Posted by TenantNet on February 21, 1999 at 11:57:12:
In Reply to: Re: Cat update and rugs.... posted by DK on February 15, 1999 at 17:08:15:
: This is an issue which comes up more often than many people would think. Yes, carpeting makes a big difference for the persons living below you, even if you walk around in bare feet.
A few questions come to mind -- which we've been asked.
Who pays for the new carpet? Is a tenant required to install carpet in
a unit that was rented without carpet? Or is the landlord? Some could
read the lease to mean the tenant cannot remove existing carpet. If the
tenant installs it, like some installations, does it become the property
of the landlord? If a landlord does apartment improvements prior to
a tenant moving in (to get a 1/40th increase) by installing a new floor,
does the installation of carpets eliminate the benefit the tenant supposedly
receives (and create an argument that the cost should be disallowed)?
(Yes, we know new floors should not be allowed in DHCR-sanctioned
apartment improvements, but they routinely do it anyway).
Another issue is tha lack of carpet can annoy the tenant above (yes, above)
because an uncarpeted unit becomes an echo chamber the the ceiling becomes
part of a drum.
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