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Problems With Neighbours' Children

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 4 Aug 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Child Parent Neighbour Property Noise

You don’t want to be labelled a complainer, but sometimes your neighbours’ children can be more of a nuisance than a blessing. Older neighbours may remember a time when you could pay an unruly child’s parents a visit and you would know that any issues would be swiftly resolved, but these days you have to be extremely wary of what you say and do about children in the neighbourhood.

What to Do About Noisy Children

Whether you appreciate it or not, there’s not much that you can do about excessive noise during the day from children. Kids are exuberant by nature and it would seem a little bit churlish to try to curb normal noise levels, even if the screaming and shouting is getting a bit too much.

If it really is becoming an issue, your only course of action is to ask their parents nicely to have a word with them. If you work shifts or simply need peace and quiet to concentrate while working at home, a quiet word might be the best way forward. Explaining that you need to sleep some afternoons may make the parents try to keep their offspring’s noise down.

Noise is a common complaint – recent research by Noise Concern revealed that 43% of people had been bothered by some form of neighbour noise.

Excessive noise levels were also blamed for forcing about half a million people to move in 2006, just to get away from their annoying and Noisy Neighbours, according the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA). At the time, their representative Mary Stevens said that many problems with neighbours were simply a result of being inconsiderate, and could easily be resolved by using a little common sense...

What to Do if Children Damage Your Property

Your first course of action, especially if the damage was clearly accidental, is to make a conciliatory approach to the child’s parents.

As far as the law is concerned, you can technically sue a child for the cost of the damage if they are old enough to understand what they were doing, but this kind of legal action is rare and somewhat frowned upon by the courts. It’s also a fact that not many children have the cash lying around in their piggy bank to pay for the cost of a broken window!

If damage has been done, and an approach to the perpetrator’s parents hasn’t been successful, you can consider suing the parents of the child. This is only appropriate in cases where there has been negligence on behalf of the parent(s) – for example, if they trusted their child with something dangerous like an air gun. They could also be considered liable for the damages if you can prove that they failed to exercise the control expected of a parent, given the child’s age.

“Can I Have my Ball Back?”

It can be irritating but it’s just a fact of neighbourhood life that kids playing ball games will occasionally mislay one into your garden. If children throw or kick a ball into your garden or onto your property, you should hand it back to them, keep hold of it for them to collect from you, or throw it back over if you find it later on.

The children should not trespass onto your property to pick it up, although in practice many probably do. If there is any damage to your garden caused by kids trampling over it, you would be entitled to compensation for any financial damages that were caused.

Still need more information? Read more about ASBOs, parenting contracts, penalty notices and parenting orders in our feature: children and anti-social behaviour.

