Renovation in apartment upstairs, unbearable noise!

By Jake

I’ve had many problems with my landlord, but here’s the latest: I live in Alachua County, Florida, in a studio aparment in a larger studio complex.  The landlord did not notify me (and to my knowledge, anyone) of scheduled renovations in multiple units across the complex, including the unit right below me.  They woke me up at 8am this morning with jackhammering, and so I left the building to escape the noise.  When I came back at 4pm all seemed quiet, so I layed down for a nap…then was woken up with hammering at 4:30.  I went to the leasing office to ask about the schedule of the renovations so that I could make a point to not be in my house (I have noise sensitivity problems and the loud banging gives me blinding headaches. I also wanted to ask why I wasn’t informed about these renovations when they clearly would have an impact on my quality of life in my apartment.  I was told that the renovations would go on for at least a week, that they can’t give me a concrete schedule for the work, that they didn’t have to tell us about the renovations, but that it would probably go on from 8am-8pm.  Am I not, as a tenant who has never once been late on my bills, entitled to peace and quiet in my home?  I can’t eat a meal in peace without listening to the horrible sounds of tiles getting removed or whatever it is they’re doing.  Do I have any rights that I can enforce or do I just have to put up with this headache?  Are there any limitations on when they are allowed to work?

Edited on: Monday, December 30th, 2013 6:57 pm

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