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5 steps to resolving a noise complaint

Rent it Right

Q: I inherited my mother's house and rented it to tenants who are complaining about noise from the neighbors. The neighboring property is a townhouse that's occupied by college students (who are also renters), and they do indeed make a racket, with loud parties many nights. I've talked to them and tried to get them to quiet down, to no avail. My renters are telling me that they can break their lease (and not be responsible for rent for the rest of the lease term) because of this situation. Since I can't evict the neighbors, it seems to me that I've done all I can do, and that my tenants should not be able to get out of their lease. --Eloise D. A: Your tenants will indeed have the right to break the lease, with no responsibility for future rent, if the situation has become intolerable -- even if you're doing all you can do to make things better. An intolerable situation would be one in which a reasonable person could not live peacefully in his home. Night after night of lo...