Posted by gary on November 19, 1997 at 14:33:59:
In Reply to: Re: Noise posted by TenantNet on November 18, 1997 at 10:36:16:
: : My landlord came to my apartment yesterday for the 100th time complaining that we walk to hard or that when we pull out our dining room chairs to eat it sounds as though we are dragging an elephant or that we are dropping things constantly and disturbing him. He wants us to put area rugs down to muffle the noise. However, he wants us to pay for this. I refuse to lay these carpets down because:
: : (1) They are costly and I do not have the money for this
: : (2) It is disgusting to have a carpet under a dining room table for fear that food or drinks might spill and look dirty.
: : (3) Since it is for his comfort, I feel that he should pay for this
: : Do you think I am liable to pay for this? If I do go out and buy these rugs, can I take it out of next month's rent? Should I put this in writing to advise her that I will be doing this, even though I have suggested this in the passed and she has refused to take on the cost. But continues to insist that I get these rugs down.
: : He is also complaining about my P.C. computer. He said that it causes his t.v. picture to have verticle snow lines. Not only does my computer cause this, but my appliances also causes these lines. I suggested that they get an outside antenna to help with this interference. But I know he wants me to stop using my P.C. and appliances. Can he do this to me? I do not use my P.C. at odd hours, I am asleep by 11 pm the latest. Please help me.
: You are off base on the noise issue. Be quiet or buy rugs. It's your responsibility.
Nonsense. Where is this person supposed to walk, on the ceiling? Those were the exact words used by a judge years many ago, when my parents were sued by a nutty downstairs neighbor, in dismissing a suit brought against them. It's one thing if they're tap-dancing of practicing goose-stepping, but complaints about "walking" are ridiculous.
The problem is not right or wrong, for they're clearly in the right. The problem is that he's the landlord and it isn't clear from this post if he could evict them at will. If not, if this is a rent-stabilized apartment, I'd say they should politely tell him to pay for the rugs. If it is a small building and he could kick them out at a month's notice--well, that is another matter.
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