home tenants rights counseling membership Sect.8 resources staff volunteers news newsletter
According to the Warranty of Quiet Possession, California Civil Code Section 1927, tenants have an implied right to quiet enjoyment in their rental agreement. Section 2915 of the San Francisco Police Code establishes guidelines for noise regulations: It is unlawful for any person to make, continue, cause or permit any unnecessary, excessive or offensive noise. This includes vocal or instrumental music and related sounds, live or produced mechanically, which disturbs the peace or causes the annoyance or discomfort of any reasonable person.
Article 1, Section 49 of the San Francisco Police Code states that devices such as stereos and TVs must be "inaudible within a distance of 50 feet" from the property line between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. These complaints can be referred to the San Francisco Police Department. To determine whether or not the noise is in violation of the Warranty of Quiet Possession you should consider the following questions:
Speak with the
offenders, explaining that the noise must be controlled.
To help reach an understanding between you and the noisy tenant, obtain help from a mediation service such as Community Boards at (415) 920-3820 or the SF Rent Board at 252-4602.
construction related noise are handled by the Department
of Building Inspection at (415) 558-6096.
You can also call us during our counseling hours: Monday through Thursday, 1-5pm, 415-703-8644
Some Quick Tips
Tenants have an implied right to quiet possession.
Devices such as stereos and TVs must be inaudible within a distance of 50 feet from the property line between the hours of 10pm and 7am.