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Legal advice - pneumatic drill inside the condo

Post by Polyzaar » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 4:00 pm

I was wondering if anyone would know about a place I can find legal advice regarding this issue.
The apartment above main is getting renovated. As this is a private renovation by the owner of that apartment they had to ask for a permission from the management of the condo. We have not received any notice about this work. I saw the signed permission which clearly says "No pneumatic drills". It's the third day now that we need to leave the apartment from 9 to 5 because it is so noisy that we can't hear each other from 1m distance. They are using a pneumatic drill to remove entire walls. We started having headaches too. My phone calls to the management are ignored and the the workers just don't care including their supervisor. My landlord is getting informed by the agent but that will take time and I don't know if it will have any point. I am curious what are my legal rights in this situation even regarding terminating the tenancy contract based on unacceptable conditions. But at least who would you call to report this kind of noise pollution?

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Post by taxico » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 4:06 pm

it happened to me twice. good luck getting anything done through singaporeans/condo MCs.

this is part and parcel of renovation - by the time any enforcement action is taken, the hacking would be over and done with.

wait til they start tapping away when they start putting on new tiles... and the drilling and knocking.

i'd just stay away from 9-5 and tell the owner he owes me a couple of dinners when he moves back home.
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Post by Polyzaar » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 8:50 pm

thanks taxico, the owner will see me that's for sure!

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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 9:09 pm

For interior renovation, well, too bad, if somebody is hacking away the tiles, it does rattle your brains, but any good decorater would have done the paperwork and stuck the relevant notices .. and also given the proper notices ..

Oh, hope you don't live in HDB .. when there is lift upgrading, it is non-stop drilling and hacking .. nothing we can do .. and goes on for a month or so ... and you can really feel your brain in constant pain ..

And you can Call NEA for noise pollution, if they have no permit to do the work ..

PS: well, you can call the cops if the hacking goes on beyond 5 PM .. but, not before that .. put yourself in his / her shoes: if you buy an apartment and want to replace the tiles or flooring .. to do or not to do ?? :)

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Post by Polyzaar » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:09 pm

yes I know, there are things that have to be done. My problem is that we did not receive any notice. At least we could somehow reorganize things for this period. It's in a condo by the way. The knocking and hammering is acceptable compared to the pneumatic drill which I know is illegal to use in most of the condos, it's written in their book of rules or whatever that is.
I might call NEA because even if they have a permit there is a section in the permit saying : No pneumatic drill or hacking is to be carried out in the course of works.

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Post by taxico » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:14 pm

are you sure it's a pneumatic drill?

it might cause bad blood between your neighbors and you.

usually the hacking takes about 3 to 5 days. if you're gonna be staying there for a while more, i recommend patience.

and make sure the owner knows about your inconvenience! dinners! barbeques! wines!
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