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Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 29 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Dealing With Noisy Neighbours

Some of us will have had to deal with noisy neighbours at one time or another. Often, this might be simply because of the types of personality they have and not because they want to be disruptive.

Remember, we’re not all the same ‘types’ of people. You might prefer the quiet life or you’d much rather enjoy doing all of your socialising down at the pub. Others, however, might enjoy socialising at home and having parties, they might be DIY enthusiasts, or have a small tribe of children and we’re all aware of how much noise a group of kids can generate.

The problems arise when the noise becomes excessive and it can escalate even further over time if ignored. It can cause stress to those it affects as well as inflicting sleepless nights and can, in effect, completely ruin your enjoyment of your own life in your own home. However, you might be surprised to discover that many people who are considered ‘noisy’ and disruptive are often totally unaware of the effects they are having on others, and a simple polite conversation will often resolve the issue.

Speaking to your Neighbour First

No one should have to tolerate Excessive Noise Pollution, but it's not very neighbouring if you immediately call the police or your local Environmental Health Department at the first sign of any loud noise. Many noisy neighbours might consider this to be a bit like ‘going behind their back’ instead of speaking to them first and, if a complaint is made anonymously, it can often cause an even deeper sense of resentment. They may then become suspicious of everybody in their immediate neighbourhood, and their mistrust can sometimes lead to them becoming even more disruptive.

That doesn’t mean you, as the person under sufferance, should have to put up with their behaviour, but talking to them first about the situation can often nip in the bud a potential long-term noise problem. What is important, however, is the way in which you choose to speak to them and, quite often, the timing.

Choosing the Right Moment

Even if you’ve been tearing your hair out, it’s important that when you go to speak to your neighbour, you stay calm and remain polite. Simply point out to them what effects their behaviour has had on you and your family. You can be firm and get your point across in a polite manner. Most neighbours should be reasonable enough to understand and to take your views on board which should keep things harmonious between you, and also should ensure that they do not repeat the same mistake again.

If you’ve hardly spoken to them previously, you’ll naturally feel a little apprehensive about doing this, but it’s usually the best solution and stops the problem from escalating. However, the other crucial issue is the timing and not simply what you say and how you say it. A house party is a good example.

The Right Timing

If a party is in full swing yet the noise is excessive, it’ll be no doubt very tempting to go and confront your neighbours there and then. The best advice would be to leave it until the following day, as they may have had a few drinks too many and be right in the party spirit. So, if you confront them when the party’s in full flow, they may simply see you as a ‘killjoy’ and/or will simply not be in the frame of mind to give any thought to how their behaviour is affecting you. So, whether it’s a party or a DIY project that’s giving you grief, you’re much more likely to get your points across and produce the desired result if you wait a day or so.

The fact is that most excessive noise problems with neighbours can often be better resolved between neighbours themselves. Sometimes it’s even more effective if a few neighbours who have been affected go round together and state their case, as nobody likes to feel a social outcast within their own neighbourhood.

This all said, however, there may be several reasons why you might not wish to have a chat with your neighbour first to try to resolve matters. Perhaps they are renowned for making people’s lives difficult, or they might want to provoke you into a confrontation that might get out of hand. So, it may be a ‘judgement call’ depending upon the ‘personalities’ involved.

However, no one has the legal right to make someone else’s life a misery through excessive noise, so don't feel guilty about Contacting Your Local Environmental Health Department or even the police, if you strongly suspect that by confronting the issue directly yourself, you could be putting yourself at risk of harm in any way.