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My children are adults, and we live in an older adult neighbourhood which is usually quiet. However, our neighbour has taken on babysitting his 10 year old twins who are nightmare screamers, bouncing basketballs (no net, just throwing it up and down the street and dinging cars).He just sends them out in the street to play while he watches TV inside all day.I found that the best way to keep them at a distance is to play either classical music or opera at a reasonable level - not loud even to draw complaints - but kids generally hate that kind of music so they just keep away and give me looks of disgust! In the city near us they play classical music in the subway because it has been found to stop teenagers from congregating.
Fin - 4-Aug-20 @ 1:26 PM
The house attached to us (we live in a semi) had an extension built a couple of years ago. This itself took over a year to build. The heart of this is a big kitchen/dining/family space at the back with NO soundproofing. The sound from their tv, music and just talking in this space bounces off all the hard surfaces. So even when volume isn't particularly loud, it still feels like they are in the room with us. Our other next door neighbours (not attached) have only two levels of volume - loud or screaming. The kids are young so want to play in garden. Fair enough, but they SCREAM all the time and have done so since they moved in 4 or 5 years ago. Didn't mind so much when they were excited tots, but they are 8 and 10 now and getting louder! My hubby works 12 hour shifts, including nights. He gets no sleep through the day when they are in their garden. Since lockdown, I've been working from home and cannot even open windows as clients on phone think a child is being murdered in the background. We can't sit out and enjoy our garden in the sunshine because they're just shouting at each other all the time. We can't even have a peaceful bath because they're out the back screaming. The parents never come out and say "just try to be a bit quieter" or "stop winding each other up". When they do come out they talk just as loudly.We can even hear them screaming at each other when they are INSIDE their house. Their attached neighbours must be ruing the day they moved in. They are nice people but they are just so loud all of the time. It's really upsetting as we love where we live and we have done a lotvto our home to get it the way we wanted. But we've just become so frustrated and unhappy. This is not just since Covid. This has been 4-5 years now. I'm stressed about it all the time because I'm worried about my hubby and want him to be happy. I'd like to be able to enjoy my garden and resent that this can only be a snatched ten mins every now and then. I also feel guilty because they're just kids and want to play. I just don't know how much more I can take! ??
Lula - 2-Aug-20 @ 8:56 PM
The house attached to us (we live in a semi) had an extension built a couple of years ago. This itself took over a year to build. The heart of this is a big kitchen/dining/family space at the back with NO soundproofing. The sound from their tv, music and just talking in this space bounces off all the hard surfaces. So even when volume isn't particularly loud, it still feels like they are in the room with us. Our other next door neighbours (not attached) have only two levels of volume - loud or screaming. The kids are young so want to play in garden. Fair enough, but they SCREAM all the time and have done so since they moved in 4 or 5 years ago. Didn't mind so much when they were excited tots, but they are 8 and 10 now and getting louder! My hubby works 12 hour shifts, including nights. He gets no sleep through the day when they are in their garden. Since lockdown, I've been working from home and cannot even open windows as clients on phone think a child is being murdered in the background. We can't sit out and enjoy our garden in the sunshine because they're just shouting at each other all the time. We can't even have a peaceful bath because they're out the back screaming. The parents never come out and say "just try to be a bit quieter" or "stop winding each other up". When they do come out they talk just as loudly.We can even hear them screaming at each other when they are INSIDE their house. Their attached neighbours must be ruing the day they moved in. They are nice people but they are just so loud all of the time. It's really upsetting as we love where we live and we have done a lotvto our home to get it the way we wanted. But we've just become so frustrated and unhappy. This is not just since Covid. This has been 4-5 years now. I'm stressed about it all the time because I'm worried about my hubby and want him to be happy. I'd like to be able to enjoy my garden and resent that this can only be a snatched ten mins every now and then. I also feel guilty because they're just kids and want to play. I just don't know how much more I can take! ??
Lula - 2-Aug-20 @ 8:55 PM
