Selling a House with Noisy Neighbours
Noisy neighbours can be a headache for homeowners at any time, but particularly when trying to sell your house or flat.
Your top questions when selling a property with noisy neighbours
✅ Is there a recognised legal definition of noisy neighbours?
Yes, the UK government has a statutory standard for excess noise, meaning it can be pursued as a legal offence in some cases. You probably have loud neighbours if the noise that they are making is not associated with daily household noises, it either injures or could injure someone’s health, and it unreasonably or substantially makes it hard to enjoy your home in peace.
✅ What situations fall outside of the legal definition of noisy neighbours?
If someone that lives above, below or next door to you is creating a lot of noise regularly, it still might not fall within the legal definition of being a noisy neighbour. Everyday sounds that come from a property below, above or to the side of you do not meet the standard of a noise nuisance, and that includes a pet dog barking, children playing, footsteps and similar sounds.
✅ What requirements are there to disclose noisy neighbours to buyers?
If someone makes a serious offer to purchase your property, you are required by law to tell them about any problem with noisy neighbours. Your legal representative will have you fill out a Property Information Form, also called a TA6, that asks various queries about issues with your house or flat, and one of the questions has been determined to cover noisy neighbour issues.
✅ Can I do anything to resolve loud neighbours before trying to sell my home?
Possibly, there are a range of options that might work to fix the problem before selling, ranging from politely approaching the neighbours through to getting the local council involved. But you should know that the potential solutions might not be applicable in all cases, and even those that are applicable may not work, so you’ll have to sell the home with the problem ongoing.
✅ What's the speediest way to find a buyer for my property with noisy neighbours?
Use a fast buyer like LDN Properties, because they can usually complete all of the steps for purchasing a home in just a few weeks. That’s much swifter than using an auction, which can take at least a couple of months from beginning to end. And it’s significantly faster than using an estate agent or selling on your own, which may take more than a year in certain situations.
✅ Will I have to pay commission no matter how I sell my home with noisy neighbours?
No. If you use a fast buyer then you will pay zero fees and can count on receiving the full proceeds from whatever price they offer for your home. Similarly, you won’t pay any fees to a third party when selling by yourself. But auctioneers and estate agents will charge commission that will be deducted from the sale proceeds, which will reduce the net profit that you make.
✅ What assurances do I have with selling my property to a quick buyer?
You’ll find that the trustworthy quick home buyers are registered with an independent entity known as The Property Ombudsman (TPO), which issues rules to protect owners from fraud in the industry. All TPO members must follow these regulations, giving you extra piece of mind when selling.
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