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Walthamstow ‘nightmare neighbour’ has raised ‘hell’ for seven years

Landlord Clarion finally took action after a host of complaints
By Local Democracy Reporter Josh Mellor

The mother claims her neighbour smashed a window next to her sleeping child in September 2020
The mother claims her neighbour smashed a window next to her sleeping child in September 2020

A Walthamstow mother says a “nightmare neighbour” has made her life “hell” for the last seven years.

The mother-of-two, who asked not to be named for safety reasons, says she has been left traumatised by threats, abuse and noise since 2015.

Videos seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service show the neighbour banging a metal object against the bins and shouting “you’ll never sleep” during the night in May 2020. Other videos show the screaming neighbour exposing herself and repeatedly banging against a shared wall.

The mother, who lives with her two children and husband, said: “I live a life of hell – I cannot take this anymore. It’s mental trauma and my son and I are in counselling, which has broken my heart.

“I want everyone to see where I’m coming from and how I’ve been living… I’m sure others are going through the same thing as me.”

The source of the neighbour’s rage is allegedly the noise made by the mother’s young children.

The mother claimed her landlord, housing association Clarion, initially said they could not do anything unless someone was “physically stabbed”.

However, following multiple complaints, including about a rock being thrown at the window next to her sleeping child in September 2020, Clarion’s anti-social behaviour team took action.

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A one-year court injunction approved in April this year prohibits the neighbour from threatening, verbally abusing or causing a nuisance to the mother.

Since then, things are reportedly “not as bad as they used to be” but her neighbour continues to “stamp up and down the corridor” to make noise.

The neighbour has also now realised that she can reduce the upstairs water pressure by leaving the taps and garden house on, the mother claims.

The mother said: “We had no water in the property, we had bottled water for a month. She doesn’t care if I can’t even give my kids a shower, my husband is struggling with it – she’s a nightmare neighbour.”

The mother said she loves the home she has lived in since 2014 but “can’t stand” it any longer.

She added: “I don’t feel safe anymore, I have to look to see if she’s out in the front garden and then I can quickly walk out – I can’t live like that, it’s terrible.”

When contacted for comment, a Clarion spokesperson said the housing association has been “taking steps” to resolve the situation in a “safe and fair way”.

They added: “This is a complex situation which has resulted in us taking legal action, so we are unable to provide further information at this time in order to not prejudice the legal proceedings.

“We will continue to work closely with our residents to explore the options available to each of them to find a permanent resolution.”

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