6. WHAT SHOULD STRATA COUNCILS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES DO?
New Installations and Strata Bylaws
If a new flooring installation causes a complaint you can order a floor covering installation inspection to help confirm that the floor covering was installed correctly and in compliance with the strata by-laws.
If you want to measure how the building elements are performing with regards to sound suppression between floors, you will need to contact an acoustical engineer.
Set expectations – Noise is a fact of life in single family homes and multi-family buildings. Sound travels through building materials. If you are in the market to buy a new or existing condo for example, then the advice is ‘buyer beware’. Neighbors living above change, lifestyles change, old carpet that is quiet to live on gets replaced with harder flooring products that don’t muffle sound in the same way.
For this reason, strata bylaws may include statements like, ‘cover new hard surface flooring with a minimum of 60% area rugs in high traffic areas’.
Hear from a property manager.