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House to house Noise

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by serpico1, 18 Apr 2012.

  1. serpico1

    serpico1

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    Our neighbours and I have a signifigant problem with noise.The house's are private and built during the housing boom. About 10 years old and would have been selling for about 350k. There is it appears a large foundation that the house is built on. It's inaccessible of course but would be a quite high of the ground.

    Problem:
    Our house walls are likely thin in some areas, they are .75 meters thick in others parts. We both have wooden floors. I can hear my neighbour walk across the living room floor ( wooden). I can hear actually each thud of each footstep ( hard soles only) as the person walks across the floor and if they were to drop a marble on the floor i could hear it very sharply next door.

    I wonder if the foundation is in some way amplifies the sound of the footsteps. I must add that my neighbour can hear my Tv when it is on a relatively mid- high volume.

    Any ideas on what the cause of the problem is.
    How would i fix this problem and who is responsible for fixing such a problem, myself or my neighbour and do we both have to live more quietly as a result. Would this be nuisance noise as per regulations.


    Thanks for any help....
    regards

    Serpico1
     
  2. paulf1976

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    If they were built 10 years ago then Part E of the BR would not even have been in force.

    It cannot be anyone's responsibility as there is technically nothing wrong for when it was built. You could speak to a builder about internal sound insulation although this might reduce your internal floor area. It's also not cheap.
     
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