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Letter Template: Noisy Neighbours

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 21 Nov 2023 | comments*Discuss
Letter Noise Neighbour Noisy Loud Music

Noisy neighbours are a huge problem for many residents. Whether the noise is caused by people shouting, dogs barking, loud music, or even noisy sex, it can cause a real problem for neighbours left having to listen to it. Often neighbours simply haven't considered how noisy they are and the effect of that noise on others. Bringing this to their attention will usually resolve the issue. If you need to know more about noise legislation and your rights, we've posted links to our articles following our letter templates below.

So how do you go about discussing the problem with your neighbours?

Talk to your neighbour

Initially try just popping round for a quick chat to your neighbour. If they are never in when you go round, or you don't feel comfortable talking to them face to face, try sending an informal note. If this doesn't resolve the problem, then a more formal letter may be required.

To assist, a template informal note and more formal letter are below:

Informal Note to Neighbours About Noise

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding the noise from your property. This can be quite clearly heard from inside my house and so prevents me from getting to sleep on an evening.

Please could you try to keep the noise down a little, particularly overnight?

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,

[Your house number]

Formal Letter to Neighbour About Noise

[Your Address]

[Neighbour's name]
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']


Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],

Re: Noise from [neighbour's address]

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to the noise from your property.The noise specifically is: [select appropriate]

  • Slamming Doors
  • Loud foot traffic/stomping
  • Barking dogs
  • Shouting / loud voices
  • Loud music

You may have previously been unaware of this noise. However it affects me because it can be clearly heard in the habitable areas of my house [and prevents me from sleeping].

The Noise Act 1996 means that the local authority must take steps to investigate any complaints of noise at night time. I am however, keen to resolve this amicably and do not want to report this to the council at this stage; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could try to reduce any noise between 11pm and 7am.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

Want to Know More?

We have lots of useful feature, articles and responses to comments, which we hope will help you handle your own neighbour noise problems. Here are some of the articles you may find useful:
Your Rights Under the Noise Act
What Constitutes Noise Pollution?
The Noise and Nuisance Act