I live on an end house with an open plan garden that the council won't allow me to fence off. The neighbours on 1 side are perfect,say hello if we pass but mostly keep to themselves the same as me. The neighbour on the other side however is a nightmare. She has 2 kids but people seem to congregate at hers and the kids think I have a communal garden! There's currently 7 adults sitting on her front wall, in pjs and dressing gowns, drinking alcohol....and around 10 kids running riot. I've asked at least 6 times this week if the kids will please stop playing in the garden, had 2 suspiciously quiet nights and then tonight this ??
MillyMolly - 1-Aug-20 @ 8:32 PM
Can anyone advise as to how long neighbours canbe working on a house ie renovating? A couple bought my next door neighbours house when he died. They started work in August 2018, the noise was horrendous this carried on for months sporadically but intensely. I was glad they couldn't work on the house during the lockdown peace at last even for a short time. As soon as the lockdown was lifted they were back and have been banging and drilling every weekend since. We have put up with this for 2 years now and no end in sight. It's a terrace property, there are housing estates around that have been built faster. At the end of my tether now. Any advice welcome.
KL - 1-Aug-20 @ 5:27 PM
Hey oh my god I am not alone since lockdown 2 of my neighbours have totally changed alloweibg young kids to play in the car park for hours on r f without watching I er them, they play in the road in tricycles Bikes and pushchairs Screaming for no reason And leave all their stuff in the car park bays so none of us Who work can get in to park !! The noise is unbearable on a day off and like you have said they play right outside my house not their own !!!! And the 40 ft trampoline is unbearable again with nuttty Screaming patent fo nothing
Boo - 29-Jul-20 @ 8:12 PM
Unfortunately there is nothing you can do apart from wear earplugs (I do). Many parents are so protective about their obnoxious howler monkey brats you can’t say a damn thing or the standard “you don’t have kids do you?” response is trotted out like that is the solution? – have kids yourself & join in the screaming/squealing just like everybody else….?. What about people who work from home or students?...... are they supposed to just suck it up because little Bratleigh likes to scream like a banshee morning until night & the parents don't give a damn?...… These parents are selfish, inconsiderate, and massively entitled & they pass this on to their noisy children…….who become bellowing entitled adults with zero respect for their neighbours & so the whole cycle continues?..
LilyR - 27-Jul-20 @ 6:40 PM
We have an open drive, gates are not an option and our cars have been dented and scratched numerous times with by so many children on the street, they all seem to migrate to play right outside, they never play outside their own homes. We've had football damage to the cars, stones thrown and dented the cars, We've arrived home to find the children sat on the driveway refusing to move, they are in and out of our garden and neighbours, We've tried explaining it is not their property and they shouldn'tbe coming on to it, we've talked too about the damage done to the vehicles and nothing, not the council or the police seem to care .. This has been going on for years, we can't afford to move, life is hell, the noise of the football pounding is like someone slamming a sledgehammer in to the house wall. The houses that are owned (ex council) the residents are wonderful, the ones that remain council homes are the ones the council move families in to and are the ones where the children come from.
Will_S - 25-Jul-20 @ 10:54 PM
I feel you Jay. I live in what is the most part a quiet and respectful road, but my neighbours behind have been out all day in their garden when the sun shines splashing in a pool, bouncing on a squeaking trampoline shouting and screaming (which is their normal level of speaking to each other it seems). They were even compounding it with loud music at one point! I had enough of that one and asked them to keep it down, which they have thankfully done. But how do you broach the subject of the children being too loud? I can just tell they would not be the type to like that. I feel trapped, depressed and have no idea what to do. Except move :(
LJ - 20-Jul-20 @ 9:00 PM
Have the same issue. Neighbours have turned their back garden into a playground during lockdown and it’s been months of screaming play noise. Out of nine gardens that back onto each other, just one garden of noise affects all nine. It’s summer and I’m longing for rain, just to send them all indoors! I’ve resorted to giving hem back A load of noise, which isn’t good karma, but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.
JayJ - 18-Jul-20 @ 9:35 PM
All kids are a damned nuisance and so are the parents who produce them. They should ALL be gagged and tied together. Why don't parents use reins any more? Now we have had lockdown I will complain about EVERY child who comes within 2 metres of me. I will get supermarket managers to kick free range children OUT and cafe owners as well and everywhere the little tikes are. Children are a pain in the butt and parents are very annoying and inconsiderate for having them and letting them exist.
