Top 3 Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Apartment

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Noisy neighbors are a nuisance to us all. Sometimes they can be convinced to calm down; sometimes not. Beyond working with your neighbors, landlord, and perhaps even the police in extreme cases, you can take some steps to make your apartment a less noisy place.

Carpeting and rugs

Carpet can do a surprisingly good job of absorbing sound in the home. If your apartment isn’t already carpeted, consider asking your landlord about the possibility of adding carpeting to a room in your unit. If this isn’t an option, you can still make a big impact on the noise level with area rugs. The more rugs you have and the larger they are, the more they’ll help reduce noise by absorbing sound instead of reflecting it off hard surfaces. Cushier rugs can have a greater noise-absorbing effect, so if you’re into shag rugs, you’re in luck.

Wall hangings and curtains

So you’ve got your floor taken care of, but what about the walls? Those are pretty big and barren, too. No worries, though—just a few wall hangings or tapestries can make a big difference when it comes to reducing the amount of noise in your apartment, while adding a ton of style at the same time. Curtains or drapes can also help reduce noise, whether they’re placed over windows or across open spaces in the apartment. This can help divide up a large room and absorb noise at the same time.

Sound-absorbing panels

There are many technologically advanced ways to absorb sound. Most were designed for office, music, or industrial use and may not be suitable for the home, but some can be modified to fit your needs. Fabric-covered panels are one option, or consider covering noise-reducing barriers with your own fabrics, wall hangings, or curtains.

Focus your anti-noise efforts on the loudest area of your apartment—if your downstairs neighbors are noisy, rugs may be your best bet. If it’s the neighbors on one side, cover up that wall with some insulating items and fabric. If your upstairs neighbors are the issue, don’t hesitate to drape fabric from the ceiling. There’s no limit to what you can do to address noise issues within your apartment, and you’ll be surprised by how effective just a few simple steps can be in combating noise.

239 Responses to “Top 3 Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Apartment”

  1. November 29, 2006 at 8:23 pm, Guest said:

    As proclaimed by Southerners during the 1860s, “Cotton is king!” It’s so true in today’s apartment living. Buy a carton of cotton and put ’em in your ears–now that’s how to sound proof an apartment! Oh yeah!


  2. November 29, 2006 at 9:39 pm, Guest said:

    These are great ideas however with the advent of subwoofers, none of these ideas are able to mask the throbbing beat and vibration of an inconsiderate neighbor’s gansta rap. Asking mine to turn the bass down was like a sin. He got really hateful with me.


  3. November 29, 2006 at 10:40 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a downstairs apartment with two teenagers and a recently divorced Mom above me whose out partying it up til all hours…NOTHING I put on the ceilings, walls, or floor will help keep the noise level down, next to commiting murder on all three of them…while I am sure this is useful information for most tennants, it will do little in my case except to move into a house, something I now look forward too, NO MORE APARTMENTS for me..!!!!


  4. November 30, 2006 at 7:08 pm, Guest said:

    What does one do when the next door neighborg refuses to keep their stereo down so we cannot hear it. My wife is afraid to complain for several reasons one of which is I tend to yell when I am angry and she thinks the landlord will have us evicted if the neighborg complains.

    The other is because my wife is afraid that the neighborg will complain that we are picking on them because they are black and we are white.

    I have several times asked them to keep their stereo down only to be rebuffed angrily. The neighborg moved from the apartment on one side of us (3 bedroom) to the one on the other side of use (4 bedroom) and at 1:00 AM thewas pounding nails in the wall to hang items.

    I asked them to stop as it was late only to be rebuffed agrily and was told she had the right to do what she wanted considering my grandchildren practice on their instruments (take lessons in school) as it disturbed her.

    The grandchildren are not alound to play their instruments after 6:00 PM. This evening I left a message for the manager about the problem and will if need be contact the on site security office.


  5. November 30, 2006 at 10:47 pm, Guest said:

    I live downstairs from “Saskwach” which wouldn’t be so bad, exept I have doggies that bark at the slightest noise.

    I feel your pain! I am downsizing from a divorce, and it SUCKS!

    GRRR. Hang in there. Hopefully things will get better for us both.

    Love, Lisa


  6. December 01, 2006 at 4:36 pm, Guest said:

    AMEN!! God, those car stereos are SO annoying!!


  7. December 02, 2006 at 10:46 pm, Guest said:

    Call the cops. Most cities and counties have noise ordinances and the cops here are pretty responsive. Also vandalize your neighbor’s cars.


  8. December 03, 2006 at 1:14 pm, Guest said:

    We only have two weeks left in our downstairs apartment. Last week, new neighbors moved in upstairs. Two guys and a little kid. The noise has been constant. It sounds like elephants playing basketball. They stomp across the floor at all hours even into three and five in the morning. I hear normal footsteps and then major stomping. So, I feel it’s intentional. My husband complained to them one time and all the said was ” It’s cause we’re on the second floor.” We can’t complain to the office because they are brainless and act like they have more to deal with than the complaints of present tennants. Their job is to get more tennants to sign on. You can’t call the cops cause we live in a high crime area and the cops basically don’t give a D…. So, we just keep telling ourselves…two more weeks….just two more weeks.


  9. December 05, 2006 at 11:43 am, Guest said:

    Car Stareos arnt annoying unless your in the car. Imagine what it sounds like from the inside?


  10. December 09, 2006 at 3:02 pm, Guest said:

    Well you know…I’ve lived in apartment comunities as well condos. I’ve lived upstairs and downstairs. And personally I prefer to live upstairs! And you feeling they are trying to annoy you. Honey they are trying to live as a family. Sounds like you and your family were spoiled…For a long time! Not even getting to experience the community living at there fullest. That’s how it is…And you know what…The older the building and the less steal that is used to conceal sound….The louder it is!! You know..If you want something cheaper ( And I’m not only saying this to you..So please don’t feel like there’s another person trying to get on you bad-side) maybe complaining about a community living should be zipped!! Complain about people owning dogs and cats…Who don’t know the meaning of picking up the waste..Or about those drug users…Even better wear ear plugs. The funny thing is…I am a supervisor for a condo community. And all we do is laugh and shake our heads at people coming in complaing about noise. If someone is living and not booming there music or a woman is yelling because she’s getting beat up..Than move on!! That’s all I’ve got to say. Thank you for reading this… Just another side to your debate. 🙂 Net


  11. December 17, 2006 at 3:48 am, Guest said:

    Dear Net,

    What kind of condo manager are you? If I were a homeowner in a condo community that we had hired you, you wouldn’t have a job for long with that kind of attitude. ITs not being spoiled, it’s called acting like an adult ‘Honey” and using some consideration.


  12. December 17, 2006 at 3:51 am, Guest said:

    Shame on you should be the word. I currently live under someone who walks around at 3am in hard soled shoes knowing that it transmits very loudly through wooden floors. Shame on them for no consideration when people have to be up at 6am.


  13. December 17, 2006 at 11:59 am, Guest said:

    Ha….Ha! Intelligent decent folks like us are ALWAYS laughing at your kind. Pitiful soul!


  14. December 19, 2006 at 10:35 am, Guest said:

    I live downstairs from a family with a small dog. For two years, I’ve been suffering from noises they produced. When I tried to talk to them, their response were like “why don’t you move to someplace else? We can not fly because we do not have wings, as you see.” Why not? All I have to do is move to someplace else quiet. But the situation is not simple as that. I am a single mother with a 4-year-old daughter. I work full-time and have a part-time job on weekends. My daughter stays at a day-care center during the weekdays and extended stays during the weekend. Even I have two jobs it seems like I can hardly make the end to meet. When I get home after work, all I want is peace and a good night’s sleep. Then the noise begins usually around 10 PM lasting 1 or 3 AM almost everyday. They walk, banging things, dragging them on the floor, actually are stomping on the floor and I sometimes hear them laughing, giggling after that. And you are saying all I need to do about is wear ear plug??? You’re as much the same as these people. And addition to that, you are a manager of a condo community??? I don’t think your job will last much longer. Shame on you!!!


  15. December 19, 2006 at 5:02 pm, Guest said:

    Unfortunately, the world is full of too many insensitive people like you.


  16. December 20, 2006 at 7:42 am, Guest said:

    Net is right! I would feel awful if I knew I was disturbing others, and would be embarrassed if I had to be asked to quiet down (unless it was an overly critical neighbor). I think it should be mandatory that every apartment or condo manager live in the complex. If they don’t live there they couldn’t care less….


  17. December 20, 2006 at 10:44 am, Guest said:

    All these comments are great but utterly pointless because the truth of the matter is that no one cares about your noisy plight. All we want to know is how we can annoy the loud ones in return and irritate them to the point of moving out, or better yet a strategy to have them evicted. I do not care about your problem only possible solution which I thought might be in the replies but no, just more mindless dribble from jerks like me with too much time on their hands.


  18. December 20, 2006 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:

    I agree. That poster didn’t know what he/she just said. Maybe that person should try to live downstairs and let the people upstairs (who are insensitive) bombard him with noise especially at 2 o’clock in the morning. This is our problem right now, we’ve been complaining about our neighbors upstairs for 8 straight months and all our landlady can tell us is “We’re handling it right now”. She’s even trying to side with our noisy neighbors and we felt it’s all our fault why they are making those noises. We felt how insensitive these people are. I feel like I want to choke them for treating us like this. If I know, the reason they can’t kick our neighbors upstairs out is because they’re scared to lose another renters. How I hope our lease would be over, I can’t wait to get out of our place. Talking to the management doesn’t make any sense at all so we’ll just wait till our lease is over. Life is not fair, really.


  19. December 21, 2006 at 1:19 pm, Guest said:

    I’m pretty sure my upstairs neighbors have a shetland pony. That’s the only way to explain the CONSTANT galloping thuds coming from upstairs, 24 hours a day, not to mention the laundry machines running in the middle of the night. I’ve lived on the top floor, and am currently living above someone as well as below someone, and I have always tried to be very considerate–I walk as softly as possible, I get all of my cleaning, dishwasher and laundry machine use done before 9pm, and I cannot understand how other people can be SO inconsiderate. Sure, some people are night owls or have strange work schedules, but it seems that common courtesy isn’t all that common after all.


  20. December 21, 2006 at 8:23 pm, Guest said:

    I just wonder how many people realize that not everyone works a daytime job and is awake from 6 am to 9 pm. thnk of that next time you are banging around or watching tv loudly in the morning or evening because “everyone else is awake” at those hours. Many a time I have been woken up in the middle of my “night” by hammering and doors slamming. Just remember that alot of times these “loud noises” are merely people being people and your own apartmnet is very quiet (no radios, tvs, people talking) to cover up the noise. If you want them to walk on eggshells so that you can have peace and quiet at night then do the same during the day when they may be sleeping.


  21. December 22, 2006 at 7:37 pm, Guest said:

    There are a trillion dollars of adjustable rate and interest only mortgages maturing in 2007. With the Prime and LIBOR interest rates up and foreclosures already through the roof many of the crazy families that bought homes in the last few years will soon be back in our apartment complexes.

    Maybe you might want to rent a duplex before diving into the housing market. If you buy a house get a fixed rate only. FANNIE MAE approved the 40 yr mortgage in 2004 for credit unions to offer and Washington Mutual started to offer it in 2005. The 2006 limit for a Fannie Mae loan is $417,000.


  22. December 23, 2006 at 11:08 am, Guest said:

    You know…people should be allowed to live during the day without fear of others whining and complaining that they’re being too loud. Some folks are just way over sensitive to noise (especially music if their tastes differ). I’ve lived in apartments on the top floor and the bottom floor. I do my best to keep the music to proper, listenable level but for some people, that just isn’t good enough. People should have a bit thicker skins and realize that apartment living is NOT going to be ideal or idyllic. I tolerate a bit of noise as long as it’s not late at night (after 9). People who are working nights may have to take special measures (like cotton in the ears) if normal living volumes bother them. Children are going to run and play and are usually in bed by a reasonable hour. People need to be a little more tolerant and willing to compromise. (Both the noise makers and the annoyed)


  23. December 25, 2006 at 8:15 am, Guest said:

    YES THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO !! There are jerks above me who never stop there kids from running above us.


  24. December 25, 2006 at 5:45 pm, Guest said:

    If all tenants have signed a lease and that lease states that we should conduct ourselves & our guests in such a manner so as to NOT disturb our neighbors…then THIS should be enforced by the management.


  25. January 01, 2007 at 3:24 pm, Guest said:

    Sounds like you are a bad neighbor and a selfish human being with no respect for others. Their apartments are not your personal sub-woofer. As an experiment, say what you typed to your landlord, and watch their faces.


  26. January 01, 2007 at 3:31 pm, Guest said:

    Cotton is King was proclaimed in 1855. If you are going to be obnoxious, the least you could do is be right.


  27. January 02, 2007 at 10:21 pm, Guest said:

    What I’ve found to work: Send a certified letter to management informing them that they have twenty days to fix the noise problem or you’re going to put your next rent payment (after the 20 days are up) into escrow with the local magistrate and will be asking to have your rent reduced if not reimbursed all together for their non-compliance with the contract.



  28. January 03, 2007 at 11:24 am, Guest said:

    I am an apartment manager and no longer live in an apartment and I do care how residents feel. Managers should have a right to live where ever they desire. I think most people don’t understand the stress that an apartment manager feels every time a resident is unhappy. Most of us want to fix the situation.


  29. January 03, 2007 at 4:48 pm, Guest said:

    maybe it’s the apartment ,not the people. could they be walking normal, and maybe the sound is transferred louder than it is? some block apartments are just that… block, with no drywall inside. maybe the windows aren’t double-paned, and sound no matter what goes through. managers /owners don’t want to put the $ into it because tenants are easily replaced. think about sound transfer, look it up online.


  30. January 03, 2007 at 11:42 pm, Guest said:

    My upstairs neighbor stomps. I don’t think they know how to walk normally because all I ever hear is stomping. And we have carpet, so they must be trying hard! It’s been like that since the day I moved in, and I am rarely home and quiet when I am home, so it’s not out of vengeance against me that they are stomping. But I haven’t met the person, so I can’t figure out a polite way to say STOP STOMPING AT ALL HOURS!


  31. January 04, 2007 at 12:05 am, Guest said:

    i live on the bottom floor, under a noisy person. to be honest, i have come to grips with the situation. i realise that i live in an apartment and that i can not control anything that is not inside my dwelling space. if i hear him walking, i might pause and say gosh, but after that, i move on with my life. there is no need to write in, call in, or any of that crap to the office because the fact is that we live in a “Shared Space!” there are all times when we are a little loud, or do something that someone does not like. like the above said, we all work different shifts, i happen to get off at 9:30, so it is 3am before i am in the bed. am i gonna watch tv, listen to music, or stop anything that is not too extream because someone works a 9-5…..I dont think so! when i moved in, after work i would hang things if i wanted too. did i hear the same thing when i was sleep…..yup…sure did, but i was sleepy so i went. When i am sleep, the tv’s and other things are still going. it is life! when the point comes that i cant take anything anymore, then a house will be my next move. if u have these high requests for your neighbors, i think that a house showing is just for you. ps…..those people that are complaining about kids, please remember that they are KIDS, LEARNING TO WALK AND JUST BEING KIDS…..I DO NOT EXPECT ANY PARENT TO SAY HEY….NO WALKING AFTER WHAT EVER HOUR BECAUSE YOU MIGHT FALL AND WAKE THE PPL BELOW….WHO EVER DISAGREES ABOUT KIDS NEEDS TO GET A LIFE IN A HURRY! AND NO I DO NOT HAVE ANY KIDS!


  32. January 04, 2007 at 4:57 pm, Guest said:

    Omg! Did You say “or a woman is yelling because she’s getting beat up…Than Move on”??? You should be arrested for that kind of mentality


  33. January 04, 2007 at 7:58 pm, Guest said:

    i try to be as quiet as i possibly can and my downstairs neighbor complains. i don’t wear shoes in my apartment and have put area rugs down and she complains about “constant” noise til late at night and what sounds like me moving furniture. i walk as softly as i can and no, i don’t move furniture at night… i don’t even remember the last time i moved furniture. am i suppposed to just lay in bed from 9pm on and not even get up to go to the bathroom? i work until about 8pm most nights anyway and am not going to refrain from walking in my socks across my apartment from 9pm on.


  34. January 05, 2007 at 4:24 am, Guest said:

    Your rights to make noise, smoke, etc. end at my wall. If your music or noise is entering my aparment it is you who have to turn it down…under most laws it is not me that has to deal with the nuisance.

    The annoyed do not have to compromise. You do.


  35. January 05, 2007 at 6:55 pm, Guest said:

    I just read through several comments from those of you who live below a “noisy” neighbor. I can so empathize with you all. I too live below a neighbor, who claims that first of all their noise is the result of “everyday living” and secondly, because they are owners and I am a renter, they have more rights than I do! The audacity and arrogance is incredible! I can understand everyday noise that is absolutely unavoidable; however, allowing the cabinet doors to slam against the frames, walking heavily, dropping objects on the floor, slamming doors to mention just a few are just plain unacceptable and inconsiderate and certainly controllable. For those who state that noise is inevitable in a commmunity living environment are taking one side of the issue; I argue, however, that consideration and respect for other neighbors’ rights to peace and quiet should be inevitable in a community living environment! If a person(s) noise infiltrates another’s dwelling place, than that noisy person is the intrusion and therefore the problem–not the other way around! I am practically at my wits end about my situation, but until I can afford to move, I have to tolerate it for various reasons. But I have found a remedy to reduce noise that works amazingly well. Water is an incredible sound barrier. Purchase a pair or few pairs of foam ear plugs that absorb water, allow them to absorb as much water as possible without getting them dripping wet and then insert them into your ears. You will be amazed at how the noise volume will either be reduced and/or practically eliminated. I have also purchased a noise-cancelling headset, which helps too; it can be connected to a PC, TV and radio. Resorting to wearing earplugs and/or a headset on a regular basis is quite unfortunate, but it beats feeling the distress, irritation, etc. resulting from NOISY neighbors because the “inconsiderate” of this world will always, unfortunately, be a invasion for us all. Hope this helps for some of you.


  36. January 06, 2007 at 7:17 am, Guest said:

    In my first apartment experience, our downstairs neighbor was crazy about noise. She wouldn’t complain to the apartment manager, she would call 911 repeatedly. Half the times she summoned the police to complain about our “excessive noise”, we weren’t even home and hadn’t been all evening! She was a nut and the cops knew it but had to keep showing up whenever she called. This was a very poorly constructed complex and you could hear your neighbor sneeze next door. The nutty neighbor interpreted regular conversation as shouting and ANY music was considered excessive to her. Since the cops weren’t doing enough to us in her opinion she decided to “punish” us by getting up at 5am every morning and slamming her cabinets repeatedly for a couple of hours. Get a life, lady!

    At my current complex, I did have a bit of a problem with noise on a few occasions. Instead of calling the cops, I asked the neighbor to turn down the music. (they had no idea I was home sick with the flu and were more than happy to turn it down) In addition to working full time, I am also a full time student preparing for the CPA exam. I hated it when the kids would play in the breezeways outside our doors because it echoed so loudly and was disruptive. Technically it was against the lease to play in the halls. I would have preferred if the kids would go all the way outside but I realize they are kids. If I needed absolute quiet, I went to the library or to the apartment complex den which was never used.