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Hi - wonder if anyone can give me some advice. I have tenants that live above the me in the flat i own and are the nosiest neighbors i have ever experienced living in flats. There is a soundproofing issue as its a converted house but that being said it was never as bad with the previous tenants. With them it was only the bedroom that was an issue and i have had that ceiling soundproofed now which has made a difference BUT now since i have sorted that issue they have decided to start playing their music constantly at full volume ALL day. 6 hours at a time, relentlessly.Yesterday i lost my temper with it all and called the police who were actually really quiet obnoxious about the situation. Said that they had spoke to the tenants and they had demonstrated the volume the music was at (they had turned it off as the saw the police approach) clearly they didn't no do this honestly and played it way lower than it had actually been, so the police were like nothing we can do people are entitled to play music in their flat. But surely I am also entitled to be able to eat my breakfast without listening to their constant music? And i dint just call the police first, i have spoken to the tenants before around the noise above my bedroom in the early hours of the morning and their response was 'its not us must be someone else' we are at the end of the block and their is literally no other building anywhere near us to be creating the noise! I am honestly at a lose at what to do? Its like i have no rights at all in my own home. They have ripped my door bell off the wall outside, rang my door bell at 4.30 AM and deliberately jumped up and down on the floor above mybedroom numerous times, usually at around 1 AM on a Monday morning and it seems i just need to sit here and be bullied by them? Every time I have previously tried to talk to them I am told that I am making their life hell etc etc which is actual lies given i haven't spoken to them at all in anyway since September 2017.I have just ignored the noise as best as i can. Has anyone had similar experience of neighbors like this? The situation is now just making me ill. I never have a minute in my own home where it is not being invaded by them!!!
Bob0404 - 29-May-18 @ 10:07 AM
I have an autistic child . we live upstairs now for a few years. My child is bouncy and jumpy and have insomnia. Most of the neighborhood smoke cigarettes and our apartment always have second hand smoke which makes my child more jumpy because she is choking from cigarettes. I keep a fan in her room window all day and night so it's cold in my home and my kid is six yr old so she cold also makes her jumpy. Can't turn on the heat makes it more stinky and in breathable. At this point we don't sleep lady downstairs beats on walls and my front door in a rage as if she wants to fight. I refuse to talk to ignorant people. I talk to security or front office about this issue . I work 18 hrs and sleep 4 hrs if I'm lucky. My kid is a lot of work. I'm not about to hood my kid down to be quite that's abuse and I'm not going to tippy toe when she let her dog bark for hours every day and smoke cigarettes like a chain smoker got us in our place dying for fresh air. I've lived downstairs on the same property for 11 years never did complain about the kid jumping all night and day it's what kids do. Especially if your kid is disabled.
Vee - 23-Apr-18 @ 1:22 AM
Hi ive read all of your stories its sad that nothing gets done council inviremental just talk tbe talk like the lady who has the humming noise ive had the same for over a year im at my wits end as you cant sleep andlike me have a full time job you just dont function my son went in xmas eveand told them to keep music downhad couple of weeks od silence bliss but the humming noise is back i will be phoning council again and inviremental but my neighbours say they dont no where humming is coming from funny that as ive lived in this house over 40 years never had this problem till they moved in i feel shatteted today as was up all night again my grand daughter reckons it could be an x box i have been thinking of moving or possibly soundproofing bed room but will it work?
Bubbles - 12-Apr-18 @ 4:56 PM
Writing on behalf of my mother. She moved into her new flat last summer, it’s a council property because my dad was terminally ill, and has now passed, and my mother and brother are both disabled so unable to work. Their upstairs neighbor has done nothing but cause them grief. We have lost three immediate family members, and my mom has already felt the full brunt of that. The neighbors are aware that we have been going through hard times but they don’t seem to care. A couple weeks before my dad passed they walked in without knocking and tried to sell stolen goods! Obviously with my dad dying they didn’t want to report it and endanger themselves even further soy mother stuck her head down. They fight and scream at eachother all night, you can hear them being physically violent towards eachother... the girl their is (diagnosed) bipolar and absolutely unapproachable now. She stomps and screams and smashes about. It’s keeping my mother awake all night every night and we are not sure what to do anymore... tried speaking to them and contacted police and council, they just ask that it continues to be reported. They are fully aware of how bad it is, having heard their daylight noise! Is their anything else we can do? My mother is now at breaking point and struggling to cope.
Sleepysally - 5-Apr-18 @ 6:47 AM
Kozmo - Your Question:
Next door, (semi detached) is private rent, it seems that I get a different neighbour every year, most have been fairly decent, I've only had one issue with excessive noise, that went as far as a second warning letter from the council, then they disappeared, now onto the new lot I've been round a couple of times to ask them to turn down music which was the wrong side of loud, when they did finally answered the door, I asked politely to turn it down as I had to up at 3am to go to work, this was 9pm to be fair they did and it's been pretty much music free since, I took the opportunity to explain that the houses weren't particularly soundproof, and that I could hear mostly everything, they don't seem to have taken much notice of this as they shout at each other rather than talk and slam doors everytime they exit or enter the room, now is this classed as a nuisance under noise laws or would the council only concider this as living noise? It has effected my enjoyment of my house, having to turn the tv up, I've had to buy wireless headphones as the volume on iPad only goes up so far, I listen to radio quite a bit, using earplugs at night a lot more, I'm sure I'm getting an ear infection, it seems that I return from work and just wait for the loud conversations to start

