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Noisy Tenants and How Landlords Can Handle Noise Complaints from Neighbors

If your rental property is situated in the middle of nowhere, you have nothing to worry about when tenants make noise. But if you're located near houses? You would be concerned about noise complaints. 

Renting to noisy tenants is a problem. You will most likely receive complaints from neighbors or the HOA if your tenants get too loud and disruptive.

Noise can be created by turning on loud music or television. Tenants could have children who often yell and run around. Parties and gatherings are also sources of noise. 

What can you do if one or some of your tenants have become loud and you received a complaint? Follow these helpful tips.

Investigate the complaint.

If you were told by a neighbor that your tenants are being too loud, it is your responsibility to evaluate the situation first. Keep in mind that some people can be too sensitive to noise. That means you shouldn't rely on one person's opinion. Is your renter really being excessively noisy?

Gather details on the following:

  • The time the noise occurred
  • How long the noise lasted
  • Whether the neighbor already confronted the tenant

Speak to your renter.

You will be able to tell that a noise complaint is valid if multiple people, and not just one person, have complained. Also, you received the complaint not just once, but several times already. Recall how a tenant has behaved in the past. Does he or she have a history of behaving in a noisy, rough way? 

As soon as you confirm the problem, it's important that you speak to your renter. Make your renter aware that he or she is disrupting other people's peace and quiet, and that noise should be kept at acceptable levels. 

Give your tenant a chance to correct the wrong behavior. If your tenant has no control over the noise (for example, he or she has loud kids or a noisy pet), try to come up with a solution that both of you can agree on. 

Speak to the complaining party. 

If the noise complaint isn't valid, make sure to speak to the complaining party to let them know that you investigated the noise and found out that your renter did not violate anything.

Provide a cure or quit notice.  

This is a notice that landlords give to tenants who violate a term in the lease agreement. In this case, you are allowing the tenant to cure the violation within a set amount of time.

Final Thoughts

Ensure that your tenants don't cause any trouble by including a "quiet hours" clause in the lease. This maintains peace and quiet, and keeps everyone happy. A quiet hours clause prohibits excessive noise and requires tenants to be particularly respectful during specific times.

Also, screen tenants properly. Find out if a potential renter has a history of complaints regarding noise. You can also try some techniques to reduce noise such as adding insulation and lining outside walls with furniture. 

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