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To: The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

“All Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) to have soundproofing.”

“All Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) to have soundproofing.”


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 >

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.

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.

This 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.


2021-11-20 11:27:52 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-12-04 17:40:45 +0000

My parliamentary petition "HMO soundproofing" ( is picked up by HMO Lobby and Student Consultant RBA Acoustics Ltd.

Dear all, I have received the enquiry below from Jacob Whitworth, at RBA Acoustics Ltd, about soundproofing HMOs. If you have any evidence or data on noise from HMOs, and would support soundproofing, and are willing to share with him, do contact Jacob directly at his email address,
Please copy to me also.
Cheers, Richard

2020-09-25 18:49:01 +0100



2020-05-04 10:08:18 +0100

I did say; "it can happen to you, too!"

Well, my friend is now experiencing fire doors noise from her new neighbour (I believe to be council/corporation) accommodation/s. Before she was in her present situation; she didn't really believe me when I'd told her how loud my neighbours, HMO, Flats/Apartments fire doors' noises are. Well, now she knows.

2020-04-30 17:18:07 +0100

Because of the coronavirus lockdown...; there has been an increase in fire doors noises coming from HMO properties, where others and myself are suffering even more from the increase noises.

2018-09-11 00:28:51 +0100

On 23 February 2018 new licensing rules were agreed by Parliament and will come into force on 1 October 2018. The HMO next-door didn't need to have an HMO licence because the house is 2 floors and 4 tenants, but he has to have one now under the new rules. Let's hope the new rules will help us - the victims.

2018-09-11 00:04:24 +0100

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

2018-07-04 13:56:35 +0100

These HMO landlords are profiteering with the help of the government and local authorities; while we the neighbours suffer!

2017-12-09 18:44:08 +0000

...Although I'm very disappointed with the outcome; still, in the back of my mind I wasn't really expecting anything better...because of my past experience contacting my local MP, Councillors, MEPs, the Lords, Human Rights, the Media, Solicitors, etc, etc - there are no winners when fighting for your basic rights from the government, local authorities and the LGO. My last hope was the Prime Minister, but it was never to be. Even the general noises some of you are experiencing from your own neighbours were not taken into consideration.

I'm unable to post the entirety of my message and a copy of the letter from Department for Communities and Local Government here, as only allowed 1000 characters. Contact me if you'd like a copy.

Thank you for signing the petition HMOs, Local Councils & the LGO... "IT COULD BE YOU NEXT!"

2017-12-09 18:39:14 +0000

I did not get a reply straight from the Prime Minister's office, but from the Department for Communities and Local Government, where the petition and my letter was forward to. Jeremy Corbyn's office, my local MP and MEPs ignored the petition.

The reply is not promising... The letter only explains what the local authorities and the Local Government Ombudsman are about and what they supposed to do... No action will be taken, but just advised me what I should do...which I've done already (before starting this campaign) as explained in my letter to the Prime Minister.

From what I can see, the local authorities and the LGO can do whatever they please, whether right or wrong and they won't be held accountable to anyone, by the government, nor any other organisations, or even the courts...

2017-11-08 22:11:45 +0000

Hello everyone,

We received an e-mail from NBC this afternoon confirming 36 Southampton Road has been REFUSED planning permission as a HMO for 3 occupiers.

We do expect the applicant to appeal the decision as they have appealed the previous application which was refused as a HMO for 4 occupiers.

2017-11-08 17:19:33 +0000

Dear Mr Glasgow

Thank you for your communication

The Prime Minister does not normally receive petitions personally. But the petition can certainly be accepted on his behalf. If you have not already done so, you should contact the Downing Street Liaison Office (telephone 020 3276 2934) since they are responsible for the policing of Downing Street, and will advise on timing and numbers.

Kind regards

Direct Communications Unit

2017-11-08 17:14:24 +0000

Dear Norbert,

Thank you for your recent email to Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Opposition. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us about this matter and we are sorry to hear about your situation.

