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If you’re struggling with demolition noise, open communication with your neighbours and landlord can make a big difference.

Imagine this scenario: You move into a great two-bedroom apartment in the inner-city. Days later, a renovation begins in the apartment above yours, inundating you with noise all day long. Suddenly that WFH option feels far less appealing.

What happens, and is there anything I can do?

Your landlord or the property owner having the work done should, at the very least, tell you when the construction work is expected to be complete.

We asked former Owner/Licensee at Ray White South Perth, Lisa Kerr, for her answer to this question:

Lisa acknowledged this is a difficult situation. “Discussion with your landlord is the best option,” she said.

“Try to come to a mutual agreement about the disruption to your situation while the works are being carried out.”

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Lisa said sometimes owners are not aware of works being carried out by their neighbours unless there will be some disturbance to the fencing or alike of the property.

“Your state Department of Commerce, or state tenancy board, may also be able to assist with different ways to terminate the lease agreement if you feel this is the better option.”

Are you the noisy neighbour?

  • Let your neighbours know you’re renovating
    Before works kick off, knock on your neighbours’ doors and let them know you’re planning to renovate. Haven’t met them before? This is a great time to introduce yourself. If you can’t catch them at home, drop a friendly note in their letterbox. You’ll find most people are quite receptive to works being done if they know about them in advance.
  • Prepare for parking issues
    As soon as tradies arrive on site, parking is one of the first issues to surface. Nothing will get your neighbours ofside quicker than blocking access to their car or property. Let your tradies know where they’re permitted to legally park before they come on site.
  • Consider your neighbours’ families
    Do your neighbours have small babies? Are they shift workers? If you know there’ll be an unavoidable amount of noise on the big demolition day, let them know in advance so they can arrange alternative plans.
Lisa Kerr
Lisa Kerr
Former Owner/Licensee at Ray White South Perth | [email protected]

Lisa Kerr was the Owner/Licensee of Ray White South Perth in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020. After completing a Certificate IV in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Lisa moved into property management. She worked with Access Property Management and John Hayes and Son before moving into a corporate role at Ray White. She retired in 2020.