I live in a condo in Newton Ma. And my upstairs neighbor is doing laundry from 2-6 am. The machines are very loud and make noise. I am unable to sleep. Do I have rights as a condo owner and what should be my approach to solve this problem. I believe the lack of sleep will eventually cause health problems as I work full time and have an 8 year old.
There is nothing that you can do legally to prevent this. As a condo owner, the only recourse you would have against another condo owner in a building would be to file a lawsuit for private nuisance. A nuisance lawsuit requires that someone is doing something on their property that unreasonably interferes with your use of your property. The normal activities of daily living, such as laundry, won't be deemed unreasonable. The only thing that you can do is to politely and calmly ask your neighbor not to do laundry and explain the noise issue. They can choose to be a good neighbor and comply, but there is no way to force them to.
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Have you tried talking with your neighbor to discuss your concerns and negotiate a solution? If that did not help, have your brought the situation up with your condo association?
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