If you are contacting Jeremy Corbyn MP about a personal or local issue, and you do not live in Islington North, then you must contact your own Member of Parliament. This is due to strict parliamentary protocol, and there are no exceptions to this. It is not that Jeremy Corbyn is unconcerned in any way, it is simply that he is restricted by this rule, as are all other MPs.

You can find your own MP’s contact details online here:

Thank you once again for your email.

Kind regards,
Membership Services and Correspondence
The Labour Party

2017-11-08 17:08:42 +0000

Sent: 25 October 2017 20:28

To: Jeremy Corbyn
Subject: Petition regarding HMO/other Neighbour's noise nuisance, Council and the LGO
Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn (MP)

Dear Mr Corbyn

I wish to draw your attention to my story/letter and petition as it is vital, so please take an interest in it as it is regarding me, and others living conditions, health and wellbeing that local Council(s) and the Local Government Ombudsman have ignored and failed to act appropriately. I understand this practice is happening in other parts of the country, where others are also experiencing similar living conditions and injustices.

Please see attached petition and information regarding my personal experience/story.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Norbert Glasgow

2017-10-31 12:38:29 +0000

Dear Friends,

🤞 I sent the petition to the Prime Minister - see the reply... So, fingers crossed...🤞

Dear Mr Glasgow

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for your email of 28 October.

Your correspondence is receiving attention.

Yours sincerely

Correspondence Officer

But, friends, please don't stop signing and sharing...because more signatures there are, will still be more effective.  There are 105 signatures so far.
Thank you for signing the petition "IT COULD BE YOU NEXT!", can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?
Norbert Glasgow

2017-10-28 22:37:57 +0100

2017-10-28 22:29:03 +0100

I understand me and others that are experiencing Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) crises will not benefit from Article 4 because I/we already been affected by the MHOs' crises before Article 4 was passed. This is not fair for residents like us that are affected because we will still have to endure the suffering from HMOs fire doors noises, general tenants' noise pollutions, loud music playing, other unsociable behaviours, and where they occupy lots of the residential parking spaces. Therefore, Article 4 is ridiculous; because it will only benefit and protect residents in the future.

How the phrase goes; "what's good for the goose is good for the gander?" Well, that phrase certainly doesn't apply to us already suffering!

2017-10-21 18:48:36 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-09 13:07:57 +0100

94 signatures out of 100! Nice going friends and supporters! Only 6 more to go to enable me to send petition to the decision makers. Although 100 signatures are sufficient for our purpose...but more the better.

2017-10-07 12:13:21 +0100

Lots of people and myself are suffering from the wraths of HMOs, local Councils and the Local Government Ombudsman. Take heed...they are corrupt!!!

2017-09-25 15:50:58 +0100

Residents are standing side-by-side to save Far Cotton's soul from the over-development of Houses in Multiple Occupation in their ward.

2017-09-25 15:42:28 +0100

The National HMO Network aims to promote a clear understanding of the wide range of matters associated with parts 1, 2 & 3 of the Housing Act 2004 and to share information, skills and experience amongst interested parties.

These are houses occupied by more than one household & are strictly defined in legislation. We often know them as bedsits, flat-lets and shared houses.

The Network brings together people from many disciplines - local authorities, landlords’ groups, tenants' groups, academic institutions & accommodation providers, government in England & Wales, private consultants, charitable & professional bodies and fire services.

2017-09-09 11:55:43 +0100

Join and check out my Facebook group and please share

2017-09-03 00:17:40 +0100


2017-09-02 23:42:52 +0100

2017-09-02 23:09:14 +0100

2017-09-02 23:08:36 +0100

Terrible!!! Shocking!!!

2017-09-02 23:07:58 +0100

Check this out:

2017-08-31 17:15:33 +0100

Southwark Council declares Immediate Article 4 to protect its residents against HMOs!

2017-08-31 16:35:56 +0100

Dear Friends,

Thank you for signing the petition "IT COULD BE YOU NEXT!", can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?

People are reading my posts and are contacting me, so signatures are building up fast now - more the better.  Please, keep on signing and sharing.  We are not going to let these councils get away with their unjust practices because they are doing it to too many people!