  37. January 06, 2007 at 11:51 am, Guest said:

    That happened to me when I was living below a couple that had absolutely no concept of walking on the balls of their feet. They walked hard on their heels and I swear they had a bowling ball that they would periodically drop! Since I was a single gal living alone I did not want a face to face confrontation. They were listed in the phone book so I called them and told them, as the noise was happening, that they were disturbing me. I only had to do it a few more times and they eventually moved out! I had 2 glorious years of living below an empty apt. As soon as someone else moved in I called the office and asked them to find me a top floor unit when my lease was up. Now I’m living in a gloriously quiet top floor corner apt that does not share a wall with any tenant. I am in heaven.


  38. January 06, 2007 at 11:24 pm, Guest said:

    To: I live on the bottom floor.

    The norm for quiet hours is usually between 10pm and 7pm. I have worked night shift in the past while in school, and feel your pain. But never did I feel I had the right to hang pictures or make such noise during quiet hours. It isn’t my neighbors fault that I’ve chosen a nocturnal lifestyle. However, I also agree that I should be able to sleep during the day without being woken by unnecessary noise.

    Such as undisciplined children running all over the place. I have a family of 5 above me (three kids) with the oldest being five years old and some change. They aren’t in school and the parents feel their little brats have the right to use my ceiling as a playground if it isn’t after 10pm. I pay close to $900 a month for my place and understand that they are children–what you, and the jerks above me, don’t seem to comprehend is that they are not MY children. So why do I have to listen to them? Actually it turns out that I don’t, by doing the twenty day notice thing they have been given a 10 day notice (and of course feel they are being picked on). They are a young couple and it seems their attitude is prevalent among their generation.

    I come from a generation of “My rights end when they infringe upon on another’s.” So good riddance to em I say.


  39. January 09, 2007 at 3:18 pm, Guest said:

    I live upstairs and I try my best to walk softly because there are some spots in the carpet where the padding has worn down. I have heard no complaints from the family below me. But the family who lives right across me, oh good lord, they love fish and love cooking it at least 4 times a week…but they don’t get fresh fish so when I leave at 6AM for work each morning I get overwhelmed by the smell of rotten fish. There have been several times where I’ve puked from the smell alone!! UGH!!


  40. January 12, 2007 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:



  41. January 13, 2007 at 9:48 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a downstairs apartment for 2 years now when I first move in we were told that the upstairs has carpet which was fine since there were 3 kids living upstairs,that was until they moved out and a woman and her 19 year old BOY moved in. He makes more noise then those 3 kids put together. He was blasting his music one day and I thought there was a marching band up there the way he was stomping{walking on his HEELS} across the floor. Now the BOY has an air bed how would you like to hear it at 3am when he turns it on even when he’s home all day long. Management has already sent 3 warning notices about the noise. But his mother says he’s over 18 HE can do whatever he wants. Well I’m over 18 and I can SAY and DO whatever I want. All I can say is you don’t what me yelling at you or blasting my TV at 2,3,4 am LEARN HOW TO RESPECT PEOPLE!!!!!


  42. January 14, 2007 at 1:04 pm, Guest said:

    Let’s talk about solutions. I live upstairs after moving out from a downstairs apartment where I could hear my upstairs neighbors every move. Now I live upstairs from a three year old who runs and stomps on hardwood floors. It’s not constant and the mother’s attitude is that it’s during normal hours. I don’t care if it’s at 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, I should be entitled to some peace and quiet in my home. (I did ask if there were kids downstairs and was lied to by both the agent and former tenant). I now have two options. Either ask her to put down some rugs with padding. She has mentioned that her child is only 3, and when she mentions that again I will say well fine, then put down some carpeting. Or fix my apartment so I can’t hear the brat. How can I stop impact noise from downstairs coming up? I am willing to spend some money because it will be cheaper than moving. (I own).


  43. January 16, 2007 at 4:11 pm, Guest said:

    i live upstairs, and i find it quit annoying when the women downstairs blares her music so loud the bass shakes my house, i also belive that i shouldnt have to here them walking when im the one that lives upstairs, this lady has no respect she is a mother of 2 kids but also acts very immature, i am way younger then her and i still belive that people should be respectful of others, i mean… who plays there music so loud knowing other people live in the house but doesnt care, i also live in a duplex and you would think that everything should be more sound proof, but nope not while this family lives downstairs!


  44. January 25, 2007 at 4:00 pm, Guest said:

    live ane let live is the only motto that seems to work. I have lived in buildings with neighbors that partied 24hr/7 days it seemed ( motorcycle gang).
    Exercise til you drop and nobody should complain about your jumping jacks, blurpies, or primal screams, and you don’t complain about their stuff. If you are doing what you enjoy (e.g. aerobic exercise, primal scream therapy, blasting your favorite music, etc) you will feel happy and know your neighbors are happy with whatever they are doing, hopefully and you all live happily ever after.
    Works for me!’

    Used to be a complainer about noise
    but have found the light!


  45. January 25, 2007 at 4:06 pm, Guest said:

    Thou shalt not hassle thy neighbor and hopefully thy neighbor shall not hassle you. Live your life, do what you love , and you will be so busy with your own bliss, that you become oblivious to the sounds around you. Hopefully, your neighbors aren’t being noisy on purpose and neither should you be noisy on purpose. If everyone is happy living their lives and they live without being considerate, then you must learn to be happy living without worrying about disturbing them either. Just be sure that whatever activities you do, you truly enjoy. then you fall asleep easy, due to living a happy life of doing what you want to do!


  46. February 04, 2007 at 5:37 am, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment. I have lived under very noisy neighbours. They play football or something that causes the noise to thump down into our rooms. Is there any way of spending money and doing acoustic ceilings, in order to seriously reduce the noise?



  47. February 04, 2007 at 11:33 pm, Guest said:

    Er…you misunderstood the sentence. The original poster is saying UNLESS a woman is yelling because she’s getting beat up, then move on…


  48. February 05, 2007 at 1:15 pm, Guest said:

    this is not going to work when at 2 O’clock in the am you have been woke after a loud banging sounds, after a long day of doing whatever we need to do. Some of us have responsibilities like taking care of children, work, and we get tired at a certain hour. Being woke regularly is not some thing to be happy about, after all what you were doing (sleeping) was very enjoyable. People who choose to be loud, ignorant and generaly lously neighbors have to be dealt with. Ignoring these ppl won’t stop the problem. Unless there is some new happy pill that you can take so nothing bugs you, then your idea is not realistic.


  49. February 07, 2007 at 11:45 pm, Guest said:

    Are you nuts!
    I would like to know what drugs you take.
    The neighbors in my building are very inconsiderate and I am not able to do anything I enjoy because, I’m stressed by the noise, that is going on all the time. I have asked my neighbors to lower the volume and they just crank it up.So your theory won’t work.I agree with another commenter that these pple have to be dealt with and then the landlord had to be dealt with. Its a stressful process.


  50. February 07, 2007 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    Not all neighbors are easy to deal with. Rent control apts are not so good because most of the people that live in them are at the bottom of the social ladder and have no manners.


  51. February 14, 2007 at 11:05 am, Guest said:

    Me and my family live under people that stomp around all night long, and then around 4am they start having sex extremely loudly until about 7 am. I work a day job and have to wake up early and this is a nightmare. We have complained and nothing seems to work. What should I do?


  52. February 17, 2007 at 5:13 pm, Guest said:

    same thing happened to me, so I would go upstairs and loudly knock on their door, that would put a stop to their romance quickly.


  53. February 23, 2007 at 2:52 am, Guest said:

    When they are loudly having horizontal fun or just being loud, hold a large speaker up against the ceiling and have someone turn on the radio loud until they come down stairs.

    Repeat as needed. Works every time. Else move to top floor in the same complex, else rent a house, always some house somewhere for cheap (ill take a very small house over no peace at home anyday)


  54. February 26, 2007 at 9:02 am, Guest said:

    look up soundproofing. if the owners did not place proper soundproofing beneath the hardwood floor – you are going to hear every move the upstairs neighbor makes, whether they get carpert or not. why some people think you will not hear others living around you in an apartment is unbelievable.
    as to kids and the right to ‘quiet enjoyment’ – sorry – the law is expressly clear that a child’s right to play in his/her apartment is greater than any individual’s right to ‘peace and quiet’, as long as the noise is during reasoanable hours. its so sad to see these comments from posters, as if they never made noise as a child…


  55. February 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm, Guest said:

    Per loud stereos, radio,TV, etc.: I knocked on my upstairs neighbors’ door to ask them to turn down the volume of their TV. As soon as the guy opened the door, I realized the volume wasn’t unreasonable in THEIR apartment; the sound was magnified in mine. I did notice they had their TV directly on the floor and asked them to put it on a stand (and even offered them my coffee table). They bought their own stand and . . . voila! Although I can still sometimes hear their TV, at least it’s not the teeth-rattling vibrations of before.


  56. March 05, 2007 at 12:22 am, Guest said:

    I’ve lived in apartments both above and below people. The worst noise I’ve ever experienced has been in my upstairs apartment. Sure, while I was downstairs I heard the occassional walking or they’d drop something or a toilet would flush. I got frustrated with those occassional noises and decided to move to an upstairs unit when my lease was up. Biggest regret I’ve ever had. Our downstairs neighbors had no qualms about letting us know when we were being “inconsiderate” with noise…they complained that we were being too loud when we were moving furniture into our apartment at 3 pm on the weekend,even though they weren’t sleeping,simply watching TV. They complained again when we ACCIDENTALLY dropped a bowl in the kitchen ONCE.But when we finally made a complaint about them,they attributed it to “everyday living”.They’d lock their chihuahua puppy in the bathroom and let it loudly yap for sometimes 6 hours at a time. They’d blare music from 11 pm to 4 am even though they both worked a 9-5 job.They constantly bang cabinets and allow their 2 year old to slam doors repeatedly because it keeps him occupied. My point is, downstairs neighbors can disturb upstairs neighbors too. Everyone SHOULD be considerate of their neighbors. But, at the same time, you have to accept that you’re living in a shared space so there will be noise. Best advice I could give is if you’re going to live in an apartment, try to find a complex that is one story…that’s where I’ll be going when my lease is up!


  57. March 21, 2007 at 4:38 pm, Guest said:

    Please help!
    I’m having an upstairs neighbor who wears clogs. She is at home all day long and seem to suffer some kind of hyperactivity disorder. She walks around her tiny flat starting from 6.20 am until 11 pm. I don’t know what to do. I tried talking to her but she just screamed at me. The sub woofer against the ceiling seems good.

    Does anybody know how to set it up to cause her maximum disturbance.

    Thankful for any advice.


  58. March 31, 2007 at 8:04 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a 1bedroom apartment, scheduled to move to a much nicer apartment mid April.

    The management in this complex is very nice, easy to work with. However, they’re pacifists about anything except delayed rent.

    A kid (can’t be more than 19-20) and his girl (18-19 at the most) moved in upstairs. Dare I count the issues.

    -They have a little dog that yelps (like it’s in pain) every hour or so, for no reason, then starts barking uncontrollably for about 30 minutes.
    -The guy is a stoner, pure and simple, talks like a stoner, acts like a stoner, smokes right out on the balcony and it seeps into my apartment.
    -On the weekends the guy invites his friend(s) over and they play wrestle upstairs. You can imagine how that sounds from below.
    -Sometimes he and his friends skateboard right out front of my place (I’m right on the corner). You can imagine how that sounds too, seeing as these are single pane windows and there is no sort of masking or cover over the door or window jams.
    -He likes to play music almost all the time. Loud. And with his front door open. Double the pleasure.
    -They work the later shift and come home around 10:30-11pm. That’s when they do all their stuff – shower, etc.

    Now, the first time I heard the dog, I left them a note to do what they could. That was a month ago – dog is still barking like death itself.

    Reported it to the landlord. Landlord ordered them to get a bark collar. Dog is still barking like death itself.

    They don’t have a surround system, yet their music was literally reverberating throughout my unit from up above. Come to find out the front door AND windows were open and they had the stereo cranked from the two fronts. I have a 5.1 surround system and you can’t hear mine unless you put your ear to the window, even with bass on, due to the strategic placement of the speakers (none of them are floor standing and they absorb vibration very well). I went outside and asked him to turn it down. He said (and I quote), “it’s just music, man” – like some 60’s hippie. Wrong thing to say to me. Reported it to the landlord.

    The day they were horseplaying I went up there and asked them to calm it down or at least go somewhere else. He laughed with a stoner-type laugh and said “ok…hey, how’s that PS3?” totally dismissing the complaint. Yes I have a PS3, but again, you can’t ever tell when I’m playing it.

    People next door – of strong Hispanic descent – played “that” music – you know the kind. Same old beat, trumpets, etc…LOUD. Happened once, I went to speak to them, they turned it down immediately even though they didn’t understand a word of English, never had a problem with them. But the guy upstairs – phew.

    Now in my new place it’s built to townhome specs, very swanked out and I’m in an upstairs unit. The only problem I can foresee is the washer/dryer/dishwasher. I’m the kind of person who would rather get that stuff done overnight or at least later in the evening on a Sunday, rather than during the day. I don’t know what type of insulation they’ve put in between the upstairs and downstairs so I won’t know exactly how the people beneath me will be affected. I don’t think the apartment next to me shares a wall with the washer-dryer inlet so that shouldn’t be an issue, but the dishwasher yes. It’s got double pane windows so that’s nice too – and a 24 hour security monitor in case some people get unruly. When I was doing the initial tour I noticed some idiot had his windows wide open blasting his music…not a good sign.


  59. April 03, 2007 at 5:58 am, Guest said:

    does anyone have an ACTUAL solution (other than homicide) to noisy, obnoxious, sadistic neighbors who take pleasure in being MORE noisy, obnoxious and sadistic after being asked NICELY, reported to the police and management???


  60. April 05, 2007 at 9:53 am, Guest said:

    I live with my wife above a couple who have a 2 year old boy that screams whenever he wants (bad parenting in my opinion) with no regards to us or any of the other tenants. I have asked them to keep it down, slammed windows and doors (to give them a ‘hint’) and complained to the landlord (in which THEY complained to the landlord that my drumming was too loud~I am a drummer, but practice on practice pads, not acoustic drums!!!).

    Since their is no A/C and we have vaulted ceilings, it get’s hot during the summertime and have to have the windows opens to cool the house, with the lovely sounds of a child screaming his head off!!!

    I’m already planning on filing a complaint with the city about this nuisance! We are (as well as everyone like us) are entitled to peace & quiet in our home, and this should be stopped!

    MB~Huntington Beach, CA.


  61. April 07, 2007 at 12:56 pm, Guest said:

    “Hell is other people”.


  62. April 09, 2007 at 3:22 pm, Guest said:

    I have the opposite problem we live above a middle aged guy, who seems bothered by everything. We do not stay up late, or play loud music or anything like that. We came home from a trip yesterday afternoon around 5pm (after being gone for 3 days, and we walked into our apparment with our luggage, which I dragged into our bedroom and put down. Well, that 10 seconds of noise was enought to send my downstairs neighbor into a furry. Banging on the ceiling like crazy. My boyfriend went downstair to try to speak with him (mind you he has never once said anything about us being noisy- just slams his walls or ceiling). He cused him out, showed him the finger and slammed the door in his face. And this morning, I woke up and took a shower and started drying my hair- but apparently that was way too much noise for him because he started banding again. Now I can’t live without doing dishes, laundry, showering, drying my hair and vacumming… most of which is done during normal waking hours (we work 8am to 5pm). I should have the right to LIVE in my own aparment. I have neighbors above me, and I hear them, and I never once thought I had the right to bang on their celing. I’m so upset right now, we are so extremely quiet, and his bahavior is so immature. I am planning on writing him a letter- that I am putting down more area rugs, and drapes in an effort to absorb more noise, and we will not run our dishwasher at night, or vacuum early in the morning or late in the evening. But that I deserve the right to do normal- everyday activities in my own space without the badgering. I’m sure he’s just gonnna bang more, and be an ars… but at least I’m being mature and not turnign up my tv or banginig back…. if only he would see that…


  63. April 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm, Guest said:

    You have it backwards. The law is expressly clear that a person’s right to the “quiet enjoyment of their home” is paramount. Children have no legally-enshrined “right” to play, but should they do so in their own apartment, they (i.e., their parents) are obligated to confine all elements of that activity within their own property, including the noise. They have no more right to afflict their noise on adjoining tenants than they would, among freestanding houses, to carouse in a neighbor’s yard.


  64. May 01, 2007 at 5:43 pm, Guest said:

    I hate the “fair housing act” I believe it is called. I should be able to know if kids are going to be living above me, or college kids next door. We are pretty quiet people and I think we should get peace and quiet in return. I had to break a lease with my last apartment because the kids were running all around and screaming and leaving things in common areas. The office said that they would give warnings but after 3 months of insanity we couldn’t stand it anymore. “Live and let live” is a wonderful philosophy – if others actually let you live how you wanted to also.


  65. May 04, 2007 at 4:30 pm, Guest said:

    What about green glue? I wonder if my landlord even knows it exists. They could swipe the green glue across the walls and ceilings and add another layer of drywall. Supposedly the green glue stuff absorbs vibrations and does not transmit it.

