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Neighboring roof turned into balcony 6 ft from my window

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Neighboring roof turned into balcony 6 ft from my window

Postby alh22211 » Sun May 20, 2012 7:11 pm

Hi-

The building neighboring mine has a small roof area (not decked in, about 1.5ft high walls) on top of a portion of its first floor. The tenants there have recently been using it as a balcony and hosting parties, storing bicycles and dilapidated furniture, as well as using it as a wood shop. The area is about five maximum (the width of a small alley) from the windows of my apartment. Is this legal for them to be using the roof this way? It seems too close to my building as well as an unsafe place to be.

Thank you!
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Postby TenantNet » Sun May 20, 2012 7:46 pm

I would first try talking to them - if you don't feel too uncomfortable about that.

You could shine lights at them making them uncomfortable, or playing some horrible music. But that might escalate things.

Look at the Building Code. If I remember, roof areas used for recreational activities must have a wall (or parapet or whatever) that is 39 inches tall. There might be other issues as well. Try 311. Get an inspector over.

I'd also call your local community board.
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