Tenants told to lump neighbour peeing noise

Tenants told to lump neighbour peeing noise
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Tenants have been told they have to put up with tinkling sounds coming through the walls from their neighbours' toilet after a Berlin court rejected their complaint, telling them the noise of someone urinating was “socially acceptable.”

Residents in Berlin who withheld part of their rent on the grounds that they could hear their neighbours peeing while they were trying to get to sleep have lost their case, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.

The noise was “socially acceptable” said the Berlin district court in its ruling. The group had demanded that their landlords do something about the thin walls in the property after they said they were unable to relax properly.

Legal questions around the required quality of sound insulation always depended on the age of the building, said the judges. In this case, the building dated from the 1950s, they said, when sound insulation was in general poorly regulated.

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