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Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 20 Feb 2017 | 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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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
Me and my partner have been living in this house for 2 years now and our next door neighbours have never been a problem up until 3/4 months ago, our bedroom is in the back and their back door is very close to our bedroom window so we can hear what's going on outside but the problem is we can hear every word they say every night they stand outside shouting for 2/3 hours drinking and smoking but the brother (the one doing the shouting) is the only one there to speak English and we have asked him countless times to be quiet as it's always around 10:30 when they start and sometimes lasts until 12, my fiancé spoke to him and ask him politely to be quiet as I'm pregnant and need my sleep! But for the last 2 weeks all day everyday they shout/ argue and stomp around no matter what the time is and we've spoken to them at least 2/3 times always staying calm when we speak with them cause as people they are nice but as neighbours they are terrible, but having spoken to them what can we do as im due to give birth in may I can't sleep due to them so how will my child sleep with them? What else do you suggest?
Ketushe - 8-Jan-17 @ 12:09 PM
We moved into our mid terraced just under two years ago. One side of us was occupied, the other was empty..Growing up in a terraced I never expected silence as I understand your literally wedged between two sets of neighbours but what we have to put up with is absolutely appalling!. Neighbour on one side, they live in their bedroom because according to them they have no working heating downstairs, we hear nothing from them all evening, I take our toddler up to get her to sleep at 9pm and at 10pm like clockwork they put their tv on full blast, sometimes all night!. After a year of nightly television sounds blasting through our bedroom wall we decided to knock on their door at 2am, no answer so we wrote them a letter..9 months, two face to face conversations and 3 letters later and their still doing it then just before last xmas the house the other side was rented out, within a week of being in the property they had a party which lasted till 4.20am..we explained to them the next time we saw them that we have a small child and that they were excessively loud but for a year, even on weekdays when they haven't got work the next day they have a lot of friends round and we are kept awake till the early hours. It sounds as if they are in our home, that's how loud they are and this can go on until well past 5am. Now like I say, we never expected silence, if your joined to a neighbour your bound to hear them at some point but I feel we've reached a point now where we seriously have to consider moving. The party neighbours (as we call them) came round lastnight and told us they were having a party (this is the first time in over a year they've actually let us know) there was fighting in the house at 1.42am that spilled out onto the street, we thought the party would be cut short but no, they came back in the house and continued until 5.20am with loud music, singing, banging and shouting! Our property is a council property, I don't want to make things worse by reporting anyone to the council and the last thing I want is for anyone to be evicted but where do we stand in terms of getting this sorted out? What are the chances of the council actually doing something? Help!
Atwhitsend - 1-Jan-17 @ 6:52 PM
Loulou - Your Question:
I am woke up practically every night by neighbour above &noisy sex with his endless string of women.i also have to listen to them arguing (you can hear every word).endless banging&thuddung he has flooring through entire flat.I have tried to have a friendly word about it but he gets really agressive&says he does not make a noise.i am in prescribed sleeping pills it is so bad.i loathe to put in a complaint as I fear he will make my life difficult.

Our Response:
If your neighbour has not listened to your complaint directly then you really have no option but to make a complaint.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Dec-16 @ 2:08 PM
Tired- Your Question:
Our neighbours middle aged son has Tourettes and screams and shouts in the garden for hours. On top of that he seems to have mental health and Anger management issues. When I told him that he was waking my baby with his outbursts, he was verbally abusive and claimed that it was not him that wakes the baby. He also started screaming at my husband 'your wife is a c*nt!' At the top of his voice when he saw him in town. I've spoken to his parents, who apologise, but then let him carry on screaming and shouting in the garden and right outside our house! Can environmental health help and would we have to declare the problems if we sold our house?

