Noisy Neighbors: What to Do After Multiple Complaints

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Many of us, as either homeowners or renters, have dealt with noisy neighbors at some point in our lives. This can be an issue of a household down the street making a lot of noise, or people in an apartment above or next to others disturbing the peace and quiet of those who live with them in the same building.

At first, you might just call the local police on a neighbor for a noise violation, but for more than one incident, this can cease to be effective. The police might tell you that the noise issue is a “civil situation”, and they may stop coming to repeated calls. That’s when you have to take more action to deal with unreasonable noise from neighbors. Many who are up against this take any and all of the following actions to follow up on a noise situation that happens continually.

Talk to the Landlord or Property Manager

If the local police are willing to cite a neighbor who is too loud, they will probably first ask complainers to contact a property manager if the loud party are renting rather than paying a mortgage on a home. The local law enforcement will want to know that the property owner has been advised of any problems, because often, the landlord is the one who is responsible to deal with the situation.

Talk to Your Neighbor Directly

It’s often advisable to let the guilty parties know that actions are pending against them. You may not have wanted to talk to your neighbor during the first few noise violations, as it’s often more convenient to send the police and let them speak for you. However, if you’re going to pursue further action, your loud neighbors are going to figure it out at some point, and the situation can possibly be resolved by dealing with them up front.

Document the Noise

One of the next steps for any further action is to do what you can to document the noise situation. This can take any of a number of creative forms including audiotapes, video or eyewitness testimony from other neighbors.

Visit your Local Government

It’s important for those seeking resolution on noise issues to know that in almost all cases, there is a local government board that runs the local police department. These municipal governments have local ordinances against noise, and in front of these boards is where you may want to pursue enforcement on noise issues.

Take Your Case to Small Claims Court

If the local Government Board is unresponsive to your problems, you do have the alternative of taking your case to a local civil court where you can represent yourself in a grievance. This way you can avoid sky-high attorney costs. You won’t be able to sue for a large dollar amount, but you will get the noise violations exposed at the judicial level. In some cases, you may also be able to bring suit against your landlord for possible violations of the intent of the lease document, where renters are often guaranteed reasonable peace and quiet in their homes.

The above process can help you bring repeated noise violations to a successful resolution.

40 Responses to “Noisy Neighbors: What to Do After Multiple Complaints”

  1. October 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm, Melanie Morgan said:

    I did all of the things suggested in your article, to no avail. The place I live in is run by shady, self serving people. I was told to my face that I was imagining noises, due to my medical problems! This skaggy, creepy so called Manager or secretary said the Police did not hear anything, or the neighbors. The situation is bad because the noise is directly under my bedroom and it is from large, loud sub woofer speakers and bass. The result is that my floors are vibrating and walls shaking. The Coop board members do not maintain the apartments nor do they care about the tenants at all. My final attempt at getting relief was to write a letter requesting a reasonable accommodation, in the way of an apartment transfer. Of course I received no response.

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  2. July 27, 2010 at 7:44 am, destini said:

    I read somewhere on a website that if you give your landlord several complaints that were written and documented and the noise still continues you have the legal right to break the lease without penalty. Im dealing with the same situation. I have been to my landlord once which that noise has discontinued but the neighbors in the TH row in front of us is outside fighting and screaming all nite with their kids. Its so annoying! Im pregnant and have barely slept, its taking its toll already too and weve only lived here about a month. Im trying to find the site I saw the law on but of course I cant find it now :-(

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  3. August 09, 2010 at 10:33 pm, Jordan said:

    Let me know when you find the site destiny

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  4. November 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm, fed up said:

    I live next to a 20 something. She has one of the foulest mouths you have ever heard. She pounds on my door I dont answer she starts yelling and screaming, F ing B F ing B. And slams her front door. She bangs on her walls all hours of the night. I call security, ( if you want to call these people this ) and they will tell the manager they didnt hear nothing, of course not they are not in bed with me. This girl stays outside all hours of the night with her friends yelling. Others that live around her tell me the same thing what is wrong with her?? If you dont give her what she wants you are a f-ing rude b. When her friends are around she reallys gets mouthy. Showing how big she is. I have told the manager and several times she has shrugged her shoulders at me, she will not do anything about her. We are moving to another apartment, but, in the mean time when the level of noise is after the hours of 10 pm, I will filing a report and getting the report number and filing a civil complaint. I fill like my life is in jepardy, when ever shes around screaming. I fill like a prisoner in my own place, I pay rent I pay the managers wages, to have a peaceful place and quiet place to live I pay for that, not to listen to some girl with a filthy mouth, and in rage all the time. Time for action now, from now on I am calling 911.

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  5. January 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm, Anonymous said:

    Use certified mail when talking to your landlords. Look up local laws and quote them directlly including chapter and code numbers. Doing this will not only show that you know excactly what you are talking about, but leave the landlord guessing if you have an attourney or not. If you feel a threat of violence, call the police immediettly and tell them so. When fighting or violence is involved someone can be evicted in as little as three days in most areas. Your landlord is responsible for the peace and saftey on there properties.Complaints should be taken care of within two weeks in most areas. Failure to do so can result in civil damages. Just be sure to use those certified letters.

