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To: The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP
“All Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) to have soundproofing.”
THE GOVERNMENT, LOCAL COUNCILS & THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT THE VICTIMS FROM NUISANCE HMOs AND OTHER NOISY NEIGHBOURS!
Normally, the victims have to move to get away from the noise while the offenders get to stay. Where is the logic and justice in that? You are not safe either (if not now, but in the future) because the government/council want to extend HMOs on a wider scale.
Why is this important?
Because noise can cause health problems. Health effects of noise include anxiety and stress reaction and in extreme cases fright. The physiological manifestations are headaches, irritability and nervousness, feeling of fatigue and decreases work efficiency. It is worth noting that these effects may not sound troubling, but the truth is, with time, the consequences can be very worrying. Check this > http://www.safelincs-forum.co.uk/topic/4290-noisy-door-closer-slamming-with-a-bang/
My personal experience:
I'm living next door to one of these House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) converted house, 2 flats, and experiencing heavy boom/banging noise coming from approximately a total of 10 heavy hydraulic-spring fire doors fitted in the house and the 2 flats, and (1) 'extra' main entrance door fitted to the HMO house. The House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and 2 flats and my house are ex-council properties - which are prefabricated, substandard and not designed for heavy hydraulic-spring fire doors. The boom/banging impact effect (like Sonic Booms sound/noise) the fire doors creates, they are stressful, causing me anxiety, preventing me from sleeping, on edge all the time. In addition, I've already been hospitalised with high blood pressure and a mild stroke, because of the noise and for what the council has put me through... Also, the noise is preventing me from selling my property.
I believe the landlord fitted approximately a total of 7 hydraulic-sprang fire doors - 1 to each of 5 rooms (inc. bathroom & kitchen), 2 in the living room/bedroom (which used to be the dining room), and an extra main entrance door (where the dining room window used to be). One fire door and the extra main entrance door in the HMO house are 1 meter from the party wall that separates us. And I believe it's the same with the 2 flats.
Now, because these properties (built 1960) were not constructed strong enough to withstand the heavy pounding of those fire doors, the hammering/booming/banging noise that's coming through the party wall is horrendous and so intensive that they sometimes vibrate the party wall and my bedroom wall that extends from the party wall, so making me jump at times and makes my life a misery...!
The noise has been going on since November 2015 but the council's environment health dept. did nothing to have noise fixed. In fact, they covered up the severity of the fore doors noises.
The property owner and the government and local authorities do not care and who they hurt! Moreover, it seemed the government did not consider the neighbours when they created this HMO scheme! These kinds of doors should not have been allowed to be fitted into these type of properties that are not designed and built for them. The government HMO scheme should stipulate and force the landlord to soundproof their property if they must use those sort of fire doors.
I understand, because of the HMO scheme, parking spaces are hard to find in some streets because many of the HMO's tenants own vehicles.
IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU TOO!
The same situation as mine with HMOs and/or noise nuisance neighbours can happen to you too, or in the future, if your neighbours move and HMO buys your neighbour's property. And your local authorities won't do anything to fix it; because they make and save money from these situations. Moreover, it also helps them with the accommodation crises; therefore, your health won't matter to them.
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST INJUSTICES & CORRUPTION BY LOCAL COUNCILS and the LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN
This https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmcomloc/writev/lgo/lgo11.htm can also stop the complainants from winning any covering-ups and maladministrations by local authorities.
How it will be delivered
Deliver by email or letter.