Posted by Provost on October 10, 2001 at 18:44:31:
In Reply to: Noise problems posted by Rose on October 10, 2001 at 12:19:40:
Landlords are reluctant to get involved in neighbor disputes - they have contractural obligations to both parties. If your landlord has required the upstairs tenant to carpet the floors, that he's already done quite a bit. If the building is old there's not much you can do about how the floors were built.
The only long term solution to this would be to find another apartment. Unless you actually have the cheapest apartment in New York, I doubt your assertion that you "cannot afford" anyplace else. Decide what's important to you - staying where you are or peace and quiet. Then seek out what you want.
: I'm living in NYC in a miniscule studio apartment in a 4 floor walk up rental. I've been here for 8 years and cannot afford to move. A new tenant moved in above me 2 years ago and I haven't had a full nights sleep since that time and it's affecting my job performance as well as my health. There has been non-stop banging on my ceiling and music blaring every night from 10-11 until 2-5 in the morning, and her friends buzz my apartment constantly asking to be let into the building. I initially wrote this tenant a very polite note asking her to keep the noise down and to be more considerate, and she basically told me that I must be hearing things. I've written several letters of complaint to my landlord and I've been told that it's my word against hers and nothing can be done as long as she claims she's not doing anything wrong. I don't know how credible it would be for one of my friends to say that they've "witnessed" the noise problem, and I can't very well record the noise because having it on tape doesn't prove where it came from. After my most recent letter to the mangement this tenant was told to put down a rug/carpet on 80% of her floor but she has not done so, and when I reported this to the management no action was taken. To make matters worse her boyfriend has just moved in and the noise is twice as loud and goes on for an even longer period of time. If anyone has been in a situation like this or can offer any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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