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Noisy neighbour loses her equipment

Cartoon by WilThis isn’t strictly speaking a landlord and tenant matter.

But everyone who has ever suffered from deafening music through the walls, will rejoice at the sentence handed out to 18 year old Karla Knuth.

Neighbours had complained for months about Karla’s loud music, shouting and banging but to no avail.

The council  issued her with two noise nuisance orders, but still she didn’t stop.

So at Plymouth Magistrates Court on in August she was prosecuted, found guilty and:

  • fined £500 for each breach
  • ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15
  • her music equipment including a CD player, digital synthesiser tuner, a speaker, CDs and a DVD player was forfeited, and
  • the Council was awarded costs of £1,200
But there’s more!

The Council asked for a further application to be made ordering Knuth to “not cause harassment, alarm or distress by causing or allowing the playing of amplified music, by using a television, by banging, slamming doors or shouting at a level which can be heard by persons outside any residential property at which she is residing either permanently or temporarily in Plymouth.”

The order runs for two years.

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One Response to Noisy neighbour loses her equipment

  1. I suppose the landlord/tenant angle is that it doesn’t matter whether the neighbours were owner-occupiers or tenants. If the latter, it’s not the landlord’s obligation to complain on behalf of his tenant.



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