Due to the pandemic, people are spending more time at home, and there has been a lot of attention paid to people's mental well-being.
But how am I supposed to protect my mental well-being when my sleep is disturbed by my neighbours' heavy footsteps, slamming of doors, and dragging and dropping of objects, among other loud noises?
If the noise happened once in a while, I would understand. But it has been consistent, and talking to the parties responsible has not helped.
What can I do? Suffer in silence? Rely on my neighbours' good mood or mercy? Move out?
Residents need to be protected from recalcitrant noise-makers.
I suggest a system similar to how irresponsible drivers receive demerit points, a system which reminds people to obey the rules and keep all road users safe.
The Housing Board should compile letters complaining about a specific unit from residents who have enough evidence to back up their claims. Once the number of letters reaches a certain number, a warning letter would be issued to the offending unit.
The number of warning letters would be considered should the noise-maker apply for another flat or for services under HDB.
This way, people would learn that there are consequences for disturbing their neighbours.
Ng Poh Leng