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Newly rented apartment - noise

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I moved in to new apartment on 1.08, contract signed on 21.07. Everything is pretty fine but the neighbors are very, very noisy. It`s a huge family having every evening many visitors, cooking, screaming, on the slapping the doors until midnight-1am.
Regardless the smell I dont think I can handle this (I dont see myself in the role of educating people and I thing there are cultural differences which I am unable to change). Instead I am thinking to quit the apartment (after 1 week living there!). What are my rights as a person renting the apartment from the agency in this case. Can I prematurely terminate the contract (normally I have 3 months + to be done on 30 September the earliest- meaning until end of December).
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Old 09.08.2017, 14:20
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Can I prematurely terminate the contract (normally I have 3 months + to be done on 30 September the earliest- meaning until end of December).
Thanks for your advices!
You can terminate whenever you want as long as you stick to the contractual notice period and have not agreed to a minimum rental period of x number of months or years.

But why would you? Bit dramatic after a week.

Best to complain to/discuss with the landlord, there are rules and regulations around this, and excessive noise past 10pm is usually considered unacceptable. The landord needs to talk to them and remind them and, if there's no improvement, take whatever next steps will be required (which is a long, long way to go just FYI).

You might also simply want to try to talk to the neighbors directly.


(and next time someone bitches about the Swiss' supposedly stupid rules on certain things including no-noise-past-a-certain-time, I'll dig out this thread )
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Re: Newly rented apartment - noise

Just call the police next time. Noise after certain hours (depends on commune) violates the laws. After the family gets a few big fat fines they'll learn not to throw parties at night
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Re: Newly rented apartment - noise

I would do the same, write to the landlord or agency naming the noisy neighbours, they are breaking the laws.

I would also call the police every night they are noisy after 10 pm. Write down the exact time you speak to the police, your record will help to evict the noisy family.

Actually it is after 8 pm when you should not be able to hear them: conversation should be quiet, TV should not be heard in other apartments, and the 10 pm curfew should bring absolute silence. So don't feel bad about calling the police. Encourage your neighbours to take the same actions.

Did you find out why the previous tenant in your apartment left?
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Hi All,
It`s a huge family having every evening many visitors, cooking, screaming, on the slapping the doors until midnight-1am.
Regardless the smell I dont think I can handle this (I dont see myself in the role of educating people and I thing there are cultural differences which I am unable to change).
Sounds like a vigorous Mediterranean life-style whereby the peeps are unaware of how their life-style affects others, they grew up that way, no bad intentions about it. Naturally if the building is not built with good inter-apartment acoustic isolation, you will never get complete peace.

Personally, I would chat amicably with the neighbors, then the landlord, and then decide whether you can find a solution you can live with or not. Taking authoritarian steps is only gong to lead to resentment or worse.
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Re: Newly rented apartment - noise

To me, the mention of smell makes me think of a family which cooks a lot of curry. I often pass a house near here which emits wonderful smells, but I'm glad I don't live in a flat in the same building. Just guessing though.
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Re: Newly rented apartment - noise

It is also vacation time so it all might quiet down in 2 weeks when kids have to go back to school, visitors leave etc.
Smell of course will not be fixed with vacation ending.
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