At night or early in the morning listening to someone else’s loud music, TV or spinning washing machine can be extremely annoying. Try to avoid causing these problems by keeping noise levels down. Be sensitive to special needs - a shift worker may need quiet during the day; those with young children need to get them to sleep early in the evening. Be reasonable about the situation - a parent may not be able to stop their baby crying. Don’t forget: excessive noise is specifically referred to in your tenancy agreement.
Here are some of the ways you can avoid or reduce noise:
- Try not to let doors bang
- Raise stereo speakers off the floor
- Try to keep televisions, radios, audio equipment, pianos and washing machines away from party walls
- Keep the volume down - particularly between the hours of 11pm and 7.30am.
- Try to keep your windows shut when you are playing music or have the television on.
- Avoid using vacuum cleaners and washing machines between the hours of 11pm and 7.30am.
- If you live in a flat and you can’t cover the floors with carpet, try to wear soft soled shoes or slippers while you are at home.
If you are suffering from noise from a neighbour, contact your local noise team:
Contact Camden Council Noise team on their website or call 020 7974 4444
Contact Westminster Council Noise team on their website or call 020 7641 2000