    I think some people just have a complete disregard for everything and everyone around them. A college student has no more right to live in an apartment than a professional or a family. A noisy person can go on about how people that can’t handle the noise shouldn’t be living in apartments. Well, when you sign a lease to live in a place that has noise disturbance policies (some even have 24/7 noise disturbance policies so pay attention to your lease), it is the noisy person that should be looking elsewhere. Even living in a house requires some consideration of your neighbors, especially with how close together many houses are built. I have lived upstairs, and I have lived downstairs. I’ve had the little old lady pounding on her ceiling simply because we were walking. I could hear the squeaks and such when I walked, but I didn’t realize that what those noises sounded like to her were much louder than what they sounded like to me. Because of that I thought she was crazy while I lived there. Still, everyone that lived there was skinny and often barefoot. Another thing she complained about was that I didn’t get home from work until about midnight. Because maintenance never seemed to properly fix my door, I had to slam it to be able to lock it. It’s difficult to deal with someone complaining about things that someone else does not have control over. The apartment complex can be hassled to fix the floors or add insulation or properly fix my door. However, if you’re going to complain, think about the circumstances surrounding the complaint. The fact is, the noisy person(s) can always be louder. Be sure you’re complaining about something that you know for a fact they can control (such as tv, fighting, music/bass). Do not complain when motivated by emotion. Ask to hear what their noise sounds like to them, and invite them to hear what their noise sounds like to you. Talk to the tenant before the police and landlord. Talk to the landlord before the police. Also if you’re going to complain about someone, you need to be a good example. Don’t make intentional noise just to piss them off. That relationship will never recover, and everyone will suffer until someone moves out or is evicted. Do not complain while you’re angry. If you must, write a formal letter once you’re calm. Feel free to make a copy and send it to the landlord also. They’re usually more apt to help later on when they know you’ve attempted to remedy the situation yourself. It really does help to be polite from the beginning. Polite does not mean pushover. Anyway, make sure you’re complaining about something they have control over and something that really is disturbing. I’ve been the downstairs dweller for almost four years now. I chose downstairs because I have a small child now. She jumps and runs and flip-flops all over the place, and I knew because of my previous upstairs experience that behavior would be disturbing to whomever lived downstairs. I have had different neighbors every year I have lived here. The first couple attended the local university. They had some pretty wild drinking parties and sounded like a herd of elephants. HOWEVER, they had the consideration to keep the party inside their apartment. They rarely hung out on the balcony. Even though the staircase runs along the side of my daughter’s bedroom, they never woke her up but once. They woke me up, but I was only concerned for my daughter. Also, they were considerate enough to keep the party out of the bedrooms. They typically partied a couple times a month on a weekend night from about 11pm-2am, but if we shut our bedroom doors to go to sleep it muffled the sound enough to deal with. (Landlords should really offer a Marpac to new tenants at a bulk sale price.) Because of their partying consideration, we never made a formal complaint to the landlord, never called the police, and the only time we ever complained to them was when their guests were opening their inner door into the foyer and being noisy enough to wake up my daughter. And even then, the tenants knew they were being too loud, shut the doors, and wrapped up the party. The guy was also a musician, so I’d hear him singing and playing guitar. The repetition was a little annoying, but just being able to HEAR someone isn’t a valid complaint. That’s part of living in an apartment, even a home. I’m a pretty quiet person. I tend to have hypersensitive hearing. But I have a child. I know what kids sound like to other people. I didn’t complain about their parties because I knew an infant crying in the middle of the night was probably pretty equal. And even now that my daughter is older and sleeping through the night, she has quite the set of lungs. We talk about what it means to live in an apartment and how our actions affect other people. She’s usually pretty good about behaving inside, or using her ‘indoor voice.’ And if she’s being loud, I usually take her to run around the park if I can. Anyway, the second group of people to live above us were rarely home. We rarely heard them ever.. not even much noise from them walking around. Not much noise from just walking around from the first group either, unless there was a large number of people. The third group was the same. We rarely heard them. They also had parties, but also kept the parties in the living room and kitchen and out of the bedrooms. The only incident I had with them was when people leave their beer bottles on the balcony ledge they usually fall off and break all over my porch. I don’t really think it’s too much to ask for someone to clean up their mess. Actually, maintenance had already seen the mess of glass and hadn’t gotten around to cleaning it up yet, but the landlord just assumed the mess of glass was mine until I told her otherwise. That assumption kind of ticked me off. The first group of people that lived above us also had some beer bottle falls, but they cleaned it up the next day before I even noticed it was there. I’d hear scraping glass outside in the morning and they’d be out there cleaning it up. Now the current neighbors, they certainly belong to the audio subculture. They had moved in from a dorm and apparently didn’t pay attention to the lease they signed. After having the previous three groups of people and then having these current neighbors, I was pretty shocked to say the least. I guess I never realized how skinny all the previous tenants were, and the new neighbors are a lot more voluptuous. That itself made a gigantic difference in noise disturbance. I couldn’t believe how intrusive it was to just hear them walking around their apt. No noise I can make down here can block that out. Just one of the new neighbors walking up there almost sounds like the parties of the first group of people. I think what set this relationship down the wrong path was because along with my introduction the first night I had to add ‘is that your car in my parking spot?’ And I introduced myself (which was pretty impressive for me.. the shy keep to yourself girl) and held out my hand and the girl gave me a really awful look. It made me wonder if I had an odor or something horrible on my face. And she shook my hand but offered nothing in return, never told me her name or anything and that was that. When I moved in here, the landlord made an effort to make a big deal about the assigned parking here. We have off-street assigned parking. There’s a few unassigned spots off-street for second cars/guests as well as the street. For a while, it seemed like some guest of my neighbors was parking in my spot once a week or so.. usually during the day when twenty feet away is the street with very few cars parked along it. There’s signs here saying your vehicle will be towed at owner’s expense for improper parking.. parking in someone else’s assigned spot or parking in a place that isn’t really a parking spot. That was a pretty evident lack of consideration. Through all that, I’m trying to understand why I can hear these neighbors so much better than any previous neighbor. I mean seriously, I don’t want to hear this girl yelling across her apartment that she’s ‘stanky’ cause she’s on her period. I don’t recall ever
    being able to hear other neighbors’ conversations. I don’t recall being able to clearly understand the lyrics of the music being played. I don’t recall not being able to hear my own television over my neighbors’ television. Because of my previous neighbors, I felt like these people were doing these things on purpose. I thought they surely must know how loud they’re being. I wondered how it was possible for these people to hold a job or attend school because of their lifestyle. It seemed like they were always here being noisy, not sleeping at all sometimes. I depend on being able to spend SOME time studying at home. I take as many courses online as I can, because otherwise I have to schedule on campus classes around my husband’s work schedule. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have somewhere in this apt to be able to study. The hours I’m able to study are too late to go to the library and the gas and parking to school (nor do I want to be there by myself after dark) isn’t affordable just because my neighbors are addicted to noise. I am aware that MY circumstances are not the fault of my neighbors. But I expect to be able to find some peace here somewhere. I’ve talked to them several times about how well the bass and vibrations of their music travel through these walls. I have never asked them to turn anything off, but that is what they do. That’s great for me, but they’re not listening. They’re making it harder on themselves than it is, and they’re blaming me for it. After that they’re usually pretty quiet for a week or two, and then they act like they forgot. What I find interesting about them is that I feel like I could add in a line about purple elephants when I talk to them and they’d still just stare at me like zombies. They hear some things or maybe they don’t and the only interpretation is ‘damn she’s complaining again’, but they really aren’t listening. They also seem to not be able to think for themselves or are easily persuaded by other people (people that do not live here). I gave up on that route and just started calling the landlord. I explained the whole situation, because I wanted the landlord to know that I made an effort. She concurred with everything I had to say and did confirm that our complex has a 24/7 noise disturbance policy and a ‘three strikes you’re out’ policy. There’s just as many small families and military people living here as college students, and really the only college students being noisy here are my upstairs neighbors and their friends that live a few doors down. They tend to yell across the balconies to each other. Since I don’t think I should have to repeat myself about the loud music and bass vibrations, the neighbors started getting formal complaints from the landlord. There’s no reason they need to be that loud. There’s no reason it needs to be louder than for them to hear it.. not the whole building.. not every room in my apartment. What ever happened to headphones? If I feel the urge to listen to some music really loud or if it’s real late and I want to watch something by myself, I use headphones. Anyway, three of the ‘three strikes you’re out’ complaints later they’re still not listening and now there’s intentional stomping, slamming, and throwing things around at times past midnight. I’m thinking.. what is wrong with these people? They’re on the virge of being evicted and they’re acting like this is a game. One night after they had a bunch of people over being noisy and turned their bassy music up and woke my daughter up, I pounded on the wall (don’t do it.. really.). I thought.. they won’t listen to what I thought was a reasonable request, they won’t listen to the office, so I pounded on the wall. Surprise surprise, they got louder. Though I’m not sure why they thought I would just take it, I called the cops. It took them about a half hour, but the neighbors were still being ridiculous. The cop came in and we talked about the noise and the neighbors and he gave me the ‘because their windows are shut I couldn’t hear them from the road’ explanation, but he did verbally warn them because he acknowledged that the noise level was still unnecessary. He said they probably had their subwoofers sitting on the floor. He said he was able to hear the noise of my neighbors’ friends a few doors down from the road, so he spoke to them too. I knew the woman below them was having trouble coping with their noise as well. Anyway, the next day after the cop ordeal, when I wasn’t as infuriated, I invited them down to talk one last time. I felt like their damn mom having to sit them down and explain things to them like they were little kids. I apologized for banging on the wall, and explained that I was angry and shouldn’t have to repeat myself over and over to them. I had to explain how close to eviction they are, and that after being evicted they’d have a huge amount of trouble signing a lease somewhere else. After this long, I think they should be capable of knowing what’s too loud. I still don’t feel like we’re speaking the same language, because even after I reminded them for the bazillionth time that I HEAR them every day, that I’m not complaining every time I HEAR them. I’m complaining when the noise invades every corner of my apartment. I know it’s not my place, but I tried suggesting they hang out and be noisy during the night in their living room instead of the bedrooms, but that just gave them incentive to spend all their noisy time in the bedrooms. I’m sure if I’d said I try to study at night in the living, that’s where they’d be. But they still don’t get it. After all that BS, they still don’t get it. I think I’m a fair person, and I haven’t had this magnitude of trouble with anyone else ever. It’s ridiculous. I thought the last time we talked left us in a civil place, with neither parties doing anything to intentionally piss the other one off and because of that to not react immaturely to any bumping, slamming, or such we may hear from the other.. because accidents happen, right? Well I don’t know what wild hair these girls woke up with the other day, but it’s all been thrown out the window again. They’re still up there making fun of me and my complaints, blasting the bass in their vehicles since they’re afraid to do it in their apartment now (even though they do that so loud I could still do something about that if so inclined since they so enjoy to push me), stomping, slamming, throwing things at the wall, coming in at 3am and blasting the music for just a second.. just to wake us up.. ya know even though all I asked for was for it to be turned down in the first place.. but the new addition is making fun of my child. They like to talk to their friends about what they DIDN’T say to my face, and how do I know this.. because they talk louder than I listen to my tv.. in another room. And now I guess they decided to be really loud any time we make a peep down here.. again even though I tried to explain long ago that I wasn’t complaining about what I know they know is normal noise. There’s been lots of times I hear normal up there, but oh well right. I guess giving someone motivation to evict them is something they’re still too stupid to comprehend. So, people complaining here about people not telling them what to do about noisy neighbors.. well there’s some of what not to do. There’s always revenge and retaliation for everything. I guess it’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go before someone moves out, something or someone gets hurt, or until you one day wake up and decide it’s not going to bother you anymore. I’m no Ghandi. I’m not zen. There’s lots of time I begin to understand Berkowitz. But ya know, after being able to hear them make fun of my daughter.. I just laugh! Not from insanity, I promise, but because of how lame these people are. More power to ya if making fun of a 3yo makes you feel better. So maybe that’s where I needed to be. Maybe I just needed to get to the point where my neighbors are just a ridiculous joke and laugh it off. Maybe that will not only help me and my family, but maybe it will help the people upstairs to see that such behavior is nothing to me. So all I need
    to do now is learn to study with my music or television on. Or maybe the Marpac 980 will be enough for that. And if the opportunity arises to make a final formal complaint.. I guess I’ll just wait and see what happens when it happens. Well good luck to everyone. I hear liquid ass breaks up a party quickly but doesn’t seem to work so well in complexes with multiple floors (unless you want to just get them off the balcony). I wish consideration was contagious and I wish people had better things to do.


  66. May 09, 2007 at 9:33 pm, Guest said:

    People suck. I feel sorry for all of us, except the ones making excuses for jerks that purposely annoy their neighbors. No, we are not too sensitive, people are inconsiderate jerks!! And yes, people do these things on purpose. I hope their Karma comes back to them later in life.


  67. May 13, 2007 at 4:34 am, Guest said:

    I live in a side by side townhouse. I work 2-10:30pm, when I get home at 11:00pm I try to be in bed by midnight, no loud stuff. Just a shower an into bed. But the NUTS next door like to crank the music up (bass drives me nuts). This will go on untill 3/4 am. I talk with them “It’s my music an I want to hear it where ever I am in the house”. So I say please an all that good stuff. I did this 3 times then went to my landlord, he talks to them. They want to know my work hours so as to when they can be loud (stupid). Landlord tells me to work it out with them! So I go back to the fools an say there is no good time to be stupid an rude! They play it loud again so I call the Cops (3 times). They do not stop so one night I crank my “Kenwood Tunner” up take a couple Advil an crash with a pillow over my head. They call the Cops on me the next thing I know a cop is standing in my bedroom shining a flash light in my face hitting the bed with his night stick. What the F-ck now I’am the bad guy. I should go live in a cave an do insurance stuff.


  68. May 16, 2007 at 4:54 am, Guest said:

    Living in a loft apartment (bedroom upstairs) solves a lot of noise issues. No one is above or below you.
    What I am astonished by is the punk with his bass as loud as it will go, parties in the parking lot that many of the paryt-goers love to use the “N” word. A LOT. It’s an ugly word and if my granddaughter parrotts them and uses it, someone will take offense. She sure didn’t learn it from us.
    This punk and his friends-some tennants and some not are playing war with these plastic BB guns and hit my MOTHER! Now she is insisting that I move.
    The office says we can’t do anything unless we catch them. I said she should come spend the night with me. I don’t bother anyone. These people have no class. Their marital discord is always public. The cops show up eventually but do nothing.


  69. May 19, 2007 at 12:35 pm, Guest said:

    My upstairs neighbor is a nightmare like a lot of what you people are describing. He opens and closes his back door so much it annoys even visitors to my apartment. He gets sloppy drunk and stands outside yelling on his cell phone, he’s overweight enough that I hear every step he takes, and he seems to be home and walking around almost all day.

    We have exchanged words once, about a week into him constantly dropping trash (mostly fast food wrappers and cups) onto my deck. This time he had dropped glass, and heard me cleaning it up and apologized.

    “No big deal,” I said, using my most adult voice, “but since we’re talking about it, you have been dropping a lot of stuff down here and it needs to quit. I shouldn’t have to clean up after your messes.”

    His response was “DON’T BE PLAYING YO’ SHIT LOUD NO MO THEN!!!!!” (I didn’t realize my sub was up that high, my mistake and I said so, but he’s convinced I do it on purpose)

    No big deal, right, I start using the headphones. But then about 3 months later he buys something with enough bass to be a jackass and starts cranking it.

    Sad for him, he cannot touch my 10″ powered sub (gotta love having studio grade gear at home). So, now I’m the asshole, but when his stereo is so loud I can hear it plainly in my bedroom at 3 am something has to change. And that something is my bass settings, which I took off the super-low “safe” settings I have been using and cranked on up. If he doesn’t get the point soon I’m going to hit a full 24 hours with the system on.

    P.S. Management here changes as fast as Michael Jackson’s head, and they don’t seem to care. I also live in a low rent, minority dominated, gang controlled area. I get to hear sporadic gunfire every blue moon or so, and I run past Folk gang signs every time I go jogging, I dunno if the cops will ever come up here for a noise issue.


  70. May 25, 2007 at 12:41 pm, Guest said:

    There has to be something that can be done…I’ve lived in my apt for 3+ years. It was great at first. We had one neighbor, who was a little “not right” in the head. He was always screaming a cursing out the window, blasting music…I confronted him about the noise and he said if I didn’t leave him alone he was going to put a cap in me… Needless to say he was kicked out. But now a family of 4 has moved in above me..a 31 year old women, a 16 year old girl, 8 and 2 year old boys. We got along at first, the whole “if i’m loud let me know and i’ll do the same for you”..Well every time this women would leave her daughter would blast her music, have LOTS of people over and such..Time after time I told the women about the excess noise. Till one day she said “grow up, she’s a teenager, what do you want me to do?” (umm how about parenting) after that things got her and her daughter blast music for hours on end, never past city regulations I cant call the police.. She let’s her children run in the house 8 year old boys are very loud when wrestling above your head..Her 2 year old drop’s a basket ball repeatedly day or night..not to mention cries at all hours..(but I understand’s a baby it’s gonna cry) She stores trash on her back porch which is bringing bug’s to the apt’s which have never been here before…Anytime I approach her about trying to keep it just a touch quieter, i either get laughed at and have the door slammed in my face..Or am told that I need to grow up kid’s will be kid’s. ( yet before all this she was always coming down to hang out when I had company which as I was raised is rude. But my parents also said “no running in the house” or ” no playing ball in the house” which as i’m sure most are taught) Well once i realized she isn’t going to listen any more I called management.. Time after time and all I got was “I’ll make a note of it” This our new manager, who has seemed spiteful towards me and my husband since day one…but thats kinda a different story. Anyway I made complaint after complaint hoping they would issue her an official noise complaint so maybe just maybe she would tone it down a little..But no..One night it was 8:30 and I could hear the music and feel the music..So i called the office expecting to leave a message for the manager to get on monday. But she answered. I told her what was going on and how I would really like this taken care of..she got mad at me for calling, told me I need to grow up ( hmmm wonder where she got that from ) and since we’re obviously not happy maybe we should move..then hung up on me. My husband called back to ask why she was treating me that way, but her husband picked up (this is the office number, that SHE decided to connect to her cell) Well her husband (the owner) starts yelling saying they think we’re just too picky and we’re the problem not the lady upstairs.We told him how often this happens and he actually said “well I really don’t care” He then said on Monday morning there would be a notice on our door for us to move out. ( are lease was up a while ago so we’re month to month just cant afford to move ) Well Monday no notice, about a week later we get a letter from them offering us another apt upstairs for more money ( now if we ARE the problem why would they want us in another apt? See we got in on a deal waaay before they even owned this place, they don’t like it and want more money for our apt..which believe me there’s a reason it was cheaper..I feel like they are letting my neighbor do whatever she wants in hopes we’ll move out, which we would if we could..) Now every time i go outside and my neighbor is there I’m told how childish I am..Then she goes stomping up the stairs and turns on her radio so that I can hear it threw my whole apt..( yet i’m childish?) I think she got her kid a bigger basket ball or just let’s him have at it now..Because the landlord has told her everything and she knows she can get away with it..Oh yeah here’s the big kicker..I’ve complained about her music and she’s got nothing for it, she complains that my alarm that wakes me up for WORK is waking her kids up ( a whole 10 min before they’re up anyway) but then the landlord tells me I should wear headphones for my alarm?! what duck tape them to my head? I just want to know if there is anything I can do? I cant complain because they don’t care. My landlord wants me out. doesn’t like the fact that I have snakes ( which they were here before her and I paid a pet deposit before the no pets rule) I have repairs that I have reported and no one ever shows to fix.. (nothing major..just my floor rotting because of the once in a while water leak and a crack in the ceiling around my bathroom)I have reason to believe my neighbors daughter hit my car and lied to cover her friend that she rode with..( which on that note i always catch her daughter and friends sitting or leaning on my cars) I know I’m not being unreasonable I’ve had 3 different neighbors and none were this loud all the time..I fear I’ll be kicked out any day just because they want to raise the rent..No one believes us because we are young. Whats sad is this is really long and it’s not even half of the problems. I just don’t feel that this is right. It even says it’s not in our lease. Yet they still do nothing, and if i press the matter further I’ll end up homeless. I have no way to prove anything. If anyone has any impute please do.. I’m at the point where I would rather be homeless then have to deal with this everyday. I see all the other comments on here as to people are being to picky about noise.. But believe me I’m not..I hear they’re music all the time (old building I understand that) but a lil boom boom is okay but when I can hear the vocals clear as day in the front of my apt when they’re stereo is in back thats a lil much..and kid’s I know they’re loud. But letting them dribble a basket ball? I think thats a bit much too.. I hear every step they take, but i don’t complain about that or how they slam every door. I understand that it’s they’re home and they will LIVE in it..I can put up with a lot but when picture’s fall off my walls and I can FEEL the noise they’re making thats as far as I can go.


  71. May 31, 2007 at 11:14 am, Guest said:

    i had a leak in my bath room for days everytime i use the bathroom water was leaking on my head. i took pictures. also it took 3mos. for them to fix my disher. now im having promblem with niosy nebiors i’ve called the police, and i’v told the office. as soon as the police leave or the office close they start right back up. is there somthing suppose be taken off of my rent?what can i do?


  72. June 07, 2007 at 3:38 pm, Guest said:

    We were living in one bed room apt (1st floor), after my daughter was born, our Landlord (LL) asked us to move into 2-bed room apt because, we are 4 people now. We agreed and moved into 2-bed room apt (1st floor), two months ago. Since, we moved in, we are having huge problem with other tenant (Mr.X) who is living below (basement) us. He says we are noisy, in particular my kids. We contorl our 4+ yrs and 10 months old kids. Almost every day Mr.X hitting on the ceiling and walls. My kids getting agitated by him. Also, he stands outside and yelling at us. I called police 3 times, they came, heard the problem and said, we have to solve this problem with our LL. The LL was trying to move Mr.X to other apt, and he gave him the apt he wanted but he is refusing to move.

