My neighbor is harrassing me wiht noise complaints

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Hello,

I live in a 2nd floor. apt. I have twin baby boys.  They’re one yr. old and a 4 yr. old boy.  My twins are not walking yet so they crawl around to get around the apartment.  I got a noise complaints from my downstairs neighbor that to much noise is coming from my apartment . In fact when  it’s just my kids crawling or just my husband and I walking, he would bang on our floor very loudly.  This has happened either early in the morning or early in the evening.  He complained to the building manager that we are creating noise pollution and even he called the cops at our apartment twice.  When the cops arrived at my apartment, they did not find any violation of rules and realized that its just my kids are crawling.

He lied to the building members  that I let my kids run around as late as 1 o’ clock in the morning and even told my husband over phone that I  dont take care of my kids because of watching TV at day time.  I know this because I was on the other line listening to the conversation.  At one point through this phone conversation. In the middle of conversation my husband asked him whether he is able to listen the same noise at that moment or not and I got surprised  he said yes.  I wanted to mention here that at the same time my children were sleeping .  He lied so much on his complaints, and now I just received a summons to go to court because he filed a complain through the court.

I’d like to know what my rights are how to protect me and my family and what to expect when I go to court.  This is the first time this has happened to me and I can’t do anything to make my children go for noise reduction and  living in the apartment.  The landlord offered him to move to the 5th floor and he refused.  He has been a harasser since the day I moved to this apartment.  He came up on the day after I moved here and threaten me to have me evicted if I make too much noise.

I’m moving out in a month, but I just want him to leave us alone until I’m ready to leave.  Please help and let me know what do you recommend to do.

Thanks.

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Edited on: Thursday, November 1st, 2012 12:43 am
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