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Re: Carpet Law?

Posted by TenantNet on December 25, 1998 at 19:16:02:

In Reply to: Carpet Law? posted by DP on December 14, 1998 at 20:37:43:

: I've heard from several people that NYC apartments are required to have
: 80% of the floor space carpeted. Is this true? I can't find mwention
: of it in my lease or in any fact sheets. If this is the law, are the
: tenants or the landlords responsible for paying for and installing it?
: My neighbors stomp around like elephants and i think carpeting would help.

Your question is misplaced. There is no "carpet law" although many leases
require this (and I've never seen any enforcement of this). Your question
relates to sound. If the loud neighbor's lease requires carpeting, it's up
to the LL (with nudging from you) to insist the tenant gets a carpet. But
you have the right to have reasonable quiet and you can insist the landlord
enforces this. But it's a tough thing to do as what constitutes "stomping"
and how do you prove it? Is it unreasonable? I know it can be frustrating,
but it's often best to try to negotiate with the tenant and LL. At least show
you have tried before you take further action.

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