4 Strategies for Dealing with Noisy Upstairs NeighborsNovember 24th, 2009 by Staff Writer
You have just crawled into bed after a long day of work and the noisy upstairs neighbors are at it again. It sounds like there is a live band playing in their living room and herd of buffalo is about to break through your ceiling. Anyone who has ever resided in a multi-level apartment building has probably experienced a little bit of noise from their upstairs neighbors. However, if your noisy ceiling mates are causing sleepless nights and constant annoyance, take action before it gets worse.
It is very possible that your noisy neighbor is totally unaware that their loud lifestyle is invading your space. It is up to you to let them know. The best time to talk to them about it would not be in the heat of the moment when it is loud and you are angry. If you’re tired and mad, chances are that you’re not going to be very patient. Plus if it is in the middle of the night, you don’t know what the neighbors are doing up there and whether they are in the right state of mind for conflict resolution. If they are drinking and partying, chances are it won’t be the most productive conversation.
Wait until the next morning and initiate a conversation. You can keep it casual without being aggressive. Just calmly explain to your neighbor that your shared ceiling and floor are very thin and transfer a lot of noise. Ask if they could keep the music down at certain hours or limit their multiple guests to weekend nights. Don’t expect miracles. A little extra noise is just a fact of life for those that share walls with others. In the best case scenario, the neighbor would be apologetic, promise to keep the noise down and keep that promise. However, if they are not compliant with your requests, you can take it to the next level.
If you tried to resolve your conflict directly with the neighbor and they continue to be excessively loud, your next step would be to contact the apartment management. There are probably rules in your apartment lease that deal with noise and maybe even visitors. If the neighbors are extremely loud and ignorant of other tenants’ rights, chances are that other tenants have also reported them. If the management company is responsible, they will address the situation with the noisy neighbors.
4. Police Action
If your apartment management company refuses to take action against the offending tenants, it is appropriate to call the police when an incident occurs. Many towns have a noise ordinance that sets rules for how much noise a residence can make. Check out the noise laws in your area and determine if your neighbors may be in violation. The next time that their noise is getting out of control, call your local police. A warning from the police may be enough to make the neighbors realize that there are consequences to their excessive noise.