At JCMS, we frequently hear people saying things such as:
- It seems like they have a big party every weekend, and it can go on until 2:00 in the morning!
- They have hot tub parties, and sometimes they parade around naked where the whole neighborhood can see them!
- They blast their stereo and drink beer until all hours, and I have to work the next day!
- I don’t want to cause trouble with my neighbors, but I want some peace and quiet. What can I do?
Lots of people have summer parties now and then, but when does it become intolerable for their neighbors? The biggest causes for complaint seem to be loud volume, late hours, and rowdy behavior. If you have children who need to sleep, or you need to get rest yourself, there are a few things you can try.
It may help if you have a calm, civil discussion with your neighbor about the problem – perhaps you should wait until the next day, especially if they are intoxicated or high. Let them know how it is affecting you, and see if you can work out an agreement about lowering the volume after 10 or 11 p.m. or taking the noise inside their house.
- Your locality may have ordinances about noise level and quiet hours. You can remind your neighbors that they may be in violation of such statutes.
- If partiers are leaving trash around the neighborhood, getting in fights, or otherwise disturbing the peace, there are laws that the authorities can enforce.
- If the people causing the problem are renters, you can try contacting the landlord to let him/her know what is going on (there may be a noise clause in the lease).
In any neighborhood, there can be a person who is very sensitive to any sound at all, and another who has a high tolerance for noise, but whatever is the case, you have a right to peaceful enjoyment of your property. If someone is having loud parties frequently, and the suggestions above haven’t helped, consider mediation with them to discuss the problem in a quiet, safe environment.
JCMS offers FREE mediation to Jefferson County citizens and businesses. Mediation is a good way to discuss your differences reasonably, with a neutral third party (a mediator) to facilitate the conversation. The mediators won’t tell you what to do, give legal advice, or say who is right or wrong, but they are trained to help people with disagreements to work together to find a resolution, instead of yelling at each other. For more information on mediation, go to our website at www.JeffcoMediation.com, or call us at 303.271.5060. Para el Espanol, 720-577-5826.