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HMO, Flats Fire Doors & Laminate Floors Noises

I'm 77 years of age.  For 7 years, I've been in a noise problem situation coming from HMO house fire doors and laminate flooring.  It’s an ex-council property like mine.  The local council did nothing to fix the noise, although I believe it’s their responsibility as they permitted fire doors to be fitted in the HMO property.   However, the council did a biased-bogus, covered-up, flawed noise investigation.  They even tried to blame the noise on unsociable behaviour of the tenants; when in fact, it’s the fault of the poor construction of these ex-council's properties/buildings and the council is to blame.  These properties/buildings with very thin party walls, and no insulation; and the upper half of these houses' outer solid walls are made from Fly Ash and are classified as prefabricated.

I've already ended up in the hospital with heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and suffered a mild stroke, due to the trauma - stress, anxiety, depression, because of the noise and what the council have put me through. I also had suicidal thoughts until when my doctor spoke to me and told me a few home truths about the council.

Recently, I’ve been experiencing the same sort of fire doors [also permitted by the council] and laminate flooring noises coming from two flats [upper and lower] on the other side of me; also ex-council.  But, the council is not doing anything about the noises from the flats, either.

Another problem is that; because of the noise, I'm unable to sell my property to escape them, or even downsize.


  • anselld
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    If is not really a question of the Council permitting fire doors, it is likely to be a mandatory requirement for fire doors to be fitted in HMOs and in the flats (at least the front door).  The fact that they are ex-Council is also not relevant to the problem as the Council do not usually get a choice under right-to-buy.  So it is not the Council who are responsible to "fix the noise" although they are the enforcement authority if the noise is deemed to be "nuisance".
    The problem with fire doors is normally worse with the concealed "perko" type of door closer because they don't have a controlled final close action like overhead closers.  The concealed closers do not usually meet BS EN1154 so they are increasingly being disallowed via fire risk assessments in favour of overheads.  You might be able to persuade the owners that it would be a sensible change to make or if the properties are Licensable you may be able to suggest that licensing take a look.

  • pinkshoes
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    Surely it would be easier to move? Especially if it is giving you health issues and you are clearly sensitive to noise given you're affected by the properties above, below and next door. 

    Lots of houses have noise from adjoining property. It's not easy to avoid unless you buy or rent a detached house.

    Have you tried earplugs? White noise? Music? Noise cancelling headphones? Perhaps you could consider housing for over 55s that would perhaps be quieter?
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