Noise Problems in your community? Let’s go over strategies on how to deal with them.
When people are relaxing in their homes, the last thing that they want to deal with is loud noises coming from a stereo blaring in a neighbor’s apartment, people yelling in the common areas, or someone revving their motorcycle engine in the parking lot at three o’clock in the morning. People want peace and quiet, and they have a right to expect it in their homes. While it’s not possible to eliminate all noise from a complex, there are some ways to help in dealing with noise problems, which will reduce the amount of complaints that come into the HOA board.
Make It Part of the Rules
When drafting the rules of the HOA, it is very important to address the problem of potential noise. Make sure that you have rules in the documentation provided to all homeowners regarding proper noise levels. For example, many HOAs will have regulations stating that after a certain time of night, such as midnight, the noise levels need to be at a low level so people can get to sleep. This means no loud parties by the pool, and no revving of motorcycle engines. It is essential to stress the importance of being respectful to others in the community.
Of course, when drafting noise regulations, it is important to understand that “noise” means different things to different people. Some will complain if they can hear anything outside their windows after the sun goes down. Others won’t bat an eyelash at a loud stereo in the evening. It is necessary to take subjectivity into account when it comes to dealing with noise in the complex. If a family has a new baby that’s crying, that noise is far different from the family with a teenager who throws loud parties every time his parents leave town for a couple of days.
The first step is to contact the homeowner responsible for the noise. Often, you will find they were not even aware that they were being loud. This will take care of the problem in many cases. However, there always seems to be that one homeowner who simply doesn’t care that he or she is loud, and will do nothing to curb their behavior. In those cases, it is time to take further action, which can include fines. Of course, the fines need to be detailed in the regulations. This would be similar to any fines imposed for things such as not adhering to the complex aesthetics, keeping items on the porch, etc.
If the noise violates any local ordinances, you can also mention to the homeowner that their level of noise is actually against the law. Don’t threaten them; just inform them that their neighbors could call the police with a noise complaint.
Building a Closer Community
Another out of the box way to help deal with noise problems is to do things that facilitate the neighbors getting together. Community barbeques in the summer are a good example. Once the neighbors get to know one another, it will be easier for them to talk to each other if they have a noise complaint rather than going right to the HOA.
Noise complaints are not fun for anyone. It is a pain for the homeowner affected, as well as the board when they have to intervene. However, it is best to take action as quickly as possible so that you don’t have to handle additional complaints. Use the tips in this article to help you reduce and manage the noise complaints within your association. For further advice on how to create the rules and have your community follow them, contact us today.