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Re: What are my options/rights re:noisy neighbor?

Posted by JS on February 01, 1999 at 15:24:47:

In Reply to: Re: What are my options/rights re:noisy neighbor? posted by David K. on January 28, 1999 at 22:34:21:

Actually, there IS an option. Check your lease for a provision that uses the term "nuisance" or "quiet enjoyment." If there is a provision regarding either, you may be able to invoke it.

Also, under both the common law and under statute, the landlord is required to protect every tenant's "quiet enjoyment" of the premises they pay rent for (your apt. and the common areas). Just as you can sue your landlord in Housing Court for failing to provide services or for repairs, you can sue the landlord to compel him to deal with a "nuisance" caused by another tenant. In effect, you are suing the landlord to get him to sue the other tenant for violating YOUR quiet enjoyment.

Another issue is that the lease may have a restriction on noise or certain kinds of activities (such as operating a business in the apt.). Even if the lease doesn't specifically restrict your neighbor's noise-making, the particular business going on might violate the local zoning. On either of these points you could try to get enforcement against the neighbor and/or the landlord.

I recommend that you talk to a tenant attorney (I am not one) if you can afford to, or get tenants rights info from any number of sources, including:
City-wide Task Force on Housing Court
Community Training and Resource Center
one of the local nonprofit organizations in your community
NYS Attorney General

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