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Old 22.03.2016, 01:20
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Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Hi there. A neighbor of mine living directly below me has recently gone into the habit of playing VERY loud music and screaming early in the morning (05:00) and very late in the night (after 22:00). Just today, he's been playing straight from 18:00 to this very time, 00:14.

I've already talked with the concierge of my block of flats. She's already aware of the problem, informed me that "he has a (mental) problem, usually he's quiet, but sometimes he just goes on and plays loud music". Furthermore, she advised me not to knock his door, as "he might either listen to you or just start playing louder", but instead write a letter to the régie, so that they will take action.

Apparently, his direct neighbors are either deaf or heavy sleepers, or maybe I have very sensitive ears, as I seem to be alone. Other opinions from friends of mine were "knock at his door" or "leave an (anonymous or not) message at the front entrance / on his door".

I am very tolerant as a person, I will usually let occasional parties or sounds pass by, as we are Humans, not Cylons. Nevertheless, when a situation like that persists and it's obvious that it keeps going on on purpose, willingly or not, I cannot easily put up with it. Especially when working more than 18 hours a day and need a bit of rest.

How have you resolved similar situations and what's the usual norm of resolving such disputes here in Switzerland? If I am to write a letter to the régie, what am I supposed to demand?
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Old 22.03.2016, 01:32
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

You call the police at 22:30 and explain that he often plays music all night. They visit him and read the riot act. Once he has had 2 or 3 police visits you can demand the regie to evict him. Keep records of everything.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

I had a similar issue in the past, also in Lausanne.
Going down and talking to the guy did not help.
Letter to the régie did not help.
Next time I called the police. They came and the party was over. (at least that night...)
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Screaming at 5 am sounds like mental health issues.
(Unless he's having a bad hair day).
Maybe you should ask the régie to contact the guy's family ?
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Screaming at 5 am sounds like mental health issues.
(Unless he's having a bad hair day).
Maybe you should ask the régie to contact the guy's family ?
He has already been told to do that -

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I've already talked with the concierge of my block of flats. She's already aware of the problem, informed me that "he has a (mental) problem, usually he's quiet, but sometimes he just goes on and plays loud music". Furthermore, she advised me not to knock his door, as "he might either listen to you or just start playing louder", but instead write a letter to the régie, so that they will take action.
I would agree with the suggestion of calling the police, as said before.

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Old 22.03.2016, 13:23
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Thank you everybody you have responded, so far, highly appreciated. I've considered calling the police as well, but is it indeed the "Swiss way" of dealing with these issues? I can see there are three possible actions: call the police, inform the régie, or talk with the neighbor. With him having a mental problem, the latter is ruled out, so I am unsure whether it's the régie or the police which comes first in these cases.

Furthermore, should I go towards this direction, would it be possible to kindly ask the police to withhold from revealing my identity to the disturbing neighbor? I wouldn't care less if I were in my home country, but being here, I am worried about falling victim to "the dirty foreigner who calls the police" racist behaviors, even if I am merely protecting my civil rights.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

I feel your pain, because you know it's not a one-off and there comes a breaking point after several sleepless nights. We had a similar problem, but this was the package with a lot more serious issues with our (ex!) very dangerous neighbour.


The police did come, but the music always stopped then (as if he was on the look out). If you have any recording device, it's always a good idea to have a couple of recordings of the noise levels. As stated by others, keeping a log of every incident is essential, but I guess you've done that already. This association defends the rights of tenants and deals with conflicts, so it might be worth contacting them for free advice: http://www.asloca.ch/asloca-vaud
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Sadly call the police if not possible to communicate. If it is a real issue find out if they are renters. Seems sad if person is mantally challenged but what can you do. We have all hear the urban legend of neighbour leaving the party early and police turning up shortly thereafter after thez complained about the noise of the party they were just at.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

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Thank you everybody you have responded, so far, highly appreciated. I've considered calling the police as well, but is it indeed the "Swiss way" of dealing with these issues?
Depends on who you ask, in my mind it's not. But honestly, why should you care if it's the 'swiss way'? It's your situation that's relevant.
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I can see there are three possible actions: call the police, inform the régie, or talk with the neighbor. With him having a mental problem, the latter is ruled out, [..]
How so? He presumably lives unassisted so why can't he be reasoned with?

