Unbearable Noise from Second Floor Neighbor Who Has No Carpet


P.J. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I have an upstairs neighbor who wear heels and makes very loud noise when walking around. I thought that 2nd floor unit owners were required to have carpeting to keep the noise down. What do you think?

Mister Condo replies:

P.J., I am sorry for your noise problem and I can assure you that you are not alone in dealing with unpleasant noises coming from a neighboring condo unit whether it is above, below or alongside. The answer lies in your condo docs which I advise you to review as soon as possible. In many condo associations there are specific rules about the type of floor coverings that are allowed. In buildings where neighbors reside above and below each other it is quite possible that carpeting is the only flooring that is allowed and for the very reason you are describing. However, that doesn’t stop some folks from deciding that they would like a modern look with hardwood or laminate floors.

If your condo docs prohibit any floor covering other that carpet, you simply need to alert your Board who should take action against your upstairs neighbor. They should issue a warning letter, followed by a fine if the flooring is not corrected.

If your condo docs do not address this issue then you may have a bit of a problem. The Board can vote to change the rules about flooring but that could take a while and may not solve your problem. If you know the neighbor in question you could explain your situation and see if you can find a way to work together to solve the noise problem. Short of that, you have described a living situation most people would find intolerable. It would certainly have me rethinking my choice of where to reside.

I am hopeful that your condo docs address the issue and that you can solve this problem. All the best!

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