Noisy Neighbor Laws

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What Types of Legal Actions Can I Bring Against my Noisy Neighbors?

If your neighbors are constantly being loud or excessively noisy, you may be able to file a legal claim against them.  Of course, it is always best to try and work out your differences through a polite request or conversation.  However, if your neighbors still do not understand your needs, you may be able to pursue the following types of legal claims:

As you can see there are a variety of legal avenues through which you may address disputes with a noisy neighbor.  Part of the problem with noise in the neighborhood is that many people feel that it’s their own right to be as loud as they want to be in their homes or yards. 

It is common for a neighbor not to respond to an initial complaint.  So, if one legal option is not working, you may wish to try a different approach through the claims listed above.     

What are the Remedies for Noise Disturbances by a Neighbor?

Depending on the type of legal action that you file, there are several different remedies available for persons who are affected by noisy neighbors.  Some of the more common remedies for the problem are:

Note that the types of remedies that are available will vary according to the laws of your jurisdiction, as well as the type of offense that is involved.  You may wish to check your local laws or consult with a lawyer if you are unsure of your options.

Which Remedy Should I Seek?

Remember that the main goal is ultimately to stop the noise or loud music.  When it comes to noisy neighbors, sometimes monetary damages may actually be more effective than an injunction.  After all, if your neighbor does not follow noise ordinances, chances are they might not follow an injunction either. 

However, if your neighbor knows that they will have to pay a fine if they don’t keep the noise down, they are very likely to stop the disturbances.  For most people, it’s simply not worth it to lose money simply over noise that can be controlled.

Do I need a Lawyer for issues with a Noisy Neighbor?

If you need advice regarding noisy neighbors, you may wish to hire a lawyer for advice.  Your attorney can tell which types of remedies are available in your area, and also which remedy would be the best for your situation.  If you need to file a lawsuit or a complaint with the city, your attorney can also provide representation in your interests. 

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Last Modified: 04-28-2011 02:12 PM PDT

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