Norbert Glasgow

2017-08-31 16:16:40 +0100

Hanworth Residents' Action Group

This site kills Lockdown HMOs

These councils never seem to amaze me - just like my local (Labour) council that I'm having HMO problems with! The thing is; they know what is going on and they'll also do wrong too. Therefore, they would cover up... 🤫 and choose not to do anything about the problems that HMOs causes, because, councils benefit from HMOs 😡😡😡 It's a typical example of what they did with Grenfell Tower residents.

2017-08-31 15:18:02 +0100

I have set up a group in my area called HMO action group far cotton. I have put your last link on my page as we have a real problem with them in our area. I would like to get in touch with you to see if we can help each other.

2017-08-28 12:40:20 +0100

Joe King on Facebook said: It a shame that those that were sub letting rooms and whole flats are now going to get away with murder.And it is illegal.All the blocks do it and the council have known about it.

My response: It is not those that sub-let that are getting away with murder. It's the government/council and those that cut corners and installed those cheap sub-standard claddings. The council/s knows what goes on, but they turn a blind eye to the wrong inhumane things they also do and are involved in. And it's all about making money, profiteering and corruption! I know this because, over the past 21 months, I've experienced and are suffering from my local council's maladministration and corruption, where the proof is there to see; but because they are the council and we can’t touch them, so they get away with it.

Who is higher than the government and councils that we can complain and go to for help? No one! 😡

2017-08-28 12:37:39 +0100

You can also join my Facebook group and follow me on Twitter

2017-07-21 13:23:45 +0100

Over the past 19 months, I have been through HELL and still is with my HMO (6) heavy hydraulic-spring fire doors noise fitted in a sub standard (ex- council) 3 bedroom house. I have found, because of the local Council and the Local Government Ombudsman maladministrations they are corrupt and have taken away my human and civil rights and left me to suffer and die in my own property. At first...not in my wildest dreams, I would have thought they would be capable of such inhumane acts. Initially, my complaint was based on HMO...(above), but it has gone far beyond that because everything rests squarely at the top with the government. The government knows what is going on but they have ignored it for years...

2017-07-16 16:48:06 +0100

Following up from below...: A damning report regarding Councils and the LGO came to my attention recently (after I had drafted my letter/account of the appalling treatment I'd received from both of them). A total of 6 (A4) pages condemning Councils and the LGO. 😱😨 - (true to my own experience). Therefore, this is why I did not stand a chance in Hell against Stevenage Borough Council!!! It seemed these practices have been going on for a very long time, and no matter whichever political party is in power, they are all in it together. And it is obvious that none of them is going to do anything to help me nor stop these practices to give us ‘Mere Mortals’ a chance of winning against councils for their crooked ways and maladministrations!

2017-07-16 11:38:08 +0100

😈 Local Government Ombudsman & Councils are corrupt 👹

1) Summary
The LGO (Commission for Local Administration in England (CLAE))
1.01) Operate the most perverse and publicly criticised system of administrative justice in the world.
1.02) Is institutionally biased in favour of the public body under investigation.
1.03) Has a track record of rejecting complaints based on a short telephone discussion with a senior member staff from the body being complained about.
1.04) Manipulate their statistics and customer satisfaction surveys to enhance their perceived effectiveness and performance.
1.05) Under report the true level of maladministration.
1.06) Abuse their absolute discretion with impunity because their is no adequate appeals .
mechanism or complaints system with which to challenge their decisions...

And that ain't all... There are a lot more...from the link in follow-up message above... (and true to my own experience). 😡😡😡

2017-07-02 14:57:42 +0100

The Article 4 Direction due to be implemented in September only relates to the development of new HMOs. It means new HMOs will now require planning permission. It has no effect on existing HMOs unfortunately. So, I'm still doomed...! :(

It is not as I understood it before, as no more HMO in Stevenage. All HMOs with 6+ and 6- tenants have to have planning permission; unlike before where planning permission was for 6+ tenants. Therefore, other unfortunate people will suffer fire doors, etc noises in the future - as I'm doing now.

