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What is the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003?

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 9 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Antisocial Behaviour Criminal Offence

The Antisocial Behaviour Act is designed to address the problems of antisocial behaviour in England and Wales. It strengthens previous legislation and gives local councils increased powers to take action.

Section 1 - Drugs and persistent serious nuisance to the public

Police can apply to a Magistrates Court to close residential premises either:

  • Concerned in the use, production or supply of Class A drugs (usually cocaine) and which have been of serious nuisance or disorder to members of the public within the last 3 months, or
  • Associated with significant and persistent disorder, or persistent serious nuisance to members of the public within the last 3 months

It is a criminal offence to enter premises with a closure order in place.

Section 2 - Social landlord's powers

Registered social landlords can apply for specific people to be given an injunction by the Courts, preventing them from attending the landlord's property. The injunction will be given to people who cause nuisance or annoyance to people in the neighbourhood surrounding a particular property.

Section 3 - Parenting orders and contracts

Parenting Orders can be given to parents to identify steps that they must take to control their children. In particular, this controversially introduced "parenting contracts" which make parents responsible if their parents truant.

"We live in a council estate & it clearly states NO BALL GAMES on a sign posted placed on the wall where everyone can see it! Yet time & time again these young boys continue to play all types of ball games! Especially during the summer, they play until 10 in the evening. Recently one of them kicked the ball so hard that it smashed one of the windows."

It may be worth contacting your local council about this one. Unless the "no ball games" rule is a local by-law the police will be unlikely to take action. However if the children are causing a nuisance to local residents (i.e. by breaking windows), the Council may consider asking their parents to control them. Has a window only been smashed once though? If so, the Council may argue that a one-off event doesn't constitute a "nuisance".

Section 4 - Powers to disperse groups

The Act gives the police powers to disperse groups of two or more people who have gathered in any public place, if their presence 'has resulted or is likely to result in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed'. This does not however apply to authorised protests or pickets. The police may also accompany any child under the age of 16 years to their home between 9pm and 6am.

Section 5 - Possession of firearms

The Act makes it illegal to be in the possession of an airgun or imitation firearm in a public place. It is also illegal to sell a realistic imitation firearm unless the buyer legitimately needs it for work or pleasure.

Section 6 - Excessive noise and graffiti

Councils can serve a closure order on a premises causing regular public nuisance due to excessive noise levels (for example a noisy bar or club). Councils also have the power to serve a graffiti removal notice on the owner of any street furniture (e.g. a bus stop or telephone box). There is however a defence to a graffiti removal notice - 'the defacement is neither detrimental to the amenity of the area nor offensive'.

"My next door neighbour has made huge bizarre chalk drawings on the side of his house. It's the first thing we see when we look out of our door or window. He does them on his driveway too but the rain washes them off. However, it doesn't wash the chalk drawings from the walls. It's bizarre and unsightly and is blighting the street and is making us depressed."

If the drawings are making you depressed, try speaking to your neighbour. Can he draw them on a side of his house that does not face yours? You could speak to your local council and ask them to use their powers under Section 6. However if the nature of the drawing is not offensive (i.e. not a swear word) then the council may be unable to make your neighbour remove it.

Section 7 - Travellers' sites

This section strengthens the powers of the police to move unauthorised travellers' sites. Earlier Acts gave the police powers to disperse a public assembly of 20 or more people who were likely to 'cause serious public disorder, serious damage to property, or serious disruption' to the community. This Act reduced the number of people who must be present to 2.

Section 8 - High hedges

Town planning legislation controls the height of fences - these cannot usually be over 2 metres high but hedges are not controlled by that piece of legislation. The Anti Social Behaviour Act attempted to deal with this issue by giving local authorities the power to investigate complaints about the height of hedges and if necessary order that their height is reduced. However Councils can charge a fee for dealing with these complaints. The fee varies from area to area and can be from as little as a few pounds, to as high as a few hundred pounds. Check with your local council for the cost of an application. Note that if you "dock" your neighbour's hedge without their permission, this could constitute criminal damage.

