Little bit of advice required-bad neighbour

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Found 15th Jan 2009
Having a little bit of a problem with the a***hole next door.

Basically, our bedroom is directly beside his.

Since yesterday 7am, his (what I assume to be) stereo has been on, playing music constantly.

It's not BLARING, but it's at a fair volume (can hear all the words to all the songs), and he's not been home for at least two nights so far.

This is the same idiot that accepted a package on my behalf a while back and then kept it in his house for 3 weeks whilst he stayed at his girlfriends.

Any advice as to what I can do? I barely slept last night and can't face another night of this. Worried it's going to go on for quite some time as well.

Couch is too small for both of us to sleep on, and we only have the one bedroom.

It's driving me MAD!

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Why don't you burst I'm a Barbie Girl at 5AM in the morning.

call the police, tell them you heard a woman's muffled screams coming from the bedroom... then once they have broken down the door and found nothing, ask them to turn off the radio while they're there... lol

Short term not a lot Other than trying to cut his power off!

Long term, environmental health with the local council have powers to stop un socialble noise.

Good luck

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ChipSticks;4081891

call the police, tell them you heard a woman's muffled screams coming … call the police, tell them you heard a woman's muffled screams coming from the bedroom... then once they have broken down the door and found nothing, ask them to turn off the radio while they're there... lol



Ha ha, don't think they'd look too kindly on that :-D

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grex9101;4081902

Ha ha, don't think they'd look too kindly on that :-D



well since ur both up just make the most of it.... :whistling:

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Benson's Bargain;4081897

Long term, environmental health with the local council have powers to … Long term, environmental health with the local council have powers to stop un socialble noise.



+1

You need to have a word with him, the fella is clearly taking the mick

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hankmarvin4;4081922

+1You need to have a word with him, the fella is clearly taking the mick



He's rarely in to have a word with him!

I'm SO close to breaking his door down, and accepting the consequences. I'm like a bloomin zombie, and start work at 6 tomorrow.

I actually think I'll go insane

noise pollution is environmental health. Not much use in the middle of the night. Police have no power to enter a property to turn a radio down unfortunately, If the meter was outside there might be a switch..........

Given you know he's out of the premises, call Environmental Health and explain he's left the music on deliberately - the only issue is what loudness it is at - I'm sure you have ASBO legislation down south, and that it's similar to up here, but the sound level would need to be significant to breach the Underlying Level and thereafter the service of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

You could alternatively have long term noise monitor installed to illustrate the problem.

It's probably best you leave the call until their night service is active, as the background noise level drops thereby leaving it easier to breach.

Any other info just ask, I do this for my job.

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grex9101;4081947

He's rarely in to have a word with him!I'm SO close to breaking his door … He's rarely in to have a word with him!I'm SO close to breaking his door down, and accepting the consequences. I'm like a bloomin zombie, and start work at 6 tomorrow. I actually think I'll go insane



Why is he leaving music on?!!

I'd def get onto the authorities, is he a council tenant or owner?

haha, talk about ironic haha

imagine you being affected by pollution...................

you are so cool

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moob;4081955

Given you know he's out of the premises, call Environmental Health and … Given you know he's out of the premises, call Environmental Health and explain he's left the music on deliberately - the only issue is what loudness it is at - I'm sure you have ASBO legislation down south, and that it's similar to up here, but the sound level would need to be significant to breach the Underlying Level and thereafter the service of a Fixed Penalty Notice.You could alternatively have long term noise monitor installed to illustrate the problem.It's probably best you leave the call until their night service is active, as the background noise level drops thereby leaving it easier to breach.Any other info just ask, I do this for my job.



Well, I'm in Scotland (as I presume you are?).

Thing is, it's not THAT loud, but it is loud enough to keep us both up (and as I said hear the words to the songs - seems to be 5 cds, paulo nutini, razorlight, kaiser chiefs, sandi thom and radiohead).

It's completely destroying my daytime as I can't concentrate without sleep at the best of times, and I feel like i'm going to do something drastic tonight as i'm already close to tipping over the edge

play him at his own game, get up early and turn yours up loud :thumbsup:

We had similar problems and a lot of neighbours reported him to the council who shortly served him a noise abatement notice and the problem was solved pretty quickly. Soon after he left. The police won't do anything, phone your council ASAP, they should have a 24 hour phone line for this, check their website.

Good luck

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hankmarvin4;4081984

Why is he leaving music on?!!I'd def get onto the authorities, is he a … Why is he leaving music on?!!I'd def get onto the authorities, is he a council tenant or owner?



Owner, which I believe makes things harder?

I'd imagine it's an alarm on his stereo that would usually be set to wake him up for work, but since he's not there has just kept on and on.

Have you just tried talking to your neighbour? He may simply not be aware of how noisy his stereo is.

If he isn't reasonable or approachable then you can look into other avenues. No need to be confrontational until it's necessary. If you knock on his door and start off heated, then things will likely just escalate.

I'm sure the police now have the power to confiscate equipment that causes noise pollution if someone has been warned before too.

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I'd give £20 to a local young chav to break in and turn it off!

Use earplugs.

grex9101;4082022

Well, I'm in Scotland (as I presume you are?).Thing is, it's not THAT … Well, I'm in Scotland (as I presume you are?).Thing is, it's not THAT loud, but it is loud enough to keep us both up (and as I said hear the words to the songs - seems to be 5 cds, paulo nutini, razorlight, kaiser chiefs, sandi thom and radiohead). It's completely destroying my daytime as I can't concentrate without sleep at the best of times, and I feel like i'm going to do something drastic tonight as i'm already close to tipping over the edge



Indeed I am.

