Condo Noise is Unbearable!

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B.J. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I have been living in hell for the past 6 years now. I live in a quadraplex style condo, that is the style for the over 200 plus units here. You share a common wall with virtually all of your neighbors and the quadraplexes are stacked side by side so if you are not hearing the 10 plus people slamming doors and everything else under your roof, you can hear the neighboring quadraplexes neighbors going in and out all day to slamming their front door, you hear car doors slam every 2 seconds as the garages and driveways are right by your front door and you share garages with a common wall so you hear banging around in there as well. How can I get some peace and quiet around here?

Mister Condo replies:

B.J., I am very sorry for your living conditions. I also apologize for editing your original question as I feel your point was made early on. The single most important question I have for you is whether or not you noticed this noise when you made the decision to purchase? It would seem to me that almost all of the conditions you describe were pre-existing, meaning there was really no reason for you to purchase this unit with the expectations that things would be different once you moved in. From what you have told me, you have done all you can do to help yourself and there is still no relief from noise that you consider unacceptable. Have you reviewed the condo’s governance document? In particular, have you read what they say about noise. Excessive noise and noise at off hours (later than 10:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m., for instance) are usually prohibited. You can complain to the association about the noise and they can either investigate and take action or they can decide to do nothing if they don’t feel any by-laws have been violated. Unless you think you have legal recourse, there is little else you can do, B.J.. You mentioned that selling your unit really isn’t an option for you but if your building can’t provide you with the level of quietness you need to be content, my advice is to look elsewhere. Again, I am sorry for your situation and if you do decide to live elsewhere, be sure you thoroughly investigate the noise level BEFORE you move in. The quadraplex style unit you have described here sounds like a noise nightmare for someone as sensitive to sound as you. I wish you a peaceful and quiet abode. Good luck!

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