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Speak out against noisy neighbours

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Incommunities are calling on tenants to report noisy neighbours Incommunities are calling on tenants to report noisy neighbours

The district’s biggest social landlord is urging its tenants to report a noisy neighbour.

From Monday, Incommunities will show its customers how they can report people who make their lives a misery with loud music, barking dogs or anti-social shouting.

It is teaming up with Bradford Council’s Environmental Health Service to run sessions in three local housing offices during national Noise Action Week.

Staff will be there to talk about the impact of noise on people’s health and wellbeing, explain the law around nuisance noise, go through how to log incidents, show how they measure and investigate noise problems and also display stereos and other equipment seized in enforcement action.

In the past year, Incommunities has received 484 noise complaints.

A spokesman said: “Top of the list was playing loud music which accounted for nearly 40 per cent of reports.

“Other common nuisance issues we receive include dogs barking, doors banging, domestic arguments, youths causing disturbances, moving furniture and late-night DIY work. At this time of year we also receive reports of noise disturbances from barbecues and parties outside.”

Complaints are investigated by Council officers who first try to resolve the problem informally by talking to both sides.

If this fails, officers have a wide range of legal powers available to them, including serving Abatement Notices requiring the noise to stop, or seizing the equipment used to make the noise.

Anyone who ignores an Abatement Notice can be taken to court and fined up to £5,000 for an individual, or £20,000 for a business.

Steve Hartley, Bradford Council’s interim strategic director for Environment and Sport, said: “Noisy neighbours can cause misery and stress to everyone around them, affecting their quality of life.

“We all make noise at some point, but too much at the wrong time causes friction between neighbours.”

Karen Lee, director of Incommunities’ Neighbourhood Services, said: “We are committed to taking the necessary steps to uphold the rights of our customers to live in peace in their home and neighbourhood.

“Noise Action Week aims to put the spotlight on the impact of noise issues and the measures that can be taken to tackle this form of anti-social behaviour.”

The information points will be held at Devonshire Street, Keighley, on Monday, Commerce House, Kirkgate, Bradford, on Tuesday and The Quays, Victoria Street, Shipley, on Wednesday. Each will be held from 9.30am to 4pm.

Residents can report a noise problem to the Council on (01274) 432111. Incommunities tenants can also call its 24-hour confidential reporting line on (01274) 254274.

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10:26am Sat 17 May 14

denislamenis says...

well good luck with that one, I lived next to someone whos dogs nearly drove me insane barking morning, noon and night and despite complaints to the council from myself and other neighbours, nothing was done, I had to resort to self help, I moved!
well good luck with that one, I lived next to someone whos dogs nearly drove me insane barking morning, noon and night and despite complaints to the council from myself and other neighbours, nothing was done, I had to resort to self help, I moved! denislamenis
  • Score: 20

10:59am Sat 17 May 14

Sp00ky 3:16 says...

Its not hard to deal with noisy neighbours.... you just need to speak with Environmental Health Noise Division and they will give you everything you need. Took 8 months but my ex neighbours were prosecuted and kicked out by their landlord.

What IC need to be dealing with is their tennants that cause a frickin nuisance on the streets and damage cars!!! I have a list of emails as long as my arm... some not even replied to!! Useless and dont give a **** when its a private home owner complaining about their tenants.!
Its not hard to deal with noisy neighbours.... you just need to speak with Environmental Health Noise Division and they will give you everything you need. Took 8 months but my ex neighbours were prosecuted and kicked out by their landlord. What IC need to be dealing with is their tennants that cause a frickin nuisance on the streets and damage cars!!! I have a list of emails as long as my arm... some not even replied to!! Useless and dont give a **** when its a private home owner complaining about their tenants.! Sp00ky 3:16
  • Score: 7

11:10am Sat 17 May 14

Albion. says...

I remember reading in here a few years ago, of an elderly man who had repeatedly complained to Incommunities about a single mother in an adjoining flat, who was holding late night and very noisy party's. Nothing was done and the poor guy hanged himself. I have little faith in Incommunities to live up to their promises and claims, just look at the state they allow some tenants to get their property into.
I remember reading in here a few years ago, of an elderly man who had repeatedly complained to Incommunities about a single mother in an adjoining flat, who was holding late night and very noisy party's. Nothing was done and the poor guy hanged himself. I have little faith in Incommunities to live up to their promises and claims, just look at the state they allow some tenants to get their property into. Albion.
  • Score: 23

4:57pm Sat 17 May 14

info4u says...

I wouldn't waste your time with environmental health they are far too slow to investigate complaints themselves including noisy dogs the diary they give you to complete is a farce total waste of time they obviously cant deal with it.
I wouldn't waste your time with environmental health they are far too slow to investigate complaints themselves including noisy dogs the diary they give you to complete is a farce total waste of time they obviously cant deal with it. info4u
  • Score: 5

8:45pm Sat 17 May 14

Sp00ky 3:16 says...

info4u wrote:
I wouldn't waste your time with environmental health they are far too slow to investigate complaints themselves including noisy dogs the diary they give you to complete is a farce total waste of time they obviously cant deal with it.
i disagree. Yes it takes time to gather evidence, but they were first class with me and on more than one occasion i had 2 officers stood in my bedroom at 2am in the morning witnessing the noise from next door.

They also raided the property and removed items and warned them not to have a party they had planned that weekend. They even had a warrant prepared and ready to go to a judges home with to get signed as they knew full well that would not heed this advice. Sure enough they didnt and they raided them for a 2nd time in 4 days.

