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How To Deal With Noisy Neighbours

Author: Craig Bees Published: 19th April 2017 20:01

It might be a yapping dog, loud music or an all-night party. Whatever the origin of the noise, the decibel level can be both disturbing and distressing, but what can you do about it? It might be a yapping dog, loud music or an all-night party. Whatever the origin of the noise, the decibel level can be both disturbing and distressing, but what can you do about it?

It might be a yapping dog, loud music or an all-night party. Whatever the origin of the noise, the decibel level can be both disturbing and distressing, but what can you do about it?

Let’s face it most homeowners and tenants are confronted with the dilemma of noisy neighbours at some time in their lives. The unlucky few have to deal with it on a daily basis, but there are good and less good ways of tackling the problem. Here are nine possible countermeasures for peace and quiet.

  1. Sleep on it. If you try to tackle your noisy neighbours at 2am, it can be the recipe for an angry, acrimonious confrontation. A quiet word the next morning is generally more advisable.
  2. Face up to your neighbours. Most people respond better to a polite verbal request than a note of complaint through their letterbox. Keep the mood light. Build bridges, not walls.
  3. Look forward, not back. Blaming your neighbours for something that happened yesterday is far less productive than asking them, in a non-confrontational way, to be a bit more considerate of your needs in future. ‘I wonder if, the next time you are throwing a big party, you could let us know beforehand?’
  4. Enlist the help of your other neighbours. If you are the only person in your area complaining about a noisy neighbour, you can easily be perceived as unreasonable or paranoid, but if three or four neighbours agree there is a noise problem that has to be tackled, you will be in a much stronger position.
  5. Record the noise. The best way to make your neighbours realise how much their noisy behaviour is invading your space is to confront them with clear evidence in the form of a recording. They may get the message and, anyway, the recording will stand you in good stead if legal steps have to be taken later on.
  6. Complain to the local council. Councils have a statutory duty to investigate noisy behaviour deemed to be a nuisance and, in the case of persistent infringements, can issue abatement orders. The most serious cases can result in fines, but you should prepare your grounds – keeping detailed notes of dates and times, etc. – before contacting the council. The government website (www.gov.uk/how-to-resolve-neighbour-disputes) is a useful source of information.
  7. Get the landlord on your side. If your next door neighbours are tenants, you should consider appealing to their landlord, as they may well be in breach of their tenancy agreement and, potentially, at risk of eviction. The managing agent or a solicitor should be able to supply you with the name and address of the landlord.
  8. Be prepared to submit to mediation. In the case of a long-running dispute between neighbours about noise, mediation can sometimes be the best way for the two parties to inch towards an understanding of each other’s position.
  9. Ask your solicitor to send your neighbours a letter. This is very much the “nuclear” option, like filing for divorce, and should be used as a last resort.

The most important thing, when confronted with noisy neighbours, is to use your common sense, be patient and try to get them to see your point of view.

Towcester Youth Coffee House (TYCH): reminder that we are supporting and part-financing the group of six people who are doing the Three Peaks Challenge on Friday June 23.

But before then we are organising an “Authentic Bangladeshi Curry Night” at the Dilraj restaurant on Watling Street in Towcester next Tuesday, April 25 to help raise funds. Still some spaces left (cost is £15 per head) so don’t miss out on a great night out.

Looking further ahead TYCH are also organising a Masquerade Ball in October, more details to follow.

Diary date: don’t forget the Towcester Town soccer tournament at the Recreation Ground (June 10-11) when over 1,000 youngsters (plus parents, friends, relatives) are expected to attend the event.  For more details go to https://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/towcestertownfc/

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So if you’re thinking of selling or letting your property and want to win one of these great prizes on offer call (01327) 359164 and speak to our sales or lettings team.

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Until next time.

Craig Bees, MD Bartram&Co 

View our Latest Property Magazine: http://pageturner.guildproperty.co.uk/magazine/bartr1/#1
E-mail me at craigbees@bartramandco.co.uk
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