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pinkie1982 Thu 24-Apr-14 15:00:19

He insists on playing either Elvis or Bryan Adams at full blast (we live in the flat above him) 3 morning this week, waking us up at 4.45am, going on for a whole album??!!

I have spoken to him about it before, in the street last Summer, and it stopped... until this week. When I spoke to him to explain that his music is waking us up well before we need to set our alarm for work and it wasn't fair he decided it wasn't him and that 'maybe it was the new people that moved in upstairs?'! THAT IS US! Then he said 'I will hold my hands up and say it is me but I don't think it was'.

He is an old alcoholic and TBH I just don't think he even knows what time it is, let along what day. If you ever knock on the door he doesn't answer it.

DP has decided that tomorrow morning he is going to turn off the electric in the box in the communal area. Half of me agrees with him.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Thu 24-Apr-14 15:11:57

If he turns off the electric that'll affect other people won't it.

Not a good idea to start messing with the electricity although I sympathise with you having a twatty neighbour.

Go and have another moan at him and threaten him with tghe environmental health noise pollution people at the council.

youbethemummylion Thu 24-Apr-14 15:16:49

He will just turn it back on so solves nothing

pinkie1982 Thu 24-Apr-14 15:47:13

LOL no it's his own electric. It was the only thing he came up with that would make it quiet!
He wouldn't know what happened. TBH I think he puts the music on and is soooo drunk he falls asleep and lets the album play out. He doesn't answer door so I can only collar him in the street.

I think we are going to have to invest in ear plugs!

helenthemadex Thu 24-Apr-14 15:55:38

thats really unreasonable, if you can turn just his off I would but turn it back on when you get up

specialsubject Thu 24-Apr-14 16:14:22

normally I'd say yes, but as this guy is clearly so sozzled that he remembers little you may be putting him at risk. For instance, he may have a fall alarm.

explain clearly and slowly once more that this is not on, ring the council to say you are opening a noise complaint and find out their procedures.

RedandChecker Thu 24-Apr-14 16:19:26


Ring the council. I had this when we lived in flats. I rang the council who redirected to to some environment people?
In the end the police paid a visit.

You cannot turn off his electric!!!!!

beershuffle Thu 24-Apr-14 16:22:42

Ive done it in a similar situation. Mad woman playing music top volume at 4am waking my children up night aftet night after night. I turned off the electric more than once. I have no qualms about it, especially considering some of the othet shit she got up to!

CrazyOldCatLady Thu 24-Apr-14 16:23:28

I'd call the police next time.

Anniecarrieson Thu 24-Apr-14 16:37:56

If you turn it off and on again will it stop the cd player? I'd give that a try personally.

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Thu 24-Apr-14 16:44:23

Is it council accommodation, or a Housing Association flat? If so, perhaps a call to the offices might be in order. Explain to them, they should send someone round to have a word with him.

Also, call the Environmental Health people. They won't be particularly helpful first call (in my experience), but after your first call, keep a record of all the times this happens, then call them again and tell them you have kept a log.

They should also then send someone round. This is how it works in theory, hopefully you may get results. I think it sometimes depends on where you live and how helpful your council people are.

Best of luck

strawberryangel Thu 24-Apr-14 16:47:57

I'd go for turning it off and on again after his music's been on for about half an hour. If he's fallen asleep then it'll just stop the CD and he'll never notice.

BookABooSue Thu 24-Apr-14 16:49:58

YABU and if he realises that it was you and reports you then you could get into trouble. Interfering with essential services (electricity, gas, water) is a serious issue.
Keep a log of incidents. Contact the council. Call the police or/and the local noise abatement officer.

pinkie1982 Thu 24-Apr-14 21:33:51

I'd rather that than DP confronting him. Had terrible trouble in our last place and were emergency rehoused after numerous occasions in court that we don't want to revisit.

He has a leasehold on a flat in a HA property.
I will try to speak to him again but if it happens tomorrow morning I can see either one of us banging on his door hard! Don't want to disturb the other tenants tho but with DP working 12 hour days it's not on.

SaucyJack Thu 24-Apr-14 21:39:07

I'd also go with flicking it off and on again to stop the CD playing. Elvis won't mind.

maddening Thu 24-Apr-14 21:48:16

call environmental health and go through the proper channels rather than something like the electric - either action will potentially cause hostility and in these sorts of situations you need to be whiter than white iyswim - it derides you argument when you turn the electricity off and it could turn ugly.

maddening Thu 24-Apr-14 21:48:56

ps start a diary

maddening Thu 24-Apr-14 21:56:22

pps the diary is used for 2 things - firstly for EH to gauge as to whether there is a statutory nuisance which includes when it is happening, the frequency and it's impact on you - so include times and then how it impacts you such as unable to sleep, having to turn tv up to hear it etc

secondly it is used as evidence if any further action is to be taken alongside recording evidence and EH witness (once they confirm it it stat nuisance they may give you the number for the out of hours team who you call when the noise is happening and they visit your property and witness the nuisnce.

diaries prior to EH issuing a warning to him may not be considered evidence but t least EH will start knowing the scope of the issue and whether it is stat nuisance so may speed up installation of recording equipment and witness visits - it is good that he is HA - they may look to evict if he doesn't stop it following warnings and the better the evidence the more chance you have.

lurkerspeaks Thu 24-Apr-14 22:03:31

He might light a candle to see and then burn your flat down.

Don't so bloody daft!

pinkie1982 Thu 24-Apr-14 22:07:44

He is not HA but we are.

Our last place I felt like a nuisance and we were moved here. I was threatened with violence as was my family and I kept a diary & recordings. HA put an injunction on the neighbour but he broke it. There were numerous 999 calls and court dates but in the end we had to be rehoused, a year down the line. I hate confrontation due to this and don't know what's best to do. Nothing went in our favour before so why would it now?

We are fairly new and this one is quite pally with his neighbour next door so want to say/do something but also don't! confused
Thanks, I seem to have split opinions back from you all. I am just crossing my fingers it's quiet tomorrow morning!

maddening Thu 24-Apr-14 22:18:01

sorry I misread and thought you owned and he was HA. Can you put in for a swap then? If you haven't invested a great emotional attachment to this place cut your losses - it isn't an easy path but nor is causing neighborly hostility - I would rather just get the fuck out - which is the beauty of renting - don't like it move as doing so for a renter is easier and cheaper than an owner trying to sell with a nuisance neighbour. No-one should be forced from their home but as you know to fight it is hard.

Nohootingchickenssleeping Thu 24-Apr-14 22:20:47

Call Citizen's Advice, 101 and your HA tomorrow. Don't turn electric off, it won't do any good in the long run for your reputation.

pinkie1982 Thu 24-Apr-14 22:21:34

We are looking for a swap at the moment but not much about. That is the plan in the not too distant future wink

BMW6 Thu 24-Apr-14 23:22:34

Oh Sod It, yes turn the electric off when you go to bed, then turn it on again next morning.

trufflesnout Thu 24-Apr-14 23:32:06

Flick it off and back on - if doing that a few times doesn't work just flick it off and leave like that 'til morning. Sod him. If I had that sort of power over our noise-pest-neighbour I'd use it in a heartbeat!

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