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Your Rights Against Troublesome Neighbours

By: Thomas Muller - Updated: 13 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Troublesome neighbours can seriously damage the quality of home life, but not only do you have the right to live in peace but the legal rights too.

Neighbour Trouble

Whether it’s head thumping bass of a stereo, persistent shrieks of an over active child or loud footsteps, the chief neighbour nuisance is noise, but neighbours can also make life hell through destructive children, ill-trained dogs, ill-kempt trees and hedges, poor rubbish management and abusive or harassing behaviour.

Whatever the incitement, if the actions of your neighbours are making your life a misery and they are not responsive to polite requests to stop then you need to be aware of what rights are available to you.

The Noise and Environmental Protection Acts

As a particularly common grievance, excessive noise falls under the control of two main pieces of legislation.

The Noise Act 1996 gives the council the powers to order neighbours to cease their noisy exploits immediately. They can also confiscate noise-making devices, such as the TV or stereo, and issue a fine. It is the council’s decision to implement any preventative action and so the grievance should be raised with them for their consideration.

If you can reliably anticipate your neighbour’s noisy pursuits then alternatively you could invite the local authority over to witness the act. If they agree then they can serve an abatement law under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Control of Pollution Act in Scotland).

You are also entitled to take out private action by applying to your local magistrates court. If you are in Scotland then you can take action through a solicitor to the Sheriff's Court.

Environmental Protection Act for Non-Noise

The Environment Protection Act is a far-reaching law that is also a valuable piece of legislation for a host of other non-noise issues where your neighbour poses further threats to environmental well-being.

For instance, it can be used if you live next door to someone who has living habits that could be construed as being a health hazard, such as if they use their garden as a vermin-friendly rubbish heap. In such a situation you should contact your local council’s Environmental Health department.

Housing Act

If your neighbours are engaging in anti-social behaviour that doesn’t fall within the remit of the noise or environmental protection acts then the Housing Act 1996 might prove a valuable ally.

Under this law, you can appeal to the High Court or County Court to grant an injunction to stop neighbours from "engaging or threatening to engage in conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance." This could include neighbour behaviour deemed violent, destructive or disruptive. It also can be used to curb the use of residential premises for illegal or immoral purpose, including as a drug den or brothel.

If your neighbour has trouble keeping their dog’s toilet habits under control then this becomes an issue for the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

Protection from Harassment Act

Neighbours that target you personally with their behaviour, such as through verbal abuse, dumping litter in your garden, deliberately causing obstruction or any other efforts intended to make your home life a misery, then this then becomes an issue for the Protection from Harassment Act 1977.

It is an offence for an individual to conduct themselves in a way that amounts to harassment of others and, if found guilty, offenders can face up to six months in jail.

Crime and Disorder Act 1998If your neighbour’s bad behaviour, such as drunkenness, violence, damage, intimidation or verbal abuse, is not solely directed at you but affecting the neighbourhood as a whole then your rights to curtail their anti-social activities are supported by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

This act rebuts the notion that a child is incapable of crime. Under this legislation you can appeal to the police and your local council authority for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to imposed on chief offenders regardless of whether they are over or under 18 years of age. If the individual has behaved in a manner "that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress" then they can be restricted from entering a specific geographical area or banned from certain acts.

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Thamizh - Your Question:
Hi , I'm living in house for 21 years in my area there were no problems caused till 20 years.But now my neighbourhood rented a property for a family who doing a beef stall business.It's completely annoying me and we have reported the police and they told that he had a license and we couldn't do anything.I'm very depressed.It would be possible that to take any action with him.Thanks if you could help me to resolve this.