2017-06-29 14:07:22 +0100

Confirmation of Article 4 Direction relating to (HMO) Houses of Multiple Occupation:

All this technical jargon doesn't mean anything to me! However, as I understand it from an Estate Agent that further HMOs development will not be happening in Stevenage. Nevertheless, it doesn't help me in my present HMO (6) heavy hydraulic-springed fire doors noise situation from 3 bedroom house next door I've been enduring since November 2015. 😡
HMO nuisance has been a big problem in Stevenage for years, but Stevenage Borough Council covered up and lied about the HMO noise situation from next-door.

2017-06-18 11:49:48 +0100
This is exactly what I been talking about...part of the reason I'd created this campaign. Government, Councils and the Local Government Ombudsman covering up, cheating, maladministration, cutbacks that causes people misery, suffering and deaths. People should come together and take a stand against these corrupt organisations and ministers!!!

2017-06-02 09:21:42 +0100

Yes, vote Jeremy Corbyn; as he's peaceful, caring, compassionate, understand real people struggle and the only man that will bring some real changes for us and our country. We don't want the Tory in for another 5 years! They don't care about the poor and (real) working people's struggles and suffering! They force their austerity/cuts upon us, cutting corners..., violate our human/civil rights, and just look after themselves, families and friends at the top!!!

2017-05-23 15:18:59 +0100

Labour must change and wipe out these corrupt organizations if they win the election. They have violated my human & civil right!

2017-05-19 14:52:46 +0100

Will Labour change it if they win?

@countfoxify @jeremycorbyn @JeremyCorbyn4PM UNRESERVEDLY Support Labour But Will Labour Stop This: Affects Me & Others

2017-05-16 16:56:43 +0100

Reply to my comment on Twitter about papers scared to print my story...

Help Harlow‏ @FriendofHarlow May 2
Replying to @countfoxify @lgombadsmen @r_rees14
Who needs the papers when you have the Net and can attract others around country whom we are able 2 help with JOINT EFFORT!

Help Harlow‏ @FriendofHarlow May 2
Replying to @countfoxify @lgombadsmen @r_rees14
Lies I have been told, and have been told about me, go unchecked by Cons & Lab! Why? Because of political support! They know sys only 2 well

Help Harlow‏ @FriendofHarlow May 2
Replying to @countfoxify @lgombadsmen @r_rees14
NOT scared! It's all about politics! Confront means Lab & Cons have to go against local cllrs they depend upon at times like this!

Help Harlow‏ @FriendofHarlow May 2
Replying to @countfoxify @lgombadsmen @r_rees14
Shuush! This is a secret kept by Lab & Cons! What's the problem? It's only public money! Get together, different story! Together we stand...

2017-05-16 15:56:06 +0100

And I suppose you all think it was all above board! Well, think again...

A damning report, and the truth about the LGO & Councils working hand-in-hand to stop you from winning your complaints against Councils, (as I've experienced myself).

2017-05-15 17:26:03 +0100

I have to wear these Ears Defender to block out some of the noise...

2017-05-15 16:43:49 +0100

32 plus Newspapers I've contacted so far but none won't print my story. Just had a long conversation with one that said; because the case is ongoing they can't print my story. But when I informed him case and investigation have been completed, I was informed they still can't print because they are scared of being sued by the council and/or LGO. But, how could they be sued when the truth and evidence is there to see >

2017-05-13 16:21:16 +0100

I may have to give up the fight/petition, as can't get enough people to sign. Nobody is interested; even those that may be suffering and experiencing similar situations. But, I can see why now; because, obsoletely nobody nor any organisations anywhere; newspapers (32 of them) not interested in printing my story. Moreover, solicitors are charging a-hell-of-a-lot to take court proceeding. I have been informed; it would have to be privately representation as there is no legal aid. I am getting figures of 1 to 1 1/2 hrs consultation is £650 + VAT; and, to represent me is £250 per hour + VAT. Another solicitor is; £5000 on account of costs generally; and work would be charged at £200 per hour + VAT.