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  6. January 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm, Curtis Dean said:

    Use certified mail when talking to your landlords. Look up local laws and quote them directlly including chapter and code numbers. Doing this will not only show that you know excactly what you are talking about, but leave the landlord guessing if you have an attourney or not. If you feel a threat of violence, call the police immediettly and tell them so. When fighting or violence is involved someone can be evicted in as little as three days in most areas. Your landlord is responsible for the peace and saftey on there properties.Complaints should be taken care of within two weeks in most areas. Failure to do so can result in civil damages. Just be sure to use those certified letters.

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  7. December 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm, mikey said:

    hay i pay taxes and payrent no body can tell me that i cant play my music bass guitar and enjoy it is my right and freedom to do so if peoples dont appressiate music then they should go some wheres else

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  8. December 29, 2011 at 6:27 am, Maybe this will help said:

    Hello fed up,
    I am not a lawyer…. but I delt with a situation similar. Document the dates and if possible her noise.When you file your civil complaint it should prevail with the evidence or her not showing up for court. If you are in danger write a note to the manager ,ask to be released from the lease due to life threating situations and excessive noise. If this is a serious threat get a restraining order form the police.
    I moved into an apartment a refurbished miltary base with thick walls and 18 foot ceiling really nice. My neighbor decides to purchase two large dogs…leaving them in the apartment all day barking creating an deafing echo in the hall and my vents. I notifed the manager and they did nothing. I documented the dogs distubing my peace with a time stamped video for about a week.

    Then I inform the owner of my plans to sue them for breach of contract. Within a couple of days the mangement sent me a letter informing me that I could move or place me in another apartment. I decided to move, the owner paid for my movers and gave me my deposit before I left. In hindsight, they should have adressed the dog owner.

    Keep a journal of disruptive events that disturb your peace. If you watch the court tv shows the only reason a person lose is lack of evidence.

    Have a great day.

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  9. February 26, 2012 at 12:17 am, Legspinner said:

    Here is my own experience. I’m dealing with a handicapped woman on fixed income who has somehow ended up in the townhome next to us, in our otherwise very decent neighborhood. She has two adult sons who come and go. Both are bums, working construction jobs, or not working at all. First time the older one came to mooch living off of his mother he brought two dogs with him which would bark all the time and he began playing with his dogs at 2 am in the back yard each morning. That was his activity after closing time of the bar he was going to. Needless to say problems began right then and have continued. I tried the polite talk approach. Didn’t work at all. I got told -with a repetition of the f word- that he could do anything in his house anytime of the day or night and there was nothing I could do about it. Then it quickly turned racial coz I and my family are a racial minority so to speak. It has been four years, first three kind a hellish and still going but I think I have a grip on things now. Twice I had hired attorneys and my collection of police officer’s business cards is a fun display, but that in the end was a waste of time and money. I gave police many videos including one the woman’s son yelling racial slurs at us in full view of the recording. I am recording from within one of our bedroom windows and have a mic affixed outside on my side of the common fence. Police never even took a complaint for this reason or the other, even of the racial slurs being yelled, not to mention disturbance of the peace and peaceful enjoyment and those good things. When police were called the woman began not answering her door and the cops didn’t know how to deal with that so calling them became a futile endeavor.

    Here is what worked for me: I had invested in a 4-camera security video recorder and some mini cameras, one with sound, to collect evidence. I had substantial collection of evidence and as said earlier none of that meant anything for the cops. But my last straw was to try to hit this woman owner of the house in the pocket book. I sued her in small claims court for the attorney fees and my equipment costs. Presented the best of the video evidence to the judge on a CD in AVI format, with the racial slur video file at the top. The handicapped woman put up a big act acting and tears in the court. She said that she is hearing impaired and takes off her hearing aids at bed time so does not know what’s going on after that, which was untrue coz she was in the video evidence up and running about in the back yard during their noisy alcohol partying. My argument that as owner of the house she was responsible for what happened in her house at all times, was indefensible. The judge ruled for me but was influenced by her acting. Gave me a third of my claim, which was over $600. This too was a big hit to her pocket book. Things have been unbelievably quiet in over a year since that small claims court encounter. I learned some things from the court experience too. The letters sent to her were very important to the judge.

    Here is my current course of action to keep things under control: Each time there is a noise violation event I send her three copies of a letter. I assume that her mail box is controlled by her sons. One by certified mail, one under certificate of mailing (this is a little known thing that USPS does not publicize, but is almost as effective as certified mail. The post office gives me a receipt showing they received a letter from me addressed to her), and one regular mail to her work address. She works at a local medical clinic part time. Have been two such occasions so far. Both certified letters were returned undelivered, which will be proof of my efforts. She received at least the one’s to her work. In my letter I state the date and time of the noise event, with some description, and remind her that I am continuing to spend money on collecting competent evidence and will take legal action again to recover my expenses. Things become very quiet for some time after each letter. Some evidence collection tips: For noise and sounds coming thru a wall I am using a contact type microphone, $10 bucks on eBay. For converting the video/audio recording I am using the EasyCap (USB to RCA connectors) using a free software from Debut Video Capture which captures the played recording from the DVD recorder and saves it to my laptop as an AVI file. Hopefully this information will be of help..! Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and no dispensing of legal advice is intended. This is just a description of what has worked for me and may work for you too. For legal advice please consult an attorney.

