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March 12, 2014
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How to Develop a Noise Policy for Your Condo Association

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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 Morning Hours 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 beneficial 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

Boards 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 continuously blasts for more than an hour a day or a pet 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.

Make Sure All Residents Are Aware of the Noise Policy

Ensuring that all residents are aware of the noise policy in a condo association is vital for maintaining a peaceful and harmonious living environment. By disseminating the policy, residents can understand and adhere to the expectations regarding noise levels, leading to reduced disturbances and conflicts among neighbors.

Clear communication of the policy also facilitates the effective resolution of noise-related complaints and disputes. Moreover, promoting awareness of the noise policy helps protect property values by creating a desirable living environment for current and potential residents.

Additionally, it ensures compliance with legal regulations and insurance requirements, minimizing liability risks. Overall, by prioritizing resident awareness of the noise policy, the condo association can foster a positive and respectful community atmosphere.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, developing and implementing a comprehensive noise policy for your condo association is crucial for maintaining a harmonious and peaceful living environment.

By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can create a clear and effective noise policy that addresses the needs and concerns of all residents. Ensuring that all residents are aware of the policy and its guidelines will promote respectful and considerate behavior, minimize conflicts, and protect property values. 

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