No complaints from me. As i say, it can take time to gather evidence but its worth it in the long run.
[quote][p][bold]info4u[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't waste your time with environmental health they are far too slow to investigate complaints themselves including noisy dogs the diary they give you to complete is a farce total waste of time they obviously cant deal with it.[/p][/quote]i disagree. Yes it takes time to gather evidence, but they were first class with me and on more than one occasion i had 2 officers stood in my bedroom at 2am in the morning witnessing the noise from next door. They also raided the property and removed items and warned them not to have a party they had planned that weekend. They even had a warrant prepared and ready to go to a judges home with to get signed as they knew full well that would not heed this advice. Sure enough they didnt and they raided them for a 2nd time in 4 days. No complaints from me. As i say, it can take time to gather evidence but its worth it in the long run. Sp00ky 3:16
  • Score: 6

11:48am Sun 18 May 14

Not so simple says...

Albion. wrote:
I remember reading in here a few years ago, of an elderly man who had repeatedly complained to Incommunities about a single mother in an adjoining flat, who was holding late night and very noisy party's. Nothing was done and the poor guy hanged himself. I have little faith in Incommunities to live up to their promises and claims, just look at the state they allow some tenants to get their property into.
If what you say is correct, then Incommunities are not the type of landlords one would be led to believe. Again another privatised ex council department. This company should have remained in the hands of the tax payer owned council: it belongs to the people of Bradford and not just the tenants of this organisation.

I don't think they have an estate which doesn't have issues...those with eyes that see, can see
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I remember reading in here a few years ago, of an elderly man who had repeatedly complained to Incommunities about a single mother in an adjoining flat, who was holding late night and very noisy party's. Nothing was done and the poor guy hanged himself. I have little faith in Incommunities to live up to their promises and claims, just look at the state they allow some tenants to get their property into.[/p][/quote]If what you say is correct, then Incommunities are not the type of landlords one would be led to believe. Again another privatised ex council department. This company should have remained in the hands of the tax payer owned council: it belongs to the people of Bradford and not just the tenants of this organisation. I don't think they have an estate which doesn't have issues...those with eyes that see, can see Not so simple
  • Score: 8

12:49pm Sun 18 May 14

puddingandpi says...

I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it.
I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it. puddingandpi
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Sun 18 May 14

Sp00ky 3:16 says...

puddingandpi wrote:
I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it.
They have one... tried it with the problems i have had with kids playing football on the field which is a no ball games and damaging my car. I have cctv with footage but because the parent claims her kids do not play on the field (and i have told them i have cctv footage to contradict her claims) they are not interested! I emailed them in February and am still awaiting a response despite chasing twice!

Mediation is only good if both parties agree..... I made the fatal mistake last year when all this started of not going down the road of signing a formal agreement as she agreed to ensure her kids do not play where the cars are parked. BIG MISTAKE!

Now she refuses to take part in it.
[quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it.[/p][/quote]They have one... tried it with the problems i have had with kids playing football on the field which is a no ball games and damaging my car. I have cctv with footage but because the parent claims her kids do not play on the field (and i have told them i have cctv footage to contradict her claims) they are not interested! I emailed them in February and am still awaiting a response despite chasing twice! Mediation is only good if both parties agree..... I made the fatal mistake last year when all this started of not going down the road of signing a formal agreement as she agreed to ensure her kids do not play where the cars are parked. BIG MISTAKE! Now she refuses to take part in it. Sp00ky 3:16
  • Score: 3

7:52pm Sun 18 May 14

puddingandpi says...

Sp00ky 3:16 wrote:
puddingandpi wrote:
I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it.
They have one... tried it with the problems i have had with kids playing football on the field which is a no ball games and damaging my car. I have cctv with footage but because the parent claims her kids do not play on the field (and i have told them i have cctv footage to contradict her claims) they are not interested! I emailed them in February and am still awaiting a response despite chasing twice!

Mediation is only good if both parties agree..... I made the fatal mistake last year when all this started of not going down the road of signing a formal agreement as she agreed to ensure her kids do not play where the cars are parked. BIG MISTAKE!

Now she refuses to take part in it.
You're absolutely right, mediation only works if both parties are willing. We have a good rate of success here in Brighton but we have quite a transient population.
[quote][p][bold]Sp00ky 3:16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]puddingandpi[/bold] wrote: I work with Brighton & Hove Indepenedent Mediation Service, you should see if you've got one in Bradford. If not, set one up. It works wonders! I would highly recommend it.[/p][/quote]They have one... tried it with the problems i have had with kids playing football on the field which is a no ball games and damaging my car. I have cctv with footage but because the parent claims her kids do not play on the field (and i have told them i have cctv footage to contradict her claims) they are not interested! I emailed them in February and am still awaiting a response despite chasing twice! Mediation is only good if both parties agree..... I made the fatal mistake last year when all this started of not going down the road of signing a formal agreement as she agreed to ensure her kids do not play where the cars are parked. BIG MISTAKE! Now she refuses to take part in it.[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right, mediation only works if both parties are willing. We have a good rate of success here in Brighton but we have quite a transient population. puddingandpi
  • Score: 2

10:39pm Sun 18 May 14

steve10 says...

my mum live above a Nutter that's got a noisy yapping dog and the only time this guy ventures out is to buy his Booze and after loads of complaints from Neighbours to incommunities they got some one to take HIS dog for a walk twice a day, to say Incommunities are useless is unfair to useless people, they have all most said that its my mum and her Neighbours that are making his life a misery by them daring to complain about his yapping dog and the mounds of dog sh1t that adorn his garden.
my mum live above a Nutter that's got a noisy yapping dog and the only time this guy ventures out is to buy his Booze and after loads of complaints from Neighbours to incommunities they got some one to take HIS dog for a walk twice a day, to say Incommunities are useless is unfair to useless people, they have all most said that its my mum and her Neighbours that are making his life a misery by them daring to complain about his yapping dog and the mounds of dog sh1t that adorn his garden. steve10
  • Score: 4

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