Too Much Noise

March 2024

How much noise is too much?

The level of noise one is expected to tolerate is subjective, and buildings transmit noises differently because of how they are constructed.  Establishing a single standard of acceptable noise may not be possible.

Condominium declarations that address noise do so in a vague manner.  They may include a statement similar to “a unit resident is not permitted to create a noise or nuisance which may disturb, or unreasonably interfere with, the comfort or quiet enjoyment of the units or common elements by others.”

When someone plays their music or watches television so loud that it is heard in other units or common areas, this may be considered “reasonable” because residents are not entitled to demand absolute silence.

The Condominium Authority Tribunal partially addresses this in one case where they state “Noise which may be tolerable or expected during the day, may be intolerable and a nuisance in the overnight hours when people are asleep.”

Determining what types and level of noise is considered acceptable must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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