Neighbors and Noise: What to Do

Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, but it’s a little hard to get your Zen on when your neighbor is a nuisance. Whether the person next door plays loud music, uses noisy tools at all hours, or is in any way disrespectful to your peace and quiet, spending time at home can become stressful and irritating.

Many residents believe they have to simply put up with the noise and learn ways to deal with it, whether it is keeping the windows shut or avoiding being home at certain times of the day. However, when you pay so much for rent or a mortgage, you should be able to enjoy yourself in your own abode.

You Can Do Something About Your Nuisance Neighbors

Fortunately, the law is on your side when it comes to loud neighbors. Here, we offer tips on how to deal with them, and the types of legal action available if needed.

  • Make a friendly request. Since this person lives near you, it’s in your best interest to ask nicely when requesting that he keep the noise down. Otherwise, he may go out of his way to make your home life less than serene. Simply remind him that according to Norfolk’s noise ordinance, he can’t use his lawn mower or similar tools before 7 am or after 9 pm. Also let him know that his behavior is loud and disturbs you. Perhaps you can work out an arrangement. If he persists after you’ve asked him to stop, send another request in writing, and make copies of what you send.
  • Keep a log. Write down all of the details of your neighbor’s activities in a log. Include the day, time, and offense. You can also make time- and date-stamped audio or video recordings of the disturbances. Keeping records can be helpful if you have to go to the police or court because of your neighbor’s actions.
  • Contact the police. When your attempts fail, you can ask the police to visit your neighbor’s home and also make a request to keep the noise down. This often works best when the noise is actually taking place, for instance during a party or shouting match. The police can issue citations if needed.

You Don’t Have to Put Up With It

You work hard to live where you do and you should be able to enjoy it. The attorneys of Tavss Fletcher understand and want to help you get the peaceful home life you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your situation.