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Neighbors' Problems with Daycare
I need advice regarding problems encountered with a family child care facility run out of my neighbor's home. While I do not know anything about the quality of the facility and how they treat their children, the amount of vehicular traffic and lack of parking near my home has become a huge nuisance.
Here's a list of the problems this day care is causing: people double parking on the street in front of the house to pick/drop off kids; clients blasting their music as if our residential street was a concert hall; excess vehicles owned by the child care parked for days on end in front of our properties and rarely used; and most recently, employees who leave their cars in front of my house throughout the weekend.
I am getting really annoyed at all of the above situations because we live on a residential street, that has very limited parking, basically, each home has one street parking space. However, these people who run the day care neither control the traffic arriving to their business, nor care about the fact that they are inconviencing their neighbors.
One of the employees has been leaving their car parked in front of my house through the weekend, and even had the nerve to have a mechanic come work on it in the street for two weekends in a row! I left a reasonible note on her car asking her to at least pull all the way forward if she was to park there. She flew off the handle at me, and immediately became belligerent and antagonistic at me. She acted like it was her god given right to do as she pleases.
I'm fed up!
I have not approached the owner of the Day Care facility yet, because in the 2 years that I have lived here, she has never once seemed like an approachable person.
If and when I approach her and discuss this topic with her, and she is unreasonable about any of the problems, do I have ANY legal measures available? Does any know the City of Oakland codes regarding traffic and belligerent day care employees?
Where do I find information to make living on my street more bearable?
Any info would be much appreciated.
We moved into our first house several months ago but failed to anticipate the noise that would be raised by the day care that backs into our back yard. I work from home and will soon have a baby. The noise drives me up the wall. It is a huge distraction. It is possitively unnerving. I've tried hard for months to ignore it, mask it, ask them to keep it down-all to no avail. I feel like an ogre, but it is only going to get worse as the summer comes. They are already out four, five hours a day-and screaming much of the time. The director also yells when she is out there, but for the most part it seems the kids are unsupervised. What can I do? Does anyone know who we can call or what our rights are in this? Do you think an air horn would be overkill? Help! mean ol' ogre
You should get better sound insulation. I was told that if you build a wall next to another wall, just leave a small air gap between the walls and the sound will not be able to travel. This means leaving your windows closed during the day and a smaller workspace, but your sanity is worth it. If you don't wish to do this, perhaps you could work elsewhere, which seems more reasonable than buying a new house!
Whatever you do, you need to address this, as I don't think the kids and the noise will go away. I don't recommend your bullhorn idea though. :D Ali
You could also investigate double paned glass for your windows, and some extra thick noise-muffling drapes. That would be about it Shushing is for Libraries
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