Our Response:
It's worth asking the council (environmental heath) but they will not usually consider family noise outside of anti social hours (11pm to 7am) as a noise issue. It may also be worth getting in touch with their landlord to see if additional soundproofing can be fitted etc.
ProblemNeighbours - 3-Apr-18 @ 2:39 PM
Bibi - Your Question:
I have been in nightmare for 2 years. My issue lives below me. They are separated but still together look after the kids. Very noisy all day! But my problem is older son 10 yo all evening plays computer games and shouting to someone online very laoudly and swears. Horror! I can not sleep and my son as well. I mentioned to parents but they do not seem to bother. Plz help I am so stressed

Our Response:
You should speak to the neighbours first of all. If you're not happy speaking to them try dropping the a note ormore formal letter. Our letter templates should help
ProblemNeighbours - 3-Apr-18 @ 2:27 PM
Next door, (semi detached) is private rent, it seems that I get a different neighbour every year, most have been fairly decent, I've only had one issue with excessive noise, that went as far as a second warning letter from the council, then they disappeared, now onto the new lot I've been round a couple of times to ask them to turn down music which was the wrong side of loud, when they did finally answered the door, I asked politely to turn it down as I had to up at 3am to go to work, this was 9pm to be fair they did and it's been pretty much music free since, I took the opportunity to explain that the houses weren't particularly soundproof, and that I could hear mostly everything, they don't seem to have taken much notice of this as they shout at each other rather than talk and slam doors everytime they exit or enter the room, now is this classed as a nuisance under noise laws or would the council only concider this as living noise? It has effected my enjoyment of my house, having to turn the tv up, I've had to buy wireless headphones as the volume on iPad only goes up so far, I listen to radio quite a bit, using earplugs at night a lot more, I'm sure I'm getting an ear infection, it seems that I return from work and just wait for the loud conversations to start
Kozmo - 30-Mar-18 @ 3:36 PM
I have been in nightmare for 2 years. My issue lives below me. They are separated but still together look after the kids. Very noisy all day! But my problem is older son 10 yo all evening plays computer games and shouting to someone online very laoudly and swears. Horror! I can not sleep and my son as well. I mentioned to parents but they do not seem to bother. Plz help I am so stressed
Bibi - 30-Mar-18 @ 2:41 PM
Hi. I am a student and I have rented a house with my 3 other housemates since September last year. Our neighbours bellows us play music all day everyday, all night every night. It's so loud that I can feel the vibrations from the beat from the second floor of our house! I haven't spoken to them yet, mainly because I'm a coward and they seem like the type to react badly to me if I do say something. Of course I could be just paranoid about that. I don't if I should just work up the courage to ask them to be a bit more considerate as I have deadlines and my dissertation to write. Their music is both preventing me from doing my work in the house, and from sleeping!
Anonymous - 1-Mar-18 @ 11:54 PM
Reading some of these stories makes me feel a bit silly complaining about my neighbour in comparison but since I feel I'm somewhat at my wits end with him ill share it anyway. I suffer asperges, anxietyand depression I've always tried to be a nice neighbour the man next door to me has done nothing but made my life a living hell for nearly 2 years. When I first moved in I accidentally let about honestly a bucket of water in his garden (long story involving a broken swimming pool) the fence sunk slightly me and my bf apologised profusely he wasn't happy we took it with a pinch of salt even when he threatened to get a solicitor onto us and he made me cry, other than that he stands outside the front of his house smoking which I don't care about but if he's out there I won't step outside because he'll either give me or my bf funny looks or say something really rude, last year he complained about our fence and threatened me that he was going to take my landlord to small claims court over it when its not my fault that my landlord is stingy with money nonetheless we put up new fence paid for out of our own pocket everything was fine for a while then he started complaining about our cats using his flower beds for a toilet he confronted me over it one night I didn't know what to say because I assumed they used a litter tray same as before then over the course of 4 months he dumped their turds on our doorstep even though I provided him with cat repellent powder, put their litter tray outside to use the toilet, tried to make a hole in the ground as a toilet in the garden and have shut the cat flap numerous times to keep them in at night (I don't do it anymore it's cruel) still it persisted until a mate of mine told him to stop sometime after she had words he started blasting bass music through the walls it was so heavy and vibrating you couldn't watch tv and I can't relax knowing someone's playing music like that next door I wouldn't mind if it was music but it's like a rave, our neighbour unfortunately is a severe alcoholic so reasoning with him or hoping he sees logic in anything has never really been an option. On top of all that we've had fallings out with half the idiots in our street over the pettiest problems, parking, garages someone even lied and said I was letting my garden fill up with rubbish just to get back at us. I'm hoping to move this summer once my bf gets some money. You'd think living in a nicer area would mean nicer people but unfortunately thats not always the case.
Rach - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:42 AM
I am so glad I have found other people who feel my pain. For a while i genuinely thought i was going insane. There is literally nothing worse than noisy neighbours. The problem I have is 'general noise' from a heavy guy who lives below me. He slams and bangs everything, walks like he is stomping, so much so that my bed shakes! And of course, he does all this at night. I feel aged from lack of sleep. I have cried and felt depressed at times. I work full time and have a young child and all I want is a good night's sleep! ! So frustrating that people can be so ignorant to others
Anna123 - 25-Jan-18 @ 11:39 PM
My neighbour has the biggest mouth i have ever heard. You can hear him when hes on the phone and our tv is on. First of all it was the tv being really loud ( we couldnt even hear ours). So my mum went over and confronted him and they had a bit if a disagreement. Now he lets his kids run up and down on wooden floors and their bedroom is next to mine and they are screaming and bouncy round the room at 11 at night. Its getting ridiculous now. When we ask him to keep the noise down he does for about a month and then it starts again. Help!
Bex - 8-Jan-18 @ 10:32 PM
Hi there I live in a top flat in a four in a block and have had my bottom neighbours downstairs from me since last year.I have been in my flat just over 2 years and they just have been in there just over a year. Everything was fine when they moved in but now they are dead noisy, slamming doors constantly, and stomping about like elephants it all happens at nighttime when i am going to my bed as they sleep all day and are up all night. I live by myself and they are a couple. I am at my wits end with them. I am with a housing association and they are with the council so they cant do anything about it. What can I do? I have tried talking to them but they just ignore me. Please help thanks
Thekmorrisonxo - 14-Nov-17 @ 9:19 PM
Tttt42 - Your Question:
We have a neighbour who has their tv on at night from 10pm-1pm. The tv is next to our bedroom wall and we can constantly hear what’s being said on the tv and the constant mumble of the tv is not allowing us to sleep until they turn it off, what’s the best action we can take?ThanksTom