Our Response:
What kind of problems is this causing you? Sorry it's not clear.
SaferHouses - 14-May-18 @ 10:33 AM
Hi , I'm living in housefor 21 years in my area there were no problems caused till 20 years.But now my neighbourhood rented a property for a family who doing a beef stallbusiness.It's completely annoying me and we have reported the police and they told that he had a license and we couldn't do anything..I'm very depressed.It would be possible that to take any action with him.Thanks if you could help me to resolve this.
Thamizh - 13-May-18 @ 9:21 AM
I have lived in my housing association house for eighteen years with my 38 year old son, it is not a friendly area and we have always kept our selves to ourselves last year out of the blue my neighbour on the opposite side started filming my home on her mobile, a few weeks later she stood at the end of the drive and accused my son of filming her daughter I wasn't going to get into a slanging match with this woman as she is a right nasty piece of work she and her three friend in the close so I contacted the landlord and asked them to mediate I had them in the house and gave them full access to all areas including mobiles and Computers. They agreed that this woman and her friends were harassing us and they should stop they also said they could complain to them and they would not listen at the same time I told them I wanted to Move and this they are helping me to do I am just waiting for something suitable to become available, they telephoned all those involved and told them to stop their lies but instead they have just added to them shouting constant abuse accusing my son of being a paedophile and telling tales to the police about people we do not even know they have also posted his picture online somewhere as people we do not even recognize are abusing us we have contacted the ICO and are waiting to hear from them in the mean time we are terrified of going out and afraid to live in our own home the abuser next door is even putting a glass against the wall to listen to ourconversations I have not called the police because I do not think anything would come of it.
Bud - 6-May-18 @ 8:19 PM
The man upstairs is an alcoholic who constantly knocks my window bangs on it till it wakes me up rings my buzzer all the time at ridiculous times like 2am 3am 4am ect even 6am all because he’s too drunk to find his keys, I am 9 months pregnant and this has been going on for a while, the housing have done nothing, the police spoke to him and he told them he does not care, since then the issues have continued and nothing has been done, I cannot move houses as I can’t join the housing register because I’m not a priority and if I leave then the council won’t help as I’m classed as making myself homeless, I really don’t want to raise my child in this and I can’t deal with having a newborn and being constantly woken by an alcoholic it’s unfair, is there nothing I can do at all?
StressedMumToBe - 20-Mar-18 @ 2:48 AM
Hi. I live in a ground floor flat, the guy above me stomps on the floor if i make the slightest noise. When i say noise i mean things like mashing potatos, washing machine, closing a door (softly) the worst was when i had my grandchild round and she was in the bath splasing about, as a 2 year old does. Im fed up with it. I creep around my own home trying not to make a noise. He even swore at my 4 yr old grandchild when he came round as he shut a door too gard for his liking. The council are well aware of the issue and have been to see him after i filled in an antisocial behaviour diary. He goes quiet for a week or so then it starts again. Im looking to move asap.
Cantmakeasound - 15-Mar-18 @ 8:15 PM
Pen - Your Question:
My neighbour is building an extension on back of property. My problem is they have built up to party fence, they are putting two large vertical windows on the party fence wall, one of which is only 20” from my bay window. Their builder said council said ‘right and legalso long as they use obscure glass. The windows on my side are only 25 inch above my patio level. If this goes ahead it is as though neighbours have put an covenant on my property as we could never extend because of blocking their windows. How can this be legal?

Our Response:
The planning laws are quite clear about this - but check with planning and building control as obscure glass is not always feasible in a room that's lived in (usually only for bathrooms).
SaferHouses - 2-Mar-18 @ 12:54 PM
Ora - Your Question:
We live downstairs at a 1bed house (with my hubby) separete door from upstairs where is one 2bed flat. There are 6adults and 2-3?! children lives permanently. The kids are very active, they have loud footsteps even the adults does, they slaping the doors and shouting till midnight. The landlord does nothing. We cannot speak with the upstairs teanants because they dont speak english. We got 12 months contract there and still 9 months left. What is the possibilities?

