We live in a four unit condo. The neighbor below us owns his condo, while we are renting from the people that own ours. For the record, our landlord decided to rent their condo out because of neighbor problems. We have lived here for over a year, and signed a new lease a couple months ago. The building is poorly constructed, and there is very little isulation between our floor and our neighbor's ceiling.
Here is what is going on: Our ten month old son started crawling around the time we re-signed our lease. He will crawl across the floor with a plastic cup or other toy in his hand, making a tap, tap, tapping sound as he crawls. He is a very normal baby, and also loves to bang toys on furniture and stuff ( we never let him bang toys on the floor, it is too loud). He usually gets up around 8 and has breakfast until around 9, so there is no early morning noise. He also goes to bed around 8 pm, and is usually very mellow in the evening, so he hardly ever makes any noise after 6 or 7 pm.
Here is what happens: Our neighbor will start out by swearing (J*s*s Cr*st! F*ck! What the m*th*r f*ck!) or some other tasteful combination of those. He is loud enough that our baby will stop what he is doing for a moment to listen ( for the record he is also learning to speak, and has said several actual words already, and I would prefer that any of those not be in his vocabulary). After a few minutes, if we do not take our baby's toys away, move him across the room onto the area rug, or do something to get him to be quieter, he will hit his ceiling VERY hard with whatever object he has at hand as close to where our baby is as possible. Usually when he hits the ceiling/floor, it will vibrate as well as make a very loud sound, and scare our baby half to death. He has burst into tears a number of times as a result of this, which as his mother makes me want to destroy the old fart.
Here are our options as far as I know: 1. Call our landlord and tell her we have a problem with him ( not going to do us much good, since she is not HIS landlord and can't make him do anything). 2. Call the non-emergency number for the local police and have an officer come and explain to him that we pay rent and have every right for our baby to play in our home. 3. Go down there and explain the same thing to him, and hope I don't lose my temper and the police get called anyway.
What do you think we should do? We can't get out of our lease without paying a big fee, and moving would be really hard right now ( I am also 5 months pregnant and have been morning sick almost every day, so this stress is really getting to me). Thank you ladies, I really appreciate your help :)
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