Our Response:
If this is causing a genuine disturbance, environmental health may be able to help especially if it's after 11pm and before 7 am. Other kinds of noise like the screaming in the garden (during day time hours) may be more difficult for them to dealing. The swearing and verbal abuse towards your husband could be dealt with by your local police but as this man suffers from tourettes it might not be succesful. If you make a complaint to either authority, you would have to declare it as a neighbour issue if you were to sell your property.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Dec-16 @ 12:34 PM
I am woke up practically every night by neighbour above &noisy sex with his endless string of women.i also have to listen to them arguing (you can hear every word).endless banging&thuddung he has flooring through entire flat.I have tried to have a friendly word about it but he gets really agressive&says he does not make a noise.i am in prescribed sleeping pills it is so bad.i loathe to put in a complaint as i fear he will make my life difficult.
Loulou - 12-Dec-16 @ 7:06 PM
Our neighbours middle aged son has Tourettes and screams and shouts in the garden for hours. On top of that he seems to have mental health and Anger management issues. When I told him that he was waking my baby with his outbursts, he was verbally abusive and claimed that it was not him that wakes the baby. He also started screaming at my husband 'your wife is a c*nt!' At the top of his voice when he saw him in town. I've spoken to his parents, who apologise, but then let him carry on screaming and shouting in the garden and right outside our house! Can environmental health help and would we have to declare the problems if we sold our house?
Tired - 12-Dec-16 @ 2:39 PM
My mum is 64 lives in a converted building been there 13*years the chap underneath for 15 and housing moves in a young mother who then moves in boyfriend upstairs, she decided to put laminate flooring down even though it's not allowed the noise is horrendous washing machine she puts on for 8hours a time even if it's after 9pm followed by a tumble dryer, they bang stomp, have their friends over with crying babies you can hear there conversations it's so loud they don't control their kid it runs and stamps it's a living hell with them upstairs never any peace the housing association acknowledge the problem but I honestly don't think they know what to do about them, I'm sick of there softly softly approach towards her and her bad behaviour it affects everyone in the building where do you go to next already been environmental health.... Inept and housing association just as bad.... Someone help!!!!!
Stocky-1811 - 10-Dec-16 @ 10:50 PM
Piglet1 - Your Question:
Since my neighbour moved in the noise is relentless. Although we have children and our renovating our house we try to be considerate. My husband works shifts, we have to wear ear plugs. They wake us and my children. They shout at the two and three years old from 6am. They are working professionals and we live in a semi. Both children scream all the time. The parents don't speak to them. All you hear is No! all day and crying. We lived in a terraced house for 10 years and our neighbours had three children and never made noise like this.We are going to soundproof our walls. When we spoke to them they just said we are noisy too. I am just fed up up with the first thing we hear is the noise. Any ideas?

Our Response:
Sound proofing is a good step. If the noise becomes really excessive and it is late at night or very early in the morning, you might be able to persuade environmental health to investigate.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Nov-16 @ 10:36 AM
Since my neighbour moved in the noise is relentless. Although we have children and our renovating our house we try to be considerate. My husband works shifts, we have to wear ear plugs. They wake us and my children. They shout at the two and three years old from 6am. They are working professionals and we live in a semi. Both children scream all the time. The parents don't speak to them. All you hear is No! all day and crying. We lived in a terraced house for 10 years and our neighbours had three children and never made noise like this.We are going to soundproof our walls. When we spoke to them they just said we are noisy too. I am just fed up up with the first thing we hear is the noise. Any ideas?
Piglet1 - 6-Nov-16 @ 10:13 AM
We have always had problems with our neighbours tho i do believe alot of it is due to poor soundproofing. Our neighbour seems to be up all night and slee during the day but doing this she puts her music on at 10pm, argues, shouts and bangs around all night. It is now happening every night. The noise isn't excessive levels but just enough to stop you sleeping. We have approached them a few times asking them to turn the music down andthey are apologetic but then does the same thing again. There are 3 of us and we all work fulltime different days so someone always has to be up for work. at my wits end.
