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Noisy Flat Above is There Anyting We Can Do

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 11 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 

Q.

We live in an old house (1890) that has been converted into flats, and the noise from the flat above is quite intrusive at times. We can hear footsteps, voices, items being dropped on the floor etc. We have addressed the problem with our new neighbours by letter and things have improved a little. The issue is that the flat is rented so the problem doesn't feel like it will ever go away. Barring expensive insulation solutions is there anything we can do to lessen the noise?

(Miss G Bell, 10 September 2008)

A.

If the house was converted into flats after you moved in, the first thing to establish is whether or not planning permission was granted for that. And, if that was the case, then you should be asking if soundproofing was specified in the plans and if that was one of the conditions of permission being granted. Even if planning permission was obtained at the time, with or without soundproofing, there are still things you can do.

Firstly, you should try to speak directly to the neighbours in question. With disputes that arise from noise levels, it’s often the case that the people concerned are not even aware that they are causing a problem. Therefore, in explaining the situation to them, it may be perfectly possible to rectify the issue amicably. If your neighbours are uncooperative, however, the next stage should be to inform the landlord of the property (as you state that it is rented) and ask them to speak about the noise issues with the neighbours themselves. It may well be that your landlord will be sympathetic to the problem and make provisions for having soundproofing installed underneath the floor above. Alternatively, a stern rebuke from the landlord might be sufficient to eradicate the problem.

Should all of the above fail, you should contact your local authority who will appoint one of their Environmental Health Officers to look at the case. Since the Noise Act of 1996 was established, an Environmental Health Officer can issue a warning to your neighbours if noise levels exceed a certain level. This warning can then be followed by a fine if the tenants fail to reduce their noise levels. Further action can also be taken.

Your question doesn’t mention excessively loud music, however, nor does it state at what time of day the noise is occurring, and these are two fairly important factors. For example, if it’s simply “footsteps, voices and items being dropped” as you suggest, it may simply be a case that better soundproofing is needed in the property. Also, remember that your local authority is going to look more closely at excessive noise levels which persist between the hours of 11pm and 7am, and allow a little more leniency at other times.

If you feel as though you have no option left but to turn to the Environmental Health Department, make sure you keep a log as to what time of day the excessive noise is taking place and what it consists of. You should also see if you can get any fellow neighbours to do the same, if they the noise levels have become an issue to them too. All information you can gather will assist the Environmental Health Officer if they decides to investigate further.

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Lambeth council said the following: Complaints of noise from ordinary domestic activity such as banging, heavy walking, closing of doors, vacuuming, washing machines, use of showers/toilets, children playing, loud talking, shouting etc (this list is not exhaustive) are outside of the law.. Does that mean I am stuck with the sound of my neighbours walking around and stomping their feet at 3am every day?
nickedwards - 11-Jan-17 @ 4:33 PM
I once lived in a flat which the downstairs neighbours were constantly knocking on the roof, sending us letters, or coming to our door about noise. They complained that we slammed doors - this would imply we done it deliberately? Which is ridiculous, and the doors were clearly just too heavy their hinges soon as the law states they have to be fire safety doors and shut without assistance. They also complained about loud music (tv and stereo was never above volume 20/100 and were placed tilted against the wall in a cushion to absorb the noise) ...along with a bunch of crazy other accusations. We allied Environmental Health and they checked the acoustics of the property and found that we were not at fault. At theist they knew what to do moving forward. They had to resolve the matter with their landlord and ours in regards to the set up if the property. I think it's important to be tolerant and have patience with the tenants above as you can't always expect them to conduct their free time in their own home in silence just to keep you happy. (Not meaning to be cheeky) Speak to them first, then call environmental health, and don't waste any time in doing so.
Millie - 11-Jan-17 @ 12:45 AM
I am a Private Tennant with a Housing Agency who lives in a Flat in a House among other Tennant's and because I keep myself to myself and go to bed early I am getting noises of all sorts being on the ground floor and laminated flooring above me I have moved already to a another flat in the same house and it is continuing, I think that they are colluding and make noises all through the night and keep running up and downstairs, leaving front door ajar for other people and slamming doors and throwing what seems like stones on the floor above me, These are confrontational people who have been involved in incidents before but take care not to overstep the line and act fine if Landlord or others are in the building, my Method as been to not try and cause a fuss as I am non confrontational.
MarmaladeStex1591 - 7-Jan-17 @ 1:14 PM
Totallyannoyed - Your Question:
Hi thereMy wife and I moved into a flat in Blackpool but from day one our neighbors above us have their loud telly blaring every night till between 11.30 pm and 2 am seven days a week. I have spoken to him on three occasions now with now luck. I've monitored the noise from Dec 4th till now and see we have only had four quiet nights so far. We can hear every word from their telly upstairs. What to do please ?thanks

