Noise and Neighbour Nuisance
Your Tenancy Agreement states that tenants of the Council, or their visitors or family members, must not behave in a way which could cause a nuisance to another person.
Nuisance and annoyance includes noise or other disturbances, threats or harassment, using or threatening violence, making malicious complaints, irresponsible disposal of rubbish, or damage to property.
What to do if you experience neighbour problems
Talk to your neighbour
When people live close together, they often do not realise they are disturbing others. The first step to take is to explain to them politely that they are causing you a problem. Please only do this if you feel that it is safe to do so.
Neighbour nuisance log sheet
This log sheet allows you to record all incidents of neighbour nuisance. The information recorded may be used by the Council as part of formal proceedings against the person causing the problem. Please follow these guidelines when filling in the log sheet:
- Please identify the dates and times of each incident as accurately as you can.
- Provide as much detail about each incident as possible, such as the background to events, abusive or threatening remarks made, the distance from which noise could be heard.
- Please try to identify the persons causing the problem by giving names or addresses of perpetrators.
- If the problem is an ongoing one, please return sheets on a regular basis.
- Please attach and label any supporting evidence, such as photographs.
- Please only record what you have seen or heard yourself, not what you have heard from other people.
- Where possible provide details of any other witnesses.
- If you are uncertain about completing this log, telephone the Housing Section, and ask to speak to a Housing Officer in the Tenancy Management Team.
Information given will not be shown to the persons causing the problems.
Talk to us
If the problem persists, contact the Council. A complaint or report of nuisance or anti social behaviour should be made in the first instance to the Tenancy Management Team. This can be done:
Action the Council can take
The Council will use a range of powers to deal with incidents of neighbour nuisance and anti social behaviour. Such as:
Discussing the matter with the tenant
- Warning letters
- Formal interview
- Use of acceptable behaviour contracts
- Service of formal Notices: depending on tenancy type
When will the Council not become involved:
- If after its investigations, there is no person clearly identifiable as causing the problem
- If the complaint is motivated by intolerance of different lifestyles and cultures
- In disputes between children. It is expected that parents resolve these matters
- In incidents where there is low level domestic noise, caused by normal day to day living, that is not deliberate
Being a good neighbour
- Keep music from radios, stereos and TV’s to acceptable levels
- Ensure that you carry out household chores such as washing, vacuuming and lawn mowing at reasonable times of day
- Do not position music equipment against shared walls. Place them on rubber mats or a carpet to deaden the vibration
- Keep all noise down from 9.00p.m. to 8.00a.m. and ensure that it cannot be heard outside of the property
- If you have a dog, do not leave it barking constantly in the home or out in the garden
- Warn neighbours when you are going to do something particularly noisy: drilling, hammering or having a party
- Teach your children to think about how their playing habits might affect neighbours
Housing tenancy management
Tel: 01437 764551