There are often neighboring tenants in an apartment building who may cause issues with noise. Most renters experience this at one time or another in the form of late get-togethers or parties, door-slamming, barking dogs, loud stereos or televisions, or musical-instrument practice, for example. It’s a common complaint for many landlords or property managers to hear, who must then respond with a working solution. This article outlines ways in which noisy tenants may be dealt with.
Communication is essential. The complaining tenant, if talking to their noisy neighbor has failed multiple times, should promptly address the landlord about the nature of the issue, such as the source, time, duration and frequency of the noise. Many rental leases, establish times of day when excessive noise is unacceptable, and most localities have noise ordinances in place. The landlord must determine how serious the complaint is, whether other tenants are affected, or if it’s just oversensitivity to everyday sounds.
The noisy tenant should then be spoken to by the landlord in order to determine why the problem keeps happening. Many of them will listen and find ways to tone down their activities (using headphones or earbuds, walking barefoot, or limiting visitors, for example). In the case of someone’s noisy pet, many leases establish that the animal must be promptly removed if deemed a nuisance by the landlord or manager.
However, some tenants may agree to remedy their habit but then quickly resume it. Sometimes another available unit can be offered to the complaining tenant, but if this isn’t possible, then a written warning may be issued in the form of a “cure or quit” notice, which gives the violator time (usually 30 days) to curb their habit or face possible eviction.
Another thing to determine is if the ongoing noise is the result of any illegal activities. If the complaint involves the sound of door-knocking at odd hours of the night, the frequent presence of unfamiliar people, what sounds like assault, battery or other suspect behavior, it may be time to contact law enforcement. Any criminal activity discovered would be grounds for immediate eviction, as the safety and comfort of the other tenants should be a landlord’s principle concern.