“Quality of life issues are the most troublesome for all involved. Noise complaints bedevil many boards of condos and co-ops, as well as landlords. These cases are hard to solve; hard to prove; are not well liked by the courts, and often develop lives of their own. What follows is not a primer on dealing with a noisy neighbor but suggestions on how to try to resolve the issues short of moving out, calling the police or commencing legal action.
“First, the letter writer should avoid any further confrontations with the noisy neighbor for any reason. At some point, the letter writer may be viewed as the problem if a confrontation gets out of hand. Remember the old sports adage—the retaliator is the one who usually gets caught. That is why it is essential that there be no further direct confrontations with the noisy tenant. You do not want to be viewed as the one causing the problem.
“The question states that both are renters of condominium units. Call the superintendent when this noise occurs, (you could even ask the superintendent to come to your apartment before the noisy tenant usually comes home and let the superintendent witness what happens).
“Be sure to get a second opinion—ask other neighbors on the same floor (or above and below the noisy tenant) if they have had the same experience. Remember, there is strength in numbers—other residents may be experiencing the same problem and if everyone speaks up, the noisy neighbor may listen and behave better.