How to stop neighbors second hand smoke?
August 26, 2007 3:16 PM Subscribe
I'm at my ropes end, it's been a year since the new neighbors have moved in and the smoking problem is driving me out of my house. The neighbors are a family living next to me in an apartment, we half share a balcony (that is the condo designed these balconies to be half open to the next apartment with a full vertical partition that extends to the middle of the balcony and a horizontal one that goes the remainder about 2 feet from the floor). Here are the problems:
posted by Melqart to human relations (36 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
1. They smoke in their bathroom and the smoke enters my apartment through my bathroom air vent (I couldn't take it anymore, so I taped plastic over the vent).
2. They smoke on the balcony, all the time, they chain smoke. I work from home and apparently so do they, so it's near 16 hours worth of daily smoking. Asking them not to smoke only makes them smoke more. I cant open the balcony door (it goes into my bedroom) anymore since the negative pressure in my apartment starts sucking in all the air that is funneled from their side of the balcony. And my air conditioner vent also faces the balcony from my bedroom so even if I keep the door closed, I still smell the cigarete smoke now and again, especially if I have the fan/AC running.
My condo board just disregards my complaints, saying these people have a right to smoke on their balcony. I've even accused them of badly designing the balconies (the condo is about 3 years old only and I bought it new), to no avail.
I live in NY city. What are my options? Legal and otherwise?