Hoboken Legal Beagle – 6/3/2008
Here’s today’s installment of the Hoboken Legal Beagle Q&A session, with a reader who’s not so thrilled about the noise from a neighboring club.
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“My wife and I recently moved into a new apartment next to a “Bar and Restaurant”. We found out this past Fri/Sat night that this establishment is actually a “Dance Club” and plays very loud music on these nights from 10PM until 2AM. The bass beat permeates the walls and we cannot sleep in the back portion of our apartment (where the bedrooms are) until after 2AM. The front portion of our apartment (where the couch is) is also drowned with loud conversation noise coming from the front of the establishment where bouncers and patrons spend their night smoking and getting in and out of cabs. One neighbor tells us that he’s been fighting for years to have Hoboken’s noise ordnances enforced, but the police just show up and “hug” the bouncers and then visit the neighbor’s apartment and declare that no noise can be heard inside the apartment. Our neighbor reports that City Council has no concern as well. My questions: What legal recourse can assist in getting the noise to stop, or at least diminish? Is there any out we have from our one year lease for failure to disclose poor habitability issues with our apartment? I know establishment owners are “well connected” in Hoboken, but the patrons of this establishment don’t even live in Hoboken, so why must residents be made to suffer?”
The legal beagle says:
First of all you may very will have a good case for getting out of your lease because of the noise issue, start with certified letters to the landlord detailing the problem, make mp3 that you can easily replay and email, and if the landlord does not give you satisfaction try seeing an attorney.
That being said, and with all due respect, didn’t either of you think, hmmmmm, this is Hoboken the land of the drunken person, maybe we shouldn’t live next door to a club, and maybe we should check out that club to see if the music is loud. Your kind of ignorance amazes me, smart enough to write letters, smart enough to shift the blame for your own stupidity to “connected owners”, and “hugging policeman” but dumb enough to enter into a year lease without checking out some basic points. As to suffering, who really cares, it’s not as if the club changed overnight. You’re the perfect example of a person who shouldn’t live in a city, go out to the country and tip over some cows when they moo to loud.
Sorry for the tone of this letter but I cant help ranting about people who blame others when they make mistakes, Say “We F’d up,” can you help us, but blaming the city for not enforcing laws so that you can get a full nights sleep is just silly.