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By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 7 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Neighbour Noise Nuisance Slamming Door

Q.

I live in a rented townhouse. My neighbour has a habit of slamming her door several times a day and it has actually knocked a shelf from my wall. I've asked her not to and her reason for doing it is that she has a problem with the door locking because of weatherstripping.

On two occasions she has screamed obscenities at a neighbour and someone doing roofing at 8am, which was followed by her door being slammed 5 times in anger.

My nerves are frayed as you never know when to expect it. I've also had the landlords send her a complaint letter but still it continues.

(Miss J M, 17 September 2008)

A.

So far, you have taken exactly the right steps to try to resolve this issue. You’ve asked your neighbour not to slam the door and, when the behaviour has persisted, you’ve also asked your landlord to intervene without any success.

Your local authority has the powers to take action against any problems related to Noisy Neighbours. However, this will usually be related to issues which persist continually over a sustained period of time, such as problems with loud music, Dogs That Bark Constantly and people using loud power tools at unreasonable hours in the likes of workshops, garages and garden sheds. This is because these activities can be monitored and recorded.

The problem here would seem to be ‘catching her in the act’ because as you said, “you never know when to expect it”. The chances are that an environmental health officer from your local authority’s noise nuisance team would be unlikely to come out to investigate the matter as it would be virtually impossible to predict when these outbursts might occur. It would certainly be worth giving them a call, however, to explain the situation.

Meanwhile, it is probably worth trying to have another polite chat with her. Given that she’s also been involved in screaming obscenities at a neighbour, it would appear that she might not be all that approachable, but this is no excuse. Try to catch her on a ‘good day’ and politely explain to her about the way her behaviour has affected your nerves and about the shelf falling down. Quite often when a person is angry or upset, they have no concept of the effects of any outbursts on others, so speaking to her may just prick her conscience.

Alternatively, it wouldn’t harm you to have another word with the landlords. A complaint letter can easily be disregarded unless it’s backed up with threats of eviction, so perhaps suggesting to the landlords that they go and speak with your neighbour will have the desired effect. As far as the slamming door goes, perhaps you could suggest to your neighbour that they ask the landlord to come out and arrange for it to be repaired or replaced.

If the problem still persists, the more evidence you can gather the better. You mentioned the fact that another neighbour was on the receiving end of verbal abuse. This could Constitute Harassment and, once again, this would not be tolerated by your local authority. Therefore, the more people who will back up your claims that your next door neighbour is causing a nuisance, the more likely it will be that your local environmental health officer will come out to investigate matters.

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Parents & 5 kids we were raised in the 50/60. My parents split there house into duplex. My dad worked 3 jobs. So we were raised to be quiet.Now my adult son( came back after college in July) & I live in a co-op. Son was raised as me . Be a good neighbor. Lived here 28 years. Our neighbors only on one side.We share wall going up steps & bathroom wall. Husband & wife moved in 15 yrs ago. They are in their 70's? They slam everything, car doors, shower doors, toilet seats, when they are in the kitchen, the cupboards slammed constantly. The worst is when i am plucking my eyebrows in bathroom. They ( think its the wife ) daily 7 am / 9pm, slam the medicine cabinet 5x in a row. ( Toothpaste -" slam", toothbrush- " slam", ? "slam",?-"slam",? -"slam".I have at times being scared by the sudden slam, that I childishly slammed ours. But they have mirrors . As I have slammed our toilet once after they slammed theirs . Broke the levels underneath.We do joke about " what the hell are they doing on the steps daily"? Dragging dead bodies up & down stairs?I hate feeling disrespectful. 2 winters ago They put hugh windchimes ( that banged together like a car crashing were not melodic ??) under my bedroom window,in the back yard. I slept in son's room when he was at school. Finally I wanted my room back . Went over in a blizzard, bagged ,gum bandleft a polite note. They apologized & moved them They claim they "can't hear". I claim their just narcistic, ignorant, jackasses. There is no talking to them. If they knew the things we can hear in the bathroom they should be embarrassed! But we would never tell them either. THEY are DISGUSTING!But I see we aren't alone. So we will try to be glad it's not worse ( yet), like others. I am starting to really hate people.Thanks for letting me rant.
Tired of "The Slamme - 7-Dec-17 @ 12:59 AM
Hello.my neighbour started banging the doors at night 9pm-12pm.weekend10pm-3am.it was the same during the day and my heart beat at each shock.l also wrote few letters of complaint,but after a few days of silence will be louder,l am now very scared every night.l need to see a psychiatrist.these people are really no quality.l hate to those who have no qualities
Lisa - 6-Dec-17 @ 4:33 PM
Hello.my neighbour always banging the doors at night 9pm-12pm.weekend 11pm-3am.it was the same during the day and my heart beat at each shock.l also wrote a few letters of complaint,but after a few days of silence will be louder,l am now very scared every night.l need to see a psychiatrist.these people are really no quality,l hate to those who have no qualities
Lisa - 6-Dec-17 @ 4:23 PM
Scirocco - Your Question:
Hi, my neighbour's teenage son and his friends keep walking across, and sometimes biking or playing on my front lawn. I've asked them to stop both politely and impolitely. There is no boundary fence dividing our front gardens and I can't afford to put one up having been quoted around £800 by three different companies. As a friendly reminder I put a 'please keep off the grass sign' at the front of the lawn which amazingly stayed in place all summer as I expected it to be stolen, but lately this has been kicked over several times quite obviously by next door. My car was also keyed down the entire passenger side two months ago but there was no proof as to who did it, but I'm pretty sure it was them. I've recently reseeded my garden and would just like the boundaries respected so the grass can recover. The parents are not friendly at all, one of my first memories after moving in was the father in a late night brawl outside their house. I'm worried anything I do will escalate problems further but am fed up of things as they are. What should I do?

