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Re: Noise dispute

Posted by TenantNet on February 12, 1997 at 21:09:49:

In Reply to: Noise dispute posted by David on February 12, 1997 at 13:38:43:

: I am looking for some advice. My wife is an opera singer and practices in our apartment. I was recently
: served a ten day notice to cure the noise coming from my apartment. Over the last three months I have
: solved the problem by creating a virtual sound proof apartment. I have met my adjacent neighbors and
: they feel the problem is solved. The landlord is still proceeding, although I have not been served
: any additional papers, with the intent of getting a stipulation from a judge saying that if they
: have additional complaints from tenants I can be evicted. The apartment is rent stabilized and moving is
: not an option. Has anyone been through a similar experience?

I do know someone who had an opera singing wife who dealt with complaints
by installing sound-proofing. It seems as if at least you recognize that the
singing can be bothersome to some. Try to limit the time of the day that she practices
and also the duration. Show that you are working to solve the problem, not
fighting it. Even though you got a Notice to Cure, if you have not
received any additional papers, then it's not in Court yet. Even though
you do not have to do anything yet, I would send a certified letter to the
owner stating what you have done and outlining that your neighbors feel satisfied.
Do not agree to a stipulation that grants the owner a "judgment". That gives
them a green light for eviction. If you do get that far along, seek legal
help. ALso, read our Court material on the web pages.

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