25 July, 2020
Why Noise Monitoring is Important for Protecting Your Vacation Rental Property

Whether you own or manage a short-term or long-term rental property, you are liable for the behavior of your guests or tenants. One of the major complaints that is sweeping the nation within the industry, is the noise level. Property owners rent out these properties with specific rules and guidelines in place, yet guests find their way around these rules.

The complaints start rolling in and before you know it, you could be forced to place this property on the market. All the money that you have invested in the property is lost or forfeited because of something as simple as noise complaints. This is not an exaggeration, as many owners have been faced with this experience.

This is where monitoring systems and services come into play.

How does it work?

The way the system works is by allowing you to set a specific noise threshold, including specified quiet times. A sensor is then placed in what would be deemed as a high traffic area of the home. You can use designated sensors for both indoor and outdoor noise control. From there, any violations of the set threshold will alert you- allowing you to rectify the situation before it gets out of hand.

Why is it important to control unpleasant sounds?

For starters, most neighborhoods have designated “quiet hours”, as well as guidelines designating the acceptable decibel levels of noise. When these noise ordinances are violated, complaints from neighbors begin to roll in, law enforcement steps in and from there criminal charges or fines can be issued. To avoid receiving ordinance violations, levels need to be tracked.

It’s common courtesy to have respect for your neighbors, by not allowing exceedingly loud commotion to disturb neighbors.

Types of sounds that could violate ordinances

When you think of noise violations, automatically a loud party might come to mind. However, that is not always the case. The following could put you in violation of local ordinances:

  • Barking dogs
  • Loud conversations
  • Vehicles
  • Pools or other appliances
  • Power tools
  • Home renovations
  • Television or stereo being loud

Why is a noise monitoring device important?

Attempting to control the raucous and having a noise monitoring device that does the job is two different things. You can try to control levels by having written agreements between tenants and guests, however, if not properly monitored, you won’t know there is an issue until you receive a complaint. By this time, it could be too late. Utilizing a monitoring device, allows you to do the following:

Ability to track real-time levels

Most of the devices allow you to monitor real-time noises, so when you do receive a notification it can be handled appropriately. You can monitor the noise risk and provide your guests with a heads up if you choose to. This is separate from the decibel limit that you have set.

Notification of exceeding the decibel threshold

In addition to having a noise graph accessible, whenever the threshold is exceeded, you receive a notification. You are in control because you determine what the parameters are as far as the decibel threshold. This allows you the chance to handle the situation by contacting your tenant or guest, avoiding conflicts within the neighborhood as well as law enforcement.

If you have multiple properties you can manage them all at once

It’s hard to be in more than one place at a time, however, with the noise regulating device you can monitor all of your properties. Track your guests and tenants to ensure that they are complying with the ordinance guidelines. You can set different threshold limits for each property, and still track all properties at the same time.

Ability to monitor from your cell phone

With all the technological innovations in today's day and age, practically anything you do can be accessed through mobile apps. This includes the use of monitoring systems, you can install the sensors from your mobile phone and monitor the activity of the sensors. This option allows you to multitask and do more than just watch your properties. You have complete remote access to monitor what is going on with your home.

Receive instant notifications

You no longer need to be surprised by a letter in the mail, a complaint from an upset neighbor or a visit from law enforcement. With this type of monitoring device, you are immediately notified if something is wrong.

Saves money in the long run

As previously mentioned, continuous violations can lead to criminal charges and fines. Having the ability to be proactive, can avoid this. Multiple property owners can save time and money, by eliminating the need to have someone “babysit” the property. Being alerted when there is a potential violation, allows you to have time to prevent damage to the home from reckless tenants.

Protect your investment

You can feel confident knowing that your property will not be at risk since you can handle and rectify any issues as they arise. Without a monitoring device, you run the risk of having guests throw parties without your knowledge. A common complaint of many owners. The device will prevent this by sending you an alert when the designated level is violated. You can also monitor other environmental factors that are contributing to the noises, and the risk it plays in exceeding the decibel threshold.

Provide you with data needed if this continues to be an issue

With a sound level monitoring device, you have access to all necessary tracking information. This can be beneficial if you have a tenant that seems to give you problems with regulation compliance. You can use the documentation to issue warnings to your tenant and take further actions if the issue is not rectified.

If you rent out or host guests in your home, you need to make sure your property is not subject to the following:

  • Potential theft
  • Property damage
  • Violation complaints
  • Loud parties or gatherings

Having a tracking device and informing your prospective guests that one is installed, can reduce the risk that you will experience any of the above. Most of these devices can be integrated with your home security system. This maximizes the protection in your home while securing your investment.