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Developing Effective Noise Policies

by Staff Writer on Mar 11, 2014 8:20:00 PM

Neighbors in condominium units live as close to each other as neighbors can. Consequently, excessive noise is one of the most common complaints condominium association management companies receive. If your condominium community is experiencing a rash of noise complaints, there are better solutions than trying to insulate walls against sound. Below are some helpful tips for developing noise policies that help preserve peace and quiet in condominium communities.

Make the Community Noise-Free at Night

In most condominium communities, the majority of noise complaints stem from noises that occur at night. Barking dogs, loud music, and noisy celebrating are common examples of disruptions that keep people awake as they lay in bed. In most cases, the best solution is to form a policy that keeps the community noise-free between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the week.

Extend the Noise-Free at Night Policy on Weekends

Many people enjoy the opportunity to catch a few hours of extra sleep on the weekend. With this in mind, it could be benefcial to extend the noise-free at night policy until 8 a.m. on weekends. Such a policy allows people to sleep longer than they normally would on a workday and still gives early risers the opportunity to perform tasks such as lawn mowing early in the day before it gets hot.

Establish a Noise Policy for Daytime Hours

Condominium association management providers also receive complaints about noise during the day, with barking dogs being one of the most common grievances. Although people and their pets should be able to make noise during day hours, there is also a point at which noise during the day encroaches on people’s right to a peaceful and relaxing living environment.

To solve the problem, many condominium associations regulate daytime noise in terms of duration. For example, if music cumulatively blasts for more than an hour a day, or a pet cumulatively makes noise for more than 30 minutes a day, neighbors can file a noise complaint. Taking a survey of how residents feel about daytime noise is a good way to form a policy that will please the majority.

Make an Exception for Special Events in Common Buildings

If residents want to have a party that includes loud celebrating for hours, consider allowing them to hold the celebration in a common room that doesn’t share walls with condo units. By doing so, you respect the residents’ desire for rest and relaxation, while also allowing residents to celebrate freely. Before making this exception, the key is to determine whether holding a celebration in a common room would indeed prevent noise from the event from disrupting other residents.

For assistance developing noise-free policies in your condominium community, contact a provider of condominium association management services today.

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