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So I love my house, it’s got no problems at all and is well situated. However, I’ve lived her nearly 2 years and I’ve had a neighbour next door (terraced house) who used to have very loud parties frequently on weekday nights sometimes until 6am and they smoked a large amount of weed which stank out my house. They recently moved out and we were celebrating. Until 2 weeks ago... i don’t know if these are new tenants or house owners (the house is private but it never went on the market by the looks of it, not even advertised for renting..) they have started work on the house every single night for the past two weeks, starting at 11pm and lasting until around 4am. They are shouting between rooms, scraping wallpaper, STOMPING upstairs 50 times a night with work boots on (no carpet on the stairs) and general banging around. During the day, today, they’ve been using machinery but they did stop that by 11pm. Prior to that, they were only getting to the house at 11pm and starting work then... they also smoke a large amount of weed so my house is still stinking. Now a couple of days, I could understand when you are moving in, but this has now been 2 solid weeks. I’ve tried complaining to the council but have not heard back from them.

Is there anything else we can do? Its greatly affecting our sleep and stress levels. My partner is ready to go and smack them.. (trying to avoid that 🤣)

sarahgreen15
4 months ago
What do you think of this?
PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc4 months ago

If you were to get the police involved you'd just make them hate and despise you, so the alternative is to ask if they could be considerate toward other neighbors.

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs4 months ago

Hi sarahgreen15 what a horrible situation to be in. It never ceases to surprise me how selfish some people are. Just thinking, do you know the neighbours on the other side of the house? Would it be disturbing them too? If so maybe go round together and in the nicest way possible ask them if they could try to keep the noise down during the night. I wonder if it's a landlord and he's doing up the property before new tenants move in or he sells it? If it is and you can get his details go straight to him. Landlords do not like being hassled by neighbours of rented properties. Also get in touch with council again, send an email so you have proof although I don't hold out much hope there as it has such a long winded process it will have probably stopped by then. I really hope it stops soon and you can get some peace.

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Lynibis
Lynibis4 months ago

I would write a note as face to face can often become confrontational and even aggressive. State what you have said to us in a concise but polite manner and turn it around along the lines of......I don't expect you realise how the noise, and smells, carry in these houses but the lack of sleep has now become a real problem and we wondered if you were aware and could possibly help?

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc4 months ago

"I would write a note as face to face can often become confrontational and even aggressive."

One of the problems with society nowadays. Even afraid just to talk things out in a civilized manner. I get it, if it were to get out of hand then the discussion would have to end but even then, giving the neighbors a note would probably make them come talk to you anyway.

I personally don't have any issues talking to neighbors or strangers if need be.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn4 months ago

Noise and noseyness is the reason why I've sold my house and I'm itching now to actually get the date I'm going. I put up with it for 11 years. From barking dogs to screaming kids to parents fighting to multiple acts of criminal damage to my fences to watching me from windows to talking about me on facebook to putting notes through my door saying I've lower the tone of the neighbourhood because I leave my wheelie bin on my drive to getting a drum kit and karoke mike... it goes on. I put up with it for 11 years! I broke this year. It was non-stop things happening and I couldn't take it anymore. I tried the council (not much use if your neighbours are not tenants and own their house), the rspca, etc. I tried asking the neighbours to much less noise. I tried it all. Nothing. They don't care and I have issues with my neighbours either side. I threw the towel in and put it on the market. Ear plugs will be your friend. Ear plugs and headphones to try and watch tv. There's my only advice. You may have to move. I should have done it years ago. It's really taken a toll on my personality and health and I regret staying for so long.

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry4 months ago

Probably not the answer you are looking for but had similar problems so we moved. Best thing we have ever done. Sorry doesn’t help you. We did report at time but nothing anyone could do.

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KazLou
KazLou4 months ago

if you do want to continue reporting them to council and you feel there not doing anything could you maybe go and see your local councillor and see if they could help you

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Johnny
Johnny4 months ago

There are very standard steps to take, in order. See:

https://www.gov.uk/how-to-resolve-neighbour-disputes/print

If you are a tenant yourself and can't resolve this quickly, move.

If you are an owner things are more difficult and you should think very carefully before making any kind of formal or written complaint. Why? Because doing so can knock thousands of pounds off the value of your property. When you sell, the question of disputes with neighbours is a standard one on the legal forms you must complete. If you lie and say there were no complaints (when in fact there were) and the buyer finds out (and can prove it) you can be sued. If you tell the truth i.e. that you have made formal complaints about noise or unreasonable behaviour you may lose your buyer!

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen15
Original Poster
4 months ago

Thank you, that’s worth noting. I am the owner of the house 🤦🏻‍♀️ the council have come back to me and said they cant do anything because the neighbours are not council tenants 🙄

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi4 months ago

Antisocial behavior to shout and scream in the middle of the night....and smoking that stuff is still illegal....Police can be involved.

But I would ask them first kindly if they can sleep in the night.

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SuzJ
SuzJ4 months ago

Yup, council will be useless. We've had neighbour problems before and moved (sorry!) Currently our lady next door is having an extension done - five solid months of builders playing music at a level that shakes the walls, swearing, heckling, blocking driveway with their vans, destroying our network cables - it goes on. We returned back from hospital (with a premature baby who'd just undergone major surgery) to find the internal fence (which we maintain) had been ripped up and development had started. To this day I don't know how it was allowed without any consultation with us at all and pretty damn sure it's gone over onto our boundary but I don't know if we have the money or the energy to ever challenge that. It'll be interesting now it's looks nearing an end because she'll want a fence put up that's our responsibility and I've no particular desire to make that easy for her.

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SuzJ
SuzJ4 months ago

Sorry just realised that offers no advice at all but I do sympathise!! 😂

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