Nuisance Neighbours – Myth Busting
- The noise or nuisance needs to affect more than one household. NOT TRUE! Only one person need be affected by an unreasonable situation.
- The noise has to exceed a certain decibel level for action to be taken. NOT TRUE! Most of the time a sound level meter isn’t even used.
- If I can hear the noise, investigators can take action. NOT TRUE! Just because it is audible doesn’t mean the person responsible is being unreasonable.
- If you create excessive noise you are breaking the law. NOT TRUE! Normally it is not until a formal notice is breached when an offence will have been committed.
- Construction work can only take place in the daytime hours. NOT TRUE! It can take place at any time unless it is formally restricted by the local authority.
- The Council have told me they can’t investigate my nuisance complaint. NOT TRUE! They have a legal duty to investigate all allegations of nuisance.
- The landlord said they couldn’t evict the neighbours because of human rights. NOT TRUE! You have rights too; it is not correct that one party’s rights trample another’s.
- I can’t do anything about the business next door because they have a licence and planning permission. NOT TRUE! These are unconnected; and, in any case, a licence can be challenged.
- I moved into a property next to a noisy business so I guess I have to put up with it. NOT TRUE! Action can be taken if they are not taking reasonable measures to protect you.
- Action can only be taken over noise that happens at night. NOT TRUE! Nuisances can exist at any time, even at low levels.
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