Tasha - 26-Oct-16 @ 10:36 PM
Whitbot - Your Question:
We had a party this weekend for our kids 18 and 21 year old. There were 65 people there, we had a DJ. It was a mostly family affair, with grandparents included. We warned our neighbours and the neighbour that would have been most affected said she would go away that night so that she and her dog weren't disturbed. She then decided not to go away. Today I have popped over to make sure everything was ok and she said that we were shockingly selfish to have done this to her. I apologised but she said that saying sorry was like bringing your children up to be nice children and then allowing them to go and hit someone as long as they said sorry! She said that she liked us as neighbours but not as people. I tried to explain it was a special occasion and that it was the only party we had ever had and that we hadn't done anything illegal but she still isn't happy. I left it at there was no point apologising any more as it wouldn't be enough for her. How are we going to continue living in such close proximity with a shared courtyard? I think we have been very courteous, generous neighbours always paying for any upkeep on maintenance for the shared areas and allowing her guests to park in grounds that we own. She has also complained about where our son parks his car because she can see it when she drives in. It is parked on our own land!! And she can't even see his car from her house!

Our Response:
There's not much you can do about this kind of neighbour except just carry on being outwardly polite we're afraid.
ProblemNeighbours - 25-Oct-16 @ 2:28 PM
We had a party this weekend for our kids 18 and 21 year old. There were 65 people there, we had a DJ. It was a mostly family affair, with grandparents included. We warned our neighbours and the neighbour that would have been most affected said she would go away that night so that she and her dog weren't disturbed. She then decided not to go away. Today I have popped over to make sure everything was ok and she said that we were shockingly selfish to have done this to her. I apologised but she said that saying sorry was like bringing your children up to be nice children and then allowing them to go and hit someone as long as they said sorry! She said that she liked us as neighbours but not as people. I tried to explain it was a special occasion and that it was the only party we had ever had and that we hadn't done anything illegal but she still isn't happy. I left it at there was no point apologising any more as it wouldn't be enough for her. How are we going to continue living in such close proximity with a shared courtyard? I think we have been very courteous, generous neighbours always paying for any upkeep on maintenance for the shared areas and allowing her guests to park in grounds that we own. She has also complained about where our son parks his car because she can see it when she drives in. It is parked on our own land!! And she can't even see his car from her house!
Whitbot - 24-Oct-16 @ 3:04 PM
Annoymous - Your Question:
We have neighbours who sit outside late at night and into the early hours shouting and arguing and cars coming and going, horns going off, etc I dont get to sleep till 3am so I have to get up and wait till it stops the they get tired. There is a night time noise service for after 9pm till 7am but its only Friday and Saturday. Its weekdays I have to get up early.

Our Response:
You environmental health service should investigate noise complaints on any night of the week not just the weekend.
ProblemNeighbours - 15-Sep-16 @ 9:44 AM
People next door to my 94year old mum (semi) have never lived there, they rented it out. Decided to add an double storey extension, ( taken all my mums afternoon sun/ light) and rebuilt the whole house, walls knocked down the works, this is in its 7 month,it's put my mum in hospital 3 times since May, the noise has been unbearable , she had heart attacks as she was in such a state with noise, crying out to stop, the whole house shook. All medical staff have heard the noise. I've tried talking to the neighbour, but always ends in sarcasm and this morning he threaten myself and son. My son got in touch with council to restrict the hours (, he was still drilling at night,)and the neighbour doesn't like it. This morning upset me, he's making out I'm the badly here, and said if I was living next door and not my mum it would be a different story !! I just want it all to end.
Rosiecon - 7-Sep-16 @ 1:54 PM
My neighbours have kept me up 3 nights in a row they seem to think it is okay to play their music so loud the mirror is bouncing of my wall. They do it everyday. I have told them about it and they still do it. I have told the housing people and they have done nothing about it. The smell of drugs is so overpowering it makes me choke in my own garden. Let alone I have a 2 year old and they do it until 11:00 at night most nights. I am lacking loads of sleep and don't know what to do anymore. I just want to move out.
ellzie - 25-Aug-16 @ 4:26 PM
The Mother of a Teenage Son next door admits she has no control over him so goes away every weekend and leaves the semi-detached house to him and his friends who drink; take drugs;play loud music and smash bottles in the garden until all hours.I have spoken to him and her separately both calmly and in temper, but nothing I say has an effect.She says to phone the police but we do not want to have to declare a neighbour dispute if ever we sell the house.Feel so angry the little s**t is getting away with it scott-free.
