Here's What's Being Done About Noisy Neighbours in Brampton

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Ah, neighbours.

Sometimes, the people who live in your community are close friends and trusted allies who you rely on to gather your mail while you're away, keep an eye on your children before you get home from work or simply provide the occasional helping hand or stimulating conversation.

For the most part, neighbours--whether you live in a building or more sprawling subdivision--are good to have.

But you’ve ever had a noisy neighbour in Brampton, you’re not alone.

And now, the City is responding to increase in nuisance parties where loud and obnoxious behaviour is taking place by people renting residential properties for weekend stays, weddings or other special event.

Brampton City Council approved the Public Nuisance By-law on June 27, 2018.

Almost everyone has heard horror stories about houses that seem full of, at the very least, disruptive people.

The house where occupants are constantly blasting loud music from the yard at all hours throughout the summer, the unit where people are often heard screaming and yelling, the home that strange people come in and out of day and night, the house that always has four or five cars parked around it at all times--cars that sometimes block the sidewalk and monopolize street space that should also be accessible to guests visiting other households.

Although naughty neighbours are common and often joked about, issues involving parking, traffic, suspicious activity, noise, litter, graffiti, or even drugs can and do occur in Brampton--and they seriously affect residents' quality of life.

The new By-law addresses offensive and vulgar behaviour and actions by residents and their guests, the use of profanity, and any other potentially disruptive behaviour.

“It will also address a variety of other public nuisances including panhandling, graffiti and public property damage, and will prohibit the emission of objectionable odours or smoke, dust, or airborne particle matter, except where permitted by the City,” reads a recent statement from the City.

Essentially, the Public Nuisance By-law aims to crack down on nuisance parties and other public nuisances.

Anyone convicted is liable to a hefty fine.

How much?

The minimum fine for an offence is $500 and the maximum fine for an offence is $100,000.

What do you think of the new rules?

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