Multifamily buildings like condos and apartments can have a lot of noise that seeps into everyone’s home. Controlling this noise can be difficult, but it is up to the board to create rules and regulations that promote a pleasant environment in which to live. These four tips can help control noise within a multifamily building.
Create Rules and Regulations Regarding Noise
The first step is to actually create rules and regulations regarding the level of noise. Of course, this can be difficult because what one person thinks is too loud may seem quiet to another. However, the association still needs to put something in the bylaws about keeping noise at a reasonable level. In some cases, the association may create specific rules, such as stereos must be kept low, or 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. is quiet time. Whatever regulations the association chooses, they must be communicated to residents clearly.
Prohibit Certain Modifications
One good way to help control noise is to prohibit certain modifications to the units that could lead to more noise or allow noise to travel. Carpet absorbs sound better than hard surfaces, so prohibit residents from tearing out carpet and replacing it with hard surfaces like wood and linoleum. Another modification you can prohibit is holes in the walls. Holes for hanging pictures or TVs can create pathways through which sound can travel.
Use City, State and Federal Regulations
If you’re having a hard time getting residents to listen to your rules and regulations, take it up a notch by sharing city, state and federal sound regulations. For example, use the Environmental Protection Agency and the Housing and Urban Development guidelines to uphold your stance on reasonable noise levels. Use their wording in your rules and regulations to help residents understand the seriousness of keeping quiet.
Urge Residents to Complain
It’s never fun to listen to complaints, but when noise is an issue, having complaints to back up the problem is important. If a resident continues to complain about the same problem, it’s easier for the association to do something to fix it. If no one is complaining, however, the association assumes nothing is wrong.
Noise can make living in a multifamily building annoying, but there are many things the association can do to help. Create rules and regulations that incorporate city, state and federal laws to really urge residents to keep it down.