The Ministry of Environment has revised standards to measure and evaluate the level of noise that can be heard between apartment floors.
To settle common disputes over floor noise between neighbors more reasonably, the tolerance limit for inter-floor noise was lowered from the current 55 decibels of five-minute-long noise to 40 decibels lasting for a minute, or momentary noise of 55 decibels for the daytime.
For nighttime, the standard was revised from 45 decibels of noise continuing for five minutes to one-minute noise measuring 35 decibels or momentary noise of 50 decibels.
The ministry explained that it made the revision, given that existing standards are so high that victims’ complaint was acknowledged in none of the 398 inter-floor noise disputes filed since 2002.
In mediating arguments over inter-floor noise, the ministry will focus on advising apartment residents to show consideration to their neighbors by taking noise reducing measures, such as the use of air cushion mats. But the ministry will later devise standards for the payment of financial damages after reviewing 100 inter-floor noise disputes.