Adopting More Stringent Requirements in an HOA or Condo About Hard Surface Flooring

Here is a recent question about hardwood floors in a homeowners association:  “Our HOA is seeking to institute acoustical standards that did not previously exist, above that required in building codes. My question is whether or not they can place

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No clear resolution to dispute in Wallingford between neighbors, Thurston Foods (CT)

The Town Council asked the mayor in February to facilitate a meeting between the company and two homeowners’ associations to discuss a plan in which the company and associations would each pay a portion of the cost to build a

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Singapore: Condo unit owner fails in bid to end ‘noise’ from pool pumps

For over two years, a condo unit owner tried to get his estate’s management corporation (MC) to resolve the noise from a swimming pool pump system, which his occupier had found “unbearable”.  The unit is located below the rooftop pool

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What Can an HOA Board Do About Barking Dog Complaints?

So you moved into a beautiful new luxury homeowners association. Your home is on a quiet street in an established neighborhood. Every evening you sit on your newly purchased adirondack chairs in your shady backyard, sipping on a bottle of

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Noise complaint could put Board of Health in a pickle(ball) (MA)

“My windows were shaking,”Lawrence Richmond, who lives in the Great Island section of the Pinehills, said about a match between highly skilled competitors played on the tennis court he lives near. The sport, which is similar to tennis, is played

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Phantom Smell Syndrome

QUESTION: I am on the board of a retirement community. We have a resident complaining of cigarette smoke. We investigated and could not smell any smoke, nor is there anyone around her who smokes. She is threatening to go to

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Can board help with complaint of loud noise?

Q: My neighbor is keeping me up at night with loud talking and video games. He lives above me and the condominium seems disinterested in this nuisance. What can I do?   Read the Q&A…………….

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Selective Enforcement and Violations When Installing Hardwood Floors (FL)

Earlier this year the Third District Court of Appeals narrowed two significant unit owner defenses to enforcement actions, selective enforcement and waiver/ estoppel when it decided Laguna Tropical, a Condominium Association, Inc. v. Barnave, Case No. 3D16–1531 (Fla. 3d DCA

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Real estate Q&A: Music hits sour note at condo’s public pool

Q: Our condo pool has a rule stating “no radio playing except when using earphones.” There are people in our condo — actually several board members — who frequently play musical instruments and sing out loud on the pool deck.

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Dealing with A Noisy Condo Tenant – Court Declines to Make an Eviction Order

In a recent case, NNCC No. 6 v. Temedio, a condominium corporation applied to the Court for an order requiring a tenant to permanently vacate the leased unit due to loud noises and voices emanating from the unit, which constituted

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How To Get Your Neighbor’s Dog To Stop Barking Incessantly

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but sometimes best friends won’t shut up and are annoying as shit. It’s especially aggravating when your neighbor’s dog likes to bark all night long, or yap every time you go anywhere near their

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Manhattan man suing noisy neighbor for screaming profanities in West Village co-op building (NY)

A noisy downstairs neighbor has been an ongoing nuisance to a newcomer in a West Village co-op — banging a broomstick or cane on his ceiling and screaming profanities “at the top of his lungs,” a new lawsuit alleges.  

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Neighbor Annoyances In Your HOA

When people live in close proximity, as with homeowner association common wall living, lifestyle clashes are more likely. Noise is the most common complaint followed closely by odors, health and sanitation issues, cigarette smoke and curb appeal. The board is

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When Residents Are Disruptive: Tips for Keeping the Peace

Now just because a resident is being disruptive doesn’t make it the board’s responsibility to step in immediately and put the kibosh on whatever is going on; there’s a reason that buildings hire property managers, after all.

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Boynton condo owners latest to fight CrossFit noises, room shaking (FL)

Residents who lived in the condos before CrossFit opened have complained to the property management company and each other about the noises they hear from dropping of weights below them

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How to handle your downstairs condo neighbor who complains about your noisy footsteps

My downstairs neighbor is making this into a compliance issue so she can have the homeowner’s association pay attorney fees and come after me.

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Noise Transmission – New Information From a Client!!

It not only measures the noise level dB units, you can see it change in real time — and have it record the measurements over a period of many hours to a memory card.

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Three Tips to (Politely) Deal with Noisy Neighbors

But to avoid everyday disturbances without damaging your relationship, it’s essential to lay the initial groundwork,

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Neighbor Files Noise Complaint With HOA for Crying Baby (CT)

The conflict escalated when condo owners in Greensboro, CT, learned just how much impact their 1-year-old son’s bawling was having on their next-door neighbor

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Noise dispute continues between homeowners and plane club (FL)

“It’s just the matter of the way our contract is written with the county to operate this park says we have to operate in a manner that doesn’t disturb the local residents.