    We never had this problem in the last 4.5 yrs”, i.e., we are not noisy to others and control our kids well. If people were complained about my kids before, LL would have not given us this 2 BR apt.and renewed our lease. However, about Mr. and Mrs. X: Recently, they moved into this apt. They are retired people, never lived in apt before and stay home 24/7/365. Their expctation is that this place should be like a nursing home. Thast is why, LL asked them to move to another apt where they can feel like nursing home: When LL offered them 2-BR apt. in the first floor, they said, No, asked for 1BR. LL offered them 1BR in the first floor, they said No, asked for 1 BR in the basement. LL giving them 1BR in the basement, they say NO, for no reason. We didn’t move to another apt in the first floor, because, we may have to deal with another sensitive guy (no tolerance) like Mr.X. If we get an apt in the basement, we will move and its solve our problem for ever. Mr.X is harassing us and my kids.

    We really don’t know what to do? To solve the problem, we asked our LL to gives us the 1-BR apt. that is available in the basement. He refused to give us saying that 4 People!!?? can not live in 1-BR apt. Mr.X is really scaring and harassing us. Our lease is for another 10 months. Is there any legal option to deal with these people? Please send your reply to [email protected]


  73. June 13, 2007 at 10:22 pm, Guest said:

    Hey, I am in your same boat. My landlord will not do anything and the cops will not either. I live next to someone who is rude, nocturnal and loves rap.I hate living here.


  74. June 22, 2007 at 2:29 pm, Guest said:

    I recently went through dealing with a noisy tenant above me. I reported the problem to the landlord for three months- always with a civil and mature tone. At one point, the landlord did try to get out of the issue by suggesting that I complain directly to the tenant myself in the future. I politely declined responsibility for dealing with the noise issue and continued directing the problems to the manager. After four months he began to tire of the problem and came up with several solutions himself, including allowing me the option of breaking my lease or moving to an upper floor apartment. The key was in the way that I handled it with the manager. By maintaining a professional, mature tone and never reciprocating with noise of my own, I was able to get the manager’s sympathy. This won’t always work, as you have read from other poster’s nightmare stories, but I found that a helpful ally in your contentment can often be the onsite manager/landlord.


  75. June 30, 2007 at 2:55 am, Guest said:

    There should be a law against apartments not providing sound insulation and not enforcing their community rules.
    I lived in an apartment next to a person who just went through a divorce…he called me nosy because he yelled his business through the walls. I repeated the details to the manager to get her to calm him down. I didn’t need to hear it.
    He made use of prostitutes, played his games all day, fussed and run off his kids daily. I shouldn’t have known any of this ..if he’d respect our rights and not yell his business at all hours.
    I talked to the manager and she’d do nothing.
    She wanted us to remain and gave us a discount on bigger apartment away from him at the end of our lease. The buildings we lived in were old and big.
    We lived upstairs for awhile and while people could hear us walking..there was no complaint..but then a immigrant family moved in below us and cranked their tv up during the day and played loud guitar music at night…the idiot thought he could play and thought we wanted to hear his insane attempt at practicing his club music. Then a 5member Korean family living in a one bedroom gave a sub woofer to their youngest. When the adults leave the kids crank it up!
    That was it i had to go..The Koreans saw the ones beneath us inviting more of their obnoxious family to the apartment they got scared about who their new neighbors were going to be.
    We now live in a nicer apt that sends courtesy notes to violators. We just moved in and tried to tolerate a wannabe eminem, rambunctious toddler and his trailer trash wife. Music loaded with bass, stomping, and
    wife yelling…all cut off after a call to the manager’s office!


  76. July 01, 2007 at 10:16 am, Guest said:

    I’ve never, ever seen a one story apartment. Where do you live?


  77. July 01, 2007 at 10:33 am, Guest said:

    Markus…tell me more. Did this actually work for YOU? Is this truly legal? In what state do you live?


  78. July 01, 2007 at 11:16 am, Guest said:

    OMG, I would be SO BLESSED if that works out for me! Reading your post, I had to wonder if I had written it!
    I just got new upstairs neighbors (this past week). They are a young couple with a young child and a toddler. The kids are allowed to play as if in an outdoor playground – balls bouncing, running, wrestling, etc! They and the adults slam everything they touch! And at 5am each and every morning, one of the adults goes to the bathroom and let’s the ceramic seat drop – BANG! – when they’re done, wrenching me out of sleep! I’m back to wearing foam earplugs each night, but even they (the highest rated solution) don’t keep that noise out! I find myself envying deaf people! But you can still feel the vibrations of all this noise! Especially when the kids run and hit the floor! I’m about to lose my mind!
    Yesterday, in the midst of it, I called the office and spoke to my leasing agent. I only moved in two months ago, but I asked her if they had this unit available on a top floor (four story buildings). She has one coming available next week. She said she won’t even charge me the transfer fee. (GET THAT IN WRITING). I didn’t even bother explaining the problem when she asked. I know the office won’t do anything about these new people. Heck, they put them in the unit.
    In any case – moving to another unit is fine, BUT – I just moved in here two months ago and don’t have any extra money now. I’m a normal working person and started a new job the same week I moved in. I don’t have reserve cash. I have no way to actually move my belongings. I’m also inconvenienced by the fact that I actually have a medical handicap and can’t easily climb stairs – the reason I’m currently in a first floor apt.
    Trust me, I am the quietest neighbor you can have. I’m single and I was raised in a family that respects their surroundings and other people. I kick my shoes off as soon as I enter my apt. I don’t walk hard when I walk around the apt. I don’t slam doors. I hold the toilet seat when I close it. I pay my rent on time each month. I don’t play music or my TV loud. I listen to an MP3 player instead of my stereo when I’m moving around.
    I WISH I lived above myself because I’m aware that I live in a building with other strangers! How can other people be so selfish and rude???
    So…I have no money to actually make the move to an apartment that will be hard for me to get into each day. I just went through changing the address on everything – bank, driver’s license, job, utilities and internet, subscriptions, car and insurance – EVERYTHING. Why am I the one who has to suffer with this major inconvenience when I’m one of the good neighbors? I want to move into a house SO BAD (in a quiet neighborhood with decent people), but that’s not a financial possibility for me yet. 🙁
    There are people – like you – who are just BLESSED. I want to be one of those people. I think I deserve it.
    Man, this is pathetic! I HATE apartments! (Trust me, it was not in my plans to be in another one. That’s another story.)


  79. July 01, 2007 at 11:31 am, Guest said:

    Now back to the REAL world . . .
    I actually thought about this option once. I figured, I’ll stop being a nice quiet neighbor and just do as I please, when I please – screw my neighbors as they continue to screw me.
    But you know what? I can’t. I’m just not that nasty.
    And the part about “you fall asleep easy”? That’s not even possible. You don’t fall asleep at all if you have mini bombs going off over your head all night or bass music blasting!
    I doubt there really is a solution besides praying to hit the lottery and build a house on a few acres or … wow, that’s all I can think of. :>


  80. July 07, 2007 at 8:01 pm, Anonymous said:

    Before I bought my first house, I was harassed and bullied by a former downstairs neighbor who complained that his ceiling squeaked everytime I walked. This is despite the fact that I always walked barefoot and never wore shoes in my apartment. The only noise that came out of my former apartment was the result of everyday living and not the result of loud overnight parties or me turning up the stereo or the TV. Yet, that sociopathic bastard was able to get two backstabbing leasing consultants to put two written warnings in my file for “heavy walking”, never mind that I always walked normal. This happened in a six month period. The management never took any action against him.

    I eventually moved out because of the unwarranted harassment from both the downstairs neighbor and the poorly trained leasing consultants. I left a negative review of the apartment on this site and that little creep ex-downstairs neighbor (or maybe it was one of the leasing consultants that wrote me up) has responded to my review by making me out to be the bad guy by saying I’m inconsiderate and that I do this on “purpose” and has also posted libelous and defamatory stuff about me. The idiots who monitor this site have refused to remove his libelous and defamatory comments about me, but previously have removed my reviews on two occasions, due to a technicality that I’m supposed to say “management” and not “the manager” on my review.

    I should add that the creep who no longer lives there moved below me at about the time the apartment complex began participating in the Section 8 program. So when shopping for an apartment, make sure that the complex you want to move to isn’t participating in Section 8.

    I think many times people who complain about noise that is unavoidable or noise resulting from everyday living should get a life and seek psychiatric counseling to deal with their problems. Usually, the people doing the complaining are angry, miserable and irrational people who like to create trouble for others when there is none.

    If you want to see my review and the nasty comments from my former downstairs neighbor, go to Phoenix, Arizona and look up Saddleback.

    By the way, Saddleback changed their name to Sierra Ranch, so if it doesn’t come up under the old name, look it up under the new name.


  81. July 21, 2007 at 12:30 am, Guest said:

    Interesting story, kind of enjoyable, but….HOLY PARAGRAPHS BATMAN!!!!


  82. August 01, 2007 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    Your rights to make noise, smoke, etc. end at my wall. If your music or noise is entering my apartment it is you who have to turn it down…under most laws it is not me that has to deal with the nuisance.

    The annoyed do not have to compromise. You do.
    I agree….especially if I’m paying rent or a house note.. I’m paying for shelter.. not someone else’s pollution, noise, and inconsideration!
    With free will comes rewards and consequences..


  83. August 09, 2007 at 1:11 pm, Guest said:

    Oh how I can sympathize with everyone forced to listen to the sounds of inconsiderate and uncivilized neighbors. I’ve been fighting a 6 month battle with the woman that lives next door. There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel her presence in my apartment. I’m not talking about normal living noises–opening and shutting doors, hanging a picture (at normal hours), etc. But this woman has less consideration than my right toe: she’s a horrendous door slammer (shakes MY door frame and walls), starts her stereo from early morning, with full bass, until evening, encourages her psychotic dog to not only bark in the hallway, but to play in front of my front door as she loudly announces (in the hallway) to her dog, in a baby voice “be quiet the mean neighbor doesn’t like when you make noise,” listens to movies at such high volume, for days on end, that I hear not only the bass, but the melody, dialogue, and anything else seemingly floating through my apartment. I bang on the wall and she has the nerve to report ME to management for banging on the wall. She’s 50, I suspect has a drinking problem, and is the most inconsiderate hag that one can imagine. Oh, and I pay almost $2000/month for a studio apartment.


  84. August 23, 2007 at 3:30 am, Guest said:

    Unfortunately it doesn’t exactly work that way. People are allowed to make so much noise and there is nothing you can do but deal with it. And alot of times the noise level is not even within reason. I called the police on a neighbor once because they were so loud….dispatcher on phone “please speek up as I can’t here you because of all the background noise” this background noise was the neighbors….all the police told them to do was to shut the music off by 11pm…never told them they had to be quiet, was told the law allows them to make noise untill 11pm…thats just crazy!


  85. August 25, 2007 at 7:53 pm, Guest said:

    Holy moly. And I thought my neighbors were bad.
    Have you tried using a voodoo doll?
    It’s worth a shot!


  86. August 25, 2007 at 8:02 pm, Guest said:

    I agree, but my roommate and I are college students living in an apartment and I am completely anal about noise. I can’t sleep unless everything is quiet. I don’t turn up the music, because I can hear things just fine and a normal level, and my tv is small without extra speakers. I believe I’m pretty considerate of my neighbors – I turn off my car stereo (and lights at night (because they shine into people’s windows) before entering the parking lot and I don’t talk until I’m in my apartment because the hallway has high ceilings and voices carry.
    My neighbors below me SUCK. They’re in their 30s (at least) and do exactly what you would think teenagers would. They have loud music playing early in the morning (3AM), are constantly driving in and out of the parking lot with their radios blasting. I can’t watch TV in my living if they are because their’s is so loud.
    So anyway…just letting you know that not all college students are rude little brats…most of them are, but not all…


  87. September 04, 2007 at 8:54 pm, Guest said:

    My Parents have been living in this rent control apartment in NYC for over 35 years now. Our landlord can care less about our noisy neighbors. Loud music, dragging furniture day and night, screaming at video games. WTF! Why can’t neighbors be respectful of each other. Is it because they don’t know any better and it is acceptable in their culture to be a pain in the _ _ _?


  88. September 10, 2007 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    usually when there are several others also dealing with the same thing; not just one family getting a one paragraph typed/written specifing the problem-without emotions sort-a legal sounding ..and having everyone else around the noise problem (sign it) and THEN have it..given to management should help…also everyone that has signed should have a copy and should more than two or three have cause to contact the authorities; (give them one)…after these things- eventually the management will act or perhaps then a lawyer will help. This is easier than one person always complaining because it is more effective when management knows-it is effecting others/and when authorities also know it is going on they too will eventually report it to management to try to alleviate it as well. It isn’t easy to stay calm esp when you lack sleep..but if someone is ill/recovering from such; or has other small kids this is effecting say -school work because of their lack of sleep…these things can help prompt a landlord into some action. It takes unity and time -a trail of evidence sometime but worth the effort..and worth staying calm in the meantime-esp if moving isn’t an option.


  89. September 24, 2007 at 6:25 pm, Guest said:

    I SO feel your pain on this one, I have people like this below and next to me. I’m losing my mind. The cops are going to start having to be called in in my situation, because my landlord does nothing about this. You should not have to pay money to live like this, I don’t care what or where the place is. People are given money to provide a good place to live, and if they don’t they deserve to be reprimanded.


  90. October 01, 2007 at 12:17 am, Guest said:

    My own roommates never stop making noise. I hate it so much. I can never sleep. They never listen to me, they just play rap all day and all night. they get so stoned they don’t know what’s happening and they throw stuff around. Its so loud. I’m studying for grad school~ I don’t even know how they are living here by college, they never study! 24/7 party. I’m gonna lose it.


  91. October 02, 2007 at 6:19 pm, Guest said:

    What did you do and did it work ? Im in the same situation in HB,CA as well, we have been in our place for 15 years and these idiots just moved in.. We have never had a compliant before this.. Im living paying lots of rent and can’t get any peace..Help


  92. October 08, 2007 at 3:27 pm, Guest said:

    I can so feel your pain, not just yours but everyone else. I am an owner of a private house and I have my tenants living upstairs, and when they play their music they don’t play for themself, they play it for the hole neighborhood. At the end of their lease term their gone.


  93. October 11, 2007 at 3:21 pm, Guest said:

    i need information on how to sound proof a door. please email it to [email protected] or [email protected] please i need it to help some students soundproof a library pleaseee!!!!


  94. October 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:



  95. October 22, 2007 at 10:35 pm, Guest said:

    Its great that everyone is venting. I have the same intolerable situation. I’m sure you all understand me when I say that I live over a heavymetal drummer-and he is selfish and beligerant. But I was hoping to find answers here. Can anyone post solutions to there problems or ideas?
    Excited to hear your thoughts-Thanks


  96. October 24, 2007 at 12:23 am, Guest said:

    Hi I may have found a solution to SOME situations. I’m the guy who lives above the HeavyMetal drummer, I just found industrial headphone earmuffs with noise cancellation AND audio input for your TV/iPod/Computer!
    PA4000 Safety Earmuff (149.00USD, buy before years end and get extra radio set offer)

    It will not solve all problems but if your situation is like mine–I just need to block out the NOISE for 2-3 hours at a time. These muffs are rated for low freq noise cancellation, like heavy machinery (or hopefully bass/stereo/games/etc.)
    I will repost a review after they are delivered.
    Thanks and good luck out there- kk


  97. October 26, 2007 at 11:54 am, Guest said:

    hallelujah! Silence.
    I can work again!
    Hi, I posted the previous two posts (HM drummer)
    I just got the headphones. They came the next day! Great. I work from home, so when that jerk started at it (9am!) I put them on, and …. silence. it completely cut-out his playing. The headphones have a jack to plug your radio/cd/ipod into, so I put on my morning news, had a cup of joe, and started to work.
    I would highly recommend them for those of you who need to work from home or cut out the noise of your nieghbors non-stop stereo/bass/games or street noise. Admittedly, they are large and a bit ugly, but if your more concerned with tolerating your situation (i.e. selfish neighbors) they are well worth the money.
    Good luck to all,
    kk07003 at yahoo dot com


  98. October 27, 2007 at 6:35 pm, Guest said:

    Oh my god i’m so glad to find this page to vent. A new shop opened below our apartments 4 days ago I dont think I have slept since. It is a barbershop which you would think would be quite oh hell no!!
    Around 9am every morning they get to work and on goes that horrible annoying “music”.. but see I cant hear the music just the annoying back beat base part of it.. it vibrates through my apartment and I cant get away from it. I work nights so by the time I get home and all I’m not in bed till after 2am and 9am is crazy early for me. Once they wake me up forget it its tossing and turning and thats it. I can hear it over my shower my tv I cant relax at all. I found myself just leaving the apartment to go sit in a store just to get away from it. Seriously this is a barbershop not a dance club what is the deal?? I am about 1 more day away from sitting on the couch rocking back and forth waiting for the people in white coats. My job is stressfull enough now I cant even come home and relax I just sit here begging them to go home and shut up. I cant belive it I have been here almost 6 years and the past 4 days have been a living nightmare. Trust me I have tried running fans and earplugs it just cuts through all that I dont know what to do.. I really would love to run down and smash the radio but I cant.
    Last night Friday night they were in there with the shop closed till 10pm… I just cant belive some people its amazing.


  99. October 27, 2007 at 11:06 pm, Guest said:

    i can relate to your loud neighbors, i have the same problems and it is a nightmare, i pray all the time about it. the music and parties, the loud tv on all night above my bedroom, i have’nt had a good night sleep in four years. theres not much cooperation with management. they really don’t care. i want to move but i’m afraid i’ll just have the same kind of inconsiderate people around me. it’s awful to dread coming home from work, that should be a happy time, to relax and have peace and quiet. i feel hopeless about this.


  100. November 09, 2007 at 11:22 am, Guest said:

    If your neighbors are making your life a living hell due to excessive noise, here’s what you should do. The most important this is to remain calm no matter how angry you get.

    Before filing any formal complaints, try talking to the neighbor who is making the noise, sometimes people do not realize that the noise in their apartment can be heard from someone else’s apartment even if it may be obvious to everyone else. Speak to them in a polite manner. Make sure you keep a record of the day and time you spoke to them. If the neighbor is considerate, you will notice that they will tone the noise down. If they are jerks, you might notice that they will start making more noise on purpose. If this happens, send them a certified letter. In your letter note the date and time you spoke to them and state that the noise from their apartment has escalated since that date. Do not threaten them or say anything nasty in the letter no matter how angry you are. Just make it clear to them that if the noise continues, you will inform management. If they are really inconsiderate, they will not care and will continue making noise. I suggest that you get a recorder that uses a microphone. If they live above you tape the microphone to your ceiling and record all the noise coming from their apartment. Also have someone who is not family witness the noise in your apartment. Keep a record of the days and times that the noise is going on.

    When the noise continues, send a certified letter to the landlord. You might want to include a copy of the letter you sent your neighbor. Many Leases have a clause on Warranty of Habibility and some have specific clauses on Noise. This can be used to your advantage since a Lease is a legal contract that both you and your landlord signed as so did the inconsiderate neighbors, who are clearly not abiding by the terms of their lease. Keep your letter short and to the point stating the type of noise the tenants are making and the hours that this is going on. If there is a noise Clause on your lease, quote it in the letter. Tell the landlord that the noise is affecting your health and thank him in advance for taking care of the situation. (You don’t want to come off as a crazy angry person in your letter) Keep a copy of the letter you send your landlord along with the letter you sent your neighbor and the receipts for the certified mail along with the recordings. All this will help you if you have to go to court.

