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To clarify, your neighbor has lived next door for 10 years and the windchimes were not a problem until now? What changed?
She moved her studio from the rear of her house to the livingroom. And she says she is getting older and can't sleep.
She teaches piano.
Are you a member of a homeowners association?
It does not appear that the neighbor can't legally compel you to remove the wind chimes
That is a double negative. Can she or can she not.
Sorry for the typo :-) it does not appear that she can compel you to remove the wind chimesThe argument that the wind chimes are disturbing and therefore a nuisance would typically
fail, since she has lived next door for 10 years without complaint and
she has changed her usage of her home
by relocating the studio
a court will typically not compel a neighbor (you) to change an existing use to accommodate the whims of the next-door neighbor
Is there a particular law that can be cited that covers this?
A person is entitled to use his or her property as he or she deems fit provided no laws are broken. There is not a particular law that states that wind chimes are legal
The only argument that she could possibly raise would be that you have created a nuisance.
Since you did not create the situation ( she moved her studio) even if the wind chimes are exceptionally loud, it is unlikely that this would be considered a nuisance
What about her comment that now she is older it is interfering with her sleep?
It is unlikely to be a winning argument due to the fact that the wind chimes have preexisted for 10 years without complaint – it is only now that she has moved her studio that she suddenly is having difficulty sleeping
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