Noise is the most frequently cited cause of disputes between neighbours in France. 40% of households declare they are inconvenienced by noise, even occasionally. Sleep disorders, restlessness, noise can have adverse health effects
Noise: sound nuisance
Noise can become a sound nuisance if it is excessive or unreasonable due to its continuation, repetition, or intensity. Disturbance of the peace at night (from 9 pm to 6 am), playing a wind or percussion instrument, noisy tinkering, a barking dog, a blaring TV. Regardless of the time of day, these noises, when they are excessive or unreasonable, are penalised if they are inconvenient to others or effect their health. The offender can face fines of up to € 450.
What can I do about a noisy neighbour?
If your neighbour is noisy, always start by attempting to solve the problem amicably. They may not be aware they are disturbing their neighbours. If this doesn’t work, call the police or contact your local elected representative. The mayor actually has the power to pass decrees to order to keep public peace. As a last recourse, turn to the courts. Collect all correspondence, bailiff reports, and any evidence or testimonials. Judges consider the repetition, duration, and intensity of the sound nuisance, disturbance of the peace at night being the most severely penalised.
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