Landlord responsibility for noisy neighbors

By Tenant

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

15 Responses to “Landlord responsibility for noisy neighbors”

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March 18th, 2013 12:40 am

Is there a way to know if my neighbours are noisy before moving in?


March 18th, 2013 3:00 pm

If I file a complaint


March 19th, 2013 5:00 am

I have a neighbour who is really noisy and I can’t stand living in a noisy community.


March 19th, 2013 7:20 pm

I wonder if the previous renter experiences the same thing I am experiencing now.


March 20th, 2013 9:20 am

There are landlords who favor noisy tenants who have been living in their rental unit for a long time than those who just move in and complained for excessive noise.


March 20th, 2013 11:40 pm

I have this problem once and it is very unfair that I was the one asked to move out rather than the one who makes a lot of noise.


March 21st, 2013 2:00 pm

Everyone deserves a second chance.


March 22nd, 2013 4:20 am

Fairness and equality should prevail in this case.


March 22nd, 2013 6:40 pm

I’m at wits end right now because of my loud neighbour.


March 23rd, 2013 8:40 am

My roommate’s loud noise brings many complaints from other tenants and it is driving me crazy.


March 23rd, 2013 11:00 pm

How can I ask my neighbour to minimize their noise without violent confrontations happening?


March 24th, 2013 1:00 pm

Is it illegal for my landlord to serve me a 3 day notice of eviction for this?


March 25th, 2013 3:20 am

Can my neighbour evict me because of loud noise?


March 25th, 2013 5:40 pm

Landlords should make tenant screening before letting the tenant move in.


March 26th, 2013 8:00 am

I complained to my landlord many times now about my excessively loud neighbour and they are now filing a lawsuit against me for harassment. Can they even do that to me?


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