To ask for revenge ideas on the sodding students next door

(269 Posts)
HomeIsWhereTheGinisNow Sun 25-Sep-16 15:03:51

At the end of my tether. Group of students have just moved into the terraced house next door, and had a 21st birthday last night. It was ludicrous, music pounding until 3am when the police finally shut them down. Desperate requests for the music to be turned down (not off...) at 8pm and midnight were met with serious attitudes and an expectation that as it was a birthday party we should just deal with it ("it's not Sen midnight...!"). The London council in charge of the borough has helpfully closed down their noise officer service, and as we're London we're bottom of the list for the police. So basically we're stuck. Begging them to turn it down so our two year old could get some sleep didn't work as they literally told me that they couldn't imagine what it'd be like to be a parent, it must be hard etc.

So here's the rub. Their landlord is gong to have a word but I'm not sure what he can do. The authorities won't help. So I suspect we're in for an academic year of misery, what would you do?

BaronessBomburst Sun 25-Sep-16 15:07:30

Complain repeatedly to the university.

RealityCheque Sun 25-Sep-16 15:07:30

If someone was to anonymously report drug dealing and yobs with knives then the police come quicker. Apparently.

And will tell them to shut the fuck up in the unlikely event that there are no drugs.

gillybeanz Sun 25-Sep-16 15:08:35

I'd see what happens tbh, once they are snowed under with work they won't have time to party, and of course their money will run out grin

If it continues make sure you make lots of noise when they want peace and quiet. Maybe start your own party when it's their study time.
It may have been a one off as it was a 21st.

putputput Sun 25-Sep-16 15:09:06

Might be worth contacting the uni, most will have a clause about behaviour and should take you seriously. We live next to uni halls and one of the security officers spoke to us and said to contact them if we had any issues, thankfully we haven't had to.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 25-Sep-16 15:09:31

I would ring the doorbell non stop for ten minutes every morning at 6am for the next week. Maybe if they're tired by early morning waking they won't be partying?

PikachuSayBoo Sun 25-Sep-16 15:10:28

I do realise that's not sensible advice but it's what I would want to do!

JustHereForThePooStories Sun 25-Sep-16 15:11:33

Get the landlord's phone number. Everytime there's noise from m the students, ring the LL and advise him that he will not be sleeping until you can

Power is with the LL to evict. You need to keep pressure on him.

Cheby Sun 25-Sep-16 15:11:44

Definitely complain to their uni, do you know which one they attend?

Are your other neighbours families? If try and get them on board too and either all go round together to speak to them or complain as a group to the uni.

Lweji Sun 25-Sep-16 15:12:26

Two year olds are great at making noises early in the morning.

You've missed your opportunity to discuss the subject this morning as soon as you woke up, though.

DerekSprechenZeDick Sun 25-Sep-16 15:13:01

If it's just a one off I don't see the problem.

8pm on a Saturday night isn't late tbh

OurBlanche Sun 25-Sep-16 15:13:40

Before you contact the Uni - and yes, contact their housing officer repeatedly will result in them being fined etc - buy some builders tape, really strong sticky stuff, and, early mornings tape their doorbell down.

I did this years ago, had a lot of fun as DH often left for work at 4am, neighbour left at 6am, so they often got 2 lots of tape in one morning.

The uni removed the house from their listings and advised that NO student rented it! Landlord was upset, 20 years on and it is still empty (old pub, refurbed into flats that he sold and a part palace he wanted to rent to students!).

SinglePringle Sun 25-Sep-16 15:15:52

I'm with Derek. If someone asked me to turn music down at 8pm I'd be all confused

DiegeticMuch Sun 25-Sep-16 15:16:21

Complain to the university in writing, on a weekly basis if necessary. Showing up there would be even better.

Complain to the landlord whenever you can't sleep, whatever the time.

Play music loudly in the upstairs bedroom as soon as your daughter gets up (assuming the folks on the other side of you definitely won't be able to hear it).

Any suspicion of drugs, call the police.

igotnotimeforthis Sun 25-Sep-16 15:17:19

Watch Bad Neighbors and then DON'T to any of that.

dillyduck Sun 25-Sep-16 15:20:04

It is the 1st week back for many students and they had a party.

You asked them to turn the music down at 8pm?

EreniTheFrog Sun 25-Sep-16 15:22:27

YY complain to the university. Universities are increasing image-conscious, so won't want you badmouthing their students to potential customers parents.

lightcola Sun 25-Sep-16 15:22:35

I've lived underneath students before and I can unfortunately confirm it doesn't get better. Once they run out of money they just party at home more. I would nip it in the bud now by creating a fuss to whoever has authority and will listen. Keeping a disturbance diary will help to when it comes to complaints.

Blondie1984 Sun 25-Sep-16 15:22:51

Asking them to turn it down at 8pm on a Saturday night is a bit unreasonable ....

Gmbk Sun 25-Sep-16 15:24:31

Why did you ask them at 8pm to turn it down? You come across as a but neurotic for that.

maddy68 Sun 25-Sep-16 15:24:55

You complained at 8pm?.....

Midnight isn't late either. If it's a one off I really wouldn't complain. If it persists then complain to the landlord.

They Will be new to uni and excited. In a week or so they will have settled down

c3pu Sun 25-Sep-16 15:26:00

Lean a wheelie bin full of stagnant water against their front door. When they open the door, bin will fall in and cover them/floor with stinky water.

Repeat as necessary.

BabooshkaKate Sun 25-Sep-16 15:26:03

It's probably freshers and 8pm on a Saturday night isn't bad at all hmm when I was a student the parties started dying down as the term went on and we had work to do.

seekingthesunlight Sun 25-Sep-16 15:26:30

This week is full of freshers events for many London unis and the height of clubbing and party season - I would wait and see if the noise actually continues to be a problem once teaching starts. For a one-off birthday party, I wouldn't be plotting immediate revenge. Obviously if it continues then think about contacting their uni housing services to complain.

DibbySound Sun 25-Sep-16 15:28:51

The house next door where we used to live was a student rental property. My particular favourites the next day after a party (which was frequently) were:

Giving the kids saucepans, pots and pans at 6am and say it was a competition to see who could make the most noise.

Put the tv on, which was against the adjoining wall, onto the loudest heavy metal channel I could find and leaving it on until I came back from the school run at 9.30 ish.

These methods worked much better than politely asking them to turn it down.

We would also ring the letting agent every time it happened.
Yes to ringing the university too, I'm sure they only get a few chances and then they can be thrown off their course.

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