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Apartment Elevator Etiquette for the New Tenant

Monday, October 5th, 2009

When you’re a new tenant, you might be oblivious to the unwritten rules of apartment elevator etiquette. No one is going to come out and tell you these rules. You’re expected to know how to treat others when using the elevator. Here are a few things you ought to know.

Don’t Make Any Calls

Don’t irritate your fellow tenants by making a cell phone call every time you’re on the elevator. Many people don’t seem care that they’re disrupting everyone …

Fighting With the Neighbors: When to Involve the Police

Friday, July 15th, 2011

In any apartment or neighborhood, there is very little you can do to select who is around you. Sometimes this causes fighting with neighbors. Knowing when to involve the police when there is a dispute is important to both prevent the fight from escalating and to resolve the problem amicably.

First Resort: Your Landlord

Your landlord is the first authority you should turn to for help with the fight between you and your neighbors. A responsible landlord will try to

Apartment Living: Steps to Take Before Reporting a Rowdy Neighbor

Monday, June 6th, 2011

If your neighbor is particularly rowdy, you might want to think twice before reporting him to your landlord or the police. Sometimes, involving third parties may make the situation worse, or even provoke your neighbor to act even rowdier. Before filing a written report with your landlord or calling the police, try to befriend your neighbor or resolve the issue on your own. You might just save yourself time and energy by fixing the problem yourself.

Befriend Your Neighbor


Is it Safe to Leave Your Pets with Neighbors?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Deciding whether to leave your pets with neighbors requires a serious assessment of both your neighbors and your pet. Not all neighbors are responsible enough to property care for your beloved animal, and some pets may prefer to board at your veterinarian’s office or at another facility.

Consider Your Neighbor, and Your Relationship

The primary consideration when deciding if you should leave your pet with neighbors is your relationship with them. Having more than a passing acquaintance with your neighbors

Tips for Mediating Neighbor Disputes

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Whether a landlord or a neighbor yourself, you may at some time or another be called upon to mediate neighbor disputes. As a neutral third party, you can find a mutually-acceptable solution to a problem without the involvement of the police. This can result in a happier living situation for you and all other residents.

Be Cordial and Neutral

When facilitating mediation the most important thing is be kind and sympathetic with both sides of the dispute. Being angry, rude