    Here in NY we have 311. If you have this service, call them every time your neighbor is making excessive noise. They will give you a complaint number. You can later on contact them to get them to send you these complaints in writing.

    If the Landlord does not do anything about the noise problem, you have a few options. You can take your Landlord to court if you want to break your lease and move or you might even be able to get a rent abatement due to the conditions (make sure to bring all your proof, letters you have sent, recordings, logs, 311 complaints (not the #’s but the actual hardcopy complaint from 311) and witnesses, if you have any.

    If you don’t want to take that route, you can try suing your neighbor in small claims court. You will need proof. Here is where the letters and recordings will help. Sometimes inconsiderate people will continue to be jerks until you hit them in their pockets. Sad that it has to be that way but that I think will be the most effective way of stopping the nuisance. The more proof you have the better your chances of winning the case. So make sure you have dates, times, letters you have sent to the tenants, Landlord, your state representatives, complaint documentation–the more documentation you have, the better. If these people are not letting you sleep and it’s affecting your health, go to the doctor and get this documented.

    No one has to put up with this type of nuisance. Do not think that there is nothing you can do–you just have to do it the smart way, which will take much patience from your part. We live in times where rents are escalating like crazy and we have to work really hard just to pay our rent. It makes no sense to work so hard, pay most of our money on rent for an apartment where we can’t get any peace, relaxation or sleep. Do Reasearch. Get Educated and put an end to noise pollution. Hope this helps.


  101. November 16, 2007 at 2:53 am, Anonymous said:

    I live in a nice apartment building in the downtown area. I don’t have cable TV, I mainly watch what I like over the internet as most shows are now aired that way. I watch at a very VERY quiet volume because apparently the neighbor’s can hear between the walls and the floors, as I recieved banging and a note. Thats when I turned everything down so quiet.

    Now my problem, the neighbor’s claimed they heard bass, when I don’t even own a stereo of any type. My PC speakers have a bass option, but I have it completely turned off on the speaker and through the PC options. I can’t seem to even play a game or watch TV at the quietest volume at any time w/o getting harassed from the neighbors. Do I have any rights to watch or listen to ANYTHING in my home at a reasonable volume? I’ve brought numerous friends into my apartment to listen for noise, and none of them thought it was loud, some couldn’t even hear what I was watching! Apparently the people beside and below me have super hearing, because in the thin wall between my room and my roommates, I can’t hear a thing.

    My question is this, what should I do? Do I have any rights or do I have to go purchase a family set of wireless headphones just to be able to enjoy what I could have at any other location I have lived.. Thanks for the help.


  102. November 24, 2007 at 11:22 am, Guest said:

    Sometimes, people who complain are people who like piece and quiet. It doesn’t matter whether or not you were wearing shoes, it’s whether or not you considered the complaint and walked with a lighter step if you were in fact a heavy walker. You are living among people so you should consider other people. Some people, like myself, are very sensitive to noise and should probably live in the country (it’s a fantasy I have), or a top-floor apartment, but until then, “heavy walkers” will hear complaints from us.

    I did not harass my former neighbors upstairs, but I did ask them to be considerate. They were not. I complained to the leasing office about them. They have since moved. I don’t know the circumstances of their move, but I do know that while they were here they ignored my request.


  103. November 25, 2007 at 11:28 am, Guest said:

    I am living in an apartment complex with only six units, but I am stuck in the middle. There are two upstairs and downstairs apartments on each end and then my downstairs unit, and the one above me smack in the middle. two of the units (the apt. above me and the one across from it) are both vacant so I have been lucky for a few months. Fortunatley I lived underneath a young woman who was never at home, so I rarely heard her walking upstairs.

    Before I moved in however, the neighbors across from me told me that she used to have very loud parties, and was warned at least three times to quit doing that. I think that is why she made her self scarce by the time I moved in. I was having problems with the apt. that I shared a wall with. The adults were fine and I never heard them, it was their 4 year old little boy that was the problem. This kid would scream for at least half an hour after they put him to bed (my bedroom shared a wall with his room), By that time, the parents would allow him to turn on the TV in his room to get him to go to sleep……bad habit to get a person into by the way!!! This TV blared all night long, and I could hear EVERYTHING from whatever was on……dialouge, music, commercials, etc….

    Eventually, they moved out about three months ago, and now I have a couple living there with two daughters under 5 years old. I only hear these kids every once in a great while though.

    Something else that really yanks my chain also, is tenants that allow non-tenants (friends, family, etc..) to use the laundry room. There is only one washer and one dryer in this complex and when I have at least two loads to do, I hate having to come home to find Joe Visitor carrying a hamper into the laundry room.

    Back to the noise issue though, a lot of times…it is not the people, it is just the poor construction of these apartments. The walls, floors, and roof are never well insulated in these places (no matter how much your landlord gets out of you for rent). It is usually just normal day to day living, and for some reason, it tends to be magnified in an apartment.


  104. November 25, 2007 at 4:08 pm, Guest said:

    What is wrong with the laws in this country?? Someone can sue McDonalds for spilling a hot cup of coffee THEY themselves ordered and people like us who live in apartment complexes with neanderthals have to just “take it”? I especially appreciate the family who lives above us snottingly saying that since we don’t have small children, we just don’t understand they just need to live their lives. We did have small children who never acted like the “time out” kids who are running the world today. Bottom dwellers need to unite and form a support group. We should have rights too.


  105. November 30, 2007 at 12:26 am, Guest said:

    Hmm.. These stories are interesting. I will share mine I guess. Been in this top floor Apt. for about 8 years now, yeah way too long. Was going to buy a house a few times but been laid off a couple times and the stability wasn’t there. Anyway, I’m a network engineer and work in an office 8-5 like a lot of other people. So i get up at 6 go to bed around 10-10:30. The girl who lived below me for about 4 years was great. She was a teacher so our schedules were similar and even though this is an old apt. I really tried to avoid the creaky spots, that I knew were around in abundance. Then.. an ex-military college kid moves in with some dim witted girlfriend, the teacher got married. Now I’m ex-military and have a 4 year degree, so I have been in his shoes. But unlike him I don’t expect things from people, don’t think I’m more deserving because I served. He was a Marine though, not the brightest of the bunch. Anyway, well obviously a mid 20’s kid in an apt. with a dimwitted girlfriend is going to bring fights and arguments. At first I tried to breath and change my sleeping habits, wearing headphones and such, but then after I received some bangs on my floor from my new HD TV at 8pm watching a hockey game I got pissed. So.. I rearranged my furniture to give the Jarhead and Dimwit the full experience of being below someone. I can sleep with my old Sony 27″ TV on all night while it sits on the floor and I have re-found enjoyment of listening to music with bass, pearl jam, rage against the machine, and others. I occasionally pull out the PC with 10k songs on a sub woofer. He has knocked on the door and I have shut it on his face to have the cops knock on my door. Ironically for him the cop that showed up was a high school friend that I spent about 45 minutes talking to while my music was still on. And he gave me the greenlight that it wasn’t that loud, just too loud for Jarhead. So.. to all those that are complaining about the upstairs folks I say, piss off. Some of us try to sympathize with you regarding the building age and your situation being below and this doesn’t seem good enough. I pay my rent while I’m here and I have decided I will use all my space, even the creak spots. So now if I hear them I am sure to make sure they hear me, for a few days. Quid pro quo


  106. December 01, 2007 at 11:36 am, Guest said:

    hmmm, Did you ever try speaking with him? It sounds like you just decided to be difficult. Did you ever tell him that his arguments were interfering with your peace/sleep? I hope you just didn’t jump the gun and say, “well, f**k him!”
    That kind of attitude is as much a part of the problem as the person who is inconsiderate.


  107. December 03, 2007 at 9:57 am, Guest said:

    you sound like a jerk


  108. December 03, 2007 at 1:56 pm, Guest said:

    oh my gosh, i can relate to your story. i have been in the same apt. for 12 years, (sad to say) but when my 5 year old was born my downstaris neighbors started complaining to our landlord that we making too much noise. We are a family of four me, my hubby, my 12 and 5 yr old boys. We are quiet people, we don’t normally fight, play loud music or have big parties. we don’t smoke, drink or stay up past 11 pm at the latest. We are to be honest, just a good happy wholesome family trying to make it in the world. My kids are not loud or disrespectful at all. My neighbors are an older couple with an adult son that lives at home. They chain smoke and are sickly. Noone works, they just stay home all the time. They complain alllllllllll the time. They have called the cops the landlord and elder abuse, saying that we are up at all hours, that we have wild parties and that my husband is on drugs. We have tried mediation, but they back out every time.
    Now they have resorted to banging on their ceiling everytime they hear a noise that is unacceptable to them. It is so awful that I wake up in the morning and the first thought I have is, “oh no, is that too loud, are they being bothered?” Oh man, its such a heavy burden and my kids are scared,. it is harrasment. I wish we could move, but the price of rentals has skyrocketed in our area and our rent is still doable. Help!!!!


  109. December 06, 2007 at 9:38 pm, Guest said:

    I live with three girls. two upstars, and I live with another girl downstairs. the girl living on top of me make so much noise whenever she walks. I told her to stop doing that nicely, and she is pretty nasty about it and keeps doing the same thing. I’m sure she makes that noise on purpose, who walks that way though? I walk as quiet as a cat. she is doing that on purpose. I’m ready to go up there and scream if she keeps doing this kind of shit


  110. December 21, 2007 at 7:59 pm, Guest said:

    something happen to me- guy and his girl walked,stomp
    all night like they sleep in their shoes.. knock on the door -no answer…noise continued with fights.. i moved …that kind of shit is crazzzzzy…..


  111. December 21, 2007 at 8:06 pm, Guest said:

    i did the same thing… turn my tv up loud –guy come downstair..knocking hard asking me to turn down my music down.. i told him when you playing that one note guitar and beating your girl…i don’t knock on your door… for a few days it was quiet……


  112. December 21, 2007 at 8:48 pm, Guest said:

    the question is- why are the neighbors listening in on your private space..


  113. December 21, 2007 at 8:54 pm, Guest said:

    when i was a kid –i sat down no running in the house
    by the way who needs to live thier live -the parents or the kids…..


  114. December 21, 2007 at 8:56 pm, Guest said:

    it is the PEOPLE because i am quiet…..


  115. December 21, 2007 at 8:59 pm, Guest said:

    hey — i did that it all work… the noise stoped…


  116. December 21, 2007 at 9:17 pm, Guest said:

    that dragging furniture day and night is ludacris
    that playing music loud is insane..neighbors need help with psychiatrist…..


  117. December 21, 2007 at 9:23 pm, Guest said:

    she got nerves.. i need to be your house guest ..i show her what being a guiet neighbor is all about….


  118. December 21, 2007 at 9:26 pm, Guest said:

    if it was me — my room mate will lose themselves right out…..


  119. December 21, 2007 at 9:31 pm, Guest said:

    11pm— should be sleeping….


  120. December 21, 2007 at 9:41 pm, Guest said:

    i belive you–whay was he listening to your every move— management manager what’s the difference that former neighbor needs to be sued for name slamming you….


  121. December 21, 2007 at 9:44 pm, Guest said:

    take mr.X to housing court….


  122. December 21, 2007 at 9:55 pm, Guest said:

    take landlord to housing court… and by the way –your funky neighbor she is jealous you got a man… and she wants that apartment…..


  123. December 22, 2007 at 9:14 am, Guest said:

    hmmmm…. what a jerk you are. If you lived above me, I would have bought a gun and shot you threw the ceiling.


  124. December 29, 2007 at 9:37 pm, Guest said:

    I also have this problem, the girl downstairs blasts her stereo all day and night. and her kids run wild. it wouldnt be that bad if she played something new. How many days in a row can one person listen to the thong song 17 times . I brought her up stairs to show her how loud it was and she started a fight with me and now plays it even louder. The cops came so many times they wont come any more. The landlord evicted her but she started screaming at the land lady and she is so stupid and scary she said ok you can stay. MY kids cant nap. and trying to get the baby to sleep at night is a joke. So When the baby gets up bright and early in the morning we jump around, vacuum, that kind of stuff and they hav the nerve to bang on the wall and talk crap. A few days it will be new years eve. We plan on borrowing a friends stereo and subs and showing them how to really blast a stereo!!!!


  125. January 01, 2008 at 9:38 am, Guest said:

    I understand everyone needs quiet, but if you the landlord knew that they had children, you should of took some consideration that children will be children children and they will run, jump, play and oh I forgot BE CHILDREN!

    Do you have children if you did then you what I am referring to as how children will be.

    I can understand that older children know better but small children are growing to learn and will in time.


  126. January 08, 2008 at 12:13 am, Guest said:

    hmmm….i don’t know what city you live in but where i live if you tried talking directly to them they would find out where your car was parked and take a baseball bat to it. nice of you to have a “let’s talk” attitude, but not all of the world is as understanding. i have lived in my apartment for 11 months and we are GONE! @ the end of this month. our neighbors NEVER shut up and the security and management has done nothing about it even though we have been complaining from the time we moved in. the floors are concrete and the ceilings are 18 feet high and so apparently they thought it would be a good idea to get a basketball goal and play at 3 in the morning. my boyfriend and i couldn’t take it anymore and so we now compete with them when they decide to put a track ON REPEAT for 3 hrs. (rage against the machine does work very well!)


  127. January 13, 2008 at 1:26 am, Guest said:

    I just moved into my apt 1 week ago and then 3 frat boys moved in above me. Sounds as if they are bouncing bowling balls over my head at all hours of the night. The landlords answer? She can’t tell them what time to go to bed and suggested I buy a “white noise machine.”


  128. January 13, 2008 at 6:22 am, Guest said:

    oh i am going crazy! i hate rude people i know how ya feel. i have this native guy – who lives on the 5th floor in my apt block- he is drunk all the time and bringing tons of people over. door always open screaming yelling falling down the stairs all most every saturday from 1 am to 6 am and i cant sleep. so i be calling the landloard tomorrow morning
    and complaining!


  129. January 21, 2008 at 7:04 pm, Guest said:

    So me and my roomate have been living in our apartment for about 3 months now. We have had maybe 1 or 2 people over at a time. And that isn’t that often when we do have people over. About a month ago we got a 10 day notice on our door saying that our music was too loud one night and that if we had any complaints in the next 10 days we would have to vacate. I went and talked to our apartment manager and she said that maybe it was where are radio was in the apartment and that we could try moving it…so we did that. She also said that in case it got too loud for our neighbors we should exchange phone numbers with them and just let them know when we would be having people over…so we did that also. 2 days ago we had planned to have some people over so we went and talked to our neighbors and they were all fine with it. They even came over and had some drinks with us. The next day I got a very rude call from the apartment manager saying we have no respect for anyone but ourselves and that she was going to send a sherriff over and we would have 24 hours to vacate. Is this legal for them to be able to kick us out in 24 hours? I know it got a little loud but we did everything they told us to do. Moved our radio and talked to the neighbors. I need help with this.


  130. February 05, 2008 at 8:39 am, Guest said:

    Right on! Piss on them!


  131. February 16, 2008 at 8:12 pm, Guest said:

    I can also relate to all these posts…I too have tried everything to stop the downstairs noisemaking jerks. Asked nicely, didn’t work, complain to mgmt, what a joke that was…called the cops, they didn’t show, and my spouse IS a cop! But he can’t just show up downstairs with his badge and gun much as we’d love to it just doesn’t work that way…it seems to me that with “fair housing” laws that protect EVERYBODY’S civil rights according to race, gender, disability, nationality, etc, why shouldn’t there be protection for those who just want to live in peace and quiet??? Just like there are senior communities that can deny anyone under a particular age, there should be communities that require a certain level of quiet. You only live there if that is what you are looking for and you are assured others there want the same. Let the rude, loud, inconsiderate ones all live together and enjoy each others’ noise.

    Landlords seem to be able to get away with ignoring lease violators until the negatively affected party is forced to do something drastic and costly like see a lawyer and/or sue or end up with the huge cost and inconvenience of actually moving. How is that fair?? When there seem to be so many people with this same problem as witnessed in this blog (and many others) why on earth is there no justice about this issue??? We are RIDICULOUSLY quiet and considerate and just want the same in return not to mention the most important thing…we and the jerks are bound by the same lease yet they are able to violate repeatedly with no consequence.

    I totally identify with those here who are on their last nerve. Many times while enduring the ruckus downstairs, I eyeball my Louisville slugger and debate how embarrassing it might be for my husband to get called while on duty and told his wife was being booked at jail for losing it and going off on the neighbors! It’s unfortunate how seemingly relatively small situations can escalate but this is one example of how it happens. A potentially dangerous person is one who feels helpless, hopeless and victimized after consistently ‘abiding by the rules’ and ‘doing the right thing’ only to find that a perpetrator is allowed to continue their obnoxious, selfish and sometimes illegal behavior unhindered.

    We live in an apt by choice as do many people. With such a large population doing so, (especially in this part of the country) it would seem that builders would easily be able to afford to upgrade construction because of demand for units and property mgmt companies would be at the top of their game as far as “managing” yet this is not the case.

    We finally did see an attorney with all of our documentaion and are now armed with our legal rights and some viable choices. Unfortunately to permanently end the problem we may still face a bit of inconvenience and a relatively small financial cost but at this point, it is no worse than the insanity of dealing with the jerks that began the problem and those who refuse to fix it.

    They are hard to find but there are some attorneys out there who will see you for low or no cost and some areas have mediation type agencies through your local city government, look in your phonebook, it’s worth the peace of mind.

    And to all those noisemakers slamming those who want peace and quiet…karma and payback are a b*tch.


  132. February 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm, Guest said:



  133. February 25, 2008 at 9:18 am, Guest said:

    After reading about other people’s horror stories it has really helped me to feel a little better. I live on the first floor and the people on top of me have three children. They allow their children to run up and down all day. It is enough that I hear their walking, but to hear their children running all day is very frustrating. I could not take it any more so my husband and I went to confront them. I told them that they need to control their children, because they run up and down all day long.The husband responded that I make it sound like they have a bunch of hyenas and how can I tell them to control their children. My husband is the hypocrit. He started out by saying the noise is disturbing me, in other words it is not bothering him. The couple started acting like they have no idea what I was talking about, there children do not run up and down the house. I left my husband there talking with them, because I realized that we were not going to get anywhere. After that day the running stopped for about a week, but after that it started full storm. From morning to 11:30 their children was left running continuos. I never seen children with so much energy in my life. They must have attention deficit disorder. One day about one month later I could not take it anymore. When the children had went to sleep and it was quite I wanted to give them war. I opened the windows so that the other tenants could hear my loud screaming and started banging the ceiling and they started banging back. The wife came down stairs knocking on my door and I did not open the door and told her to leave. I was ready not to give them peace. We started exchanging words but what struck me the most was when she said that she pays mortgage and my husband and I pay only rent. I am in a studio so there is really no other room for me to go in. I told her this and at least now the children run in the other part of the house. Though it is still bad it is not so direct, so I would accept it until we find another place. I am drained out.


  134. February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm, Guest said:

    We have the same problem with our upstairs neighbors. When we rented our apartment, we specifically asked about noise and were told the building was concrete and very quiet. That was not the truth. The floors are wood construction, and we hear every footstep and every bowling ball that drops above us.

    After some time, we approached our neighbors and told them that the building was at fault, but asked if they would just be aware of the problem. They didn’t care. To make matters worse, their grandson visits several times a week and runs and jumps the entire time he is here.

    The doors in this building are also self-closing (read “self-slamming”), and 90% of the people here do just that … let them slam.