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Noise Complaints: Co-op and Condo Boards’ Worst Headache

Noise complaints are the migraine of the headaches besetting co-op and condo boards

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Noise in your HOA Community

3 Steps for community peace; we’ll tackle world peace next time.

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Bring the Noise! Community Noise Rules

Multifamily buildings like condos and apartments can have a lot of noise that seeps into everyone’s home. Controlling this noise can be difficult, but it is up to the board to create rules and regulations that promote a pleasant environment

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Chicago (IL) Condo Owners Seek Relief from Fitness Club’s Music, Exercise Class Volume

A condominium association representing 10 residential units and the seven owners who live directly above Sproing Fitness in Chicago’s Old Town Triangle neighborhood are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks injunctive relief, according to a complaint filed Oct. 30 in

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Noise Rules: Keep it Down—But Keep it Fair

When you live in a multifamily building, however, peace and quiet can be hard to come by. From the guy upstairs who gargles loudly at precisely 6:47 a.m. every morning to the neighbor with the yapping Chihuahua—at some point the

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Upper-unit Hardwood Floors Pose Condominium Problems

People who purchase a condominium unit that has another unit above it are liable to be concerned about the potential for noise coming from the upper unit. It is a legitimate concern and one that is not assuaged simply by

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Tips from an HOA Board: Are You Unknowingly a Noisy Neighbor?

Does your HOA board deal with noise disturbance complaints from members? Noise is an inevitable reality in a condominium homeowners association. Condominium dwellers live in such close proximity, it’s essential that all residents consider the effect that noise will have

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HOA Obtains Injunction Requiring Floor Covering

The recent case of Ryland Mews v. Munoz dealt with an increasingly common issue in homeowners associations – the installation of hard surface flooring.   Ryland Mews (“the HOA”) sued Munoz (“Homeowner”) in response to Homeowner’s installation of hardwood floors in

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Kids in condos and noise complaints

With a growing number of Ontario households raising children in condominiums, many in the condo industry may have read a recent news report from British Columbia with interest: A family — consisting of mother, father and two sons, aged two

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Adverse Impact on “Quiet Enjoyment” in Your HOA, What Does That Mean?

Legalese is challenging sometimes. Words and phrases like fiduciary duty, waiver and hold harmless, and impact on quiet enjoyment are bandied about like everyone should know that they mean.  Most HOA or condo documents have a prohibition of some kind

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Noise Problems in your community? Let’s go over strategies on how to deal with them.

When people are relaxing in their homes, the last thing that they want to deal with is loud noises coming from a stereo blaring in a neighbor’s apartment, people yelling in the common areas, or someone revving their motorcycle engine

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More on Noise Nuisances in HOAs-Barking Dogs, Loud Kids

Here we go again on noise. I wrote about noise complaints in February in this blog and suggested some things to consider if you have to deal with a noise situation. Then, recently, I committed an entire E-newsletter to a

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Insidious Noise Issues in Your Condo – What Can Be Done?

Noise is a difficult issue when rearing its ugly head. Here is the latest question.     Read more………

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Dealing With Noise in Your Condo

Question: I recently purchased a condominium unit and live on the third floor. I have a noise problem with the unit above me. I can hear the people walking back and forth, getting out of bed and everyday normal activities.

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Tips from an HOA Board: Reducing Noise Sounds Like a Good Idea

Noise is a concern for every resident and because you live in a homeowners association community, it’s important to understand that some degree of noise is to be expected. At the same time, residents need to consider the consequences of

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Condo Living Demands Compromise When It Comes To Noise

Question: I live in an older condominium building in Naples, and am having problems with a new neighbor who is often loud, including when he comes home late at night. He often smells up the building with cooking and cigar

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HOA Homefront: When do children present a noise issue?

I was reading your column today and have a question. I am hoping you can assist. I live in a condominium complex and we have several owners that have small children who play outside and make noise. There are now

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Developing Effective Noise Policies

Neighbors in condominium units live as close to each other as neighbors can. Consequently, excessive noise is one of the most common complaints condominium association management companies receive. If your condominium community is experiencing a rash of noise complaints, there

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Homeowners Association Tips: Noise Disputes

One of the most persistent and difficult issues landlords, managers and community associations must face are noise disputes. They can be quite difficult to resolve since they cause much unrest and issues with the people involved. If the association acts

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HOA Noise Ploys

Noise is a common complaint in common wall communities. That new and beautiful hardwood floor in Unit 2A is Unit 1A’s worse nightmare. Suddenly, a normally soft shoed neighbor sounds like a flamenco dancer at full crescendo. While new construction

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