How To File A Noise Complaint

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

If you are being disturbed by a noisy neighbor and have tried to rectify matters yourself, sometimes that may work and may not. People get offended easily and can restful to violent outbursts if you directly approach them about the noise. A safe bet is to file a noise complaint. Chances are, if they are disturbing you, they are disturbing a fellow neighbor wanting peace and quiet as well. Here are the steps to take to file a noise complaint.

Determine the Noise
First off, make sure you understand the different between a valid noise complaint and a non-valid one. For instance, if you are near a military base, excessive noise can be harmful to citizen?s welfare. You will need to contact government officials for that. If it is of a civilian nature, is it music coming from an apartment, a burglar alarm, barking dogs, or possibly construction?

Who to Contact
If you are in a building and the disturbance is coming from there, it is time to look over your lease. Your lease will specify the noise ordinance. Most leases may put an end to high noise levels after 10pm or midnight. If there is no clause, speak with your landlord about adding one in.

If your neighbor is breaking the lease agreement, contact your landlord. If it extremely late or a disturbance outside of your building, contact 311, which is the non-emergency number in most cities to reach the local police. You can file a complaint anomalously.

How to File Complaint with the Police
If you contact the police, they will come out and inspect the noise themselves. Hopefully, the police will arrive before the noise stops. Then, they will talk to the person and ask them to turn it down if it is in fact too loud. This will be that person?s warning.

2nd Complaint of Noise
If the noise persists your landlord can issue a fine based on the lease agreement and after too many write-up, this person can be evicted during a court procedure. If it is a violation of the noise ordinance of your city, the police can issue a ticket.

Remember, just because the situation is not rectified immediately, does not mean it will not soon. Issues like this take time. Consider it a record building case. After so many attempts, your city will get tired as well and it will become a city case rather than a neighborhood being affected.

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