Our Response:
Firstly talk to the neighbour, they may not realise the problems they are causing. If you're not happy talking to them you can drop them a note or a letter - you can use our template here. If that doesn't improve things, then contact your environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Nov-17 @ 2:31 PM
We have a neighbour who has their tv on at night from 10pm-1pm. The tv is next to our bedroom wall and we can constantly hear what’s being said on the tv and the constant mumble of the tv is not allowing us to sleep until they turn it off, what’s the best action we can take? Thanks Tom
Tttt42 - 30-Oct-17 @ 11:00 PM
My upstairs neighbours r brutal. Kids running around on wooden floors, the parents arguing really loudly in front of their kids. I have an autistic daughter who is really suffering with the noise. I need help asap please.
Paula - 23-Jul-17 @ 8:18 PM
Both neighbours on either side of our house are noisy. Left side has 2 dogs who bark constantly. When they go off to work, they leave the 2 dogs locked upstairs in a bedroom. They start howling, then barking, scratching at the door and eventually banging at it. I work from home so I have to put up with it all day. When the owners do eventually come home, the dogs go out in the garden and yap non stop until they let them back in. I have complained to them about the noise, so has their neighbours on the other side but they seem to thing that dogs just do that. On the right side our neighbours have 3 kids under 5 that they can't control. Everyone is screaming in that house 24/7. They're always shouting. I understand that toddlers don't know how loud they are, but the parents scream and shout a lot more than their kids, especially in the garden. The adults constantly whine and whinge while the kids are trying to play. Thankfully they only go out in the garden for about a minute at a time before they're back inside arguing, but they seem to be getting worse as the kids get older. The shouting starts at 5:30am every morning and it doesn't stop until around 10-11pm when they eventually go to bed. I used to love working from home, but now it's driving me insane. We have confronted the baby factory next door about the noise and we fell out with her over it. We politely asked if they could keep the noise down a little and she accused us of being bullies telling us that her kids only form of communication is crying. It's not the crying that bothers us it's her yelling non stop. Last year we had our roof redone, the tiling took about 3 days. Our builders worked during the day while everyone was out of the house 10am to 2pm, they were very tidy and respectful of our neighbours properties. When the job was finished, we were standing on the drive talking to the builders, when neighbour with the dogs decided to come out and have a go at us. She said 'if I were a bloke she would knock me out' because I smiled when she complained about the noise of the builders. She was home for 1 hour while they were clearing away some rubble. Her dogs bark all day every day. She's such a hypocrite. I've never had such selfish neighbours in all my life. Other than moving, I have no idea what to do.
NeedSleep - 12-Jul-17 @ 9:54 PM
Could anyone tell me how many decimal is noise nuisance. My neighbour use the kitchen which is close to my bedrooms during the night with loud kitchen noises. Is this legal?
tweetybird - 1-Jun-17 @ 3:10 PM
F1Fan37 - Your Question:
I have lived in my flat since September 2016, during which time I have undergone major surgery and I'm still trying to recover. I am unable to leave the house much and my neighbours are making my life a misery. A few weeks ago, a mysterious humming/whirring/vibrating sound began.It goes on 24 hours a day. I can't get away from it anywhere in the flat. If I try and go to sleep in my bed, I can feel the bed shaking. If I sit on the sofa in the living room its the same. I can even hear it in the bathroom. I have tried earplugs but they don't block out the high pitched humming at all. I was driving myself crazy trying to work out what it was, and were it was coming from. I had plumbers, electricians and gas engineers round to see if anything was wrong. It wasn't, I've had my hearing checked for tinnitus and it wasn't that. I asked all the neighbours below, and opposite me in my block and they don't know anything about what it is. So I reasoned it must be coming from the adjoining block.Not knowing what the noise was or what was causing it, I put a polite note on the entrance door of the next block asking them if they could move the offending object or turn it off at night so I could get some sleep. This was ignored.I worked out eventually where the noise had to be coming from and reported it to my landlord and they said they would write to them. I don't know wether they did and have just been ignored or wether they just haven't contacted them at all, but the noise still continued. So in desperation I contacted environmental health, who sent someone around quite quickly, and she heard the noise, and said they would contact them promptly.The problem is she said that as the noise isn't what you would call a traditional nuisance, it may be hard to deal with. That was last Thursday and the noise is still continuing.I haven't slept more than an hour a night since the 4th of April and I am at my wits end. I am trying to heal from surgery and get much needed rest but can't. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? And if so did you manage to resolve it? Many thanks