Our Response:
Can you not put in some simple plants (spiky shrubs/bushes would work nicely)? This would cost a lot less than the £800 quoted for a fence.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Nov-17 @ 12:24 PM
Hi, my neighbour's teenage son and his friends keep walking across, and sometimes biking or playing on my front lawn. I've asked them to stop both politely and impolitely. There is no boundary fence dividing our front gardens and I can't afford to put one up having been quoted around £800 by three different companies. As a friendly reminder I put a 'please keep off the grass sign' at the front of the lawn which amazingly stayed in place all summer as I expected it to be stolen, but lately this has been kicked over several times quite obviously by next door. My car was also keyed down the entire passenger side two months ago but there was no proof as to who did it, but I'm pretty sure it was them. I've recently reseeded my garden and would just like the boundaries respected so the grass can recover. The parents are not friendly at all, one of my first memories after moving in was the father in a late night brawl outside their house. I'm worried anything I do will escalate problems further but am fed up of things as they are. What should I do?
Scirocco - 10-Nov-17 @ 9:35 PM
Next door bangs and shouts aggressively every time we close a door in the house or kitchen- mid terrace house, even if we talk in the bedroom he'll start banging on the walls and shout abuse. Worst was when other half was showering and he started doing it again through to them while they were in the shower, other half is now scared and we believe it to be harassment.We are not loud just go round the house as normal he always does it between the times of 7pm-11pm, it's only one neighbor which has the issue, we have spoken to him in the past. His behavior is inappropriate and aggressive, we can't do anything without him setting of, we have re framed from complaining to his housing agency, but we received a letter from the council were he has made a complaint when he is the one who has an issue. We have placed an anonymous complaint about his behavior before( before he made a complaint).... what should we do? Make a official complaint about him? use the call as evidence? Fight the complaint?or what steps can we take as my other half doesn't want to live next to him anymore but we can't move. Any advise will be helpful
RayD - 8-Nov-17 @ 1:59 PM
My neighbour is so noisy all the time The Environmental Health spoke to her the police came out to see her but they did not do much and my council spoke to her twice now. She is making our life hell and seems deliberately now. My husband is under Mental Health and on medications I too not well myself and with all this severe noise I get so stressed and have chest pains and had ambulance twice that came and been to the hospital. And my son also suffering. I am always jumping crying. She had made friend with other people who she brings to the house when she is out and they make our life hell she brings men to the house and they are all noisy. Always banging slamming doors everything all the time even some nights. She gets drunk most times. This is a living hell and I don't know why she is doing this to us. A horrible person and so rude. I just want to share this as I know what you are going through. I am a nice person I get on with anybody never had any problems but this person made me so unhappy. Please if you have any advice. Thank you.
Tina - 30-Oct-17 @ 5:48 PM
B - Your Question:
Hi we have lived in our house for 4 years now peacefully. Next door moved in a few months ago and are so loud screaming banging doors stomping throughout the day and some times until 12am. We have politely tried speaking to them and writing to them they even had the cheek to write us a note when we banged on the wall out of pure frustration at the situation to say they are quite from 9 -7 my husband works shifts and is constantly woken by them even with a loud fan on we are loosing hope and feel threatened by them any advice would be great thanks

