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Re: Noise rule in Switzerland

The church bell in our area is really loud for 24 hours. I wish they turn it off at least from 11:30 pm until 6:00 am.
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Re: Noise rule in Switzerland

Does anyone know what the laws are regarding the quiet days/hours in Vaud canton area?

And if a kid is running around in the apartment above me, doing a lot of noise because of it - is this also considered as excessive noise?
I remember reading somewhere here that some laws are 'soft' on the children and noise created from them is excused.

Also, would it be legal to print out these noise-related laws and put the flyer up in the corridor of the apartment unit?
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Re: Noise rule in Switzerland

Probably best to ask your commune. Rules will vary.
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Old 13.10.2019, 23:14
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Does anyone know what the laws are regarding the quiet days/hours in Vaud canton area?

And if a kid is running around in the apartment above me, doing a lot of noise because of it - is this also considered as excessive noise?
I remember reading somewhere here that some laws are 'soft' on the children and noise created from them is excused.

Also, would it be legal to print out these noise-related laws and put the flyer up in the corridor of the apartment unit?
Have you tried talking to your upstairs neighbors and letting them know that due to lack of noise insulation, the patter of their children’s feet sounds like artillery fire in your flat?
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Have you tried talking to your upstairs neighbors and letting them know that due to lack of noise insulation, the patter of their children’s feet sounds like artillery fire in your flat?
This - we left a kind note with a toy for the child asking them not to let him run a marathon inside at 5 AM on a Sunday morning and it never happened again.

There are no specific rules unless it is detailed in your lease. In general, no loud noises before 7 AM, lunch time and after 10 PM.
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There are no specific rules unless it is detailed in your lease. In general, no loud noises before 7 AM, lunch time and after 10 PM.
Many municipalities specify quiet times. Some have them only at night, as you have noted, and others also include a quiet time over lunch or in the early afternoon.

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Re: Noise rule in Switzerland

I had an asshole neighbor phone at 9AM on a Sunday to complain about the noise of us walking around in hard shoes (two floors lower).

We were in bed sleeping, scumbag woke us up!

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Does anyone know what the laws are regarding the quiet days/hours in Vaud canton area?

And if a kid is running around in the apartment above me, doing a lot of noise because of it - is this also considered as excessive noise?
I remember reading somewhere here that some laws are 'soft' on the children and noise created from them is excused.

Also, would it be legal to print out these noise-related laws and put the flyer up in the corridor of the apartment unit?
From this post, it sounds like they are really getting on your nerves. I have great empathy for that, it can be truly awful.

One thing to remember is that the disturbance is not permanent. You are most likely not at home all day, all night, and some of the time you are busy doing other things that drown out the noise or distract you from it, like having a shower, watching TV or talking to a friend on the phone. Similarly, some of the time that child is out of the flat, and sometimes asleep.

The only thing you need is a way of dealing with the intersection of your and the child's times, since the rest of the time it won't be bothering you.

The best suggestion I've ever heard is to speak to the neighbour directly. I liked SuzieQ's idea of taking along small gift for the child. Tell the neighbour politely that you can hear the child running about (they might genuinely not know that) and that is sometimes (during that intersection of time) disturbs you. Ask for their phone numbers. Explain that you don't want to complain all the time, nor to make their lives unpleasant, but for the next dozen or so times that those particular noises that bother you occur, you will phone them right away, without delay, so that they can see what, exactly, they were doing just then.

That way, they will be able to figure out which activities, exactly, transport the noise through to your flat. And which things they can freely go on doing without a problem.

The upstairs family has no chance of improving the situation for you until they know that something they are doing is bothering you. And they have a much better chance of changing something in your favour if you and they, cooperatively, can figure out what is causing the noise, as and when it happens.

Bear in mind, too, that buildings can carry sound in really odd ways, and what sounds like a noise right above one can sometimes be coming from another room, diagonally. Therefore, start with one family, and if you and they soon realise that the noise is coming from elsewhere, progress to the next family.
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