A London couple have sued the landlords of the five million pound penthouse above their home over the issue of noise pollution caused by the sound of clicking high heels on the wooden floors.
Although Hameed and Inam Faidi lost their case in the Central London Court, they have now taken it to the Court of Appeals. They are hoping for a verdict that will rule the landlords of the upstairs apartment must lay carpets to reduce the nuisance of noisy footsteps above.
According to the Daily Mail the residents of the offending penthouse are tenants who try to be accommodating to their neighbours, but the wooden timber floors were installed by the landlord before they moved in. The barrister acting for the Faidis said "The appellants’ case is that the nature of the flooring is such that the nuisance arises from normal use, which would be abated by the respondent laying carpet and underlay, as required by the lease."
The BBC reported in 2004 that the issue of noise pollution caused by wooden and laminate flooring chosen in preference to carpeting had seen a rapid rise in the number of complaints to environmental health officials. Flat dwellers are particularly likely to suffer when wooden flooring is installed above or next door. The government even commissioned a study into the issue.
One man has even started aFacebook group called "Stop the high heels noise pollution" but as yet only has one member.