Noisy flooring is a common issue in strata properties, but their are mechanisms to manage it for tenants and owners who are affected.
Strata properties come with some very specific rules around renovation, especially when it comes to flooring. One fairly common complaint from tenants is that the unit above them will have undertaken renovation works, replacing their nice, quiet carpet with a floating floor, tiles or hardwoods that amplify sound.
Any works in a strata property will be split into two different categories: minor projects like changing door handles and more complex projects that require the signoff of the owners corporation. Changing flooring is one of these projects that will require approval, giving other owners the chance to voice any concerns they have about proposed work.
There’s also the question of any noise that comes with renovations carried out in the building. Most strata arrangements have a by-law designed to limit the disturbance to other tenants or owners from renovation works, or from any source of excessive noise from neighbouring units.
While poor flooring choice is one of the most common causes of noise disturbance in a strata unit, it’s far from the only one. As a rule of thumb, it’s the owners responsibility to ensure their property isn’t responsible for creating excessive noise that’s affecting other people in the building. If this continues, they can be served with a notice to comply from the owners corporation..