Posted by JJ on January 24, 2002 at 23:37:29:
In Reply to: Sufficient Carpeting posted by Celeste on January 24, 2002 at 16:38:14:
: I live in Great Neck Terrace, Great Neck, NY and it is a coop with about 300 units. My question is, is there a law that states a tenant has to have 80% if their floor covered with noise reducing material and if so why did I have to hire an independent lawyer to make the property manager and board address this issue with my upstairs neighbor that moved in with a piano, treadmill and barking dog. Our house rules state a tenant must have 80% covered with noise reducing material whether it be rugs, or carpeting. Does this mean sufficient padding as well. Also, how can I got about getting my money back that I spent for the lawyer. I always thought being in a coop the board was there to help!!!!
The 80% is not a law: it's in most standard leases, including your proprietary lease from the sound of it...
Call any bar association [NYSBA, e.g.] about what to do about the lawyer: the answer will probably be not much.
The board is there to manage the building . It is their job to enforce the 80% and other legit complaints between neighbors. If they didn't do their job before you got a lawyer and you have proof, you could sue them in Small Claims for re-imbursement [think about it first: you LIVE there with them}..
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