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to not want to listen to someone else's shit music all night every night.

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TotallyAndUtterlyPaninied Wed 23-Sep-09 20:07:47

Next doors plays his crap rap music from about 7.30pm-10ish every night while he smokes weed. It is loud and rubbish.

DS goes to bed at 6pm. He's 1 year old, loves his bedtime and likes to sleep 6pm-7am, then we get up for work. Next door's music disturbs him.

They don't work and their toddlers run around screaming until 10.30-11.30ish every night so it doesn't affect their kids.

They seem to be extra loud at night which really gets on my tits. We both actually work, they don't. So we like to go to bed early, particularly now that I am pregnant as I'm exhausted and I have migraines.

But all I hear is his music. He shouts and laughs really loud over it, too.

I have complained about the neighbours on here before so it might sound familiar.

Soon we'll have a newborn and no doubt the music will keep the baby awake too.

But id it's before 11pm we don't have a leg to stand on do we?

I just do not want to listen to his dross music every night in my home. We don't disturb them, I don't expect them to disturb us- it's just courteous.

I am downstairs watching a film with DH and I the music is irritating me- it is being played upstairs in the bedroom next to ours. So it's pretty loud for me to be hearing it down here over the TV.

I'm so sick of it.


TotallyAndUtterlyPaninied Wed 23-Sep-09 20:09:31


KIMItheThreadSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 20:26:59

We had some neighbors like this when we lived in a house converted in to two flats, they were upstairs and it was hell.
Thankfully we had the fuse box in our flat for the whole house and I used to turn their fuse off and pretend to be out.

I feel your pain, I would complain to the council,/ housing association and also report them to SS for using drugs around their children

pippel Wed 23-Sep-09 20:31:34

do you live next to me? my neighbours are exactly like that!

I stood out side thier open window complaining to my friend loudly that next time I was going to give them my 6 week old and let them get her to sleep and to be fair they did improve for a few weeks, didn't last long though

TotallyAndUtterlyPaninied Wed 23-Sep-09 20:45:30

What can I say to them so as not to start a feud but to make them stop the music?

roundwindow Wed 23-Sep-09 20:52:34

Have you spoken to them at all yet? If not, then I guess the way to approach it would be something fluffy along the lines of '... the soundproofing's not very good is it... do you think you could play your music a bit more quietly as we can hear it all the time you're playing it and it's been disturbing us a bit'.

But as far as not having a leg to stand on when it's before 11pm goes, I don't think that's true. At least I hope not. I think any noise that's loud enough for neighbours to hear in their homes can be classed as nuisance.

If you don't have any joy with approaching them then you need to contact environmental health/your council's specialist noise dept. They'll want to check that you've already tried to sort it out amicably then will probably write to them to let them know there's been a complaint and if the situation continues come and record the noise from your place.

I totally feel your pain though, this issue can get right under your skin and ruin your quality of life if it goes on sad. Hope you get it resolved quickly and painlessly.

MichKit Wed 23-Sep-09 20:52:40

Call your council's environmental health department. Its doesn't matter if its at 10 AM or PM, noise is noise. Once you have called them, they'll send you a noise log, fill it in and send it off to them. They will then come and visit (at whatever time the noise is most) and log the noise. This will then lead to

a warning
a second warning
then some sort of action, which may involve removal of noise making equipment et al.

As drugs are involved you may have a legal case as well.

And whatever you do, make sure you keep a log. Also if its getting really awful, call the police and keep a note of your case number. Call them often enough, and they'll show up. They won't be able to do very much, but usually give a warning, which if your neighbours are sensible (which they are not at the mo) will heed.

I've been through all this and this makes a huge difference... we have a much better quality of life now we got our horrible neighbour sorted.

Good luck!

TotallyAndUtterlyPaninied Wed 23-Sep-09 20:55:55

Ok a log sounds good, I will start that. They're forever texting me so I could ask them to keep it down in a text- proof I have tried to sort it out amicably.

I just don't want to piss them off as they do nothing all day and night and so they have lots of times to think up ways to make our lives hell. Especially if we're out at work as they can get to our house while we're not in IYSWIM.

roundwindow Wed 23-Sep-09 20:58:18

sounds like we've had some similar experiences there MichKit. Really glad to hear you got yours sorted out smile.

Really agree about keeping a log though, hugely important. In our area the police won't deal with noise complaints (not their department apparently) but I guess this varies.

roundwindow Wed 23-Sep-09 21:04:46

TotallyandUtterly I know it's really awkward and difficult but if you possibly can work on the assumption that they're decent human beings and even if they don't co-operate on the noise issue (in which case that's what the authorities are for) are unlikely to deliberately find other ways to make your lives difficult. You have a legal right to exist relatively peacefully in your home and if they were to start any trouble then you have to assume it'd be dealt with. Please try not to let fear of retaliation stop you trying to improve your quality of life. We don't live in an entirely lawless society, I hope.

MichKit Wed 23-Sep-09 21:11:54

TotallyandUtterly, roundwindow is absolutely right. We live in a rented house, and in a rubbish position as our bedroom is bang next to next door's living room... with only a thin wall. You can only imagine the shit we had to go through... he used to play his guitar and scream at the top of his voice at 2 AM... it was hell.

We called the police several times, and as instructed by the lady at the centre kept a note of our case numbers. The police actually visited the guy twice... and they must have said something to him the second time, as we haven't had a peep from him since. We also complained to our landlord.

You have a right to a good quality of life, and you're not getting it. You are well within your rights to complain to the police, and get them to at least come over and have a chat with your neighbours. I can't imagine they will want to antagonise you when they know you will call the cops on them.

But keep that log! That's what sorted our miserable effer out.

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