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Neighbour won't fix creaky door

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Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 06:43:26

It's driving me mad.

Neighbours have 2 teenage kids who stay up all night and open and close said creaky door (I believe it is the bathroom door) waking me up practically every hour during the night.

I've tried to have a reasonable conversation with neighbours but they are completely stonewalling the issue, literally ignored me when I went round to try and resolve the problem. Although the issue may have been that the parents are of Turkish origin and possibly don't speak much english. However, the 2 kids were there and DO speak perfectly good english.

The following day I got a note through the letterbox saying that it didn't bother them so they weren't going to do anything about it. angry

I don't understand why they can't just put a blob of grease on the hinges and solve the problem.

WWYD?

statetrooperstacey Tue 16-May-17 06:48:29

Take round a bottle of wd40 and ask them to put a bit on the hinges (speak to the kids,)look desperate and smile a lot. Lots of I would be so grateful, thank you so much, your so kind etc.
They prob think you want them to replace the door or something.

PossumInAPearTree Tue 16-May-17 06:48:34

I would do something that bothered them like a loud radio on all day/night when I'm out but I'm not very mature about such matters and I guess it could make things worse?

Can you swap to a different bedroom further away?

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 06:53:42

statetrooper thanks for the suggestion, which I think is a very good one - if only they were reasonable.
I did actually do exactly that when I went round. But was met with stony glares all round and a refusal to even let me in. They just stood outside in a row like guardsmen, and I was about to raid the place. confused

I've even invited them to come round to my flat to hear how loud it carries through the walls but they flatly refused.

It's infuriating as it seems like such an easily fixed thing.

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 06:55:04

possum. It's a one bedroom flat with a tiny study room. But I'm getting so desperate that I'm thinking of sleeping on a futon in the study...

PossumInAPearTree Tue 16-May-17 07:00:12

Do they rent? Can you contact their letting agent or landlord?

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:04:51

According to the letter they sent, they are homeowners. In fact, in the letter, they threatened to get me evicted for renting illegally.

Um, not sure where they got that from as I am the homeowner.

I suppose it's possible that the previous (btl) owner was a bit dodgy and maybe that's where the hostility comes from.

Legma37 Tue 16-May-17 07:12:17

Well that escalated from 'not doing anything about it' to 'in fact, in the letter, they threatened to get me evicted for renting illegally' confused

00100001 Tue 16-May-17 07:14:25

Try and get the kids to do it. See if you can collar one of them when they're homeoalone

Shedmicehugh Tue 16-May-17 07:15:11

They write in English perfectly well then?

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:15:20

Do anything about the door that is. The threat, I think, was to get me off their back and not follow it up.

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:15:54

I think it's likely one of the children wrote the letter.

statetrooperstacey Tue 16-May-17 07:17:21

How old are the kids?

gren Tue 16-May-17 07:17:42

I'd go with the kind wd40 idea with chocolate

Shedmicehugh Tue 16-May-17 07:17:47

Put a note and can of wd40 through their letterbox?

RitaConnors Tue 16-May-17 07:18:50

Ok, it sounds like they are never ever going to do anything about it. You've asked them, they have said no it doesn't bother them. So your options are
1)block out the noise. Sleep with music on or white noise. Sleep with earplugs in. That sort of thing.
2) move. Which sounds drastic but is unfortunately what many of us have to do with neighbour problems.

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:18:53

Not sure how old the kids are. They look late teens

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:20:51

Do white noise machines really work? Never had one before.

Shedmicehugh Tue 16-May-17 07:32:56

" i did actually do exactly that when I went round. But was met with stony glares all round and a refusal to even let me in"

You were expecting to be let in??

Blimey01 Tue 16-May-17 07:38:23

This is awful Op. Can you go round again a just explain how it's making life intolerable not being able to sleep and as neighbours it would be nice to help each other out.
Hope they see sense flowers

Styturnip Tue 16-May-17 07:49:03

Thank you blimey. Appreciate it brew

statetrooperstacey Tue 16-May-17 08:09:07

Catch a teen going back to the house giv them wd40, tell them when they have done it u will give them a tenner?

RedBlu Tue 16-May-17 08:58:34

We had something similar a few years ago when we lived in a HA flat. We lived upstairs, they lived downstairs and they had a very very creaky door just below our bedroom. It woke us up all night as they were seemingly purposely opening and shutting it all night long and making it creak repeatedly on purpose (I fail to believe they could be going in and out the door every few seconds!!).

Long story short, had to get the HA involved as we reported it as a noise problem as they refused to do anything about it and started doing it to piss us off.

If both houses are privately owned, not sure what you can do about it though!

NavyandWhite Tue 16-May-17 09:09:37

That's pretty unreasonable of them. I think going round again and explaining that this is affecting you on a daily basis is a good idea. Take the WD40 and offer to do it yourself. If they refuse then I'm not sure where you'd go from there.

Have you tried silicone earplugs?

Witchend Tue 16-May-17 09:14:50

If the kids are going to the toilet every hour during the night then there must be a medical issue there surely. It's unusual for my teens to get up during the night, and more than once, unless ill, is unheard of.

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