very noisy dog that barks most days. They also have an inflatable hot tub which is very noise they are out in the garden in the summer till gone 11pm and are very loud. Our gardens all back on to each other and are very small meaning we can all see into each other’s garden and houses. Myself and my other neighbour complained many times last year but the just carried on.

Our Response:
If you've already complained and nothing has changed, it might be worth a call to your local environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Apr-18 @ 3:11 PM
My neighbours at the bottom of my very small garden have a very noisy dog that barks most days. They also have an inflatable hot tub which is very noise they are out in the garden in the summer till gone 11pm and are very loud. Our gardens all back on to each other and are very small meaning we can all see into each other’s garden and houses. Myself and my other neighbour complained many times last year but the just carried on.
09Bibury - 18-Apr-18 @ 4:11 PM
Suey - Your Question:
My next door neighbours got a young puppy last year,and when they went out it started howling/yapping.I tried to tell her about it and got my head snapped off.Since then it has been a bit better,until the last few days it has started again for over an hour or more and even first thing in the morning when they go to school before I get up.When she is out at work from 8.30 until about 6.00pm some days it is on its own and was quiet so I am thinking it has been restrained or something now to start again.it can be annoying sometimes when they are in but you put up with that.

Our Response:
That's a long time to leave a puppy on its own. It should settle down as it grows older, but if you're concerned you could contact your local council or the RSPCA.
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Mar-18 @ 3:43 PM
My next door neighbours got a young puppy last year,and when they went out it started howling/yapping.I tried to tell her about it and got my head snapped off.Since then it has been a bit better,until the last few days it has started again for over an hour or more and even first thing in the morning when they go to school before i get up.When she is out at work from 8.30 until about 6.00pm some days it is on its own and was quiet so I am thinking it has been restrained or something now to start again.it can be annoying sometimes when they are in but you put up with that.
Suey - 12-Mar-18 @ 4:45 PM
Maria - Your Question:
We bought a house a year ago and recently our next door house was privately rented. New neighbours are constantly arguing so loud towards the night that I can hear them at the back of the house. It can last for hours and really stressing every member of our family out. I just wonder how their daughter can sleep through this - she is about 2 yo. Also they do wake up early, around 6am and baby cries very loud and they are shouting to each other waking us up.What can I do or should do to make them stop arguing so loud and keep the noise down early hours (I don't mean the baby as I have a son myself and it not always possible to calm him down straight away) that as it is effecting my life?

Our Response:
Try the note first of all if you don't feel comfortable talking to the neighbour. See if that resolves it then you could consider a more formal letter. Last resort will be a complaint to the environmental health officer.
ProblemNeighbours - 28-Feb-18 @ 3:37 PM
We bought a house a year ago and recently our next door house was privately rented. New neighbours are constantly arguing so loud towards the night that I can hear them at the back of the house. It can last for hours and really stressing every member of our family out. I just wonder how their daughter can sleep through this - she is about 2 yo. Also they do wake up early,around 6am and baby cries very loud and they are shouting to each other waking us up. What can I do or should do to make them stop arguing so loud and keep the noise down early hours (I don't mean the baby as I have a son myself and it not always possible to calm him down straight away) that as it is effecting my life?
Maria - 27-Feb-18 @ 9:53 PM
Antonio - Your Question:
Hello there. I have been having problems with noisy neighbour who live below me on the lower ground. She is a single mum with two kids. Before I bought the flat above I did a research and found that the previous owner had Twitted about noise from below. I enquired from the sellers lawyer about the tweet and noise before completion of sale I was told the issue had been resolved. Over the last two years she played loud music from 12 am sometimes start at 6 am on a regular basis. Unfortunately my bedroom is above her lounge. I tried to improve insulation and new carpet but that didn’t make much dfference. I spoke emotionally the landlord who had spoken to her but the problem continues and the landlord if anything said to me it’s her lifestyle and annoyed because I constantly bringing the issues. The music is loud that the bedroom could vibrate. She also had dinner party with loud guests in the early hours of the morning. The rest of the residents are aware of my problem and synphstise with me but there’s nothing they could do. The landlord leads the management of the building and not the easiest person to deal with. I reported to the council who had asked me to have a noise dairy to confirm that it is a statutory nuisance. Because this is my weekend flat I’m not there all the time they couldn’t act unless it’s a continuous evidence. I’m still continuing to monitor the noise. My lawyer recommended me to serve a legal notice. I’m just concern that I do that I ll have problems selling my flat for it appears on searches. I have spoken to the neighbour who said she is a single mum and entitled to social life and asked me to use ear plugs if the noise too loud. I’m thinking of writing an informal letter to warn her that the council will take action and I’m willing to take legal action if she doesn’t stop. She did got concern before on the knowledge that the council will get involved. Do advise thank you kindly.

Our Response:
It's worth trying with a letter first. The issue about selling your property will be there whatever action you take, whether that's through the court or simply through a complaint to the landlord etc
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Jan-18 @ 11:40 AM
Hello there . I have been having problems with noisy neighbour who live below me on the lower ground . She is a single mum with two kids . Before I bought the flat above I did a research and found that the previous owner had Twitted about noise from below . I enquired from the sellerslawyer about the tweet and noise before completion of sale I was told the issue had been resolved . Over the last two years she played loud music from 12 am sometimes start at 6 am on a regular basis . Unfortunately my bedroom is above her lounge . I tried to improve insulation and new carpet but that didn’t make much dfference . I spoke emotionally the landlord who had spoken to her but the problem continues and the landlord if anything said to me it’s her lifestyle and annoyed because I constantly bringing the issues . The music is loud that the bedroom could vibrate . She also had dinner party with loud guests in the early hours of the morning . The rest of the residents are aware of my problem and synphstise with me but there’s nothing they could do . The landlord leads the management of the building and not the easiest person to deal with . I reported to the council who had asked me to have a noise dairy to confirm that it is a statutory nuisance . Because this is my weekend flat I’m not there all the time they couldn’t act unless it’s a continuous evidence . I’m still continuing to monitor the noise . My lawyer recommended me to serve a legal notice . I’m just concern that I do that I ll have problems selling my flat for it appears on searches . I have spoken to the neighbour who said she is a single mum and entitled to social life and asked me to use ear plugs if the noise too loud . I’m thinking of writing an informal letter to warn her that the council will takeaction and I’m willing to take legal action if she doesn’t stop . She did got concern before on the knowledge that the council will get involved . Do advise thank you kindly .
Antonio - 26-Jan-18 @ 5:45 PM
Hi Looking for some help/advice. I have a very inconsiderate upstairs neighbour who walks very heavily on her feet seems like she walks round and round her bedroom which is directly above ours. This can start anytime from midnight and throughout the night. She walks around the room slams drawers closed appears to drop items causing loud banging noises. We rarely have a full nights sleep and are exhausted. The noise is throughout the day also but we ignore this but overnight it is out of control. There is no consideration from our neighbour. Does anyone know our rights? I have contacted the antisocial behaviour team who said the law does not recognise this as noise. She would have to play music, Have tv too loud or a dog barking etc.
Rosie - 11-Nov-17 @ 11:54 AM
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