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LAUNDRY NOISE

QUESTION: I was wondering if an association could limit my renter from doing laundry in her own unit to the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.? It does not specifically say washer/dryer or laundry in the noise ordinance.

ANSWER: Yes they can. Just as associations can regulate loud parties, loud music and anything else that might disturb neighbors, the specific disturbance need not be spelled out in your rules. The board has authority under the nuisance provisions of your CC&Rs to regulate noise from washers and dryers.

By 10:00 p.m. most people are headed for bed. If you properly insulate your laundry room against noise and vibration and purchase higher-end "quiet" machines, I bet your renter could run them all night and no one would know it. If you don't want to spend money on better equipment and sound insulation, make sure your tenant washes clothes between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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