What rights do I have in a quality of life issue? The house next door has been undergoing renovation for 7 months. The homeowner is organizing the work himself--a bunch of different trades (his buddies?) have demolished and rebuilt the interior of the house. Progress has been slow and obviously not well-planned, likely a combination of lack of know-how and penny pinching. While the demo and reconstruction was going on, it was loud and uncomfortable for us, but we believed it was a short-term annoyance. Finishes are now going in, and we can hear "everyday" sounds coming through the party wall. Both houses were built at the same time (1890s) and the masonry is old. In the past, we could hear previous occupants through the wall only during extreme shouting matches (the sort where the cops were called by multiple neighbors). Now, we can hear cell phones ring, radios on--and which song it is--and doors closing. Yesterday I could hear the sound of a trash bag being filled. Crazy. A month ago, before finishes were on site, I mentioned my concerns to the homeowner after a particularly loud episode that wasn't "construction noise". He thought it was temporary as an interior wall had just been taken down and would be replaced. I knocked on the door last night to speak with him, but there was no answer. I plan on trying again tonight. I don't expect much from him, though, as I think he's in way over his head financially and in terms of construction knowledge. And he will likely use this as a rental, so he will not suffer any personal discomfort. Do I have any right to force the issue? It seems to me you can either improve or leave the wall as is, but you can't degrade the integrity of its sound transmission. Are there any codes I can cite?