Fined: Harlesden resident who played her music so loud the bassline made walls shake
PUBLISHED: 15:22 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 11 August 2016
A resident in Harlesden who played her music so loud that the bass line caused her walls to shake has been heavily fined.
Precious Watson, who lives in Leopold Road, made her neighbours lives a misery by continuing to play her music despite being asked repeatedly by Brent Council officers to turn it down.
She failed to attend her hearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court last week where evidence was produced that showed on three separate occasions her music was so loud it stopped her neighbours from sleeping.
In her absence she was found guilty of ignoring a Noise Nuisance Abatement Notice and fined £1,340.
She could face eviction for breaching the terms of her tenancy agreement.
Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “In Brent, we’re committed to ensuring that every resident feels safe, happy and relaxed in their homes.
“The vast majority of residents ‘Love where they live’ and are respectful of their neighbours, including not playing music too loud.
“But there remain a small minority of noisy neighbours whose selfish and thoughtless actions are making people’s lives a misery
“We will not tolerate such behaviour. Noisy neighbours can cause a host of problems, including sleep deprivation, which is unhealthy and can cause issues at home and work.”
Martin Wood, environmental health officer, added: “This tenant had little regard for her neighbours and it is reassuring to see the court recognised the severity of this by imposing a substantial financial punishment.
“We will be sharing the outcome of the court hearing with Ms Watson’s landlord, as evidence of noise nuisance is a sign that she is not living within the terms of her tenancy agreement.
“If you have a noisy neighbour who is playing music at such a level to cause a nuisance, please don’t hesitate to report them on 020 8937 5252.”