Is luxury vinyl flooring in breach of our lease?

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    Is luxury vinyl flooring in breach of our lease?

    We have a top floor flat in a purpose built flat block, around 30 years old. We’ve had it 16 years and after a tenant completely ruined our whole flat 2 years ago, we gutted it and put luxury vinyl flooring down (not laminate or hard wood), and with a very expensive underlay. We rent it out on Air BnB and so have had no complaints until a man moved in 9 months ago. He is very aggressive in his manner telling us to put carpet down, he can hear footsteps and furniture moving etc. We put softeners on all furniture and it is silent when moved! We ask all our guests to take shoes off which they do, we put softeners on all cupboards. He has complained that he can hear the toilet flushing, and light switches (which has nothing to do with the flooring) in such a rude and aggressive manner to us both that he has reported us to the management company who have told us they will take us to court if we don’t put carpet down within 28 days.

    we have checked our lease and it states that parquet and hardwood flooring must be covered by underlay and carpets or linoleum (is luxury vinyl tiling the same as linoleum??), but he will still hear toilets flushing and light switches because that is what it’s like living in a flat!

    from a personal perspective, having lots of guests in and out is easier with a ‘laminate’ flooring for cleaning purposes, having things spilled on a carpet has been a nightmare financially and from a cleaning point of view.

    Has anyone had any experience with this from a landlord point of view?


    Luxury vinyl will be better, in this respect, than linoleum.

    Your real weakness is that is it unlikely that your lease, or the buildings and communal area insurance are valid for your usage.

    Holiday lets are going to be an annoyance for long term residents.


      He won't stop cmpaining, I imagine. Sometimes people aren't suited to livig in flats/apartments. Your well insulated vinyl is fine, in law, by the way. It is considered to be modern linoleum.

      Go back to the management company and ask them to check their contract information again, point out the details in your lease, point out the vinyl ihas underlay and all the other ways you have worked on the noise issue. Point out that luight swtches and flushing loos are all part of flat life and he is being utterly unreasonable!

      But did you also check the lease very carefully for restrictions to letting. Just in case AirBnB is not 'in keeping'?


        Thank you both, the Air BnB side of things has been ok’d (insurance has been informed) as there are other flats doing the same thing. We don’t allow any children, have a strict set of house rules but people have to flush the toilet!!

        The management company acknowledges everything we’ve done to alleviate the noise but insists on a carpet, which we can not afford to do by the way, I’m going to get 2 independent flooring firms to confirm that luxury vinyl tiling is legally linoleum so that we can prove by law we are compliant.

        We we are very law abiding people and it looks like we are being very antagonistic, but we haven’t been aggressive, rude and downright angry like the neighbour.

        Very stressful (and I do acknowledge from the other side that it would be very annoying for them too), but that is flat living.


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