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Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 2 Oct 2020 | 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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I live in an A and B flat with a shared communal area front door, The neighbor slams and bashes the door every morning, at 6:30 7:00 oclock, it’s not one slam it’s bashing opening the door and slamming it continuously I’m woken up every day with this. I suffer from insomnia so I don’t get to sleep until 4 o’clock in the morning so being woken up continuously every day and having broken sleep is really afffecting me, I’m at my wits end with it as I’m a quite living person and have to put up with this family.
Boo1 - 2-Oct-20 @ 12:32 PM
Must I have to tolerate a noisy motrbike (chopper or Harley) being revved loudly in the neighbourhood? I tried to have small nap but someme one decided to start revving that noisy bastard bike for more than an hour didn't got nowhere just revved that bloody junk at stationary at an irregular intervals for at least an hour! Why must we have to tolerate that annoyig noise emitted that piece of junk? Are there any noise laws on public roads that all vechicles must comply with?
Anonym - 9-Sep-20 @ 4:05 PM
How do some get away with noise and antisocial behaviour. Next door faces us due to style of cottages. A declared witch she has around eight large wind chimes and just got a new one today. Along with numerous chiming dream catchers and other witch like paraphernalia. The noise has been incessant 24/7. Loud discordant noises jumbled together with no room escaping and at night audible through triple glazing. The council won't help. But additionally now, someone who has all windows open all year round has tv and radio on full blast not only all morning but until the early hours sometimes four am. Along with other antisocial behaviour, spending many hours stalking our movements overtly, finger up etc, not to mention threats to damage our property it is tough trying to lead a normal life. What can be done? Two visits from the police who strongly advised her made matters worse. The council are too afraid to deal with this. The witch is old but fully there. Ideas please
Bouncer - 18-Aug-20 @ 3:33 PM
This one just sounds unreal but here goes, we have got on with our neighbours for about a decade, a family with an autistic boy moves in on the other side (3 bed terrace), he had bad nights so I decided to move rooms, so moved to the other side of the house, everything was fine up until about 2 years ago, the wife decided to sit in her bathroom at night banging to keep me up, I overheard something about snoring so took action, I no longer snore and she continued to keep me up all night banging stamping once every 5 mins, I had only recently started a new job so decided to sleep on the sofa so I wouldn’t lose my job and hoping it would all blow over, then in January I get COVID 19 and was left with a lot of orange liquid on my chest that gave me difficulty for many months and she now takes the mick out of me coughing, starting banging downstairs so I went back up to my bed where she continued to bang in her bathroom all night, the couple of times I have vented my anger the neighbour records me and complains to the council with recordings, I receive the anti social letter although I called the police before this letter as I was back at work and she was at home but decided to make contact with my neighbours where at first the husband admitted at her historic behaviour but denied any recent activity, after 4 days I knocked back as it happened 2 out of the 4 nights, this time she came to the door with her husband and both denied everything until she slipped up by saying what you think I sit in by bathroom banging to my reply who said anything about a bathroom or you sitting down they both went quiet until she said well good luck proving it to the police, the neighbours have also destroyed our fence and shed by placing encroaching guttering directed at our fence and guttering on there shed encroaching above our shed with no down pipe or drain so the guttering split and partially collapsed our shed causing all contents lost, when I received the letter from the council it mentioned criminal damage for me ripping down the guttering to stop full collapse of our shed, I’m just lost for words, who sits in there bathroom banging when I get up at 4am for work, she is a new kind of crazy.Sorry for the 4K word essay
Richie - 16-Aug-20 @ 1:02 PM
This one just sounds unreal but here goes, we have got on with our neighbours for about a decade, a family with an autistic boy moves in on the other side (3 bed terrace), he had bad nights so I decided to move rooms, so moved to the other side of the house, everything was fine up until about 2 years ago, the wife decided to sit in her bathroom at night banging to keep me up, I overheard something about snoring so took action, I no longer snore and she continued to keep me up all night banging stamping once every 5 mins, I had only recently started a new job so decided to sleep on the sofa so I wouldn’t lose my job and hoping it would all blow over, then in January I get COVID 19 and was left with a lot of orange liquid on my chest that gave me difficulty for many months and she now takes the mick out of me coughing, starting banging downstairs so I went back up to my bed where she continued to bang in her bathroom all night, the couple of times I have vented my anger the neighbour records me and complains to the council with recordings, I receive the anti social letter although I called the police before this letter as I was back at work and she was at home but decided to make contact with my neighbours where at first the husband admitted at her historic behaviour but denied any recent activity, after 4 days I knocked back as it happened 2 out of the 4 nights, this time she came to the door with her husband and both denied everything until she slipped up by saying what you think I sit in by bathroom banging to my reply who said anything about a bathroom or you sitting down they both went quiet until she said well good luck proving it to the police, the neighbours have also destroyed our fence and shed by placing encroaching guttering directed at our fence and guttering on there shed encroaching above our shed with no down pipe or drain so the guttering split and partially collapsed our shed causing all contents lost, when I received the letter from the council it mentioned criminal damage for me ripping down the guttering to stop full collapse of our shed, I’m just lost for words, who sits in there bathroom banging when I get up at 4am for work, she is a new kind of crazy.Sorry for the 4K word essay
