Noise is an issue which affects all residents and causes conflict between housemates, neighbours and whole communities. If you are thinking of inviting your friends over, spare a thought for those living next door who may be up at 7am to go to work, school or lectures. The universities are working closely with the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team and West Yorkshire Police to minimise noise nuisance in local neighbourhoods.
What is Statutory Noise Nuisance?
A statutory noise nuisance has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of those affected. Many factors effect this; frequency, time of day, location, duration and how many people are effected. It is a statutory nuisance at any time, day or night.
Tips to Avoid Noise Complaints Being Made Against You
- Noise can be a statutory nuisance at any time but the hours between 11pm and 8am are particularly noise sensitive. Please be more aware during these times.
- Regular late-night disturbances, even at weekends, are likely to result in complaints.
- As a matter of courtesy call around to your neighbours in advance of a party to let them know and agree on an end time.
- Keeping doors and windows closed, especially in warm weather, will help to limit noise levels.
- If you or any guests are outside (e.g. having a BBQ, playing sports in the street, smoking or waiting for taxis) please keep the volume to a minimum. Keep equipment away from adjoining walls and raised off the floor.
- If you play a musical instrument, speak to your housemates and neighbours and agree a time that you can practice without disturbing them or book rehearsal rooms.
- If you do get a visit from a neighbour, Police or Council Officer, remain calm and polite.
Don’t get caught out
Noise nuisance is a criminal offence and enforcement action can be taken by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team against any household which is causing a nuisance. This could result in a criminal conviction, confiscation of any noise-making equipment and fines. The Police may take action with respect to any crime and disorder.
The University may also take disciplinary against students whom behave in a way which persistently causes distress to their neighbours and brings into question the reputation of the university. For the University’s procedures see the Neighbourhood Helpline Code.
Report a Noise Problem
If you are having a problem with a noisy neighbour report this to the Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline Service.
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