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Noisy nightclub

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Tenant

Hi all – I have been in my flat for two months now but the estate agent/landlord did not make me aware of a nightclub directly across the road which is extremely noisy until 3am in the morning for four nights of the week. I want to leave but they won’t let me as I have signed a six month tenancy agreement. Where do I stand legally on this? Many thanks!

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Administrator

Hi Nick

I’m not 100% sure as not a lawyer but unfortunately I think investigating this kind of thing before signing a tenancy is up to you. I doubt they are breaking your tenancy agreement by not mentioning it. Nevertheless it might be worth getting some legal advice to be sure – try a free local law centre. Alternatively, you could perhaps make a nuisnace complaint against the club to try and get them to turn it down? Again, speak to the people at the law centre about this – excessive noise is normally something that your local authority should step in and deal with.

Alex

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Tenant

Thanks for this Alex. I’ve already gone through these channels. I wrote a letter to the council licencing department and local police. Both replied but nothng else has been done to date and that was seven weeks ago. Will try the local law centre if one exists. Earplugs and double glazing doesn’t work either by the way!

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Administrator

Hi Nick

It’s a difficult situation – I’ve experienced it too with a very noisy pub across the road with a late licence. I think the only answer is to carry out a night time inspection before you rent next time. It shouldn’t be like that but unfortunately I think it is!

Alex

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Tenant

You are right. A night-time inspection is a good idea. I did clock the club over the road before I moved in but it looked like a derelict pub during the day so I did not ask any questions. One of the other problems I have is that when the guy upstairs walks around, the floorboards creak like crazy and this also regularly wakes me up at ungodly hours of the night (what he is doing walking around at 4 in the morning I’ve no idea) Do you think it is not unreasonable to check neighbours out too? I really want to make sure that my next place is comfortable and above all peaceful. Would it be reasonable to knock on a few doors and speak to people before signing on the dotted line? 

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I think you should make any enquiries that you feel reasonable – bearing in mind you’ll have to live next door to the neighbours if you do move in. Once you sign the tenancy you’re legally bound so I would do what you need to do to try and make sure you’re not going to be stuck somewhere noisy. You could also try contacting the local council and seeing if there are any noise complaints already made?

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