Richie - 16-Aug-20 @ 5:12 AM
This one just sounds unreal but here goes, we have got on with our neighbours for about a decade, a family with an autistic boy moves in on the other side (3 bed terrace), he had bad nights so I decided to move rooms, so moved to the other side of the house, everything was fine up until about 2 years ago, the wife decided to sit in her bathroom at night banging to keep me up, I overheard something about snoring so took action, I no longer snore and she continued to keep me up all night banging stamping once every 5 mins, I had only recently started a new job so decided to sleep on the sofa so I wouldn’t lose my job and hoping it would all blow over, then in January I get COVID 19 and was left with a lot of orange liquid on my chest that gave me difficulty for many months and she now takes the mick out of me coughing, starting banging downstairs so I went back up to my bed where she continued to bang in her bathroom all night, the couple of times I have vented my anger the neighbour records me and complains to the council with recordings, I receive the anti social letter although I called the police before this letter as I was back at work and she was at home but decided to make contact with my neighbours where at first the husband admitted at her historic behaviour but denied any recent activity, after 4 days I knocked back as it happened 2 out of the 4 nights, this time she came to the door with her husband and both denied everything until she slipped up by saying what you think I sit in by bathroom banging to my reply who said anything about a bathroom or you sitting down they both went quiet until she said well good luck proving it to the police, the neighbours have also destroyed our fence and shed by placing encroaching guttering directed at our fence and guttering on there shed encroaching above our shed with no down pipe or drain so the guttering split and partially collapsed our shed causing all contents lost, when I received the letter from the council it mentioned criminal damage for me ripping down the guttering to stop full collapse of our shed, I’m just lost for words, who sits in there bathroom banging when I get up at 4am for work, she is a new kind of crazy.Sorry for the 4K word essay
Richie - 15-Aug-20 @ 8:47 PM
This one just sounds unreal but here goes, we have got on with our neighbours for about a decade, a family with an autistic boy moves in on the other side (3 bed terrace), he had bad nights so I decided to move rooms, so moved to the other side of the house, everything was fine up until about 2 years ago, the wife decided to sit in her bathroom at night banging to keep me up, I overheard something about snoring so took action, I no longer snore and she continued to keep me up all night banging stamping once every 5 mins, I had only recently started a new job so decided to sleep on the sofa so I wouldn’t lose my job and hoping it would all blow over, then in January I get COVID 19 and was left with a lot of orange liquid on my chest that gave me difficulty for many months and she now takes the mick out of me coughing, starting banging downstairs so I went back up to my bed where she continued to bang in her bathroom all night, the couple of times I have vented my anger the neighbour records me and complains to the council with recordings, I receive the anti social letter although I called the police before this letter as I was back at work and she was at home but decided to make contact with my neighbours where at first the husband admitted at her historic behaviour but denied any recent activity, after 4 days I knocked back as it happened 2 out of the 4 nights, this time she came to the door with her husband and both denied everything until she slipped up by saying what you think I sit in by bathroom banging to my reply who said anything about a bathroom or you sitting down they both went quiet until she said well good luck proving it to the police, the neighbours have also destroyed our fence and shed by placing encroaching guttering directed at our fence and guttering on there shed encroaching above our shed with no down pipe or drain so the guttering split and partially collapsed our shed causing all contents lost, when I received the letter from the council it mentioned criminal damage for me ripping down the guttering to stop full collapse of our shed, I’m just lost for words, who sits in there bathroom banging when I get up at 4am for work, she is a new kind of crazy.Sorry for the 4K word essay
Richie - 15-Aug-20 @ 8:36 PM
LoobieLoo. Oh I so agree about the way children play in their gardens nowadays, it frequently seems to involve SHOUTING, SCREAMING AND SCREECHING, even though they are only feet apart.I have tinnitus and the noise levels from next door and 2 doors down, drive me crazy.I worked as a children's Nanny up to 20 years ago for 10 years, and the children were neverallowed to make that sort of volume of noise in the garden or playing in the street.I also didn't allow them to play out the front until after 9am during summer holidays and would always go out to tell them to quieten down if they got carried away.British people today are just not all brought up with those manners anymore, its all about what they want to do, and how they want to behave, and sod everyone else, whether their neighbours are elderly, unwell, shift workers whatever, they just don't care.The three set of tennants in my previous post have been from Marituous and Portugal and they told me they 'present loudly' and can't do much about the volume they talk at.Why was the word whisper ever invented, because so many people don't know how to.
