Noise Guidelines

Noise Guidelines

As of October 14, 2014

Noise is, without a doubt, the largest issue facing most co-op buildings. For structural reasons, our building in particular allows for tremendous noise leakage between neighboring apartments, particularly those above and below our own. Details of quiet hours and specific kinds of prohibited noise can be found in the general House Rules.

In the interest of cultivating peaceful relationships in the building, we offer the following guidelines for dealing with unreasonable noise.

  1. Before coming to the board, please first try to resolve the noise issue with the parties involved. We have found that improving relationships between neighbors through polite and honest communication has consistently been the best way to solve these problems. A brief visit or courteous note can go a long way to diffuse tension and create a resolution everyone can live with.

  2. If personal contact fails to resolve the issue, a complaint may be filed in writing with the Board, by emailing Please be as specific as possible in your complaint, detailing the exact date and time the noise occurred, the type of noise heard, and any previous attempts to resolve the conflict. It is a good idea to also keep this information for your own records.

  3. We have found that using the building's list serve to voice noise complaints about fellow neighbors to be counter-productive, as it often serves to inflame situations which are already tense. The board does not police the list serve, but would prefer it not to be used for such complaints.

  4. Regardless of context, retaliation for perceived noise violation--whether through verbal attacks, intimidation, or physical expressions such as banging on walls, etc.--are forbidden.

  5. When a noise complaint is received, the board will first undertake a carpet inspection of the apartment in which the noise is said to occur. Carpet guidelines can be found in the main House Rules; in general, the larger and thicker the carpet, the more noise it will absorb.

  6. If the apartment is not sufficiently carpeted, the board will mandate it become so, and schedule a follow-up inspection. If the apartment is sufficiently carpeted, we will inform all parties concerned.

  7. In addition to scheduling an inspection, the board will inform the parties concerned that a noise violation has been reported, and remind them of the House Rules.

  8. Should subsequent noise violations be reported, the board will offer to broker a communication between the parties involved. If noise complaints continue, the board believes the most effective resolution can be found through mediation. The board recommends NYC TK Mediation Services.

  1. Creating serious, repeated, and preventable noise is a violation of house rules. Should the board find that these violations are unlikely to cease, it has the right to begin legal proceedings to address the violations.

  2. The board is a part-time, voluntary organization, which operates to the best of its ability. Please do not be frustrated if it takes longer for the board to respond to the complaint than you would prefer; we do receive all correspondence sent to us and endeavor to respond as soon as we can.

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