Noise Myth:

According to a study of 2,000 home buyers carried out by Halifax Home Insurance in March 2010:

  • Nearly 1 in 10 people claim to have moved house because of poor relations with their neighbours.
  • The people next door are a bigger influence on a decision to move house than schools.




When it comes to selling a home, the Halifax suggests that as much as £30,000 can be knocked off the value of a property, due to bad neighbours.

All advice provided relates solely to professional matters in accordance with the statutory defined role of Environmental Health Practitioners, for the assessment of conditions that can give rise to nuisance or impact adversely on public health. Any such advice should not be construed as legal representation or advocacy on behalf of any party.





Buyers And Sellers

Moving home is one of life's most stressful experiences. If you have been involved in a noise dispute, then moving home can become even more fraught. One of the most frequently asked questions by callers to Noisedirect is, "Will I still be able to sell my property if I complain about noisy neighbours?"

Caveat emptor is Latin for, "Let the buyer beware." The term is used widely in property transactions. Essentially it means that a buyer must act cautiously and with due diligence when purchasing a property. It also places a responsibility on sellers not to conceal latent defects or make false representations about a property amounting to fraud.

If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a noise dispute which is now resolved, then one of the ways that you can assure prospective purchasers there are no latent noise issues at your property, is by providing an amenity assessment or Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) certificate. An Amenity Assessment includes subjective assessments and acoustic monitoring of your home and garden areas, to provide indications of normal background levels inside your property. A HHSRS certificate verifying that a property is free from Category 1 psychological hazards from noise can provide peace of mind for buyers and sellers.

HHSRS assessments are distinctly different to sound insulation tests. A property can comply with Building Regulation Part E requirements, pass a sound insulation test, and still contain Category 1 psychological hazards from noise. A HHSRS assessment can be invaluable for anyone thinking of purchasing a flat in older converted buildings, where issues of domestic noise and wood and laminate flooring are the single most recurring reason for all complaints to Noisedirect. To find out more about either a HHSRS or Amenity Assessment contact us

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