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  10. May 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm, Reed said:

    I have neighbors who have a small who is constantly running up and down their hallway. We have a shared wall and both have wood floors so the ski d echoes throught the house. I have had several talks with them about it and have asked why they won’t stop the child from running. They acknowledge they know it’s an annoyance but refuse to put any limitations on the child. I have informed the landlord who is on my side but with the strong renters rights in our city she is at a loss as to what she can do. They said if they were forced to move they would sue her for relocation fees. I am wondering, sine I have documented my complaints to our landlord and she has tried to help us. Even told us we could brake our lease because of the noise, can I sue our neighbors to recoup our moving costs and and teach them a lesson about being rude at the same time? Has anyone tried this?

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  11. May 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm, Vector said:

    They’re just being a kid, there’s nothing being done against you. Suing in this situation would be cowardly and cause unnecessary stress (financial and emotional) to all parties involved. If you don’t like the sound of WALKING I would suggest getting your own place. Plain and simple, no need to “teach anybody a lesson”. Geez, people are fucking retarded these days

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  12. August 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm, wiki said:

    Rubbish, I ive in a prominent negihborhood and the neighbors are racist, uneducated and dumb folks who just want thier way. I have children and I pay taxes and mortgages the same way that everyone does. Le sangs de Jesus sou tout pest sa yo ki nan zone la.

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  13. September 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm, Maxwell said:

    I agree with you Reed, I am also going though the same thing with my upstair neighbor, their kids keep running around all day and night, from 7am to as late as midnight at times, it’s a living hell! After working a long work day all I want is to come home and be able to take a nap or sleep at night. I like playing music but I make sure not to blast it because i know peole live right next to me. AND SURE IT’S EASY FOR SOME PEOPLE (VECTOR) to say suggest “just get you own place”, BUT in the real world not all of us are made of money and have bills to pay and have to save for a few years to be able to get our own place. And yes, they are just ‘kids’ but my mother raised four kids to be respectful of our neighbors and when ever we wanted to run around she took us outside to a park! Parents who rise noisy kids grow up to be noisy neighbors who have no consideration behavior for others.

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  14. October 05, 2012 at 5:16 am, bass player said:

    you cant stop people from living without enjoying music. lots of people need to feel the music to gets the experience. im a bass addict and it is like a sexual experience to me. ever since i was a kid i needed the bass experience. sure yeah i will get a complaint from somebodys but what are you gonna do. you cant stop living just cause somebodys says you cant play bass guitar or stereos. this is what a democratic society is all about are freedom and are rights to express ourselves thats who we is. yeah there is lots of people who love loud pounding bass and it is gaing more populance in are rights as citizens of humainity to express are needs thru art music bass playing is an art that noone can take away cause they say it to loud.

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  15. October 08, 2012 at 6:55 pm, Anonymous said:

    Bass player. You’re an inbred moron

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  16. October 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm, Anonymous said:

    Bass player and mikey: you two need to grow up and realize that the world does not revolve around YOU. In fact, there are laws about what you can and cannot do regarding noise, doing whatever you want is not a tenet of a democratic society, and that is not “who we is.” Try looking up “noise ordinances.” Also, learn proper spelling and grammar. Even though your argument is flatly wrong, you might actually sound reasonably intelligent.

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  17. October 17, 2012 at 2:10 am, kcrenter said:

    I am dealing with the same problem. WHITE TrASH parents. I feel so sorry for their ill-behave children. The landlord claimed that the ‘family’ would be moving out at the end o the month, only to fail to inform me that they ‘apologized and decided to stay’.
    It is ridiculous. The kids RUN AROUND ON WOOD FLOORS INDOORS. My mother would have NEVER let me do that. “NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE” it was very simple. That said, I am hoping to move. The landlord couldn’t care less. This after paying rent EARLY for the last two years. SCUMBAGS all around. I am so stressed that my usually neat and tidy house is a disaster awaiting the move. I actually stressed about it so much that I became ill after a month of dealing with these smoking morons.

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  18. October 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm, The 2 S.P's said:

    I also have this same problem, living in RGI housing. I’m retired now and need multiple operations to help me walk, however with all the noise, screaming, yelling, banging, crying, hollering, shouting off balcony to people 12 floors below. I have had to deal with buckets of bleach being poured down on us from above, the kids think it funny to take a mop and reach down to destroy my hanging plants, decorations, bird netting etc…
    One time I was unaware, and was smashed in the face with the mop squeezed they use. I had a huge welt on my head for days.
    I’ve called police, but there are so many people living in the unit (3 families, because they are gypsies from Romania or Russia) they don’t know who to charge for the damage and assault.

    I’ve done everything everyone has suggested even the landlord won’t do anything right away..
    There are laws you need to follow to evict.
    Now they are throwing frozen bottles of water off balcony to street below causing harm and damage to cars and people.
    Still nothing is done.
    I’ve even requested a transfer to another building, because the people above have also been throwing lit cigarette buts off balcony, and I don’t want to be involved in another 200 Wellesley St Fire as we had in 2010.
    My transfer request has been denied. Even though the property manager and vice president of the Toronto housing corporation knows of this horrible situation, I’m a prisoner in my own home.