Section 9 - Powers to issue fixed penalty notices

This section gave Accredited Community Support Officers and Rail Community Officers the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices in respect of a number of offences. These include the consumption of alcohol in a public area, or using insulting or abusive behaviour likely to cause 'harassment, alarm or distress'. The use of threatening or abusive words or behaviour is also an offence under the Public Order Act 1986 (section 5).

"Every other night there are annoying loud drunks who feel the need to have conversations at 3am in the morning around the back. There was a fight next door a couple of weeks. A few times now, tonight included there are people that will be aggressive and threatening to each other: screaming, swearing all sorts of vulgarities, threatening to stab, kill etc."

Try reporting this to your local police (the non-emergency number is 101) as they can take action using Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986. Note however that it will be a defence for your neighbours if they are inside and had no reason to believe that their behaviour would be heard outside their house. It may therefore be best to speak to your neighbours and explain that you can hear them shouting first. If they then continue, then they cannot say that they were unaware that you could hear.

Other questions

"We have moved house to a generally peaceful and respected area but as we have two young kids we have been targeted by so called friends of the same age, constantly calling at our house to PLAY.. but as our child does not want to associate with these certain kids they persist to ride their scooters in front of our window (which is through the gate and down the drive!) and when they are asked to leave the property we get stones and anything else they have , thrown at us and our property... How are we supposed to deal with this as they are only kids?"

If these children are acting in an aggressive way (i.e. throwing stones at you), report this is your local police. The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10 years old. They can therefore be held responsible for their actions. Note that if the stones hit you, or damage your property, this is a criminal offence (assault or criminal damage).

"My next door neighbour's ... garden is a 'mish-mash' of strange dead wood and log 'features' that he seems to think are attractive..."

Unfortunately we all have different tastes, and as long as the "features" are not considered offensive (for example a large swastika), then your neighbour is entitled to have whatever "features" he wishes in his garden. If they upset you, can you take action to prevent you from seeing these, for example planting a small hedge at your property boundary?

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Bob Gray - Your Question:
If anyone can offer advice it would be great, as I've found myself in a strange predicament; after my partner and I moved into a property last year, we initially received a couple of complaints regarding music, one in person and once when we received a letter from the Environmental Health team. I explained to the Environmental Health officer who I called in response to the letter, as I had previously explained to the neighbours, we were new to the house and needed to acclimatise to what level of music became a problem, which we did. We have since been conscious of the level of music (which I might add isn't on all the time) as well as keeping the level of conversation down when we have visitors so as not to give the neighbours reason to complain. Now, as part of our tenancy agreement, we are not to smoke in the house, so we smoke on the back doorstep. This leads me to the situation I'm in now; On 3 separate occasions while smoking on the back porch, the male who lives next door has begun shouting abusive language out of the window. The most recent was at 2:00am. Now before I carry on, there is no law saying I can't smoke out the back at any time, plus, me and my friend had just got in from a night out and where having a cigarette and having a general talk about the night, all the while doing this at a reasonable level i.e. no raised voices or screaming laughing as the last thing I want to do is give these neighbours any ammunition to use against me. This happened another time when out the back with my partner (midnight), and once when my Mother was there (11:00pm/Midnight). I recently called the Environmental Health team to explain this and asked if they could add it to their file, which I assumed they had one, but was told there was no complaint filed against me. I can only think that the neighbours prior complaint was deemed not a nuisance (possibly as we had tried to accommodate them) and the case was closed, and they are not happy about this. Me and my partner both work long shifts, with myself alternating between days and nights and while these neighbours are entitled to some peace and quiet, we shouldn't have to tread on eggshells and worry that every little knock or backyard conversation will lead to intervention from the Environmental Health team. To make matters worse, me and my partner have tried approaching them since this began and they literally blank us like we don't exist; how do you resolve a dispute with a neighbour who doesn't acknowledge your existence? As I stated earlier, we both work hard and enjoy our house, but these neighbours come across like they won't be happy until we've either been evicted or leave of our own accord, regardless of any mediation. Anyone?