Our Response:
It does sound as though Environmental Health are doing whatever they can at this stage. Unfortunately, these things are not easy to resolve quickly, so you may need to be patient. Do keep in touch with them to make sure they are progessing with your case.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-May-17 @ 10:34 AM
I have lived in my flat since September 2016, during which time i have undergone major surgery and I'm still trying to recover. I am unable to leave the house much and my neighbours are making my life a misery. A few weeks ago, a mysterious humming/whirring/vibrating sound began.It goes on 24 hours a day. I can't get away from it anywhere in the flat. If i try and go to sleep in my bed, i can feel the bed shaking. If i sit on the sofa in the living room its the same. I can even hear it in the bathroom. I have tried earplugs but they don't block out the high pitched humming at all. I was driving myself crazy trying to work out what it was, and were it was coming from. I had plumbers, electricians and gas engineers round to see if anything was wrong. It wasn't, I've had my hearing checked for tinnitus and it wasn't that. I asked all the neighbours below, and opposite me in my block and they don't know anything about what it is. So i reasoned it must be coming from the adjoining block. Not knowing what the noise was or what was causing it, i put a polite note on the entrance door of the next block asking them if they could move the offending object or turn it off at night so i could get some sleep. This was ignored. I worked out eventually where the noise had to be coming from and reported it to my landlord and they said they would write to them. I don't know wether they did and have just been ignored or wether they just haven't contacted them at all, but the noise still continued. So in desperation I contacted environmental health, who sent someone around quite quickly, and she heard the noise, and said they would contact them promptly.The problem is she said that as the noise isn't what you would call a traditional nuisance, it may be hard to deal with. That was last Thursday and the noise is still continuing. I haven't slept more than an hour a night since the 4th of April and I am at my wits end. I am trying to heal from surgery and get much needed rest but can't. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? And if so did you manage to resolve it? Many thanks
F1Fan37 - 17-May-17 @ 1:13 AM
Lou- Your Question:
My neighbour above flat has party's nearly every weekend and bank holidays they all are noisy I live with my partner and little daughter we can't stand noise and nuisance when the neighbour has people there they through the rubbish and cigarette tips in our back garden we keep our back garden clean and tidy we have the right to peace and quiet in our home and the neighbour dogs bark all hours when I found out that not suppose to have dogs in flats because of shared garden just because her and her girlfriend work in the week got to have party nearly every weekend and bank holidays and the other neighbours are quite