Our Response:
You could try dropping a note in asking them to be a little quieter. If they don't speak English, a note will mean they can ask someone to help with translation. What has your landlord said? Ask them to: write to the tenants; put down carpet/more insulation etc. If the noise is often late at night (past 11pm), environmental health might be able to take action.
SaferHouses - 2-Mar-18 @ 10:48 AM
My neighbour is building an extension on back of property.My problem is they have built up to party fence,they are putting two large vertical windows on the party fence wall, one of which is only 20” from my bay window.Their builder said council said ‘right and legalso long as they use obscure glass.The windows on my side are only 25 inch above my patio level.If this goes ahead it is as though neighbours have put an covenant on my property as we could never extend because of blocking their windows.How can this be legal?
Pen - 28-Feb-18 @ 8:20 AM
We live downstairs at a 1bed house (with my hubby) separete door from upstairs where is one 2bed flat. There are 6adults and 2-3?! children lives permanently. The kids are very active, they have loud footsteps even the adults does, they slaping the doors and shouting till midnight. The landlord does nothing. We cannot speak with the upstairs teanants because they dont speak english. We got 12 months contract there and still 9 months left. What is the possibilities?
Ora - 27-Feb-18 @ 10:22 PM
Life’s hell- Your Question:
People upstairs from me are makeing our life’s hell ! They have laminate flooring threw the hole house ! The woman is abusive to my son and my misses as I’m writing this there stamping and dropping things on the floor !! They swarmed up the stairs makeing my dog bark ! And makeing barking sounds provoking the poor thing ! She hangs out the window swearing and shouting abuse at my misses ! And on a few times trying to attack her ! Most weekends she’s awake all night singing and stamping on the floor we’re so I go with this enough is enough ??

