I’m 24 and I still live with my parents in a semi-detached house in a quiet road, but since our next door neighbour died the people who have lived there have been vile.
We’re an ordinary decent family who keep themselves to themselves, but the neighbours have been so much trouble. They would leave their dogs alone in the house for almost eight hours a day.
They then got another small dog, which was aggressive and yappy. Every Thursday, it used to sit by the front door barking until the owners came back from drinking.
I could hear it in my bedroom and I have to be up at 6.30am every day for work.
This ended up in a confrontation and the neighbours have since moved out.
But they’re now renting to a couple who don’t work and barely come out the house.
They’re not as much trouble as the last pair, but all of a sudden you’ll hear shouting and loud talking. We’ve even heard them having very, very loud sex.
It just gets me so down at times. I hate living in my own home. I did contact the council about the previous owners’ dogs and they sent a letter to them about the noise. I
haven’t saved enough money yet to move out and I’m starting to feel like a prisoner in my own home. What can I do?
Aunty Lisa says
I get a lot of letters about difficult and noisy neighbours. It’s a very tricky situation.
It can really affect your wellbeing and quality of life. There are rules about noise, but if you live in an adjoining property and the walls are thin, there’s not much you can do about raised voices and, um, sex.
However, you’re doing the right thing saving up enough to be able to move into your own place, so focus on that.
Maybe you can wear earplugs at night or earphones with calming music to escape the noise until you fall asleep.
Or move your bed into a different position or even a different room that’s less noisy.
Maybe you could also stay with friends occasionally to get a bit of time away. And talk to your parents about it, too.
I think if the noise is constant and very loud, you have a right to politely point out to the neighbours that the walls are thin and you can hear them.
It might be enough to make them more considerate.
This kind of thing could happen anywhere where you are in close proximity to other people, but you have to try not to let it overtake everything.
But make it your incentive to keep working hard in order to move out.