Noisy neighbour from Rugby fined £500

Rosser must pay back the fraudulently claimed benefits to Rugby Borough Council
Rosser must pay back the fraudulently claimed benefits to Rugby Borough Council

A noisy neighbour who ignored council warnings about playing loud music from his Rugby home has been fined £500.

Zoltan Kovacs, of Avenue Road, was found guilty in his absence by magistrates in Nuneaton of two breaches of a noise abatement notice.

The notice was served on Kovacs in October 2013 after Rugby Borough Council’s community safety wardens responded to a complaint about loud music, singing and shouting at his home.

But further complaints were received in April and June of this year. On both occasions, wardens witnessed music being played at such a high volume it was clearly audible in neighbouring homes.

Kovacs was not present at magistrates court on 27 October, but was found guilty of both breaches.

He was fined £250 for each breach and ordered to pay £655 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Commenting on the case, Cllr Sally Bragg, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The council has a duty to take action against neighbours who repeatedly make the lives of others a misery through noise nuisance.

“We have a range of powers to deal with rowdy neighbours, including serving noise abatement notices and seizing noise-making equipment such as stereos and televisions.

“However, in cases where our warnings have been repeatedly ignored, we have no hesitation in taking action through the courts.”

Residents can download a Noisy Neighbours Guide from the council’s website -

Members if the public can report noise complaints by calling the council’s environmental protection team on (01788) 533857 or emailing

Out of office hours, residents can call the council’s community safety wardens on 0800 0968800. The wardens work from 2pm to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 1pm to 10pm on Sundays.