Our Response:
Assuming the neighbour is renting, first make a complaint to their landlord. Hopefully this will sort it out, if not, then you can contact environmental health about barking dogs and late night music.
SaferHouses - 27-Feb-18 @ 2:45 PM
People upstairs from me are makeing our life’s hell ! They have laminate flooring threw the hole house ! The woman is abusive to my son and my misses as I’m writing this there stamping and dropping things on the floor !! They swarmed up the stairs makeing my dog bark ! And makeing barking sounds provoking the poor thing ! She hangs out the window swearing and shouting abuse at my misses ! And on a few times trying to attack her ! Most weekends she’s awake all night singing and stamping on the floor we’re so I go with this enough is enough ??
Life’s hell - 25-Feb-18 @ 6:47 PM
Hi, does anyone know what I can do with regards to neighbours making malicious claims? It all started last year with the neighbour reporting me to social services making up absurd lies about me and my children. He went as far as saying I was a drug dealer. Social services visited and the case was closed straight away with no concerns. He repeatedly emails my landlord saying I leave my children outside from 6am-11pm at night which is a pack of lies and now he’s emailed to say my children have broke a fence and I’ve been abusive to him. I havnt spoke to him and there are no broken fence panels. I’m at the end of my tether and now won’t allow my children to play out which is unfair on them. I’m concerned my landlord will evict us, I can’t sleep for the worry and it’s causing me great anxiety. Please advise what I can do to put a stop to this. I just want to live peacefully in my home.
Endofmytether - 19-Feb-18 @ 9:37 PM
My 70 year old neighbour owns the freehold of the flat I live in. I live above her for 4 years now. When I moved in she had an old dachshund who would bark occasionally but it wasn’t a problem. However she started displaying harassment soon as I started to teach piano from my flat. After she harassed one of my students I confronted her about it and she was being absolutely vile and racist. The next day she apologised with flowers but as I continued to receive students she then went to my landlord and told many lies amongst complaining about my teaching activity. My landlord knows she’s difficult so he’s on my side, they also don’t get along and she dislikes him as well as being racist towards him. I decided to start teaching at my students homes to avoid the stress of her harassment but she had been calling me names whenever there was some issue that she could have just talked to me about she would just assume I was being malicious and so justifying her behaviour. I’m not the only person on the street who has received harassment from her but since I live right above her and or front doors are next to each other I get the brunt of it. Now recently her old dog passed away and she got a puppy. Now this puppy is barking at every single noise. I can put down a mug without the dog going off, not to mention coming home or putting out the rubbish, the dog will be barking like crazy and then she’ll get angry at the dog and start cursing me. “Bloody noise upstairs” or “bloody people, nightmare, just move away!” It’s become so bad I get anxiety just thinking about it and can’t move right now. It’s a nightmare and my landlord won’t take action in this case because to be honest he doesn’t want to deal with her since he’s even meant to fix the gutter and she’s tried to chase him up for it and he doesn’t respond to her. One night, on Divali, our neighbours were doing fireworks in their yard and she shouted at them “how dare you!” And “just move to Wembley!” Or the dog will start barking in the middle of the night (this is a high pitched on going mental yapping) cause some car drove by and then I get the blame for it because in her mind I’m always to blame and I’m on my bed sleeping being woken by her dog and her verbal abuse. What should I do? This is just a rough description there is more but the behaviour in general is harassing, often racist towards others, her dog is a total nuisance yet she blames others and shouts abuse and blames them for her dog being so noisy.
?? - 12-Feb-18 @ 10:48 AM
My 80 year old mum is, in my opinion being bullied by her aged 60 ish neighbours next door to her. They constantly call the police making allegations of throwing stones. My brother lives with my mum and is a good person. This neighbour intimidates my mum, stares at her and speaks to other people saying my mum is not a nice person. Mum now no longer wishes to go out of her home. Her quality of life and health are suffering. The police don't and can't do anything. Legal advice sought suggests my mum move! Why should she. She owns her oropert and has lived there 33 years and was happy until 6 years ago when these horrible neighbours moved in. Don't know what to do, legally to stop these horrid neighbours. They call the police at the drop of a hat. Can't afford to go to solicitor and court. Don't know where to turn. They are slowly killing my mum.
Worried daughter - 10-Feb-18 @ 2:05 PM
I am being evicted, section 21 due to my neighbour who has lived in the building for 40 yrs and thinks she owns the place , iv lived here for 5 yrs with my 15 yr old son she started harrassing us by constantly complaining about my son to my landlord about 6 months after we moved in for the most ridiculous things like playing out in the communal garden , climbing , riding his bike etc then she started making things up eg the building was having drain problems and someone was contracted to come sort it out but she wrote an email to my landlord saying my son was letting off stink bombs , I feel like it's been 5 yrs of telling my son don't do this or that cos she will complain , about 3 yrs ago a new management company took over , my landlord just leases my apartment he has a 100 yr lease on it this management company manage the building and grounds and because my landlord takes no notice of her or her complaints cos he knows what she is like she has taken it to the management company , other kids live here now too and they are younger than my son and anything they do ie leave rubbish in the garden , or play in the communal areas my son gets the blame , I have cried to my landlord saying this is harrasment my son had additional needs and life is hard enough as it is but he won't complain on my behalf, he doesn't do confrontation, it has now lead to the management company demanding my landlord evict me or they will take him to court , he told me he can't afford to go to court as it will cost him so he is evicting us and because I have bad credit I can't go to a letting agency to rent so me a day my son are having to go through the homeless route to be rehoused iv spoken to citizens advice and solicitors and been told there is absolutely NOTHING I can do and I can't get her done for harassment and the police say she's not commited a crime by reporting us , anyone got any legal advice??
Don - 30-Jan-18 @ 12:18 PM
Mikebdomain - Your Question:
I have a neighbor who has phsycotic issues, she was sectioned just before I accepted my property (sociial housing) she has since been released and I have said hello and when we talk it’s very polite and everything is fine. However, she take to screaming obsenities at all times of the day and night, the property walls are quiet thin and I can hear everything. often she is shouting until 3am and often she starts again at 6:30ish am. I have lots of patience and understand there are mental issues, but sometimes enough is enough - what are my rights to either getting rehoused or demanding soundproofing

Our Response:
Talk to you landlord first of all. If they can't help, contact environmental health, they have powers to act on noise during the small hours. Court action might not be the best solution for you poor neighbour, so it might be worth contacting local mental health groups to see if they have any suggestions.
SaferHouses - 30-Jan-18 @ 10:54 AM
I have a neighbor who has phsycotic issues, she was sectioned just before I accepted my property (sociial housing) she has since been released and I have said hello and when we talk it’s very polite and everything is fine.... However, she take to screaming obsenities at all times of the day and night, the property walls are quiet thin and I can hear everything. often she is shouting until 3am and often she starts again at 6:30ish am... I have lots of patience and understand there are mental issues, but sometimes enough is enough - what are my rights to either getting rehoused or demanding soundproofing
Mikebdomain - 28-Jan-18 @ 8:01 AM
Helpmepls - Your Question:
Our neighbour who lives downstairs has assaulted me twice which was dealt with by police he intimidates anyone who doesn't do as he wants I.e be quiet 24/7 he slams doors in middle of the night takes up parking spaces that don't belong to him he has bullyied others and the housing association have taken down our complaints but have had no success with the perpetrator as he twists everything to be everyone else's fault what else can I do

