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Harrassed by neighbors/sqeaky floors

Posted by Tanya on August 06, 2001 at 14:34:49:

New York City/Manhattan
I live in a building where there is a squeaky hardwood floor. I have carpeting down on 80% of the floor which is a requirement of my lease. The downstairs neighbors are very sensitive to noise and have complained intermittently over the last 6 to 10 months.

All noise is incidental, generally centered around weekend nights when I have a tendency to stay out late. The process of getting home, changing and going to bed will wake them up. I never had more than one guest and never play music. Simply walking around will generate a very dramatic response. We definitely have different tresholds as to what is acceptable, but nonetheless I have tried to be receptive to complaints. They have gotten more agressive and will come up to my door and ring the bell late at night and knock looking for a confrontation. They have actually driven me from my apartment at night and cornered me in the hallways as late as 12:30am (they are 2 males and I am female). They have accused me of doing drugs and yelled obcenities at me.

The last time they cornered me they stopped complaining for awhile, but they have started again. I do not opbject to them registering a complaint by pounding on the ceiling, but I feel very uncomfortable by their desire to come to my door late at night.

Should I get a restraining order? I don't want to escalate the issue but it has made me feel incredible uncomfortable and I seem unable to appease them by tiptoeing or refraining from inviting guests. I refuse to come home and get in bed by 11:00pm in order to make them feel more comfortable.

Alternatively I thought I could request to move apartment or even get out of my lease as a result of what I consider harrassment.

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