Our Response:
If you don't feel comfortable talking to them, you could try dropping them a note, followed by a more formal letter - see our templates for guidance. If this does not have the desired effect, contact your council's environmental health office.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Jan-17 @ 2:05 PM
Hi there My wife and I moved into a flat in Blackpool but from day one our neighbors above us have their loud telly blaring every night till between 11.30 pm and 2 am seven days a week. I have spoken to him on three occasions now with now luck. I've monitored the noise from Dec 4th till now and see we have only had four quiet nights so far. We can hear every word from their telly upstairs. What to do please ? thanks
Totallyannoyed - 4-Jan-17 @ 10:24 PM
Hi This is for Jen, We have noise insulation issues with upstairs house ( we live in a flat underneath),we can hear them walk and talk. How did you manage to sell with noisy neighbours. Did you declare? Thanks.
Pete - 4-Jan-17 @ 7:16 PM
I have lived in a flat for over eight years (it was a new build , now 10 years old)and my flat suffers from impact noise from the flat above.So footsteps, things dropping gets magnified. Airborne sounds are almost non existent.Even if they play loud music, argue, I cannot hear a thing!! I cannot hear the flat to the side of me either even if the guy has his music on full blast.No vibrations, nothing. However if they drop something upstairs or walk heavily then an echo is created and its distracting and horrible. The sound proofing tests for impact noise are a joke and designed to allow builders to just tick it off as sorted.Fortunately I commute so I now spend very little time there and can almost afford to move on. Other than that it is a beautiful home and I didn't want to move.People talk about improving sound proofing, suspended ceilings etcbut these cost thousands and noise can travel in other ways. Down the plaster walls, gaps. You block one area; Its starts up somewhere else. With all technology available I am amazed that we cannot take care of what should be a simple problem. I have talked to builders and they all shake their heads saying that it was cheap products/plasterboard that needed taking down and starting again. HoweverI pay other bills and there are no guarantees that the problem will go away.The floors were really poorly put together and so were the ceilings. I used to be able to hear the sound of kitchen cupboard doors slamming upstairs but I took care of this problem by sticking car insulation material for vibrations inside my own cupboards as they are directly below.You can't see it as the cupboards are closed. Problem solved to a certain extent.Its cheap so why can't sheets of this stuff be put on top of the plasterboard or experimented with to create some kind of impact noise barrier.You can take care of this problem in a car but not with a property??A lot of people say why can't they take care of the problem from the flat upstairs. Of course but trying to get most people to take on a problem that doesn't have an effect on them brands you a troublemaker that may cost them money. You basically get deemed the mad person downstairs and that can be lonely in itself . The council is not going to deal with these matters as its conflicts with building cheap housing. Like all things -until its a problem for someone bigger and nastier with the resources to do something; it doesn't get solved.
Hannah - Impact Nois - 26-Nov-16 @ 7:18 PM
Hello, Im living in Scotland and I rented a flat and almost from the beginning I had problems with both of my neighbours and I complained with the administration. Is a new building, rented only to students and there is no sound insulation. Neighbours stopped cooking and cleaning at 3 am but I still can hear everything they do and of course, they can hear all I do. There is no privacy and Im having serious problems to sleep. Im desperate, they say that I can only be released of the contract if I found a replacement but that is very unlikely (the contract is for 52 weeks). Is it anything I can do? Considering that the poor sound insulation is a problem of construction of the building, owned by the landlord.
cat - 7-Nov-16 @ 7:29 PM
Ok so from day one ( well over a year ago ) I moved into the cities most luxurious apartments converted from a old building. And I spoke about the noise then and got from the land lords "it's because they are moving out they are just moving things around" lies lies lies the people that live above my bed room are now a new family. I don't mind babies crying *let me make a note I am 6 months pregnant* so it will happen from my baby. There kitchen is above my bedroom and my god I think they are having my life no joke I can hear there kettle boiling ! I get woke up at 6am every morning after finally getting to sleep at around 1am every night. At first I thought it was the baby banging toys on the floor but one night it got so bad I actually thought it was the man on the ground floor banging nails in the wall at midnight. After talking to him and seeing myself he is also hearing the same noise from upstairs we decided to leave them a note. The next night great nothing it's now been a few weeks and it's back ! I actually broke down today in work and they have gave me the week off unpaid to get rest not what a single mother to be needs when she is just paying all the cost to live in these apartments ! This morning was tapping on the floor from 6am at first I thought it was possibly the baby in a high chair dropping something. I recorded it for ten miniutes and playing it back you can clearly tell it is a adult making a tune ! Who in there right mind makes banging noises on the floor at 6am for a baby or not it's all starting to add up to how petty they are getting. I tried sleeping in my front room at the weekend well it was like being at a local rave ! A new woman have move in to the one next to them on the other side of my apartment ! Called the police and she got arrested for having 50 people in her apartment endless noise complaints and the use of drugs ! Turned out the council are letting people live in the building but I have asked them for a council house and they said no because I can afford the rent I am paying now but that are paying the rent for people to come make noise all night take dugs in my building cause me time unpaid off work and endless stress on a pregnant person !!! I need help !!!!!
Givemesleep! - 24-Oct-16 @ 5:20 PM
Birdy - Your Question:
Re : Laminate flooring in flats. Yes, if you have council tenants above, you might be able to get something done but if you have homeowners above like me, you haven't got a cat in hell's chance!

