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Noise from uncarpeted floor in Dr.'s Office

Posted by Rob on December 28, 1999 at 19:48:37:

I live in a legal apartment in the basement of a large house in Flushing
Queens. The basement is mostly above ground, and there is a Doctor's office
on the main floor. The problem is that once upon a time it was a nice
family practice, and now it is a Medical Mall with 4 distinctly different
categories of practice going on. There is an extremely high amount of
traffic going on, and their floors are completely uncarpeted. Furthermore,
there is an extremely large number of times per day where there is the sound
of furniture being moved all around a room. We are guessing that this is
the chiropractor, but have no idea, because how could a chiropractor make
such noises that sound like bangs on the floor.

These people are unbelievably inconsiderate, in general, and their holiday
party on a Sunday was so noisy from someone stomping on the floor that I
finally had to go up there and complain, to which some woman replied, "It's
only today" and no apology offered, and no offer to stop the stomping.

The walking on the floor with boots or high heels is loud enough to wake me
or my Dad up from a sound sleep. The noise from the furniture moving sounds
makes the lights shake and literally drowns out the TV. This noise goes on
SEVEN days a week, from 8am to at least 7pm, but often until 10pm.

The noise is inconsistent, and I think I will have a hard time getting an
inspector to stay long enough to hear the noises. The floor is thin enough
to hear their phones ring, but it is drowned out by their machines and
footsteps and furniture moving most of the time.

What can I present to the landlord to make my case and not have to debate
whether or not it's too noisy, and what do I have a right to demand? I pay
$800 here for a one bedroom that is not premium in any way, so I feel I
deserve to live under the guidelines of noise.

Thank you in advance for whatever help you can provide.

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