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Noise complaints within a house


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In a house situation where the house has been split into separate living quarters and rented out individually, can you call the police with noise complaints? Noise coming through the walls/floors, yet if you were to stand outside, you can't hear it, it's not disturbing anyone else outside of the physical house. The problem is the floors/walls aren't insulated that well.

Anyone? It's come up in the past, never looked into it further.
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separate dwellings are separate dwellings... and excessive noise is excessive noise. it might be more neighbourly to talk to the people first since they might not realize how thin the walls/floors are and then go to the landlord before calling the police but its well within your rights to expect a reasonable level of peace and quiet whether you are in a divided house, apartment building or detached home.

oh toro

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don't waste the limited resources of the police force - they have better things to focus on.

that said, call silverman helps.


there are noise bylaws officers for these sorts of things, though from what i've heard their phone hours are typically 9-5.
not very helpful in the case of, say, noise at any other time.


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  • Bring in 1000 watt sound system.
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  • Go away for the weekend.
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AshG said:
there are noise bylaws officers for these sorts of things, though from what i've heard their phone hours are typically 9-5.
not very helpful in the case of, say, noise at any other time.
yeah since the bylaws kick in from 11 at night til 630 in the morn....LOL


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in toronto there are no time periods for noise anymore (well other than construction) you can call and complain whenever you want.


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you guys are getting old and crusty. Get over it and buy some earplugs and stop being a 90 year old bitch.


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haha.. here is an email I got yestarday...

Subject:25 Signs That You Have Grown Up

1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and
"break up."

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."

10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@..
kids next door won't turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes
around you.

12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You take naps.

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the
beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely
upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid,
not condoms and pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good shit."

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces,
"I'm never going to drink that much again."

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for
real work.

24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

25. When you find out your friends are pregnant you
congratulate them instead of asking "Oh no,
what the hell happened?"

26: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign
that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your
sorry old ass. Then you forward it to a bunch of old friends
'cause you know they'll enjoy it & do the same.