Beejay - 16-Jul-20 @ 11:45 PM
As a family of 5 I think parents who let there kids just go out and run around screaming need them kids taking off them I have 5 kids and non are like kids I see out and about. 3-5 year olds running around with 16-17 year olds no relation playing on drain shocked that any parents would let young kids go off with older ones If you can’t simply control your kids it’s the parents who need sorting out first. Look after your kids it’s not hard if I can keep all mine under control then so should little bmw and Mazda with Tracy as a mum
Familyof5 - 15-Jul-20 @ 9:54 PM
I live in a semi-detached house in a relatively quiet cul-de-sac. The kids in the neighbourhood surprisingly seem to be round the same age. They tend to gather in the garden next to mine. I don't mind them playing and making noise. Sometimes I find screaming a bit too much (especially as I have a nervous dog that sometimes gets scared by the screaming), but I try not to think about it too much. What I DO mind however, is when they continue to play (and be ridiculously noisy) way past 9pm; sometimes until 10.30-11pm during School holidays. Not sure what their parents do for a living, but I have early morning starts for work and especially in the summer with the windows open, it is practically impossible to sleep. I am flabbergasted by the lack of consideration the parents have for others. I am not blaming the children. They will do what they are allowed to! I don't want to have to keep on complaining, not that this has made any difference to date...
Maya - 13-Jul-20 @ 9:36 PM
I try to raise respectful children who say please and thank you. We have house rules like no running inside or shoes inside. When the noise gets too much we calmly explain that we would like them to play quietly. We do not let them run wild. Sometimes it take us a few minutes to calm a screamer from a fight with their sibling but it doesn't mean we are just letting them fight it out. We do time outs to calm down. Unfortunately that hadn't stopped our neighbour from becoming very very upset at the noise. We encourage the children to play in the garden for the fresh air and exercise but we also encourage them to be respectful of other people but sometimes play gets a bit wild, we warn them that if they cannot play quietly then they will have to come inside and we do follow up on it. Sometimes it does look bad and I'm the first to admit that but it doesn't mean we let them run wild and do what they want. We address the issue every single time without fail - it's just not enough or some people - my neighbour in particular. She's accused us of all aspects from telling the kids to go in her garden (they have never set foot in her garden as they are terrified of her) to reporting us to the landlady for being antisocial. Sometimes no matter what you do the kids are going to fight and no matter how quickly you run to solve it and make things right it's just never enough.
Someofusdotry - 13-Jul-20 @ 8:02 PM
very interesting reading the posts. I am in the over 60 bracket with a very laid back attitude and five grand kids but how many times does someone need to ask someone about something as simple as "kids keep the noise down". My grandkids make a noise but there is a limit. Its about respect for others which many parents do not have. My neighbours have friends round, kids get kicked outside, the parents drink wine and only go out when one screams. They think its funny when asked to keep the noise down. Its about respect for others simple as that, sadly missing.
artfuldodger - 12-Jul-20 @ 5:51 PM
To Baja. You should really try living next to noisy neighbours before you pontificate about others. Sadly if you are rich enough to live in a detached house, we are not. Who said we were "old people". You're way ahead of yourself on that guess. We brought our children up to respect others. They had a great happy and energetic childhood but they also learned to appreciate other citizens
Exasperated - 7-Jul-20 @ 10:53 PM
How ridiculous. All old people moaning, I’m sorry but if you’re any too retire in peace why are you living in a house that’s not detached or in an area where children are allowed? The only children I know that dong make noise by running around are ones that physically can’t run. The only children that don’t scream are the ones that are physically not able to or very mentally broken. As parents the only way to do what you want to “see and nor hear” is by shoving them in front of tv from the moment they wake up to moment they go to sleep. Don’t think anyone thinks that’s healthy, To make such accusations towards families you don’t actually know - you must be a very shallow and nasty person. To hate children so much - move to a detached property or retirement estates. Simple.
Baja - 7-Jul-20 @ 8:55 PM
Totally agree with much of the above. We have totally thoughtless neighbours who believe their children should be allowed to run riot thumping up and down stairs along hallway etc. They spent ,7 months doing up their grotty house so they had french doors whole length of property. Now we have to suffer them and their kids 24 /7. If course never dreamed of putting in soundproofing sadly no law to say they have to. So our retirement peace and quiet is ruined. We do live in socially curtailed times ,but when normality returns you bet we will still have to suffer this total thoughtlessness as they never take children out of house. Desperate times