Give it a try, you don't forfeit on any of the other options but at least you tried. And if that happens to result in even louder music he makes his position ever more untenable, easier for you to call the police on.
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Old 22.03.2016, 15:01
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Calling the cops is kinda last option and not conducive to making better neighbourly relations. I had a similar situation with a chap with learning difficulties and solved it by inviting him up for a beer. I asked him spontaneously one evening by knocking on his door as he listened to the same tune on repeat - and repeat and repeat - but I asked him to keep his music on as I liked it.

When he came upstairs he could hear his music clearly in my home. It was this which encouraged him to lower the volume. He just had no clue he was annoying everyone despite our protestations.

Also, he had no curtains or soft furnishings; this can make a huge difference with hardwood flooring and bare walls

Good luck!
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Old 22.03.2016, 15:04
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

What kind of music is he playing?

Is there any hint of good taste and musical prowess to speak of?
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Furthermore, should I go towards this direction, would it be possible to kindly ask the police to withhold from revealing my identity to the disturbing neighbor? I wouldn't care less if I were in my home country, but being here, I am worried about falling victim to "the dirty foreigner who calls the police" racist behaviors, even if I am merely protecting my civil rights.
I have had similar situations twice, once when my wife was pregnant and once when it was already 2:00 late in the night and the music would not go down from the guys building accross my apartment.

I called the police at 117, explained them the situation(loud music, 2 in the night), politely asked them the course of action they will follow and would they be keeping my identity hidden. The nice police officer explained that they require the identity(name, address & ph.nr) of the caller only for records and they do not use this information directly, but only for record per say.

20 mins later the Police van stops, they carefully spot the faulty residents & apartment, ring the bell and issue them a warning without entering the building. result:: music toned down immediately.
However, Swiss Police being truly Swiss did their due diligence. they patrolled again in 10 mins to found the music had gone loud again(without me calling again). This time they ask the door to be opened and be let in the apartment. All the fellas in the apartment were warned, the apartment was assessed for any drug abuse or other problems and warned again. That was it, no issues since last 3 years with the apartment owners being the same, the music on these party nights goes soft after 10-11 pm.

Go ahead and feel safe to raise your concern. They troublemaker will get a polite visit and be alarmed/reminded that he is living in a society and not in a jungle.

I personally do not bother when people are partying or celebrating life(esp when music is nice ), but you have to follow the law of the land esp when it is tooooo late in the night and if it is really bothering me.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

See if you can find the main fuse to his apartment in the basement?
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Old 22.03.2016, 19:20
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

A little off-topic, but speaking of neighbours' late night music: In our first home together we had a neighbour that loved his music. Loud and a lot. Thats cool, but his idea of "late" was much different than ours. After finding out that talking to him was useless (and thinking that calling the police was overkill and informing our awful strata useless) we took to banging on the walls when it got a little late/a little loud.

One night after a thorough wall-banging, in which he angrily banged back, he proceeded to turn on Believe by Cher. Loud, and on repeat, and then go out for the evening. It stayed on repeat till 2 in the morning. The torture was sublime. I almost could not be angry with him because of the genius of his retribution. Almost.

Strangely, the music was never a big issue again after that event. Possibly he felt remorseful for such a *hitty, henious act? More likely he pushed the envelope of what was acceptable to us in the "neighbours' loud nighttime music" issue. Seriously, it could never be that bad again.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

If you are having a "Swiss Moment" call the police. Otherwise chill and appreciate the music.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Simply visit him and tell him if he does not shut his music up then he will get a fist of five. One does not talk to much with such people- (unless of course he's from the hells angels or a muscle bilder! )
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

My neighbour the floor under my flat played accordion, in the middle of the night, i contacted the landlord via e mail, the contacted the musician.
Now it is quiet.
If he plays again in the night, i will call the police.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

we had some neighbours who murdered each other quite regularly. Yes we told them to shut up-it helped.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

Call the police when you feel like it. Personally i have a cultural mistrust/fear of police so i would need to be pushed to the limit to do it, but if you get there, there's no reason not to do it. They never say who called [been on the other side (not as a provocateur)], and the caller can be from outside the house, there's people calling the police because they hear music from across the lake in ticino... usually old swiss german hags... Of course explain the whole situation to them, including the mental health thing as it's a good excuse for the music having stopped before they got there.
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Re: Neighbor playing loud music in the night

I had a simular problem a few months ago, young guy one floor down would play techno/rap/crap/whatever all night until four thirty in the morning when I had to get up for work.
I went and had a few words with the punk, he doesn't play music any more.
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