This section gives some information about dealing with excessive noise from neighbours. If it doesn’t answer your specific question or you want to talk about your situation, call Galop in confidence on 020 7704 2040. We all deserve a reasonable amount of peace and quiet at home. We also have the freedom to do what [...]
Poor sound insulation is a problem in many homes. It often means you can hear domestic noise from your neighbour such as footsteps, talking, dropping objects or children playing.
First of all, try talking with your neighbour about the problem in a friendly way. Fear of homophobic or transphobic attitudes can make that tricky but it may be worth doing.
If talking to your neighbour directly doesn’t work, it’s worth considering mediation. That involves a neutral person helping you both talk to each other in a non-confrontational way and negotiating an agreement about behaving respectfully towards each other.
If your neighbour rents their home they probably signed a tenancy agreement which says that they shouldn’t cause a nuisance to their neighbours. That might include excessive or late night noise.
Another option is to talk to the environmental health department in your local Council. They have a duty to deal with certain types of noise.
If you’ve exhausted all other avenues, you can take legal action against your neighbour using section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
If you’re facing abuse from your neighbour and you own or rent your home from a private landlord, the anti-social behaviour team in your local Council may be able to help.
The police can deal with harassment, verbal abuse, assault, abusive signs or damage to your property. They cannot normally deal with noise problems, even if you feel the noise is being created to target you.
Stress and lack of sleep can quickly wear you down and spill into other parts of your life. It’s important not to suffer alone
Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 lets people take their own legal action in a Magistrates Court if they’re experiencing noise problems.
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On 1 October 2012, the Home Office introduced guidance which allows people in England and Wales with some historical convictions and cautions for consensual gay sex to apply to have those offences removed from their records. This section explains the recent changes in the law and how to make an application. Compiled with Bindmans Solicitors.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 decriminalised consensual sex between men, abolishing the offences of buggery and gross indecency.
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (‘the Act’) introduced a new right for men with historic convictions and cautions on their records to apply to the to have them ‘disregarded’.
A sizable number of convictions for gross indecency were for sexual acts in public toilets. Currently, the Government is unwilling to disregard these convictions on the basis that it is still illegal for anyone to have sex in a public toilet
Convictions will not be disregarded automatically, so if you want your conviction or caution to be disregarded, then you will have to apply to the Home Office.
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