This post today isn’t actually to do with debt but seeing as noisy neighbours are impacting on my life at the moment both personally and financially, this situation is on my mind most days.
So I hope you don’t mind but I just needed to have a bit of a rant today!
You may know that the hubby and I have a rental property where the rent covers the mortgage but where we don’t make any profit on it. It was our old house and we relocated to be closer to the hubby’s business, so we’re now renting too.
We’re currently in between tenants for our rental property and we’re experiencing a real problem with noisy neighbours next door. The old tenants had complained about the noise to the neighbours themselves, then they complained to me and I then complained to the neighbour’s landlord and finally to the police.
It turned out that there wasn’t enough strong evidence about these neighbours making a right racket in the early hours of the morning playing music, so we couldn’t take any action against them.
These neighbours deny that they’re making any noise in the first place and without any proper recording equipment, this is hard to prove. It takes ages for proper recording equipment to be installed by the local council – months in fact. Because of all this, our tenants moved out recently because of the noise so this is a serious problem for us financially.
Evidence is tricky when it comes to noisy neighbours
Anyway, the hubby and I were at the property last weekend and decided to stay overnight as we were doing some refurbishments. And what a treat lay in store for us! Around 6pm, the neighbours had some friends over for a party. Around 9pm, the music got cranked up. At 10.30pm, we went around to next door to ask them to turn the music down because our little girl was asleep. They couldn’t hear us knocking or shouting them over the music (windows wide open) and it was only when there was a lull in the music that they came to door.
They agreed to turn the music down but after midnight, the music got turned up again. I was practically spitting feathers at the injustice of all this by 1am in the morning, so I convinced my hubby that we should go outside and take a video recording to at least prove to the neighbour’s landlord that the noise is indeed coming from that particular property.
So my hubby and I went outside in our PJ’s and attempted to film the neighbour’s house to show the kind of stuff our old tenants had to put up with. It was really dark, but we managed to get footage showing the property and there was no mistaking the amount of noise coming from it. We then called the police to report the disturbance the neighbours were causing and I even asked the police officer if she could hear the noise from the other end of the phone in the hope that the call was being recorded. She said she could and she would send a police officer out (but no-one came).
The next morning, I popped down to the local police station with the evidence and they said although they believed me, the evidence wouldn’t stand up because it wasn’t recorded by proper equipment from the local council. The police officer’s exact words were that his hands were tied and the police have no power over this sort of thing. All they can do is ask the neighbours not to make noise after hours (which they had already done several times previously). I then sent the video footage to the neighbour’s landlord and waited expectantly to see how shocked they were going to be when they saw it.
It was me who ended up shocked though. The neighbour’s property is owned by an elderly lady who has passed the management of the property on to her son who is a lawyer. He spoke to the tenants who said that they did have a one off party because they thought the property next door was empty (ours). He also said that the neighbours disputed the date of the party with us saying it was the Saturday night and them saying it was the Sunday. So basically the landlord is going to do a big fat nothing about it.
I’m pretty sure these neighbours disputed the date of the party to make our version look unreliable. It’s all very frustrating considering the history involved with this and the fact that our tenants left because we couldn’t get the complaint taken seriously.
Whatever happened to having morals?
There’s two points that really bug me about all this. One is the landlord’s reaction. The neighbour’s landlord is refusing to acknowledge the complaints that have already been made and knows the law inside out so he knows that without the proper recording equipment, the evidence won’t stand up. With this in mind, he’s doing nothing. Why though? Is it just too much hassle getting some new tenants in?
The other point is the neighbour’s behaviour. It’s obvious to me that they are doing everything they to make sure they don’t get evicted whilst carrying on with the noise disturbance. I don’t like to judge anyone and I’m trying not to let my emotions get in the way, but from what I’ve seen, these people are manipulating the system here completely. I can’t understand why some people actually try to make things difficult for others and I’m just going to have to live with that because I’ll never know I guess. That’s just life.
The worst thing from my point of view is that I can’t exactly tell my potential new tenants what they can expect from living next door to such noisy neighbours otherwise I’ll never get the property rented out! I have to think of this from a business point of view surely but I do feel bad about this. What would you do out of interest?
All I can do is wait and see if our next tenants complain and then try to get the council involved in the hope that our tenants will stick it out long enough to get the recording equipment in. I’m also holding onto the hope that different people can cope with different levels of noise and maybe our next tenants won’t be too badly affected by these people living next door.
Have you had to deal with noisy neighbours before? Did you things get resolved?
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Note: If you’re a fellow sufferer of noisy neighbour syndrome, the following sites might help (although I think I’ve tried most of these strategies already)!