We all have neighbours. Some live closer than others, and some are noisier than others. Everyone deserves to live in their own home peacefully without having to hear noise from other people’s homes, but noisy neighbours are a problem most of us have dealt with at least once in our lives. As property managers, we sometimes get complaints of noisy neighbours. Unfortunately, this is not an issue we can deal with directly, however, we can offer some general guidance and advice.
Talk to your neighbours
Approaching your neighbours for a chat is usually the best way to resolve noise issues. Your neighbour/s may not even be aware of just how much noise they are making until someone approaches them.
Obvious as this option may seem, approaching your neighbours to complain about noise isn’t always so easy because understandably, we don’t all like confrontation. If you do plan on approaching your neighbours, you should:
- Approach them in a calm, polite and friendly manner. Never tackle the situation rudely as it could only make matters worse.
- Choose the right moment to approach them. As tempting as it may be to rattle on your neighbour’s door if they are having a loud party, for example, you’re better waiting until the following day when the noise has quietened down and alcohol is not involved.
- Let them know how the noise is affecting you. Is it keeping you up at night? Is it keeping your children awake?
If talking to your neighbours doesn’t work, contacting the police is the next best solution. You’re advised to call the police if your neighbour:
- Is violent, threatening or abusive
- Is harassing you because of your sexuality, religion or ethnic background
- Is breaking the law in any other way – or if you suspect this.
One way police may deal with excessive noise is issuing the neighbour you are reporting with an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO). For persistent offenders, contacting the police can help them build up a record of disturbances over time.
Contact local council
Finally, if all other approaches have failed, you can seek help from your local council. Noise is known as a ‘statutory nuisance’ and your council has a duty to investigate any statutory nuisance.
Other statutory nuisance includes:
- Artificial lighting
- Dust, steam, smell or insects from business premises
- Smoke, fume or gases
- A build up of rubbish that could harm health
Councils can issue a ‘noise abatement order’ if they decide a neighbour is causing a statutory nuisance. This tells the neighbour what action they must take to stop making a noise nuisance or face further legal action.
Antisocial Behaviour teams within councils tend to deal with noise complaints. They are on hand from 10pm till 6am.
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