Royally Unplugged Noise complaints are the bane of multifamily existence. The issue tops the list of resident complaints at apartments annually, and it's also one of the top reasons for condo-related litigation. So what to do when a wannabe rock star resident plans to hold an in-unit concert? Call the cops, says the Earl of Cardigan David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, who publicly announced Aug. 30 that he will not allow any on-property gigs by Pete Doherty, the drug-addled Babyshambles front man and cast-off accessory du jour of super waif model Kate Moss. After being banned by police from performing at Moonfest, a festival in Wiltshire, England, Doherty announced plans to host a concert at his home in Marlborough, an idea that landlord Brudenell-Bruce quickly squashed in an email to the local bobbies. "Please advise your colleagues that 'Pete's house' is the property of the trustees of Savernake Estate and any such thing would certainly constitute a breach of his lease of our property," the email read. "There are absolutely no circumstances in which the owners would ever sanction such a thing."
Virtual Regularity It might be time to move the docking stations out of the fitness room and into the restroom. According to a study of consumer bathroom habits conducted in Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, and Seattle by Piscataway, N.J.-based kitchen and bathroom products manufacturer American Standard, 88 percent of us are using one electronic device in the bathroom ? at least. And we're not just talking iPods and radios. In addition to the 19 percent of people listening to music, more than a third of respondents are checking email while another 15 percent are ? ahem ? talking on the phone. Still, we can take solace in the fact that even as we are Palm Pilot-ing on the pot, concern for water conservancy runs high: 91 percent of respondents say that they are trying to save on H2O, so aim to offer low-flow toilets along with plug and play. Finally, to file under "I just had to know," the survey revealed that almost 50 percent more people fold their toilet paper rather than crumple it and three-quarters of respondents contend that the toilet paper must come out over the top of the holder, versus below it.
Too Close for Comfort Talk about transit-oriented. Residents at the 300 North Lamar apartment complex in downtown Austin, Texas, received curbside service on the morning of Aug. 20 when an 81-car Union Pacific cargo train derailed, sending several cars crashing into the multifamily building. "It was the loudest sound I have ever heard in my life," resident Stu Smith told the Austin American Statesman. Fortunately, no injuries resulted from the incident, which involved empty freight cars. At grade five, the track involved is considered highly maintained by Union Pacific and often transports hazardous materials. Calls made by various media outlets to the 300 North Lamar property management company were not returned, and the owner of the complex was unidentified. A Union Pacific spokesperson told local news that it plans to reimburse the complex for property repairs. The spokesperson also added that the firm is concerned with development encroachment along track lines, many of which were established in the 1800s.
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