Is there anything I can do about our grouchy downstairs neighbor? He never talks, never makes eye contact, but when our son is playing in the living room he bangs on his ceiling to tell us to shut up. Our son is ten months old and will just be crawling across the floor with a plastic cup in one hand, making a tap, tap, tap, as he crawls. It's not very loud, so I don't see the problem. We are renting our unit and just signed a new lease, so moving is not an option, besides the place is close to my husband's job and the rent is really good. The grouch bought his unit a long time ago ( we moved in over a year ago ) and paid over 100,000 for it. My thought is if he wanted perfect peace and quiet he should have bought a crappy little trailer out in the woods and lived in solitude out there. Instead, he chose to buy a unit in a fourplex with a neighbor above him and on the side of him, and another above the one on his side, knowing he had no control over who moved in. The other upstairs neighbor is extremely loud and vulgar, swearing and yelling at all hours of the day and night, and he has a problem with our baby carrying a cup across the floor? Everyone is telling me to give our son the pots and pans and let him hear some REAL noise, but I feel bad for him, in spite of his being a jerk. He obviously has no people skills, and is actually suffering from cancer right now ( not a surprise, either, he smokes like a freakin' chimney!!) and is generally not a very healthy person. He's small and frail looking, and roughly 70 years old. I wouldn't want my grandfather to be upset by his neighbors, but there's not much we can do about the noise level. We put a throw rug over the wood floor in the living room, but we don't own the place and aren't going to pay to put in a carpet. The rest of the unit is tiled, and it's not insulated very well. I hear his smoker's cough all night long ( but I don't bang on the floor, lol). Plus I really don't think we are making THAT much noise.....Sigh...Don't know what to do, but his attitude is getting worst and I'm just waiting for the cops to come some time at night because our cats were playing to loud....Hopefully they will be understanding cops and can actually talk some sense into him.....
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