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Liketoshop · 24/07/2017 09:45

We bought our three bedroom flat last year, as its in a lovely part of town, close to beach, station etc. It was built in 1920s, no sound proofing but purpose built. I hadn't realised how loose upstairs floorboards were on viewing the property. Our upstairs neighbour was difficult before we moved in but masked it as wanting the i's and t's crossed. She has now accused us of harassment because we asked her during a conversation to screw down her noisy floorboards, she wakes us every night when she gets up, so no decent length of sleep and they're so noisy in her lounge. She emailed us to say she had plans in place for floorboards and then said we were intimidating her etc which was not the case. Would sound proofing help? I don't want to involve solicitors and I don't think they can do anything anyway. She refuses to speak to us and we can now see her pre moving in behaviour was an attempt to keep us away as she's always had elderly residents beneath. Any advice gratefully received!

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MyKingdomForBrie · 24/07/2017 09:47

She's got plans to fix the floorboards so I would just wait and see what happens. Don't inflame the situation further.


Liketoshop · 24/07/2017 15:38

Thanks for your reply but she said she'd made arrangements back in May so not holding out much hope now!

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HighwayDragon1 · 24/07/2017 15:47

What is she doing in the middle of the night?

Daytime nose is part of living in a flat


divadee · 24/07/2017 16:09

I live in a upstairs flat with some squeaky floorboards in the hallway. To be honest we have fixes the floorboards as we have done the rooms but got the hallway and lpunge to go and we need to save to get the flooring done. To be honest I would be annoyed at a neighbour complaining about the floorboards. In our flat bodgers lived here before us so in the hallway we have carpet glued to lino which is over other lino and then hardboard before the floorboards underneath. As you can imagine this isn't cheap for us to fix as we would need new flooring. Are you offering to help her with her costs? Maybe she can't afford go do it.


Gingerbeer200 · 24/07/2017 17:01

You would be right to complain if she was blasting out music day in day out or drug dealing ( two neighbours I've had to deal with) but not for floor boards. You will come across as pathetic and one of those neighbours


Liketoshop · 24/07/2017 21:27

We offered to pay half, its two rooms but she doesn't want to know. Money isn't an issue for her, more the inconvenience of lifting carpets and we've offered to help out. It's the creaky noise when she gets up every night once or twice. Just want an undisturbed night, that's all.
?one of those neighbours? We've lived next door to nightmare music driven neighbours so definitely not!

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sansbatt13 · 24/07/2017 21:44

I personally don't think you are coming across as 'pathetic and one of those neighbours' we are going through similar, plus items being dropped, running up and down the hallway, it's very disruptive and unpredictable. We often wait for the noise to begin and sometimes wait for them to go to sleep so we can ourselves can then have a peaceful night. We are also trying to get sound proofing laid down at our expense. Blaring music isn't always the only factor.


ememem84 · 24/07/2017 21:52

I think you're being reasonable. We're going through similar at present. Difference being we own and upstairs rent. I've complained to buildings manager (stamping jumping and running about uostairs all the time!!) who has put me in touch with the agent.

We as owners have the right to vote to remove nuisance tenants. I'm hoping others vote for this too.


user1499786242 · 24/07/2017 22:01

Literally nothing worse than hearing your neighbours...
We've had issues for years in our terraced house, even police involved at one point

We've just bought a detached house.

Only way to avoid it tbh

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