Our Response:
Have you tried your environmental health office?
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Sep-17 @ 3:35 PM
Hi we have lived in our house for 4 years now peacefully. Next door moved in a few months ago and are so loud screaming banging doors stomping throughout the day and some times until 12am. We have politely tried speaking to them and writing to them they even had the cheek to write us a note when we banged on the wall out of pure frustration at the situation to say they are quite from 9 -7 my husband works shifts and is constantly woken by them even with a loud fan on we are loosing hope and feel threatened by them any advice would be great thanks
B - 28-Sep-17 @ 8:39 PM
Hi everyone, I feel for everyone who is suffering from noisy neighbours.Have lived in my house for nearly 2 years and have constantly been harrassed by next door neighbour slamming and banging doors so hard up to 500-600 times a day!!! I have a young child so am at home most of the time try to get out as much as i can as it is not worth sitting in my house listening to it.I understand people have to shut doors cupboards etc but these doors are being slammed too many times to not be delibrate.We were very polite the first few times in asking them to please shut the doors a little quieter but to no avail.We contacted their housing association who said they have tried to sort the problem out and have now ignored our complaints.We wrote to our mp who did try to contact their housing but have had no luck in sorting it.A few months of moving in they made a false allegation to the police about us which was recorded as malicious intent and they have even admitted it was delibrate.We have written to the owner who sub lets the property through a housing association but our letters have been ignored.We have tried to contact the council but they will not help.It really is complete hell and anyone going through this has my full sympathy i would not wish this on my worst enemy!!! We were offered community support who couldnt get them to stop and whenevr they visited our property next door would not make any noise (always happens when i have a visitor) so we looked like a liar.
fedup - 31-Aug-17 @ 4:06 PM
Hi everyone, I feel for everyone who is suffering from noisy neighbours.Have lived in my house for nearly 2 years and have constantly been harrassed by next door neighbour slamming and banging doors so hard up to 500-600 times a day!!! I have a young child so am at home most of the time try to get out as much as i can as it is not worth sitting in my house listening to it.I understand people have to shut doors cupboards etc but these doors are being slammed too many times to not be delibrate.We were very polite the first few times in asking them to please shut the doors a little quieter but to no avail.We contacted their housing association who said they have tried to sort the problem out and have now ignored our complaints.We wrote to our mp who did try to contact their housing but have had no luck in sorting it.A few months of moving in they made a false allegation to the police about us which was recorded as malicious intent and they have even admitted it was delibrate.We have written to the owner who sub lets the property through a housing association but our letters have been ignored.We have tried to contact the council but they will not help.It really is complete hell and anyone going through this has my full sympathy i would not wish this on my worst enemy!!! We were offered community support who couldnt get them to stop and whenevr they visited our property next door would not make any noise (always happens when i have a visitor) so we looked like a liar.
fedup - 31-Aug-17 @ 3:30 PM
Steve so true, they go away now for a little while come back and boy do I know it you get the looks could kill look and it makes me feaful to exit the property. They really do know how to do as much as possible to upset everyone, everything you sad is true what is worse council report me to my drs if I ring for help. im banned form phoneline for daring to ask for help as the council see it as crazy to make them do something other than them sit on their bums and say to hell with it. yes they see it as my issue with how they live like it or lump it or move. it takes the mickey and I didnt vote due to this voting wouldnt have helped at all. im on stage 2 ICI investigation asking for help but, im sure they will go oh the council have done as they please. 10.30pm neighbors below me slamming everything its like a stampede of angry elephants. teenage couple who are meant to live separately yet when the guy turns up he slams everything in a temper, they clean the whole place at 5.30am! yes 5.30am sometimes 4am. oh and then having failed that if I am in they are walking and cleaning the place as if they are building a crypt. I have no idea what they can be doing for so long to make so much noise.yet to the police they said we are cleaning. They must be clean freaks, now I cleandaily, but 24/7 with about 4 hours break is weird unless they are cleaning up a crime scene daily. no idea makes me wonder. other neighbor opposite has about 8 people living in the flat now, yet council say he bought it so what.hallway covered in bicycles which still nobody can have a bicycle, he has a womans bike for someone there that never goes anywhere. He is now angry at me due to. female tenants boyfriend a 19 year old teenager keeps kicking this bike over thinking its mine! nice guy total jerk! same with the girl looks like a wrestler and acts like an angry wrestler. I refer to her in my head as the under taker, angry goth who is covered in tattoos, other goths come across ok so no idea. seems just mental health issues with both neighbors and I so need to move in time. all money though isnt it. so I try to stay out even typing here they are thumping things opening closing windows. causes structural damage.I find them very volatile below me if I walk across flat or do normal things wont let me sleep. my only thing I can do is lay there and say thanks for them slamming things. they get up 4am slam the cupboards below me. wish I knew a way of legally doing things to anoy the hell out of them so they dont sleep either and dont settle in flat. enough to make them go so I cna have some peace daily. thumping banging things around isnt ok. and their loud sofa sex is driving me nuts as well as the squeaky bed needs wd40. im tired of hearing it, its horrible as you cant sleep through it or sit on sofa. you just hear everything shaking and ....the other things... you could join in and say oh yes! its embarrassing and nasty. ugh I want to run away. on t
