Help with noisy neighbor's loud music.
May 25, 2012 3:59 PM Subscribe
Noisy Neighbors: Am I just a cranky old lady or are my neighbors inconsiderate assholes?
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I live in the suburbs, houses are somewhat far apart, each house on about a half acre, with trees and shrubs. Neighbor behind and north of me (kitty corner, I guess) recently upgraded their outdoor sound system, and now play it loud enough I can hear it inside my house. My piece and quiet is gone, and my blood pressure is going through the roof.
What I don't know is if I'm being unreasonable. I like it quiet, so even before they upgraded things I hated Saturday afternoons when they monopolized the outdoors with their music. Now though, its invading my living space. I don't know that its necessarily louder, but the base seems to travel right through the house, even though they're not very close to me.
City does have a noise ordinance, which states: Generally, no person shall make, or cause to be made, any loud, disturbing, or unnecessary sound or noise such as may tend to annoy or disturb a person of ordinary sensibilities in or about any public, street, alley, or park pr any private residence. But am I a person of ordinary sensibilities, or am I being unreasonable? After all, its after 5 on a friday. They did have the music blasting late until the wee morning hours last weekend, but its been only during afternoon, evening hours since then.
I'm kind of upset and freaking out because I could see how this could easily escalate into a nasty neighbor dispute. But I'm also feeling like my solitude has been destroyed. I know my home is pretty well sound proof, my dogs, which tend to be loud and lose their shit when we get home from work can't be heard from much more than partway down the driveway, and one of my direct neighbors has a son that used to have a band that would practice in their house and we never heard them indoors. Plus, I run fans for white noise generation inside the house, but that might be because I'm sound sensitive, and therefore being unreasonable.