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Does anyone know who I can contact or where on the net we can find details regarding the building regulations/laws for wall thickness for noise prevention between apartments?

Before we bought our apartment our neighbour bought one of the bedrooms that belonged to our apartment from the previous owner. We did not know this when we bought the place.

There is only a single wall between our room and his, we hear EVERYTHING! Their walking, talking, laughing, even when they 'do the wild monkey dance'!!

The Hauswart has spoken to him, but no change. We contacted our Verwaltung and they said to speak to the neighbour directly.

Any advice or input would be appreciated.
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Old 29.07.2015, 22:05
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Re: Building regulations Aargau

Sorry to hear about your predicament!

I am no expert so hopefully someone else will pitch in, but when we were looking at buying and doing up a place in Aargau, it turned out that any building work has to be approved by the Geminde (local council). Each has their own rules but basically you give them plans and they say yay or nay.

Apartments make things more difficult because other people can disagree apparently, I mean even in duplex houses we were warned that getting serious work done was going to require patient neighbours.

I would hope therefore that by speaking with your neighbours you can resolve it and the additional insulation to the wall is the very last step...
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Evening all,

Does anyone know who I can contact or where on the net we can find details regarding the building regulations/laws for wall thickness for noise prevention between apartments?

Before we bought our apartment our neighbour bought one of the bedrooms that belonged to our apartment from the previous owner. We did not know this when we bought the place.

There is only a single wall between our room and his, we hear EVERYTHING! Their walking, talking, laughing, even when they 'do the wild monkey dance'!!

The Hauswart has spoken to him, but no change. We contacted our Verwaltung and they said to speak to the neighbour directly.

Any advice or input would be appreciated.
Does your apartment have a strange lay out?
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Re: Building regulations Aargau

Might be an older building...all the newer ones should have double walls with an air space. I think it's actually a fire regulation.
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Old 29.07.2015, 22:34
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Our building was built in 1996, so not that old, as far as we know it should have double walls, that is why we want him to rectify the situation.

I guess the gemeinde would have the regulations? I will contact them as well.
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Does your apartment have a strange lay out?
No, the room he bought was on the ground floor next to what is now our master bedroom. They just bricked up the door and repainted as we could not tell at all that there was a room before.
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Evening all,

Does anyone know who I can contact or where on the net we can find details regarding the building regulations/laws for wall thickness for noise prevention between apartments?

Before we bought our apartment our neighbour bought one of the bedrooms that belonged to our apartment from the previous owner. We did not know this when we bought the place.

There is only a single wall between our room and his, we hear EVERYTHING! Their walking, talking, laughing, even when they 'do the wild monkey dance'!!

The Hauswart has spoken to him, but no change. We contacted our Verwaltung and they said to speak to the neighbour directly.

Any advice or input would be appreciated.

Did you not see the original plans before you the bought the apartment? This bedroom would have been on the plans and you would have seen the problem right away.
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Did you not see the original plans before you the bought the apartment? This bedroom would have been on the plans and you would have seen the problem right away.
The only plans we saw before we bought, already showed the room as part of his apartment not ours. So we did not notice it. We did not even think to ask if there was any alterations done as the apartment's layout was normal.
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The only plans we saw before we bought, already showed the room as part of his apartment not ours. So we did not notice it. We did not even think to ask if there was any alterations done as the apartment's layout was normal.

I see the problem. You must have seen edited copies, not originals. When this renovation was done it needed a permit so you will need to visit the Gemeinde as suggested and ask them for this information.


I wonder if you are paying for the electricity in that bedroom? We lived in a rental property once with several apartments and there was a renovation done though not very professionally and it turned out that we still controlled the heating in part of one of the "other apartments", as well as the electricity and a phone outlet.


So it would be interesting for you to look into whether the electrics were modified and if there is floor heating, was this altered. If you have underfloor heating take a look in the cabinet and see if you still have a control for this room. Usually all the controls are labelled.


Of course if the work was done without a permit you will find nothing on file at the Gemeinde. However a renovation like that with planning permission is absolutely not okay.
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I see the problem. You must have seen edited copies, not originals. When this renovation was done it needed a permit so you will need to visit the Gemeinde as suggested and ask them for this information.


I wonder if you are paying for the electricity in that bedroom? We lived in a rental property once with several apartments and there was a renovation done though not very professionally and it turned out that we still controlled the heating in part of one of the "other apartments", as well as the electricity and a phone outlet.


So it would be interesting for you to look into whether the electrics were modified and if there is floor heating, was this altered. If you have underfloor heating take a look in the cabinet and see if you still have a control for this room. Usually all the controls are labelled.


Of course if the work was done without a permit you will find nothing on file at the Gemeinde. However a renovation like that with planning permission is absolutely not okay.
We do still have control of the underfloor heating for that room! We found that out our first winter in the apartment.

I will contact the Gemeinde and follow up on the plans. If there is no approved plans, do you think we have the law on our side as far as the wall insulation goes?
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