Selling a House with Noisy Neighbours: How to Do It Fast

Selling a House with Noisy Neighbours: How to Do It Fast

Beyond market conditions, the asking price, and the competency of solicitors and estate agents, enduring and sometimes historical issues can affect property sale.


Most people want a quiet place to work or relax after a long day of hustling at the office. It’s difficult to relax when a neighbour’s kid is always putting their DJ ambitions on display with loud music or throwing parties, with the smoke from their barbecuing activities wafting its way into your compound.


Noise is the leading cause of neighbour quarrels.


Noise from neighbours can come from various activities and can result in disputes. Therefore, when it comes to buying a home, most buyers are keen to avoid noisy neighbourhoods.


A recent study published that 6 in 10 people in the UK complained about loud neighbours citing irritations such as loud music and raised voices.


Do I have to disclose noisy neighbours when selling a house?


As a property seller, you may be tempted to avoid disclosing the noise problem to the potential buyers, hoping the neighbour stays quiet during viewings. But doing so risks a legal action. You may end up being sued by a disillusioned buyer after they discover that you inadvertently left out the noise issue to sell the house much faster.


What information are you required to provide?


Before selling the property, you will be required to fill the Sellers Property Information Form TA6 from your conveyancing solicitor. A copy of this form will be mailed to the buyer’s legal representative.


In this form, you will provide all the necessary information about your home and how you have used it so far. You will also be asked if you have had any disputes with your neighbours or if there have been any complaints about your house or any nearby house as well. The form TA6 is a legal document that forms part of the sales contract. Therefore, you should fill in all the information requested honestly to avoid landing into legal mayhem.


Will noisy neighbours cause your house to sell for a lower value?


Noisy neighbours will undoubtedly impact the sale of your home, but the degree of the impact depends on different factors; here’s a look:


The location of the home


Sometimes the property is in an area with great schools and incredible commuting options, and therefore the buyer won’t mind a little noise from the neighbours. For example, most buyers expect urban environments to be a little bit noisy. That’s the price for living in well-built houses with better transport network access and improved social amenities.


On the contrary, if the setting is less than ideal, the information that the neighbourhood is noisy makes matters worse. Your property may sit on the market for too long, and after some time, you may have to start considering low offers.


The kind of noise


Different people can tolerate different types of noises. For example, a family with teenagers won’t mind settling in a neighbourhood comprised of similar families. In this case, the carefree antics of teenagers and noise from pets isn’t a turn-off.


On the other hand, a bachelor or any other single person or just a family of two won’t tolerate a neighbourhood full of families with rambunctious children and loud-barking dogs.


Equally, older adults are not likely to buy a property in a neighbourhood full of hard and loud-partying students or young professionals or families.


The action you’ve taken in the past


Have you made a formal complaint about your noisy neighbours to the police or local council? To some buyers, this may be a turn-off, as it makes the problem seem serious. In other cases, the knowledge that a formal complaint has been made is comforting, more so if the noise is no longer an issue.


How to deal with irritatingly loud neighbours when selling your home


If your neighbour is noisy, this is an issue you have to resolve before listing your house. Otherwise, it can rear an ugly head just when your estate agent has finally managed to invite an incredible crowd of potential buyers and bang! -goes any fond hopes of selling your house quickly.


Trying to resolve the issue before listing your property is wise. You will still have to declare the noise problem in the TA6 document, but the sale will go much easier if you can demonstrate that you have reached an amicable solution with the neighbour. It will also leave you with clear conscience once you part ways with the house.

When it comes to resolving the noisy neighbour issue, you’ve got a lot of options; here’s a look:


Have an informal talk with your neighbour


Constructive dialogue is king, so before rushing off to the police or local council, sit down with the neighbour for a one-on-one. When you go to talk with your neighbour, be prepared with all the information. It’s always good to jostle write down a few important points for a smooth conversation. Make sure to tell them what the issue is, exactly.


Time your conversation well; it may not be a good idea to tell them their children are loud just when they are handling children-related chores. Also, provide examples of when the noise is worst so they can deal with it accordingly.


Don’t be irritated if you discover they are unaware their activities are a source of distress. In most cases, neighbours are oblivious that their actions are causing a lot of noise, politely informing them is only but the neighbourly thing to do as they may be willing to correct their actions. Maintain calm for a constructive dialogue


If the source of the noise is music or children, they can sort it out easily. On the other hand, a loud-barking dog will require extra effort on their part, so be prepared to make compromises. For example, explain that you will be having visitors over to check out your house with the intention of attracting an offer. But don’t give them any ideas that you are moving because of the noise issue.


