Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 27.06.2012, 11:14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Arzier
Posts: 34
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 18 Times in 9 Posts
Bruster is considered knowledgeableBruster is considered knowledgeableBruster is considered knowledgeable
Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

Hi all, we don't have a problem directly with the building site but because access to the large site is difficult our local Commune has instructed all site vehicles to go past the site, turn outside our house and go back to the site, they have to do the same on the way out. This means that >50 trucks a day are turning >100 times outside our house. When the weather is warm they are each creating a cloud of dust that covers our home and garden.

We have written to the commune but they are not really helpful.

What are my rights to live without being covered in dust?
Where can I find out about them?
What act should I read?
What course of action should I take?

The development will go on for more than a year and after that I am sure there may be others.



Bruster
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27.06.2012, 23:13
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: la cote
Posts: 3,534
Groaned at 21 Times in 13 Posts
Thanked 3,172 Times in 1,668 Posts
runningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

Is it a cantonal road or commune road, or private road?

Not sure what rights you may have, but you should determine this first, to address the proper person(s).

I am guessing more than likely it is at the commune level, and you may have to do a lot more than just write a letter. If you know any commune authorities, get in touch with them in person first. Second, speak directly to the municipal in charge of construction, bring him around your place to see the specific issue, seeing and explaining in person will go a lot farther than a one off letter. Keep up the pressure and raise to higher level if needed.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 28.06.2012, 06:06
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bern
Posts: 1,421
Groaned at 51 Times in 39 Posts
Thanked 1,742 Times in 719 Posts
simplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

Quote:
View Post
Is it a cantonal road or commune road, or private road?

Not sure what rights you may have, but you should determine this first, to address the proper person(s).

I am guessing more than likely it is at the commune level, and you may have to do a lot more than just write a letter. If you know any commune authorities, get in touch with them in person first. Second, speak directly to the municipal in charge of construction, bring him around your place to see the specific issue, seeing and explaining in person will go a lot farther than a one off letter. Keep up the pressure and raise to higher level if needed.
I don't think that there is much to do. The commune advised the construction company to take this way and so they do. These things are tackled by communes and the construction business well before they get the permit to build.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank simplon for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 28.06.2012, 07:59
little_isabella's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,094
Groaned at 18 Times in 15 Posts
Thanked 1,387 Times in 550 Posts
little_isabella has a reputation beyond reputelittle_isabella has a reputation beyond reputelittle_isabella has a reputation beyond reputelittle_isabella has a reputation beyond reputelittle_isabella has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

I totally feel for you as we're in a similar boat with a year of major public works - complete with heaps of dust and banging. You basically have to just hang in there as I don't think there's much you can do.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank little_isabella for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 28.06.2012, 09:16
Pernilleskokken's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Zürich
Posts: 370
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 250 Times in 117 Posts
Pernilleskokken has earned the respect of manyPernilleskokken has earned the respect of manyPernilleskokken has earned the respect of many
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

I would say, try speaking with the maître d'ouvrage. That's the company in charge of the works. Probably the maître d'ouvrage is not on site very often, but you should be able to ask the chef de chantier his number to agree a date and time to meet.

If you do this, don't be (too) confrontational, look for concrete solutions, set dates for when they have to happen.

For example, they could spray the road with water at regular time intervals to avoid the formation of dust, that's common in construction.

good luck.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Pernilleskokken for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 28.06.2012, 12:53
Nixi's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: GR & ZH
Posts: 381
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 260 Times in 148 Posts
Nixi is considered knowledgeableNixi is considered knowledgeableNixi is considered knowledgeable
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

You don't say how big the project is, so I couldn't give you an idea of how long things will take. However the general rule seems to be get all the big stuff done in the summer so that when the bad weather comes work can be done inside. This means that things will probably quieten down and there will be less lorries in 3 or 4 months. The contractors can probably give you an idea of the time scale for the different stages of the building work. As for the dust, I'm afraid the only thing that will limit the nuisance is a lot of rainy days. The builders might well hose down the road, but they won't be able to stop the inevitable dust getting into your home and garden. With any luck you will be away on holiday for some of the time.
Round where I live there always seems to be some kind of building work and once the local authorities have given their consent there seems little one can do to change things. Sometimes you can get concessions if you intervene at the planning stage. However often you are presented with the choice of the building work taking longer or being more disruptive for a shorter length of time, at which point most people go for getting things over and done with as quickly as possible.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 28.06.2012, 13:08
VocalID's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Finsterhennen BE
Posts: 211
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 104 Times in 65 Posts
VocalID has earned some respectVocalID has earned some respect
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

The way I remember it, you have the right to a reduced rent while the building is going on, talk to your landlord and if he is not forthcoming, the Mieterverband www.mieterverband.ch
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 28.06.2012, 13:22
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

Quote:
View Post
The way I remember it, you have the right to a reduced rent while the building is going on, talk to your landlord and if he is not forthcoming, the Mieterverband www.mieterverband.ch
Isn't that just if there's building work going on in your own building?
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 28.06.2012, 14:25
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bern
Posts: 1,421
Groaned at 51 Times in 39 Posts
Thanked 1,742 Times in 719 Posts
simplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond reputesimplon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Building work is disturbing our lives, what are my rights?

Quote:
Isn't that just if there's building work going on in your own building?
That's right. Your landlord is not responsible for buildung works on another plot.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank simplon for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
commune, construction, legal, nuisance, rights




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what are my rights? -- invading bamboo snookums Housing in general 32 24.07.2021 11:13
Faulty [new] Washing Machine - what are our rights? tearley Housing in general 10 04.12.2011 18:43
What is our rights to playing music at home in Switzerland? kengcher Housing in general 66 15.08.2010 14:12
Neighbours marijuana smoke - what are our rights? loveissplendid Other/general 18 24.10.2009 16:23
Landlord problems - what are my rights? London_girl Housing in general 2 13.11.2008 16:35


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 14:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0