Landlord responsibility for noisy neighbors


One of the responsibilities of the landlord to its tenant is to make sure that the tenant will not cause too much noise that can disturb their other neighbors. If you look into the lease agreement there is a clause there for “Quiet Enjoyment” in every residential and commercial rental properties. Tenants have the right to occupy a unit free of external disturbances and it is written under the quiet enjoyment clause. Also in return, other tenants must respect the same rights you have and it is always the landlord’s obligation to implement the said clause successfully. Landlords have every right to request tenants minimize the excessive noise.

  • Noisy Roommates. In residential units, tenants may opt to share rent with a roommate and landlord cannot evict them using this ground. However, if one of the roommates creates excessive noise and his activities already affects other tenants, disturbs the peace and peaceful living then and only then can the landlord has the right to evict the noisy roommate.
  • Quiet Enjoyment Clause. It is a minor criminal offense if someone disturbs the peace of a community by making excessive noise in a residential and commercial area.  This provides a noise free environment in both residential and commercial rental properties. This specific clause protects the tenant from any excessive noise made by other tenants. Also a tenant can be evicted by the landlord if he refuses to abide by this clause given that the eviction is done legally and goes through proper court procedures.
  • Noisy Pets. Terms and conditions are specified in a lease agreement for a residential property if the building is pet friendly. On the other hand, if the pet the owner has is making too much noise and is becoming offensive and disturbing to neighbors then the landlord can evict the tenant and the pet.

Edited on: Monday, March 18th, 2013 12:30 am
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