Dealing with a Noisy Neighbour: A Guide

If your neighbour is creating a lot of noise, it can create a lot of stress and discomfort. You may have trouble sleeping, or you make not be able to relax or to concentrate on tasks you are trying to complete. Knowing how to deal with a noisy neighbour and the steps you can take to mitigate the noise will help you to take back control of your life. Read on to discover everything you need to know.

Approach your neighbour

The first thing you need to do is to approach your neighbour so you can make them aware of the noise they are making and how it is impacting on your quality of life. You should do this politely and respectfully. Raising your voice, threatening your neighbour or getting angry is unlikely to encourage your neighbour to address the problem. It is always best to presume that your neighbour is unaware of the problem. When you speak to your neighbour, just let them know that the noise level seems high, and detail the effect this is having on you. This gives your neighbour the chance to resolve the problem. Hopefully, approaching your neighbour will resolve the problem. If not, you may need to seek mediation.

Contact a mediator

If speaking to your neighbour has not been successful, you should consider contacting an independent mediator. Mediators are specially trained to assist with the resolution of disputes and may provide a way for you to reach an agreement with your neighbour regarding the level of noise.

Contact your local authority

If mediation fails, you will have no option but to contact your local authority. Most local authorities have an environmental health department which deals with excessive noise problems. The local authority will send an officer out to your home so they can establish the volume, frequency and duration of the noise. If the noise is above the legal limit, they may take court action against your neighbour.

Contact an acoustic consultant

If the noise levels are not above the legal limits, the local authority will not be able to take action against your neighbour. In this case, you should contact an acoustical consultant who will be able to recommend ways of adapting your home to improve the levels of soundproofing. This will help to reduce the amount of nuisance noise which enters your property. For more information, contact your local acoustic consultancy today.