There is no need to be rude.
Originally Posted by Sandi
It is not just about 'walking about'. Carpets offer noise protection from other sources of annoyance such as other people's music, radio, TV, conversation, parties, etc.
I think you will find that councils do indeed find that the lifestyles and behaviour of tenants in HMOs is typically different from that of families or other kinds of tenants who have some kind of connection to each other and where someone (usually a parent), has some kind of control over household behaviour and noise levels. HMOs, especially multiple separate tenancy ones, tend to house (as I explained before) between two and eight young adults, whether students, young professionals, or whatever. They generally do not know the others in the house and have less incentive/inclination to be quiet and considerate. They have more lively social lives than most families. Nobody has the authority to say 'Right guys, lights out after midight. We mustn't annoy the neighbours upstairs/below'!
That's a generalisaion of course - some families can be very noisy and selfish and some groups of young people very quiet and considerate. Junior Plymouth Brethren, for example.
But there is a reason why councils discriminate in these situations. Why do you think fire regs are so much stricter in licensable HMOs than in family lets? Answer : because in a fire, people who are related to each other are more likely to 'look out' for each other than unrelated separate tenants of an HMO.
If you don't believe me, do some reading up about HMOs. You seem to be struggling to grasp the basics.
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