Our Response:
You could try using the legal system. A court might be able to order that additional soundproofing is installed. Try an initial free half hour consultation with a solicitor (shop around to find one that offers this)
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Oct-16 @ 10:48 AM
Re : Laminate flooring in flats. Yes, if you have council tenants above, you might be able to get something done but if you have homeowners above like me, you haven't got a cat in hell's chance!
Birdy - 18-Oct-16 @ 11:33 AM
To those mentioning laminate flooring above them, most councils/associations specifically ban laying laminate flooring in flats they rent out above ground level - exactly because they are noisy, especially when young kids are involved. Simply confirm with your local council that it is not permitted to lay laminate flooring then ask them to take action on it and inform you of the result - make sure they do inform you. Unless there's a complaint, they don't check and will often 'overlook' it if they happen to be granted access by the occupant for any unrelated reason, like a gas safety check or filling out a form. The council will visit the property and enforce removal of the laminate flooring; although they may set a long-ish timescale for it to account for the replacement expense.
Ren - 13-Oct-16 @ 8:00 PM
We have lived in a ground floor council maisonette now for 6 and a half years. The flat above is bought and has laminate flooring throughout. The noise is absolutely unbearable. The woman has two kids and a teen. The first time I went up because it sounded like a steamroller was going over my ceiling, I went up to say how loud it was and found it was a child on a scooter going up and down. She said that her kids can do as they like in their own home and gave us permission to make as much noise as we like! Every morning from 7.am, the thumping starts which sounds like several sumo wrestlers with clogs on dropping bowling balls on our ceiling continuously till 8.40. The teen is at home all day and I can hear him playing video games full blast. 3.30 pm and it starts all over again. Non stop thumping, banging against walls, stomping, dragging and dropping. I mean intrusive, hard, sharp, sudden noises, not at all muffled, like they have no insulation at all! Saturday and Sunday is non stop all day. If they have friends in, it's a hundred times worse. We haven't had a lie in, EVER! We can't sit in our lounge and watch TV without constant banging on the ceiling, we can't relax, EVER! I've gone off eating because I can't enjoy it. I've lost interest in most things. I wear earplugs for up to 5 hours at a time but have tinnitus now, so it's unbearable to wear them but the alternative is worse. I've had two mini strokes which is down to stress and have been diagnosed with depression. I cry every day because I can't see a way out. All because of constant noise with no escape (apart from sitting outside in the summer or in the shed to watch Coronation street in peace! My partner mediated with her (I was too angry) and she refused to believe that it was that noisy and refused to put any rugs or anything down to alleviate the problem. The council couldn't force her to so she didn't. We tried to get a move but the council said it wouldn't be fair to put someone else in here!!!!!! I got my doctor to write a letter which said I am in danger of having a major stroke and we were allocated a non urgent medical band on the housing home options list which basically means no chance of moving. No one understands, except family, how unbearable it is, day in and day out. My life is now empty. I know it sounds daft but I don't hardly go out because I can't bear coming back. To everyone else out there in a similar situation, I feel for you.
Birdy - 9-Oct-16 @ 7:13 PM
skint&fed up - Your Question:
Hi, I moved in to my flat (renting) over a month ago and the guy above me NEVER sleeps at night! He keeps stomping around right above my bedroom. I've knocked on his door to speak with him, twice, and he doesn't open the door even though I can hear him walking around! I've left him a polite note and he ignored it. I don't know who the landlord is and my letting agent can't help. I've used the environmental noise pollution team previously (Bristol City Council) and they are USELESS! I don't know what to do and I pay A LOT of money to live there (rent&bills)

