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Problems With Neighbours' Children

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 24 Feb 2021 | 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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I have no problem with kids playing not coming into my garden for their ball. It's the screaming (like they're being murdered) that does my head in. If you say anything you get loads of abuse from their parents and their brats. Parents these days just don't care. They chuck their kids on the street from 8 am and don't let them back in until 10-11 pm. They become everyone else problem while they usually sit in their house drinking. So how can children have respect for others when their parents don't? I sometimes wonder why some of these parents even bother having them. Probably for the benefits.
Omen - 24-Feb-21 @ 4:19 PM
WHY DON'T YOU LIVE UP IN THE MOUNTAIN OR IN AN SECLUDED/HIDDEN AREAS WHERE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR ANNOYING CHILD SCREAMING AND RUNNING AROUND? KID WHO'S ALREADY OLD ENOUGH SHOULD NOT ACT LIKE THIS. IS HE A RETARDED? CAN NOT SPEAK BUT ONLY KNOWS HOW TO SCREAM? DOES NOT EVEN TALK. ~__~ ??
A n t i H o e S l - 21-Feb-21 @ 10:59 AM
WHY DON'T YOU LIVE UP IN THE MOUNTAIN OR IN AN SECLUDED/HIDDEN AREAS WHERE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR ANNOYING CHILD SCREAMING AND RUNNING AROUND? KID WHO'S ALREADY OLD ENOUGH SHOULD NOT ACT LIKE THIS. IS HE A RETARDED? CAN NOT SPEAK BUT ONLY KNOWS HOW TO SCREAM? DOES NOT EVEN TALK.
H o e S l u t - 21-Feb-21 @ 10:55 AM
It seems that today's English law is always in favour of the noise maker/ abuser etc!Anybody who wants to live quietly and enjoy the peace and security of their hard worked for home and garden is ignored and ridiculed.Even children have full power to make adult's lives a misery with their excessive daily noise, again with very little law protection on offer for neighbours. We seek information on the internet or from local councils on how to deal with the excessive noise makers, the abusers, the smell from regular bonfires etc, only to learn there is very little we can do about it.The Councils decide what is excessive noise or not, living miles away from it and not being subjected to it daily as we are.Bring back 18th century law where honest and good people were protected!
PeaceLover - 20-Feb-21 @ 10:00 PM
Firstly I’d like to write a comment for those that criticise those airing their views or complaining, unless you’re in our own situation, how can you pass judgement? How can you decide what we do or don’t understand??? We write on here because we hope to find some semblance of understanding or advice towards what we can do to alleviate or problem/s, plain and simple. My families issue lies with the family renting to our semi-detached house. They are a nightmare of noise, arguments and persistent hostility towards certain visitors. Their landlord is a Lady that periodically knocks on their door, or at least used to do and they NEVER answered the door to her. I remember a number of times, her knocking and waiting with no answer, yet knew they are in and wanted to tell her, but none of my business I thought. Our issues are enhancing due to the 2 children who we feel may have a form of ADHD and the persistent noise and arguments between the overzealous father and the 3-4 year old daughter who is very rebellious at such a young age. The noise can be bad late into the night, sometimes at midnight with a strop thrown in for good measure and this doesn’t help me and mu Wife getting up at 6.30am for work. To make matters worse, my Wife is 11 weeks pregnant and rest is important for her, but the worries over the noise and what May come with a newborn worry me a great deal and what can be done to solve such an issue? I can’t ask the father to tone them down as he can be aggressive and non compliant and he even kicked out his teenage son arguing, fing and blinding late at night on the street, so not great and we have considered calling social services as we have family within, though don’t want to be wrong and wreck a families life, but what can we do? Where is the line drawn to stop such problems? We won’t move, we can’t afford it and they are renting so surely we could ask their landlord to take action? What can we do?