    I’ve complained to management many times and was ignored.

    After over two years of this, my health has suffered and my nerves are shot. I quit my job because I couldn’t take stress all day at work and then come home at night to listen to the constant thumping and bumping and heel-driving above us. We’re now in the very expensive and exhausting process of moving.


  135. March 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm, Guest said:

    I moved too. Crazy-psycho people once…….AGAIN. Now suddenly the anti-violence laws in this country make perfect sense to me! I swear, if I did not dislike being confined in close quarters I would take the law into my own hands. What type of mental condition do you possess when, without a single moment’s conscience, you can drop heavy weights on the downstairs’ neighbor’s head? How sick to follow someone from room to room to room (even the damn bathroom!!) for hours and hours and hours day in and day out. And remain in the bathroom while that person farts, shits and reads while smoking. WHen I shower, it is the same thing. They stay as long as I am there showering and when I leave the bathroom, they leave. If I knew someone big and violent I would pay him/her every penny I own to kick tall ass. What are the odds of this happening twice? Not very likely. Apparently, the walls are super-super thin and they heard me complaining to my Mom about the previous neighbors and decided to purchase some weights to make me feel exceptionally welcome. If there is really a hellish after-life, these people will definitely have front-seats w/Satan. Understand that I live alone but these people are married with children. I told the landlord that he should have told me that he had six (6) people living in a two bedroom apartment and I would not have taken the apartment. Just imagine daily tag teaming with your spouse for hours and hours to drive one person insane. I have only been living there since the first of February ’08. What the hell did they do in their marriage prior to my moving there? Must have been an incredibly boring marriage! I mean really – – apparently these morons do not read, bath, shower, brush teeth, cook, watch television OR SLEEP. Nothing!!! Senseless hours are instead spent deciphering more and more ways to make loud noises!!!!!!

    What started all this you might be wondering since naturally I moved in quietly so as not to have a repeat of the psychos I moved away (actually ran!) from previously. Well, there is a fan in the bathroom which these morons claimed was stopping them from sleeping. I told the landlord that if he knew this damn fan was so loud, why did he put it in there to annoy people. He has after all owned this building for over twenty (20) years. He claimed it was never a problem prior. He is a *&^%$ [email protected]!! Since the idiotic landlord put up storm windows even in the bathroom, I can not open the bathroom window. The only way to ventilate the bathroom is via the fan. I told her that I would make sure that it was off at night, etc. and I would be exceptionally considerate, etc., etc., etc. The next thing I knew, all types of very heavy objects were being hurled at my head. [In all fairness the heavy objects were being hurled at my head in day two or three of living there whenever I coughed (I had the flu).] Obviously, I leave out of there with a pounding headache each and every morning since this is my alarm clock.

    To make matters worse, they have found something to point through the ceilings that feels like some sort of laser. I do not hear a sound but I can feel the pain. At first I thought it was a taser-gun or something but all the manufacturers keep telling me, “No, that is impossible!” I want to scream back, “Bullshit it’s possible since I am living this nightmare.” One night I called the police having been completely fed up with this crap. The police’s response: “The government would love to get their hands on something like that!” Grrrrrrrr!! I would not have the gall or nerve to point something like this at someone I hardly know who was pissing me off. This morning, however, I was awakened with these very sharp and painful sensations in my pelvis area. It felt like menstrual cramps yet I am not on m y period. Even in my sleepygroggy state it did not take me long to realize it was them giving me my morning wake up call.

    So seeing as I have no choice in the matter but to protect myself, if I do find such a contraption I am firing that thing until someone up there croaks!!

    Naturally, I am being incredibly funny about a situation which is incredibly unbearable. I have spent many nights in hotels since being at home is painful to my neck and shoulder region and also in my legs and breasts and basically anywhere they are pointing that damn thing. When I am home, I have to sit with pillows all over me so that I do not feel the burns. That does not stop the boinks on my head, unfortunately. I paid this asshole landlord two months security plus one month’s rent so he had almost $3,000 when I moved into this very nice apartment. For the money and my area, it really is a bargain. Yet now I have no money left to move again or else I would. But for sure I know what hell on earth is like. It is the absolute worst to dread going home. I am being repeatedly attacked inside my home and there is nothing I can do about it and no one to help me.


  136. March 13, 2008 at 4:15 am, Guest said:

    I have a problem with my upstairs neighbor. We have meet and she seemed nice but recently have been having problems. I am in the military and work from 12am till 7am and am married and my wife sleeps at night and works in the morning. She is complaining of loud noises at 3 or 4 in the morning and stops on the ceiling nearly knocking pictures off the walls and my wife will end up calling me telling me about it. The lady above us has complained as well as we have. Well recently me and my wife were watching tv( 18 out of 100) and just had violent stomping at about 1130 on a day I had off. I raised my voice and asked to them to be quiet. About 10 minutes later I had a cop at my door threating to give me a ticket while me and my wife are at my door in our Pjs with the tv still going the same volume. I asked the Cop if he could hear the TV and he said NO. I have sent a letter to them and the apartment manager. What should I do, I dont want the people above us to try to do something and try to get us kicked out because of nothing.?? I think the woman is senile…if you could please tell me what I could do.. [email protected]


  137. March 14, 2008 at 9:06 am, Guest said:

    if you can afford to quit your job, then you can afford to move and let us non-old people enjoy life!!!!!!!!!


  138. March 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm, Guest said:

    I am wondering how things have been going since you wrote this? Are you getting help?


  139. March 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm, Guest said:

    Why is this post buried in with January and December? It makes me wonder what moron is controlling this layout since it is very stupid and annoying to jump back and forth thru different dates that are NOT in sequence.

    Anyway, it sounds to me like these people need serious medication and psychological treatments and testing since they can harm someone they hardly know. Mendelson’s experiment when he made people give electrical shocks should be redone to include people with mental disorders against bathroom fans.

    This husband and wife duo are probably some foreigners who needed the money since it is obvious to anyoen reading this that they are being paid to harass you because who is crazy or desperate enough to go to such extremes over an exhaust fan? This entire fiasco makes no logical sense. I suggest you go to Radio Shack and purchase one of those sonicmicrowave detectors and complile your evidence for police, law suits, etc.


  140. March 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm, Guest said:

    If you can take the time to post on this forum, possibly you can take a few extra moments to write something people would care to read about since what you just posted is asinine as HELL!


  141. March 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm, Guest said:

    I am wondering how you are doing since you wrote this? Have you been helped?


  142. March 28, 2008 at 11:46 am, Guest said:

    Well my life is a hell . i smoke excissevely now after i bought my new apartment. my work starts at 4 PM and i come back home around 1 am , eat a sndwitch and sleep for 3 hrs till this stupid family wakes up at 5 am and start banging and walking with heels on , they leave at 7 am , i sleep 1 hours then there mom starts the daily campaign of cleaning their home , moving every piece of furniture , it is wooden and scratches the floor and imagine how it sounds when im under them . i talked to them 3 times ! and they were polite but after 3 days they forget everything . now i cant afford moving or renting or even staying at a motel . i lost 15 kgs in three months and i guess im depresses . thinkinf of the situation is an obsession . may be i do something to myself . i lost the joys of life


  143. March 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    Why is this post buried in with January and December? It makes me wonder what moron is controlling this layout since it is very stupid and annoying to jump back and forth thru different dates that are NOT in sequence.

    Anyway, it sounds to me like these people need serious medication and psychological treatments and testing since they can harm someone they hardly know. Mendelson’s experiment when he made people give electrical shocks should be redone to include people with mental disorders against bathroom fans.

    This husband and wife duo are probably some foreigners who needed the money since it is obvious to anyone reading this that they are being paid to harass you because who is crazy or desperate enough to go to such extremes over an exhaust fan? This entire fiasco makes no logical sense. I suggest you go to Radio Shack and purchase one of those sonic/microwave detectors and compile your evidence for police, law suits, etc.


  144. March 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm, Guest said:

    I am just wondering since you asked this, have you found help?


  145. March 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm, Guest said:

    If you can take the time to post on this forum, possibly you can take a few extra moments to write something people would care to read about since what you just posted is asinine as HELL!


  146. April 01, 2008 at 12:34 pm, Guest said:

    oh my gosh! to everyone on here i am going through the same thing being a downstairs tenant. there is an old couple that livea above me that i swear are running a circus by night, they have a tele they leave on that i can hear and they wake up at like 430am and do god knows what! then we have miscreants who think this is some ghettoised version of friday and blast their music and have company at all times during the week and weekend standing outside and talking….isn’t that what a home is for? to entertain? i’m jus expecting DayDay and Debo to ride up along with snoop dog, screw me for not doing my research….if anyone knows how to handle this situation please let me know….i’ve written a complaints to my rentals company cause the guy who has the company at all hours of days is the maintenance man for the rental company! now it’s ackward to even walkby his house and his ;loud mouth ghetto wife is always talking crap so..needless to say i wanna pay the reletting fee and find someone else to rent this pos to….please…[email protected]
    ps. there are two GI’s that are next door to me and they don’t even get any consideration period about how this affects them getting up for work as i do at 5am!!!!!!!!!


  147. April 02, 2008 at 10:41 am, Guest said:

    I’m so sorry to here you are in so much turmoil. I know your pain. I had the very same issues last year for an entire year and also became depressed and felt trapped! It is unfortunate that anyone outside the situation cannot understand the toll that noise (especially from above) can take on a person’s mental and physical state. I was frequently brought to tears of despair and helplessness when I was also kept awake by stomping above. But there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. You will regain the joys of life if you just hang in there!

    First: Get LOTS of HIGH QUALITY ear plugs! Pick the ones that cancel out as much sound as possible. I used a lot of spongy disposables that worked pretty good. Don’t wait another minute, buy them today (even 24-hour Rite Aid and grocery stores sell them). This is a MUST if you want to regain a little bit of shuteye and your sanity!

    Temporarily relocate your sleeping quarters to the quietest part of your apt. Even if this means sleeping on the couch, on the floor, heck, even in the closet if it helps! And don’t wait to move ’til you are woken up by noise, go ahead and sleep in that spot BEFORE the ruckus begins.

    It is hard when your neighbors just don’t get it, but maybe you should calmly, but firmly plead with them using the exact words you used in this comment. You may even write them a polite letter if you are uncomfortable doing it in person, but you will lose the opportunity to best convey your emotions with your face, gestures, and posture. Perhaps they will remember to be more considerate after you tell them that it has caused you to lose so much weight and everything else. Thank them profusely for their recent efforts and for listening to your concerns. They need to know that you appreciate their good intentions. If you can get them to truly feel sympathy for your condition, that may turn things around. But be sure to express that you understand they are good neighbors and your request is just that – a request (yet, out of desperation). Don’t be afraid to let them know exactly how desperate and helpless you feel, but above all, be polite and not demanding. At this point, you have nothing to lose by being upfront with them.

    You might even consider working out a compromise. For example, maybe they will agree only to clean 3 mornings/week instead of 5 or agree not to where shoes in the room above your bed. Or buy them those little felt pads to place on the ‘feet’ of their furniture, which are cheap and sold at hardware stores. Ask them if they would consider using them and inform them that they make sliding furniture also much easier on physical effort.

    Alas, don’t be surprised when they either refuse or forget. Most people are just incapable of understanding why they should modify THEIR perfectly ‘normal’ behavior/routine just because someone else can’t deal with it. I only wish it wasn’t so.

    If speaking/writing to them one last time doesn’t resolve it, and the earplugs don’t work out, then I would do the following:

    a) See someone for your depression ASAP if you feel it is seriously compromising your daily life and well-being. NOTHING is more important than your health! If you think you can’t afford it, there must be all kinds of local affordable mental health programs out there – you just need to find ’em. See if the Dr. can teach you relaxation methods or something before just writing out a prescription. And beware of sleep-aid drugs though, they are highly addictive.

    b) Move-out! If you are trapped by your lease, then look into the fee of breaking it (usually one-month’s rent), it might be worth it. I made up a fabricated story to break a lease once, and had to even provide evidence to corroborate it, which I also did. It worked, but I still had to pay the fee. Or, see if the manager will let you relocate to another unit (upstairs) for a fee. Explain to them your deteriorating health due to the noise and maybe, just maybe, they will have a heart. Maybe if you can get a Dr.’s note explaining that you must move for your health conditions, then perhaps there is some legal loophole that will permit you to break the lease for health reasons. OR sublet your place to someone else so that you don’t break the lease. Most places have restrictions against this, but doing it illegally is an option, though a very risky one – especially if the sub-leasee is a bad tenant.

    c) Stay with a friend/relative/co-worker. They will understand if they are truly your friend and you explain that it is short-term and your health depends on it.

    d) Sleep elsewhere. Since you sleep in the daytime, you could safely and easily get away with sleeping in lots of public areas for free. I’ve napped in my car many times in multiple shopping center parking lots. (You’d probably be better off in a busier one than an empty one which would make you look suspicious). There is a risk that someone will think you are a hobo and call the cops, but it’s not like they would arrest you for it. Maybe check out a nice shady, grassy park – people nap at those all the time, they were made for it! Or sleep in your car parked next to a park or similar area. Or maybe in your car parked at your apartment is even good enough. It’s never as nice as a bed, but noise is the priority here.

    e) Above all, hang in there! Tell yourself frequently (out-loud) that you are strong and will get through this and things will turn around. It’s mind over matter and your mind is capable of overcoming just about anything! Avoid dwelling on it as much as possible. Keep your mind busy with positive thoughts or reading, even if you don’t believe those positive thoughts.

    I am no expert, but I have had a lot of experience with your predicament and I wrote this long response because I empathize with you and wish someone had shared these ideas with me when I was suffering. I left when my lease ended and have been blissfully happy ever since! There is life after noise, I PROMISE! =) Best of luck, friend.


  148. April 02, 2008 at 10:59 am, Guest said:

    She’s not doing it on purpose. It’s weird, but a LOT of people walk ‘on their heels’ meaning that all the force is going through their heels into the floor, rather than being dispersed through the area of the foot. It’s annoying and ugly and even sloppy, but I’m pretty sure it’s not on purpose. Confronting her with blame will only make things worse for you unless you think intimidating her will cause her to be more considerate. Chances are, she will only up the ante if you do.


  149. April 02, 2008 at 11:31 am, Guest said:

    I saw this post on the bottom of the page and thought it is the best one of all, so I’m re-posting it:

    If your neighbors are making your life a living hell due to excessive noise, here’s what you should do. The most important this is to remain calm no matter how angry you get.

    Before filing any formal complaints, try talking to the neighbor who is making the noise, sometimes people do not realize that the noise in their apartment can be heard from someone else’s apartment even if it may be obvious to everyone else. Speak to them in a polite manner. Make sure you keep a record of the day and time you spoke to them. If the neighbor is considerate, you will notice that they will tone the noise down. If they are jerks, you might notice that they will start making more noise on purpose. If this happens, send them a certified letter. In your letter note the date and time you spoke to them and state that the noise from their apartment has escalated since that date. Do not threaten them or say anything nasty in the letter no matter how angry you are. Just make it clear to them that if the noise continues, you will inform management. If they are really inconsiderate, they will not care and will continue making noise. I suggest that you get a recorder that uses a microphone. If they live above you tape the microphone to your ceiling and record all the noise coming from their apartment. Also have someone who is not family witness the noise in your apartment. Keep a record of the days and times that the noise is going on.

    When the noise continues, send a certified letter to the landlord. You might want to include a copy of the letter you sent your neighbor. Many Leases have a clause on Warranty of Habibility and some have specific clauses on Noise. This can be used to your advantage since a Lease is a legal contract that both you and your landlord signed as so did the inconsiderate neighbors, who are clearly not abiding by the terms of their lease. Keep your letter short and to the point stating the type of noise the tenants are making and the hours that this is going on. If there is a noise Clause on your lease, quote it in the letter. Tell the landlord that the noise is affecting your health and thank him in advance for taking care of the situation. (You don’t want to come off as a crazy angry person in your letter) Keep a copy of the letter you send your landlord along with the letter you sent your neighbor and the receipts for the certified mail along with the recordings. All this will help you if you have to go to court.

    Here in NY we have 311. If you have this service, call them every time your neighbor is making excessive noise. They will give you a complaint number. You can later on contact them to get them to send you these complaints in writing.

    If the Landlord does not do anything about the noise problem, you have a few options. You can take your Landlord to court if you want to break your lease and move or you might even be able to get a rent abatement due to the conditions (make sure to bring all your proof, letters you have sent, recordings, logs, 311 complaints (not the #’s but the actual hardcopy complaint from 311) and witnesses, if you have any.

    If you don’t want to take that route, you can try suing your neighbor in small claims court. You will need proof. Here is where the letters and recordings will help. Sometimes inconsiderate people will continue to be jerks until you hit them in their pockets. Sad that it has to be that way but that I think will be the most effective way of stopping the nuisance. The more proof you have the better your chances of winning the case. So make sure you have dates, times, letters you have sent to the tenants, Landlord, your state representatives, complaint documentation–the more documentation you have, the better. If these people are not letting you sleep and it’s affecting your health, go to the doctor and get this documented.

    No one has to put up with this type of nuisance. Do not think that there is nothing you can do–you just have to do it the smart way, which will take much patience from your part. We live in times where rents are escalating like crazy and we have to work really hard just to pay our rent. It makes no sense to work so hard, pay most of our money on rent for an apartment where we can’t get any peace, relaxation or sleep. Do research. Get Educated and put an end to noise pollution. Hope this helps.


  150. April 04, 2008 at 9:05 pm, Guest said:

    I am fascinated by all of these comments, complaints, and suggestions. I live in a condo where the management fines occupants who make too much noise, and the Eurotrash who live next to me have actually turned down the volume on their stereo. I think that they moved the speakers away from our common wall. Success! Over the years, I have also found that rabble-rousers tend to move on faster than regular tenants or owners. So be patient, call the police if absolutely necessary, and wear those wax earplugs that another poster suggested. I have used them, and they do work. Good luck to you all!


  151. April 05, 2008 at 10:05 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a small 2 bedroom and since day one the neighbor downstairs plays music at 4am. He nailed speakers into the walls of living room and bedroom and all he does when he is home is blast music/video games thru these speakers.

    I complained to the landlord and he says what I deem as noise may not be that loud. I say anything at 4am is loud. Not to mention the bass that shakes the floor and furniture. WTF!!!!!


  152. April 06, 2008 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    Bless yer heart. That’s just a fubblin, blasted shame that you haVe lost your joy to live because of some worthless, villainess, wicked neighbors. God I hAte that. It sucks!! You should NOT have to endure that kind of crap just to live in a home. Jesus C, you are not in jail! That’s what jail is like – you don’t have a choice of nothing! You should Absolutely do everything in your power to try and get out of your lease without fees or judgement. I tell ya, if the maintenance guy is the one who’s the actual problem, then you probably don’t have a chance in hell of staying there peafully, UNLESS…….he gets fired and has to move out his own damn self, which would be so wonderful! You have got to go to the police station in person and have a one on one with an officer privately, and see what he suggests; also, you should go online or however, and find any resources to back you up or help you find a way to get out of that HELL. I mean you should not be living a life of “JAIL” when you are not even in jail – unless of course it’s your desire and your choice, which it’s NOT. Good luck to you….


  153. April 06, 2008 at 11:41 am, Guest said:

    PS: I messed up, about the maintenance guy – that was someone else’s post, but just the same – you should not live your life of hell over these neighbors. Sorry about the mixup. Good luck and do what you can to rid this problem. Isn’t apartment life just beautiful??????? I’d rather live in a cave. by myself.


