M.L. from New Haven County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Mister Condo replies:
M.L., this column gets no shortage of questions dealing with noise issues in condominiums. I’d have to say noise control is a top issue for anyone who lives in such close proximity to other condo or apartment dwellers. I have seen noise restrictions worded in various ways but they all have basically the same intent and that is for unit owners and residents to voluntarily comply with the noise rules of the community so that everyone can peaceably enjoy their condo living experience.
The rules might look something like this:
“Residents and guests are required to keep noise levels to a minimum at all times. For purposes of this discussion of rules, daytime hours are considered 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.. The hours between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. are considered nighttime hours and extra attention to noise must be paid during nighttime hours.
Residents shall not play any musical instrument, radio, stereo, television, or cause any other noise at a level that would disturb any other residents. Noise levels must be kept below 80 dB (the sound of a typical vacuum cleaner) during daytime hours unless previously approved by the board of directors.
No one shall make any noises in the building or adjacent grounds that may disturb the occupants of other units during nighttime hours. Noise levels must be kept below 40 dB (the typical sound of human voice) during nighttime hours.”
Perhaps some readers would care to share their specific association rules regarding noise so you can get some more ideas. The bottom line is that it is important to have rules in place so that all residents know what to expect and when other residents are not following the rules. We’re all in this together. All the best!