Our Response:
Complain to their landlord first of all. Their tenancy agreement will undoubtedly have a clause about noise/disturbance to others and whether dogs are allowed. The landlord should be able to enforce this. If it's unsuccessful then of course Environmental health is your next port of call.
ProblemNeighbours - 2-May-17 @ 11:14 AM
My neighbour above flat has party's nearly every weekend and bank holidays they all are noisy I live with my partner and little daughter we can't stand noise and nuisance when the neighbour has people there they through the rubbish and cigarette tips in our back garden we keep our back garden clean and tidy we have the right to peace and quiet in our home and the neighbour dogs bark all hours when I found out that not suppose to have dogs in flats because of shared garden just because her and her girlfriend work in the week got to have party nearly every weekend and bank holidays and the other neighbours are quite
Lou - 1-May-17 @ 12:52 AM
My neighbour above is a nuisance she and her girlfriend have party nearly every weekend noisy people who don't live there kids trow rubbish in our back garden dogs Barking a lot just because they both work in the week we live in flat housing asociations but lately noisy and last Saturday I was on my way out the neighbour thrown water over me she was cleaning her windows had pan of water lucky my little girl wasn't outside at the time my clothes was wet I had to go and change my clothes she is unbelievable she breaking her tenancy agreement but she special treatment from coastal housing not suppose to have party and dogs in flat
Lou - 14-Apr-17 @ 12:38 AM
tweetybird - Your Question:
Hi there, I have suffered my neighbour a care home noises for years. After they installed an extractor fan, the council refused to investigate any more, they only replied to me we have fully investigated. During the night the staffs use the kitchen with noises and turn on machines which affected our sleep. During the day they turn on kitchen machines with constantly loud kitchen noises. We cannot open our patio door and use the garden. The machine was turned on from 7am to 7pm or later.Are these called nuisance? How can I show the evidence to the court, as the council won't give the evidence and they did not monitor the loud machines' noises.

Our Response:
If you were to take your own legal action you could consider hiring a device? A solicitor might be able to advise. The problem may be that the council have already monitored the noise and clearly the levels do not exceed the statutory limits or they would have taken further action.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Apr-17 @ 10:59 AM
Hi there, I have suffered my neighbour a care home noises for years. After they installed an extractor fan, the council refused to investigate any more, they only replied to me we have fully investigated. During the night the staffs use the kitchen with noises and turn on machines which affected our sleep. During the day they turn on kitchen machines with constantly loud kitchen noises. We cannot open our patio door and use the garden. The machine was turned on from 7am to 7pm or later. Are these called nuisance? How can I show the evidence to the court, as the council won't give the evidence and they did not monitor the loud machines' noises.
tweetybird - 3-Apr-17 @ 9:56 AM
The person below me playing music and tv up very loud all night the person keeps me awake all night I've not had any sleep at all because of it I suffer from depression and it's making me very worse so can yu please help me to sort it out for me my name sharon monk my address is 15b Ibroxholme place Glasgow G512tp 2tp
Monk - 2-Apr-17 @ 10:29 PM
Teddy - Your Question:
Hi there, I am experiencing trouble myself with neighbours and sympathise with you all. Ketushe, you're situation sounds terrible and is similar to mine but yours sounds a lot worst. You need to complain to your council, yes you will have to declare it if you choose to sell but you cannot live like that! As for the admin of this page, sorry but all you seem to do is put people off complaining or suggest that "maybe" someone would help at environmental help. Yes there are implications to making official complaints but let me tell you it's hell to live with on a daily basis. I hound my council weekly and have personal contact with quite a few individuals and slowly things are getting better. I'm wondering if the admin has actually gone through or experienced problem neighbours?