Our Response:
This a really difficult situation for you, especially if the neighbours won't communicate at all. Perhaps your environmental health officer would intervene and ask them to attend a mediation session with you? Could you write a note explaining that you do not want to intend to annoy them and explain your lifestyle/patterns of work etc...?
ProblemNeighbours - 11-May-17 @ 12:42 PM
If anyone can offer advice it would be great, as I've found myself in a strange predicament; after my partner and I moved into a property last year, we initially received a couple of complaints regarding music, one in person and once when we received a letter from the Environmental Health team. I explained to the Environmental Health officer who I called in response to the letter, as I had previously explained to the neighbours, we were new to the house and needed to acclimatise to what level of music became a problem, which we did. We have since been conscious of the level of music (which I might add isn't on all the time) as well as keeping the level of conversation down when we have visitors so as not to give the neighbours reason to complain. Now, as part of our tenancy agreement, we are not to smoke in the house, so we smoke on the back doorstep. This leads me to the situation I'm in now; On 3 separate occasions while smoking on the back porch, the male who lives next door has begun shouting abusive language out of the window. The most recent was at 2:00am. Now before I carry on, there is no law saying I can't smoke out the back at any time, plus, me and my friend had just got in from a night out and where having a cigarette and having a general talk about the night, all the while doing this at a reasonable level i.e. no raised voices or screaming laughing as the last thing I want to do is give these neighbours any ammunition to use against me. This happened another time when out the back with my partner (midnight), and once when my Mother was there (11:00pm/Midnight). I recently called the Environmental Health team to explain this and asked if they could add it to their file, which I assumed they had one, but was told there was no complaint filed against me. I can only think that the neighbours prior complaint was deemed not a nuisance (possibly as we had tried to accommodate them) and the case was closed, and they are not happy about this. Me and my partner both work long shifts, with myself alternating between days and nights and while these neighbours are entitled to some peace and quiet, we shouldn't have to tread on eggshells and worry that every little knock or backyard conversation will lead to intervention from the Environmental Health team. To make matters worse, me and my partner have tried approaching them since this began and they literally blank us like we don't exist; how do you resolve a dispute with a neighbour who doesn't acknowledge your existence? As I stated earlier, we both work hard and enjoy our house, but these neighbours come across like they won't be happy until we've either been evicted or leave of our own accord, regardless of any mediation. Anyone?
Bob Gray - 9-May-17 @ 9:46 PM
There is a few over here in Wisconsin, who are threatening people for riding their own home made or updated lawn mowers like an ATV and not just for cutting lawns..., They say they are crazy! I am like ..You got your ideas from tractors, If it was not for them you wouldn’t have an ATV or even a gator or a golf cart, so leave Lawn mower riders alone, it’s not your business!.... and I will start a law court case of breaking constitutional rights!... because threats of damage to me and for the rumors they have are passing around trying to hurt my family and job! “I will also call the Division of Motor Vehicles to pass a law for allowing other riders to NOT threaten those who want something other Then what they specify as that of a golf cart, ATV or gator as the only vehicle for riding on one’s own property or going places, something of a law Like they did for hunters... No harassment!” I have also seen some of these ATV riders threaten Amish people driving horses putting them in danger, I am very worried about this situation with all hope that the harassment stops as they have the right to use their horses with safety to get around also, as we do with any vehicle! This is a anti social activity as they are labeling me for not doing what they think should be done and not letting others use their talents for mechanic's and interesting ideas as a way to enjoy their life on their own property! And now we have the" Raven which is a Lawn mower/ATV"that does 17 miles an hour and can be used as any other riding machine on the marketand hunting is one they do use because it has all the regulative lights and other items on any other machine of it's type! I am trying to ignore these certain people and hoping nothing more will come from this anti social "You do what we do or you are being labeled crazy or stupid!" I call it being mechanically inclined and a money savor friendly project, because ATV s and gators are so darn expensive! ATV riders and "Off Road Lawn mower riders" could be a new way of thinking as one and even make money for their groups( Some already do and work together in a team spirit adventure!) it shouldn't be looked at as crazy...It's individual thinking that works in every way as a vehicle for fun or work! And now with world problems: volcanic activity moving in and earthquakes..... All Off road land vehicles, even Tractors and heavier lawn mowers might some day be the vehicle of choice, even with law enforcement( Some are already in the (USA.. Don't quote me on this one statement!) and as they do in other countries!!
Franky - 12-Feb-17 @ 5:15 PM
I live in quite a close knitted little community outside of Winchester. Recently two things have come to light: 1. There has been 4 local burglaries/theft all close together in time and location. (House, 2 vans, handbag from car theft). 2. In this time it also came to light that a neighbour over the road in social housing came out of prison and has since returned to using heroin. He has also been seen checking cars in the night with gloves on. He gets a lot of visitors also. His uncle also thinks it could be in his remit as he has a knack for lock breaking. Now I have no.2 from a couple of people as second hand information. Is it coincidence with the local crimes? Could this just be someone spreading malicious gossip?? I am not happy with the thought of a drug user in my street and in very much a family area. I have seen him walking around both cul de sacs, stopping to look at cars, but not actually committing a crime when I have seen him. I have no proof he is using drugs and therefore feel it wrong to contact the police however this whole situation has many residents worried, especially the vulnerable. Thoughts please??
Twyres - 10-Jan-17 @ 7:55 PM
I recently bought a house 3 months ago the vendor did not declare the noise levels from next door as the reason they were leaving. I have started to hear the rowing and loud music and have called round to let them know. They are in a rented property minebis bought what is the next step if this continues?
Foxbat - 25-Dec-16 @ 7:41 AM
gilera_a - Your Question:
How do I go about complaining about the mess that is left on the pavement outside my house by my neighbour?

