Here is a cri de coeur from Jonathan (not his real name) who has called on the blog clinic for advice:
I’m having problems with tenant living above me with constant noise and disturbing behavior. Its very clear that this person has had some kind of mental illness. I’ve been to the council to try to get them to move me but with no joy.
The noise is constant through the night and day and is getting to a point where i will take things into my own hands. I’ve never had a criminal record but it is getting to that stage. I have recorded the sounds on camcorder as evidence and I was wandering if there was a legal route I could take to force the council to move me or him?
Hi John, my area of expertise is private renting not social renting, or neighbour problems, but I do know that it is very difficult to do anything about this kind of thing. I can remember vividly the case of the man who smashed up his neighbours vehicle becuase they refused to take seriously his complaints about their dogs constant barking! (Not that I suggest you do that!).
Does anyone have any ideas?