Mo - 14-Aug-20 @ 1:02 PM
OMG I am so horrified to read all the above, and am gutted for you all that most of you are left to suffer like that.I have had noisy neighbours before -flat above, and after 30 years, and 4 years of them being there, I managed to move to a one bed end of terrace house, after being assured repeatedly it was a quiet area.2 houses down is some sort of emergency rental house through the council (all the others are privately owned) and in the 4 years I have been here, and three different tennants in the house, it is ALWAYS the noisy house. It did bother other neighbours, but none of them would complain to them or the council.I had mediation re the previous tennants and that did improve the situation.They used to have people round 3 or 4 nights a week if not more, in the garden until2 or 3am sometimes, shouting and laughing at the top of their voices.They moved out 6 months ago, and the new lady and child who moved in have been ok....until last night when she had a party going on until 1 am.I called the police as I heard a child in distress.I called Police this morning for update, only to be told that the chief on duty officer that night, read my complaint, and deemed it not needing a crew to attend.I'm blooming horrified re the child and have now asked that the officer calls me back to explain his decision.I would say to anyone, if you are have an issue, DO call the Council and keep on at them.The more people that make complaints the more that will be done. My issue here with previous tennant and also the issue I had living in a ground floor flat, things improved dramatically when I complained, and complained again and again, to them direct and the council.The reason I moved from the flat though was because although it had improved,they then had a 2nd child, and the noise on the ceiling got so bad I was close to a break down as it was just to constant as they rarely went out.
Mo - 14-Aug-20 @ 12:51 PM
Imagine having loud thudding Base beat either intermittent or heavy pounding makes your ears sore makes you feel sick for 24 hours a day since 25 March It's delite rate verbal abuse criminal damage threatenng behaviour slander.ASBO given for damage but still had muck thrown in garden stone thrown whilst weeding. Environmental health can't hear music whatever music it is. Then in the press white privilege I am white don't feel privileged husband made redundant May we get £74 a week to live on. I don't get anything. Next door white large hatchbacks middle and eldest son aged 38 42 on cannabisdaughter 35 nasty piece of work. Moved back in then had second day child. Their Dad on pension says he's dying for over 10 years but instead his wife died in May. Before she went into hospital she blamed me for her illness. Last year she told our other neighbour I'd Killed her cat. I love cats.Over the years me gardening upset her dogs. I love gardening Four weeks ago accused of being paedophiles like Fred and Rose West. I love children. No evidence no action by police apart from ASBO.If music not picked up by machine case closed. If one or both of us can't get jobs were othe streets. Welcome to Britain 2020.
Lis - 14-Aug-20 @ 12:39 PM
We're fortunate to own our detached house (a choice for noise reasons) and for the last 15 yrs, we've had no problems. Like many, we have kids & I make sure they consider the neighbours when they're out playing in the garden. Normal play is fine, fun is fine but shouting and screeching isn't. Sadly, 2 of the houses perpendicular to ours (in another close) are rented and the tenants of one is multi-occupancy.... Now let to 3 x 19-21yr old boys. We had polite words twice due to crazy loud music, bad swearing and late night /early morning garden antics. They were great, apologised & tried their best. However, they are night owls and sit out most evenings until 1.30am or later, chatting & laughing, going in a and out leaving doors to slam. This is exacerbated by the fact they don't sit close to their house, they sit right by our party fence, which is about 12 feet away from our bedroom window. They've actually woken us up 3 nights in a row this week between 12-1.30am. On the last day, I actually went out & politely (but grumpily) told them off. They dispersed & apologised (again) but they just don't get it. It makes me so cross and sad at the same time that they are so inconsiderate and don't understand that noise travels. Especially at night! Surely it's just manners to consider your neighbours!
