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A landlord’s essential guide for keeping noise level in check

There are endless ways that noise can be created, and some of the most common sources of noise complaints include a noisy neighbourhood.

Few things can be more irritating than a noisy neighbourhood. As far as landlords are concerned there is nothing more nightmarish than having your properties occupied by unruly, noisy tenants. 

Undoubtedly, the rising noise level at their properties is a constant bane of most landlords. What’s even worse is that most landlords are helpless in the situation and have little to no control over the noise caused in their properties.

Yes, the fact that you cannot always be present in the property to keep the noise in check puts you at an immediate disadvantage. But landlords need not fret!

There are necessary actions every landlord can take to avert the noise-related troubles.

So, how do you go about dealing with your noisy tenants?

Well, before we get down to explain the measures, let’s look at some of the most common causes of noise troubles at your property.

What could your tenants be up to kick up a ruckus in the property?

The following are some common complaints landlords are often flooded with:

  • Loud music or distorted musical instruments   
  • Heavy stomping and running
  • Constant quarrelling
  • Latenight parties
  • Noisy, troublesome pets
  • Crying babies 
  • Noise from family get together
  • Unattended alarms

Who should take the responsibility?

Of course, as a landlord, it’s incumbent upon you to take preventive measures against the noise-making activities in your property. But at the same time, you are under no legal obligation to take action.

The problem really starts when you consider the question of keeping your neighbours happy.

Any landlord who wants to maintain the reputation of their property as an inhabitable place should worry about having the neighbours on their side. 

If you can make your neighbours happy by keeping the noise troubles at bay, then your neighbours will do the job of spreading the good word about your property. Most tenancy agreements do not carry a noise clause. There also existing agreements that stipulate tenants to make no noise more than necessary in the property.

In the event of a tenant’s failure to comply with the rule, a landlord is well within his rights to proceed legally based on a tenancy term violation. The proceedings could go so far as to evict the tenant. But most landlords wouldn’t go that far especially if they are dealing with a tenant who has an otherwise clean track record.

How to deal with a noisy tenant

Sometimes, even a tiny casual conversation with your tenants over the noise issue can resolve the situation. When you are on good terms with your tenant, there’s always a good chance of them listening to your concerns.

While you go about explaining the matter, make sure to break it gently to them.

In most cases, your tenants may not be even aware that their noisy behaviour has been a source of nuisance for neighbours.

If you have tenants who have the habit of falling asleep to loud music every night, you can tactfully ask them to go about it without causing much too much trouble to the neighbours.

If your tenant’s son has the habit of practising his death metal guitar riff late into the night, simply try to reason with your tenant about making him stop by the time the neighbourhood goes to bed.  

Most tenants won’t be able to turn you down when you approach with them reasonable requests.

Once you get your way, make sure to send your tenant a thanking note for being understanding about the situation.

Now, if your tenant wouldn’t budge, it’s time to move legally. For investigation purposes, get the compliant, ideally, the aggrieved neighbour, to make audio recordings of the noise in the property. 

What are the neighbours supposed to do? 

Are there any guidelines that neighbours can follow when struck the noisy habits of a tenant. First up, they should try approaching the private landlord. It may be a good idea to start an open dialogue with the tenant. If you find that things are getting out of hand, quickly reach out to the landlord for help. Often times, landlords can take care of the situation all on their own.   

What if things don’t work out your way?

If your dispute with the tenant reaches a stalemate, the best course of action would be to raise the issue with the Environmental Health Department. Your local body is covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to settle matters related to nuisance.

A landlord should present local authority with recordings necessary for them to process the case.

As your case is underway, the tenant will be sent a notice about the investigation. But don’t worry, the identity of the complainer is kept confident. If the court finds the evidence legitimate, the case will be ruled in the landlord’s favour.

The court authority will order the tenant in question to stop or reduce the noise level.

How loud is too loud

Based on the study released by the Center for Hearing and communication, a trusted source for information related to noise, researchers identify noise problems as a major threat to the general human well being.

Sustained exposure to 115 decibels of sound can seriously impair your hearing ability.  

Unsurprisingly, kids exposed to the high noise level suffer from lack of concentration and memory loss.

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If you experience noise troubles that persist, do not wait around to report the trouble to the landlords.

Likewise, landlords and suffering neighbours are strongly advised to keep the recordings of noise disturbance for the perusal of local authority.

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