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<p>I live on the first floor of a 6 floor apartment building.  There are approximately 70 apartments.  The neighbors directly above me are... troubled.  They have a child about two years old, and they have odd hours- we will hear the tv blasting and the child running around, starting around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and lasting sometimes as late as 3 or 4 in the morning.  They argue alot, but it's never sounded like anything physical.  I try to avoid them, only complain when absolutely neccesary because there's something not quite right about that couple, plus, about a month ago, the woman's ex-boyfriend broke into their apartment and was high on drugs and threatening to kill the woman and her boyfriend.  Not a crowd I want to involve myself of my children with.  I have, however, complained twice before about the late night noise- the tv or the child's noise, and they've toned it down for a while afterwards.  (I knocked on their door the next day when things were calmer.)  I've always tried to be respectful, but get the point across- "I understand that you have different hours than I do, I only ask that you keep the noise level down above the bedrooms after midnight, as this keeps my son and I awake late at night and this is hard for both of us, as I am pregnant and working fulltime, and my son is beginning to drop in his grades because he's unable to sleep at night."  Last night, they were in the loudest argument I've heard, yelling, screaming, cussing, etc.  It didn't sound physical, but went on for almost two hours, starting at 10:30 (noise ordinance laws state quiet after 10 pm), plus, I was beginning to become concerned over what's going on with the child during all this time.  I considered calling the police, but another neighbor beat me to it.  Anyways, because I had complained to the neighbors before, they assumed it was me, and have threatened to call the cops to remove my dogs, when my dogs bark during the day (they bark on occasion, as do all the dogs in the building) and to complain to the landlord to get me kicked out "if that baby cries all night when it's born".  Can they legally do that?</p>
 

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<p>In my experience landlords don't want to get involved.  If it were that easy your sweet neighbors would have been looking for a new place to live quite awhile ago.</p>
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<p>I'm sorry you have to deal with such crappy people.  Their poor, poor child.</p>
 

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<p>Just keep calling the police. Eventually, you get a good cop who will lecture these folks at the door about appropriate good neighbor behavior.</p>
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<p>Or, if all else fails... ask the landlord if he has a quieter apartment for you to move to.Same sizes and same rent, please.</p>
 

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<p>I would ask for another apartment or move out. Yes,neighbors can cause issues for you over the dogs. If they will blame you when anyone calls the police then it is better to move asap.From reading NFH forums I see people like this do not change.</p>
 

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<p>Our across the street neighbor HATES barking dogs.  Lucky for him, he lives in a neighborhood full of them.  <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span>  When we moved in, he was nice enough to introduce himself and let us know of his hatred.  I say nice because at least we had warning, you know?<br><br>
Our next door neighbor has a barking dog the same breed as ours.  Fun times.  LOL.  If one isn't barking, it's likely the other one is.  He has taken that neighbor to court NINE times.  She's paid lots of fines. </p>
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<p>Yes, absolutely, your neighbor can call about a barking dog.  In our town, the regulations are that dogs can not bark constantly for more than 30 minutes, and they can not bark off and on for more than an hour straight.  These regulations are irregardless of the time of day. </p>
 
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