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What rights does tenant have regarding noisy neighbors?

Question: For eight years I have lived in a five-unit apartment that has very thin walls. The neighbor's living area (kitchen and dining room) shares a common wall with my office, which is next to my bedroom. A couple with a 4-year-old child moved in to this unit at the beginning of the year. The husband works odd hours and the noise from them just walking around as well as preparing meals has been waking me up at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., and sometimes meals are after midnight. Last night I received all of those wake-up calls in addition to loud noise from their unit at both 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. I have mentioned the noise to them a couple of times but to no avail. Past tenants and I have been able to work out the noise problem, but they seem to feel that they can do as they please at any hour. What rights as a tenant do I have when it comes to noise? James McKinley, a lawyer for landlords, replies: Noise is always an issue when people live in close proximity, especially in older buildi...

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