2017-04-30 20:23:01 +0100



I'm finding out more and more about these corrupt organisations - Councils & the Local Government Ombudsman! No wonder the councils itself, councillors and MPs are sending people like me and others to them that the council shit on!!!

For all of you that think I was just moaning and complaining for nothing... Well, you better, and MUST read this> . It's all there...the proof is in the pudding and in your interest too.

After reading the article, I'm hoping more people will support and sign petitions and join my facebook group.

NO, NO, NO, I'm not going to give up now!

2017-04-30 16:52:30 +0100

Replying to @LGOmbudsman @RobBehrens1884 @PHSOmbudsman
Before referring anything to the LGO please remember that it is a corrupt service. They do not investigate and they are dishonest.

Replying to @lgombadsmen @LGOmbudsman
.I asked the LGO once before for help,they ignored me,after yr fighting a judge agreed with me if they helped it need not have went to court

2017-04-30 16:01:54 +0100

Replying to @countfoxify @lgombadsmen
Yes, well done! Harlow Council have proven to have lied & affected my health. We need to protect others from council abuse. Pls count me in!

2017-04-29 16:40:11 +0100

11 newspapers so far have acknowledged my email/letter, but none won't do the positive thing - like publishing it, nor even some of it. Check email/letter here>;postID=4532672574004680243;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname

2017-04-21 12:57:14 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-04-13 15:31:48 +0100

I'm struggling to find a Newspaper to publish my story. They all seemed to be interested in the noise...until I mention the government, the council & the LGO is involved too, then they all coil away. I wonder why is that?

2017-04-13 15:09:47 +0100

Thanks, Kathleen D.
The government/council introduced this HMO scheme because they do not want to spend the money to build proper accommodation for people, so they make people like you and I suffer! They don't care as long as it's not them - the MPs, councillors, their friends and those whose faces fits; because they'll make sure it don't happen to them, or they're well-off enough to afford to live in detached houses from noises. Even the ‘considerate & liberal minded’ Jeremy Corbyn/department will not help me either, because his office is shifting the responsibility too. We the sufferers are just numbers to them, so it does not matter how much we suffer from the effect of these noises, they would not care, just as long as it is not them and their friends.
I do not use nor pass on addresses. I just update messages, etc I receive and articles I find on the internet and email them to petitioners. Moreover, 38 Degrees do not reveal anyone's addresses, so I do not see them either.

2017-04-13 14:05:08 +0100

I do feel sorry for your situation and have a similar problem with the noise from the water pumps in an HMO next door with 10 people living in it, 2 to a room. So far, I pesuaded 7 people to sign this campaign, but they are complaining about receiving further unsolicited mail. Please don't use, or pass on their addresses. This is causing a further problem from people I persuaded to help your cause.
Good luck.

Kathleen D

2017-04-11 17:06:10 +0100

THE VIDEO (without the 5 heavy fire doors, and extra main entrance/door noise) WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT MY ISSUE/COMPLAINT/PETITION IS ABOUT. It's HELL for me, and it can happen to you too!!! IN ADDITION, I'M UNABLE TO SELL MY HOUSE BECAUSE OF THE NOISE.

Read more here>;postID=4875862053045039147;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname . Or, join/sign petition and read more here>

2017-04-03 11:23:43 +0100

Check this out... At the beginning of my complaint back in early 2016, I emailed the Labour leader of the Stevenage Borough Council (twice) for help with the situation I'm facing...and also posted on her facebook page, but I got no response from her. So, about 2 weeks ago one of her campaigners knocked on my door wanting me to vote for her in the local election. I soon gave him a piece of my mind... Then she contacted me by letter, obviously, because her campaigner passed my message on to her. And all she did in a letter, is apologised and blah-blah-blah... as they 'all' do... I suppose the think that apologising is the easiest way to solve complaints or make one feel better. But it doesn't cut it! What good is an apology, and that god-forsaking-word "SORRY" because we all know they don't mean it. You see; they want you to vote for them but once they get into power they forget about you.