You can reach an agreement such that you inform them when the visitors arrive, so they keep their kids quiet, inside, with fun activities or take that loud dog out for a walk in the park.


Inform your estate agent about the issue and compromises reached so they know when to schedule house viewings; otherwise, if you keep postponing viewings without telling them the reason, they may think you are just being uncooperative regarding the viewings timetable. Help is always available when needed!


Use the mediation services of your local council.


Generally, most people worry about what their neighbours think of them. They don’t want to earn a bad rap in the neighbourhood. Therefore, informal negotiations work well in most cases.


However, if informal talks don’t work because your neighbour doesn’t care, you can suggest that you both meet with a mediator. Your local council can provide mediation services, so you can also contact them, and they will send the neighbour a formal letter of complaint and invite him/her to mediation talks.


They may even get in touch with the landlord in case of rental properties. Mediation is the final step before deciding on legal action, so the neighbour may be more inclined to listen and resolve the issue.


Take legal action


If everything else fails, it’s best you take legal action by bringing a statutory nuisance complaint to your local council. You can say the noise is a statutory nuisance if it occurs regularly and persists for a time interval making it unreasonable. For the noise to be considered a statutory nuisance, it must be regular and persistent in a manner that makes it unreasonable. The council will assess your complaint and take appropriate action.


Legal action should only be used as a last resort. Ever heard the phrase ‘you can catch more flies with honey?’ That means a friendly casual conversation is likely to go well than an official letter of complaint or a visit from the police!


Should I lower the price of my house?


Selling a house in a neighbourhood with noise issues is hard; asking for a lower price can help sell faster. Just make sure to inform buyers that the lower price is because of the noise issue, so they won’t sue you or ask for financial compensation alleging that you failed to disclose the noise issue.


Lowering the price and making it clear that it’s because of noisy neighbours helps avoid delaying the listing while you try to reach a compromise with the neighbour. Most importantly, ask for advice from your conveyancing solicitor regarding your specific circumstance.


I can’t sell a house with noisy neighbours, what are my options?


If you are unable to get an offer on the listed house because of the noisy neighbour problem, don’t despair; there are a few ways to sell it faster.


An auction sale


Declare the noise problem and invite bids on the house at an auction. Though selling your house at an auction is an extreme move, it guarantees results.


Advantages of selling your house at an auction include:


  • The house is marketed over and over again until contracts change hands and the buyer deposits 10% of the price upfront


  • Agreements reached an auction sale are legally binding


  • You may attract bids higher than your initial asking price; higher demand may drive bids up


What is the disadvantage of an auction sale?


  • Low demand for properties in your area may drive bids down, leading to an unsatisfying price.


  • To attend an auction, potential bidders must register; this may keep some of them away.


  • Additionally, the bidding process at an auction is competitive and keeps away some buyers who don’t like competitive scenarios.


Selling to an investor.


Investors buy houses in all various conditions, including the noise problem, on cash. They fix the houses for rent or sale.

Selling to an investor is a direct cash sale, so no estate agent contracts or fees because they won’t be involved; it’s only you, the seller, and the cash investor.


Why sell your house to an investor?


  • Quick sale: investors guarantee a quick sale as you won’t have to postpone viewing to negotiate with the noisy neighbour; you will receive cash, move out and leave the investor to deal with the noise issue.


  • You can negotiate with the investor for flexible terms of the sale: for example, you may ask for an extended stay if you haven’t yet bought a new home.


  • You won’t incur expenses related to estate agent services as this is a direct sale.


  • Maximises your earnings from the sale since the house won’t sit on the market and lose value in turn


  • Avoid dealing with unscrupulous buyers who may want to use the noise issue to drive the price down.


  • Investors offer cash immediately, eliminating the risk of completion, as is the case with mortgage buyers when the lender denies the mortgage due to a change in credit status.


Disadvantages of selling your property to an investor


  • Some investors are always not honest about their intentions regarding your house; they may very well end up tearing it down.


  • Investors may not pay the full market value of your house; however, you are sure that your house will sell, and that is reason enough for some people to sell to investors.


How we can help?


Are you looking to sell your house with noisy neighbour issues to an investor? An offer on your property is just a phone call away. We are experienced cash property buyers in the UK with a reputation for offering the best price on houses. Indeed, we buy houses in all conditions, including those with noisy neighbour problems, then fix them for rent or sale.


Contact us today for a no-obligation quote on your house. We provide a simple way to get your problematic house appraised with the intention of making a committed offer.

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