Our Response:
Start with your local council's street cleaning department if it's on their/public land. If it's on private property and is causing a nuisance, it's the environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Dec-16 @ 2:07 PM
how do I go about complaining about the mess that is left on the pavement outside my house by my neighbour?
gilera_a - 19-Dec-16 @ 4:54 PM
Jimmyeao - Your Question:
Hi,We have an issue with selling our house, we are landlocked, and access is over our neighbours drive. The deeds state clearly that we have unrestricted vehicular and pedestrian access, yet our neighbor not only blocks us in/out by parking in front of our gates (although on her drive) but has taken to telling prospective buyers that there is only pedestrian access. The police aren't interested and it has cost us two house sales. What can we do?

Our Response:
A court order might be the only way to resolve this unfortunately. Any prospective buyer should also be looking at the seller's information and deeds themselves rather than listening to the neighbour. Your estate agent should be helping you with this aspect.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Nov-16 @ 1:59 PM
Hi,We have an issue with selling our house, we are landlocked, and access is over our neighbours drive. The deeds state clearly that we have unrestricted vehicular and pedestrian access, yet our neighbor not only blocks us in/out by parking in front of our gates (although on her drive) but has taken to telling prospective buyers that there is only pedestrian access. The police aren't interested and it has cost us two house sales. What can we do?
Jimmyeao - 21-Nov-16 @ 11:19 PM
I have noisy neighbours. Everytime I try to sleep she will put tvery on loud. I've reported the situationand couple of times. She will go quite until asbo closes the case then starts up again. I believe she doing drugs when she has friends rounds. I can't prove it. I'm thinking of getting asbo out again. Can someone help.
dolphin77 - 12-Nov-16 @ 8:41 AM
if you're a tenant everything has to be off by 9. that includes music, washing machine, dishwasher, tv volume (you can still watch tv just without sound.) ect.
lowie - 27-Oct-16 @ 4:10 PM
Hi there. I would like to know the following.Our living room wall has been gradually getting wet for the last two years. The neighbouring house is owned by a trust.Initially we contacted our insurance company who came to visit and said leak wasn't on our side.we have approached the trust several times, and they subsequent sent surveyors to the adjoining property.results of which are unknown to me. basically all in All,they are not admitting there is a problem on their side, neither are we able to send our own surveyor to that property to investigate what's happening.Our wall is getting wet, property is getting damaged, no one is accepting liability and the trust has offered us a cheque of £350 as gesture of goodwill!What can I do to solve this ' please help and advise.
Iram - 12-Oct-16 @ 5:22 PM
Lolly - Your Question:
Hi I really need some advice because it's killing me inside knowing myself and husband and 4 children ages 15 to 8years old are constantly living in fear of 6 of are neighbours I live in a small culdesac an no matter what we do we can't avoid contact with them. I constant worry of violence against us or damage to are housing association home which has happened to us before as all 6 neighbours are friends are constantly looking for trouble and just making my children's life miserable to the point that they can't even play out as there living in fear and I no that the main culprits don't like my youngest son because he has disabilitys even making him. Plz help

