It might be anything from a barking dog, loud music or an all-night party. Whatever the level of the noise is it can be very distressing or disturbing. But what can you do about it and how is the best way to go about it. ZJ&B offers advice for dealing with issues that may arise when living next to other People.
Most of us are confronted with the dilemma of neighbour issues at some time in our lives. Some People are more unlucky unlucky and are confronted with it on a daily basis. But there ways good and less good in tackling with such problems when they arise. But from experience following the methods below often end up in a resolution.
1. Wait till the Morning. If you try to tackle your noisy neighbours in the early hours of the Morning, it can be the recipe for disaster, and most probably escalate unnecessary. Wait until the next day and approach the subjec politely.
2. Talk to your neighbours. Best line of approach is to always express your concerns politely to neighbours and preferably invite them for a cup of tea to discuss the matter in a comfortable environment.People respond better to a polite verbal request than a note of complaint through their letterbox. Keep the mood light. Build bridges, not walls. Don’t approach the neighbour on the first concern leave it to see if the problem will reoccur.
3. How to move forward. Accusing neighbours for something that occurred the night before 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 ahead of time…”
4. Check with your other neighbours first . 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 other neighbours raise concerns and are in agreement that there is a noise problem that has to be tackled, you will be in a much better position to tackle the problem.
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 or even invite them into your home to listen to any noises that have caused distress . 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. This approach must be if all methods above have been exhausted and it is clear that the neighbour clearly does not have any consideration whatsoever. 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. Notify the landlord. If your 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. 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. Writing to authorities, Letting Agents, police etc can most often be avoided if only we talked to each other first on a polite level.