    I’ve now resorted to Landlord and Tenant Tribunal with a hearing November 8th 2012.
    I’ve recorded all the noise banging, yelling, screaming at All hours day and night 24/7.
    I’ve taped recorded and video recorded the assault, property damages, and the kids being abused by parents, making the kids scream..
    It comes through the walls as clear as they are in the next room.
    However I was told I have to let kids be kids.
    These kids have been in laundry room robbing people of soap and their laundry prepaid cards.
    Yet every tenant in this building are terrified of these tenants and refuse to complain about them, because I was already assaulted and they fear something will be done to them.

    This is driving me beyond insane
    I have as evidence a book by Dr Sheila Brasure (Toronto Public Health Nurse) about noise and all the bad effects on your health. called Noise.. Very beneficial !!
    Look it up online.
    So until I go to Landlord Tenant Tribunal on November 8th I have to put up with this noise and crap..
    I won’t go for surgery when I have to recuperate 1/2 year in bed listening to all this crap from uncaring gypsies tenants above, that get $3600.00 a months per person because they are new immigrants to Canada.. and there are about 20 people living there and collecting this $3600.00 per month, while the real Canadians who built this fine county have their pensions and CPP cut back to give these immigrants the raise they recently received being new immigrants.

    I think the Conservatives have it right. Immigration is a Privilege, NOT a Right.
    people like this who refuse to live in accordance with bylaws and criminal laws, need to be deported back to their own country if they continue to act like jack asses and ignorant people.

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  19. November 20, 2012 at 1:37 am, Kara said:

    Let us know the result of the tribunal, please!

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  20. December 04, 2012 at 12:46 am, Anonymous said:

    HEllo I also have this same problem, living in my apt with the neighbor upstairs I feel bullied no where to turn stress and nothing and no one seems to believe or do something about it. able to take a nap or sleep t and complain to manager in 4 occasion called the cops three times still manager talk to her and the neighbor and she Denys everything I ask her what was done my manager respond she said that she has no problems back on she said there nothing wrong and also goes to say she calls the police on me again I do not know why wow!, however with all the noise, stomping, moving furnisher, banging, dropping things, loud music sweeping trash off balcony to my apt in 1 floors below. deal with the neighbor accusing my daughter hitting her car because she doesn’t like anyone to park beside her. but its ok for her son that lived here before can threaten to call the cops on my daughter I said go right ahead 7am to as late as midnight at times, The situation is bad because the noise is directly under my bedroom floors are vibrating The landlord couldn’t care less. I told her I need out of my lease I also told I sleep in the holtel because the neighbor had her some come and stomp and move furnisher

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  21. December 04, 2012 at 12:48 am, Anonymous said:

    HEllo I also have this same problem, living in my apt with the neighbor upstairs I feel bullied no where to turn stress and nothing and no one seems to believe or do something about it. able to take a nap or sleep t and complain to manager in 4 occasion called the cops three times still manager talk to her and the neighbor and she Denys everything I ask her what was done my manager respond she said that she has no problems back on she said there nothing wrong and also goes to say she calls the police on me again I do not know why wow!, however with all the noise, stomping, moving furnisher, banging, dropping things, loud music sweeping trash off balcony to my apt in 1 floors below. deal with the neighbor accusing my daughter hitting her car because she doesn’t like anyone to park beside her. but its ok for her son that lived here before can threaten to call the cops on my daughter I said go right ahead 7am to as late as midnight at times, The situation is bad because the noise is directly under my bedroom floors are vibrating The landlord couldn’t care less. I told her I need out of my lease I also told I sleep in the holtel because the neighbor had her some come and stomp and move furnishers this neighbor that i have upstais seem to target me

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  22. January 07, 2013 at 1:59 am, Jim C. said:

    Hey “mikey!” (December 21st, 2011 at 10:07 pm)

    You are a classic, self-centered punk who was never taught (or is incapable of comprehending) the difference between inalienable rights and the responsibilities that go with earned rights.

    Renting an apartment is a privilege, as is what you get to do inside its walls when it spills into other units. Cooperation and respect for order is the main reason nations are civilized enough to produce complex gadgets that punks like you abuse to violate other people’s (true) right to peace & quiet.

    I read an article years ago, asking something like “what if noise was a smell or noxious air?” and comparing the ways both invade other people’s space and cause chronic annoyance. Imagine if someone was jetting diesel fumes into your apartment for hours from an idling truck. Would you acknowledge their “right” to foul up your home, and think that the toxic effects were not their problem? I doubt it. But I shouldn’t even need to draw that analogy to make a point about noise.

    I suspect you’ll never learn why all of this matters. Your kind is terminally selfish.

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  23. January 07, 2013 at 2:09 am, Jim C. said:

    For bass player (October 5th, 2012 at 5:16 am),

    “I want my bass! Gimme my bass! I’m speshul! I got rights!”

    You emulate drug addicts who steal to support their habit, thinking nothing of what’s left in the wake. If you have an actual addiction to bass/noise, it’s YOUR problem and nothing to gloat about. What is wrong with your brain that you have no empathy for other people’s peace & quiet? Wait, I already answered that with the druggie-scum analogy. Some people are just slack-jawed wastes of space.

    How about hanging out in a church steeple and getting off on the bleeding-eardrum effect of large bells up close? Stick your sleazy head right inside a bell for maximum pain. You are a self-centered zombie and there are too many of you.

