Thursday, August 15, 2019

Noise & your Community

Yelling, music, engines, children, stomping, barking.  Noise violations are one of the most common complaints in any community, particularly in mid-rise and garden-style condominiums, though anywhere that people live together can become noisy.  Some neighbors are quite considerate.  Others… not so much. 

What should you do when one of your neighbors is being overly loud on a regular basis?  Having it happen once or twice in a while is okay, but repeatedly can cause stress for anyone, in any home.  There are several potential steps to take:

  1. Try speaking to your neighbor calmly and directly or leaving a note. Often your neighbors don’t realize their behavior is aggravating.  Do not do this if it makes you feel unsafe, as is sometimes the case.
  2. Report it to your management company.  Most communities have what is referred to as a “quiet enjoyment” clause, though the language in the specific rule in your documents might be different.  This will let the association penalize someone if they do not alter the offensive behavior, though it frequently is a slow process.
  3. If it is a genuinely life-disrupting amount of noise (leading to loss of sleep, etc.) then there are also noise ordinances in every County and Baltimore City.  Reporting it to the local authorities can seem like a drastic step, but it is sometimes the only way to get an immediate resolution.

These are only suggestions.  Please feel free to write in with questions or alternative methods!

Contributor: Christian Klarner, an American Community Management; Community Manager at ACM 8/15/19

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Get Your Last Summer Dip in the Pool

NEED SOME RELAXATION? Get to the Pool...

The beautiful warm days of summer are swiftly coming to an end… it’s so sad because it seems like it only just began.  So, before it all comes to an end take the time to MAKE A SPLASH at the pool. 

Did you know the pool is a great convenient option to relax and unwind. It can be a great place to regroup and release the stresses of the week while enjoying the sun.  

So get some pool R&R before summer ends. 

Make a plan or just go whenever you get the urge... but Have a Safe Fun Time!

Remember these cool tips for safety at the pool:

      • Protect your skin with SUNSCREEN/ SUNBLOCK:  Apply continuously and generously
      • Seek SHADE when possible.
      • AVOID burning if you are tanning.
      • CHECK the UV index before you go…

pool safety:
      • WATCH 👀 small children at all time and suit them up with inflatables.
      • Toddlers and infants should always be accompanied by an adult in the pool within arm’s reach or in arms.
      • AVOID distractions like the cellphone and deep engaging conversation with another adult when supervising your children.
      • Avoid running around and hazardous playing on pools decks.
      • Avoid rough playing and dangerous diving practices in the pool.

Pool Season in our communities comes to an end on LABOR DAY.

If you don’t know how to swim it's never too late to make plans to take lessons.