Our Response:
No we don't suggest that "maybe" environmental health could help. They have a duty to investigate certain types of complaint and we always recommend this course of action where appropriate. Yes of course you have to declare neighbour complaints when you sell - there's no way around it and we understand that some people don't al;ways want to make a complaint so provide other options too, such as our letter templates, mediation and so on.
ProblemNeighbours - 2-Mar-17 @ 10:15 AM
Hi there, I am experiencing trouble myself with neighbours and sympathise with you all. Ketushe, you're situation sounds terrible and is similar to mine but yours sounds a lot worst. You need to complain to your council, yes you will have to declare it if you choose to sell but you cannot live like that! As for the admin of this page, sorry but all you seem to do is put people off complaining or suggest that "maybe" someone would help at environmental help. Yes there are implications to making official complaints but let me tell you it's hell to live with on a daily basis. I hound my council weekly and have personal contact with quite a few individuals and slowly things are getting better. I'm wondering if the admin has actually gone through or experienced problem neighbours?
Teddy - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:44 AM
Before I start - I'm not anti-children... and I don't expect to live in complete silence... I am realistic!! Last year after several months of my neighbour's kids shouting and screaming etc etc right by my fence (they live behind me in a cul-de-sac and I live at the entrance of the road, so the pavement is adjacent to my garden).This was not just playing - they had they huge pump action water canons and then they decided to go up and down racing bikes and scooters.the noise was horrendous and seriously was way above "just normal kids playing".I should also point out that one of their kids has a drum kit, which is in their garage - so when he "plays", they have their garage door open so their is no escape. All of this was happening where I was trying to sit on my patio in my garden, sadly I lost my patience as it was in the Summer and I wanted to cool down in my own garden.I asked them (over the fence) to move away and play by their own house please.I was polite and non-threatening, but within 5mins I had their mother on the warpath banging on my door!She was possessed with rage!!!!Completely disproportionate.We got on OK before (she even looked after my dog when I had to go to hospital for day surgery!) so I was gobsmacked to be met with a torrent of threatening abuse... She bluntly told me that I was being grumpy and that her children could do what they like and where they like - and basically how dare I complain and if I didn't like it - I should move. She accused me of shouting at her kids and also complained that my dog barks early in the morning too much and I was in no position to complain! This left me completely distressed... and to aggravate the situation instead of calling her kids in, they witnessed this and then she encouraged them to make MORE noise and do what they like.If it had been me, I would have told the kids to move away - so that this didn't escalate etc to try and diffuse the situation... but she didn't and now the kids think they definitely can do what they like! As we had got one before, I wrote a letter to her (which I signed and left a box of chocs as a peace offering)... In the letter I was polite, I apologised for the drama but said that her children were making a great deal of noise and that I did not shout (despite what the kids told her - I didn't!!!) and although I don't have children, perhaps I'm not as de-sensitised to kids noise as a busy mum of 3.I tried to explain that my dog (a small Jack Russell) is ill and have a chronic eating disorder - this means I am awake through the night as he is frequently sick and needs to eat grass to purge his stomach and will not make old bones... and that if my dog had barked before 6am it was only 2-3 small barks and that I would do my best to stop him.However, he is not left out in the garden alone, is on a lead to drag him in, and only barks if there is a fox/cat/ or someone bangs a car door or even walks past.He is not left
Katriona25 - 20-Feb-17 @ 12:30 AM
Hi, just after some advice. I live in an old tenement block and the tenant directly below me does not have loud parties as such but on a daily basis he plays really loud TV and computer games which stop me from relaxing at night (after studying all day every day) and instead get me even more stressed and its causing me sleepless nights and generally affecting my everyday wellbeing. I have already left various notes, politely explaining that the noise travels up into my room and it would be appreciated if he could turn it down. I cannot even listen to my own TV properly as the noise he makes comes over the noise my TV makes. I just think it is so rude to be aware of the disturbance you are making and to keep going along with it because you couldn't care less about anyone but yourself. Am I within my rights to report him if it is more of a daily occurrence and disruption rather than occasional loud parties? I am sick of it and it is really not helping my stress levels!!!
IHATENOISYNEIGHBOURS - 18-Jan-17 @ 9:41 PM
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