You’re a Renter? | Making Noise Complaints Against Noisy Neighbours
Are you a renter? Do you rent your home from a landlord? Then you are also protected from unreasonable & ongoing noise from noisy neighbours. Or even from a noisy landlord!
The Residential Tenancy Act of British Columbia
Protection of tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment
28 A tenant is entitled to quiet enjoyment including, but not limited to, rights to the following:
- (a) reasonable privacy;
- (b) freedom from unreasonable disturbance;
- (c) exclusive possession of the rental unit subject only to the landlord’s right to enter the rental unit in accordance with section 29 [landlord’s right to enter rental unit restricted];
- (d) use of common areas for reasonable and lawful purposes, free from significant interference.
Write Your Noisy Neighbours an Anonymous Noise Complaint
Your first task will always be to write an anonymous note. You can use the same approach that any home owner would use.
For an example of how to write an anonymous note, click here > Write Your Noisy Neighbours an Anonymous Noise Complaint.
But, what if you’ve already done that? What if your anonymous note is being ignored?
Email Your Landlord a Noise Complaint About Your Noisy Neighbours
Well, then your second task will always be to create a well-written, detailed letter/email about the noise issues. Email or mail this to your landlord. Again, you can use the same approach as any condo owner would use.
For an example of how to write a noise complaint letter/email, click here > Email Strata Council a Noise Complaint About Your Noisy Neighbours.
Did your landlord ignore your letter? Then it’s best for you, as tenants, to contact the authorities. The Residential Tenancy Branch exists specifically to protect the rights of tenants.
Contact the Residential Tenancy Branch
Your third task will always be to email or call the Residential Tenancy Branch. Make sure to call the branch in your local area. They will help you with what is now called a “dispute resolution”.
Did you know … As a renter, the residential tenancy laws are skewed in your favour? Make use of these laws against the noisy neighbours who are bothering you. You have every right!
– Robin Rumble
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