2017-04-02 14:56:01 +0100


The HMO property owner fire doors noise investigation by the Stevenage Borough Council was definitely 100% covered up by their officer/s and her line manager/s. In addition, the Local Government Ombudsman agreed with obsolete everything the council stated in its report - even the lies! Even evidence I submitted to support my complaint; they just disregarded them, as if I did not matter. This shows the LGO is not the independent organisation as claimed, but supports the council/s 100% - whether right or wrong!

Read more on my blog, here>

2017-03-16 17:36:36 +0000


Read it all here:

2017-03-12 02:47:39 +0000

{{{The Local Government Ombudsman's decision on Council and HMO landlord.}}} They are all one (government) organisation with different names. And the LGO is not an independent organisation as claimed... They are the council's Lawyer. I'm very disappointed with all 3 outcomes after 16 months of agony, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, mild stroke and hospitalised, all because the council forced this situation upon me. Is as if they have put a gun to my head! See their decision, my comments & defence attached...

I'm told the only option left for me now, is to challenge their decision through the judicial review in the High Court. You can download the full document from here> or read it on my blog here>

2017-02-03 10:18:31 +0000


We're glad you wrote. Unfortunately, the email you responded to is unmonitored. You can get help and find answers to your questions on the Twitter Help Center.


See my response on my blog here >

2017-01-31 12:04:47 +0000

NOT MY IMAGINATION FOLKS! My account of the Local Government Ombudsman as being biased, not independent, and do take sides (especially with local councils) has been confirmed. See here >… So, it's not me alone they have done a dirty on! It seems they have done the same to lots more individuals.

2017-01-28 14:38:57 +0000


Read it all here > - my blog, (as one is restricted to the length of one's post allowed on 38 Degrees).

2017-01-20 15:20:54 +0000

...Everything that the council stated in their report ( whether right or wrong, the LGO supported it). Everything I put forward to support my case was ignored/dismissed and not even taken into consideration. It was as though I didn't exist! Vital evidence that I should have submitted to the LGO to support my case, I wasn't asked for, but instead, they carried on with their "biased supposedly investigation" of the council and did not let me know when it had finished. It was I that had to contact them to find out why the investigation was taking so long, only to be informed it had finished about a month earlier.

2017-01-20 15:20:34 +0000

14 months now but still no solution...and HMO fire doors noise still going on. I have even been hospitalised with high blood pressure and a mild stroke because of anxiety, stress and the noise that the council put me under.

It seems no one can touch the council as they're a law unto themselves. My Councillor, the local MP, a member of the Lords, and other organisations couldn't help me or they just weren't interested... And even the Local Government Ombudsman (that supposed to me neutral and don't take sides) blatantly took the council's side and failed me too...

2017-01-20 12:40:49 +0000

This was my spot on the JVS Show (Three Counties Radio) regarding my HMO fire doors neighbour.

The second caller was right about the council (but goes much further than what he'd said...). The council did noise investigation but covered up all the evidence of the noise in order not to do anything to stop the noise and not issuing a 'noise abatement' order on the HMO landlord because, the council benefits from HMOs. But, with the screwdriver was bad advice...because the council had the HMO landlord's back from the start and throughout the noise investigation.

2017-01-15 14:04:39 +0000

Anthony Woolley:

I've signed your petition. We are in a similar situation. Property below us has just been given a green light by the HMO Committee for an 11 persons HMO!! I have taken the council to court and have a lot of ammunition. HMO regulations state that the only outside factor an HMO Committee must consider is potential noise disturbance due to "design flaws" in the building. Also look at article 8 of the human rights act. Local authorities have to take positive steps to protect you from noise. I am doing a self-representation in court, I will keep you informed if I'm successful you will be welcome to use my case as a test case and I'll help you take on Glasgow City Council. I'm in Edinburgh.

