Posted by Janet on February 13, 2000 at 15:51:51:
I live in a rent-stabilized apartment and have tried to be patient for the last three years with a young trumpet player who often practices three times a day, seven days a week. When he finishes his evening practice at 8pm he turns on his stereo of which I can hear every note. It has gotten so bad I am forced out of my apartment each time he practices. I can't have friends over in the evening or entertain at all. Not to mention a little peace and quiet. I don't think he has any carpeting since I can also hear every footstep of both he and his roommate (he rents out the bedroom). I have talked to the landlord but get nowhere (his apartment has changed hands several times while I have been here over 20 years and pay less rent). Do I have any rights at all? Does the landlord have to insist that he carpet his apartment? Can I insist he put down some carpeting? I am frequently home during the day as I have my own business and I cannot hear clients on the phone. I am in the arts as well and understand the need for practicing but do I have to tolerate the almost constant noise?
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