LoobieLoo - 14-Aug-20 @ 11:06 AM
Well ive posted previouslyand sadly my gut instinct was right. Im in detached and neighbour opposite deciding tonight to have friends round and sing as loud as they can I have two ypung boys .. asked them to keep it down and they said sorry no worries but its a monday fgs ...why do we have to tell people to be considerate.. Do i have to live in a field. Honestly its a joke !
Rach - 10-Aug-20 @ 8:51 PM
I moved to a village for the first time in my life and expected peace and quiet. No chance. Next door's yapping Jack Russells all day long but worse than that is the aviary a couple of doors along. Constant bird noise and not pleasant sounds like the chirping of a blackbird or robin.I spoke to them and they said they didn't like keeping birds in cages! Well, why do it then?I'll keep on at them until they get fed up of me.The problem now though is that others in the village now see me as the issue. Well, it isn't them that have to live with their anti-social behaviour.
Janine - 5-Aug-20 @ 4:49 PM
We live next door to an idiot who runs his washer/dryer at least five times a week for an hour in the evening right next to our party wall. We're convinced he has it installed against the chimney breast and the thump thump thump is really annoying. We live in a semi-detached property next to this family and we can't talk to them about anything because when we have in the past he's become aggressive and calls us racists. I'm keeping a noise diary because although the council says it can't do anything about household appliance noise, when I told them, they asked us to complete the diary.
Cypria - 4-Aug-20 @ 6:17 PM
Three single people live in a two bedroom house so use the living room as a bedroom.They have a gazebo which they use as a living room all year long, only going inside from November to February if we are lucky.It is only a small space but they still feel the need to shout at each other all of the time, sometimes all day long. Even when we are inside with the windows shut you can hear them.At the weekends you can hear the empty bottles being tossed into the bin and you know that things will only get louder.You just cannot enjoy being in the garden with their constant shouting.They just don't care.Theirs is a rental property and I keep hoping they will move but it has been 5 years so far.The only good thing is that they usually stop at about 10 pm.I have had to spend a fortune putting up noise blocking screens but these still cannot compete with their loud mouths.
Myrtle - 30-Jul-20 @ 11:07 AM
I'm a senior lady living alone and my new neighbor is a young man. ... He complains about everything he hears .We live in a apt so your bound to hear something ,but for him he a a complainer . He complains if you walk to hardhe complains if tv is too loud for him,music,anything. I was here 1st and he has been next door for about 2 years now .and He walked around my apt taking pictures of mesitting on my porch in pj's . Yeshe wants to fight with a old lady. My music is not loudI need to hear it . My TV is not loud .I need to hear it .My grandkids, when they come, are loud , But they come every 2 weeks .Nothing is on all night peace and quite. So what's his problem .Im scared of him .he is now stalking me .taking pictures of me outside. with his phone.
Honey2356 - 26-Jul-20 @ 1:38 PM
My neighbours have only lived next door for 20 days and have played extremely loud music for hours on end every day most of the time until 11pm sometimes until 2 or 3 am we tried to be nice we tried asking nicely but no all we have had is verbal abuse since day 1 me and the roomies are all nurses working all hours we want sleep but no council sent a letter as other neighbours complained to council but nothing has been done
Banksy - 24-Jul-20 @ 8:57 PM
My case isn't as bad as other people here, some of these would be enough to drive you crazy. It's your home and you deserve to have some peace at any time of day. Some loudness here and there is fair enough but constantly is ridiculous. For me I've rented the same flat for 3 years, first 2 years fantastic. Occasion noise from others probably once or twice a month. Last year sone people moved in downstairs who would play music loudly. Could be any time of day (even 4am) and kept us awake. They moved out and we had a nice peaceful month. Now worse people have moved in below. Complained about their loud music on the 3rd day. This was (partly) dealt with as they play it quieter but can still be heard. Next problem was they smoke weed and the smell was entering our flat. Now they have woken us up 3 nights in a row by banging between 3am and 4am. They also played loud music one of these nights. These guys sleep during the day and are awake all night. I don't want people like this living below me! It makes me think they are annoyed at noises we make during the day (legal) so they retaliate by banging during the night (not legal). Do these people not have a job or anything? It's stressful knowing every night I'll be woken up when I have to go to work (currently work from home though). Don't want to discuss with them because they smoke weed and the fact they have no consideration for others by being loud every night indicates they won't be nice people. We won't stop doing what we need to do during the day even if it means it disturbs their sleep. Sleep at night like most normal people! Really hoping to move out in 2 months but god help the next people who move in here.
