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Noise and Noise Legislation

  • Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990), or anti-social behaviour legislation tenants are  obliged to  keep noise below an acceptable volume.  Failure can lead to a fine of up to £5000 and the confiscation of property responsible for causing the disturbance e.g. stereos, CDs, musical instruments etc.
  • A local authority noise abatement order if ignored could result in prosecution.
  • Any action by the Police, Council or Public Safety Unit may result in a university taking disciplinary action against culpable students.
  • See the other side of this obligation, quiet enjoyment which student tenants are legally entitled to expect and ought reasonably to reciprocate.
  • The Noise Act 1996 and the Noise and Nuisance Act 1993 make unreasonable noise an offence.
Published: 10 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021