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Re: Lease and professional power tools

Posted by JJ on May 06, 2000 at 23:42:03:

In Reply to: Re: Lease and posted by leveck on May 06, 2000 at 17:32:38:

: Thanks Anna

: We have the same landlord and he has warned her to stop, so he says. She is an artist (illegally living) in the commercial space, zoned for light industry.

: Where can we find what the legal levels for permittable noise are? I've looked all over the web, NYCLINK and there's talk about jack hammers and everything else, but none of the equipment we use (sanders). We follow the general guideline of not working past seven in the evening and not before eight in the morning, which is better than the law requires.

: Additionally, there are many legal residential units and houses that are adjascent and above our unit- no one has ever complained- in fact they welcome our business and we try to return the favor.

: Our primary concern is that she could retaliate in some unforseen way, either legally or something else. And like all small business people we wish to avoid the quagmire of lawyers and police as much as possible (because its so much $).

There Ought To Be a Law - and There is: section 24-203 of the administrative code of the city of New York

The New York City Noise Code prohibits
non-emergency horn honking and noise from radios,
stereos, televisions, and loudspeakers in public places.
The code also prohibits noise from construction, other
than 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. To obtain
a copy of the New York City Noise Code send $4.50 to
the NYC Department of Environmental Protection;
Division of Air/Noise Permitting, 59-17 Junction
Boulevard, Corona, New York 11368.

It may be more in the DEP section of the NYC website.

Most messages here are people complaining about noise their neighbors make. You can search on [noise] at the top of the page, maybe you can implement some of the suggestions to reduce the noise, change the noise hours, or otherwise make peace with her. If either of you keep complaining to the landlord, one or both of you will get evicted.

ps: wood sanders? the models made for home use have weaker motors than the professional models: they make less noise but burn out faster. Ditto on drills. Test drive any new purchases: like dishwashers, some are way too loud, some are wisper quiet.

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