N.G. from New Haven County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a small shoreline condo that is surrounded by residential properties on three sides. The back of my unit is situated less than 100 feet from a 3 family home that is rented out to tenants that have very loud parties every weekend. I would love to open my windows and enjoy the sea breezes but there is always music and noise coming from the backyard of the neighboring property, not to mention the smells of whatever they are grilling. Can my Board do something to control the noise and odors so I can experience “peaceable enjoyment” of my unit as described in our by-laws?
Mister Condo replies:
N.G., I am sorry you are unable to enjoy your unit peaceably. However, there is nothing in any condo by-laws that governs the behaviors of people not specifically living in or visiting your condominium. What you are experiencing is an issue for your local municipal authorities. Your Board is powerless to enforce its own noise restrictions outside of your immediate association grounds. Unless your neighbors are breaking laws or violating city ordinances regarding noise or backyard barbeques there really isn’t too much that you can do. Since your back deck faces the offensive property, may I suggest that you get more use out of your front deck, which I assume faces your own property? Sorry for your inconvenience. Enjoy your summer!