Ziggy - 24-Aug-16 @ 3:40 PM
soniya - Your Question:
I'm looking for advice please I put something up yesterday but seems to have got lost.In my back street youths hang around smoking cannabis , drinking alcohol shouting screaming and talking so loud every night 9pm til 3@m.It's mostly a group of 10 but that increases through the night I cant go into back garden to put rubbish out they so rude and abusive they don't live here some are friends of my neighbours. The back street is full of cigarette tabs on floor in my back garden also my back garden smell of it really bad. I can't open my bedroom window at night if it's hot the smell comes into my baby's bedroom due to gap in wall from boiler.This has been going on since May

Our Response:
First try you local police or PCSO - they may be able to have a word with/find them somewhere else to "hang out". If that is unsuccessful, you could try your local council's environmental health officer as they may be able to take action regarding the noise into the small hours.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Aug-16 @ 12:32 PM
Jess - Your Question:
I have lived in my flat for 10 months.on 4 different occasions my neighbour who live underneath us lives on his own with his girlfriend over some nights. They have woken myself and my partner and not to mention possibly other tenants too at 2am-5am having sex. But this is so loud and you can hear them both screaming, bed banging on the wall etc. Again last night 4am we were woken up and is still going on and it's now 7am. I have banged on the floor with a saucepan so they can hear and quieten down but no luck. We don't see them that often to confront them and if we do see him he has his children with him which would not be appropriate to talk to him about the noise levels. My partner works 7 days a week and has to leave the flat at 6.30 in the morning and doesn't get home till 6pm. What can we do about the noise level?Thanks

Our Response:
You could drop a note through their door if you're not comfortable with talking to them directly. If it's frequent and excessive it may be worth keeping a note of when it occurs and for how long, then reporting it to you environmental health officer.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Aug-16 @ 11:54 AM
I'm looking for advice please I put something up yesterday but seems to have got lost . In my back street youths hang around smoking cannabis , drinking alcohol shouting screaming and talking so loud every night 9pm til 3@m . It's mostly a group of 10 but that increases through the night I cant go into back garden to put rubbish out they so rude and abusive they don't live here some are friends of my neighbours . The back street is full of cigarette tabs on floor in my back garden also my back garden smell of it really bad. I can't open my bedroom window at night if it's hot the smell comes into my baby's bedroom due to gap in wall from boiler.This has been going on since May
soniya - 21-Aug-16 @ 10:25 AM
I have lived in my flat for 10 months....on 4 different occasions my neighbour who live underneath us lives on his own with his girlfriend over some nights. They have woken myself and my partner and not to mention possibly other tenants too at 2am-5am having sex. But this is so loud and you can hear them both screaming, bed banging on the wall etc. Again last night 4am we were woken up and is still going on and it's now 7am. I have banged on the floor with a saucepan so they can hear and quieten down but no luck. We don't see them that often to confront them and if we do see him he has his children with him which would not be appropriate to talk to him about the noise levels. My partner works 7 days a week and has to leave the flat at 6.30 in the morning and doesn't get home till 6pm. What can we do about the noise level? Thanks
Jess - 21-Aug-16 @ 7:09 AM
Family suffering from next door tenant noises over six months The next door neighbour flat renovated after a floor I reported, and put in new hardwood type of floorings. In Feb, the flat was let out to a family with a kid and I had been having terrible and continuous noises from their bare foot heavy walking, dropping heavy items to floor and the worst of them all, the child’s jumping, running and screaming ever since. I wrote to the tenants, management company and the flat owner, the tenants lied initially about their making noise to the management company and then the management company said they didn’t want to get involved because it’s a neighbour dispute. They then said they didn’t want to take actions because tenants said they would move out at July. July came and went, the tenants lied about moving out by July and kept staying. I contacted Newham council in London many time by email and phone calls, they