Our Response:
Your local council may have a record of your landlord's contact details if you don't have them and to be honest, your letting agent should be more helpful. When you say your environmental noise pollution team are useless - in what way? They have a duty to investigate noise/nuisance especially if it occurs after the hours of 11pm and before 7am. They may ask you to keep a noise diary which you should make the effort to complete as this is what they use to decide whether to instal a noise monitor/take further action etc. If you're unhappy with the actions of the environmental health department you can make a complaint to the local government ombudsman.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Sep-16 @ 10:23 AM
Hi, i moved in to my flat (renting) over a month ago and the guy above me NEVER sleeps at night! He keeps stomping around right above my bedroom. I've knocked on his door to speak with him, twice, and he doesn't open the door even though i can hear him walking around! I've left him a polite note and he ignored it. I don't know who the landlord is and my letting agent can't help. I've used the environmental noise pollution team previously (Bristol City Council) and they are USELESS! I don't know what to do and I pay A LOT of money to live there (rent&bills)
skint&fed up - 25-Sep-16 @ 7:29 PM
I do sympathise with anyone having trouble with noisy neighbours.I had this problem for a long time it affected my life badly and my health so in the end I had to sell my home. Here are some suggestions which helped me with noisy neighbours;1.) get some really good quality ear plugs. The best ones can be moulded in plastic to fit your ears. They need to be washed daily to prevent them from irritating your ears. 2.) listen to some relaxing meditation CDs designed to induce deep relaxation and use head phones. You can even buy headphones designed to block out noise when used but they are expensive about £80 but worth it. 3.) you can look into sound proofing walls, floors, Windows with blinds and maybe ceilings but this may also take time and money. 4.) Best option plan to move. It is not worth all the stress, unhappiness and is really bad for your health and your work/relationships/life. You need to get out. So do whatever it takes so you don't have this problem long term. Then at least being proactive you know you are doing something positive about the situation. Problem neighbours can happen to anyone but I would never live in a flat again for this reason. Better to move out of the area where property is cheaper and find a house at least then you can insult the walls if it ever happens again but hopefully it won't.
Jen - 22-Sep-16 @ 3:23 PM
Please help just moved in to council converted flat the flat above me it's terrible they have wooden flooring in living room that's it rest us floor boards no carpet nothing and have 2 children the noise is terrible bang bang all the time above my bedroom it's so bad even my son can here the snoring I've have told them and their nice people but I can't take it no more I've had 3 brain haemorrhage and 5 stroke and thus place is making me want to kill my self as aim going mad ask council nothing they can do us there and grants they could get carpets or a grant so I could get sound proofing what can I do I have slept in my car to get peace it's mad ness please can some help
J J - 3-Sep-16 @ 8:46 PM
Lived in my flat for over 2 years loved it here but the woman upstairs moved her boyfriend in he is so heavy footed it bangs thro my celling it's like there walking on wood floors and I'm sure she's tacken her casters of her bed . The noise is a nightmare it pings and pings all night and keeps me awake .help what can I do
Michelle - 30-Jul-16 @ 7:18 PM
Scooby - Your Question:
Please Help! I recently moved into a property a few months ago, on moving in I was in aware that their were issues with the flat above and noise! it it's by no means the people stayingg in the property above a fault. It is being rented out as a holiday let (I'm not sure if this is allowed) and the sound proofing is clearly not adequate, I entered a 24 month assured short hold tenancy on an option to buy agreement, I put down a £2000 deposit so I was planning to buy it at the end of the 24 months but I can't buy it with the sound proofing issue as its inbearable! I haven't slept properly in 2 weeks now, is there anyway of ending the agreement early because of this? I don't want to withhold rent, I simply just want to leave now but I don't want to be left with having to pay the remaining 22 months of my contract! Is there any chance of getting my non refundable rent to buy deposit back? On the basis that I would be buying it but due to sound proofing and noise I can't buy it otherwise it will continue to drive me insane. I have spoken to the landlord and he said he hasn't come back to me yet, I don't think he would be prepared to sort sound proofing out either, the property was converted a few years ago so should the sound proofing be up to regulation as well? Surely this shouldn't allow so much noise to transfer between properties? If he doesn't suggest something can be done but that in the interim I have to stay with friends or family, is it unreasonable to withhold rent? I really don't know what to do, can someone help. Many thanks

