How to deal with noisy neighbors

Ingredients

Imagine this: you are in the middle of midterms studying away,  when all of a sudden your neighbours decide to start an Iron Maiden cover band, and you can’t even hear yourself think, let alone study. Dealing with excessively noisy neighbors can greatly disturb your quality of life, your ability to study, and your sleep schedule. As a tenant, you have the right to peaceful enjoyment of the dwelling. So how much noise is too much? When is it time to involve your Landlord? Here are the steps.

Instructions

  1. Before involving the landlord, it may be best to knock on your neighbour’s door and have a diplomatic conversation with them about the noise. Be polite, explain your situation and try to come to a mutual agreement. This is not legally necessary, but simply neighbourly.
  2. If the noise continues or your neighbors are not receptive to communication, you should inform your landlord about the problem via an official demand letter.
  3. If the noise continues, your landlord may choose to take the noisy tenants to the Régie du logement, even going so far as cancelling their lease. Keep in mind that if your landlord does not act, you may choose to seek recourse against him at the Régie du logement, asking for a rent reduction or damages.

FAQ

My neighbours have a newborn that cries frequently and the noise keeps me up at night, I recognize that it is not my neighbours’ fault but the noise prevents me from the peaceful enjoyment of my dwelling. Can I complain to my landlord?

Yes. Even if it is children making noise your landlord has the obligation of result when it comes to noise and the peaceful enjoyment of your dwelling.

How can I prove to my landlord that my neighbours are frequently noisy?

Your landlord has a legal obligation to ensure the tenant’s peaceful enjoyment of the dwelling. This means they are legally obliged to act on noise complaints. If the noise is sporadic keep a noise journal for a week or longer if necessary. Document the time and nature of the noise disturbances you are experiencing and then contact your landlord. In the case of tenants living in a large building the landlord may be able to find the source of the noise with the help of your notes. You can also ask witnesses including friends or family members to visit your home when the noise typically occurs in order to be a witness to the noise problem should you later need their help.