Policy Example: Quiet Hours and Privacy Cards

Quiet Hours and Privacy Cards
2.1 Quiet Hours and Privacy Cards

The community has a Quiet Hours policy that asks people not to do construction use power tools, or make big noises between 9 PM and 9 AM. There is a request not to use power tools in the courtyard after 6 PM.

Noise has not been too much of an issue. The insulation in the walls and the design of where the closets are seems to cut most of the sound out between units side to side. The sound does travel through the floors especially on hard surfaces and stairs. Keep that in mind and check in with your neighbors once in a while to make sure it’s working for them. Sometimes a slight change in your habits can keep the peace for and between neighbors. If your neighbor makes unpleasant noises, please approach them with kindness and understanding to find out if there is a solution that can work for both of you.

Some residents use a “card” system to indicate their preferred level of privacy. The color of the card displayed on or near the entrance of a unit is an indicator of how much privacy the resident desires:
Green card – OK to visit.
Yellow card – Privacy desired, but please knock if there is an urgent issue.
Red card – please do not disturb.

Ready-made card-kits are available in the Common House