Exasperated - 7-Jul-20 @ 6:55 PM
CONTINUED FROM BELOW (last 3 posts)... They are spoiling them rotten, giving them everything, allowing them anything, to do what they want and then everyone is wondering why when they get to teenage years they are committing suicide these days, suddenly life is just too tough for them. The kid next door to me is so spolit and demanding he sounds like a demon (I kid you not) when shouting (or screaming) for his parents attention if they leave the room for a few moments.Parents are not doing them any favours by being lazy and not teaching their kids to be respectful. I am a good considerate neighbour, i've helped many of my previous neighbours with dog sitting, child sitting, lending stuff etc. Being quiet at night when their kids go to bed very early etc etc. I've also tried to be tollerant of my current neighbours, with the impact noises for the last 2 years. Also had to spend a lot of money to change the bark in my garden for slate, because their cat was using it for a toilet. The same in my front garden (now their cat just goes on my lawn!). So I don't see why they can't buy a rug or two. I am looking to move house to a detached house, but I shouldn't have to leave the house and area that I love, have worked on this house and garden for 13 years doing it up, because other people are so selfish. If you read this far, thanks for listening and I hope your neighbour noise suffering ends soon too because it really does affect your health and quality of life. It was even on the news for neighbours to be more considerate during lock down, as the Council has had so many noise complaints (double than usual). But my experience has been quite the opposite of "considerate", even though my taxes are paying for both my neighbours to be at home all day for months!
Tired - 5-Jul-20 @ 12:52 PM
CONTINUED FROM BELOW After putting up with the worsening noise for 2 more years, saying nothing, 3 weeks ago I tried knocking on their front door a couple of times to speak to them. But they were making so much noise they could not hear me knock (when they have their lounge windows open you can hear their screams and banging from 5 houses awayin the road! And these are wide houses). So I wrote the neighbours a very polite letter explaining how I work in my box room the other side of my house to theirs, with all the doors closed, and even put a double mattress the other side of study wall on its side. Yet still I can hear running, thudding, knocking, banging noises very loudly and can't hear my customers down the phone. Asking politely if they could either get some foam play mats/ rugs to buffer the impact noises OR give him soft toys to throw and discourage running indoors. It got quieter for a couple of weeks but now its nearly back to where it was. Yesterday I endured 5 hours of really loud banging as she was singing to him and he was throwing himself off of the furniture. This morning, on a Sunday I tried to have a lay in as had a bad sleep. I sleep in the box room (also my study) on other side of house to avoid their noise, using the best earplugs (35 decibels) and really loud white noise music on top of this, with me holding the headphones onto my ears and I still heard (as usual) really loud bangs ..."Boom!... Bang!" like an earthquake or living next door to T-Rex as it vibrates through the fabric of the building. There is nothing you can do to block it out! Nothing! I live in a large solid 3 bedroom semi house. They need to get carpet with underlay, maybe rugs on top of that. That is what I have in my house, and I don't even have children. Some people are just plain inconsiderate. I've been on other forums and there are decent parents who say they are bringing their kids up to be respectful of their neighbours and quiet. Not allowing running and only soft balls indoors. I wasn't allowed to run or throw anything indoors when growing up. Not even allowed to make noise outside on a Sunday. I was brought up in an age where there was a lot more decent people about who were considerate and strict of their kids. Its a simple as that, I understand kids can be trying but why have them if you are not prepared to bring them up properly and get strict often enough as needed. Just shouting at your kids a lot is also not enough, you need to discipline them and give them consequences for their bad behaviour such as taking away their toys or phones etc. But I don'tknow anyone round here willing to do that, some just seem to enjoyshouting at their kids like it makes them a good parent. Kids don't care about just being shouted at. They are spoiling them rotten, giving them everything, allowing them anything, to do what they want and then everyone is wondering why when they get to teenage years they are committing suicide these days, suddenly li
Tired - 5-Jul-20 @ 12:47 PM
