Brick Underground's guide to the 80 percent floor-covering rule for NYC apartments
By Mimi O'Connor |March 5, 2019 - 10:00AM
What happens if owners or tenants are flouting the rule in your building?
New Yorkers live in close quarters. We’re surrounded by each other: We live beside, above, and below each other. This can be especially apparent when it comes to noise. One of the ways New Yorkers try to peaceably manage noise issues—particularly when that noise is coming from the apartment above—is the 80 percent rule.
This common guideline (not an actual law) states that 80 percent of floor space be covered with carpeting or area rugs. On the surface, it sounds pretty simple, but when it comes to New York City living, the simple can get complicated real fast.
To help you make sense of this guideline, we’ve rounded up all of Brick Underground’s intelligence on the 80 percent rule here.
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