A noise in an apartment upstairs can be annoying for other tenants as well as landlords so this week  that is the question for veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi who answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals.

Dear Landlord Hank:

What can I do about a tenant that won’t take their street shoes off in the bedroom in the apartment upstairs? I have asked her several times to take the heels off. She starts 6 in the morning walking back and forth for hours and in the evenings about 8 for hours.


Hi Jataun,

I understand that sounds from an adjacent unit can be annoying, at times.

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it.

Maybe your landlord would consider changing the flooring when she moves out to carpet and padding, to reduce sound penetration.

Sound deadening underlayment membranes can be used under tile and wood, but that has to be applied during installation.


Hank Rossi

Each week I answer questions from landlords and property managers across the country in my “Dear Landlord Hank” blog in the digital magazine American Rental Property Owners and Landlord Association.  www.arpola.org/blogs

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