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David French

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Bad Expert
« on: March 06, 2003, 08:55:39 AM »
We have a rental owner above who is a consultant to the home improvement industry.  He recently removed the carpeting in his upper story rental unit and replaced it with laminate hardwood flooring.  He claims the noise now above is within the building codes.  He says that we are overly sensitive to the noise it now creates.
We now have noise from walking, impact sounds, kids playing and TV/music.  The current renters were there for two years prior to hardwood flooring. There was never any noise problems during that time.  We were on good terms, but now we are having problems.  The rental owner blames us.
Does anyone have an idea how to deal with this type of (expert ?!), or what the correct legal action might be ?



boborther

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Re: Bad Expert
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2003, 02:27:09 AM »
: We have a rental owner above who is a consultant to the home improvement industry.  He recently removed the carpeting in his upper story rental unit and replaced it with laminate hardwood flooring.  He claims the noise now above is within the building codes.  He says that we are overly sensitive to the noise it now creates.
: We now have noise from walking, impact sounds, kids playing and TV/music.  The current renters were there for two years prior to hardwood flooring. There was never any noise problems during that time.  We were on good terms, but now we are having problems.  The rental owner blames us.
: Does anyone have an idea how to deal with this type of (expert ?!), or what the correct legal action might be ?


David,
It sounds like your upstairs neighbor is NO Bob Vila!!
Installing the wood floor was a big mistake, and I know from experience that it is torture for the good folks down below. People who used to live in single family residences are now living in apartments, condo's, and duplexes, yet they still think they are living in a ranch house out in the country (Hooterville etc). I do sympathasize with your plight.
David, if this is a condominium complex, and they have an Association or a Board, you might ask to see if the CC&R's allow for the removal of carpet and the installation of hardwood flooring. Also check with your City as far as ordinances agains installing such a floor above the unsuspecting neighbors unit. Believe it or not there are actually ordinances against such things.
 Now, if old Bob V upstairs had given a little more thought to his neighbors below, he might have considered a nice soundproof underlayment for his new hardwood floor. Something like " SSP Silencer Floormat/Flooring", "Quiet Step," or "Whisper Walk".
Dave, we do have solutions to this situation, but you will need to give us a call so we can discuss your options in depth. Thanks for the post, I guarantee that there are many good people out there who are in the same situation that you are.

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