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Upstairs, Downstairs:

Strategies for Dealing with Noise Disputes

Noise disputes among owners can be one of the most troublesome problems community associations and their managers face. Not only can they be expensive to resolve, they can cause community unrest and bad feelings. However, if a community association acts quickly and assertively, it may be able to diffuse the dispute, or at least keep the association out of court.

Noise issues often involve a downstairs owner’s complaints of noise coming from the unit above. This frequently involves floor coverings, or the lack of them. The typical dispute has a common set of facts. An upstairs unit owner decides to upgrade by removing existing carpeting and installing hardwood or some other hard-surface flooring in its place. This upgrade occurs without application or notice to the architectural control committee. The first time the board becomes aware of the problem is when a complaint is made by the owner of the unit below. The usual complaints include increased noise from the upper unit-walking, voices, music, or television sounds.

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Barking back at neighborhood dog noise

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

DEAR BENNY: What can be done about dogs that bark all the time? I live in a gated development in a homeowners association. The board says they cannot do anything about it, but I don’t see how that is possible. What is the board for?
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Squeaky floor driving downstairs neighbors crazy

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

Q. We purchased a condo four years ago and for the last two years we’ve had a problem with our upstairs neighbor. Their floor above our bedroom squeaks when they walk on it. We can tolerate it during the day but it is ruining our lives at night because we can’t get any sleep. The noise seems to be a problem only during the summer months when it is humid
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