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Q: I rent a two-bedroom apartment in a large building, and the maintenance superintendent lives next door. We have always been courteous and cordial until recently when he took over the empty basement directly underneath my unit and turned it into "party central" with a pool table, wet bar, big-screen TV and stereo system. Now every weekend there seems to be a reason for a party (including New Year’s, Presidents Day, the Super Bowl, and St. Patrick’s Day).

The noise is unbearable, and we can’t sleep or even have a conversation in our unit without the bass vibrating our walls. The parties can go on past midnight, and the only saving grace is that they occur only on weekends.