  154. April 06, 2008 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – You are so very helpful and you are appreciated for this detailed list of help for us tenants who feel we don’t have a leg to stand on……….Much Thanks to you indeed. This may give some people HOPE, where there was none!


  155. April 10, 2008 at 4:43 am, Guest said:

    My neighbour downstairs from me is soooo disturbed by my walking around in my own apartment that he has taken to blasting me out with music. For those of you who complain about the people upstairs, perhaps maybe its just the shitty floorboards that are the cause. I have people above me who do the same and i just block it out but insane nelly downstairs now has a vendetta against ME for just walking around my house like a normal person, shyat! anyone know how to hover or fly???


  156. April 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm, Guest said:

    We have the same kind of problems here in our Apartment in San Jose. Our landlady has had 2 written complaints from us, 9 phone calls, and has come down here 3 times and told the people to move their stereo off our shared wall and that if it can be heard with their doors and windows closed at all, that it is too loud. We HAVE called the police 3 times twice they refused to come unless we were willing to press charges.
    Our landlady’s usual method of dealing with it is to send down the maintenance man to tell them if it’s loud to turn it down. He got them their lease and lies about it.

    she has an unofficial building supervisor here, who is seldom home and keep saying “were taking care of it”.

    I am disabled with severe obstructive sleep apnea, which causes migraines, insomnia, and I am barely able to even do my dishes or cook due to how bad it is.
    Our landlady was made aware of this and told that the 2-3 hours a day of loud bass on the wall is causing me mental anguish( think about how repetitive bass tracks on your wall would be if you got 1 1/2 hours good sleep a night). She will do nothing about these people.
    We are all on month to month leases so kicking them is no big hassle, as they daily violate 2-3 complex rules.
    Did i mention in the same entertainment center they now have added a widescreen TV with stereo surround?

    What the hell is someone supposed to do?
    We cannot afford to move, the landlord now will not pickup when we call, and we checked out the owners company and her family owns it.


  157. April 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm, Guest said:

    go eat a plastic bag


  158. April 28, 2008 at 3:58 am, Guest said:

    What the —-


  159. April 28, 2008 at 3:59 am, Guest said:

    Not every city


  160. May 09, 2008 at 7:47 pm, Guest said:

    its nice to know i wasn’t the only one that was happening to. the couple that lived below me called the cops on me 3 times and wrote me treating letters about killing my dog and saying we should be tied up and locked in a room and when we went to the management about it all they said was that they would call them but turns out they never did and the letters cotinued. i ened up moving cuz not to long after i was robbed by people who lived in the same buildings and knowing these people managment still failed to do anything same with the police


  161. May 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm, Guest said:

    Death to noisy people- total scum- and to all of those whom aid and abet them (the NWO minions who have created this system)!


  162. May 19, 2008 at 10:17 am, Guest said:

    Unfortunately, it does not matter WHAT the reason is. If you truly ARE being quiet and the building just has bad insulation, try and get management to do something about it. However, let me warn you, that living in a similar situation (I live beside a neighbor who plays guitar all day/night/whatever, CLAIMS he is NOT being loud, and therefore, assumes I 1) am just “crazy” or 2) just have “super-sensitive hearing” (both bullshit, thanks)), and having pointed out to the building manager MANY TIMES that this could simply be a case of bad insulation (to no avail with them basically beating around the bush and ignoring me), I can tell you RIGHT now that it is a RARE occasion indeed when a buidling manager will actually help you out with insulation problems. (Pathetic, I know…)

    But before you simply go on blaming the building walls, ask yourself this: do YOU hear your neighbors at all (ie. the ones complaining about you)? Hell, do you hear ANY of your OTHER neighbors even? If the answer is “no”–then, that should tell you a great deal: that being you are louder than the other tenants, and despite the poor building insulation (or at least until that is remedied, if you are that lucky…), you will need to have some consideration for those around you and just try and pipe down the offending noise.

    Co-operation is really the only key here. Lazy/cheap building managers will EVER put up a fight where fixing insalation problems are concerned (think about it: of COURSE they will do everything possible to avoid the trouble, costs and general headaches of improving insalation…), and tenants are often left on their own to deal with such problems. Try and be considerate (you sound reasonable, at least) and good luck.


  163. May 21, 2008 at 2:18 am, Guest said:

    Here are facts on noise to bolster your positions as noise sufferers:


  164. June 11, 2008 at 2:02 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I recently rented a downstairs two bedroom apartment. We live in Hawaii and things are slightly different than what I am use to in other states I have lived in. There are very few traditional rental apartments here. Most times they LOOK like what you would consider a rental complex but each unit is owned separately.

    Recently we had new neighbors move into the unit above us (the unit is not owned by our land lord. ) At first it was only a man and a toddler. Well I understand that toddlers are still learning how to walk and being that the apartment above us has that lamanet hardwood flooring, we knew we would hear -some- noise from the little guy walking around.

    About a week or two later we found out that his fiance and the rest of her children would be arriving in a few days. Since then it almost feels as if the ceiling will cave in on top of us.

    My husband works a night shift and is in the military. Generally speaking he is home no later than 4 am. Now of course MOST normal people are asleep at this time so we go to great pains to remain as quiet as possible. Headphones for music, low volume on tv watching, ect. We -try- to be considerate to those around us and expect a little in return.

    When we found out about the new people coming into the apartment above us, we very politely explained our schedule to the guy and he said they would do their very best to be quiet. I did not expect that there would be FOUR children all under the age of ten and TWO adults living above us. In the exact same sized apartment no less. If we do the math that is three bodies to a bedroom, or four children in a small second bedroom and two adults in the master bedroom. Hmmm…

    I have said I will give them until the end of the month to get their schedule situated and for them to settle down but I do not think I will make it that long having to listen to that day in and day out. I realize that there is little we can do between certain hours of the day (which we are usually trying to sleep through the incessant noise above us) but there comes a point where it is just too much.

    I have been trying very hard to find out what the occupancy laws for the state of Hawaii are and have come up short at every turn. I don’t want to put children out on the streets but at the same time we are law abiding people, why should we get screwed over?

    I have very politely, calmly and nicely told them several times that we can hear their stomping -and- the loud screaming of the adults at the small children (like, go do this go do that, instead of getting up off their rear ends and actually parenting).

    The last people who lived there before them we -never- heard. They were home a lot but we never had a problem with noise. Heck we hardly knew they were home unless we saw them and I know that the owner of the unit didn’t just put in the hardwood floors either. I intend to contact my landlord to see what steps we can take as I have a feeling they are breaking the law by having so many people in that apartment and I suspect that not all of them are even on the lease to begin with.

    So I feel everyones pain with the noise issue. There are -some- things you just have to suck up and deal with but when the quality of life for you is being diminished beyond reasonable circumstances, then yes it is a major problem.

    Good luck to all those seeking peace and quiet!!


  165. June 13, 2008 at 3:28 am, Guest said:

    I live in a apartment complex with a parent who I am helping recover from knee replacement the nieghbors play loud music at 11 am to 3 am at nighte and hit the wall on purpuse. One side the woman is vicious she fo llows me and my mother when I go in the bathroom and sLams the cabnient doors and plays her music with the base up while I am in the shower. I know have ringing in my ears the woman and her husband are young in there twentys with a child. We havenot done anything in a ill manner to these people. We have complained the rental manager has spoken with them and gave warnings but the warnings were taken away I think by the womans mother who paints sre u the picture that her daughter is being fasely accused we are picking on her. The managers hands are tied and doesn’t want to do anything untill they see proof but I have called the manager when they play the loud music but the manager announces them selves at our door so anyone with a ounce of sense would straighten up when they see the rental manager at your door then as soon as they leave they start up worse actually I have had them knock on the wall 2 minutes after the rental manager left when i called up the noise. I am completely at lost my mother is ill and doesn’t want to deal with it and says that i should ignore it but it is effecting my health i get no rest because constant music playing morning and night and i can’t even use the bathroom in peace with harrasment from them I am rest broken and dealing hearing problems. know they have gotten clever not to play there music or knock on the wall whem my mom is in the bathroom which makes it look like i am hearing things. She is angry with me when i bring this up. Unfornately I am saving up for a place I am a college senior so I am stuck there. I looking for suggestions.


  166. June 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm, Guest said:

    I’m just curious – you quit your job?? How are you paying for the apartment or the move??


  167. June 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm, Guest said:

    I used to live in a warehouse loft with stone floors, but drywall and brick for the walls.
    My nextdoor neighbor had a business that brought in very loud, cussing, partying thugs. On the weekends, I couldn’t even hear myself because of the loud music and yelling blasting through my unit!
    I finally went next door and talked to the guy and his girlfriend, nicely, and explained the problem. He said he was sorry and that if it ever got too loud to knock on the wall and he’d tone it down.
    Well…the next weekend, it got loud again, I knocked, banged, and nobody heard me. I knocked on the door, the noise just continued.
    So, I emailed the guy asking him what happened to our agreement? He ignored the email. I knew the email address was good because we’d corresponded that way before.
    Then he started keeping up noise until about 2 in the morning. I had to be up by 6am to start my journey to work each day.
    In all this – management would express concern, but wouldn’t do anything about it because they liked him and he paid his rent.
    So – whenever he kept me awake until two, I’d get up at 6am and turn my stereo on full volume with the speaker facing the wall. I knew his bed was right there. If I couldn’t sleep, neither would he!
    About a month later, he moved. :>

    I don’t recommend this, but it was my only solution. My last resort. I’m normally a very quiet person and rarely even listen to my radio – let alone blast it. It was hard doing that to him, but I had no other choice. The manager would just say, “call the police”, but the police would never answer the calls!


  168. June 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm, Guest said:

    I manage apartments and I deal with these matters all the time. I live in a bottom floor apartment and have dealt with the problem myself. I strongly recommend you speak to your Moms doctor and explain what the problem is and then request managment to move you to a different apartment. Managment needs to step in and do something to remedy the problem. You have the right to a quiet enviroment and it is the law. Did you know you can actually take your neigboors to court? well you can just make sure you call the police when they are noisy and always get copies of reports you just let them know when you call that they are disturbing the peace. Also, don’t give up keep complaining to managment and make sure you get copies of those reports as well.. good luck!


  169. July 03, 2008 at 12:43 am, Guest said:

    I live in a small apartment building next door to a duplex with more apartments behind it. Apparently, considering the graffiti in our parking lot, we live right next door to a group of gang members. My husband and I are terrified because we have two very small children. Here lately we’ve been having problems with the loud music they play at night until 4am usually, the bottle rocket shooting, the marijuana smoking, and now the graffiti right in front of our apartment. The cops are here almost every other night, and still nothing changes. They look like very young adults, maybe even minors. However, I never know what to expect when I walk outside my door. My husband works overnight shifts, so needless to say, I am very paranoid and have lots of sleepless nights. We are contacting our landlord tomorrow to give them a heads-up on this problem. We feel unsafe and hope to transfer our lease to a safe property. We are still worried that they may decline, as we’ve had problems with our neighbors before and the only answer we received was to find someone to move in to our apartment and relieve us of the remaining rental payments. I would imagine this being a safety issue, with young children involved, they’d be more than happy to grant our wishes. We are really hoping for the best. My family is my life and I am very concerned.


  170. July 04, 2008 at 12:41 am, Guest said:

    how do you go on when every single night your kept awake by the “2 guys” and their “2” girlfriends(who dont live there) walking back and forth back and forth well into 4 am. We are constantly woke up every night between 11pm and 4 am and told by mgmt that they have carpet through out but it seems that the only time they heel walk is when its above our head while we are trying to sleep. Why do we deserve to have our lives turn to hell because someone else cant respect that others dont keep their schedule


  171. July 17, 2008 at 9:22 am, Guest said:

    you are not giving any info about the apartment layout . give more info.


  172. July 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm, Guest said:

    you say you manage apartments…i’d like your opinion on it normal for managers to have the attitude that because so many more people are awake nights these days that night noise is acceptable to a degree?? my manager has this neighbors are spuratically noisy through the night,waking me up about 7 or 8 ,sometimes 12 times a night(loud yelling and laughing and so on as though they’re watching a football game)/.i often times now wind up waking up that 3rd time and not being able to fall asleep again. my manager tends to react to my complaints with this notion that i “have to except SOME noise,as alot people work nights these days.” is this a common attitude for for a manager to have these days??


  173. July 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm, Guest said:

    Due to the housing bubble, I have been forced to rent apartments since graduating college in 2002. I have lived in many different complexes in several states, and I can tell you, nothing blocks noise and the landlords do not care. Currently, every day it is a living hell with my neighbors downstairs. It was supposed to be a single man with partial custody of two very young boys, however, shortly after he moved in he got a loudmouth lady live-in. All she seems to do is mouth-off on the telephone and watch TV all day. She is always around – never seems to go anywhere. And of course the TV is high up on a case near their ceiling (which is only 7 feet), right underneath the head of my bed. It couldn’t be in a worse spot. Even more – she is a raging insomniac and watches TV at all hours. During the past eight or nine months, I have gotten way more than my fair share of sleepless nights. I have a long commute and I am scared I will fall asleep behind the wheel. My work performance has suffered greatly. And what can I do about this? There are no good options.

    I’ve complained to the landlord but all I get is placated. All talk and no action. Like I said, I’ve lived in many apartments and unfortunatly this isn’t the first time I’ve been bothered by noise – however, this is the worst. So I’m not crazy about moving to another apartment complex. Buying a house is not an option either unless I want to commit financial suicide by paying too much for a crapshack that will depreciate in value IF I can even sell it when the time comes. There is really no way out – it is such a hopeless situation.


  174. August 09, 2008 at 1:42 am, Guest said:

    I feel a little better after reading so many of these comments and realizing I wasn’t the only person having problems. I spent 8 years in one downstairs apt. with a revolving door of various tenants in the apartment above me. Most were guys (I’m an older female) and I was constantly being woke up by the heavy walking around the apartment in the wee hours of the morning. Add to that the constant noise from overly loud music and TV’s. I finally reached a point where I could financially afford more rent and moved to what i thought was an ideal apartment. No such luck…the woman who lived above me moved out of state and a guy moved in. So I’m back to square one. I leave early in the morning to catch a bus to work, so I try very hard to avoid disturbing my neighbors with my TV ( volume kept low to catch news and weather), my hairdryer (5 min. max) or with shutting doors (no slamming). My feeling is that any noise that escapes an apartment and disturbs others is an infringement on quality of life…but it seems that good manners and any consideration for others has gone by the wayside. I’m already making plans to start looking for a new apartment in the spring (my lease is up in Feb.). How tiresome!


  175. August 12, 2008 at 11:49 pm, Guest said:

    Yes! I completely agree with the comment that there should be complexes that serve the quiet people among us! My husband and I are extremely quiet, abide by all rules and pay our rent two weeks early every month without fail. Yet, the “rights” of those who break the rules somehow always seem to trump ours! We are in the 28-35 age range, but wish we could move to a 50+ community for the quiet!!


  176. August 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm, Guest said:

    DUMB AND DUMBER is what I live under..I live under a woman and her bastard son(who’s 20).She works and he can’t seem to stand upright that long. When he’s not sleeping all day,he’s blasting his thump,thump crap and screaming. I don’t care what color you are you piss me off and I call you everything under the sun. Management is a joke, they have sent them 3 warning notices but I guess she can’t read english or never got them. You think someone who’s 20 was taught to respect people and knows how to put down the toilet seat which he does not. Since we have paper thin floors what does a bastard need with 50 bags,hmmm can you so drug drealer. How many people are afraid of the word”cops”?? If you like to go whale watching and monkey watching come on over here, you will see both.She should of stayed off her back when she was 13 and I wouldn’t have to put up with her bastard boy now!!!!!!!


  177. August 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I second the motion.


  178. September 09, 2008 at 4:48 am, Guest said:

    oh my God i am dealing with the same shit oh my God u hitted right on the nail this guy that lives over my head is suppose to be the only one on the lease however he got his girlfriend his dam baby which they just had is getting bigger and louder by the minute he works and his girlfriend pase the floor day in and day out no job the first and never leaves the bedroom thats right over my head!! his brother and his girlfriend are hard walkers as well, remind you they are not on the lease so i am back and forth in bedrooms so i can get some sleep,(i have a 2 bedroom apartment)i complained to the landlord told them they had to leave because they are not on the lease however they moved for a minute but the girl with the kid figures everything is cool down now, so now she moves back in.pleeeeese i am going to keep complaining until they move, i have been here 9 years and they have been there about 2 years i am not about to let them run me out of my apartment!!!


  179. September 10, 2008 at 1:41 am, Guest said:

    The question is why? why? why? are freaking people like they are, being inconsiderate to their neighbors, no brains what so ever, no common sense, are they really stupid, no I mean really stupid, and most of all attention deprived? Nobody wants to hear your stupid music. I feel sorry for all of us. There was this one person that once told me she hated apartments. At the time I was living in an upstairs apartment and didn’t have any issues. So I thought she was a little out there. About 4yrs ago I realized what she meant. I now hate apartments! We live downstairs and our neighbor above loves to stomp her fat-ass everytime she’s home. Literally everytime she is HOME! I have no idea why she has to make so much noise with the walls also. I ask myself how can one yes ONE person make so much freaking noise! The worst neighbor I have ever had and seen in my entire life. I hate to tell everyone this but the only option I am concluding is to move. I wanted to a long time ago but financialy I wasn’t there just yet. I have 5 freaking long months left and I am just hanging in there. Can you say town house with nobody upstairs and/or renting a house? I cannot wait! My plan for some payback is to get a used old mini-stereo and blast it the day I leave. So that when the noise maker comes down to tell me it’s too loud. Sorry but nobody lives there any longer biotch!, ha ha ha!! Now you know how it feels! I strongly suggest everyone do this when they do move. It’ll make you feel better and make these people remember so may be next time they can get it through their no brain skull what they did. I am going to also type up a letter and leave it hanging and attention it to the landlord “this is what I had to put up with”. But I do feel everyones pain about the noise. I’m a really really patient person myself but I can understand when your patients is limited. Like I said again you gotta move(not to another apartment but something with a lot less noise, it’s worth it paying the extra for a stress free home and it will do wonders for your health) and for now just buy some ear plugs which are the best approach if your waiting for your lease to end like I am. I wish you all luck! Everyone needs to come back on here every now and then and vent because it does help. Just to let everyone know you are not alone in the crappy noisy neighbor world. It’s a long shot but everyone please try to at least “have a good night”.


  180. September 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm, Guest said:

    OK so I need help. I just moved into an apartment and my neighbor complain to management about my dog barking. Ok so I bought a citronella collar and my dog has stopped barking. When I am home I can guarantee the dog does not bark when I am away I trust the collar and other neighbors have verified this. However I just go another complaint. The smae neighbor complained the the dog barked all day yesterday when I was home ALLL DAY. I dint leave once because my daughter is sick. What do I do?


  181. September 15, 2008 at 11:02 am, Guest said:

    I live in a downstairs apartment and the people above me let their kids run and jump ALL day long. They don’t seem to care. We have tapped on the ceiling several times to ‘hint, hint’ that they are making too much noise, but that never stops them. Even the parents are constantly thumping on the floor and banging things around and dropping things and moving furniture around. And the crazy thing is they seem to ‘follow’ us from room to room. If we are in the bathroom, they are making noise in there. If we go in a bedroom, there they are! In the kitchen? Banging and running and jumping. Why isn’t there a rule one can’t do that? It is so rediculous.I think that is so rude. I want to go say something but I know the man will say, “I’m sorry, my boys are bad”. But that will be all. He will continue to let them jump and run and jump some more!!! I swear they never sit down. On the go CONSTANTLY!