Sheepo - 14-Feb-21 @ 1:45 PM
I’ve noisy child down stairs. Noise can start around 6am. Running back and fro throwing things off walls. I’m a key worker where sometimes I have to do night shift. If I’m early shift I want to get home put my feet up after a hard day. No chance of that. Housing has spoken numerous times to the parent. Hands are tied cause it’s a child. Parent has no respect or manners for other neighbours. Comments aren’t ridiculous try living with it and doing a full time job. My only option is to move
Fran - 8-Feb-21 @ 4:19 PM
The neighbours kids are so disrespectful on another level. The constant cursing an teasing of our dog. Peeping through our fence we have no privacy. Their mothers sit in their homes all day not even checking on their kids...its been so exhausting. My elderly parents cant handle it anymore. An the screaming am shouting like they want to test us...im at the point that we want to move
Charnay - 7-Feb-21 @ 8:22 PM
I live in a attached house with noisy and nosy naighbours . There isa noisy ten year old girl and a noisy five year old girl they are also nosy as they puta camera in their bedroom window to try and film us. They have a dad that is a absalute perv as he likes staring at my kids and taking pictures of them
Sponge - 20-Jan-21 @ 4:24 PM
Some of the comments above ridiculous if you ask me, kids will be kids they make noise. I myself received my first complaint about my 11 year old autistic son. I live in a townhouse been here 6 years never received a complaint. Anyway my neighbor next door came to my door yesterday saying my son is too loud that he constantly is jumping and banging including the night before at 10pm, don't know what he was hearing at 10pm as my son was in bed asleep at 9pm. 99% of the time my son is watching YouTube or playing his handheld video games, he's not making noise. The only time he makes noise is when he is playing just dance dancing around, I will not stop him from playing his game. The neighbor claims he hears my son when my son isn't even loud, like late at night after my son is in bed, or even when my son is not even home. My neighbor will bang on the wall when we are sitting watching tv or eating dinner or when my son is in bed, no noise during those times so don't know what he is hearing. He says my son is constantly jumping and banging but in reality he is not, he sits playing his games most of the time, except his just dance game but he doesn't play it often. When I mentioned his banging on the wall he denied it, however my babysitter once texted me saying my neighbor knocked on the wall twice and all they were doing was sitting at the table doing crafts not being loud. So clearly my neighbor is a little crazy and hearing things. How can my son be jumping around and banging at 10pm when he was in bed asleep at 9? Psycho neighbor.
TS - 18-Jan-21 @ 5:16 PM
Some of the comments above ridiculous if you ask me, kids will be kids they make noise. I myself received my first complaint about my 11 year old autistic son. I live in a townhouse been here 6 years never received a complaint. Anyway my neighbor next door came to my door yesterday saying my son is too loud that he constantly is jumping and banging including the night before at 10pm, don't know what he was hearing at 10pm as my son was in bed asleep at 9pm. 99% of the time my son is watching YouTube or playing his handheld video games, he's not making noise. The only time he makes noise is when he is playing just dance dancing around, I will not stop him from playing his game. The neighbor claims he hears my son when my son isn't even loud, like late at night after my son is in bed, or even when my son is not even home. My neighbor will bang on the wall when we are sitting watching tv or eating dinner or when my son is in bed, no noise during those times so don't know what he is hearing. He says my son is constantly jumping and banging but in reality he is not, he sits playing his games most of the time, except his just dance game but he doesn't play it often. When I mentioned his banging on the wall he denied it, however my babysitter once texted me saying my neighbor knocked on the wall twice and all they were doing was sitting at the table doing crafts not being loud. So clearly my neighbor is a little crazy and hearing things. How can my son be jumping around and banging at 10pm when he was in bed asleep at 9? Psycho neighbor.
TS - 18-Jan-21 @ 5:15 PM
I live in a council flat and have a family upstairs (husband wife and their toddler). I’m not sure if there is something wrong with the toddler but there are periods (which can last up to an hour) where she is just running around and I can hear thumping from her footsteps when I am trying to work or just screaming and crying and i feel the parents are not doing anything about it. This can happen at 10:30pm when I am trying to sleep, 3am where I am woken up from my sleep or 2pm where I am trying to get work done! No idea how to go about this...
Aswans - 9-Jan-21 @ 6:29 PM
Honestly all these comments are flipping awful.
