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How to be a considerate neighbour


Dog Owner? - How to avoid constant barking

Barking comes naturally to dogs, but any constant barking or whining can be both annoying and disturbing to your neighbours. Often the problem occurs when you are out of the house and so you are not aware until a complaint is made.

In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance. The owner can be taken to court if they do nothing to stop the nuisance.  There are many reasons why your dog may bark and there are many simple actions that you can take to try and overcome this problem.

Noise Annoys:

If only we all liked the same sounds - and at the same time - life would be so much simpler. But we don't. When it comes to the everyday sounds of a busy neighbourhood, we have different lifestyles, different tastes and different tolerances.

What's music to your ears could well be 'that awful row' to your neighbour; nocturnal vacuuming may suit your lifestyles, but it's giving the person in the flat below sleepless nights; and your dog barking after you've left for work is slowly driving the young mother next door crazy.
Repetitive noise, day-in day-out, can lead to stress and make life miserable, especially for the housebound and those with health problems.
If you can hear the stereo being played upstairs, chances are your neighbour can hear it too. Some noise is unavoidable - but there are simple ways to avoid disturbing others and positive steps you can take if you're fed up suffering in silence.

Why Noise is a Problem?

There is evidence that people are becoming more concerned about noise. There are a number of possible reasons for this. People have different sensitivities and expectations. While many of us have more time to pursue varied leisure interests, we don't always stop to think about what impact out activities are having on others.

But remember that the problem isn't always one of inconsiderate behaviour. Even homes that have reasonably good sound insulation may not cope with powerful modern stereos and other mod cons that can make life comfortable for us, but uncomfortably noisy for others.   The Council receive a large number of complaints regarding noise from Tyneside flats, which are present in high numbers in the North East of England. The age and construction of Tyneside flats, and the fact that occupiers are surrounded by neighbours to the side and upstairs/downstairs, means that there is a higher likelihood of noise being transmitted between properties.  Residents of Gateshead living in Tyneside flats should be aware of this issue and pay particular attention to the tips below. 

We all make noise but awareness is the key to making sure your noise is not the problem for others.

How to be a Considerate Neighbour

Six tips for keeping the peace!

Stereo and TV: Think about the volume or use headphones. Pull the TV and speakers away from your neighbours' walls. Raise them from the floor if possible.

Household chores: Consider not mowing the lawn or starting the DIY at the crack of dawn. You may be an early riser, but others could be trying to get some rest. Night birds should equally think about doing their vacuuming or washing at less 'anti-social' hours.

Parties: If you're planning a party, your neighbours are likely to much more understanding if you warn them well in advance - you might even invite them. Either way, don't ruin their evening - and encourage guests to be equally respectful.

Dogs: Dogs may bark because they are lonely. Constant barking or whining can be disturbing to your neighbours. A well trained dog will not bark unnecessarily.  Check out the leaflet above for some helpful tips.

Cars: Don't play your car stereo to the world at large. Make sure your music isn't disturbing others, especially when you're parked or waiting for someone. Make sure your car alarm works properly.

Alarms: Make sure a keyholder can be contacted if your house alarm goes off while you're away. See that it's regularly maintained to ensure that it doesn't go off accidentally.  Register you alarm and keyholder information with Gateshead Council free of charge using the form below.

Contact Us

Private Sector Housing Team
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Tel: 0191 433 3000