Housing and accommodation
Being a good neighbour
For many of you, moving into a shared house or flat it will be the first time that you encounter neighbours. You will have had neighbours in your parental home - but wasn't it always mum or dad who sorted things out with them? Suddenly you have the added responsibility of being the point of contact and the representative of that house.
These tips and hints are designed to make that transition a little smoother, and to give you some assistance in some of the things you need to consider.
Being a good neighbour
On moving in, introduce yourself - go on, don't be shy! You'll be surprised how such a simple act can establish a positive relationship. Your neighbours can tell you about the local area, including important information such as when rubbish is collected, and so on.
Ask your neighbours to let you know if noise levels from your house disturb them. If they approach you, be responsive to their requests.
- Position stereos, TVs and so on away from adjacent walls.
- Remember that neighbours may keep different hours to you - make sure you and your guests respect this.
- Be particularly sensitive if you live alongside young children.
- When coming home late... keep voices down and remove shoes.
- Sound travels a great deal in the early hours - slamming car doors or the front door as you enter the house can sound like an explosion to those asleep in surrounding houses.
- If you can hear your music from outside the room, so can everyone else. Use headphones and observe the time in which you are playing your music.
- If you play a musical instrument, practise it at a reasonable time and not early in the morning or during the late evening or night, when noise causes the most problems.
- Speak to your neighbour and flatmates to advise them when you are likely to practise an instrument. Respect their concerns, you may decide to agree on certain days or times.
Your rubbish is collected from your home every week.
- Put the rubbish out by 7.00am on your collection day, or after 7.00pm the night before.
- Do not put rubbish or recycling out at any other time, you will be breaking the law and could receive a hefty fine.
- If you are unsure as to when your collection day is you can either speak to a neighbour, phone Portsmouth City Council on 023 9283 4092 or check online at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/waste.
- Please store your rubbish correctly. If you don't have a bin, ask you landlord to provide you with one. Food and personal waste can spill from torn rubbish bags and can attract rats and mice to the street and your home.
- Bag up rubbish carefully and don't leave it in the front garden all week.
- Take large pieces of rubbish (old mattresses, broken furniture, and so on) to Port Solent waste collection site (turn left at the last mini-roundabout before Port Solent complex to the north of the City).
- Portsmouth City Council will give you a recycling container that suits you.
- Please do not put black sacks or plastic bags in your wheelie bin or box as they cannot be recycled so will cause problems for recycling.
- Recycling collections take place every fortnight on the same day as your normal rubbish collection.
- On collection day leave your recycling box at the front of your property where the boundary meets the pavement by 7.00am, or after 7.00pm the night before.
- Take glass to your local glass recycling bin.
- If you require a recycling bin or have any questions, please call Portsmouth City Council on 023 9283 4092.
Having a party?
Having the occasional party is everyone's prerogative (although more than one a term could be considered excessive). If you decide to hold one, do it at the weekend. Even if you call it a 'get together' it still makes a lot of noise.
If an Environmental Health Officer calls round, DO NOT IGNORE THEM. They have extensive powers and you could receive a hefty fine and have your equipment seized.
- Give your neighbours (not just the immediate ones) plenty of warning and let them know when you expect to finish - STICK TO THAT TIME.
- Keep the music down. DJ decks are not appropriate in terraced housing.
- Keep outside doors firmly shut and open sufficient small windows for ventilation.
- If the party starts outside in the summer, move inside at an appropriate time.
- Keep regular checks on noise levels, especially the bass.
- Don't have lots of parties at the same house.
- Ask your guests to leave quietly.
- Clear up debris.
- If you receive a complaint from neighbours take responsibility and act on the complaint.
You can find the phone number of the Student and Neighour liaison and other related phone numbers at www.port.ac.uk/aboutus/community/neighbours/universityandcommunitycontacts.