Our Response:
It would probably be considered unreasonable to withhold rent. Check the terms of your agreement to see what the penalties are for leaving early.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Jul-16 @ 10:09 AM
Please Help! I recently moved into a property a few months ago, on moving in I was in aware that their were issues with the flat above and noise! it it's by no means the people stayingg in the property above a fault. It is being rented out as a holiday let (I'm not sure if this is allowed) and the sound proofing is clearly not adequate, I entered a 24 month assured short hold tenancy on an option to buy agreement, I put down a £2000 deposit so I was planning to buy it at the end of the 24 months but I can't buy it with the sound proofing issue as its inbearable! I haven't slept properly in 2 weeks now, is there anyway of ending the agreement early because of this? I don't want to withhold rent, I simply just want to leave now but I don't want to be left with having to pay the remaining 22 months of my contract! Is there any chance of getting my non refundable rent to buy deposit back? On the basis that I would be buying it but due to sound proofing and noise I can't buy it otherwise it will continue to drive me insane... I have spoken to the landlord and he said he hasn't come back to me yet, I don't think he would be prepared to sort sound proofing out either, the property was converted a few years ago so should the sound proofing be up to regulation as well? Surely this shouldn't allow so much noise to transfer between properties? If he doesn't suggest something can be done but that in the interim I have to stay with friends or family, is it unreasonable to withhold rent? I really don't know what to do, can someone help. Many thanks
Scooby - 3-Jul-16 @ 5:02 AM
Craig - Your Question:
Hi I am wondering if there is anything I can do about my problem neighbour?He was stamping me for having my TV on even though it was not loud,i politely asked him if he was,he said no.Then he kept doing it and sadly my temper got the better of me and I had a go at him.A couple of days later after I calmed down I apologised,but now hes still banging when footballs on and he has Sky,so football is on quite often.Also he comes to bed at 2am,3am,4am slamming doors and flushing his toilet then he will do the same at 6am/7am when he gets up.I feel angry and tired quite alot and its messing with my ability to work.Sorry I live in a downstairs housing Association flat the idiot lives above.Can I do anything?

