The recent discussion in regards to fireworks got me thinking. Where rights do private landholders have in regards to noise from a neighbour? A guy who is a member of a “professional” (his words) thrash metal band has moved into the house next door in a quiet residential suburban neighbourhood. The band now rehearses from 10 AM to 4 PM every second Sunday and the music from next door can be heard in the living room, kitchen etc. Basically all over the house and it is not definitely not possible to sit outside on a Sunday afternoon and garden etc or simply sit and have a coffee. I am not suggesting that what can be heard is the typical bump and thud of the bass, you can actually hear the music as good as if it was being played on your own stereo. The neighbour has been spoken to and asked to turn it down (not off). The neighbour has used some form of padding to attempt to quieten the music but at this level it does little.
The neighbour was spoken to again (and again) asked to turn the level down but at this point he has suggested that the have to rehearse as they are a professional band and it’s a like it of lump it situation. His words were, “you will have to just live with it”. I might add that there has never been any harsh words said either way and its all been very polite but as you can see, achieves nothing.
Any comments as to what the next step would be? What would you do?
What to do with a noisy neighbour?
- Rat them out (46%, 121 Votes)
- Suck it up (30%, 78 Votes)
- Retaliate! (24%, 62 Votes)
Total Voters: 261