A top businessman is taking his neighbours to court for their noisy flooring which he claims is “torturing” him and his wife.
Sergey Grazhdankin and his wife Maria had lived in a development in West Kensington, London, since 2011.
Now the 42-year-old investment manager claims their life in a gated £1.1million three-bedroom flat has become difficult since a wealthy family moved in upstairs, reports The Daily Mail.
Neigbours Mehdi Guissi, who works as a city banker, and his wife say the residents are unaccustomed to the normal sounds of family life as they’d been living beneath a single elderly resident in the apartment in Fitzjames Avenue.
Mr Grazhdankin and his lawyers say that the problem has arisen since their neighbours woodden flooring was installed incorrectly – and is suing them for “nuisance” noise in the case at Central London County Court that has so far cost £250,000 in legal fees.
In a statement before the court, Mr Grazhdankin said that after 12 months living in Germany he and his family had moved back into the flat in August 2020.
He said: “During the week, we are woken up daily between 5.30am and 7.30am by the noise from above and we can hear floor making creaking sounds, walking sounds and the sound of moving furniture right above our main bedroom.
“On weekends, we are woken up between 7am and 8am by walking, banging, jumping sounds, children running and voices.
“During the day, throughout the whole week, there is a lot of noise of similar nature, being creaking floor, walking, dropping things on the floor, moving objects on the floor, children crying, shouting and voices.”
He added that living in the apartment feels like “living in a shared apartment with another family” and it is “torture”.
After Mr Guissi and his wife bought the property they refurbished it and changed the carpets for wood with a floating acoustic barrier in an attempt to alleviate any noise.
But the Grazhdankins say the floating acoustic floor was not fitted properly.
Following complaints and a previous court hearing, Mr Guissi and his wife installed carpets – but the noise still persists.
Barrister Tom Morris said that what the Grazhdankins are complaining about is the sound made by acts of “ordinary residential occupation” of a family home.
He said they “are not done maliciously or with the intention of disturbing the claimant, but reasonably and with proper consideration for the interests of the claimant.”
And that even without the carpet Mr Guissi’s flat meets building regulations.
Mr Grazhdankin is also suing the freeholder of the building, North End House Ltd, for nuisance and for breach of covenants in their leases.
All deny liability with North End House barrister David Hoffman also saying the complaints are about the “difference between having a family upstairs and having a single person upstairs”.
The hearing continues.