grace - 13-Jun-17 @ 10:49 PM
Hi, I have this very rude neighbor. He kept putting his garbage bin behind my car every week. I asked him not to do that because the mechanical arm coming down from the garbage truck will damage my car. But he persists to do that and purposely put his garbage bin well into my parking space and close to my car.Besides this, I caught him putting garbage into my garbage bin and recycle bin without asking for my consent.What can I do with this neighbor? Where I can go to seek help?Thanks in advance for your advice !
Distressed - 5-Jun-17 @ 4:02 PM
I really feel for all of the people here going through hell, trying to reason with animals - that's just it though, animals can't be reasoned with! My advice is to fight fire with it too! There are many ways one can annoy the hell out of them too; such as move your noisy appliances close to their wall too if that's what they're doing, then use it at a time when it'll annoy the crap out of them, pop some nice noise cancelling headphones on and relax knowing they're getting theirs too! Noisy neighbours in their gardens? Cook someting really smelly and nasty and vent it out to them! Using a good quality subwoofer you can play very low frequency sound that they'll physically feel but will be under the maximum db limit. I'm not advocating that anyone should do this to annoy good neighbours but vulgar people are not to be given any quarter when they offer you none. No sympathy for the devil.
El Tone - 2-Jun-17 @ 9:33 PM
I am having very bad issues with new neighbors moved in january this year. problem started day 1 domestic girl screaming inside outside flat so he dragged her into car. Other neighbors dont report i as drugs catchment area. Main top coke dealer in town bought one flat and causes hell deals to these tenants and other tenant prescription drugs meth you name it he sells it. I have refused to buy any drugs at all. Police have taken him away time and time again. I am at my witts end throughout the night when new tenants drugs wear off he starts on adowner slamming doors that make the flat shake.flats meant to be single person occupancy but hes staying more and more and when he does he flips about any tiny sound as if everything is amplified. the girl has noise sensitivity issues im living on eggshells. she will follow me into a room in flat if feels noise is too much IEpipes banging form having a bath and yell shut up you B! loudly! woken this morning because noise sensitive male neighbor was upset I did washing in the daytime 'heaven forbid' so he threw a tantrum as he has ot leave 5am so he can escape being caught for staying in the flat.! council do nothing state I am the anti social problem as dont like how they are living. im anti social for writing letter to ask the slamming and swearing and banging wall ceiling stops. id say thats a reasonable request! issue being druggies joining together to get me evicted and making noise so I leave. if I leave I will move in some nasty b..stard so they know how it feels to have stamping elephants on their heads above their flat since they are donwstairs. they report me for walking! washing machine having blinds put up. anything I do reported! and council stands by them threatens me with posession of flat as has, concrete evidence from these drug takers and dealers I am an issue. of course im an issue. ive had suicide attempts from dealer by my door! kicked door screaming shouting people cracking up in hallway burnt out cars dumped outside. I get reported because he has paranoia and thinks people are watching him so now my blinds have to stay shut nearly as it upsets him he thinks he is being watched1 council tell me not to go near my window dust at certain times due to him. ive stated whole issue is nonsense and a case of sweeping it under carpet police cant help as noise. council refuse to and have said they will throw restrictions at me if I ring anymore as going over old ground' case closed on door slamming. what on earth do I do, this is illegal happenings council are ignoring it even though they came took photos of marks on wall they said it was nothing. eventhough tenants do this. had cats poo up downstairs for 3 weeks council cleaners didnt clean it stank so bad even postman was disgusted! if I could afford to move I would do so. I find it unbelievable that the council agree to drugs and wont do a thing to protect those who wont do drugs. I live a quiet life. I don
grace - 21-May-17 @ 1:49 PM
There is absolutely NOTHING you can do. 1. Police have absolutely no power over noise nuisance as they handed all complain issues to the councils 2. Councils have absolutely no power over noise nuisance as they handed all complaints to charity - mediation. 3, Mediation can do absolutely nothing but encourage some new age hand shake with the people who make your life a living hell. 4. Without legal aid, the law will not help either, a solicitor refusing to even take a case about noise nuisance or harrassment. 5. In the event that a neighbour threatens you, the council might just issue a warning, a light wrist slap to the tenant. Then again, they might not bother. 6. Even if the tenant has a known history of harassing their bneighbour, the council will sit back and do nothing, informing you that the problem is structural. They will not come out to do any noise testing that might help you. 7. The advise you will recieve will be to simply move somewhere else while the perpetrator gets to sit pretty in their nice home, ready to annoy the next tenant. All this happened with me. Now on a list to swap homes. Your neighbour is simply exploiting the way this country has been set out.
Steve - 16-Apr-17 @ 4:45 PM
Sarah - Your Question:
My neighbour has just taken it upon himself to lean over our fence onto our property to cut a bush on our property. I know that he has the right to cut any over hanging branches on his side but he has quite literally leaned over on to our property to trim the bush, without our permission (he hasn't spoken to us for years, we fell out over his dog constantly barking and consulted the local council and police - he was very threatening - we never took any further action as it would mean a "blight" on our property, as well as his). I seriously need help with this. Advice on legalities would be most welcome. Thank you so much.

