What to do about disruptive downstairs neighbors?

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What to do about disruptive downstairs neighbors?

I own the upstairs of a condo and rent it out to tenants. Downstairs there are neighbors who own the downstairs condo. They keep bothering my tenants about the noise but all they do is walk around. We even changed the carpet to a thick carpeting and nailed the wood down so that there would be less creaking. They keep banging on the ceiling and complaining to my tenants and are causing my tenants to break the lease and leave. I’ve already been though 4 tenants with the same problem.We even called the office of the apartments but they don’t care. They’ve called the police and called us at like 2 am.

Asked on January 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The first thing needed to do is see if you can amicably try and work out the noise situation with the neighbors who own the adjacent unit which does not seem likely from what you have written.

Next I would see if there are any recorded covenants, conditions & restrictions concerning the unit you own. If so, read them to see if there is anything about noise restrictions and if so, pursue the remedy for that most likely through a real estate attorney.

The other option is to consult with a real estate attorney about the situation you have with the noisy neighbors about the feasibility of bringing an action for a nuisance against them and for a court order stopping them from making excessive noise.


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