What legal rights do the adjoining property owners have?

Asked about 1 year ago - Jasper, TX

Jasper County Texas. Neighbor has a private Venue which is rented out for parties, weddings etc. We've banned together and called local police because of the loud noise when the venue is rented. Last weekend party started at 10:30 with loud music and didn't cease until after 1:30. Sheriff says he can do nothing because there is no noise ordinance in the County, says its up to the JP. JP says he can do nothing its up to the Sheriff. Person who owns the venue says they are "untouchable" by the police because of who they are. JP Basically said he hasn't talked to her because of who she is, sheriff is neighbors and good friends of the owners daughter. Is there anything in Texas law to protect homeowners to have peace in their own homes.

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  1. Edward James Kazaleh

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . One legal solution is to file a lawsuit seeking an Injunction prohibiting such use and restricting their use/noise. That would be a private nuisance lawsuit. All of you can band together and file one with a single lawyer. This would be a State District Court lawsuit ... not a JP matter. A Court Order then can be enforced locally and if the Sheriff refuses due to an inside deal, he would be ill advised and may end up in contempt of Court. Meanwhile, stay away, but get some video/audio recordings and download a smart phone sound meter app to use to check the levels. You can also use a security camera system to remotely watch and keep a good video and audio record without creating as much visibility or being seen.
    I had some legal cases over near there... please tell me there is no giant cross-burning with a bunch of yee-ha'n folks in white sheets going on at the parties late at night. If so, there may be some potential Federal involvement....


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