For all those parents that say they can't easily control their kids I can understand that it does require effort. But my experience is I can hear the parents encouraging noisy behaviour with no consideration of their neighbours whatsoever, saying "good boy" as he jumps or runs, then that's met with crying noises as he falls over on their hard flooring, he's nearly 3. Also there is no excuse not to do anything to buffer the impact noises, if they want to let their kid/s run about and have hard toys/ balls they are allowed to throw indoors. My neighbour's have the stripped bare wooden floorboards in lounge next to my house, and hard echoy tiles in their hall and kitchen diner. Yet they use no rugs. We are all on here complaining of the same noises... running, stamping, ball throwing, repeated knocking noises as well as jumping off of furniture and screaming/ shouting. I can hear them when they are in garden and they never tell him off for screaming, they encourage it and are louder than the child themselves when they shout "good boy" and teach him how to play football/ basketball. The husband is keen on football himself and kicks his ball from the end of his garden to hit his house and my fence. He also bats a tennis ball on the back of his house repeatedly, which is loud and I can hear it from the front of my house. I believe he has an antisocial personality disorder and is doing it deliberately or he is just very unintelligent and inconsiderate. The wife is just as bad, if not worse. These are quite posh sounding people but they have clearly not been brought up very well themselves. In the past I've spoken to the husband and wife separately, very nicely, pointing out their kitchen door is quite clunky (can hear it my side) and if they can try not to bang it early morning, but still this loud early morning door banging has gone on for 3 years since they moved in, from 6.30 am in the morning! They don't even try. I also said about the "impact" floor noises that I can hear and mentioned the previous neighbour had rugs so wasn't an issue. BUT they have done NOTHING! NO RUGS! The husband is furloughed at the moment, the kid has got bigger and heavier and now is running about a lot and I swear they play football indoors as I can hear the ball bounce and the wife bouncing a tennis ball.Obviously its been worse for me as during lock down with the kid not going to nursery as he was 2 days a week. But I work from home and can't concentrate. Let alone get a good nights sleep. My other neighbour is also furloughed as is allowing her 12 and 13 year old boys to stay up until 1.30 am. They bang outside doors and run up and down the stairs (really loudly as they are both heavy for their age). So between my two inconsiderate neighbours i'm lucky if I get more than 6.5 hours sleep. Last night I got 5 hours and had to cancel social plans today as i'm just feeling too ill and tired. After putting up with the worsening noise for 2 more years, saying n
Tired - 5-Jul-20 @ 12:44 PM
I'm currently being driven to the point of insanity. Bought a house. Next door neighbor has an autistic child who screams , bangs walls, bangs everything else in the house from 8am till midnight Monday to Sunday. I'm working from home and it is horrendous to deal with. Mother seems to do absolutely nothing to stop him. It's so bad that a month after buying the house I'm putting it back on the market after putting a.load of money in to it. How is this fair. I understand having a disabled child is difficult but no matter what way I approach it , I'm the bad guy. I'm now blaring music to dry drown him out
daithí - 2-Jul-20 @ 12:18 PM
I think you all need to remember you were children once upon a time and ,when you had children did they sit in silence , probably not , children like to play they get excited some have extra needs or disabilities,let them be and if its causing you so much distress then perhaps speak to the family instead of moaning on here or slagging people of to other neighbours trying to get them to agree with you , gardens are a playground for children even more so since covid as they are not able to go to the park or the seaside as they are closed, I'm sorry but you will not force families to stop children playing in gardens .
Katy# - 1-Jul-20 @ 8:44 AM
So comforting to come across this thread. It seems that loud neighbors are a very common problem anywhere in the world. (I live in the San Francisco area of the US--but I stumbled upon this page by mere accident while doing a google search). Some of you have come up with wonderful coping mechanisms. Thank you all for your thoughts and for taking the time to write and post on here. Unfortunately I don't know that there's really much we can do about the noisy kids--I've already nicely asked my new neighbors to be mindful of the noise, but beyond that, what do you do when kids are running around and stomping? The mother said she wasn't aware of the children stomping, but maybe parents just don't notice these things when their own child is making the noise. Anyways, the best I can do is just plan around their waking hours, and nap in other rooms and/or wear eaplugs. But earplugs don't really help with the stomping sounds because the thuds are a low frequency, and earplugs do nothing to stop that sound. Oh well, I'll try my best to just breathe, and try to not get too angry.
