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Can we terminate our lease because the landlord does not enforce the curfew time of 10:00 on pool useage?

Encino, CA |

We live near the pool in our apartment complex. Before we signed the lease we were told that there was a 10:00 curfew in regards to the pool useage so noise after hours will not be a problem. Wrong, we have had to call security three times in the last two weeks, we have complained to the management, but still the pool noise has continued. Sometimes it has required two calls to security and the noise has continued well past the curfew time. At times my husband has had to go out and ask the people to quiet down.

It is a very serious issue as I am a nurse in an ICU unit. I MUST get a good nights sleep to perform my job. I have peoples lives in my hands. I must think clearly.
My RN license and job is on the line.

Can we break our lease if the noise problem is not resolved?

Attorney Answers 2


You can try to claim fraud or nuisance as to the pool hours. However, before you do that, speak to the management and see if they will let you out of the lease or find a better way to enforce the curfew.

Fraud or nuisance is hard to prove and you could end up being found in breach of lease and having to pay back rent.

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You have the right to "quiet enjoyment" of your tenancy, which doesn't necesarrily refer to noise, but in this case it does. Does your lease address "quiet enjoyment"?

You also have the right to have management enforce its stated rules, including the curfew on the pool use. Have you put your complaints to management in writing? Have you asked for management to issues fines to those violating the curfew?

You may want to hire a lawyer to put your rights under the lease and these violations in writing to management.

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