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My upstairs neighbour with 3 kids makes too much noise(in one bedroom flat) . The younger one who is 3 years old keeps running all the time still we tried to understand but my son with ASD couldn't sleep properly because of the noise. Children from upstairs sleeps around 10pm, until then too much running, stomping and jumping. I tried to talk to her (the lady) soo many times but she always replied saying, they are kids they'll run and you have kids too or just call police. I literally don't know what to tell her, it's not fair not getting enough sleep after all if you've to go to job early morning and support the child with needs.
Taha - 21-Nov-23 @ 10:20 PM
I'm at my wits end I live in upstairs flat and my downstairs neighbor who I was engaged too but ever since the split he has caused nothing but problems for me and my auntie as he constantly slams his doors , stomp round like an elephant and every time he has someone new he makes sure we know about it weve put up with this now for 5 years and it's getting to the point were we are afraid to make noise during the right hours my auntie wont even put a picture up on the wall until he is out incase he makes more noise we both have medical needs and it's killing us she suffers from seizures due to stress I have depression and anxiety I have no idea what to do anymore and I need help
Jj - 5-Nov-23 @ 2:47 AM
My upstairs neighbour doesn’t ensure her children go to bed at an appropriate time probably out of it on weed. Then 7-8 in the morning constantly shutting and screaming at the kids cos they can’t get up swearing and tell them she’s fine with them it’s awful I can hear it in my bedroom word for word and wakes us up. I’m sick of her voice. She is unreasonable to deal with even though she says she’s not. We had a leak from her washing machine she is yet still to pay for
Sassy - 28-Jun-23 @ 8:48 AM
A neighbour has been shouting in our communal garden after 11.30 tonight.I believe he was trying to attract the attention of another neighbour.He was standing in the middle of the garden shouting up at her window.Is he allowedto do this at that time of night?
Issy - 26-May-23 @ 11:46 PM
My neighbour has been doing construction work out of Brent council hours. Numerous complaints have gone over to the council. But clearly they choose to do nothing.
Fedup - 24-May-23 @ 9:54 PM
There's a young man directly across from me ,that is constantly screaming foul discusting words ,smashing things ,kicking punching the colour bond fence, Plays loud music with filthy language in it .screams at the elderly lady inside the unit he lives in , Has mates doing burn outs every time they leave this property. Lights fires on the nature strip using petrol . Ive complained to the dept of housing, and had to call the police in regards to this man lighting fires , nothing seems to get done .
Minny - 21-Dec-22 @ 9:25 AM
I'm being harrased by neighbours parking his cars vans getting his friends to park outside my home the rore there ingens which frightened me I've told housing for over year they have done nothing I'm scared I can't stand at my door him an his brothers shut names at me
Bernadette orourke - 29-Sep-22 @ 7:37 PM
After talking to neighbour about the constant machine I. E. Routers shop saw. Hammers and other tools noise daily.. It still continues.. He denied it..said it wasn't him.. (A BLATENT DENIAL).. THIS continuing dinn Is affecting my and others quality of life.. I live in a village location.. Not a industrial sight..
Jo - 10-Sep-22 @ 6:13 PM
After talking to neighbour about the constant machine I. E. Routers shop saw. Hammers and other tools noise daily.. It still continues.. He denied it..said it wasn't him.. (A BLATENT DENIAL).. THIS continuing dinn Is affecting my and others quality of life.. I live in a village location.. Not a industrial sight.. Can anything be done in reasonable time... Regards Neil
Jo - 10-Sep-22 @ 6:12 PM
My daughter orchyd tell me she know long time that them people at 40b was racist from long time and my son mario know that them people at 40b is racist people my daughter orchyd tell me who that woman think she is to come and do that push my door onto my shoulder and I in pain with both of my shoulders and in pain with my arm and in pain with my wrist and still in pain with both of my shoulders and still in pain with my arm and in pain with my wrist now still.??
Sweets - 26-Jul-22 @ 2:53 PM
My son Antonio locked other woman out at 40b Tressillan road Brockley London SE4 1YB Real set a evil nasty rude people to have living next door to us that lies also.??
Sweets - 3-Jul-22 @ 6:20 PM
Today my son antonio locked other woman at 40b Tressillan road Brockley London SE4 1YB I tell my son antonio oh well after she was rude to him I tell my son antonio them rude and nasty set a evil people that lives next door to us is a real set of rude and nasty evil people to have living next door to us.??
Sweets - 3-Jul-22 @ 6:14 PM
I call the police to ask if the police went to them people at 40b the police tell me it logged I tell the police 23 years I have lived at my house for 40 Tressillian Road that the housing tell me to ignore them people at 40b to don't listen to them people at 40b I tell the police I have ignore them people at 40b and I haven't been listening to them people at 40b the police tell me they advise me as well to ignore them people at 40b and to don't listen to them people at 40b anything more happen to call the police I thank the police date 8/6/2022
Nice - 8-Jun-22 @ 11:54 AM
I have had to call the police on them people at 40b Tressillian Road Brockley London SE4 1YB with them loud music and loud noise 2am to 3:25amthe housing tell me to ignore them people at 40b to don't listen to them people at 40b date 29/5/2022 today date 8/6/2022
Nice - 8-Jun-22 @ 10:22 AM
My upstair neighbour turns an electric device which causes vibration, shaking the walls as well as the noise, like a drill, 4 hours in every morning and every afternoon.I get headache, earache, my stomach turns and I feel I will go mad soon. I wrote him a note. The housing officer and police can do nothing as the noise is in social hours. This noise is not like any other, so unbearable.
Sal - 12-May-22 @ 9:58 AM
Also matchsticks is also been throwing outside my bedroom window by them at 40b the woman and one name William and the one with the dark hair that have been smoking and throwing them cigarette butts outside in the front and putting wood outside in the back garden with rusty nails that could fall on or walk on with rusty nails inside the wood that shouldn't have even been out there in the first place date 3/5/2022
Nice - 3-May-22 @ 7:17 PM
My housing manager she is aware of what them at 40b tressillian road brockley London SE4 1YB have been doing and will take action against them at 40b the woods with the rusty nails shouldn't have been out there in the back garden that could fall on or walk on the rusty nails
Nice - 3-May-22 @ 7:06 PM
Today at 40b Tressillian Road Brockley London SE4 1YB I see the one with dark hair smoking outside and there is already cigarette butts outside my bedroom window that them at 40b been dropping outside my window and is on the stairs out in the front and wood in the back garden with rusty nails in the woods that could cut you Date 30th 2022
Nice - 30-Apr-22 @ 11:03 PM
