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A woman has successfully sued her upstairs neighbours over the 'intolerable' noise made by their young children.
Sarvenaz Fouladi, a 38-year-old banker, was awarded £100,000 ($138,945) in damages after she argued she had been subjected to a 'constant bombardment of noise' from Sarah and Ahmed El Kerrami's family, the Mirror reports.
Fouladi and her mother live in a £2.6million (£$3.6m) luxury flat in Kensington, west London. She claimed that the couple allowed their children to treat their apartment like a 'playground' with them running around the wooden floors 'at all hours'.
She said the noises from the family - including dishes being washed - disturbs her peace during the day and prevents her from sleeping at night. She claimed against the family and the company which owns the flat, for £100,000 and yesterday was awarded the compensation pay-out.
At Central London County Court, Judge Nicholas Parfitt said: "I find that the noises are the noises associated with everyday living.
"I find also that those noises include, on occasion, late night parties, but that such parties - even if they do include singing and drumming - are not frequent.
"I find that the noises include those of children playing and running around, including late at night.
"The impact of the noise is sufficiently loud to be invasive and disturbing to an objective standard."
He added: "I am satisfied that, but for the new floor being as it is, the noise disturbance that I have referred to as present would not have been so."
Fouladii said she had lived in the home for years without ever hearing noise from the upstairs flat, but when work was carried out prior to the El Kerramis' moving in, that all changed and she began to hear everything including 'angry breathing', the fridge and taps.
Gordon Wignall, barrister for the El Kerramis, accused Fouladi of being 'hyper-sensitive' and said the sounds were 'ordinary domestic child noises'.
But Fouladi told the judge: "I just want to live my life in peace. It's my home. It's where people go for peace and quiet.
"How am I supposed to unwind in my home when I am not able to do so? The noises that come down are intolerable."
The judge ordered the company that owns the building to carry out work on the floors to help keep the noise down. He ordered compensation of £107,397.37, rising by £40-a-day until the work is done.
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