Is there legal recourse for this sort of noise disturbance?
December 10, 2013 7:38 PM Subscribe
My boyfriend has been living in his townhouse for about 5 months now, and unfortunately, the townhouse is just on the other wall of this small-ish establishment that makes very loud pallet-dropping noises. It happens sporadically throughout the night and day. So it could be 6 pm, 3 am, 10 am, whatever. We are pretty sure it's whenever they get a new shipment, they start unloading them into the warehouse, and there's this huge, startling clatter of pallets being dropped.
posted by massofintuition to Home & Garden (20 answers total)
We had talked about this a bit with the neighbors about 2 weeks after he moved in and the sounds were disturbing, and they basically said they had learned to live with it throughout the years, that they'd tried calling the cops but it was ineffectual. They've also talked to the owners of the establishment, who refuse to do anything about it. One had installed double paned glass on his windows and claimed that was good enough for him. We plan to do that also, but I am wondering if there is anyone we could call about this. I guess I don't see why they couldn't set the pallets down gently or put some sort of tarp underneath to quiet the noise. Also, the double panes won't help us when we need to open our windows from time to time for fresh air.
I have stayed over at the house for a few days at a time, and the noise throughout the day is truly distracting. I am sensitive to loud noises, and I kept being startled by it, as there is no way to predict when it's gonna happen. My boyfriend is usually at work well into the evening, so I suppose he is less affected by it, but I plan to move in with him soon, and as a freelancer, I will be home a lot during the day.
Two other things I'd love input on is whether anyone can recommend window people in the San Jose area and also if this is anything we can complain to the previous owners about, since they never mentioned it. I remember reading through pages and pages of material dealing with the house and living conditions, and they'd signed off on everything as satisfactory.