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VictorTango Mon 25-Feb-13 23:35:25

I know it's not late. But I was so sick of it. It's like mental tortue. The continous duff duff is the soundtrack to my life atm.

Her music isn't loud but it's the bloody base thumping through the walls.

It's a young girl (20ish). She plays it for hours on end, sometimes till 1am. Friday it was till 1am, Sunday it was till 1am. Today it came on mid day, I went out and came back twice and it was still on.

After sitting at the table listening to it throughout the dc dinnertime, I went and knocked to have (another) politE word. She didn't answer. So I dropped a note through. Which had no effect.

I've tried to catch her mother to speak to her but they come and go at weird hours and I never really know who is living there at any one point.

The duff duff duff's always seem louder when upstairs (she plays it in her bedroom) so I asked dd1 to bang on the wall with a book until the duff duff noise stopped. Which is did after about 5 mins of banging.

I feel guilty now. But I honestly couldn't face doing bath/bedtime listening to it upstairs and then having to try and sleep through it again if it's on till 1am.


SushiPaws Tue 26-Feb-13 18:55:27

We had a similar problem but I didn't want to complain to the council because (where I am anyway), you have to disclose this information if you sell your house.

I put a note through asking if the speakers were against an adjoining wall, if they were, could they move them to the opposite wall and lift them off the floor. This helped allot with the base and made it fine during the day.

But at night it was still very annoying. So eventually I bought a pair of digital cordless headphones and sent them with a note begging neighbour to consider the fact he was waking up my kids. It's worked when he's home alone but it's still on when he's got friends round, only once a week.

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Tailtwister Tue 26-Feb-13 18:43:16

YANBU, it's really intrusive. I would definitely look at soundproofing if you can afford it. I haven't had it done, but a friend of mine did (she was in a flat) and it make a huge difference. We had a double upper conversion is a house we loved and our lives were made intolerable by the people downstairs. Unusually they were elderly, but the husband was deaf and shouted all the time and had the TV on very loud. It was a nightmare.

Unfortunately, I do think that the majority of people are very selfish. The best you can do imo is to soundproof or move.

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 18:40:47

VictorTango I so feel your pain sad. I'd second contacting the council. It is just awful.
I quite like that Enrique song makes DH go all romantic, but hearing that on a loop would make me go Robocop!
Honestly what is wrong with people - a bit of consideration for your neighbours isn't much to ask!

clairedunphy Tue 26-Feb-13 18:38:46

Thanks Avon, we're West Mids so a bit far for us but I'll look into local specialists, good to know it really worked.

Victor definitely call the council, just feeling like you're doing something about it can make you feel better, it's horrible feeling helpless and waiting for it to start up again.

JuliaScurr Tue 26-Feb-13 18:37:30

just had a related ish situation. You can get an injunction against them - contact Citizens Advice or Shelter for info.
Totally sympathise - it's irrelevant what time it happens - what if you're having a nice little snooze when the selfish git next door kicks off? Should be noise wardens like traffic wardens - instant fine smile
Try playing those relaxation tapes of water and pan pipes - it smothers the hideous racket with another hideous racket - but at least its your own hideous racket smile

TweedSlacks Tue 26-Feb-13 18:34:53

Hiya VT .
I know someone who works as an EHO for local Gvt . Its one of his jobs to visit peoples houses and assess noise levels. He can enforce a seizure order if neccessary so the girl would loose her speakers.
Its really simple. When its on and at a disturbing level ring the EHO and they should send an officer who will attend your property. If they deem the noise to be a nuisiance then steps can be taken, simple things like a warning letter . Turn it down or we will take your stereo.
I live above a flat with a 16YO. Its mental. TV and stereo on full volume , come in at 10 - 11 pm , crank it up and even worse ,Its mostly Celine flippin Dion

marjproops Tue 26-Feb-13 18:34:40

Thanx avon Im sure eveyone will want name of company now!

OP, please do it now, there must be an out-of-hours number you can call or 101 maybe? They might put you to the right people? neighbours obv taking the pee now. is there a neighbour on the other side of her that can complain too?

It's more annoying than anything else, that duff duff duff noise. I get my teeth on edge just when a car goes past house like that so must be torture. Ive had in in past properties so know full well. only in my case it was bloody Adele and one of her songs and Enrique' i could be your hero baby' on a loop!!!!! all the live long day and night.

