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Upstairs neighbours use my door bell for their visitors. Can any body help me please

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mailme100 Fri 05-Apr-13 23:35:25

Recently i have moved to a new place which having two flats and i live on ground floor flat 1 .We have a communal main door outside which I have my own door bell with flat number on it.But my upstairs neighbours they do not have any door bell outside the main door so when their visitors came or delivery came they people ring my door bell to approach to the flat 2. I have got two young kids and it is very difficult for me to attend unwanted visitors. I asked them why do not you put your own door bell outside but my neighbours were so rude to me even they never bother what i made a request to them . If some body can give me a sugesstion regarding this issue it will be a great help...............

ajandjjmum Fri 05-Apr-13 23:37:53

Don't let their visitors in - from a security point of view, apart from anything else.

Don't answer the bell, unless you're expecting people then.

Switch your bell off for a few days?

Just don't answer the door, unless you know it's someone for you.

MintyyAeroEgg Fri 05-Apr-13 23:42:14

Make a small laminated sign and attach it firmly to the wall just next to your doorbell saying "For Flat 1 Only" or something similar. I sympathise, this seems very annoying. I don't understand how your upstairs neighbours can possibly think its acceptable to put you through this!

VivaLeBeaver Fri 05-Apr-13 23:42:25

I wouldn't open the door for anyone who isn't your visitor. Just refuse, you're not there as a gate keeper/butler for upstairs.

TheChaoGoesMu Fri 05-Apr-13 23:43:23

Switch your bell off for a while. And get your visitors to ring to say they are coming and then knock on your window. Is that possible?

LilQueenie Fri 05-Apr-13 23:43:57

I get this all the time. I ignore it.

Blessyou Fri 05-Apr-13 23:44:54

Can you look out of your window to check who is at the door and don't open it for anyone other than your callers?
As a student I used to shout through the closed door 'who is it?' and 'no thanks' to anyone I didn't want to open the door to.

mailme100 Fri 05-Apr-13 23:46:51

I have put very clearly on my bell for Flat 1

EMUZ Fri 05-Apr-13 23:49:04

Don't answer it. I got this all the time with another neighbour (who has moved out now)
If its for me (unexpected visitor) I get a text or they ring my phone. Or just answer and say no for security reasons

Bartlebee Fri 05-Apr-13 23:52:12

Gosh, how rude and annoying.

I would not let their visitors in.

starfishmummy Fri 05-Apr-13 23:53:55

If you are renting - and both have the same landlord - see if s/he will fit a bell. Otherwise I agree with putting the notice up and ignoring their visitors (if you can, without it disturbing your dc).
Don't let anyone in for them - someone did this in a house where I rented a flat: they told the person who opened the door (ground floor occupant) that they were visiting the person in the middle flat - broke in and took a fair amount of stuff. Luckily didn't get up to the attic flat (mine)

WestieMamma Fri 05-Apr-13 23:55:28

Replace your doorbell with one of these for a while.

GrandPoohBah Fri 05-Apr-13 23:57:36

Or... Get them a remote doorbell. It'll cost you about £15 but solve the problem fast.

mailme100 Sat 06-Apr-13 00:28:36

This morning at 8 clock my bell rang after opening there was postman asking me to sign the delivery which was not with my name i asked him could not you read on the post what the address is? he replied look this is your house number and it was right house number without mentioning on it flat 1 or flat 2... in the meantime my upstairs neighbours doors opened and the lady said immediately wait this mail is mine... shock

what do you think is it really annoying to somebody not to write exact flat number?And they can hear bell from down stairs when somebody came they opened their door for expected delivery and they just mentioned house number not flat number.Means they think i am their gate keeper? really really annoying

fatnfrumpy Sat 06-Apr-13 11:44:16

WestieMamma that is bloody brilliant!!!

cumfy Sat 06-Apr-13 13:12:21

Are they renting ?

Contact the LL directly.

Branleuse Sat 06-Apr-13 13:15:15

i used to get this. It used to REALLY piss me off

EllieArroway Sat 06-Apr-13 14:20:15

I had exactly the same thing. Of the three flats in my building, I was the only one with a bell, and every fucker rang it - so annoying. I put a sign up saying "Flat 2 ONLY" but no one took any notice.

So, I started to open the door and then shut it in the face of anyone calling who wasn't for me, no matter who it was. It pissed everyone off enough that they soon got themselves doorbells.

Refuse point blank to let anyone into the building or take in deliveries. People are so rude, aren't they?

IslaValargeone Sat 06-Apr-13 14:27:31

Agree with everyone else about not answering. Your neighbours will soon sort themselves out when they realise they don't have the services of
Paul Burrell Mailme100

Longdistance Sat 06-Apr-13 14:28:28

Take the batteries/ unplug the bell......seriously, that's what needs doing.

DontmindifIdo Sat 06-Apr-13 15:00:16

Take out the batteries for a couple of days. If it's for you, people can knock on the window.

seriouslychocolatey Sat 06-Apr-13 16:55:04

how bloody annoying. I have similar flat set up- only my neighbour has her own bell. Clearly label your bell with your flat number- i wrote mine on with a sharpie pen and it lasts outside for many months before needing going over again. Do not open the door to anyone other than someone you know is your visitor. I'd go as far as to close the door on them if you do accidentally open for someone else- its a security risk not rudeness.

Let your neighbours know if they start hassling you that cheap plug in doorbells are available- no DIY skills needed.

seriouslychocolatey Sat 06-Apr-13 16:59:27

if that happens again- what you say happened this morning - refuse to sign for it. In this case she came downstairs but at other times she may not. I do open the door for parcels for my neighbour and she does for me too but we both have own bells and its the last resort after the courier gets no reply. Also the postie will soon know whose flat is whose, it irritates them too for there to be no flat number (i know because my postman told me once when a parcel for DD had no flat number on it)

ivykaty44 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:21:57

www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-Doorbell-Intercom-907-opening/dp/B0042A0EJG/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url

get an intercom - for one upstairs will not hear the doorbell

then if they are not visitors for you you don't need to go to the door but can tell the upstairs visitor to ring upstairs bellwink when they say they can't see it just reply I can't either smile I think they hide their doorbell sweety so they can't have visitors

DontmindifIdo Sat 06-Apr-13 18:31:06

oh, intercom is a perfect solution. Then you've not gone to the door to answer it, I bet what upstairs does is open their door a bit to listen to you deal with whoever it is, it'll drive them insane!

mailme100 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:37:39

Thanks everybody for your great help smile

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