    “I can’t help thinking somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than Man. Has to be!” (P.O.T.A. 1968)

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  24. January 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm, Leda said:

    I just moved to my apartamento justarias and I have Spanish neigbour dowstairs, There are very loud, party everyday, he use his bases to strong, it is disturbing me, I can’t relaxe Andy time even At Night. I called the policie everyday for one week and They did not resolve the problem. I complain to the Manager many times, They Will move Then for another apartament. After só many complans the neighbors started disturbing me even more They turn the bass very powerful and I can’t stay in my place, every time i try to go there, it is impossible to stay inside of my place. I had to GO to hotel until They move for almost 40 days. What should I do I can’t aford my rent and hotel at the same time. I am very sared that my neighbor hurt me and my car in the parking lot. What should i do?

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  25. January 16, 2013 at 12:53 am, Jaime G said:

    I have a HUGE problem with my upstairs neighbors who have at least two adolescent children. Kids need and deserve to be kids but there are just some things that should not be allowed in an apartment. These children run screaming through their home at all hours of the day and night. The banging on my ceiling has got me in an almost hysterical state at times. I get so fed up with it that I bang back on the ceiling with a mop handle but these people just stomp back. I’m just tapping to let them know that I hear them and that they should quiet down but they jump up and down to retaliate. I don’t understand these parents!

    I can understand the kids; they’re young therefore they’re selfish and self-centered. All kids are. However, when I was growing up I would have been (and have been on one occasion) mortified and embarrassed to disturb my neighbors with my racket. I was brought up that running, yelling, jumping, and generally being loud and kid-like was done outside. When you play inside you play quiet games like board games, watch TV, or color. You don’t run around screaming like a banshee. I’m not ancient either; I’m only 35! I’m not some wizened old crone yelling for these kids to “stay off my lawn”. I don’t want to be “that” neighbor either. You know, the one who calls the cops and gets them involved, which sounds from what I’ve read here utterly useless anyway. I just wish these parents would have some respect for my family since we pay to live here just like they do. There’s a reason I don’t have kids : I don’t want to listen to them. I don’t think I should have to listen to theirs as if I was babysitting them for free 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

    It seems to me the only thing a person can do is move and hope that their new neighbors aren’t crack heads, rude or incompetent parents raising rude and incompetent children, or a tweaked out “bass player” who has an orgasm every time he picks up his “instrument”. How weird was that guy? “I’m an American and it’s in the Declaration of Independence that I can play the bass. Besides, lots of people love the bass and they need to feel the music in order to be one with it and stuff. That’s a fact.” (Clearly I was mocking the bass player and not quoting him because I believe most of the words I used were spelled correctly and correct grammar was used. For the most part anyway.) See, now I’m so geeked up over these neighbors being rude to me that I’m spreading the love and being rude to “bass player” just because he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. I hate myself right now. Still, not as much as I hate my upstairs neighbors though.

    They’re doing it right now! The kids are running and jumping and playing right now. It’s 9:35PM! When I was their age , if I was awake at this hour my Mother would do the responsible thing and give me a cup of NyQuil (otherwise known as Sleepy Time Tea in our house), half a turkey sandwich, put me into my bed, and then threaten to whip my a#$ if I got up. But then my Mom was a saint so….I’m just saying not everyone can be as good a Mother as mine was. :)

    Anyway, best of luck to everyone trying to find some peace and quiet in their own home. You’re gonna need it, unfortunately. I know my manager doesn’t do s*&^. I just found out they don’t even document all the times people complain about them. They just call them and politely ask them to keep it down. That’s been working like a charm as you can tell.

    “LUCK!!” to you all! Don’t beat anyone up and don’t stoop to their level. Be the better person. Endure as long as you can then move. That’s what I’m gonna do. Goodnight and sleep tight.

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  26. March 14, 2013 at 11:35 am, Domi said:

    I have a family above me with two children both under the age of 5. These parents allow their kids to run, jump and stomp all hours of the night. They literally start at 10:00pm up until about 2:00am. I don’t think the mom works so she lets her kids run all night so she can sleep all day. Pathetic! I have spoke to them twice about being quiet during the late night/ early morning. They clearly ignore it. I was told by management to call security. I have called security about 20 times now. I moved in Feb 1st 2013 and this is still never ending. Management also told me to keep them updated, which is a joke! I’ve wrote them about 12 letters about the issue. They have done nothing. I wonder how long I am supposed to wait to see results? I give it the rest of this month and if nothing has changed, I am breaking my lease. I’ve already wrote management and said “ If I am paying $$$$ every month yet I cant even sleep at night in my own place, that’s a big problem” I refuse to live under these conditions. Its not fair and its not right! They are most deff disturbing the peace. I have also recorded the noise on my laptop and boy is it loud. I have not called the cops because I know once they show up, these people will act like they have done nothing wrong lol. I might take them to court. My patients is running very low so who knows. I will keep you guys updated.

