Noise in Strata Buildings

This material has been prepared partly funded from the NSW Office of Fair Trading

Noise problems are not just the bane of apartment living. Noise is the fastest growing area of complaint and disputes in urban Australia. Most detached housing neighbourly complaints are in about unwanted noise. However, apartment living can exacerbate the impact and intrusiveness of any neighbourly. As well there maybe noise from the common property aspects of the building itself, pipe, water, or buildings services.  So what can you do other than wear earplugs? (which is not such a silly solution in some circumstances).

This article will firstly look at common noise problems in a strata complex. Then explain the basics of noise and its transfer. From there we will cover testing, compliance, solving and enforcement options.