Noise complaints are a common challenge for rental property owners. Unearthing the proper balance between accommodating renters and pushing them to deal with their own problems can be demanding. Either way, it’s essential to pay attention to your renter and carry out any noise complaints quickly and professionally. In this article, we will discuss how to decide if a noise complaint from renters is valid and some best practices for overseeing them.
How to Evaluate a Noise Complaint
When a renter does a noise complaint, it can be difficult for a Little Elm property manager to know what to do. This is particularly true if you feel their complaint isn’t very serious or they have made similar complaints in the past. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to take every noise complaint seriously and respond quickly. This demonstrates to the renter that their concerns are important to you and can prevent the matter from escalating.
Before taking any action, it’s important to evaluate the noise complaint. Talk to the renter to gather more information and determine if the noise is coming from a specific area or location. You might be concerned about asking the renter to document the noise for you or try to do it yourself. You may need to take the time to listen for the noise yourself or ask a staff member to do so. This will help you determine if the complaint is valid and, if so, if it’s something that can be resolved quickly, such as a one-time loud party, or if it’s a persistent issue that may need to be addressed with the renter or their neighbors.
Best Practices for Handling Valid Noise Complaints
Once you have evaluated the noise complaint and decided that it is valid, it’s time to act. Here are some best practices for tackling noise complaints from renters:
- Communicate with the renter and address their concerns Let them know you have heard their complaint and will take appropriate action to resolve it.
- Offer possible solutions to the issue. For example, if outside noises disturb your renter while inside the house, consider installing extra insulation or soundproofing the property’s windows.
- Offer to mediate a conversation between the renter and their noisy neighbors. Let the neighbors know about the complaint and any community guidelines or noise ordinances that may apply. If the complaints are related to excessive dog barking, offer the neighbor suggestions for keeping their pet quiet or offer information on local dog training programs.
- Contact the authorities. If the noise complaint is severe, recurring, and cannot be resolved through mediation, consider getting Little Elm officers involved. You should research noise and other ordinances, and then contact the appropriate office or entity for help.
- Keep communication open. Ensure your renter that you are taking their concerns seriously and will continue to address any ongoing noise issues in a timely manner.
Handling Other Noise Complaints
So, let’s say you carefully examine the noise complaint and either can’t verify the renter’s claims or the noise is related to normal activity. What should you do?
It’s still important to treat your renter professionally. Let them know that you have looked into their concerns and, if applicable, explain why the noise they are hearing is not unusual or disruptive. If required, remind the renter of any community guidelines or noise ordinances in place.
In some cases, noise complaints may also be related to misunderstandings or issues with the renter’s personal preferences. In these situations, it may be appropriate to offer a different solution, such as permitting them to break their lease and move.
Overall, renter noise complaints can be tricky for rental property owners, but they must be addressed. Of course, handling renter complaints of any kind takes time and effort, both of which may be in short supply. If that is the case, contact Real Property Management Pioneer to learn more about our professional property management services. You can reach us by phone at 940-435-2526 or contact us online.
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