Our Response:
Make sure you and the other tenants keep complaining to the housing association. Social landlords have more power than individuals do in situations like this, such as civil injunctions, taking action for breach of tenancy agreement and so on.
SaferHouses - 26-Jan-18 @ 10:03 AM
Our neighbour who lives downstairs has assaulted me twice which was dealt with by police he intimidates anyone who doesn't do as he wants I.e be quiet 24/7 he slams doors in middle of the night takes up parking spaces that don't belong to him he has bullyied others and the housing association have taken down our complaints but have had no success with the perpetrator as he twists everything to be everyone else's fault what else can I do
Helpmepls - 24-Jan-18 @ 5:11 AM
We bought our house in 1986. The Estate agent showed us where our Septic Tank was and as the only access was through our Property I believed him when he said it was ours. about 6 Months later when I arranged for the Waste Disposal to empty the Septic Tank my Neighbour appeared and said he would pay half, I thought he was been a good Neighbour until he said the Septic Tank was on his Deeds and we had to share it. My solicitor said it was not his fault and there was nothing he could do. I went to the Council to look at his Planning Application and sure enough he was right. But on my Neighbour's Deeds it states that I have a right of way and a 20ft x 15ft space to look after the Septic Tank The Septic Tank was put in by the Owner of our House back in the 1950s when no planning was needed so when my Neighbour married the Daughter from the house we bought he built a House in the Garden of it, he then joined into the septic tank and got retention with his planning for his house.... Now we just had to get on with it and we got on well with our neighbour until he got sick and passed away in a short time... My neighbour's 2nd wife decided to put in a Percolation system and in doing so pulled down the surrounding hedge and covered in my Septic Tank, I had to go to my solicitor and after several letters she cleared the Septic tank and replaced the concrete slabs with some that 2 men could not lift, I got in the Waste Disposal people only to be told that they could not access the Tank...My toilet now keeps blocking and I don't have the 10k that my solicitor needs to take her to Court...as well she has now built ( without planning) an apartment 1ft from the Septic Tank which she has rented for the past number of years, I informed the Council but they wont do anything either...what can I do?
Molly - 15-Jan-18 @ 1:37 PM
Tigger- Your Question:
I'm having problems with my neighbour's 17 year old daughter and her friends.I actually recommended the man for the flat over 5 years ago, he was sleeping on a friend's sofa because he had split with his partner. He couldn't have his 4 children to stay there. For years he and I have got along fine and were good friends but about 6 months ago he began to work away and is only home for the weekend. He has left the daughter home alone and I have had to speak to him on numerous occasions. The place is treated as drop in and I'm expected to just sit in my flat and let them make my life a misery :loud music till 4am, constant slamming of the heavy fire doors, him arriving home and shouting and swearing at her. Each time I've told him something she's done I get a day or so of quiet and then it's back to square one.Recently I discovered that someone was stealing my WiFi, they are the only ones that the password was given to as we used to share it until May when he decided to get his own with a tv package. He always paid his share so I said fine. I had the password changed and wasn't going to say anything but one evening I heard her screeching she's changed the effing password! Since then my laptop was sent a virus, £50 to repair, someone's tried to hack my phone, letters and parcels stolen, disgusting threats by text from an unknown number. I have informed the police and landlord as I gave them 2 days but got no apology, and when I used WhatsApp for the first time on Boxing night to forward photos of my friend's grandchildren I was closing the app and the daughters photo popped up against the unknown number. I have seen her loitering in the yard waiting in the cold to intercept the mail. I also think it's possible that she is connected to 3 local junkies that burgled my last flat 15 years ago. Being as they got a wonderful haul last time I think that I may be targeted again.I am divorced so live alone and have been trying to recuperate from an operation, but instead of being able to do this I'm having to limp around to the bank P. O. etc. I have just been taken from ESA to JSA even though my consultant said that the foot will swell for another 3 months.My Jobcentre is 20 miles away and 3/4 hours journey by public transport.I have just been diagnosed with Shingles due to stress. I have been verbally abused by 2 females when I go to wash up, they were downstairs and it was dark so I couldn't see them.Police aren't much use as when I rang to tell them of the latest onslaught they'd closed my log without informing or visiting me to look at the texts etc. I insisted it be reopened. My only crime was to ask them to close the gate, lock the communal door and not to leave their bags of rubbish complete with food waste to attract rats. Their bins are rarely left out for collection and I told them not to fill mine. Before I would've taken his bin out but I will not do it while there is a healthy 17yr old doing nothing but try to m

