Apartment Noise Complaint


Dealing with Apartment Noise Complaint

One of the most common problems with Apartment living; is dealing with noisy neighbors or complaints from neighbors that you are being too noisy.  Surprisingly, you might find that you have some unique rights to protect your quiet enjoyment.

How to Deal with a Noise Complaint Against you?

The first step would be to take reasonable measures to reduce the noise if possible.  However, in many cases picky neighbors may be out of line if they are complaining about common noise such as walking, talking, showering, etc.  In most states you have the right to reasonably walk and talk in your apartment.  Although there may be quiet hours in your rental that doesn’t mean that you have to act as though you are in a library.  What that means is that you should reduce activities that are loud such as practicing instruments, blasting music or TV, running blenders or saws, etc.

If you have received Noise Complaints for normal living conditions; you have the right to file a complaint with the RPA.

Receiving harassing notes or warnings from neighbors or management is most likely a violation of your quiet enjoyment.  You have right to walk around your apartment, talk and even watch tv softly.  Receiving a complaint from the neighbor or manager for standard living conditions should not happen.  If the problem is becoming an issue in which you are afraid to enjoy your apartment reasonably you can file a complaint with the Rental Protection Agency to enforce your rights.  When you file a formal complaint you not only inform management and your neighbor that you have right to reasonably use your rental during quiet hours; it also protects you from further negative actions against you.

If you need to file a formal complaint because you have received noise complaints against you; simply click on the Report Landlord button located at the top of the menu on this website.

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Edited on: Thursday, September 5th, 2013 4:32 am

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