What local authority you under and I might be able to give you an indication of what kinda service they offer.

danzig66;4082076

I'm sure the police now have the power to confiscate equipment that … I'm sure the police now have the power to confiscate equipment that causes noise pollution if someone has been warned before too.



The Police have had that power for donkeys years, they just choose not to use it these days and prefer to push these jobs onto the local authority.

potassium nitrate and powdered sugar (also add in small doses Propylene glycol dinitrate if you have it)

Hilarious,a chav neighbour,how apt:thumbsup:

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hankmarvin4;4082132

I'd give £20 to a local young chav to break in and turn it off!



That's not a bad idea!

jah128;4082135

Use earplugs.



Wish I'd bought some today!

moob;4082136

Indeed I am. What local authority you under and I might be able to give … Indeed I am. What local authority you under and I might be able to give you an indication of what kinda service they offer.



Glasgow City :thumbsup:

danzig66;4082076

Have you just tried talking to your neighbour? He may simply not be … Have you just tried talking to your neighbour? He may simply not be aware of how noisy his stereo is.



Never really had a reason to, in general, he's alright, but just doesn't seem to grasp the concept of living in a communal building. He did do this once before, but it only lasted for the length of 1 cd so I just put it down to a one off as he returned the same day.

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electriclinux;4082156

potassium nitrate and powdered sugar (also add in small doses Propylene … potassium nitrate and powdered sugar (also add in small doses Propylene glycol dinitrate if you have it)



Exploding paste?

grex9101;4082210

Never had a reason to, in general, he's alright, but just doesn't seem to … Never had a reason to, in general, he's alright, but just doesn't seem to grasp the concept of living in a communal building. He did do this once before, but it only lasted for the length of 1 cd so I just put it down to a one off as he returned the same day.



Communal building? Do you all have individual mains supplies and meters, or just 1?

Give them a bell mate...
]Click here.

The Out of Hours Unit is part of Land and Environmental Services and has been set up to cover Environmental Health and Trading Standards functions outwith normal office hours.

However, the main duties of the Unit relate to enforcement noise complaints, the majority of which arise during the evening and into night-time.

The Unit endeavours to respond to all noise complaints relating to:

· Anti-social Behaviour (loud music, dogs barking, DIY noise, loud TV etc)

· Public Houses / Clubs (live bands, karaoke, discos etc)

· Construction Sites

· Alarms sounding

and has enforcement powers to allow noise disturbance issues to be resolved when informal contact is not successful.

We operate 7 days a week from 5pm to 3am and can be contacted directly on 0141 287 6688.

Ring some friends, pile upto the front door with loads of booze (like you think he's havin a party), ring the doorbell, when they answer - rush the door, destroy the hifi, then go to yours with all the booze and friends and celebrate - since its a celebration, crank the choons!!

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jah128;4082268

Communal building? Do you all have individual mains supplies and meters, … Communal building? Do you all have individual mains supplies and meters, or just 1?



Individual I'm afraid.

moob;4082289

Give them a bell mate...]Click here.The Out of Hours Unit is part of Land … Give them a bell mate...]Click here.The Out of Hours Unit is part of Land and Environmental Services and has been set up to cover Environmental Health and Trading Standards functions outwith normal office hours.However, the main duties of the Unit relate to enforcement noise complaints, the majority of which arise during the evening and into night-time.The Unit endeavours to respond to all noise complaints relating to:· Anti-social Behaviour (loud music, dogs barking, DIY noise, loud TV etc)· Public Houses / Clubs (live bands, karaoke, discos etc)· Construction Sites· Alarms soundingand has enforcement powers to allow noise disturbance issues to be resolved when informal contact is not successful.We operate 7 days a week from 5pm to 3am and can be contacted directly on 0141 287 6688.



Thanks for that. Will give them a ring, although is it not after 22:00 where noise can be considered anti-social?

Dont be too hasty we had a neighbour complaining about our music every afternoon for an hour, trouble was we was always out at the time so couldnt figure it out as it always stopped. turned out the radio alarm was going off for 1 hour then shutting down.

we are havng same trouble with bloke below us, had to make notes of times and dates for the council in a diary, been going on for months and council still havnt done anything. Last time police were called by his neighbour he said the dog had turned it on and up and the police didnt do anything.

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mbgringo;4082326

Ring some friends, pile upto the front door with loads of booze (like you … Ring some friends, pile upto the front door with loads of booze (like you think he's havin a party), ring the doorbell, when they answer - rush the door, destroy the hifi, then go to yours with all the booze and friends and celebrate - since its a celebration, crank the choons!!



He's not in, lol :thumbsup:

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harlzter;4082338

Dont be too hasty we had a neighbour complaining about our music every … Dont be too hasty we had a neighbour complaining about our music every afternoon for an hour, trouble was we was always out at the time so couldnt figure it out as it always stopped. turned out the radio alarm was going off for 1 hour then shutting down.



If his was shutting down, I'd be happy, trust me :thumbsup:

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^^^ that's so gonna be me later on tonight

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electriclinux;4082637

A little more seriously http://www.wikihow.com/Kick-Down-a-Door



hypothetically speaking, if I were to do that^^^

How much trouble would I be in?

How good can you lie, you handsome man?

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electriclinux;4082708

How good can you lie, you handsome man?



Not particularly well, though i'd get 100% "csi"'d up in my boiler suit and rubber gloves lol :-D

Maybe you could convince someone else to knock down the door to turn the sound off, remember the saying "never to attempt to win by force what can be won by fraud"

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