Noise Complaints in Apartments Soar in Lockdown

  • By Sun Jung-min

    January 22, 2021 12:31

    Complaints about noisy neighbors became rampant in lockdown as millions of Koreans spent all day cooped up at home and getting more irritable by the minute.

    According to the Korea Environment Corporation on Thursday, 42,250 complaints about noise in apartments were filed last year, up 60.9 percent compared to 2019.

    The main complaints were running or stomping on the floor (61 percent), followed by hammering (five percent), dragging furniture around (five percent), slamming doors (two percent), and loud music (one percent).

    Noise complaints doubled on-year between June and July, September and December, which coincided with school closures.

    One reason is that many apartments are poorly insulated. Under the current law, floors must be at least 210 mm thick, but many met the criteria only on paper as they were given the green light before the apartments were actually built.

    To resolve the problem, the government plans to strengthen regulations and require insulation to be inspected after completion. 

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