Hello, fellow NfH sufferers. My sympathies and best wishes to you all.
Our NfHs moved in 3 years ago and have been bullying us with noise ever since. Before moving in they refurbished the house, which was a big disturbance for us but having bought a semi-detached I can understand that the neighbours may need to renovate now and again. When the work ended and they moved in, I was perfectly happy to welcome them and even sent them a card to say hello.
Little did I know that it would get worse. From day 1 they started banging, partly for DIY purposes and partly for no reason at all except apparently to annoy us. Banging on the stairs, slamming doors, clattering about on the wooden floors (they removed all the carpets), and tapping on the walls (they installed switches and sockets on the party wall). The main noise problem is the stairs: they climb them like enraged gorillas with clogs on. There is one particularly energetic young woman we call Bigfoot. I make no noise at all when I climb the stairs, so I know it's possible to be considerate. And they do it 24/7. I'm frequently woken up in the middle of the night by frantic stair-stomping. If I stamp on the floor or bang on the wall, they just get louder, so I know they're doing it deliberately.
Earlier in our relationship they also used to bully me by blocking the shared driveway with their own cars and with builders' vans. I knocked on their door to complain and was met by a blank stare, as if I was speaking a foreign language. I had to deal with their builders myself, repeatedly, probably hundreds of times.
Recently the NfH has acquired a new boyfriend who has a violent temper (we call him the Bull), so things are getting even worse. He had a swearing match with my partner through the party wall a few days ago, so there is no chance of reaching a truce now. I reported Bully to the police but they didn't show up.
I've been keeping a blog since the NfHs moved in, both for my own satisfaction in letting off steam, and for possible evidential use if this comes to court. I won't post a link now because I'm not sure of this forum's etiquette rules, but I'll happily do so if people don't mind. If the NfH management are reading this, let me know if you want me to put an NfH banner on my blog and I'll see what I can do.
If you've read this far, thanks and I look forward to your comments!