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Carpet law to stamp out neighbour noise

posted 11 Jun 2012, 06:55 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 11 Jun 2012, 06:59 ]

Landlords across Edinburgh are set to be forced to lay carpets under new laws designed to crackdown on noise nuisance.

Under new legislation, Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) rental properties with downstairs neighbours must now carpet all hard-floor living areas to absorb noise and curb the “significant level” of noise disputes having to be mediated by the council.

It will also be mandatory that kitchen and bathrooms be fitted with “good-quality cushioned flooring”.

Hard floor surfaces including exposed wooden boards, laminate and tile finishes all come under the new beefed-up rental rules.