“Just keep at it and keep reporting it. I don’t bite or get involved. They can shout and threaten me but I don’t react to it, just report it when I get in.” ‘John’, Sheffield
‘John’ bought his first floor flat because it was for over 55s and very quiet. However, the flat below is rented out by a Housing Association to a young girl with partner and child. She has taken over the communal garden as her own and has a number of visitors to the property and with it loud music and loud talking.
John and his partner have had a number of difficult tenants as neighbours in that house, including one who decided to have a cannabis farm and one whose baby was put on the ‘at risk’ register. It would seem the Housing Association is rather inept in their choice of tenants!
They don’t want to move, nor feel they should have to. It was lovely and quiet and the neighbours did look after each other until the problems began. Most of the older people are scared to say anything. He counts to 10 and takes deep breaths to keep calm before he leaves for work and again on his way home. Once home, he doesn’t go out again.
John’s actions and advice to other victims are both excellent:
“Just keep at it and keep reporting it. I don’t bite or get involved. They can shout and threaten me but I don’t react to it, just report it when I get in. Depending on how severe it is either the police or the Housing Association.”
We would also recommend activating the Community Trigger if the Housing Association refuses to act.