Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. I'm working on this letter to a neighbour whose birds are causing a noise disturbance. I'm still thinking hard on expressing how bad the noise is affecting my family and how I could express the letter in a way the neighbour would be receptive. I would very much welcome your comments.

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Dear Neighbour,

Thank you for sparing some time to read this letter. I wonder if you could help me and my family on something that has been distressing us since the start of this year.

I understand that you are a lover of birds and have kept some in a room of your unit. Please understand that I fully respect your hobby. I have however been regularly losing sleep because I am woken up by the sounds of the birds each morning, mostly from 6 to 7.30am. The sounds continue off and on throughout the day. As I also need to study at home, I also have trouble concentrating because of the sounds. My family members are similarly troubled throughout the day.

May I offer a suggestion? I wonder if you would be kind enough to keep the sound in by closing the windows. My family and I would be very grateful if you could help us as we have been very distressed every day. Thank you.


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This sounds good to me, a polite complaint with a suggested solution. If it is ignored I would send a stiffer letter though, then make a complaint to the landlords/environmental health etc.
I'm thinking of adding this sentence to the end of the second paragraph, to bring out my points more fully:

We miss the peace and quiet we have come to take joy in in our home, possibly just as much as you [would] take joy in [in/from the sounds of birds] / [in/from your hobby].

(The words in [] are some options I'm looking at.)
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