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Re: Noisy neighbors

Posted by TenantNet on January 04, 1997 at 22:03:49:

In Reply to: Noisy neighbors posted by NormYee on January 04, 1997 at 17:41:46:

: I have a neighbor above me who operates a sewing machine
: throughout all hours of the day and into the night.
: My ceiling has cracked twice in the past year
: and I have plastered it.
: I would like to know what can of legal action I can take
: to remedy the situation.
: Repeated talks to the neighbor have resulted in nothing accomplished
: and I doubt the landlord would do anything.

1. Read our section on noisy neighbors
2. Talk to the neighbor (again)
3. Document the problem (photos of the cracked ceiling and a log of when
the noise occurs)
4. Put the landlord on notice in writing (certified mail) of the problem and
that he's untimately responsible; ask him to talk to the neighbor and whatever
is necessary to stop the noise.
5. Be prepared for the landlord to claim you're causing noise (that's not
a type)
6. If you're in NYC, you can take the owner on a HP Action in housing court
or you can withhold rent and use the noise as a defense.

: Thanks.

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