I've been suffering with noise problems from one particular neighbour for three years and have gone down every road possible....except taking Section 82 action myself. We live in a private development so the Council aren't interested and because the nature of the noise is children running-they prefer not to get involved and insist it is a problem for my managing agent.
Every August, through to November the noise worsens and I know why; the problem is that the children run/jump/stomp/run on their heels! across their wooden flooring and all I hear is thump thump thump. It's awful. I haven't been able to do anything productive for 3 years......I can't read at home, I can't put together a proposal for a Ph.D. topic....I just can't concentrate. However, to make matters worse, every year at this time, their relatives visit from out of town (Pakistan)......there are always numerous adults at home-they stay over. This is a two bed flat; there are normally 2 adults, 2 kids and now extended family. The noise is worse because the kids get excited having visitors and are running as I speak.....thump thump thump! This occurs most evenings from 6 or 7 till 9 or 10.
My managing agent finally got my neighbour to agree that his flooring needs changing-apparently a surveyor deemed it inadequate (though I have always been of the belief that their flooring is fine-it's more the behaviour that is the problem. Nevertheless, my neighbour has apparently agreed to change his flooring but he is in debate with my managing agent re-the time scale they have given him. My neighbour is a selfish, chauvinist man-I'm a woman living on my own. I've tried to speak to him about this-ages ago-we are now not on talking terms because he has no respect for me. My managing agent, whilst, helping are also fed up and only through me getting a lawyer involved did they finally sit up and listen to their responsibilities. However, relations are strained on all ends.
I have seriously been thinking of moving....somewhere out of London where people are not living on top of each other in such poorly built flats. The downside to moving (for me) is that I am currently 15 mins. drive from work and I love my flat-but my life has been made hell as a result of this family.
Anyone have any similar stories to share? Anyone move and feel it was the best thing they ever did? Anyone move and regret it?
Please share your stories with me....feeling very alone and tense as I type this.....