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  27. April 23, 2013 at 11:08 am, Jessie said:

    I live in a Mitchel llama co-op and I have a family above me that use their air conditioner 12 months out of the year. They live on the 11th fl and I am directly beneath them on 10th. They have the air conditioner inside of a wall sleeve and not mounted on a window. Well the constant buzzing, humming, and woooooooooooom sound of this air conditioner is making me loose my mind as it is right above my bedroom. I nicely knocked on their door on two occassions to let them know that this sound is really bothering me. Nothing happened. I started reporting this to buiding security and they knocked on their door, the tenants said that they are not dong anything wrong. They also stated that I am “too sensitive”. I also wrote a letter to the head of the corporation, nothing was done. I have called the cops on numerous occassions, nothing was done. I have called the head of HPD and they asked the buiding manager to come to my apartment and hear the noise. The building manager came up to my apartment and reported to HPD that he did not hear anything and that I am hearing things, my 11 yr old daughter is expressing to him that she can also hear the noise in her room and he clearly ignored her. I have been to the doctor as this is causing me strees and insomnia. My doctor wrote a letter asking my buiding manager to please find a remedy for this situation as it is affecting me and my family, the buiding manager could care less. This has been going on for almost one year. I don’t know what to do. I love my apartment and don’t want to move out but these people are treating me like a piece of garbage and I am a shareholder and deserve to sleep in a room where air conditiner condensers are not keeping me up all night. Can anyone give me any advice??
    Sleepless in the Bronx

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  28. April 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm, Timothy said:

    Absolutely the most horrible sound to my ears is amplified bass. I had a neighbor renting a home next door to me who’s kid played bass guitar. It was horrible. The bass was so loud that a decorative plate that was hanging on my kitchen wall vibrated off of the shelf it was displayed on. Even the windows on the opposite end of my house were rattling. The parents of this kid would often times take weekend vacations leaving this kid by himself to invite his buddies over to really raise hell. By the way, this kid was only 14 at the time. I had to resort to calling the police several times. I was threatened by the kid’s lowly parents, had my property vandalized by their deranged kid would “greet me” with the middle finger many times. I tried to actually talk with these people and be reasonable, but being the primitive insubordinates they all were, I had to resort to using the police. Unfortunately this only made matters worse. I reached a point of despair when my beloved 11 year old siamese cat was poisoned with radiator coolant. Luckily my cat survived but suffered kidney damage. I know who did this, but I had no proof. I had to make sure my cat never left my home now. I was on the verge of selling my home of 33 years just to get away from these bastards next door to me. A few months later my neighbors from hell moved out!!!! As it turns out the husband was involved in some sort of drug trafficking! Oh, my God I thought! He was in jail. His psychotic wife and deranged bass playing son were gone!!! I didn’t have to move! The home next door to me was finally sold, no longer rental property, and I’ve got a really, super nice asian family living there now. They fixed up the place beautifully.

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  29. April 24, 2013 at 12:10 am, To "bass player" said:

    It’s called “respect” for your neighbors you inconsiderate illiterate! If I had you as a neighbor I would pound your wall with a hammer, every hour on the hour for a month just to piss you off.
    And by the way, by the way you write, you seem very, very stupid. As the answer you gave was totally expected.

    Sometimes people need a “HEAVY” dose of their own medicine, so who-ever is having issues with P.O.S. neighbors, Hell with the cops or landlord. Get them back with a vengeance. Use your imagination, do it when you know they are asleep, wake them up every single day, every day until they get it, and then some. Worked for me like a charm.

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  30. April 24, 2013 at 9:30 am, To "bass player" From: Jessie said:

    After reading what “Bass player” posted, I’m begining to think that my upstairs neighbors are blasting their air conditioner every night to annoy me. I feel like my building manager wants me “out” of the building since I reported this air conditioner problem to “311”. I am feeling horrible, cannot sleep at night. This constant humming sound from this air conditioner is driving me crazy, the builing manager does not want to soundproof or move this air conditioner no matter what I say or do, even with a professional doctors letter, the guy won’t budge. Can anyone please give me any professional or legal advice?
    They turn on their air conditioner from 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. without fail even when the temperature is well below 20degress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am soo mad, angry, frustrated, tired, sleepy and everything else in between!!!!
    Sleepless in the Bronx

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  31. April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am, Jessie said:

    After reading what “bass player” posted, I’m begining to think that my upstairs neighbors are intentionally blasting their air conditioner every night just to annoy me. Something has to be done. I cannot continue living like this, how can people blast an air conditioner every single night when the weather is well below 40 degrees?? And why should I have to hear it??

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  32. April 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm, leah said:

    I have a big problem. I just moved to martins ferry and it was quiet and nice. Then a month into my lease some white trash moved across the street from us. I have no idea how many people actually live in this townhouse, but I know I have seen as many as seven different cars parked in front and twenty different regulars. There is loudmouth ghetto twenty something that has one maybe two kids, the older of the two maybe five roams the street and is sujbect to verbal abuse when the mother calls for him. The younger is constantly running into the street and she runs yelling and screaming catching him in the Nick of time. There is frequent. . So many different cars pull up.. honk.. sit there and waIt until someone comes to the window for five minutes the. Everyone scatters. Or if the person is a regular they will walk inside for periods of time from five minutes to an hour. I have witnessed so. Much fighting I. The street I have called the police three times because there was people fist fighting I the street. The one loudmouth can’t talk normAl she must screM everything in her raspy ugly voice so the whole neighborhood can hear. I am afraid to walk outside because they will stare at me. They and their buddies park on my side of the street feet from ny house and it makes me so nervous. I have two small children and we don’t even play in the yard. Is there anything I can do to get then the he out of here?? Other. Neighbors have screamed at them “we hate you you’re nothing but drama leave!” But these white trash seem unashamed. So I believe tbey are neglecting their kids selling dope and violent people. Now what?

