How Noise Monitoring Can Help Solve Neighbor Disputes

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Having noisy neighbors can be a huge inconvenience, especially in an apartment building. Whether you hear your neighbors often yelling, playing music through the night, or throwing constant parties, it is all an annoyance. Ideally, you would not hear anything your neighbors do. However, when living near others, this can be hard to avoid. What can be more frustrating than the noise is if the neighbor refuses to quiet down. Sure, everyone has a loud weekend. Perhaps you need work done on your apartment, or your kids got excessively loud for a few hours. These things are bound to happen. However, if your neighbor has people over every night or they play music on full volume until 3 am every night, it causes problems for you and other residents in your building.

These problems can lead to disputes between neighbors which can be costly and frustrating. When noise problems in apartment buildings happen, residents often feel compelled to move. A survey conducted by HomeAdvisor found that 61% of people living in apartments in the United States are more likely to move because of their neighbors. Moving is a hassle for anyone, yet noisy neighbors drive people to do so. Moving is rarely the first thing people do when getting away from noisy neighbors—many file disputes. Disputes can help, but they often are costly and frustrating to do. While they are often necessary, they can make the situation more complicated and hostile. But it does not have to be this way. Noise monitors may offer a solution to simplifying noise disputes between neighbors.

How noise monitors work

Noise monitors are what they sound like. They are devices that monitor noise decibels levels while respecting privacy laws. The function of noise monitors varies between products, but they all generally monitor noise decibel levels. They can provide users with alerts when noise decibel levels become excessive. Some noise monitors are also able to monitor changes in temperature or occupancy. These features will help your home advisor to understand what the source of the noise might be. For example, suppose the noise monitor reported 20 people in your neighbor’s apartment and high noise decibel levels for several hours. In that case, it can be deduced that your neighbor threw a party or get-together. Of course, everyone has a right to have friends at home. However, respecting your neighbors and keeping the noise down is important. It may also be worthwhile to determine if your building has designated quiet hours. If so, with a noise monitor, you may prove they have ignored the quiet hours put in place.

Why noise monitors are helpful

Noise monitors are helpful because they offer a go-between to the situation while allowing your housing advisor to be more hands-off. Of course, they will still need to monitor the situation, but installing a noise monitor will allow your housing advisor to view reports of what happened and when so they can better assess how to move forward. This will make your life easier as a neighbor since it should help end the noise disturbances. Noise monitors should also make your housing advisor’s life easier as they should have fewer complaints to address and will be able to see the situation for themselves.

Why noise monitors are a solution

Noise monitors offer a solution to disputes over noise with your loud neighbors because you will finally have the proof of noise you need, and there will be a system in place to keep your neighbors more aware of the noise they make. Your neighbor will likely be unhappy with the noise monitoring solution. It is probably a good idea to make sure you first go to your neighbor and try to communicate the problem to them directly before initiating a required noise monitor. While it is unfair that they are causing an inconvenience to your life, you still have to live next to this person, so it is best to at least try and keep the relationship positive. Perhaps your noisy neighbor is unaware and does not intend to be a disturbance. In those cases, having a conversation with them may solve the issue. However, if you have talked to your neighbor and they continue to make noise and openly do not care, noise monitoring may be the solution for you and your neighbor.

Contact your housing advisor

If you have a noisy neighbor and believe you can benefit from noise monitoring, contact your housing advisor about Alertify. Alertify is a small, plug-in noise monitoring device that monitors noise decibel levels. It is important to note that Alertify does not listen to conversations. In addition to noise, Alertify also monitors cigarette smoke, occupancy, and temperature changes. With Alerify, your housing advisor can know when neighbors are becoming excessively loud by receiving customizable notifications. On an online portal, your housing advisor can view reports of what activities occurred, when, and for how long. With Alertify installed in your apartment building, you will have proof of excessive noise for your dispute. Put an end to excessive noise from inconsiderate neighbors by installing the noise monitoring device Alertify.