My neighbor causes noise problems? What can I do?

Some helpful, general suggestions include: Document, document, document: document dates, times, duration, type of noise, location, estimated distance from your property, description of participants, your activities that were interfered with, and, if available, noise levels (estimates OK such as louder than our conversation). Contact an attorney for advice before recording…

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Why do the police say they can’t do anything about noise?

Calling the police and hearing an unfortunately common refrain, “well there’s nothing that the police can do” exacerbates community noise problems. First, don’t argue with the police.  You are frustrated and angry but arguing does nothing (and may make things worse). Second, currently, Pennsylvania still leaves noise control to local…

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Can my neighbor make all the noise they want?

Generally speaking, no. Long-standing constitutional law requires that all neighbors act as good neighbors and conduct their activities so as not to disrupt or injure the activities of other neighbors. The baseline right remains the right to quiet enjoyment. Contrary to some claims, no right-to-make-noise exists. If there is a…

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