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  33. April 30, 2013 at 2:16 am, Noiselessness is Bliss said:

    I’ve never come across any bass addict that appeared to be all there. Does that pounding infrasound actually interfere negatively with the brain permanently? Bass addicts are usually super hot tempered ready to blow up if you reprimand them for disturbing you, sometimes they act stoned and just say something like, “yeah,” if you ask them to please lower their “boom” and then they resume to their bass blasting, or else they won’t say a word if you ask them to please turn down the bass, and you’ll get the middle finger and their door slammed in your face.

    I’ve dealt with all of those various “bass personalities” over the years I’ve rented. I know the pain others are going through. I had these experiences going back to the ’70s when hippies rented in the same building I was in. The thing with hippies is that it would be cloister quiet in those guy’s apartments, then out of the blue, let’s say 2 or 3 in the morning they’d strike up a jam session. Hippies were usually polite if I asked them to please stop. I had a neighbor that had a church organ in his apartment! He was a weird nerdy guy; a very studious fellow that shook my apartment whenever he decided to play Bach and Mozart on his church organ. It was the heavy metal guys that I experienced in some of the places I rented in the ’80s that were vile. Dirty guys. Loud, foul, dirty guys. And I was threatened by those morons to the point of my landlord fearing them and my lease being granted a release. I’ve got my own place now on a quiet street. No bass! Not even a pesky ice cream truck!

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  34. May 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm, April said:

    Okay, so here’s my problem. I’ve lived in this apartment for almost three years now and these people moved in about a year and a half ago. Ever since they have moved in beside me, it has been hell. At first it was music shaking the walls. At first the man is like if we get to loud let us know and we will turn it down. So at first we would go over there and knock and they’d turn it down. Well it got to the point to were it was just the woman home and he would be gone. We would go over and knock and of course the (insert unpleasant word here) woman wouldn’t answer the door but she would turn it down a smidge. One evening, the car was gone and I had just gotten in from work, of course the walls was vibrating, more than they have before. So we called the law thinking it was the woman. Turned out to be the man, the woman came home as the cop was leaving and shouted at the apartments her wonderful choice of backwoods language. Okay folks we have a two year old, we try to keep him from making too much noise but his two. There isn’t too much we can do. Anyway, after the cops incident, they started making worse noise than that. Not music either. Slamming things, stomping, and banging, they sound like a bunch of raving bulls in a China shop. We have complained several times. SEVERAL. To no avail. We have called the cops on them a second time and guess what I’m hearing while I’m typing this out? You guessed it. Stomping, banging, and the glorious slamming. I caught the woman leaving once and I promise that that fantastic girl next door slammed her lovely door three times before getting in their loud and unpleasant car. It knocked off a what not off the shelf above the computer down. I’m trying to vent so I don’t go over there and go off. I picture them doing something to my car. It is honestly sad when I dread coming home.

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  35. May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm, Fed Up and Ready to Retailate said:

    OMG I read all the replies about noisy, ignorant ass neighbors from this discussion post and I swear some of your posts describe what I am going through word from word, heck I don’t have to write nothing. But seriously the loud music playing all day every day, even louder when I decide to complain, the undisciplined kids running around stomping and banging on the floors. The lack of professionalism from management, ugh the shit is cray!!!!I unfortunately lived in an apartment building and it is my upstairs and retarded inconsiderate young half-time/ unemployed drunk neighbor causing my discomfort on a daily basis.

    This bastard, I’m sorry for the language and acting out of character but I am so tired of dealing with this I am losing sleep and that’s causing me to have negative and awful thoughts about how I want to go upstairs and take one of those house speakers and buss him up side his head. But I value my freedom lol but seriously I’m to mature to have to stoop to such immature levels but hey as you see people will irk your nerves to the extreme.

    This clown is the only one in the building who plays loud bass music all day everyday too and the building has three levels and guess who you can hear in the basement over all other apt units. Before anyone asked, YES I’VE COMPLAINED to the property manager but as yal guess nothing happens, she basically is worry about collecting rent. In fact today I called and complain and she brush if off like the walls r thin and its normal noise. No loud walking and talking both are irritating but those are normal living noises not loud ass bass playing music you can hear a block before you even enter into the building. I thought and said to myself Bitch if this tenant was over your head and you were being annoyed on a daily basis I am sure you will see my point of view than. I’ve written a letter over three months ago and, yup asof today I am still dealing with the same problems and now I am about on the verge of actually giving another letter but this time to the property owner of the building, but I have a funny feeling he wont do anything either given the type of individuals occupying the building in the first place. So, unfortunately I’m being run away by this ignorant waste of valuable life and it sucks and frustrating to spend money I don’t have nor did I planned on in such a short time frame. Also not to mention this asshole move in 4 years after me smh…… I went back and forth about how I will leave on peaceful terms or how I should give him a taste of his medicine. I know two wrongs not make a right and my whole argument will be pointless if I did retaliate but it has been hell for the last year and half and I tried the obvious mature approach and to no avail, to make matters worse by the the walls being so thin I actually heard the tenant one day say he move furniture around and drop things on purpose just to annoyed me which makes me even more pissed and eager to retaliate. So, lastly I’ll definitely come back to this site and let everyone know how everything goes in the upcoming month because a decision of actions will be taken good/mature or childish/relieve lol. Pray for me

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  36. May 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm, Fed Up and Ready to Retailate said:

    OMG I read all the replies about noisy, ignorant ass neighbors from this discussion post and I swear some of your posts describe what I am going through word from word, heck I don’t have to write nothing. But seriously the loud music playing all day every day, even louder when I decide to complain, the undisciplined kids running around stomping and banging on the floors. The lack of professionalism from management, ugh the shit is crazy!!!!I unfortunately lived in an apartment building and it is my upstairs retarded inconsiderate young piece of a job having half-time , unemployed whatever u wanna call it drunk neighbor causing my discomfort on a daily basis.