My neighbour moved in 6 years ago, mum and twins age 6, I asked politely to keep it down and after the third time said I would complain to the council. Not much changed in the end it cost me £2000 for wall insulation in the living room and bedroom. It's bearable but the little darling has taken to kicking a ball for hours in the kitchen for hours, it's like mental torture. When I asked her to stop she said it's his house.
Toby - 11-Mar-22 @ 3:35 PM
Please someone help us.I have been living in my flat for nearly 25 years. I am a leaseholder. My 4 children grew up in this place. I had many neighbours lived below me but they have never complained about us. I had tea good relationship with all of them. About 5-6 years ago a young woman moved below my flat and she is now a lease holder. Last couple of years she's complaining and accusing that we are purposely making noise to disturb her. We have never done anything like that at all. She wakes up early morning 4 am 5am and starts banging on our ceiling non stop. I have tried and recorded as much as I can on my phone. Non stop harassment. She even harass my daughters.I have spoken to housing manager/council and they say they can’t do anything because we are both leaseholders and I have to take legal action.I don’t know what to do. My children andI am are suffering so much because of this. I don’t have money to go to solicitors. Please can someone advise.
Sandby - 26-Aug-21 @ 11:29 AM
I have lived in my apartment for years ever since we moved and non stop my neighbors get on my nerves because first my neighbors always play loud music all the time and my second neighbors always make loud noises all the time and turning their tv up so loud everyday and it's annoying especially when I'm trying to listen to music and sleep everyday and I want them both to move out their apartment building and never return ever again.
Catwoman55 - 11-Aug-21 @ 7:55 PM
Pictures have been sent to the housing with what them upstairs next doorneighbours at 40b been doing and know it alot them doing next door and have been reported to the housing.
Sweets - 28-Jul-21 @ 11:06 AM
Edf tell me did I let the council know what the woman next door upstairs neighbours at 40b tell me to shut my mouth I tell edf yes.
Sweets - 28-Jul-21 @ 9:50 AM
Hello I have call edf so that edf can come and check and make sure that the wiring and the pipe where my gas card meter that them next door upstairs neighbours at 40b not using my gas I was told that no one should be using my gas card meter when it only for me Marie Lawrence them next door upstairs neighbours at 40b have been reported to the housing.
Sweets - 28-Jul-21 @ 9:39 AM
We live in an apartment building which has 4 floors and 1 apartment at each floor. Our neighbor living at the top floor has illegally occupied the roof of the building which is for the whole building. We 3 neighbours wants to write a combined complain against the top floor apartment owner. How can we write a combined complain to the authorities? Is there any significant change in the format of the application?
Mtk - 24-Jun-21 @ 9:47 AM
They are dealing drugs at number 16 and number 13 and number 11 matchwood close and they also nosyie and lound
Samy - 28-May-21 @ 10:55 AM
I have a neighbour who asked 3 times for the land at the side of my garage he eventually removed the boundary hedge placed paving stones down to house his bins. As he opened up my land for people to walk in from his garden I installed a camera on the back of my gate looking down the side of my garage. He contacted the police saying I was watching his wife and daughter ....yet its my land he hasn't understood that if he wouldn't have removed the hedging the camera wouldn't have been put up...he or anyone can just push the gate open walk into my garden and let my dogs out.
Bry1 - 26-May-21 @ 7:57 PM
I have lived in my property now for 11 years and have 2 older children, 18 and 15my neighbour lives alone and is quite a nasty lady. I know now from the previous tenants that’s she constantly complained about them making noise and would report them at every opportunity she got. The previous tenants had 4 children so obviously there was going to be everyday living noise. This caused her to pack up and leave her hone as she could not cope with this lady anymore. The lady has lived here for a very long time and I think she believes she has some sort of authority over what goes on in my property. The lady plays tunes on my wall with what sounds like sticks all through the day and bangs on her floor which I just choose to ignore as I feel she wants a reaction. She also barks at my dog over the fence and tells my children’s friends that they need to get out of my front garden or she will touch them. She has asked us to close our front door more quietly as it disturbs her to which we have always been very polite about and told her we will try. She has been seen at 5 o’clock in the morning laying peoples wheelie bins on there side outside of there front doors ect. I do have cctv and have proof that I do not cause any problems within my property. My daughter was recently 18 and due to restrictions we could not celebrate properly so decided to have a small gathering from my bubble in by back garden. This is the first time we have ever done this, she was watching all day what we was doing constantly at her window and coming out into her garden. I don’t feel she is approachable to inform her of our plans so I read up on rules about times ect and ensured the people who was in my garden had left by 11:30pm also all music which was only on very low was all switched off by 11pm. This was a Saturday night and I believe that restrictions is midnight on a weekend. There was more noise coming from the park which is at the back of our house from all the teenagers which are there every weekend. However the next day the neighbour came out and started shouting at my partner accusing us of making her life a living nightmare and saying she was going to report us. We did apologise if we caused her any Inconvenience but like I said she is unreasonable and would not even try to resolve the situation. We do both own our properties but it’s making me feel like I want to move house as I can’t relax in my own home with fear of her making a fuss. Does anyone have any advice for me on what I could do. TIA
Tav101 - 19-May-21 @ 9:26 AM
I moved into a rented bungalow 6 months ago. The guy next door is in his 40s but in a wheelchair. For 5 months I’ve had very loud slamming of doors, banging doors, upto 12.30 at night, music til gone 3 some nights, drinking in front with mates outside where my room is until 10.30.I found out after signing the tenancy that the tenant prior to me put noise complaints in and the housing association eventually moved the tenant who was having the problem. He has a few neighbours around who help him and I feel so intimidated by his antics as I’m quite quiet and try to be respectful of other neighbours. It’s actually affecting my mental health badly.
Countrymum - 18-May-21 @ 6:37 PM
Yesterday them neighbours from hell next door at 40b sue Morgan went and put a empty box out in the front garden right where my bins is I tell my son antonio to don't touch it that I not touching it my son Mario call he tell me I sound pissed off I tell him it them next door at 40b he tell me that is mad that them is weird people next door at 40b.
Sweets - 12-May-21 @ 4:58 AM
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