Our neighbour decided recently to start renting out their property and we've now got new neighbours. What joy to find out they have a toddler daughter and seem to be what I see as irresponsible parents.
The father is a dangerous looking man, likes to play his video games loud and late through a subwoofer sound system, mother seems rarely to be around. They've only been in for a couple of weeks but we're already getting sick and tired of hearing their toddler running around on their hard wood floors and screaming her little head off until late every night. She is under 2 years old but they let her stay up until 11 pm on a regular basis, and at the weekend past 1am. We are then frequently woken by said child at 3 and 4 am.
We've got an infant child ourselves, so it's not as if we're not sympathetic to problems with sleep. We're just a bit surprised our new neighbours seem to condone and even encourage their toddler to stay up late with them. What should we do? Speak to them first (they don't seem like the types to reason with, however, and they seem to treat their toddler as a little princess-presumably she's beyond reproach in their eyes), speak to the landlord (our previous neighbour), or social services?
Any advice or anecdotage would be much appreciated. Ear plugs don't work in the quiet of night BTW.