I am in CT.
I live in a condo building. My neighbor has been complaining about my cooking smell. He claims that the cooking smell is disruptive and prevent him from his peaceful enjoyment of his unit. He has knocked on my door 5 times over the last two months to complain. On two occasions, I was not even cooking. He claimed that the smell remained in the hallway overnight. I think he is an racist and is simply trying to harrass me. Another one of my neighbor would cook and creat so much smoke in the hallway. Yet he didn't compain about her. Is this because she has blonde hair and blue eyes? Also I smell my neighbors cooking too. It wasn't like their cooking is odorless. I am a Chinese American and love to make beef with broccoli.
I tried to verify by asking a security guard to smell my cooking. He didn't smell anything bad or horrendous. I think my neighbor has a dog like sense of smell. He is now complaining to the condo board. How do I defend myself? Who gets to decide what smell is disruptive? How do I protect myself from a ethnically biased decision? e.g. Pizza sauce smells good while beef and broccoli is disruptive. Or French onion soup is OK but low mein is disruptive. Can I ask the condo board to investigate my neighbor unusually keen sense of smell? (As I said, he claimed to smell something twice when I was not cooking)
Do I have legal ground to call cop on him next time he knocks on my door? I believe my cooking stir fry is my right as much as him baking pizza or meatloaf. I smell my neighbors pumpkin pie, pasta and whatever. They cannot eliminate their cooking smell completely either. I just want to be treated equally.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?