San Francisco - 30-Jun-20 @ 5:21 AM
Live on lovely close no problems until family moved in not on close but their garden backs on to our close. Child continously bounces ball on concrete still going at 10 pm at night when I'm working nxt day. Ive been told child may has learning difficulties and best not to approach parents during lockdown but I can't take much more of the repetitive vouncing of heavy football that echos throughout close. I've moved to bedroom at back of hse but the echo and constant noise is driving me insane. How do parents think this is acceptable to allow to disrupt neighbours all dayevery day.
sj - 29-Jun-20 @ 10:02 PM
Can anything actually be done about screaming noisy kids , the woman who lives in a house at the end of my garden has 5 children, she’s not much older than her eldest and the youngest is around 4 when I’ve spoken to her about the noise coming from her kids , she’s a single mother if 5 children, she doesn’t work she has a car , smokes the house is a 4 bedroom detached on an estate that are 95% owner occupied, the rest are rented , she pays £1200 a. Month , my guess is she gets housing benefits, so in essence I’m paying her to make my life hell , it also seems to me that having 5 kids is a career move What should happen is that landlords should be made to insist in their tenancy agreements that neighbours are respected , far to often in fact it seems all the time now that you only get consideration if you are one of these no hopers , the ones that are happy to let society support them and use their children as weapons and the means to gain income, in Britain today 2020 we encouragethis type of behaviour, what we should be doing is reducing benefits to the first 2 children, if you can afford more than 2 then we should take that benefit awayas well Why should we as a society encourage and pay for irresponsible behaviour
Gaz - 29-Jun-20 @ 5:28 PM
Just out of curiosity. Is it bad if after two years and 3 months of lockdown. Countless attempts of mediation you've been driven to downright eye for an eye retaliation? Kids banging the walls running like mad up to midnight both next door and the flat below.. So in return I start blasting hard Rock music and beocming heavy footed whilst walking around. I am a respectful person. If they they're quiet. I will be nice, if they're not.. Well. The above is one of a few things I do.Am I in the wrong since there is nothing we can do otherwise??
Stijn - 28-Jun-20 @ 10:47 PM
Hi, very kind of comforting knowing that I’m not alone through this constant, intermittent noise of banging , screaming, kicking walls. Thosenext door kids stamping running it’s so loud it can be heard all over my house. Parents know about their noise annoying us but don’t seem to bother them ! Have to hide in loft room for few hours for peace with headphones on ! Stressing every evening before going bed as that the moment they the most noisy. Summer can’t open windows or seat in the garden as screams and noise of basket ball bouncingconstantly drives me mad. Thinking of writing to the council noise service. Will be interested to know if some of you have resolved or find an issue to this problem? Maria.
Maria - 28-Jun-20 @ 7:55 AM
I live in a housing complex made up of shared and full ownership flats on my side, and rented and social housing on the other. There is a 'communal area' in the middle, and half the flats in our building face that area. Every day, 10am to 10pm, from April to October, there are 20ish savage children 'playing' outside. Our lease strictly prohibits ball games, bikes, scooters, skates and any behaviour which would inconvenience any resident. Residents here are also not allowed to have pets. The screaming, screeching and shouting are nearly continuous from morning until late night. The children swear and play loud ball games. All the social tenants appear to have dogs, which they walk in the communal area. Some children have discovered that they can be even louder by banging their scooters against our walls and doors. We have asked our housing association over and over again to do something about it, but there have been no results. We are trying to get them to close down this communal area, as it has brought us nothing but grief. I developed severe anxiety lately, as I am stuck in the house, working from home, with my life dictated by these children and their parents. I could, perhaps, live with child or two being loud once in a while, but the screaming from our estate can be heard 3 minutes away, in the park next door, where all of this people could take their offspring. I think some people allow their children to run wild to the detriment of others, and being told that kids need to be outdoors isn't good enough anymore. I think we need a fundamental shift on how we think about this, and start imposing harsh sanctions on those who raise savage offspring.
CN - 27-Jun-20 @ 1:26 AM
Thought my first comment had been eaten. Sorry for saying same things twice ??
Lucrecia - 25-Jun-20 @ 2:44 PM
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