You should have a clause in your lease regarding noise violations and quiet hours for a multi tenanted residential property.
Noisy neighbours can be a tricky issue to deal with because the source may be beyond your control and the decibel of the noise, may only happen at certain times of the day, like late at night, which makes it very hard for you to monitor.
Here are some RealRenta tips for dealing with tenant complaints about noisy neighbours:
· If the noise is from one of your tenants,
determine if there is merit in the complaint. Is there an actual issue or is
your tenant being sensitive?
· Speak directly to the alleged culprit and see
what their explanation is.
· Speak to other tenants at the property and see
if they have had the same experience.
Is the noise a one off thing or is it an ongoing
Make the tenant aware that there is a noise
complaint against them
If it is a first offense, let them off with a warning
Let the tenant who made the complaint know that
you have addressed the issue
If the noise continues, let the tenant know that
repeated offenses will make them subject to any penalties laid out in the lease
(give them a copy of the lease as a reminder)
· Make your tenants sign a "Quiet Hours” Policy as
part of their lease agreement.
· Depending on your policy and local laws, you may
be able to fine the tenant a dollar amount for failing to comply with the
agreement, or evict them for breaching their lease.
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Monday, 19 August 2019