Meg. - 27-Dec-20 @ 4:33 PM
I’ve lived in my flat for 7 years, 5 different neighbours have come and gone since then, in 2019 we had a young family move in upstairs, she is Polish he is British, the child is now 4, from day one there has been issues and it’s getting worse, the child likes to launch itself from furniture to land with a massive bang on what is my ceiling frequently, parents rarely care unless I shout, child thumps, runs back and forth for hours screaming like a fire engine, I’ve tried everything from shouting m, banging the ceiling, having a polite word, until the father came down and threatened me with violence if I complained again, so have now had to write a stink letter to their landlord via the property management company.They have been told, yet still the problem persists.Why is it those of us who are actually decent are the ones that have to consider or act on having to move because if this disgraceful behaviour???
Shelby - 24-Dec-20 @ 11:14 AM
We have moved into our flat few months ago with our baby. First we were a bit concerned that neighbours may find it annoying when the baby cries but turns out he hardly ever cries hereand it's the child that lives next door makes all the noise and it's just getting too much. I am guessing she is about 4 I don't think she has started full time school yet. We don't hear her much during the day as we spend most of the time in a kitchen/living room but when we come to our bedroom in the evening that's when it all starts. This kid don't go to sleep till about midnight for some reason so when my baby goes to sleep about 8 and when we are trying to go to sleep around 10 as my partner gets up for work at 4am she will be running around, screaming, jumping, throwing things around etc and the worst thing is you don't even hear her parents telling her to keep it down all I hear it's them laughing all the time. They are an Indian couple I just don't understand who let's a 4 year old stay up till that late at night. What is wrong with this people. I can't wait for her to start school as maybe thenshe will start going to sleep as normal kids do or when we move out of here.
Orenii - 1-Dec-20 @ 11:51 AM
I am an old man and I require total silence at all times. My hobbies are very important to me. I like to keep my garden beautiful and trim my lawn with my mechanical eco friendly lawnmower and scissors. I cannot STAND the noisy children who moved next door in a COUNCIL HOUSE! Their mother is very rude and refuses to comply with my requests to keep her children under CONTROL. She seems to have absolutely NO regard WHATSOEVER for my need for total silence. I have a daughter and she always knew she was not allowed to make noise. Our house is my sanctuary of silence. At least it was until these scruffy people moved in. They even brought more children and a scruffy male and the noise became even worse. The female was always repairing old cars and the noise was excruciating. Now there are two of them repairing the rust on a dirty old van, using a HAMMER!!!! Their children make all manner of banging noises, laughing noises. I called the police and the council for YEARS and they did NOTHING to stop this scourge on my peace and quiet. I tried to get them evicted but nobody cares about my need for total silence it seems. They are like RATS, SEWER rats; they even play the PIANO! I went door to door to ask the other neighbours for their support in getting these noisy blighters evicted and some people many doors down and in the adjacent street signed my petition but nothing came of it and eventually I had to sell my house and move! It seems the council will let families move in next door to quiet law abiding people who just want some silence from the noise offenders. Now my wife made me move into a FLAT and I cannot STAND the noises from the other flats, it is unbearable!!! I don't even have a garden. The worst thing is that like the place I left, children in the street are playing on SCOOTERS just like they were on MY path at my previous address, trespassing on the paths and pavement outside my window.
Bruce Foster - 30-Nov-20 @ 10:28 AM
So I recently moved into my house and we have been fair to be good neighbours but the person who lived here before use wasn't a good neighbour all the kids around me hated her and would bang on her window set fires under the window (it sticks out alittle) and stick condoms to the door. We havnt had any issues till now, they has started aggressively banging the window i have a 1 year old it scares her. I dont know if I should say something or not im worried that if I do they will start being a night mare
Holli - 27-Nov-20 @ 5:09 PM
Vivi - 19-Aug-20 @ 6:21 PM Drive-by is definitely along the right lines but I think that I may have finally found the solution . I firmly believe,after years of extensive research, that the gene causing anti social tendencies can be isolated and edited. Although this alone won't solve the immediate problems at hand, these could be remedied by disposing of the said "hell children" by lethal injection at the same time the parents are retrospectively edited to make sure any further offspring are normal, law abiding citizens. The possibilities thereafter are limitless and vivi ....ve vill have peace and qviet !