Our Response:
If you have a genuine reason for this fear (i.e the neighbours have made direct threats to you etc), then you should contact the police.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Oct-16 @ 11:05 AM
Hi I really need some advice because it's killing me inside knowing myself and husband and 4 children ages 15 to 8years old are constantly living in fear of 6 of are neighbours I live in a small culdesac an no matter what we do we can't avoid contact with them. I constant worry of violence against us or damage to are housing association home which has happened to us before as all 6 neighbours are friends are constantly looking for trouble and just making my children's life miserable to the point that they can't even play out as there living in fear and I no that the main culprits don't like my youngest son because he has disabilitys even making him. Plz help
Lolly - 3-Oct-16 @ 10:46 PM
I am a studenat one of the university in Nigeria. Am writing project on "Effects of antisocial behaviour on study habits among students in high schools". Please,am geting confused with your points above to be used for me. I need more points to support my topic. Thanks.
Abu Huraerah - 2-Oct-16 @ 4:21 AM
My spiteful neighboir complained to the housing that my dog barks all day and that ive been fly tipping and my young daughter is antisocial which may i point out is untrue on all 3 counts ..she has caused ttouble for most of the neighbours who in turn have moved ..now i guess its my turn for jassle ..the housing officer came out with a police for a chat and even tho they know her and all the complaints she has made i was still made to feel uneasy in my own home ..i asked for any evidence they had which in turn (housing ) said they had none only her word (neighbour) surely this is incorrect ? I feel if i move my bin or let my dog out or my child goes to school i have to watch what i do in my own home as im worried it may affect my tenancy if she is having a bad day and takes it out on us ..were on egg shells ..plz help if someone knows what i can do about this
Elsa - 26-Sep-16 @ 2:18 PM
Jack - Your Question:
Hi,We do not know if we have good cause for complaint or not, but our neighbours garden backs on to us and every weekend they invite people round for hours usually until about 11pm. They are all in the garden, their small children are screaming, and they never quieten them. They stay in the garden chatting and laughing loudly. They have a bouncy castle for the children which requires an electric pump to stay inflated, and now this weekend have put a hot tub in. They have their friends out there now, drinking and screaming with laughter. Last year we asked them politely if they could make less noise, but their answer was that we are disrespecting their children if they cannot play in their own garden. We have 4 grandchildren and certainly know that our daughters would not allow that level of noise. Are we being unreasonable? This is really stressing us out, and we hardly go in our own garden.

