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Old 12-14-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I currently rent a townhouse in West LA, which shares a common wall with one other identical townhouse. We have been renting the unit for about 13 months. The husband and wife who live next door are a little odd, the husband is an ex-hippy wanna-be musician who owns a drum set, the wife is a mentally unhinged ex-hippy who was laid off 2 years ago and sued her former employer for unlawful termination. Apparently she won some money, and has made the choice to stay at home all day and do nothing.

Recently, they began playing their drums (and piano) louder and later in the evening. We politely asked them to try toning it down, as we have a 9 month old baby who goes to sleep at 7pm. They tried explaining to us that they had the right to play their music, as if to say they didn't have to tone it down. They continued, so we phoned the police yesterday and made a noise complaint. The cops came and told us that while annoying and a nuisance, the piano wasn't loud enough for them to receive a fine. The officer told us that if the drums were loud enough were we could feel the walls or floors vibrating, that we should call back and they would definitely consider that a serious offense worthy of a citation.

The officer also suggested addressing the HOA since the noise was a nuisance, because often times the HOA will get involved if the quiet enjoyment of the building is disturbed.

Does anyone know what the times are during the evening/morning when LA institutes a quiet time? I thought I read somewhere that between 10pm and 7am there is some sort of city ordinance regarding noise.

I am trying to think up what the best way to handle this would be. Because these neighbors just might be doing it to rile us up (the previous tenant in the building had similar complaints with them and ended up moving out after 2 years). They might just tiptoe the line where they can't get fined but can still make our lives miserable.

Any suggestions on course of action?
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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A few years ago I had to call the law on one of my neighbors for loud music, and the officer told me that there is no time limit on complaining about noise.
Whenever the noise is present, regardless of the time, he suggested I call them.
Day or night, 24/7 they will respond to loud noise.
Bob.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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You can also file a private nuisance lawsuit against your neighbors.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: California
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A few years ago I had to call the law on one of my neighbors for loud music, and the officer told me that there is no time limit on complaining about noise.
Whenever the noise is present, regardless of the time, he suggested I call them.
Day or night, 24/7 they will respond to loud noise.
Bob.
Do you know if this also applies to LA County Sheriff patrolled areas? I've seen the LAMC spelled out clearly, but the LAC code is almost incomprehensible.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Do you know if this also applies to LA County Sheriff patrolled areas? I've seen the LAMC spelled out clearly, but the LAC code is almost incomprehensible.

I'm not sure about the sheriff department.
Their policy may be the same as LAPD.
Bob.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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They sound like very valuable people to society.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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They sound like very valuable people to society.
Ha! My thoughts exactly.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Many years ago, I took a trip to the downtown Los Angeles law library -- LA Law Library | Home -- to research laws related to noise. I'm not an attorney, and may have misinterpreted the information I found there. I remember that the research wasn't that difficult, that I found law to back me up in several places and that the wording of what was on the books seemed to lean toward the party aggrieved by the noise. If this problem persists, you might consider visiting this downtown law library yourself.

I wouldn't regard the officer answering your call as an expert on noise law -- and that's not meant as a knock on him or her. Patrol officers are fallible humans who have to deal with everything that comes up. I suspect different cops will give you different answers.

On the other hand: if you call your local department, they should be able to direct you to a non-emergency department that deals with ongoing problems like yours.

In your shoes, I would turn first to your homeowner's association. I don't know the laws involved, but I'd think that they would want to help you, and that there must be language to support you in the contracts signed by those under the HOA umbrella.

Good luck.

Last edited by California Vagabond; 07-30-2013 at 05:25 PM.. Reason: edited for clarity
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Noise laws can be found online.

Noise Enforcement Guidelines
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:41 AM
 
Location: SLC, UT, Ketchum, ID, Southern Cal.
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Do you know if this also applies to LA County Sheriff patrolled areas? I've seen the LAMC spelled out clearly, but the LAC code is almost incomprehensible.
Shouldn't be. 12.08.380 county code. 10pm-7am 45dB. 7am-10pm 50dB. Zone 2 (residential).
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