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123girlsandboys321 · 04/12/2019 22:33

New neighbours are renovating their house, we're living in a semi so just us attached to them. They pretty much only do work on it in the evening and have refused to keep the noise down - I'm talking saws and drills at 10:30pm - I find this totally unacceptable especially as they know we have young children. Just wanted to see if I'm alone in this view? We've tried asking them to keep the noise to before 7pm and they've been rude and aggressive to us...

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Unhomme · 04/12/2019 22:43

Not a lot you can do if you've asked and they've said no. The quicker they get it done the quicker they will be quieter.


SocksForceFive · 04/12/2019 22:47

Have you checked your local council's rules on noise control?


itbemay1 · 04/12/2019 22:48

Look at your local council website around acceptable noise, we had similar but it was weekends starting at 6am, we printed off noise acceptability from council and put it through their door, solved the problem


Northernsoullover · 04/12/2019 22:49

It could be a statutory nuisance. The problem is if it goes to court they'll know it was you. They will probably know it was you anyway though.


avamiah · 04/12/2019 22:52

They cannot be drilling and sawing at 10.30 pm at night that is what you need to know .
They sound totally unreasonable and are in my opinion acting very anti social.


avamiah · 04/12/2019 23:00

Hi OP, I’m sorry your going through this but if they have been aggressive to you or a family member then you really in my opinion must call the police .
You have children to consider and their behaviour is totally unacceptable .


bridgetreilly · 04/12/2019 23:16

I'm afraid that asking them to stop at 7pm was unreasonable, even if that affects your young children. 9pm or even 10pm is not unreasonable, but later than that certainly is.


Notcontent · 04/12/2019 23:20

They are being really unreasonable. Noisy DIY in the evening is totally unacceptable.


Venger · 04/12/2019 23:22

There's no specific statutory rules around DIY noise outside of the usual noise nuisance rules however my local council recommends it should be limited to 7am to 8pm on weekdays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. A quick google of various other councils shows similar guidelines.

As they've already been aggressive with you I'd skip talking to them about it again and get in touch with the noise abatement team at the local council as they're creating a nuisance that is anti-social. Keep a diary of times/days and any further aggression.


avamiah · 04/12/2019 23:24

I don’t know where you live but 10 pm is very unacceptable to carry out this sort of work during the week .
People have children who have to go to school early and those who don’t have to get up for work also there could be elderly neighbours.
10 pm is far to late.


RLOU30 · 04/12/2019 23:28


Really? 9-10pm Shock I don’t think that’s reasonable in the slightest.


KellyHall · 04/12/2019 23:28

Do you/they own or rent? I used to rent and the tenancy agreement stated noise shouldn't be heard outside the property after 11pm.


CrotchetyQuaver · 04/12/2019 23:35

They're inconsiderate arseholes.
Noisy stuff needs to stop around 9pm, that's what reasonable people would do.
No suggestions on how to play it... maybe drill a hole in the party wall with their bedroom about 6.30am??? (No I don't really think that's a good idea).
Actually maybe then, they'll realise how loud they're being.


avamiah · 04/12/2019 23:45

Totally agree .
9pm is late enough .
Unless you live in a detached house and internal noise can’t be heard by neighbours.


sillysmiles · 04/12/2019 23:47

I'm guessing if they are only DIY working in the evening, then they are working somewhere else during the day.

Before 7pm is way to early to expect them to stop working on their house. But personally I think there shouldn't be noise after 10, definitely 11.


Stefoscope · 04/12/2019 23:48

Definitely rude of them. I felt bad when NDN were disturbed by my DP hammering after 10pm (and knowing they didn't have kids living with them.)


avamiah · 04/12/2019 23:57

I get on great with my neighbours and always have .In my opinion it’s really important to get on with them and have a good relationship as you need to feel happy and safe in your own home.


lisag1969 · 04/12/2019 23:59

Check with the council and noise rules. X


avamiah · 05/12/2019 00:12

Let’s be honest OP can check with her council but nobody can start drilling and making excessive noise at 10 pm.


Longfacenow · 05/12/2019 00:21

The police will tell you it's a council issue. The council will take weeks to get back to you once you've sent them your diary entries and any decibel recordings from inside your home. By the time they get back to you the work will be long over I expect unless it's a huge renovation?


MrsCholmleyWarner · 05/12/2019 03:06

I had this problem a few years ago. Just remember they will be your neighbours for a lot longer than they are being a noisy nuisance. For the sake of future harmony I would advise taking it on the chin until they've got themselves sorted xx


IWantADifferentName · 05/12/2019 03:40

Time to get passive aggressive. Your children need to wake up earlier and play noisy ball games outside.


BestOption · 05/12/2019 03:49

You asked them to stop at 7pm? They’re not the only ones being unreasonable. They have jobs to be getting in with in the evening after work, you cannot expect them to act like church mice because you have children.

If you’d been more reasonable you could have asked them if they would mind doing the louder stuff earlier & trying to be quiet after 9 and when possible not in the rooms adjoining the children’s bedroom, but you seem to have pushed them off already


123girlsandboys321 · 05/12/2019 03:53

Ok good to know most people agree!

My local council say 8pm so whereas 7pm is a little early - 10:30/11 is way too late.

Unfortunately we can't escape the noise in any of the rooms, even the one bedroom which doesn't join.

The most laughable part is that they have similarly aged children but of course they haven't moved them in yet - guess they don't want to wake their own ones up!

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PhilCornwall1 · 05/12/2019 05:12

Your children need to wake up earlier and play noisy ball games outside.

That's a mistake right there. That will disturb other neighbours who are not involved in this.

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