Question: Over the past few months I have suffered countless sleepless nights as a result of my neighbour's faulty car alarm. The owner spends a lot of time abroad and when he is away there is nobody to switch it off. It is driving me to distraction; is there anything I can do?
© Merrily Harpur (harpur.org)
Answer: Try approaching your neighbour to ask him to either fix or deactivate the alarm. Your neighbour might have no idea of the level of disturbance he is causing you. If your neighbour is unresponsive address an informal letter to them.
Keep a record of your attempts to resolve the problem, and of the disturbances. If nothing is done, approach your local council. Your records will assist your local environmental health officer (EHO) to determine the extent of the nuisance you are suffering.
If appropriate, the EHO can then issue a statutory notice which, if ignored, could lead to your neighbour being fined and prosecuted.
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