Our Response:
Ask the Housing Association what soundproofing is installed and if they can do anything to reduce it further.
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Jun-16 @ 12:00 PM
Hi i am wondering if there is anything i can do about my problem neighbour?He was stamping me for having my TV on even though it was not loud,i politely asked him if he was,he said no.Then he kept doing it and sadly my temper got the better of me and i had a go at him.A couple of days later after i calmed down i apologised,but now hes still banging when footballs on and he has Sky,so football is on quite often.Also he comes to bed at 2am,3am,4am slamming doors and flushing his toilet then he will do the same at 6am/7am when he gets up.I feel angry and tired quite alot and its messing with my ability to work.Sorry i live in a downstairs housing Association flat the idiot lives above.Can i do anything?
Craig - 28-Jun-16 @ 7:45 AM
We have lived in our bottom flat for nearly 30years & had great neighbours for nearly all that time until last april when couple & their 4 weans who are 5yrs & under they had carpets down but the noise was terrible they just ran up & down the hall jumping banging and banging a metal gate all the time when they were in.then in jan of this year they laid flooring well times the noise by a100.went back to council as it says in their tenancy aggreement they must get written permission & if they got permission but it stated affecting neighbours it could be withdrawn but the council are not upholding their tanancy agreement we are at out wits end. People that put flooring down should go and sit in the house underneath for a week and see whatnwe have to put up with.
Maw - 20-Jun-16 @ 4:08 PM
This message is for Norbs. "ANGRY FRUSTRATED UNHAPPYPROPERTY OWNERS & TENANTS" . Have tried finding this on Fb but seems as though it does not exist! Any ideas?
STRESSED OUT - 3-Jun-16 @ 12:22 PM
I have read with interest all the posts. My story is that I live in a Council block. The flat above us has been bought from the Council and the proprietors have laminate wood. (An extremely "pleasant couple" may I add). Their little girl is now 5 and once she is back from school our lives become hellish as she runs up and down like an animal out of a cage until bedtime! Now, I KNOW children need to run up and down so that is not our problem. My husband is deaf so it does not worry him! I accept the running up and down. Our problem which has driven me to insanity (or nearly) is that she THUMPS, THUMPS and THUMPS!!! All hours when she is at home. I did go upstairs about a year ago and was told that it was early (it was 7ish pm and they had guests)!So as far as they were concerned this was "allowed"! This has been going on for a few years now. Yesterday, I had a complete meltdown, as it started from 3pm, on and off, until 5.50ish. My cabinet starts to shake and photos "wobble". I went upstairs. Politely asked that the Mum just tell her little girl not to THUMP THUMP. Of course, I was greeted with total hostility. I was then told that they hear BANGING doors from us down here at 5AM EVERY MORNING!!!!. There was no compassion nor respect (my husband is 82 and I am nearly 66). There was NO reasoning. I would have expected at least a "slight" apology assuring me that she would ask the little one not to jump up and down like a flaming lunatic!!! A child will only know what is right and wrong if it is explained by the parents. I brought up 3 boys so know all about rearing children. This morning I have made a note of the incident and shall be diarizing from now on before I write to our Council. Disputes between neighbours need to be sorted out civilly between neightbours before one resorts to further action. In light of the Mum's reaction, I shall be arming myself very well indeed! Funny thing is, we have a "decent" neighbourly relationship. If ever there has been any noise arising from our flat she has sent her husband down or come down herself! On no less than three occasions this has happenedover the years when we had workmen in to do refurbishment or problems with our water pipes which was duly fixed! Sorry for the ranting. Have a good day y'all. (Oh yes I did try to record these incidents but without specific audio equipment it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE!
STRESSED OUT - 3-Jun-16 @ 12:11 PM
