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    Hi Gents,

    I am at my wits end. I have a neighbor, renting the property next door, who is constantly playing loud music. Thumping bass that travels through our entire house. We have lost the peaceful use of our property. This has been going on for some time since last year.

    The owner gives me a flat ignore
    SAPS do not go out unless it's after midnight
    Our local security company, Marshall also can't do much other than phone SAPS on our behalf.

    I really don't know what else to do. Today is Sunday, but it's a rest day we can't enjoy..

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    Throw rocks on his roof. Take his windows out with a catapult when its dark.
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    Default Re: Noisy neigbor - what do I do?

    try contacting the owner of the house.

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    It must be effecting other neighbours in and around you. talk to a few houses in the area. we had a similar issue. first we wrote a letter signed by 5 neighbours. then we as a group knocked on the door and explained to him its unacceptable. was calm not confrontational. music got turned down.

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    Move to a place where actual sane people live. Leave that loony bin.
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    Know that situation very well.
    Thumping music from Friday afternoon till Sunday night, every end of month. Neighbours apparently not affected?
    They will move out sometime, hopefully not too far

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    I had the same problem, went to a lawyer, lawyer sent letter to the property owner and the problem went away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Betta View Post
    I had the same problem, went to a lawyer, lawyer sent letter to the property owner and the problem went away.
    This is the best solution.

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    The inner me says : get a huge stereo and setup some rammstein in front of his door at 3am!

    If he comes out, explain that his 3am is your 10pm.

    If he argues, use your imagination.

    In the real world, you have to approach with paperwork or move out yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goonrider View Post
    Hi Gents,

    I am at my wits end. I have a neighbor, renting the property next door, who is constantly playing loud music. Thumping bass that travels through our entire house. We have lost the peaceful use of our property. This has been going on for some time since last year.

    The owner gives me a flat ignore
    SAPS do not go out unless it's after midnight
    Our local security company, Marshall also can't do much other than phone SAPS on our behalf.

    I really don't know what else to do. Today is Sunday, but it's a rest day we can't enjoy..
    We have been fighting this with success. It falls under the Environmental Conservation Act. (Act 73 of 1989)

    There are two types of noise: -

    Disturbing noise and;
    Noise nuisance.

    The doef doef falls under the noise nuisance and is illegal at all times.

    Sent me a PM and I will send you all that I have on noise.
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    Just open his boundary electric box and skelem switch of his breaker
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    Just open his boundary electric box and skelem switch of his breaker
    I was seriously considering this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocin View Post
    try contacting the owner of the house.
    He ignores me.

    I told him that I am putting all the paperwork together to make sure he faces the fine for breaking the bylaws. Told him he has 3 options:

    1) Manage his tenant
    2) replace his tenant
    3) pay the fine.

    He replied that I should stop threatening him.

    He clearly does not care as long as his rental is paid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    We have been fighting this with success. It falls under the Environmental Conservation Act. (Act 73 of 1989)

    There are two types of noise: -

    Disturbing noise and;
    Noise nuisance.

    The doef doef falls under the noise nuisance and is illegal at all times.

    Sent me a PM and I will send you all that I have on noise.
    Thanks, will send you a PM, I need help in enforcing this act.

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    Default Re: Noisy neigbor - what do I do?

    Is this a flat or free standing home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    Is this a flat or free standing home?
    freestanding home in a very nice quiet neighborhood otherwise

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    Noise is an infringement of the Municipal bylaws. Try contacting the Municipality who have law enforcement officers who handle this sort of thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredwb View Post
    Noise is an infringement of the Municipal bylaws. Try contacting the Municipality who have law enforcement officers who handle this sort of thing
    100% correct, and this is how I understand it as well. Hence why I am keeping record of all my attempts to contact the owner, SAPS, Metro, etc.

    It is not very clear how you enforce this. Who you write to etc. It only mentions an authorized official to inspect and issue a warning. Problem is that this needs to happen as and when he is playing his loud music. Which can be done by a municipal or metropolitan police officer, which is who I contacted.

    Just want to know if someone has gone through this procedure and what to do

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    Phone them and say you heard gunshots.
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    How is the owner of the property responsible for what the tenant does?
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