MenGele - 26-Nov-20 @ 4:22 PM
Our primary concern is one of safety. Based on the crackling sounds and the smell of smoke, we believe that someone who lives next door is lighting sparklers (or something similar) in the house on a regular basis.In addition to our concern about a potential fire, we are subjected to excessive noise virtually every day and night, frequently making it impossible to sleep.This noise ranges from jumping, running, and throwing toys at the adjacent bedroom walls at all hours of the day and night – to violent door slamming so intense that pictures fall from our walls.Moreover, many nights and early mornings, we hear the sounds of loud thumping and a ball hitting our shared wall (which is our bedroom wall) between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., and then often again starting around 7:30 AM. Over the last few days, we have tracked specific examples of the problems listed above.To give you additional context, below is a list of incidents that have occurred over the last couple of weeks: • Saturday, June 27, around 2 PM – We heard a crackling sizzling sound, and then shortly afterward we smelled smoke coming into our unit.I suspect this was someone next door lighting sparklers or something similar. • Monday, June 29, around 7:30 AM – We heard the same crackling and sizzling sound, which again, sounded and smelled like sparklers. • Wednesday, July 1, around 11 PM – Someone on the other side of the shared wall (our bedroom) was jumping and making loud scratching sounds against the wall.The continued until 12:15 AM. • Friday, July 3, at 8:40 AM – Once again, we heard and smelled sparklers adjacent to our bedroom wall. • Saturday, July 4 - Excessive noise all day – Loud running upstairs and jumping from morning until about noon; then a short break and unrelenting noise again from 1 PM to 6:10 PM. • Sunday, July 5, beginning at 7 AM – Someone was throwing a ball against the wall, and once again lit what we believe to a sparkler adjacent to our bedroom wall. • Monday, July 6, around 7 AM – More loud banging, and knocking against the bedroom wall. • We continued to smell and hear the sounds of what we believe to be sparklers being lit on all of the following days: o Tuesday, July 7, around 7:10 AM o Wednesday, July 8, around 1:15 PM o Thursday, July 9, around 1:35 PM o Friday, July 10, Friday at 1:20 PM o Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 AM. And the issue with the noise is only escalating.On Saturday and Sunday morning (July 11 and 12), beginning around 7:30 AM, someone was also throwing a ball against our bedroom wall for 2 hours. We are parents too, and we understand that children can be noisy.However, this level of persistent noise and especially, the concern about fire, has caused us a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety – particularly as we try to work from home.
Ben - 19-Nov-20 @ 6:46 PM
My other half and I have lived in our 2 bedroom house since the 1980s. Several neighbours have come and gone in that time and they've all been very nice, until the current ones moved in about 12 years ago. They were ok at first, seemed to be a nice couple, he's English, she's Polish and we got on alright with them - until she had a child. When the boy was a baby he was no bother,the problems started when he was around 5 and have gradually got worse as the years have gone by. He can't seem to walk around the house, he runs everywhere and all we hear is thump, stomp, thump hour after hour. He must be 9 or 10 years old by now, getting taller and heavier. The heavier he gets the more noise he's making.The only time we get any peace and quiet apart from when he's at school and overnight, is when the boys father's at home in the evenings and some weekends, he rightly won't allow him to run indoors. It's his mother who appears to have no consideration for us. We're elderly and don't want or need this at our age. I knocked on their door and had a word some time ago, but they denied that the boy runs around indoors and I got accused of making it up as "they never hear him". The father got quite nasty with me and suggested if we don't like it, we can move house.Since that day the boy makes even more noise, he runs stomps and thumps around the house like a rhinoceros, its so bad that the walls vibrate and the ornaments rattle in our glass cabinet. We live in (what was) a quietcul-de-sac and there's plenty of space outside if the boy feels the need to constantly run,there's a grassed play area just around the corner from here, a huge recreation ground 5 minutes walk away and their back garden's big enough to run around in. My husband, who's over 70, isn't well and needs to sleep a lot. I suffer from chronic migraines and often need to lie down in a quiet dark room. Our lives have become a misery thanks to the selfish neighbours. Everybody's entitled to a peaceful life and no one has the right to make other people's lives unbearable. We've lived in our house much longer than they have in theirs, it cost us a lot of money and many years of hard graft, all we want to do is to be able to enjoy it in our old age, but it seems to be too much to ask. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could put all these noisy neighbours together living in a massive complex somewhere in the middle of nowhere. They wouldn't like that, even noisy neighbours don't want noisy neighbours and would be the first to complain.
