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One of the clauses you may read about when reviewing your lease agreement is noise policies. Most landlords are not too happy to let their tenant's party all night long and blast music well into the early hours of the day. In fact, almost all lease agreements have restrictions in place when it comes to noise. Some property managers will be a lot more lenient than others depending on the size of the rental home among other things.

In general, if you are living in any type of apartment complex then there are going to be fairly restrictive noise policies in place. This is because you are close to all your neighbors and the noise will carry much more. Even things like playing music or stomping in your apartment can be off limits and you could be faced with a noise complaint if this happens too often. When you sign a lease agreement and begin the moving process then you are agreeing to adhere to these conditions, no matter what.

Of course, there are some noises that cannot be avoided, such as a screaming colicky newborn or vacuuming the floors. Even walking on hardwood floorboards can cause a lot of noise for your downstairs neighbor. However, these things are generally not written up in leases. Instead, it is the noise from parties, guests, music and musical instruments that can be problematic and are usually addressed in standard lease agreements for apartment property rentals.

Apartment Noise Policies

When you agree to live in an apartment or other type of complex then you need to be aware of the others living near you. In your lease agreement there may be certain times when you are not allowed to play music or even have too many guests over. In fact, some lease agreements will limit the amount of people you can have visiting you at one time. If you do want to host a party, then you will need to get permission from your property manager. It is also worth your while to inform your neighbors about the party just so they know what to expect and can come to you with any noise complaints rather than directly to the property manager.

If you are hosting a party in a complex and there is the chance of a lot of noise it might be best to choose one of the common areas to host the party, such as the barbeque facilities if there is any. That way you do not have to worry about too much mess in your own apartment and making too much noise for your neighbor. However, keep in mind that there are other rules, such as no glass bottles, that must be followed when using the common facilities in a property complex. You can also expect there to be a set cut off time for music and noise which can be anywhere from 6pm to 10pm depending on the complex.

Noise Policies in House Rentals

Noise policies in lease agreements for houses and individual property rentals tend to be a little more lenient. In fact, there may not even be a clause outlining the rules for parties and loud music. This does not mean you should take advantage of this and party hard every night. You will still have neighbors and you will still need to be courteous and respectful which means keeping the music down and avoiding late night and early morning noise. Try not to do any 5am lawn mowing or midnight band practices as this can cause serious problems with not only your landlord but also your neighbors.

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