Our Response:
If you feel this is an issue you could take legal action for damage or trespass. If it's done no real harm however, it might be better to simply grit your teeth and move on!
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Mar-17 @ 12:00 PM
My neighbour has just taken it upon himself to lean over our fence onto our property to cut a bush on our property. I know that he has the right to cut any over hanging branches on his side but he has quite literally leaned over on to our property to trim the bush, without our permission (he hasn't spoken to us for years, we fell out over his dog constantly barking and consulted the local council and police - he was very threatening - we never took any further action as it would mean a "blight" on our property, as well as his). I seriously need help with this. Advice on legalities would be most welcome. Thank you so much.
Sarah - 25-Mar-17 @ 5:06 PM
We live in a traditional 30's semi-attached living room to living room-a previous neighbor had watched too many episodes of Location,Location,Location and basically knocked all the dividing room walls down,took out the chimney breast and laminate floored everything on the horizontal basically ruining any inherent sound proofing. Our new neighbor has been here about 3 years and apart from the odd party hasn't been too bad in a sort of disinterested sort of way. However about 6 months ago they took a decision to turn the garage into some sort of extended utility/kitchen and this is when the problems started. I believe this opening up of the house possibly makes their house potentially a lot colder and this is when the infernal door banging began-I can honestly say I lose count past 60-70 times a day. Every time they leave a room say to go to the kitchen for something they slam the door behind them both ways in and out so making a drink will involve a door being banged 4 times in quick succession it is absolutely infuriating I'm amazed they don't annoy themselves! As the women of the house doesn't work if I have a day off to study all i can hear from about 9am is one door bang after another as she goes from room to room-can't sit still for 10 minutes-brainless thoughtless.
Mishy - 23-Mar-17 @ 9:46 PM
moog. - Your Question:
I live in a council house my neighbour bought his. Since he moved in about eight years ago, live has been a noghtmare. The poice have been in volved several times.i was promised he would get a ASBO, but he jusyt got a warning. he constantly provkes me with loud music at night, banging doors. Calling me a gayboy and how much he hates me, a retatd, constantly reporting me to the council for my garden. I am disabled and don't always have the energy. Complaints about my dogs, even though dogs around us bark constantly, then my parrots that are not noisy. His sister told me he wants to control me. He has lied to the police and council. I tried to be friends when he moved in, but he has just been nasty. Even banging to make my dogs bark on bonfire night. Life is a nightmare. I'm depressed, n one is listening. He has been told by the police not to talk to me he has filmed me and recorded me in the garden making it clear, holding phone over fence when playing with dogs.in daytime. he can do anything he wants, but I can't even sit in the garden. I'm so unhappy but won't move. it is making me ill. I keep myself to myself, but he keeps on bulling. What do I do. I tried makng peace, but he wants war.

