Being in a townhouse, I do not reasonably expect that I would never hear anything that goes on next door. For instance, there have been times when I have heard people running up the steps next door. Other times, you can hear the stereo blasting next door. It is reasonable to hear a little bit of it, it is not reasonable to feel the walls vibrating, or to hear it late at night.
There is one neighbor that I am having a rather difficult time with of late. It is a fairly young guy, or group of guys that are renting the house next to us. There are a couple of issues with these guys in regards to noise. First, is the music. The other day, I came home from work a little before 7pm. For nearly two hours, the stereo was blasting to the point where I had a hard time hearing the TV in the room I was sitting in. I went next door to ask the guy to turn the music down and I could still hear it for another half hour.
They also have a dog. They put the dog out on the deck for hours on end. The dog will sit outside and bark for an hour or more. I have had to go next door at 11pm to ask them to bring in the dog that had been whining for over an hour underneath my bedroom window. According to the City of Bowie code,
Public nuisance animal shall mean any animal which unreasonably annoys or threatens humans, endangers the life or health of other animals or persons, which reasonably causes offense to human senses, or which substantially interferes with the rights of residents, other than its owners, to enjoyment of life or property.
The term “public nuisance animal” shall include, but is not limited to, any animal which:
(6) Excessively makes disturbing noises, including but not limited to, continued and repeated howling, barking, whining or other utterances, causing unreasonable annoyance, disturbance or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored;As I have said, we have gone next door to complain about the noise multiple times on both the music and the dog. Yet, they continue to be oblivious and repeat the same actions time and time again. I have yet to get to the point of calling the authorities to complain. Although, I did email animal control to inquire about the regulation on barking dogs, and they sent somebody out to speak to our neighbor.
So I am seeking the advice of my wise readers. A recent City of Bowie newsletter stated that they do not recommend confronting the offending party. So far, this is what I have done. My question would be am I just a grumpy old man or am I justified in my complaints? If justified, at what point do I cease going over to ask them to quiet down the music or dog and call the Compliance Office and have them deal with the neighbors?