VictorTango Tue 26-Feb-13 18:25:20

I could have managed a £1000 but £3000 is just too much.

She's got it on again as we speak.

Shoot me now.

I think a letter from the council might help.

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 18:25:09

Yep, it is smile.
marjproops will find details and PM you

Sallyingforth Tue 26-Feb-13 18:21:57

4 inches of insulation! That really is heavy duty.

marjproops Tue 26-Feb-13 18:21:21

avon me too!!! dont know how to pm can you pm me too? thanx.

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 18:21:01

OK - We're just outside London. We got a professional Soundproofing company to do it. This is important, I think, as some builders offer soundproofing, but it's really just a bit of extra plaster, or people try to do it themselves, and it's just not enough. I think our neighbours will have benefitted too, as they probably can't hear us any more, but hey ho! They had to move some plug sockets, and wehn they replastered after doing the actual soundproofing, they covered up some pipes which were unsightly anyway. They also repainted for us. It has been a bloody miracle.

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 18:16:55

* 4 inches off*

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 18:16:13

VictorTango - It cost just under £3,000 (we just got downstairs done.) I know that's a lot, but the everyday noises from next door were really getting to me, let alone if they had people round. I hadn't realised quite how stressful I'd found it until we had the soundproofing done.
Clairedunphy, because we chose heavy duty soundproofing, we lost 4 inches of our wall, which I don't notice. The job took 3 days. We are just outside London. If that sounds any good to you, PM me and I'll let you know their details.

marjproops Tue 26-Feb-13 18:14:29

avon and did you put it in yourselves or get the proffessionals in? cos party walls will have plug sockets that need moving dont they?

marjproops Tue 26-Feb-13 18:12:11

avonwhere are you? please share, and how much roughly does it cost?

I'll sell my soul if I have to to get some!!!!

But really, if they want to make so much noise THEY should put bloody soundproofing in themselves or pay for yours.

Gosh, if so many of us have probs with this why isnt the law more on top of this?

clairedunphy Tue 26-Feb-13 18:04:53

Avon we too are in a semi and have rubbish walls. We hear TV, coughing, drawers and cupboards banging etc from our very lovely neighbour who is doing nothing unreasonable. Would you mind sharing info about the soundproofing you used as I don't really know where to start looking?

OP YADNBU, we have a separate issue with a yappy dog (different neighbour) and phoned the council who immediately sent a letter and offered to send us recording equipment for monitoring. We declined as the letter seemed to do the trick for a while, although it's gradually getting worse again so the council might be getting another call soon...

specialsubject Tue 26-Feb-13 18:00:01

start a log and make complaints. She can use headphones, she'll blow out her hearing but that's her problem. Unless you live in a detached house you HAVE to keep the music down.

there are few things worse than this.

VictorTango Tue 26-Feb-13 17:55:40

How much did that cost Avon, if you don't mind me asking?

AvonCallingBarksdale Tue 26-Feb-13 17:50:53

OP, yes, we soundproofed the walls from the front to the back of the house (we're in a semi-detached.). Sallyingforth, it depends what sort of soundproofing you get done - ours is very heavy duty, similar to what's used to soundproof music studios!
We'd got the point where we didn't want to have to fight like with like. Our neighbours are nice, a bit noisy but good people - it's just that the soundproofing between the houses was rubbish. Now we hear nothing at all from them. I could bang on about this forever, such is the effect it has had on me smile!

Sallyingforth Tue 26-Feb-13 16:38:51

Soundproofing isn't very effective on loud bass notes
As Iseeall says the council has a responsibility to deal with noise complaints so get onto them.
They will want you to keep a log, so start right away with any periods you can remember over the past few days.
Good luck!

marmite69 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:30:45

We had this same problem with our neighbours son,bloody bass thumping through the walls.
Dh just kept going round,the parents seemed surprised we would mind the noise confused
If it starts now I put Barry Manilow on full blast with the speaker against the wall!

Iseeall Tue 26-Feb-13 16:02:50

The council will deal with all noise nuisance regardless of whether you rent or own. Contact your council to log your complaint. They should then sent you info on keeping a log of the noise, what to do, who to call out of hours etc. Noise can be at anytime, but it has to be excessive and on a regular basis(yours is). five mins of music before parents come in would not be. You do not have to live like this.

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