2017-01-04 20:18:31 +0000


Yes, it's been a very stressful, anxious, painful and frustrating year for me. It started November 2015 and I'm still going through it and there's no end in sight. I have never experienced anything like it throughout those 70 years. I've been through 2 failed marriages and they haven't affected me half as much as this present experience... Read more here

2017-01-01 13:57:25 +0000

Thanks to all 29 of you (so far) that have signed the petition - most appreciated. Share the campaign anywhere and to anyone you can. We need 100 signatures (more the better). And remember what has happened to me can happen to you too if the government/councils don't start building accommodations for its people. This has already happened to my friend (who works for the establishment) so even the establishment workers are not safe. This friend told me at the beginning of my fight; if a council officer is found to be dishonest...they will get the sack/fired. I disagreed with her; and now she sees what they have done to me and what I'm still going through, she's shocked...

2017-01-01 13:27:40 +0000

Read more on my blog >

2016-12-30 18:38:41 +0000

I was speaking to a mental health nurse the other day, who told me his father is an HMO landlord, and he knows exactly what I'm talking about with the fire doors. He also said; the council won't put their (HMO) tenants out or do anything to stop noise because it won't be in their interests and they will always support their HMO tenants; so it's up to me to deal with the noise the best way I can, even if it means selling and moving. So I said; even though I can't sell because of the noise and in the end, it drives me mental? He replied; that's how it's a dog eat dog world...and the council won't make it any easier, especially when they are benefiting from HMOs.

2016-12-19 05:18:41 +0000

MP/s & Councillor/s. Can't they really help, or it's just that they're not interested?

I contacted the Liberal and Labour Councillor and they all are the same... I wonder exactly what they do and can do! Because, from the feedback I've been getting from all of them, neither of them can't do anything to help me. I've even written to the Lords, but I was told there too, to escalate my complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman - that they are the only people/organisation that have powers over the council... Read more here >

2016-12-17 01:20:01 +0000


We have a Tory MP for my area and he's been completely useless in helping me with an HMO situation that his government and the local Labour Council forced upon me. People keep saying if you have a problem you should contact your MP, but they, (well mine) don't seem to do or want to do anything at all. I'm beginning to wonder if they only take actions when there are a vast number of people complaining about a situation at one time - say from the signing a petition or loads of letters. I wonder what we have them for! If ever I end up in another situation and I'm told to contact my MP, I will just say; WHO?

2016-12-10 13:32:36 +0000

I'M STILL FUMING!!! Regarding the decision from the LGO...sticking up and siding with the council.

Parts of my email/letter to my MP.

The LGO claimed to be an independent organisation, not biased and don't take sides, but from the clearly shows the opposite! Read more here >

2016-12-09 19:13:00 +0000

The LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN decision went against me in favour of the council.
I'm so shocked, disappointed, angrier and feeling sick that I haven't eaten anything for 2 days... See more here >

2016-12-06 17:02:39 +0000

This action by the council’s environmental officer wasn't any mistake! It was favour of their HMO landlord. (And you will see most all my posts highlighting this if you join my facebook group and or campaign/s).

I've decided to post some more of my account, highlighting the council's uncaring treatment towards me and the biased way their officer handled the noise investigation, as follows...

2016-12-03 18:22:58 +0000

13 months now; and I'm still going through hell...and suffering from the noise of (5) heavy hydraulic spring loaded fire doors noise from next door's HMO neighbour's house, plus loud music playing. And still, no resolution to stop noise because my local council doesn't care! The fire doors are similar or if not the same as the ones you'll find in industrial buildings & offices, etc. And the noise they create that I'm enduring/suffering from, sounds like "Sonic Booms." The council supports HMOs because they benefit from them, so they won't do anything to stop the noise. They would rather see my health deteriorate or I die, so long as they get whatever benefit from HMO's. I've already spent 3 days in the hospital with high blood pressure and mild stroke caused by the stress and anxiety that the noise and council put me under. My situation and suffering rest squarely in the hands of the council!!!

2016-12-03 17:40:54 +0000

13 months - I'm still going through hell...but my local council doesn't care!

