Posted by richard on April 06, 2000 at 18:25:20:
In Reply to: Teeth Grinding Traffic Noise... posted by John B on April 06, 2000 at 17:40:01:
Well you should MOVE.....and see if you can find a tenant that is willing to rent the apartment.. offer to PAY for the ads in the newspaper and to show the apartment, and be very nice about it.
NOW since YOU KNEW it might be loud, living there..why didnt you go back at night and sit on the front porch or in your car WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN and stay there a few hours to really get a sense of the problem.......then you could have gone to the landlord and possibly cancelled the lease within 3 days......
We are also next to a main highway The Long Island Expressway...and there are sirens trucks going boom etc, and I did go back on a saturday night we rented it Sat morning and sat on the porch for 5 hours went to get a bite to eat and came back, and I did the same on sunday night....just to make sure......
Here's a tip, If there is truck traffic make sure you rent on a street that is going downhill.....trucks make a lot less noise then grinding gears and accelerating UPHILL.
: Currently, my partner and I are renting a very charming apartment in the Philadelphia suburbs that upon initial inspection seemed quiet enough and suitable for our needs however after moving in- the first night in fact we have discovered that the noise level from the street below is at a deafening level. SIRENS-LARGE TRACTOR TRAILERS-BOOM BOOM BOOM-you get the picture. When we viewed the apartment-very hastily I might add, we had to make a decision-very hastily as well since it was supposedly being shown immediately afterwards for the second time to another prospective tenent, who was shall we say interested as well. It appearred to be quiet- a nice place with quiet neighbors on both sides however the noise level particularly during most of the day from the road three stories down is enough to drive you crazy. A conversation in the living room turns into a shouting match even with the windows closed, and you can forget about any sort of sleep until way into the late evening- only to be blasted out of bed from 5 am onward. I know that we can't stop traffic, and unfortunately we have entered into a very binding year's lease which ends 03/01. If we leave after one year- a repainting fee is required and if we leave early of course we would lose our security deposit+be legally bound for the unpaid portion of the lease. I might add that I am suffering from a chronic illness that requires me to take a medication that at times leaves me quite tired and in need of rest particularly a good night's sleep. In conversation with the building manager I was questioned about the noise level only after we had moved in. I equated it to sleeping on the westbound lane of the Schuylkill Expressway during rush hour. What would be our option at this point since we have only lived here a month or so. Someone told me that we had 90 days to raise any complaints- which we are about to do, I could get medical documentation, and ask for a quieter unit on the other side of the building if one was available and even pay the repainting fee-1/2 month's rent because we'd like to stay in the building and with the management company, only we can't sleep here. Sleepless In Haverford.
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