Topic: Breaking a lease due to noise - advice please
I have been having an ongoing problem with noise from the neighbours - a mix of loud music until the early hours of the morning, banging and shouting (usually obscenities). My flat is privately rented, and there are two other flats which are owned by another landlord.
I didn't realise when I moved in that he doesn't seem to care who his tenants are, so long as he gets his rent (paid for by the council). As a result, I would say that both my neighbours are alcoholics who have no concept of what it is like to have to go to work every day. I really don't care if they work or not, but their anti social behaviour is having a serious impact on me.
I have tried talking to them - when I once complained to one of my neighbours about noise, he then complained because the postman had rang his bell at 8am to deliver a parcel to me (something I obviously had no control over). I wrote a letter to the other neighbour after a particularly bad night, and he sent the letter back, with the following note: "I have noted this but it is Christmas after all." The noise has continued, well after Christmas.
After three nights in a row of this, I am at the end of my tether. I have complained to the council (they both have noise abatement notice against them) but they often take so long to come out, that they miss the noise - they tend to turn the music up loud, then turn it down, then up again which makes it hard for the council to catch them. When one of them was witnessed by the council the other night (at midnight on a Wednesday night) and the officers told him to turn it down, he said (I could hear him through my wall) that I was the one with the problem and didn't know how to have fun. He also said they could take him to court - he didn't care. As soon as they left, he turned his music back on - the council had gone off duty by then so I couldn't call them back.
I have asked about recording equipment but the council said this had to be requested by my landlord at a cost of something like 200 pounds a day (which she would never do).
I have also complained to their landlord - who is very sympathetic but says it is a council problem. Meanwhile, the council said they plan to write to the landlord (who I believe will do nothing).
This is causing me so much stress that I just want to move out. I phoned my landlord today and she said she will hold me to my lease which means I cannot move out until May. Is there anything I can do? I have been speaking to her about this problem for months, and she is also sympathetic, but can't do anything.
My other question is when I do eventually move, how can I ensure that my neighbours are quiet before I enter into a lease so I won't have the same problems again?