Our Response:
Neighbours like this are so hard to deal with. Unfortunately,there is not a great deal you can do short of legal action. Your council's housing officer may be sympathetic and willing to go round and have a word with the neighbour on your behalf. Try the police again (it's worth trying your PCSO if you have one in your area) to see if they can warn him etc. Legal action might result in an injunction etc, so you could look around and see if you can find a solicitor who offers a first time free consultation.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Mar-17 @ 11:57 AM
I live in a council house my neighbour bought his. Since he moved in about eight years ago, live has been a noghtmare. The poice have been in volved several times.i was promised he would get a ASBO, but he jusyt got a warning. he constantly provkes me with loud music at night, banging doors. Calling me a gayboy and how much he hates me, a retatd, constantly reporting me to the council for my garden. I am disabled and don't always have the energy. Complaints about my dogs, even though dogs around us bark constantly, then my parrots that are not noisy. His sister told me he wants to control me. He has lied to the police and council. I tried to be friends when he moved in, but he has just been nasty. Even banging to make my dogs bark on bonfire night. Life is a nightmare. I'm depressed, n one is listening. He has been told by the police not to talk to me he has filmed me and recorded me in the garden making it clear, holding phone over fence when playing with dogs.in daytime. he can do anything he wants, but I can't even sit in the garden. I'm so unhappy but won't move. it is making me ill. I keep myself to myself, but he keeps on bulling . What do I do. I tried makng peace, but he wants war.
moog. - 17-Mar-17 @ 1:32 PM
My Mum went through all of these sort of problems & really affected her health so she went to doctors & got a certificate & doctors note for stress & anxiety & the housing office eventually took notice & got her moved. Now I know you may be private or have a mortgage & dnt have that option of just moving but getting a certificate of the doctor & threaten the landlord with legal action may be an option as they are not helping you especially as you went to them for help & this has caused so much misery in life I've experienced it as well & can ruin your life it's time to take action against these people
rg - 3-Mar-17 @ 8:28 PM
Hi, We have had the tenants from hell living next door to us in an end of terrace since 20th March 2016. The tenant is a lady with 4 children between 7 and 16 and a dog. We had awful noise practically everyday since they moved in even more so during the school hols. Blazing rows arguments, screaming and shouting, running around the house, sobbing, crying. The inner front door will constantly be slammed every time the mother leaves the house. It's slammed so hard that it makes me jump. The kids row before they leave for school and as soon as they all get home until around 9pm. Then on the weekend this carries on and even if the arguing stops the youngest is constantly pounding the floorboards running around the house. The tenant is not approachable and we feel extremely vulnerable. My Son has autism and from his bedroom can constantly hear the rows. It is so upsetting. The estate agent has written her letters about the noise in the past but the landlord isn't interested in evicting them as he hasn't got any evidence of the noise. I have even recorded some.of the fights and sent them to the agent but I am.not getting anywhere. For the past three evenings the arguing and tantrums have been awful as has the door slamming.Is there anything that we can do as the stress from this is so hard to cope with any longer. Thank you .
Bettybow - 26-Jan-17 @ 6:29 PM
Hi, We have had the tenants from hell living next door to us in an end of terrace since 20th March 2016. The tenant is a lady with 4 children between 7 and 16 and a dog. We had awful noise practically everyday since they moved in even more so during the school hols. Blazing rows arguments, screaming and shouting, running around the house, sobbing, crying. The inner front door will constantly be slammed every time the mother leaves the house. It's slammed so hard that it makes me jump. The kids row before they leave for school and as soon as they all get home until around 9pm. Then on the weekend this carries on and even if the arguing stops the youngest is constantly pounding the floorboards running around the house. The tenant is not approachable and we feel extremely vulnerable. My Son has autism and from his bedroom can constantly hear the rows. It is so upsetting. The estate agent has written her letters about the noise in the past but the landlord isn't interested in evicting them as he hasn't got any evidence of the noise. I have even recorded some.of the fights and sent them to the agent but I am.not getting anywhere. For the past three evenings the arguing and tantrums have been awful as has the door slamming.Is there anything that we can do as the stress from this is so hard to cope with any longer. Thank you .
Bettybow - 26-Jan-17 @ 3:22 PM
I'm driven off my head because of next doors very noisy tumble dryer, I can hear it all over the house and every cycle it goes through. I've had a word with the husband who told me its always been in the cupboard under stairs...I've only started hearing it recently.I'mputting my house on the market soon and dreading it being on when people are coming to view.
ecky - 23-Jan-17 @ 5:31 PM
The councils arent interested in noise complaints!! Ive had 8 months of hell since the new neighbour moved in upstairs. He is always banging doors and windows, ( one time I gave him some wd40 ) his music vibrates across my ceiling, he has 'episodes at night where he cant sleep and the noise is awful it sounds like he is ransacking his flat. He gets up for work at 5am for work and wakes me up!! Its all made me ill through lack of sleep. Ive complained to him face to face but he seems oblivious to it all. Ive done everything by the book ie keeping a diary for months, what have the council done, sod all!! I actually got a letter from the council saying that as my neighbour has health issues they cant do anything, what a joke, Im coming up for 70 and have health issues but the council dont give a toss. Whats next! Im looking for somewhere else to live as I cant take anymore!!
Tyjen - 20-Jan-17 @ 3:28 PM
Just about every 'so called' piece of advice form this website is basically "the Council can't (and wont) take any action!" This website is actually correct, the Council NEVER takes action and you end up facing years of hell. Welcome to the Liberal Socialist nightmare that this Country has become! AA toothless society where decent people suffer at the hands of anti-social neighbours who have all the protection!
Anonomous - 17-Jan-17 @ 11:00 PM
keegs - Your Question:
We have a neighbour who constantly has his cctv cameras poined at our house monitoring our every move. It starts at about 7.30 in the morning and stays directed at our back door, kitchen window and patio doors. We have spoken to the police on numerous occasions and each time we are told its a civil matter. the police have spoken to the neighbour but he refuses to move his cameras. He has told the police they are motion and sound activated which is a lie as I am a trained cctv operator. All of this is getting my wife to the state of a breakdown where the other night I found her sat on the floor in the kitchen crying her eyes out with the stress of it. It has been going on now for weeks and we are keeping a diary and photographic evidence of the cameras on us. To go to court would cost a minimum of £2000 with no guarantee of being awarded costs. I am at my wits end as what to do. Please offer advice on what to do.