Kia - 18-Nov-20 @ 11:52 PM
We live in a semi-detached bungalow (2 bed) so it's tiny but it's on a generous plot of land, gardens 3 side. When we moved in our attached neighbours who we found out are renting.. didn't have kids, you can see where this going. They now have a 5 year old and a 2 year old, which just scream all day everyday, I believe the 5 year old is now at school but when she gets home at 3-4pm the next 4-5 hours is just screaming, thudding and stuff being thrown around, she screams like one of those metal band singers. With it being a bungalow it essential makes our living room useless, and even our main bedroom is a noise pit, can't escape like in a 2 story. I am now permanently work from home and so it's only got worse. I don't hate kids and appreciate they are like that and want to have fun but it's extremely difficult to deal with it when it's just 24/7, they love to jump around at 5:30am too and we share floor joists. The parents never tell them to be quiet, but instead just shout and swear at them.. Think our only solution is to move sadly.
David - 17-Nov-20 @ 9:58 AM
I miss old times. I'm originally from Poland and was born in 1980. In my life I got a smack on my bottom a few times and only when every other method didn't work. My parents were caring and attentive. They were working hard but always found time to explain was was bad and good. No one dared to spit, shout, swear or talk back to the adults. We respected the elderly and on the buses, trains, gave up our seats for them. Nowadays I go to a park and see kids on the swings smoking cannabis, 10 year old girls with full make up and bright red nails throwing sweet wraps all over and a bin is 2 meters away. Older kids swear in front of toddlers, but no adult asks them to stop. Things have gone too far. I know, that child protection is much needed and fully agree children should never be abused or neglected, but it doesn't mean they are allowed to be rude, disrespectful and not taught any values. Parents should be liable for children's behaviour and make an effort to bring them up in a proper way. There are so many young bullies targeting adults. It's just not right, but nobody does anything about it.
Aura - 2-Nov-20 @ 1:35 PM
I totally understand what the above people mean about the younger generation and their behaviour as it seems to affect a huge number of people. Growing up we were taught to respect our neighbours and yes like normal children we crossed boundaries sometimes but if we were asked to behave we did. Some parents with disruptive children are normally disruptive themselves so it is a waste of time trying to ask them to teach their nuisance children to behave. Society today is a shambles with so much antisocial behaviour that you cannot go anywhere without seeing or hearing young people behaving badly. Parents should be made responsible and fined accordingly,just think of much revenue would be raised by these pinks!
Jj - 26-Oct-20 @ 7:25 PM
I used to live in a quiet cul de sac until Invitation homes and other rental properties bought the abandon homes around me. I live around several homes with kids and im not talking about one kid per household, these people have 4 kids per house so you can imagine the nuisance when they come out after coming back from school and on the weekend is a party out here. This house next door attracts so many children which can account for 20 at a time. This is such a nuisance if you could imagine, not to mention these homes are not even big enough for kids to be playing in between them. In addition there is a playground by the pool house but do they go up there to play?Nope you guessed right the hang out cul de sac it is, we have an HOA which we pay into and they “say” they cant do anything and that it is a neighbor issue. What a hell of a joke, im getting pushed out of a home I own from renters who will not move.by the way cops wont do anything either it does not matter how much tress passing these kids do.
GAMan - 19-Oct-20 @ 10:58 PM
Is there anyone we could ring in terms of child welfare or protection? I don’t mind the sound of kids day to day, we live in a terrace - but we have a child shrieking on one side (I’ve videoed it and shown it around, no one has heard a sound like it) and besides from being hell on Earth - I am genuinely concerned at what is making a child make that noise? (possibly behavioural difficulties, but why would the parents not just tell us?)
Em - 12-Oct-20 @ 8:23 AM
I just wanna know why my neighbors child constantly wants to come into my house. it's nothing special but should I be worried is a child trying to tell me something. Sometg rose their dog has also nibbled me twice. I was always under that impression that dog should be tied up and not running around their front lawn. I don't want to complain about anything cuz well I'm moving shortly. Overall the really good neighbour so I'll just let it go for now I guess.