I am a single female disabled in a wheelchair and have lived quite happily in my ground floor flat for the past 8 years. 5 months ago a couple moved in above me and it has been a nightmare ever since. They are a pair of heavy drinkers and most nights come home drunk to the point where the can just about manage to walk! It is always after midnight when they come in and i can hear them coming down the street before they even get near the flat! They will then stomp upstairs, slam the door to and begin at least 2 hours of banging and dropping stuff, walking about like they have got lead boots on, put the tv on so loud that they have to shout to each other to talk and it makes me feel sick having to listen to exactly what they do on the toilet! Last night was one of the worst. Out all day and came in at 1am. Music banging shouting until 3.40am then quiet until 5am, then shouting etc again until 5.30, then quiet till 8.15 when they must have got up properly and are still noisy now as i write this!! I did mention to her once that i can hear everything down here but got told to f off! I dont want to move...what can i do???
Den76 - 29-May-16 @ 12:03 PM
I am in the middle of 3 terraced houses, about 30 years old. The neighbour next door spies on me after I go to bed. The floorboards tell her when I get in bed, 20 mins latter her front door quietly opens & if my bedroom light is out she closes the door firmly to wake me up. Then she wakes me up by closing the door loudly enough to wake me up. This happen about 3 or 4 times a night. I follow medical advice to get out of bed if I can not sleep, do not read, sit in an easy chair & listen to quiet music. The Local Authority sound equipment does not pick up this short sound. Is there any sound recording equipment I can use to hire or purchase to use in court as evidence??? Is there any Legal action I can take??? Please help me, I am desperate !!!
MIKE - 24-Apr-16 @ 7:52 PM
I am in the middle of 3 terraced houses, about 30 years old. The neighbour next door spies on me after I go to bed. The floorboards tell her when I get in bed, 20 mins latter her front door quietly opens & if my bedroom light is out she closes the door firmly to wake me up. Then she wakes me up by closing the door loudly enough to wake me up. This happen about 3 or 4 times a night. I follow medical advice to get out of bed if I can not sleep, do not read, sit in an easy chair & listen to quiet music. The Local Authority sound equipment does not pick up this short sound. Is there any sound recording equipment I can use to hire or purchase to use in court as evidence??? Is there any Legal action I can take??? Please help me, I am desperate !!!
Mike - 24-Apr-16 @ 7:50 PM
I live in the middle house of a terraced house built in the 1980's. Oneneighbour deliberately wakes me up several times a night by closing a downstairs door. When I go to bed she can hear the floorboards squeak, & 20 mins latter her front door quietly opens & if my bedroom light is off she closes the door firmly to wake me up. The local Council have been in with recording equipment. However the equipment only starts when I push a plunger, & there is only 30seconds of prerecorded memory on the sustem, so the tapes are always blank! As I can not sleep I follow medical advice: -do not stay in bed, do not read, but instead go in a easy chair & listen to quiet music on the radio. Sometimes I then fall asleep. Is there any recording equipment out there I can hire or purchase to get evidence???
Mike - 24-Apr-16 @ 7:35 PM
Coco - Your Question:
It's 2am in early morning! Noise of dogs barking, jumping and extremely heavy foot steps from Neighbour Woke me up! It's not first time. Almost every weekend. Please tell me How long and loud dogs barking jumping I can complain to local authority? I am crying in bed because I can't get back to sleep and I had enough. I complaint to neighbour many times they just don't care!!! (T_T) never apologised never did anything to improve!

Our Response:
There is no specific noise "limit" information. To be become a statutory nuisance, the noise levels must be "prejudicial to health and/or a nuisance". Your environmental health officer will ask you to keep a noise diary for a few a weeks and then if necessary a noise monitor will be placed in your property. The EHO will then decide whether further action is appropriate.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Apr-16 @ 10:21 AM
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