Our Response:
Unfortunately if the police will not do anything, legal action may be your only option.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Nov-16 @ 11:01 AM
We have a neighbour who constantly has his cctv cameras poined at our house monitoring our every move. It starts at about 7.30 in the morning and stays directed at our back door, kitchen window and patio doors. We have spoken to the police on numerous occasions and each time we are told its a civil matter. the police have spoken to the neighbour but he refuses to move his cameras. He has told the police they are motion and sound activated which is a lie as I am a trained cctv operator.All of this is getting my wife to the state of a breakdown where the other night I found her sat on the floor in the kitchen crying her eyes out with the stress of it.It has been going on now for weeks and we are keeping a diary and photographic evidence of the cameras on us. To go to court would cost a minimum of £2000 with no guarantee of being awarded costs. I am at my wits end as what to do.Please offer advice on what to do.
keegs - 21-Nov-16 @ 2:16 PM
E - Your Question:
What's your advice?I live in an old house that's been converted into two flats, and I live in the bottom flat. The conversion wasn't done properly and the walls are thin. Things were okay with the upstairs neighbours, an elderly couple, until last year when a relative and a female moved in with them. Since then they've been causing disturbances by regularly complaining at various times of the day and night about a female listening to them, using abusive language, shouting, etc. They've had police around several times and others have informed me of strange behaviour that they've noticed about the upstairs neighbours.It's stressed me out a lot. I've also had a lot on my plate and had to seek help to alleviate the effects of the stressful situations I was dealing with. The behaviour of the neighbours has added to the stress I was already suffering before they moved in. It was early last year that I left my job due to stress and have been at home more often, and it was around this time that the trouble started with the upstairs neighbours.I've already spoken to one of the upstairs neighbours a few weeks ago about the disturbances and explained how unpleasant it is, but the behaviour hasn't stopped since then. The landlord has been spoken to about it as well, but it still hasn't stopped. What do I do about this?

Our Response:
Really your landlord should be helping with this situation. Go back and make your point more strongly. If the noise is regularly after 11 at night and goes on for some time you should contact your local environmental health department
ProblemNeighbours - 17-Nov-16 @ 11:36 AM
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