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Landlord (who lives below) harrassing me about my noisy floors

Posted by Ariel on October 15, 1999 at 10:07:02:

I've been living in my apartment for 4 years. Its an old tenement type place.
But some of the apartments have been renovated. Not mine however. And amongst
other things, floorboards are loose and missing and the floor CREAKS. Repeatedly
over the last 4 years, my landlord, who lives below me, goes on a "you make too
much noise when you walk across the floor" tirade. Despite the fact that my
lease makes NO MENTION of carpeting, at her request 3 years ago I invested
in the most expensive, thickest padding available and three area rugs for my
three rooms. 90% of the apartment is now carpeted. She still complained. Then,
a couple of months ago, she said she wanted to wall-to-wall carpet my apt at her
expense. I said no. I have allergies and need to be able to mop the floors and
wash the rugs. Plus I just spent a few hundred dollars of my own. Plus, I don't
see how her cheesy wall-to-wall will insulated any better than my fully padded
orietal rugs. Had the apartment been carpeted 4 years ago, I NEVER would have
signed the lease. All during this time, I have said that I was open to switching
apartments in my building so she could renovated this one as she liked so
she wouldn't be bothered by noise. There were even two places open on the top
floor recently and I reiterated my willingness to do that and got turned down.
Now, she's back on my case about the carpeting. Bringing it up again and again
in the hallway, on the phone, etc. Does she have any rights? Do I?

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