Be Quiet - 24-Jul-20 @ 10:21 AM
We live in a semi detached and the neighbours causing us misery are the ones actually detached from us in the end of terrace close next door. For 3 years they have been constantly arguing at all times of day and night! The volume of the shouting is unbearable at times and we’ve heard things about this couple that no neighbour should have to hear whilst trying to enjoy a nice sunny day in the garden! We have previously confronted them about the stress it’s causing us and sleepless nights whilst being trying to be diplomatic, but nothing has changed! Just don’t know what to do and whether we’ll be listened to if we make a formal complaint about it then!
RL - 19-Jul-20 @ 10:47 AM
Our neighbours have set up a marquee right along the bottom of our small garden and are using it as a gym... meaning loud male conversation from 6am, the banging and clinking of weights, music playing and different people coming and going all day. This is happening 5 metres from my bedroom window as I sleep on the ground floor. They are known for being noisy, their children shriek loudly at all hours, their house alarm used to drive us mad and their dog used to bark incessantly before they got rid of it. We’ve tried speaking to them in the past, so that’s not an option as they are very hostile but this is driving us mad. I’m fighting serious health problems at the moment and being woken every morning like this really isn’t helping. I’m going to contact the council but I’m not hopeful of it changing anything. Some people really are so inconsiderate of others... in what planet is it ok to make a racket from 6am!
Darcey - 17-Jul-20 @ 7:20 AM
No one can ear it they all turn a deaf ear and have there head in the sand
Snowy - 16-Jul-20 @ 12:16 AM
Thats dreadful Al, feel so bad for you. Does anyone else think its a disgrace that environmental health seems to be useless over all these cases? We should write to our MPs and constantly get on at them about this. ALL OF US! As only one or two people doing it won't help! How about getting a petition going with thousands of signatures to get this debated in parliment? Meaning, there should be laws that you should feel safe in your own home. In your case Al, extra work it is for you, but can you record and keep a diary (video would be the best, can you get cctv, as long as its pointing at your property not theirs it's ok?) Then don't give up complaining to the agency that manages the house. I go totally dimissed when I complained as I'm just a single female renter, worthless it seems, as the agency just fobbed me off and environmental health was the same. Bet if being a homeowner, you got a lawyer onto it they'd pay attention!
nmf75 - 7-Jul-20 @ 3:00 PM
Sorry, I meant to ask...surely people shouldn't have to put up with this. Has anyone successfully sued a letting agency for constantly putting unsuitable tenants into a property. This has surely devalued our house and caused us numerous mental health issues...this can't be right that we have to constantly deal with this
Al - 6-Jul-20 @ 8:49 PM
Hi .we are homeowners (end terrace) but the house next door is a rental property. Over the last few years there has been a new tenant on an almosy yearly basis and nearly all of them have been awful. Music/tv blaring, shouting, parties, talking and screaming outside in the garden at all hours,you name it, we've had to deal with it. New neighbours currently moving in and have already caused problems with swearing on the phone all night, dog barking constantly and gangs of people in and out all day and night slamming doors. I have no idea what you do as previous approaches to environmental health have come to nothing. Feel like I'm having a nervous breakdown
Al - 6-Jul-20 @ 8:44 PM
I live next door to a family of 5 2 adults 3 kids but recently they had 2 others move in a 1 with a child of 3. They have 1 dog and 3 cats. It's a small 3 bed house joined to mine. The male adult has had 2 parties in the last two weekends and today excessively shouting and screaming in the house. I've confronted his partner who apologised and it was ok for a short time but today it's been all day. I have anxiety depression and PTSD my MH is severely affected by this and I am beginning to get stressed I dont sleep and I'm in fear. I have a 4 year old son who when hears the shouting asks me what that noise is. He doesnt sleep either and when going to bed asks to sleep with me. I've been told the male adult is not of nice nature and I should be careful as he is aggressive and so is his family. I'm afraid to go to the council or the police as they'll know it's me I just dont know what to do anymore. I'm actually terrified.
