Q A couple of our co-op tenants are complaining of noisy neighbors. There is an issue of some residents not adhering to the 80 percent carpeting rule. As a result, the board voted that any new occupants be required to get wall-to-wall carpeting in all rooms, excluding the kitchen, bathroom and closets. The shareholders are very upset over this. They say a resale highlight is “hardwood floors” which are very popular nowadays.
The board also put a $1,000 deposit requirement for new occupants until the requirement is met. This doesn’t help solve the current noise issue. Although I’m on the board, I feel the shareholders are right. Can you give me any feedback on this issue that might help us? The shareholders are currently signing a petition for us to reverse the rule.
—Brooklyn Board Member
“Carpeting is the best way to address it. I am not certain that wall to wall carpeting is the answer, but it certainly eliminates a lot of the noise.
“In addition, the board has voted in the change, so shareholders are bound by it. Sometimes boards make rules that are unpopular, but which help the building in the long run. A petition might cause the board to change its position, but what alternative are you offering for a solution to the problem? Repealing the rule, without any alternative is just ignoring the problem.
“It is not clear from your letter to what extent the board has tried to enforce the 80 percent carpeting rule. Have they visited apartments to observe compliance? Do the shareholders have people walking in shoes on the floors above them? Hope this helps.”