Noisy Flatmates

What to do if you live with noisy flatmates

April 17, 2018
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This is a common problem and noisy flatmates can basically ruin your life. The issue here is that you probably made the wrong decision when you were interviewing for a flatmate and the true nature of the person has finally revealed itself after a period of a couple of days, weeks or even months.

What started out as a placid, laid back flatmate has turned into a party animal with late night drinking sessions, mates or girlfriends coming over for mid week dinner parties till all hours of the morning, playing loud music in their room, talking on the phone without any respect for your privacy, the list can go on and on. But basically, they are loud, noisy and do not particularly care about what you think. After all, they are paying their share of the rent and are therefore entitled to do what they want, when they want without a care about you. Some people are unfortunately like that. They either don’t read the signal signs that your annoyed and are essentially upset with their late night antics or they simply don’t give a stuff about your feelings. Either way, your in the loosers seat with a flatmate that you want to get rid of.

So what can you do about this noisy flatmate?

There are steps you can take to remedy the situation. Firstly, you should approach them in a friendly manner and try to discuss the situation. You should have made notes documenting the exact nights they were noisy and what time it went to. Have this handy and show it to them in a non confronting manner. In most cases this should resolve the situation and you should be able to live harmoniously together as happy flatmates.

If in this meeting they agree so stop their noise and yet a couple of days later they are doing the same thing then you really need to start thinking about taking some action. You should send them an email or SMS them telling them that you are given them their last warning and any late night noise will simply not be tolerated any more. This should for most flatmates resolve the situation.

Unfortunately, life is not perfect and some people will simply not get the message and still continue to upset you by continuing their patterns or behaviour. The next thing you need to do is start thinking about getting rid of this flatmate.

Be honest with them and very upfront and let him or her know that this situation is not working out and you would like them to leave. If you have a basic agreement which you might have drawn up in advance before they moved in you will have to adhere to this in regards to the time they have to move out. If things get nasty and they start making a fuss there is always the last area of help you can turn to which is the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Also known as NCAT, this will solve all your problems but you will have to attend this tribunal and it does cost $47. A pain we know but it’s better than all those sleepless nights.

Once you have had the order for them to vacate the flat or home and they are still refusing to budge then you need to call in the Sheriff who will abide by the tribunal order and evict them for you. Never do it yourself or be violent. Yes, it’s probably tempting to take their mattress, bed and belongings and throw them in the street but you can’t do that. Let the legal process take it’s course, do the right thing and you will be fine. It’s a lesson learned for next time you looking for a new flatmate.