Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tips for Dealing with Noisy Neighbors

We've all been there: late at night, or maybe early in the morning, the peace and quiet of your apartment is interrupted by a thudding. Or maybe a bang. Loud singing, thumping basslines, and loud debates can turn even the most tranquil of apartments chaotic. While it's true that some noise is expected from neighbors when you're sharing walls, their loud music, partying and shouting shouldn't disrupt the peaceful enjoyment of your space. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property management recommends trying these tips the next time your noisy neighbors get loud:

Talk to Your Neighbors
The first step in addressing a noisy neighbor? Simply talk with them about the issue. In many cases, they may not even realize they're being loud enough to impact others. While it's scary to work up the nerve to knock on their door and ask them to keep it down, you'll be surprised at how reasonable most people will be once they understand there's an issue!

Offer a Compromise
If you work early mornings and need quiet to sleep, your neighbor's late-night band practices might not be conducive to your bedtime routine. Explain your need for quiet after a certain hour and offer to compromise by allowing them to play until you're ready for bed. It may require you to invest in quality noise-canceling headphones while you watch TV at night, but a compromise helps keep everyone happy.

Check Local Noise Ordinances
Some neighbors will be less inclined to keep it down than others. If your requests to quiet down are ignored or outright refused, check your city's noise ordinances. Most towns have public quiet hours that require residents to minimize noise after a certain time. It's also worth checking your lease before making a noise complaint. Multifamily communities usually maintain their own standards for how late loud music can be played.

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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