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Noise in apartment building.

Does anyone know what the legal status is regarding noise in an apartment building?

We have a recurring problem with our downstairs neighbours regarding noise at night. Anytime between 23.00 and 00.30, after we normally have gone to sleep, they regularly bang shut their windows, doors, or whatever, waking us up, and, of course, making it impossible for us to go back to sleep again.

We have written to them, in polite language, to ask them to do quietly, whatever they are doing. We have written to the PPE administration company asking them to act, but so far there has been no improvement.

The question is: Is there any legal status we can call upon to resolve this matter. In case there are differences between the Cantons we are in Vaud.
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Re: Noise in apartment building.

Normal living sounds have to be accepted, and people have the duty to not make unnecessary noise which disturbs others after 22:00. (very roughly the rulings)

Closing a window/door is normal, banging a window/door is not normal.

Since nobody is going to help you, and banging a door is no police matter you have two options in my opinion.

1. Find a new home.
2. Go to court.
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Re: Noise in apartment building.

We have idiot neighbors who complain that we make noise, when we don't.

Due to the building structure, it could be anyone, anywhere.

Hell, we hear noises above us despite being on the top floor!

So, in short, suck it up, or take them to court.

But you will lose, and you will pay their costs.

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Re: Noise in apartment building.

Sounds like they are airing their apartment before they go to sleep, good thing I saw this thread to remind me to always do it quietly as windows can bang from the wind before I have the chance to do it gently.
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Re: Noise in apartment building.

Most buildings with multiple residents have house rules. You should check these to see what they say. You can also ask the neighbours if it disturbs them as well. If a few others also complain the admin may write a letter. But legally enforcing house rules is difficult.

If they rent the owner could cancel their contract due to exceptional circumstances in not obeying the house rules, but he has to act and as long as they the rent he's unlikely to want to lose a tenant and maybe a months rent + repainting etc.

Even then, they may object and it's unlikely anything will happen. Hopefully yuo'll get used to it with time and sleep through it.
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Re: Noise in apartment building.

Thank you all for your replies.

No easy solution is there - "grin and bear it" sounds like the majority verdict!
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Re: Noise in apartment building.

It never ceases to amuse me all these problems with the high-level standard of housing. I'll assume an old building with wooden floor filled with cow dookie, you know, for good isolation, in this day and age. If you hear them, they surely hear you. But don't despair, you have the upper hand — sort of, because you already talked and wrote, and now they know with certainty that you're annoyed. The traveller type can be a tough cookie, if that's not the primary domicile. And regardless, I'll go out on a limb and say that they might be doing it on purpose (you haven't described since when you have the problem, etc), because the bad soundproofing is two-way, and you might be getting up too early for your lovely neighbor. Since talking and writing doesn't help, and administration and police couldn't care less, and compromises and all that crap are generally for permit C holders or citizens (and not even then), let's say that you're allowed, even entitled to as much noise as they do. And if an ear for an ear is not enough, make it 10x. And walk around like you are Attila the Hun himself.
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