    This bastard, I’m sorry for the language I am using and acting out of character I am displaying but I am so tired of dealing with this I am losing sleep and having to much stress that’s causing me to have negative and awful thoughts about how I want to go upstairs and take one of those house speakers and buss him up side his head. But I value my freedom but seriously I’m to mature to have to stoop to such immature levels but hey as you see people will irk your nerves to the extreme.

    This clown is the only one in the building who plays loud bass music all day everyday too and the building has three levels and guess who you can hear in the basement over all other apt units. Before anyone asked, YES I’VE COMPLAINED to the property manager but as anyone will guess nothing happens, she basically is worry about collecting rent. In fact today I called and complain and she brush if off like the walls r thin and its normal noise. What!!! No loud walking and talking may unfortunately be things that r consider are normal living noises not loud ass bass playing music you can hear a block before you even enter into the building. I thought and said to myself Bitch if this tenant was over your head and you were being annoyed on a daily basis I am sure you will see my point of view than. Hell I’ve written a letter over three months ago and, yup as of today I am still dealing with the same problems and now I am about on the verge of actually giving them another letter but this time to the property owner himself of the building, but I have a funny feeling he wont do anything either given the type of individuals occupying the building in the first place. So, unfortunately I’m being run away by this ignorant waste of valuable life and it sucks and frustrating to spend money I don’t have nor did I planned on in such a short time frame. Also not to mention this asshole move in 4 years after me smh…… I went back and forth about how I will leave on peaceful terms or how I should give him a taste of his medicine. I know two wrongs don’t make a right and my whole argument will be pointless if I did retaliate but it has been hell for the last year and half and I tried the obvious mature approach and to no avail, to make matters worse by the the walls being so thin I actually heard the tenant one day say he move furniture around and drop things on purpose just to annoyed me which makes me even more pissed and eager to retaliate. So just Pray for me

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  37. May 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    Just kill them! Instant relief.

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  38. June 07, 2013 at 6:47 am, Living_next_to_an_ahole said:

    Our next door neighbors are 66 and 72 years old alcoholics that drink everyday, play loud bass intensive music all day long, then party into the night – but stop the noise at 10:00PM . The police will do nothing as he is a town commissioner. The township will not change the noise ordinance. Moving is not an option. They drink and drive around town with open containers with no fear. The patrol officers are not allowed to pull them over, but rather escort them home if they see them driving drunk.

    AS far as the loud music goes, every time I politely asked them to tone down, they turned it up. When I tried to discuss the responsibility of living in a neighborhood they ignore that saying they’re doing nothing wrong and staying within the noise ordinance. These folks are sick.

    Our only hope is that they DIE soon!

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  39. March 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm, Anonymous said:

    I would say that I agree with most of you, but as someone who has received two petty noise complaints against them in the past two months, people on the other side of the fence can be overly dramatic about the situation. I live in an old house that has been carved into five apartments on a college campus. This design does not allow for a lot of soundproofing between the units. Even if I am watching tv at a normal volume during the night or my alarm clock goes off too early for the people below me in the morning they have been getting all worked up about it. I am sorry, but I am not going to shut my life down for 10 hours a day just because there is a lack of insulation in our house. I understand some noise complaints are valid, but people must also have some reasonable expectations when they are living in certain places.

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  40. May 07, 2014 at 6:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    I feel all of your pain! My husband and i started renting this apartment 7 years ago before we were married. We have saved for a house but are unsure of whether we want to buy in the state we are in or move. All that being said we live in a nice duplex on a dead end country road it suites us for now….well i should say it did. The neighbors next to us never stay, its a very old revamped dance hall with old windows and not insulated well with electric heat…complaints are usually voiced aboit this and its left as is. I think the landlord hopes to dump the property soon. We got our most recent set of new neighbors 3 weeks ago, 2 adults 2 kids 3 dogs and a farret in a small 2 bedroom duplex. They moved in over a week banging up until the whee hours of the morning. We said hey lets give them a break they are moving in, right? The dogs nevet get walked outside regardless of how long they carry on and im not sure that the 3 yr old sees the light of day. Instead he runs wall to wall hours on end all day and night. Kids will be kids we said we have nephews we know how it is, annoying at times but we choose to live in a duplex. Well i was half asleep the other night with a migraine and knocked something off the bathroom shelf at 11pm and the lady proceeded to bang on my wall. 3 days later i ran after our cat so he didnt chew a cord and was heavier on my feet than normal, keep in mind it was only 6pm. No tv, no music just us reading on our kindles and the cops show up with a noise complaint about us! Wtf is that?! The landlord says i knew she was going to call the cops she is that type of a person but leave me out of it. We are forced to tiptoe around while they live life with no consideration for us fearing that they will continue calling the cops on us. What do we do?

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