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Man faces eviction for laughing too loudly

TT/The Local/dl · 16 Sep 2011, 11:13

Published: 16 Sep 2011 11:13 GMT+02:00

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The middle-aged man is an admitted fan of classic comedic movies from the 1930s and 40s known as pilsnerfilmer ('Pilsner films'), the GT newspaper reports.

The man finds the films and other comedies so amusing that he can't help but laugh out loud, much to the dismay of his neighbours, who have filed complaints with municipal property management company Poseidon.

To make matters worse for those living nearby, the man has made a habit of watching the films late at night, often resulting in a barrage of hearty guffaws that make it hard for his neighbours to sleep, they claim.

Despite repeated requests to stop the late-night laugh-fests, the man has refused to kick the habit of sitting in front of his television and howling at the decades-old Swedish films.

Posideon finally took the case to the local rental tribunal (Hyresnämnden), which initially found in favour of the humour-filled tenant.

But Posideon appealed the case to the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden, which ruled this week that the municipal housing company was within its right to evict the man from his flat.

According to the court, other tenants in the building shouldn't have to put with the man's “loud and recurrent” laughter.

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According to GT, the man's annoyingly loud laughter was the primary reason for his eviction, but he had also fallen out of favour with the landlord lately for refusing to stop feeding birds from his balcony.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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12:03 September 16, 2011 by Scansson
He who laughs last...

So, No Laughing out-loud, or Moaning while Jacking it... got it : )
12:12 September 16, 2011 by krow
Great, the weather is cold, the people are cold and now you should also be cold in your own house that you pays the rent. What a messed up society. No wonder people are dying in their flats with no one noticing for years. The court that made the decision should get a life.
13:46 September 16, 2011 by KPA65
God forbid that you should laugh in your own home...!!!

Only my Irish humour gets me through the dark cold six months of winter, oh and my swedish husband who can laugh as loud as me :)
13:50 September 16, 2011 by Bigd
LOL about the preposterousnous of it all.

Oh, Sorry neighbours....
14:20 September 16, 2011 by soultraveler3
Complaining because someone is laughing too loudly? Lol, sorry but it's a funny thing to make a fuss about.

Are there many apartments in Sweden that you can hear things like that so easily through the walls?
14:20 September 16, 2011 by KPA65
I've just watched the new movie 'The Inbetweeners'...I would of been thrown over my balcony...feck, that was funny..!!!!
14:30 September 16, 2011 by prince T
This is ridculous. Does the wall dont have sound proof
15:38 September 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
Bwaa Haa Haa Haa Hee Hee!
16:21 September 16, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Aren't there machines that use destructive interference to cancel out the noise? If this guy had one installed, he could laugh all he wanted but the sound waves would not leave his personal space.

For those who do not understand the problem of sounds from the neighbors apartment waking you up at all hours of the night, you need to get a CLUE!

I too find it interesting that some apartments seem to have no sound proofing.
16:53 September 16, 2011 by eovti

I once lived in an apartment building where the neigbors were playing very loud erotic games late at night. It took my sleep away, but since I had chosen to live in an apartment building, I felt I had no right to complain. When living in such places you have to be rather tolerant. If you think your neighbors are too loud f*cking/laughting/brushing their teeth, it's probably you who is the problem; not them.

That's modern life for you. If you don't like it, go live at a "torp" out in the woods...
20:45 September 16, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
The man was identified a Swedish...this cannot be correct!

As we all know, Swedes have no sense of humor!
01:00 September 17, 2011 by stoogefest
Must have been some second wave immigrant coming from India or an african having his monkeyshines.
05:21 September 17, 2011 by Grokh
i had this neighbour in portugal, in the summer he would sleep with open window and whole neighbourhood could hear him snore lol
05:43 September 17, 2011 by rybo1
Surely, this is no laughing matter.
08:37 September 17, 2011 by Tamm O'Shanter
You're not supposed to laugh at all in Sweden
08:58 September 17, 2011 by nolikegohome
loud sex noise = eviction

laughing loudly = eviction

what else Snoring = eviction? comming soon.
09:05 September 17, 2011 by Tamm O'Shanter
@ nolikegohome


Being called a 'troll' because you've been basically honest about life in Sweden = eviction? also coming soon....
23:22 September 17, 2011 by TheOchochxina
it is not even ridiculous anymore, What a great Swedish society, ha?! Keep it going like this, you will see, what kind of societe you will end up. More of this kind of stupid news are coming in the future. . .
16:19 September 18, 2011 by Scansson
@ nolikegohome

You forgot about Laughing-Farts, which happens from Laughing so hard that Farts are forced outward beyond the speed of sound. It is considered a toxic gas and against the environmental laws here in Sweden : )
18:48 September 18, 2011 by CCVB
Sweden = f*cking scre**d up country full of stupid laws/stupid rules and dumb idiotic pathetic miserable rude discriminating nasty selfish people...this country is the land of the so called "trolls" who call, all the others who can actually see the truth about the country and dare to say it, trolls....how ironic!
04:03 September 20, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
What I hate about these ridiculous rules is that they are never applied equally. I know that I could find a dozen or more violations from other tenants, some even far more serious than Posideon's, but yet the housing authorities just ignore them. They even picked on this man for feeding birds, something that I can relate to when I once lived in an apartment complex in Florida, surrounded by swamps, for feeding ducks nearby and was told if I didn't stop I'd be evicted. I got them to put it in writing, which they did, I then hired an attorney, sued, and reached an out-of-court settlement with the apartment complex owners for violating my constitutional rights. And laughing to old movies: I guess I guffaw too, I love silent-era films which are far better than the trash that comes out of Hollywood these days.
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