Noisy neighbours and threat

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    I just moved to Exeter. So last night my next door neighbours ( two 35-year old men) were blaring music from 11pm-3am. It was like there was a festival on our street. They've done this a few times since I've moved in and last night I decided to do something. I went at 1am and rang their doorbell 12 times. Everytime that I rang their doorbell they would turned off the music and blast it to a maximum immediately. They kept doing that and never answered the door.

    So the next morning I told them about the music and ringing their doorbell. They said they never heard the doorbell and that they maybe had the music a bit loud but it wasn't that loud. I told them that I know they could hear the doorbell but they kept denying it.
    Anyway then their other next-door neighbours (a foster family of 5 with youngest kid being around 5 years old) said to me that they were up till 12.30am and they didn't hear any music or doorbell and that I was making it all up. They told me that the guys are model citizens and they would never play music loud, basically suggesting I was a liar. I apologised to them as I had no proof whatsoever and said that next time I'll make sure I get some proof to show them. The foster woman then (I think threatened me) saying that I'm new here and if she was me she wouldn't go looking for trouble as all the people on the street have been living there for the past 12 years and they are like one big family.

    I've lived in student areas in Canterbury for the past 8 years and I've never had this kind of problem. The last place I would have expected it was living in a residential area with adults and family. My partner says we should call the police next time they make noise but I'm scared by that woman's threat as I've never been threatened before. We can't even move house as we've paid rent upfront for a year. Also, I don't have any proof of the noise/threat and since all the neighbours are loyal to one another, it's my word against all of them! I'm scared that they might start making false accusations against me and I won't be able to save myself.
     
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    Report it to environmental health at the local authority, keep a record of future occurrences, make recordings .
     
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    If you plan on having any conversations record them.
     
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    Find out if they're in council houses, if so, then complain to the housing officer.
     
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    The police can’t do anything about noise or the “threat” because there wasn’t one. Call the council, keep a diary, record it.
     
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    Dave, you think that when the woman said 'if she was me she wouldn't go looking for trouble as all the people on the street have been living there for the past 12 years and they are like one big family' she wasn't threatening me?
     
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    Not one the police would take seriously. It could be interpreted as a bit of friendly advice. It's not like she threatened to burn your house down.
     
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    No threat. What has she threatened you with?
     
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    See above. By all means phone the police but no criminal offence has been committed so they will treat it accordingly. If you’re very lucky the neighbourhood team may be able to mediate, the reality is your call will be logged along with the hundreds of others police have no power, resources or ability to help with.

    Sorry if that’s harsh but your energy would be better spent knocking other doors.
     
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    Next time there is loud music, wake your neighbours so they can hear it too.
     
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    If you can't beat them join them. Next time Take a crate of beer and ask if you can join the Partttyyyy!!!!
     
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    This might be a one off, or rare occasion, which might explain why long standing neighbours turn the other cheek. Or they are thick as thieves and you've moved somewhere crap. I would bide my time and work out how frequent this is before doing anything else. Welcome to the forums BTW.
     
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    Officer they are having one of their drug fuelled all night raves again! [emoji6]
     
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    Video record it simple.
     
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    There was no threat. She just told you the lay of the land, not offer you a spanking in the back street.
     
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    Keep yourselves to yourselves and note times and dates of any problems. Unfortunately I think it could be a LONG year for you renting this place.
     
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    just record and gather information and send it to the council
    real shame this, a year will fly in and you can move on
     
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    Or you could pour some fermented fish oil through the letterbox :D
     
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    theres a special app you can add to your phone to record this....look up noise recorder app
     
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    You can also get a db meter app.
     
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    Thanks I installed both. I'm proper ready now. Next time they are noisy, I'll have plenty of proof
     
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    Bet you can't wait!
     
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    What happens if you report them? The worry for me would be what way would they retaliate? And where would it all end?
     
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    Next time they are up until 3am playing loud music I suggest staying up and then turning your stereo up to maximum at 7am while they are trying to sleep. A few mornings on the trot might just get the message over. Radio 2 with Chris Evans perhaps.

    Or frozen sausages nailed into their lawn...
     
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    I did this in an old flat just before we moved out (we ended the lease early due to the noise from neighbours). It was hugely satisfying when they came knocking on the door bleary eyed asking what we were playing at
     
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    No one deserves that, that's just wrong :p
     
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    No you won't. The only "proof" will be from council installed & calibrated monitoring hardware. Anything else will be dismissed as too easily manipulated.

    If this is likely to be a regular thing then you're efforts are likely to be better spent finding a way to terminate the lease early with minimum loss.
     
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    You're completely correct but I don't want to report them to the environment health with them saying that I was lying and then having people think that I'm only doing it to be a pain. If I have a recording, then they can't say I was lying and the council can place their equipment.
    My partner is against moving as last time we moved, the movers broke some of our expensive furniture.
     
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    Stop confusing me - I had to check twice that I was on avforums and not pistonheads.
     
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    Erm not to sound harsh or anything but some broken furniture (regardless of expense) vs your sanity and peace of mind? I know which i'd rather take.

    Saying that, it may be a one off so best to keep an eye on it for now and record things. Hope it works out for you, no one should have to live with excessive noise especially at God awful hours.
     
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