New tenancy but property's too noisy to stay here

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  • helen/1
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    as a landlord, I had a tenant who wanted to move out because of noise. It was a city centre flat. I let them go cos I didn't want my tenants being upset etc with their living accommodation. I wanted happy customers! I would deffo try to get used to it for now but explain the situation & get a feel of whether the landlord will let you go. It is hard to avoid traffic now though. Pity the council aren't stricter like that. Lobbying & becoming a nuisance to the council sounds good. Get other residents on your side as well. Safety in numbers!!!

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  • helen/1
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    how about complaining to the council? unfortunately these days, the bloody HGV'S are everywhere!

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  • Soot2006
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    I am one of the only people in the world who doesn't get used to noise if it's occasionally; e.g. I awoke every single night except sundays for 12 months from the noise the 1am train from London stopping at a station 1 mile away ... and when I lived near a bus route, it became etched into my mind so I would actually wake up, comment on the bus being late and go back to sleep ... BUT BUT BUT I did habituate to it all. So the waking up no longer bothered me, it became part of the routine of a dayand didn't really steal my sleep. It took a few weeks for sure, but it wasn't the noise that made me move in the end even though I was screaming curses that would make a sailor blush in those first few weeks¬

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  • compforus
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    I agree with those that say you get used to it. I found the traffic noise, the tractors and the vibrations when low flying helicopters from the army came over at night terrible when I rented and moved into this house. Was quite angry about it. Believe it or not you get used to it! You don't notice it and I would even go as far as saying I would even buy the house now if I could afford it! I love where I live and don't want to move despite having felt like I had made a mistake whe first moved in.

    It makes me chuckle now when I look back and am so glad I didn't move out.

    Hope it works out!

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  • dc61
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    You do get used to it

    Maybe some of the reasons you are experiencing so many difficulties is, as others have said, about getting used to a new environment. As for your baby, it is a completely new environment, new sounds, new movements, but babies do adapt very quickly, usually much more quickly than we do. If you are hyper tense at the moment, baby will pick up on that and it becomes a vicious circle. I agree with the views above, you really do become accustomed to noise; you don't have to like it but you do get used to it. As for vibrating beds, try moving it to somewhere else in the room if you can. i personally can't see the landlord letting you out of a 12 month contract so soon. Good luck.

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  • DrunkenJedi
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    I would speak to a lawyer and see where you stand and your options but this is a tricky problem in that while you could see that the property faced the main road, I feel it is not reasonable for you to have known that HGVs would be trundling past your home at speed and at night causing the home to vibrate and you to lose sleep, which affects everything in someone's life.

    I am sure if such a thought occurred to you, you would have enquired about it which would have given you the alarming answer you now have discovered.
    But I would also say that you could have done some checks with neighbours, local shops, police, postman, milkman (do they still exist?), schools, etc., to ascertain traffic levels, when and type of traffic given that the home is on a main road.

    Nonetheless, I do feel bad for you and your family and I hope something works out for you, somehow.

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  • rhayadersax
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    I can echo the above post. We live in a house that is right on an A road. There's a 30mph limit but (especially at night) the trucks rattle past much faster. It drove us nuts at first but now we don't notice it.

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  • mind the gap
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    I would echo other members' comments about getting used to it. We bought a large old house (to renovate and let), with a busy main road at the front and a metro line (trains) at the back. We didn't notice these things when viewing, but we certainly did for the first few days when we moved in to start work on the house. In fact, we spent a few sleepless nights wondering if we'd made a huge mistake and whether anyone would ever want to rent it from us with that amount of noise. Strangely enough, after a week, we had stopped noticing both the road and the trains - and it has never put groups of tenants off either when viewing or when living there.

    Playing music helps, as does secondary double glazing.

    You could also start a pressure group to lobby the council to ban HGVs from going through the village - or at least impose a 20mph speed limit?

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  • Bel
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    I was wondering whether the OP could put something under the bed legs to help absorb some of the shocks; eg neoprene or some kind of foam

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  • theartfullodger
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    I sympathise but... years 'n years ago (30+) I ended up in a flat in Brixton hill, traffic, neighbours, above a Pub, Police sirens, lorries going up hill etc. etc. (before the lorry suspension got good like wot it is now..).

    Could sleep for a few nights, drove me mad.. then didn't notice it, no probs.. And, btw, the area was lovely, neighbours friendly, never had a problem - but the area had a terrible reputation then & one's contacts weren't keen on visiting...

    similar thing happened when I ended up with a railway 25yds away from the bed... somewhere else

    Hope it works out

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  • NiceTenant
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    Originally posted by Sad S View Post
    I can understand that you're feeling uncomfortable at the moment, but it's surprising how quickly you get used to vibration in the house.

    There may be some parts of the house vibrating more than others - secondary double glazing can be a problem. (Little tinkling objects can be annoying, but you can move them to a more stable surface.)

    We have the same issue, but with trains - in our case the vendor was only willing to do viewings on a Sunday, when there was no service. Visitors always notice the trains, but for ourselves, and all the animals and garden birds, we just live through it.

    Even if your landlord were to accept an early surrender (which he may not) you might well find that the noise and vibration is not nearly so difficult to bear as you first thought.
    How can you learn to sleep in a vibrating bed though?! It literally shakes and therefore wakes you up, I don't think I could ever get used to that. Having said that, everything else is perfect, it's such a shame!

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  • Sad S
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    Originally posted by NiceTenant View Post
    Sorry, what I meant is that I do not know of anyone that would even consider looking at the house now that we've discovered it vibrates!!

    I'm not sure who, other than friends, we could show it to?
    I can understand that you're feeling uncomfortable at the moment, but it's surprising how quickly you get used to vibration in the house.

    There may be some parts of the house vibrating more than others - secondary double glazing can be a problem. (Little tinkling objects can be annoying, but you can move them to a more stable surface.)

    We have the same issue, but with trains - in our case the vendor was only willing to do viewings on a Sunday, when there was no service. Visitors always notice the trains, but for ourselves, and all the animals and garden birds, we just live through it.

    Even if your landlord were to accept an early surrender (which he may not) you might well find that the noise and vibration is not nearly so difficult to bear as you first thought.

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  • NiceTenant
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    Why do you think that? Of course you're free to invite people to view, just as you yourself viewed. You're not the one letting to them, are you, so don't worry about the noise; don't even mention it, or else you'll doom yourself lumbered with having to pay the rest of the year's rent.
    Sorry, what I meant is that I do not know of anyone that would even consider looking at the house now that we've discovered it vibrates!!

    I'm not sure who, other than friends, we could show it to?

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by NiceTenant View Post
    Unfortunately I couldn't recommend a new tenant as I don't think the house is habitable, certainly not whilst HGV's are allowed through the village.
    Why do you think that? Of course you're free to invite people to view, just as you yourself viewed. You're not the one letting to them, are you, so don't worry about the noise; don't even mention it, or else you'll doom yourself lumbered with having to pay the rest of the year's rent.

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  • NiceTenant
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    Unfortunately I couldn't recommend a new tenant as I don't think the house is habitable, certainly not whilst HGV's are allowed through the village.

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