Posted by John E. Marre on April 03, 1999 at 00:39:25:
In Reply to: noise posted by Eve Posen on April 02, 1999 at 11:13:17:
If you are in New York City...
Mere suggestions from one who suffered from a similar situation:
1. Keep a record of dates and times of day when noise happens.
2. Describe the noise to the best of your ability (dropping heavy objects on floor, playing radio/stereo - I could even quote the radio announcers and promised to contact the radio station for evidence -, dropping shoes, etc.)
3. Telephone your local police when the disturbance happens. Be sure to let them know that you will be at home waiting for them to arrive. Call as often as is necessary. They'll be reluctant. The police are like that. But you must be persistent. There are laws (Rudy's "Quality of Life" bunk) prohobiting such disturbances. (Personal observation: From years of living in NYC, I'd swear this became an issue because of the great influx of non-native New Yorkers who are under the the improper impression that this city "never sleeps" and neither do its inhabitants. Your post and this message should serve as a rude "wake-up" call... New York City never sleeps... New York City residents DO. Thank you.)
4. When you've gotten this done, send certified/return receipt letter of complaint to the co-op board president and be sure to let them know that you are a rent-controlled tenant and that you are willing to take the matter to court if the interference with your "right to peaceful enjoyment" of your apartment is not ceased immediately.
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