Dealing with Violations of Quiet Hours

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When you’re living in an apartment, you have to rely on your neighbors to be quiet so that you can get some sleep. Many apartment complexes even make quiet hours a matter of policy, setting certain hours during which tenants are expected to keep noise to a minimum. Unfortunately, not all neighbors are considerate, and some don’t seem to care if they are violating complex policies.

In many cases, a noisy neighbor situation can be resolved by just taking a moment to knock on their door. A polite request to keep noise to a minimum may be all it takes to get your neighbors to keep it down. In many cases, they may not even realize the noise level is a problem. If a polite word isn’t enough to reduce quiet hour violations, your next step is to talk to the landlord or complex manager about the issue. Depending on how your lease is written and the resources available to enforce quiet hours, your landlord may be able to intervene to restore peace and quiet. If you feel it’s necessary to report a neighbor to the manager, it’s useful to make a record of when your apartment neighbors are violating quiet hours.

It’s not always possible to convince your fellow apartment tenants to keep the noise down, however. If it’s an ongoing problem, it may be time to request a switch to another apartment in the complex or even consider moving out entirely. Unfortunately, breaking a lease due to noise issues is not easy, but some landlords will be more understanding about it than others. Juliette Rautenberg was driven to break her lease by a collection of extremely noisy neighbors. “We had a young, professional couple downstairs who had loud dinner parties every weekend. Upstairs we had a couple of students. The first pair had endless parties and electric guitar jam sessions at all hours of the day and night. The second pair had endless parties and also never covered the wood floor in their main party room, which happened to be directly over our bedroom.”

After several attempts to convince her neighbors to limit the noise, as well as trying to get the landlord to address the problem, Rautenberg gave up on her apartment. “We saw that nothing was going to change. Things that had initially drawn us to the place were just not worth the sacrifice of peace and quiet. We both work from home and need quiet, which we weren’t getting there,” says Rautenberg. “It took us almost a year to find a new apartment, but I’m so glad we moved out!”

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5 Responses to “Dealing with Violations of Quiet Hours”

  1. February 16, 2010 at 11:12 am, Melanie said:

    I feel your pain. I live above two of the most obnoxious, rude and loud neighbors that exist. They have huge speakers and play loud, latin music which vibrates my floors and drives me so crazy. The floors are covered with carpet, but that does not help. I have called the Police many times, talked to the manager, and these jerks are still there. I despise rude people!

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  2. March 27, 2011 at 10:40 am, IS said:

    Our upstairs neighbors have two small kids and they NEVER play outside. There’s no carpeting or even area rugs on their floors; when it gets really bad our furniture or items that are not touching the wall will be vibrating. They’re literally shrieking up and down the stairs at 7 AM and sometimes as late as 11 PM.

    We’ve talked to the adults (the husband immediately got irate and said something to the effect of “it’s not MY fault you work/study”) as well as the management and the neighbors seem to know noise ordinances just well enough to skirt them in any way possible. I’m taking online classes and my mom works early in the morning; this is insane. Honestly, most times it does sound like a domestic disturbance up there.

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  3. March 04, 2012 at 3:06 pm, Idiot in #9 said:

    My snotty neighbours’ kids shriek and scream at all hours, too.

    Sad when nasty unfit people have kids.

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  4. June 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm, dave said:

    I just noticed that when the public housing monies are more in effect the louder the people are. My neighbors let the lil boy bounce his basketball at 6AM. As well the 2 twins walk all over his SUV roof and windshield whilst the dad is chatting on cell phone 80 feet away. I made a written complaint after the blondie was vacuuming at 1 AM. Must be smokin crack. resumed vacuuming at 6:15 next morning. Why do they decide to spring clean at 12:30 every other day. Like I said they dont watch their kids why would they watch the way the treat neighbors. As I speak the horses above are galloping round and round on a nice sunny day with 5 acres of lawn right outside. ppppfffffttttt gimme a hit….frikkin people these days just dont get it

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  5. June 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm, SR Swamy said:

    I am a sr citizen living in the firs floor and there are 3 more floors above mine .The problem qwth this gentleman above my fflat is that he has got a RO system attached in his kithcen above my flat and unfortunately the pipe he has got embeeded in the veramda building above mine is not open ype but concealed pipe which can not be seen from outside and there is leakage frm his pipe which he does not admit but attributes to leak from residents above his flat which I know for certain,is not correct .The Association despite the visit of the Flat association’s visit to my falt and to the resident above mine is not doing anything to discipline this man.I will like to know any legal and constitutional solutions or any authority who can effetively intervene and do justice .I am 72 yrs old and find it extremely tiring to run around .I have been Govt of India official in the rank and statuis of Principal Secretary to Govt of India and will like to know if there is any official authority to whom I ca refer to this matter

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