How do we get our nuisance neighbor to move or stop having loud parties?

Asked on November 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

First, you've presumably spoken with the neighbor; if you haven't done this, try it--it's always best to work this out amiably.

Once  you have spoken to your neighbor and they won't stop, you options are:

1) Check local ordinances about noise--how loud can it be? are there any hours (e.g. late night, early morning) when noise is not allowed? etc. If the neighbors are violating noise ordinances, the authorities can enforce them for you (e.g. contact the police).

2) If you and your neighbor are in rentals with the same landlord, provide the landlord written notice that your right to quiet enjoyment is being breached by another one of his or her tenants. Since such a breach can result you having a cause of action against the landlord and/or being able to terminate your lease, he or she will have an incentive to take action. If necessary, he could threaten to evict this tenant if he or she will not reduce the noice.

3) Another option is a nuisance lawsuit, but these can be difficult and expensive. Try the other options first; if they don't work, consult with an attorney about your situation in detail, to explore the feasibility of  this.


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