sent out their standard letters to the tenants twice, then nothing else happened. I called the flat owner last Friday, he was full of abusive words and said he had asked the tenants to stay as long as possible to keep making noises. The tenants themselves didn’t have tiny amount of consideration even by wearing slippers or having a rug to reduce the noises for four months I had been complaining, and the impact on my and my family’s daily living and sleep were terribly bad. I went through the lease of the flats and the next door flat owner’s braches of lease are clear as below and the flat owner doesn’t even have Freeholder’s permit to sublet nor Newham council’s landlord license to legally let out the flat. Can someone wiser suggest what else I can do the stop them? Many thanks Forth Schedule 8(a) not to assign or transfer the whole of the Demised Premises without the prior written consent of the Landlord which shall not be unreasonable withheld The Fifth Schedule 1(a) Not to do or permit or suffer to be done in the Apartment and/or in the Building anything which may cause damage or inconvenience or be or become a nuisance or annoyance to the Landlord or to the lessee or occupier of any other flat or part of the Building or to any person lawfully in the Building or in the neighbourhood generally (and the generality of this paragraph shall not be restricted by the remaining paragraphs of this Schedule) 8(a) To ensure that all guests and other invitees or licensees of the Tenant while in the Building confirm to the stipulations and regulations contained or referred to in this Schedule 11. To keep the floors of the Apartment (apart from the kitchen floor and (if applicable) any balcony floor) covered with carpet or some other suitable sound deadening material or utilising some suitable sound deadening mechanism
ALondoner - 8-Aug-16 @ 7:01 PM
I have just moved in to a flat around 2 weeks ago and since then my neighbours have ben making alot of noise i had to ring the police because they were yelling and smashing things at 4 in the morning that was 2 nights ago now tonight they are having a party and i went up to go talk to them thinking maybe they would shush a little they didnt for an hour they have now gone out and i just know that when they come back there will be a problem and to be honest i am a little scared that they will get mad at us for their noise i am only 18 and a little scared need advice please
Leahjade - 6-Aug-16 @ 9:20 PM
vvj - Your Question:
My neighbours didn't introduced theirselfs when they moved in and asked "we want to use ur internet for few weeks". My hubba gave them acces but following IT friend we cut it off after 2wks. Next day the man came in knocking saying he wants acces back and than he can even pay for it. We said no. Since then they have cutted they grass 3times now and leave the mess on our side, no knock excuse, they haven't clean it and I have had to clean it up everytime. They are also noisy till late night. Yesterday when we came back after weekend trip we found throwed rubbish in our garden just next to their side. Than till 1am they were putting their furniture up! They are noisy from arround 5am and till late night (1-2am)!! Washing mashine on etc. We living in terraced house and I was wondering are they doing tgat in purpose and what should we do?

Our Response:
We don't know whether they're doing it on purpose but there are a few things you can address specifically. Regarding the noise, you can ask them politely if they could wait until after 7am and before 11pm to make excessive noise, use any noisy appliances etc. If they do not alter their behaviour, you can refer this to the local council environmental health department and a noise nuisance. If they leave garden refuse on your side of the fence, simply take it back and tell them you think they've left it there by mistake.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Jul-16 @ 11:18 AM
My neighbours didn't introduced theirselfs when they moved in and asked "we want to use ur internet for few weeks". My hubba gave them acces but following IT friend we cut it off after 2wks. Next day the man came in knocking saying he wants acces back and than he can even pay for it. We said no. Since then they have cutted they grass 3times now and leave the mess on our side, no knock excuse, they haven't clean it and I have had to clean it up everytime. They are also noisy till late night. Yesterday when we came back after weekend trip we found throwed rubbish in our garden just next to their side. Than till 1am they were putting their furniture up! They are noisy from arround 5am and till late night (1-2am)!! Washing mashine on etc. We living in terraced house and I was wondering are they doing tgat in purpose and what should we do?