Our Response:
Environmental health will not normally consider "family noise" as an actionable noise nuisance. However, it's worth contacting them for advice on what/whether action can be take you as an individual.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Aug-16 @ 2:15 PM
Hi, We do not know if we have good cause for complaint or not, but our neighbours garden backs on to us and every weekend they invite people round for hours usually until about 11pm. They are all in the garden, their small children are screaming, and they never quieten them. They stay in the garden chatting and laughing loudly. They have a bouncy castle for the children which requires an electric pump to stay inflated, and now this weekend have put a hot tub in. They have their friends out there now, drinking and screaming with laughter. Last year we asked them politely if they could make less noise, but their answer was that we are disrespecting their children if they cannot play in their own garden. We have 4 grandchildren and certainly know that our daughters would not allow that level of noise. Are we being unreasonable? This is really stressing us out, and we hardly go in our own garden.
Jack - 31-Jul-16 @ 8:26 PM
Looking for some advice. I live in a terrace house, we're gardens back on to each other in a city centre, the gardens are very small. A neighbour keeps having bonfires. It is mid July 32° outside and we've got to keep our windows closed so we don't get smoked out. Where do I stand legally ? Thank you.
mopper - 19-Jul-16 @ 8:31 PM
I live in a council property, from out side looks like normal house, but council turned in to two flats, I'm on ground floor but unfortunately my bed room windows are in up stairs neighbours garden, she moved in as single perant with 2 kids, 2 weeks later she move her very aggressive and nasty boyfriend in, for 7 years now I have savearly suffered from these neighbours, I've been attacked by 4 male friends of there's, been spat at, racially abused, he threatened with a knife while he was up there, had food on table out side back door he spat on it, I've been urinated on for hin up stairs l,3 times he has driven his car at me, also for 7 years they had been having very loud party's out side my bed room windows, they have planted there gazebo right out side my bed room windows,he's been caught trying to look at me through windows, recently he was caught looking at my son girl friend she was sleeping in her underwear because it been so hot, lots of times I've caught him filming me, numerous times I've called police they do Nothing, when I said about him perving at my sons girlfriend, police said he is in his own home, he told police that day he don't live there, bearing in mind this man is not a council tenant, she claims benefits,so that fraud for a start when he threatened me with knife, police he is in his dwelling that can't do anything, been on to housing officers pippa browse and raj kelsey, poppa browse was friends with them so that why she never helped me, she gave 3 notices of seeking possession, one was because I had a chicken and owed 11.59p in rent arrears, neighbours up stairs said your being evicted and we are moving in your flat, any way still here, pippa browse was moved she was totally useless at her job, she bullied and threatened me alot told council they all stick up for each other,now I have raj kelsey he said I have to make statement to duty officer about boy friend from upstairs perving at my sons girlfriend, he said he will visit with council police officer and tell him he did nothing I heard from him 2 weeks later and he turned it around and said my son girlfriend has to be registered at my address, she don't live here she comes acasionly with my grand son, raj kelsay,s exact words to me was up stairs can had who she likes up there, how is this fair, he is bias towards me, she shouldn't be allowed she should be sacked, how can council top bosses stand by and let this unacceptable behavior happened the council have a duty of care, last weekend they had another one of there very loud party's, speakers out side my bedroom windows call wardens they said it's a nice day for a party all other neighbours have had enough of them wardens left still music blearing, they did nothing, it states in tenancy agreement, no loud speakers in garden, no annoying neighbours, they have broken so many rules, the council,police,wardens,environmental health, all do nothing, I'm frightened for my safty,I can't open my windows or curt
Carol - 12-Jun-16 @ 2:01 PM
My neighbor complained about my music at half past 6 at night and I usually turn it off at about 9 between what times by law is it considered to be antisocial to have my music up loud.
xleighann_sx - 22-May-16 @ 9:06 PM
My neighbour who owns his property has lived next door on his own for the last 12 years. He has always been very quiet keeping himself to himself. Over the last few months he has taken in a number of lodgers. Every Sat and sun, weather permitting they take their music system into the garden, turn up the bass and blast out music for hours on end. Most evenings they have their music blaring from inside the house too. It always goes off by 11pm ( which is a blessing) I don't want to be a party pooper because my son occasionally plays his music but never past 8pm. Just wandered if I had good cause to ask them to turn it down, even if they turned the bass down that would be an improvement.
ling - 21-May-16 @ 10:13 PM
Mysterioso- Your Question:
Things have been strained with my neighbour after I rejected his drunken, rather pushy advances, he was very persistent and I had to push him off several times. It was upsetting and I have since avoided him completely, I think we've said hello a couple of times in passing but that's all.The last few weeks he has started switching his radio on as he leaves for work. If he's had it on prior to leaving for work he just turns it up and then leaves. The sound is travelling down the chimney breast and I can't escape it wherever I am in the small house. I have taken to wearing ear plugs all day. It's not hugely loud but loud enough that I can hear it over my TV. I'm finding it stressful, I have fibromyalgia and the stress is making me feel ill. I just want to move but can't right now.