2016-11-23 21:47:56 +0000

Come on folks, sign the petition... It could be you next if not now, as House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are on the increase and they could be your next door neighbours because the government/local authorities are not building accommodation, so they allow and rely upon HMOs to buy up properties and convert them into bedsits for people. Under 6 persons in one property, the landlord doesn't have to have a licence (like my HMO neighbour so it gives them the right to create as much noise as possible). 6 and more persons in one property have to have a licence from the local council, (but doesn't exempt them from creating noise and being unsociable either); and it seems there are no restrictions on the number of persons can live in one house, (with heavy industrial hydraulic-spring fire doors fitted in them, that makes horrendous booming/banging noises). Read more here >

2016-10-13 23:54:22 +0100

25 signatures reached

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2016-06-25 12:59:52 +0100

In the beginning, my complaint was about my HMO landlord neighbour... But it now developed into about my local council, lying, covering up and supporting the landlord and themselves too. And it's all because they don't want to spend the money, nor have the landlord to spend his money to have noise fixed.
I can't post all my interesting...updates as they are too long to post here. So, check them out here>
You'll have to join the group to read them, then comments there and/or on here. Oh, yes; and please share too.

2016-06-12 22:23:23 +0100

I was sent a leaflet from my local environmental health dept. at the beginning of the noise investigation, entitled 'Noise Nuisance in the Home' but I didn't read it at first; I read it when I'd noticed the negative way the investigation was concluded. If I'd read it straight after I received it, I wouldn't have built my expectation so high that there would have been a positive solution to my case. If you ever happen to get that leaflet, don't be fool by none of what's in it. It's written to look as though the environmental health will help, but you have to read between the lines. They have themselves covered at all angles!... Join, and read more here>

2016-05-30 12:41:02 +0100

See latest update here> as too long to post on here.

2016-05-20 13:32:46 +0100

I have to get the Council to buy my property at a loss of £20,000 less the market value, as this is the only way I'm gonna get out of this "Hell Hole" that was thrust upon me! The environment health people sided with their HMO landlord as expected...; saying noise is not "statutory." Maybe not statutory according to their regulation, but the noise is loud enough to make me jump and would scare the shit out of a child - trust me!!! I won't be able to afford to buy another property in my area after expenses - solicitor, etc; so it's northbound maybe as far as Leicester or further, where I may be able to buy a detached property. Because of my present experience..., I'm not going to live back into a terraced or semi-detached property, for fears that the same could happen to me again in the future because of the government/council backed HMO thing...

Oh yes; it could happen to you too, if not now but in the future...!!!

2016-05-17 11:56:06 +0100

See latest updates here> as too long to post here

2016-05-08 13:37:58 +0100

Read update, my LETTER TO MY COUNCILLOR (08/05/2016) here> As only allow to post 1000 characters here in update box. You'll have to join group though in order to read present and all previous posts...

2016-05-05 17:34:50 +0100

>>> IT COULD BE YOU NEXT!!! <<< And, being treated this way by the council, if you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate situation like me. My story is rather long but please read it...and stay away from purchasing terraced and semi-detached house in the future (unless they are solidly built).


2016-05-03 02:55:55 +0100

10 signatures reached

2016-05-02 14:35:12 +0100

A biased conclusion has been reached, so I have to keep on fighting...

Check out the Facebook group I set up...

2016-05-01 18:46:22 +0100

The Council completed their investigations on noise from fire doors next-door, and my complaint against the environmental health officer, but it's not gone in my favour. And I'm very Angry!!! It was all lies, denial, and a complete Whitewash! They have based noise on non-statutory because it's in their regulations, although it has nothing to do with that. After they have witnessed the noise personally and physically, that they couldn't live with themselves, they are saying; I may be more sensitive to noise than the average person. What a load of rubbish! And how are they qualify to be the judge of that? Even my own witness said; he couldn't live here with that noise. I have to keep on fighting with my campaign and/or take the council to court if necessary, as I still have to live here with these horrendous noises.
Check the link out…and see, it’s not just me……/4290-noisy-door-closer-…/

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