Our Response:
Do you have a landlord? Could you report this to them? Keep in contact with the police and if you have a local PCSO, talk to them. If you do not feel the police are taking enough action, contact your MP or the IPCC.
SaferHouses - 15-Jan-18 @ 12:09 PM
I'm having problems with my neighbour's 17 year old daughter and her friends. I actually recommended the man for the flat over 5 years ago, he was sleeping on a friend's sofa because he had split with his partner. He couldn't have his 4 children to stay there. For years he and I have got along fine and were good friends but about 6 months ago he began to work away and is only home for the weekend. He has left the daughter home alone and I have had to speak to him on numerous occasions. The place is treated as drop in and I'm expected to just sit in my flat and let them make my life a misery :loud music till 4am, constant slamming of the heavy fire doors, him arriving home and shouting and swearing at her. Each time I've told him something she's done I get a day or so of quiet and then it's back to square one. Recently I discovered that someone was stealing my WiFi, they are the only ones that the password was given to as we used to share it until May when he decided to get his own with a tv package. He always paid his share so I said fine. I had the password changed and wasn't going to say anything but one evening I heard her screeching she's changed the effing password! Since then my laptop was sent a virus, £50 to repair, someone's tried to hack my phone, letters and parcels stolen, disgusting threats by text from an unknown number. I have informed the police and landlord as I gave them 2 days but got no apology, and when I used WhatsApp for the first time on Boxing night to forward photos of my friend's grandchildren I was closing the app and the daughters photo popped up against the unknown number. I have seen her loitering in the yard waiting in the cold to intercept the mail. I also think it's possible that she is connected to 3 local junkies that burgled my last flat 15 years ago. Being as they got a wonderful haul last time I think that I may be targeted again. I am divorced so live alone and have been trying to recuperate from an operation, but instead of being able to do this I'm having to limp around to the bank P. O. etc. I have just been taken from ESA to JSA even though my consultant said that the foot will swell for another 3 months. My Jobcentre is 20 miles away and 3/4 hours journey by public transport. I have just been diagnosed with Shingles due to stress. I have been verbally abused by 2 females when I go to wash up, they were downstairs and it was dark so I couldn't see them. Police aren't much use as when I rang to tell them of the latest onslaught they'd closed my log without informing or visiting me to look at the texts etc. I insisted it be reopened. My only crime was to ask them to close the gate, lock the communal door and not to leave their bags of rubbish complete with food waste to attract rats. Their bins are rarely left out for collection and I told them not to fill mine. Before I would've taken his bin out but I will not do it while there is a healthy 17yr old doing nothing but try to m
Tigger - 12-Jan-18 @ 1:35 PM
Tml - Your Question:
I've had 4 years of problems with my down stairs neighbour who accuses me of everything she's doing she's made us ill with the stress and my housing association aren't doing anything and I was told it's illegal to record her without her permission but that doesn't make sense because 1 she's obviously not going to give permission 2 she's not going to do anything knowing she's been recorded.