Unhappymummy - 1-Jul-20 @ 8:22 PM
Woman moved in next door to us with her 5 year old child.Apparently he has autism so he doesnt sleep and runs around the house all night and I mean all night.She tries to resolve it but what is deeply annoying is she has a relative who brings her two young children 4 and 1 to the house most nights at 11.00.There is then a children's party through to the early hours.These people dont materialise until 5.00 p.m. every day.The autistic child thinks it is party time every night and then the parents are losing control over the madness and start screaming at the children. Spoke to Council - they said it is more of a Social Services matter - spoke to Social Services who say "there isnt enough evidence of neglect" try speaking to the landlord.The landlord does not live here and lives in another part of the country.After instructing solicitors it turns out he has moved out of his property and now have to find tracing agents. Haven't had a decent night's sleep since last year.Police say there is a marker on the house due to the smoking of cannabis outside but cant do nothing about the child. Tearing my hair out.Cannot move.I own my own house and have no money to move.
End of my tether - 30-Jun-20 @ 10:07 AM
Going thru some challenges with neighbors just about every nigh around 9 this neighbor with big truck blast you can fill vibration from music I know God hears my prayers it's a spiritual war fair I am fighting with the word it wins every time I will not be moved
Donnie - 30-Jun-20 @ 4:33 AM
I really feel for everyone commenting here and I’m exactly in the same boat! I’m a key worker and have stayed on during lockdown while both my neighbours (unemployed and partners now furlough are living it up) I also have 2 young children and really need my sleep! I’m a first time buyer and only just moved to the area and have neighbours from hell! They are up all hours of the night, banging, shouting, parties, music, dog barking both in the rear and front of our house. It’s been so hot and we have to keep our windows shut with fans on just to drown them out a bit. I am stressed, angry and tired and eventually snapped! I asked them nicely to keep the noise down at 2am and got the backlash since then I’m now the target! Feel like a prisoner in my own home! Friends/family don’t like coming over anymore, constant verbal abuse, banging on walls all night, chucking all sorts of trash on our drive and even throwing junk at my wife! Multiple complaints to the council and police and just ignored and passed around! Managed to get the police to give them a verbal warning which they found hilarious! Then one day as well as the usual threats of violence they threatened my children! And I snapped and gave them a taste of their own medicine (of course I didn’t swear at them or threaten them but told them what I thought of them and their behaviour!) and what happened I got a police caution after they complained! Absolutely unreal! I can’t move, I can’t retaliate I have to just put up with it and be left to it! Children now have to share the quieter room, soundbloc boards on route it’s a nightmare! The system just doesn’t help the victims.
Ja - 27-Jun-20 @ 11:23 PM
Hi, Just found this website and have to agree that thelaws concerning noisy, disruptive and usually selfish neighbours, are nothing short of pathetic.If you live in Europe, people complain and the police take action.It shouldn’t be the minority making the majority miserable.Rather than the onus being on the minority to prove noise nuisance, the council should automatically contact all surrounding neighbours and get their opinion, after receiving a complaint. I had a neighbour carry out DIY everyday, all day throughout lockdown without any regard for anyone else and you couldn’t even have the windows open in hot weather, he was so noisy.Now lockdown is easing, he has returned to his usual weekend parties and as I write, is still going at 1am.When I wrote to the council the reply stated they didn’t have time to deal with “sensitive people”!Added to that, a complaint has to be logged on your property when you move.Disgraceful, all round.The law absolutely doesn’t protect the council tax payer (he’s recent and I’ve lived here 30 years).I’m tempted to hold back my payments.Come on councils, start applying some common sense and stop lousy neighbours ruining it for everyone else!!!!!
Tired of waiting - 27-Jun-20 @ 1:14 AM
Poor you Davey, feel so bad for you, but I agree with Rach's comments, start making plans to get away from them, I know its a massive hassle and you might love your house, but people like that are scary, uncontrollable and won't change, in my experience. They maybe don't even have any awareness of how dominating they are being, it's just the way they've always been. Best thing to do is get away from them. I'm stuck where I am for now, it's AWFUL, but I'm making plans on how to move, saving money, packing up my household bit by bit and always on the lookout every day for somewhere better to move to, even if there is compromises. I might have to have the patience and strong will of a saint right now, I'm hating it so much, but eventually something will come up. Best of luck to you and everyone on this forum!
nmf75 - 20-Jun-20 @ 2:39 PM
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