Our Response:
If you feel comfortable enough to ask him to turn it down a little then do so. Otherwise call your environmental health officer and ask for advice. It may be that your neighbour doesn't realise the volume is so high - it could simply be a security measure.
ProblemNeighbours - 14-Mar-16 @ 2:14 PM
Things have been strained with my neighbour after I rejected his drunken, rather pushy advances, he was very persistent and I had to push him off several times. It was upsetting and I have since avoided him completely, I think we've said hello a couple of times in passing but that's all. The last few weeks he has started switching his radio on as he leaves for work. If he's had it on prior to leaving for work he just turns it up and then leaves. The sound is travelling down the chimney breast and I can't escape it wherever I am in the small house. I have taken to wearing ear plugs all day. It's not hugely loud but loud enough that I can hear it over my TV. I'm finding it stressful, I have fibromyalgia and the stress is making me feel ill. I just want to move but can't right now.
Mysterioso - 11-Mar-16 @ 8:40 AM
I am Scottish, but live in England. After finding out my partner of 6yrs was cheating on me she made me homeless (no common law in England left me without recourse). I was eventually offered- and took- a flat (in the right area) that allowed me to keep my job. Nobody told me the local paedophile lives above me! No mention of this was ever made! He is a repeat offender and is well known by the police and the local community. He sits in the 'communial area' (although nobody else uses it) at my doorway, drinking all day (in a state of undress) right outside my door/ a neighbours bathroom window (The toddler who did live there was clearly heard splashing about) and within arms reach of childrens clothing -including underwear- on the line. He urinates in the 'communal area' for clothes to hang- its quicker for him that going upstairs to his flat) so nobody uses that area anymore. I have a tumble dryer now. He dumps his rubbish bags outside my flat window- refusing to use the large skip area provided by the council. I can hear him from the moment I wake till he drinks himself to sleep. Recently I returned from shopping to find 'Pedo C**t' spray painted on the gable end of my building. Now my problem: I am on Life License. The last pervert I tried to kill got me 3 years in prison. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and take medication to help me cope. My life is dominated by a paedophile who appears to be PROTECTED by the system. Not only is he protected, but Luminus Housing actually provide a string of tenants WITH YOUNG CHILDREN to live in this small block of flats!! I have no children, but my friends and family do - and I cant have them visit me because of a fat, old, half-drunk, loud, semi dressed pervert who acts like lord of the manor! I complained to police- they said its a council matter. I complained to the council and was told - 'my opinion' of my neighbour isnt grounds for a move!?! NB Even in prison, paedos are kept away from general population, but on Civvy Street they are housed with violent offenders (me) and people with children??????? I doesnt take a rocket scientist to imagine the ending... A housing officer avoided a meeting with me, choosing instead to post a pamphlet through my letterbox on 'How to deal with Stress' ! My GP is onside, but unable to help. As were the police. As is everyone I tell! WTF are Luminus putting NORMAL people in with a PAEDO????? Apparently, landlords (Luminus in my case) have no duty to inform tenants of 'dangerous' neighbours. How can THAT be ? Surely: 'Close to schools and shops, handy for GP surgery and pharmacy, close to a bus stop, and oh yeah- your underneath a kiddy-fiddler who suffers random violent attacks and the building get vandalized regularly.' -THATS what tenants need to know! As it is, Im battling my inner demons, taking psychiatric drugs and being tortured 24/7 by a child rapist who blatantly regards himself as 'untouchable'. Convicted criminals get more resp
Bob - 14-Feb-16 @ 4:44 AM
I have a small shed where I have a wood burner my flue is 11 foot above ground. I live in a residential smoke free zone. Can I legally burn defra approved smokeless Heat logs? My neighbour is a nasty guy we have reported him for antisocial behaviour and now he is complaining about smoke???? Can I still use my wood burner using fuel above?
Burner - 16-Jan-16 @ 8:58 PM
I am a council tenant in a second top floor flat and have lived here for 20 years. Never had a problem until three months ago with the new neighbours moved in the flat below, straight away the noise levels rose at all times of day with the constant smell of what I have been told is cannabis!!!!!!the communal stairs are always full of the smoke. This has been reported to both Milton Keynes council and police but no action seems to go any further than a short visit to the address. I am on the homewapper site to get out but no one will swap when they see what they will have to put up with. I am at the end of my tether and feel let down by the people who should be sorting this out. What else can I do????
mjg - 11-Dec-15 @ 8:17 PM