Our Response:
You can record her if she comes on to your property (you can tell her too...that might stop her from continuing). If she's not on your property, you can probably take steps to ignore.
SaferHouses - 19-Dec-17 @ 2:52 PM
I've had 4 years of problems with my down stairs neighbour who accuses me of everything she's doing she's made us ill with the stress and my housing association aren't doing anything and I was told it's illegal to record her without her permission but that doesn't make sense because 1 she's obviously not going to give permission 2 she's not going to do anything knowing she's been recorded.
Tml - 17-Dec-17 @ 3:23 PM
I've lived in my flat now for 3 years and up till a year after first year my neighbour below me like her bass very much and it's like living above a club.. I 've now got to the point where I'm to scared to complain cause in the end once the council sends letter out I'm the one who gets the horrible comments thrown at me and I can't take it no more. At this stage well over 2 years now I've been badly depressed n My home is not a home to me no more which is completely unfair as I have done nothing wrong to deserve this at all... I now want to try a some how move or get transferred but right I see that very unlikely to happen.. I feel very alone.. #unheard x
Lozza - 15-Dec-17 @ 3:38 PM
What if those in the neighbourhood doing the bullying have people they know in the local authority/other official places, and the actual bullies (neighbours) sit back and get those in authority to intimidate a person? These people have tried to sneakily involve themselves in every aspect of my life.They have had telephones bugged, know people within the employment/unemployment services (I am currently going through this service so am well aware of what is going on), and it seems very difficult to get this unpleasant practice(s) stopped. Is there anywhere a person can get support and for such behaviour to end? It is believed that those involved think they can get away with their actions.I think it is being done to try to oust me out of my home so that the property can be given to someone in their family(ies)!!!I have never heard of anything so unpleasant taking place!
Gel - 15-Nov-17 @ 1:39 PM
Gr77 - Your Question:
Hi, I am an elderly person who lives directly below a couple who have an autistic child & the constant running, jumping & banging is absolutely unbearable & driving me completely insane. I've approached the parents & contacted the Housing Association, but to no avail. Please can somebody advise me as to what I can do or morseso what can I do legally? I thank you all profusely in advance.

Our Response:
Try Environmental Health, they have the power to take action against noise or antisocial behaviour - though if it's considered normal family noise (during the daytime) it's unlikely they will consider action. The EHO may be willing to work in conjunction with the Housing association to provide additional soundproofing or find more suitable accommodation.
SaferHouses - 6-Nov-17 @ 2:48 PM
Hi, I am an elderly person who lives directly below a couple who have an autistic child & the constant running, jumping & banging is absolutely unbearable & driving me completely insane. I've approached the parents & contacted the Housing Association, but to no avail. Please can somebody advise me as to what I can do or morseso what can I do legally? I thank you all profusely in advance.
Gr77 - 5-Nov-17 @ 4:13 PM
My neighbours have been living next door for 5 years. She has 4 kids all boys the 12 year old has adhd an is constantly banging slammingdoors an very heavy footed. His banginv till late at night an in the day. I did have a issue with loud music but slightly got that sorted. I have spoken to her many times but she been rude to me an says she cant do anything. I have contacted her landlord housing associations the have visited her an have said if it continues they can get evicted. We were referred to Rj Which is mediation where we discuss the problem an try an get a resolution.But now sfter 2 weeks of the meeting things have gone back to normal banging again so what do i do because if i report her to the land again they will serve the tenancy agreement on her an will evict her. She has also said to me if she gets evicted she will show me . Any advise we cannot live peacefully in our home
Saf - 26-Oct-17 @ 7:20 PM
Hi our neighbour threatens us trough the wall constantly hes late 50's big guy. We have two young children and he scares them and us. Ive recorded him saying hes going to stab me and kill me he also stands out in his doorstep and watches us and glares while muttering abuse. He used to abuse donestically/ verbally his mum till she passed now his attention is back at us. Called police till im blue in face and they dont seam to care. Ive played allthe recordings for themand get told" bit its only through the wall hes not that bad". ( oh backstory he was e. Fireservice with these guys). What do we do ????
Nice guy1 - 25-Oct-17 @ 9:00 PM
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