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Noise Pollution can be a big problem for tenants renting buy to let properties, but there are ways to deal with it.
According to a survey of 1,000 UK tenants by lettings platform Howsy, neighbours playing loud music or socialising late at night is the number one most hated cause of noise pollution amongst UK tenants, closely followed by road traffic, noise from animals such as dogs, cats or foxes and neighbours arguing.
However, there are things a landlord can do to minimise the effect of noise pollution.
Use filler to address any holes or cracks in your walls with a particular focus around things like window frames or other breaks in the wall such as sockets.
Wooden flooring may be popular but can be one of the main issues when it comes to noise pollution. Sorting out any creaky floorboards can make more of a difference than you might think when it comes to cutting out noise pollution.
Doors and windows are the next port of call. . All too often, cheap doors aren’t soundproof and can be replaced by something a bit more substantial where materials are concerned. Once you’ve fixed your new door in place, one handy tip is to bolster your soundproofing with weathering strips which will also make your home more energy efficient.
Meanwhile windows may need to be replaced with double or triple glazing, though just a good quality wooden frame will reduce noise dramatically.
From fibreglass to insulation foam or ceiling panels and everything in between, insulating your home doesn’t just help keep you warm in the winter, it cuts out a lot of noise pollution.
It’s within your best interests as a landlord to make sure your property is not only fit for purpose but is appealing as possible for tenants while also doing your bit for the planet and your pocket.
Founder and CEO of Howsy, Calum Brannan, commented: ‘When it comes to the tenant-landlord relationship, it’s often the small things that can go a long way, and helping to soundproof your property, even with the smallest of touches, can really improve your tenant’s quality of life.