Friday, August 27, 2010

The Noise Situation

T oday they are jackhammering the balconies off our side of the building next door. Charming! Anyway, it reminded me to post an update of the situation! The Mieterverein advised us that it was within our right to withhold 20% of our (warm) rent from the landlord as long as this is going on. We would also be allowed to ask for the money back retroactively for all the months we already endured. However, we felt this was unfair to spring on the landlord, so we only plan to do it from here on. However we did tell him we'd be happy to see that money if he manages to get it in damages from the construction company. Since we informed him of the problem he has joined up with the Hausverwaltung and some other pissed-off residents of our building in trying to get some kind of compensation from the construction company. The guy we talked to from the Hausverwaltung hinted that it had been thus far unpleasant and there is absolutely no sign yet of when the end of the construction will be. Wish I could say when we know we are leaving Heidelberg so we could make some kind of decision as to whether to bother moving, but no, we know nothing and have no idea when we will know anything, so we are really stuck. 20% off the rent is nice, but it doesn't cover up the sound of a jackhammer at 7:30 in the morning.


  1. I'm glad to hear you have some relief, albeit not the best kind.

    Good luck with resolving the situation.

  2. Yikes! I hope they take the weekend off...

  3. It sounds like Sunday is truly your day of rest from that jackhammering.
    I was googling "quilts" and "Heidelberg." Google led me to your December post about your first quilt. I've been reading through your blog with interest.

    Where did you originally live in Iowa? I live in Iowa & I'm a quilter. Our son is a young dentist in the US Army. He moved to Heidelberg 4 weeks ago with his wife and daughter, and a trip to Heidelberg is definitely in our future.

    Reading about your adventures trying to find supplies for that quilt, I'm already prepared to not find lovely quilt shops when we visit. Our DIL has heard that there's a pocket of Q shops centered around Stuttgart.

    Best wishes for peace from that jackhammering, or at least a savings of 20% on rent as long as it lasts.


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