Bazil Lazim and his family are at the end of their tether after their 9-month-old son's repeated and long-running nighttime crying fits have prompted neighbours to complain and warning letters to be issued from landlord Hoforshus.
“Surely they must understand that babies cry, it is normal that they cry from time to time and he is so little that he can’t tell us what’s wrong," Lazim told local paper Arbetarbladet.
"What do they want me to do? I can hardly get rid of my child. We pick him up and try to comfort him but if that doesn’t help, what then?”
The landlord has gone as far as threatening the family to pay for the costs incurred by workers sent to the building by a security company in response to repeated calls to its disturbance hotline caused by the inconsolable infant.
The property management company also told the family that they ought to have the boy looked at by a doctor.
Helen Fröjd, who is responsible for disturbances and complaints at Hoforshus confirmed to Arbetarbladet that there have been complaints and that she has repeatedly been in contact with the family.
“People shouldn’t have to put up with this. A newborn is one thing but this child is older. It is my responsibility to make sure that the residents in the property have a good night’s sleep, and after 10pm it should be quiet,” Fröjd said to the paper.
She also said that the fact that the child is crying night after night is a sign that it isn’t feeling well and that the parents should therefore take it to see a doctor.
Next time the security officers are called out in the middle of the night, Lazim and his family will most likely have to foot the 1,500 kronor ($233) bill.
“If the security company is called out and they confirm that there is a disturbance, it is the tenant's responsibility to pay for it,” said Fröjd to Arbetarbladet.
As a consequence of the feud, Bazil Lazim and his family have felt forced to give up their flat.
“I haven’t thrown a party and I haven’t played loud music. If I had done anything wrong it would have been right to report me, but I haven’t. We liked it here but now we feel unable to stay on. We’re here for another 3 months and then the neighbours can sleep soundly again,” he told the paper.
When contacted by The Local, Fröjd refused to comment further on the matter and attempts to reach Hoforshus CEO Christian Rickardson and Lazim were unsuccessful.