Moe - 8-Oct-20 @ 7:34 PM
OMG. The lockdown has turned the previously quiet park opposite my flat into a child magnet.Right now there are kids loudly babbling and singing and shouting over and over and over, it's a din you cannot escape from.I am working from home and it is devolving into a nightmare where I cannot wait for cold rainy days!I mean, when I was an "exuberant kid," I was not allowed to scream like this in public!What is this ???!What are parents THINKING? I empathize, the lockdown and all - kids being kids - but there has to be empathy on both sides!
Hexbreaker - 5-Oct-20 @ 4:47 PM
Ok-a different perspective- I am genuinely sorry about all your negative experiences. I am the parent of two kids a five year old and a 2 year old. Both can be problematic but the latter is a screaming machine at times and when not in a good mood eg just woken up in afternoon, or fighting with his sibling (multiple times a day) or when he is sick with an earache his screaming is like nothing else and would only be consolable after 20 minutes or more. Some neighbours are miserable as a result and I feel sorry for them. Can someone suggest how to deal with sick children apart from giving them paracetamol/ibuprofen etc and attempting to console them? I am aware of all disciplining specifics (when appropriate) FYI
Parent with noisy ki - 29-Sep-20 @ 3:38 PM
(continued) - So what does it leave me with? A graveyard? Not even the dead get the privilege of peace these days, with brats playing hide and seek behind the stones, and teenagers hiding behind them to smoke.One thing's for sure, I'm never having children.
AM - 8-Sep-20 @ 10:48 PM
I think we (all of us posting on here) should fund our own little zen village and live in peace, in a 0 tolerance to unnecessary noise environment. What a dream!! I'm sure our health would improve. I've been troubled by loud neighbours my entire life and I can tell you that, rich or poor neighbourhoods, city, beach, countryside, there is no escape unless you move to a very remote part of the world (i.e. a desert or jungle!!) or live on a huge guarded estate. Otherwise, it's a gamble. All it takes is for one inconsiderate person or family to ruin the peace. I lived in a gated community when I was a child, and the parties were endless. I remember trying to do homework with my quiet and considerate parents, but no one else worked like we did (the company my dad worked for paid for our house so we didn't own it and weren't rich). Often I would suddenly be woken by drunk obnoxious laughter from people walking to their house after a party. Think live bands, champagne on tap, pool parties for older kids, magicians getting hired.. all sorts. And the dreaded noise from renovations. Bored rich people finding ways to keep themselves entertained. Then I lived in student acommodation and you can only imagine what this entails. I'm surprised I was able to focus at all with the little sleep I was allowed from the constant partying. Then I lived by the sea, what should have been a beautiful peaceful area where I could hear the waves, in a very small affordable studio flat I loved - but one day my peace came to an abrupt end - ' party yachts ' decided to stop in the middle of the sea and the partying went on all night on some days. I finally had to move to the city to work, and the walls were paper thin - I could hear every washing machine, TV from the deaf neighbour, loud heavy metal music from another, teenagers littering.. it was terrible. I called the anti social helpline and was told the noise tolerance threshold in cities was higher. So, clever me decided to save up and get a mortgage in the country, and now I can truly confirm there is no getting away from noise unless you're a millionaire. Trampolines, parties, screaming brats, everything you all describe. Some will even knock on doors and run off screaming, smashing balls up against my car (even dented it), chalk drawings on my driveway, it's just one huge play park.. just imagine a bunch of wild spoiled brats whose parents may as well not exist, they run the place. It's a mixed neighbourhood unlike the gated community I grew up in, but it's run by children. I now want to buy a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere but have been warned dogs are allowed to bark mad, heavy machinery noise, and the risk of them building anything in your vicinity - think HS2!!! It would also be very difficult to sell such a house. A retirement village? They get family visiting all the time! They even have play areas so you can be sure to hear screaming toddlers being spoiled by the grand parents. So what does it lea
AM - 8-Sep-20 @ 10:45 PM
Neibour kids not going to school Screaming domestics how do I appoint this
0 - 3-Sep-20 @ 3:16 AM
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