vvj - 4-Jul-16 @ 9:58 AM
Message to 'Roars'.I think your instincts are right that your neighbour may be driving you to try and sell up. My husband and I started suspecting the same of our neighbour, who has been fine for 15 years. We have done our house up over the years to a fairly high standard and recently have decorated the whole of downstairs (took a few months).The neighbour recently made an uncalled for negative comment about our house and said its value would depend if anyone would want to buy it, weird thing to say.We had never discussed to him moving house and we do not know when or if we will in future. He has also said in the past he would like our house as we have a bigger drive and garden and we are on an end with no neighbour at that side, none at the back either. I had verbal abuse from this person out of the blue the other day when walking past his drive minding my own business (another issue that I made a different post on). I am still shocked at the nastiness, and I did not retaliate, (I am not a confrontational person) but it made me feel ill.I have told my husband I think the neighbour has a motivation for doing this, to cause problems between neighbours to make the price of our house go down, and then likely he would buy it and rent it out. I suspect this because I have never had a wrong word from him in the past and weird he has suddenly started being nasty and also the neighbour told my husband the other day he had thought of buying a holiday cottage in Europe, but had decided against it (he is quite well off). Then said he is buying old motor bikes to do up (see my other post if you are interested) as he had nowhere to put his money (should we be so lucky!) as interest in the bank is not very good.I am very suspicious and this was my first instinct that he had some sort of motive for the nastiness, so I think your instincts may be right that your neighbour wants to buy your house, and making people sell up quick, is a way of reducing the price of the house.Thank you.
poppydog1 - 17-Jun-16 @ 4:10 PM
My neighbour owns 5 or 6 motor bikes, occasionally gets them out and tinkers about with them, nothing really excessive in the way of nuisance or noise, just irritating. his mate opposite though now and again revs up his 2 motorbikes, one is very loud. Its not that often so is acceptable. REcently, my neighbour has told my husband he is setting up a business to make some profits by doing up old bikes. He then had 2 delivered after 2300 the other night (bit of commotion outside our house), ok, although he wokeus up, these things happen. But the next day, he revved one up outside our front window, very loud and noisy an ancient bike from the early 70's, and the fumes came into our windows. Today, his mate across the road has had a bike delivered, and was revving this up on and off several times this afternoon, as well as my neighbour revving one or two of his 6-7 motor bikes up now and again. The noise was awful and I got cross, went out and stood in my drive, the neighbour's mate across the road must have seen me as he switched his bike off. A few more times of bikes revving up until 1530 today approx, and the neighbour has now put his bikes away. If this continues on a daily basis though, with the neighbour doing up old bikes and revving them up, I may ask other neighbours what they think and/or contact my local environmental department at the council. I dare not approach the neighbour because I had verbal abuse the other day when I was walking out with my little dog, he was abusive and accused my dog of barking and 'doing his head in'. My dog had been out at the vets for over an hour that morning, and so it must have been someone else's dog barking, not mine. My dog has a defective jaw and cannot bark properly anyway, just a tiny yip. He is a tiny dog. Thank you.
poppydog1 - 17-Jun-16 @ 3:57 PM
Trace - Your Question:
My neighbour has done everything from screaming swears words at me accusing us of banging walls even thou she saw us get out of a car. Banging doors when she in.tonight she's up the game gone out this morning left her music on load and not returned home.so I am now in bed at nearly two am in the morning listening to her music

Our Response:
As the article says, you should try talking politely to her about this. If that is not successful your environmental health officer might be able to help. Follow the steps above.
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Jun-16 @ 10:17 AM
lwp - Your Question:
Absolute Neanderthal youths making a ridiculous amount of noise all week from Monday night 10 to about half 3 in the morning. I'm 9 months pregnant and haven't slept in days. Cant ask them to keep the noise down in case of retaliation and police cant be bothered to come and move them on really at my wits end

Our Response:
Have you tried contacting your environmental health officer? Did the police actually respond to your call at all?
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Jun-16 @ 10:51 AM
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