Noisy Neighbours & Noise Issues - Part 2
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- Part 1: Noisy Neighbours & Noise Issues
- Part 2: My Neighbour Won't Listen
- Part 3: Record Logs & Mediation
- Part 4: Formal Action & Taking your own action
- Part 5: Civil Action, Renting, Abatement Notices
- Part 6: London Residents, ASBO Info
- Part 7: Noise Law & Other Legislation/Contacts
- Part 8: For More Help
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- Noise from your Neighbour
- What you can do
- Legislation and Options in dealing with and managing noise
My Neighbour Won't Listen
OK, so what if your neighbour isn't interested? At Neighbours From Hell in Britain and on our forum community, we often hear this.
Sometimes Neighbours simply aren't interested in what you have to say and they persist in their noise making. They selfishly continue and sometimes in the knowledge that what noise they are causing is very much troubling you.
Write A Letter: To your neighbours if you can, this can be a good option.
We have a template letter that can help guide you and base your letter upon, which is free to use and alter if you like. It can help you logically list out your complaints and enable you to be factual. Writing a letter to next door may sound formal, but it's an effective communication method when your neighbours are unwilling to listen to you verbally or even let you approach the subject with them at all. It's also a good method if you really don't want to approach them in person as we've previously mentioned.
Letters also serve as good proof that you have brought the matter to the attention of your neighbour; you're letting them know there's a problem, what it is and what you'd like them to do about it. Remember too if you take your complaint formally (say by complaining to your Local Authority or neighbours Housing Association etc), chances are you'll be asked for proof you've first tried to tackle the problem yourself. This is the evidence you need and in many cases unless you can say, 'yes, I've tried to sort this out with my neighbour first before coming to you', an organisation or authority may even refuse to become initially involved with your complaint until you make the first move.
Safety is paramount
It may be obvious to mention your safety, but it's worth doing so. Often people who are living with neighbour noise and nuisance are subject to threats of intimidation, violence, anti-social behaviour and general bullying.
Don't ever approach your neighbour in circumstances where you feel threatened or uneasy and simply don't go at all if there's another option or if you can avoid it. Walk away in situations where you feel or are threatened if possible. Report it to the police as soon as you can afterwards, you may be able to instigate anti-social behaviour restrictions via the police/local authority and after all, your neighbour is not above the law.
If you're in any doubt always dial 999 for Police Help and support.
Here's our 3 Major Points of Advice if you need to tackle a neighbour who could pose a threat to your safety in any way:
Don't go alone wherever possible. Take a friend, relative, partner or other neighbour with you. They can act as a witness if the worst happens and can help you in other ways where needed.
Take a mobile 'phone with you. It's easy to put one in your pocket concealed away, but accessible in case you need it.
Tell someone where you're going, how long you'll be and ask them to take action you agree on if you're not back before a certain time has elapsed.