To all you law abiding tenants who don't cause any trouble to neighbours who own their properties here are the facts 1) expect no help from the police they will wash their hands of any situation and tell you "it's a civil matter" and that includes community support police. 2) don't expect or trust your landlord to protect you they just want to appease the home owning neighbours no matter how unfounded or unreasonable their lies become. Carry on paying the rent though! 3) when you find that as a tenant the laws of this country are geared up to owners of property only they have every right to harrass you but if you put a foot wrong watch the full weight of the law will come down on you. 4) taking the law in your own hands eventually it can happen as there is no let up in a hate filled campaign and nobody gives a s**t about how you feel you decide to take action then watch the law swing into full action then you lose again then they have their enquiries about how they failed you and what went wrong and how they should have dealt with it "until the next time" that is! 5) local authorities (dogs without teeth) once again only for property owners not for tenants even if they installed listening equipment to the problem neighbours the outcome will be non conclusive. 6) good and kind hearted tenants need to have powers to sue the unreasonable pus filled neighbours and the landlord for damages to their quality of life the stress and anger that it produces and the total frustration of not being heard by any court of law because unless you're rich or a friend of the judge you won't be heard it's a total mockery of so called justice. Having read the entries by you poor long suffering souls my heart goes out to you all I find myself in this same situation my landlord is appeasing the hate filled holy Jo next door her axe has been grinding on every tenant who has ever lived here including a woman with a disabled daughter who she asked her mother to keep her out of her sight because it offended her the landlord wants to cut down the front garden so she can crow to her friends "look at what I made them do for me"she lives in a bald plant bereft garden she hates anything that grows and all animals as do the other neighbours all the same hate filled pus bags what's my crime you may ask yourselves? my crime well I rent because I can't afford to buy I don't have any rights in this country i work full time and I'm quite and respectful keep myself to myself don't go in for idol gossiping don't live in the neighbours pockets such a crime!
Wasteoftime - 22-Sep-15 @ 5:25 AM
Hi, I just want to add to the moderator's response to amf's post. first of I agree that the noise problem is made worse by the way the place is designed. but what I think adds to the torment and frustration felt by those who suffer day after day, Is the thought that the designers and the local authorities are likely to be aware of problems caused by their ideas, and instead of doing their utmost to rectify these problems they just seem to ignore them and carry on building these places which cause the people that live in them no end of frustration and torment. how many times have people heard council official's saying "we are listening" only to shatter that by allowing more havens of torment to be built? Ive heard it said again and again by Councillors in my local Borough, but what they don't want to accept is that if they say they are listening to the cries and concerns of the public, they ought to show it by carefully designing places, and try not to repeat mistakes of the past. but instead they keep getting it wrong and then they express surprise when a poll shows that their borough has the 3rd most unhappiest people in London. those people may have jobs, clothes, food, all the basics and yet if the place where they live is a regular source of torment then it becomes difficult to feel happy and content. the impression I get is that local authorities seem to think that "something is better than nothing" and so they allow another haven of torment to be built which may may provide a place to sleep, eat etc etc. but again if one is regularly disturbed by noise which is made worse by poor design then the people living in them will always battle against feelings of frustration and torment. I Think it is high time for the authorities to admit that they "haven't being listening enough." but that would mean rebuilding which costs money and money is being held back due to more incompetence at the heart of government so the authorities will be reluctant to "start again" and so people are left...literally abandoned in a stressful frustrating position. OK the situation isn't as bad as other countries around the world, but that shouldn't mean the authorities should be complacent. we are all obliged for example to pay the council Tax and if we refuse the authorities take action in order to get their way. well what about the public's needs? how is it that despite years of crying out we never get our way? and yet are our demands unreasonable? is it unreasonable to want to live in a flat or house in which we can enjoy relative peace and security? the threat of being burgled etc remains but the people doing those things could help to make people feel secure by stopping stealing. it is a solvable problem. and the lack of peace in our homes is also solvable it just takes a willingness to accept that we can't carry on like this and be willing to make changes for the sake of peace. and from what I can see there
Trevor - 23-Aug-15 @ 7:37 AM
@Amf. There's not a great deal you can do unfortunately. This is a common design problem with certain townhouse/mews/terrace designs. If you feel the neighbours are being excessively noisy then of course acion under the above act may be available to you, but if the council's own monitors did not detect sufficient noise you will not have evidence to do so. There's more information about what constitutes noise pollution, here. Moving the stairs to the other side might help but would probably be impractical and not an option to you financially.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Aug-15 @ 12:06 PM
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