  182. September 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm, Guest said:

    Talk to landlord.If I was renting,I would just move out.I would also NEVER live in a downstairs unit.People are assholes nowadays and you are limiting your chances for a peaceful life if you live downstairs.


  183. September 21, 2008 at 2:17 am, Guest said:

    ha ha!


  184. September 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm, Guest said:

    This seems to be a place to vent, so I will do. My situation is a bit different. I live upstairs with my wife. We have a young couple that lives downstairs. We own our condo and so do they. We had our first incident about a year ago when our painters spilled a bit of paint in our balcony and onto theirs. The guy came upstairs not even saying hello first and began to say we were irresponsible and so forth. I cut him off and explained that we had contractors and had no idea what happened. I apologized, offered to pay for any damaged items and paid for the painting of his entire balcony which made it look better. I also gave them a nice bottle of wine for the inconvenience. We observe all noise rules and have had two parties on a Saturday in which we warned them about. No one complained and our parties were over by midnight.

    The other day I had to wake up at 5AM. I decided to not rely on foreign oil so much and bike to work. At those hours, I tip-toed around so to not wake my wife. I got everything ready and unfortunately, my backpack fell from the chair. Oh well, no biggie. As I am walking down the stairs slowly, I hear a door open and then, “Fuck that was loud! That shit resonates down here…” It was my – oh how should I put this – uneducated downstairs neighbor. I was shocked. I had always been cordial and polite to him and he seemed to just explode. I looked at him, laughed and said sorry. That day I logged a complaint with our HOA and told them he was offensive and threatening. I really wanted to pound on his small brained head, but I consider myself sort of refined. I now have no regards as to what noise I make. I just make sure it is between the allowed hours.

    I’ve lived downstairs. I know that it is inevitable you will hear noises. It’s not the tenants fault, it is the fault of constructors cutting corners. The American way. I’ve lived oversees in apartments and they were either made of brick walls or real wood. Let me tell you, we paid a pretty penny for our condo so we can live upstairs in peace. I even warned them before they bought that the condos downstairs were horrible. But they were cheap which is why they bought it. I love where we live and like (most of) our neighbors. Had Mr. Neanderthal < - he does look like one with tattoos. -> left a nice note on our door or come upstairs later that day and politely ask to keep the noise down because he can’t sleep, I wouldn’t have also taken up jump rope!

    Moral of the story: You want complete quietness? Go live in space.


  185. September 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm, Guest said:

    our neighbours both below us & beside us blare their music. we both end up getting very bad headaches from them. we can`t afford to move . we are both on disability. our land lord is never around when you need her.


  186. October 07, 2008 at 7:38 am, Guest said:

    The comments here are both comforting & depressing. I ,too, live in a “sandwich” apartment. I can hear
    everything from the apartments above & below me.
    But, I am sure they hear me too & I feel sorry them as I have to get up @ 3am to go to work.
    Our landlady has ripped up all the carpeting and it is all hardwood floors. Sure they look good but these
    buildings were designed to be carpeted. There is no insulation between the floors just wood & a single sheet of drywall. I can hear conversations as though people are sitting right next to me. I hear people
    using the toilet,snoring,chopping veggies,having sex,
    sneezing,walking,dropping all sorts of objects,cats walking about,huge-ugly-heavy wooden closets opening & closing w/o relent, tvs,stereos, and on and on. I am not perfect but I believe I am as considerate as I can be. My floors are carpeted, I never wear shoes in the apt., I try to keep the tv low,I never let my door SLAM shut,I shower @ night so as not to disturb my neighbors in the am. with the worlds loudest water pipes.Even with all this I am sure my neighbors
    can hear me walking around.The floors SQUEAK & SQUAWK
    so bad it drives ME crazy in my own apt.
    Mu landlady refuses to believe that noise is a problem.Why should she care ? She figures you will just have to move or, if you are one of the less fortunate who cannot afford to move, you will just have to put up with it. There is a clause in the lease that requires 80% of the apt. be carpeted.
    Not only does she not enforce it, she has now taken the % out of the lease so you can meet the requirement with a throw rug in the kitchen.They don’t care at all about your comfort.There will always be someone to rent the places.
    I feel for everyone out there.


  187. October 14, 2008 at 10:46 am, Guest said:

    Something needs to be done about the quality of insulation in some of these apartment complexes. My apartment is not cheap, but the walls and floors might as well be made of balsa wood and paper towels. I can hear everything anyone does and I’m positive thaey can hear me as well. It feels like I have no privacy. I get paranoid even trying to use the bathroom for fear of making some offensive noise.

    The lady downstairs from me is completely insane and yells constantly when I attempt to walk around my apartment (in bare feet no less). I’ve started drinking in the evenings after work just to dull my senses and relax. I can’t afford to move, so I figure apartment life will eventually kill me in one form or another.

    If these complexes are “up to code” then the code needs a serious revision.


  188. October 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm, Guest said:

    Oh gosh! I thought I was alone. I just moved to the second floor apartment and I haven’t been able to sleep not even 3 hours straight at night. I am so upset. Part of it is because I just signed one year lease and I am really afraid I can’t hold it anymore and one of this days I’ll go upstair and scream at her. This woman upstairs is like a merengue balerina. She starts at 2 (some times before) and doesn’t stop until 5:30 am, then she starts again at 7:00. She literaly jump and run between the bedroom and the living room. It’s hell. I’ve told the manager but seems like nothing is working. I’ve been late every single day since I moved there and I hardly have time to have a glass of water before I leave for work.


  189. October 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm, Guest said:

    Our walls are so thin we can hear our next door neighbor taking care of his sexual frustrations in his bathroom that is right next to mine. That sure is an eye opener! Plus we have complained to the landlord on why doesn’t this guy have curtains or blinds up since he loves to come home and strip off his clothes as soon as entering his house, and walking around at night with the lights on in the buff cooking and such. Sure gets our friends to notice when they show up and see this guy, they said they felt visually assaulted. (okay, if it was Antonio Banderas or Paul McCartney we would NEVER complain about the nudity.) this guy is a real loser.
    At least we only hear the noise in the bathroom (YUK)


  190. November 02, 2008 at 1:11 am, Guest said:

    my downstairs neighbor is very loud, and when I spoke with him about it, he just got louder. He runs his ceiling fan on high speed 24/7, and something went out in the motor, and now it goes whomp, whomp, whomp, whomp, 24 hours a day, and I cannot sleep. Management denies any problem. This man is very rude, and has become retaliatory, but Management still will not do anything. What do I do? I am going crazy with the whomp, whomp, whomp noise! HELP~!


  191. November 20, 2008 at 10:58 pm, Guest said:

    I’m an on-site manager and I can understand the frustrations of excessive noise. I can’t count though how many times my phone has rung at let’s say, 3:00am and got me out of a sound sleep and guess what? It’s a tenant telling me his upstairs neighbor just went to pee and he knows this cause he can hear the toilet being flushed and would I please give him a call or go up there to report his complaint? Oh, and by the way also ask him to not turn on the ceiling fan. Some people don’t understand that apartments are going to have a little noise it’s not a house. However, being a tenant also,(Only get rent credit), I try to be tolerant of the usual activity that goes with living in close proximity to my neighbors, but I too had to call the girl downstairs from me to please at 4:00am, turn down the bass on the rap music she’s got on.


  192. December 06, 2008 at 10:59 am, Guest said:

    the lack of sleep makes me want to kill myself 🙁 I’ve almost called in sick to work many a time, but I lost my old job because I was always late due to not being able to sleep because of all the parties late at night (on a work day no less). Why are there so many old apartments with no sound insulation! I’m sure its because there are people who will pay for me 🙁


  193. January 03, 2009 at 9:48 pm, Guest said:

    My big question is why do they allow surround sound units in any multi-unti dwelling. I don’t want to hear my neighbors tv! He was a nice guy when I moved in upstairs and very quiet, now, not so much. I actually moved to escape the noise.

    My neighbor there? He put a horsehoe pit in our common front lawn and had people there ALL the time. He would talk on cell phone so loud that even during the summer I would have to keep my windows closed to be able to hear my tv, etc. He was unemployed and didn’t have to go to work. So him and like 20 guys would sit outside getting drunk all day SAt and Sun. It was always a nice treat when they played wiffle ball and the ball would hit my windows. They really didn’t get it. My landlord was such an ass he wouldn’t do anything. My neighbor parted a ghetto rusted out trailer on the front yard (outside the gate, the horse shoe pit was inside the gate) and the landord didn’t sell. I seriously hope he has huge turnover because of it.

    I am now thinking of going into to debt so that I can rent a small house with no common walls.

    when did people stop being considerate? At this point, although I am 30, I want to see if I can move into a 55+ set of apartments where it will be quieter!!!


  194. January 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm, Guest said:

    Wow-I wish I had come across this blog about 1 year ago, at the height of my frustration with my downstairs neighbor. It all started when I initially moved into the apartment. One day I was unpacking and I thought, “Hey, is that someone’s TV I am hearing?” Several hours later, my husband and I both heard a blaring TV that was so loud we could not hear our own TV at a high volume. We identified the sound as coming from downstairs, so I knocked on the downstair’s neighbors door; no answer. I left a nice note asking her to please turn it down. The next day she appears on my doorstep but get this. She is an 80 year old woman. She indicated that she exercised daily and needed to have the volume on that high in order to hear the TV while biking?! It was a ridiculous excuse; I mean she could have easily bought a pair of headphones! She was friendly, apologized, and told me to bang if it ever was excessively loud. The next night was just as loud. I banged all the time but she never turned the TV down. I wrote more notes, which she ignored. I threatened to tell the management company as a last resort, and she never responded. We wrote a formal letter to the management company which was ignored. Finally, we devised a plan to stop her. We would buzz her intercom for an extended period of time until she turned it down. Sometimes I would have to do this multiple times until she eventually gave up. This woman obviously knew how her actions affected us, despite her advanced age, but stubbornly did not want to change her ways. She recently moved out of the apartment and I have to say I feel a sense of relief. The problem in an apartment is you never know who your neighbors will be or how cooperative they will be about modifying how they do things because you are bothered by it. More times than not, you cannot expect your neighbors to really care about how their noise affects you or to be considerate. They know there are really no major reprecussions if they don’t stop, so they have no motivation to do so. Basically you have to fight fire with fire, and do something that annoys them until they stop. Childish but it works.


  195. January 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm, Guest said:

    ghezzz and i thought i was the only one going threw this crazyness! i just moved in a 2bdrm apt., ground fl and my neighbors above play their tv really loud late night. i did bang on the ceiling one night because i just couldn’t take it anymore & screamed plz turn down your tv, of course they either ignored me or didn’t hear me. so i have since started wearing ear plugs to bed just to get a good nights rest. i now blast my tv at night and just put my ear plugs in…..revenge is so sweet!


  196. January 18, 2009 at 11:52 am, Guest said:

    I absolutely agree with you! ONe day i was listening to my head phones scrubbing my kitchen counter when i heard a sneeze as plain as if someone next to me sneezed! out of habit i quietly said bless you and heard “thank You” just as clearly.

    I have heard my neighborcomplaining about my “noise(walking to the bathroom late-night) and wish desperately i could devise a away to fly to the bathroom for my mid-sleep-cycle relief!

    The lack of sound proofing or proper insulation in apartments may seem small to an owner who doesn’t have to live with it; but it only puts neighbors at odds.


  197. January 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    I would like to share a problem that i am facing.hope you cn help me please

    We are staying in a flat in india for last 20 yrs. Its our own flat,The owners above used to rent the flat to different tenants each year and every tenant would have kids aged 5-10 years. Noise making jumping till 1.45-2.00am midnight. We never complained.
    However, nw the owner has moved in with 2 grandchildren who keep jumping from tables, bed,chairs,running around till 12.45 am
    This is taking a toll on our health as we are unable to sleep at night and have to get up at 5.30am.

    During weekends and public holidays and vacations, 5 other grandchildren come to theirplace. ITs hell. During the day 5-6 times they grind coconut on stone…andthey putthe stone down very badly

    Please suggest …we do not wish to cll the police since we are residing in this flat for over 20 years with other members peacefully. My email is [email protected]



  198. January 28, 2009 at 5:10 pm, FedUp said:

    Apartment renting sucks shit. I am living in a one bedroom top floor unit and have lived here for 3 years. The sort of apartment complex I live in is one who makes you sign your lease renewal 2 months prior to the lease ending, which I did. Long story short, I renewed the lease in July for the lease to begin October 1, 2008. I never had problems with any tenant until now…

    In September, the tenants below me moved (wish I would have known this). Anyway, 5 Hispanics moved in below me into a one bedroom. First of all, 5 people occupying a one bedroom is illegal. I can hang their asses. From that point, my life has been sheer HELL! Partying all night long, smoking pot, playing loud banging music, pounding and banging things into the wee hours of the morning every fuckin day. I cannot sleep and I am so stressed out. I have to work, my commute takes me 2 hours each way. When I come home, I want peace and quiet. I am not getting it. I pay way too much money to live like this. If I would have known people like like were going to live here, I would have never, ever renewed my lease. This apartment complex has me by the balls. Do not ever move to Royal Crest, Nashua NH.


  199. February 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm, Miki said:

    I live in on the bottom floor and the people above me stomp around all day. It is a couple and unfortunately the wife sits at home and does nothing. We’ve talked face to face, I’ve complained a few times but nothing has worked. The person above even just drops the toilet seat (I guess for his wife) and that is pretty loud — what an a$$. I hear walking at night, flushing all the time, and random doors being slammed. What could I possibly do to help me sleep. I did the following below.

    1. Purchase ear plugs (not the best and takes time to get use to when I sleep)
    2. Purchase stereo headphones – when I watch tv it is now bliss because I don’t hear stomping.
    3. Purchase an MP3 player to listen to at night to ATLEAST help me FALL asleep.

    These are known ideas, but the headphones for my tv works like a charm and for that brief time I watch tv with my headphones, it is pure bliss.


  200. February 15, 2009 at 2:02 am, Daniel said:

    For anyone that chooses to not live on the top floor, you have just accepted the fact that you would have to deal with the possibility of a noisy apartment because of upstairs neighbors. In most cases, the people in the apartment above you are walking completely normal. Who is so pissed at you that they consume their day with stomping every time they walk around, hoping you are in the room directly below and being annoyed? And if they are that pissed, then you should be more concerned than the noise. Most of you seem pretty unreasonable to assume your neighbor hates you because you can hear them walking. It may be loud and annoying sometimes, but unless you’ve lived above another apartment, you might not know what it actually takes to walk around quietly at 3am. It’s more often than not, you over-reacting vs. your neighbor just being a prick. If you can’t deal with it, request a top floor apartment next time. No reason to cry about it if you made the choice to sign a lease and hope for a vacant apartment above you.


  201. February 25, 2009 at 12:00 am, Guest said:

    It is a awesome feeling moving out of a nightmare apartment complex, and there are some very nasty ones out there.

    Moving is the best solution, period.


  202. March 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm, Anonymous said:

    Supposely my apartment motto is for those who want more out of life. Sure I want more I would love to be able to sleep at night with no ear plugs because of the half-bred bastard who can’t even walk like a normal person. Who sleeps all day and is up all night. How would you like to here the bastard dropping his shoes at 4 am. Who can’t decide if he’s gay or straight. I have complain about him stomping,blasting his music and now screaming to the complex and they have sent warning notices and finally got fed up with it and called the cops.But of course they did nothing,but I heard his mommy tell him that the cops were here about his jungle music and that she’s going to a lawyer(big freakin deal). Management don’t care because the bastard doesn’t live above them. He loves to look in our windows when he leaves or comes back so now I start to show him he’s number one. I have heard him screwing something, only because he was slamming the bed against the wall so I started slamming my bed against the wall and of course he stopped or it could be the fact he doesn’t like all the names I call him. Your old enough to drink your old enough to respect people unless you were not raised to respect anyone, like him and his momma, she should of stayed off her back at 13 and I would not have a problem with her half-bred.


  203. June 15, 2009 at 1:43 am, Anonymous said:

    Daniel put it perfectly. stop complaining about people walking. i am allowed to walk. I don’t care where i live, what time it is, or anything else. I am allowed to walk. some of you complained that your neighbors were “rude” or “insensitive” because they didn’t walk on the balls of their feet? what kind of control freak are you? You are going to tell me to tip toe around in my own home that I pay all that money for? don’t you see how unreasonable that is. I am allowed to walk. Yes I know you can hear it. That is the joy of apartment living. Jesus you people are uptight.


  204. June 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm, Anonymous said:

    looks like most of people posting replies r out of their minds.
    dont discriminate people against each oher.
    if i don’t have children and i am very quite doesn’t mean i have to tolerate people who have children or noisy by nature.
    it is not the point.
    the point is that manager the ones who r responsible for all the crap we deal with. they r the ones to manage where and who has better chance not to disturb each other.
    most of the people r ignorant (illegal immigrant). it is statistic already.
    somebody said it is such a culture to be noisy, no it is ignorance and little brain they have telling u if u dont like so move out or relocate.


  205. September 07, 2009 at 12:43 pm, Jennie said:

    I sympathize with everyone here. I just moved into a new apartment a week ago, on the bottom floor of a 3 floor apartment building. It has all hardwood floors, NO carpets in any of the apartments. Not only do we hear the pounding footsteps of our neighbors 24/7, but we live under 3 Berklee school of music students who frequently have “gigs” upstairs… we’re talking, guitar, bass, drums, piano… you name it. And, the worst part, their living room is above my BEDROOM, so it’s horrible. Non-stop music upstairs, including their sub-woofer AND their own instruments.

    Living here is like being in hell, basically. We’ve spoken to them several times about their loud music (it was midnight on a Sunday night) and they always seem oblivious and surprised when we tell them that it’s bothering us. It seems like this will be an ongoing problem and I am ready to move out.


  206. September 15, 2009 at 1:09 am, Anonymous said:

    crazyness you cant hear everything in uk flats in social housing liek these old yank condos it is much more muffled and that is bad enough. At least 9inch concrete muffles somehwat unlike wood construction which is like a drum.


  207. September 15, 2009 at 1:10 am, Anonymous said:

    crazyness you cant hear everything in uk flats in social housing liek these old yank condos it is much more muffled and that is bad enough. At least 9inch concrete muffles somewat unlike wood construction which is like a drum.


  208. November 06, 2009 at 6:13 pm, Fed Up! said:

    People need to grow up. I’m sandwiched in my apartment. I have neighbors, both sides and above and below. I hear each and every one of them. It comes with multi unit dwellings. You hear noise. Get over it. I recently took the cello back up since my partner plays violin. I spent a lot of money and take private lessons. Since I played many years ago my playing progressed very rapidly so it’s not like I’m screching out twinkle twinkle here. My downstairs neighbors have taken to banging on their ceiling when I’m practicing. Which is shortly after I get home from work around 6pm. I practice 30 minutes to 45 minutes and not every night. I practice midday during the weekend so this is done during normal noise hours. According to our cities noise ordinance runs from 7am until 10pm.

    They didn’t do this initially and instead of coming to speak with me started the banging thing which in my opinion is worse then what I’m doing. They also complained to the building manager. I complained back about their pounding. I checked both my lease and noise ordinances before embarking on this venture. It was specifically cited in the cities noise ordinances that a child or adult playing a piano during normal noise hours ( a piano is much louder then a cello), does not constitute a violation of the cities noise ordinance. I pointed this out to my building manager. I also pointed out to him that my teacher teaches piano and cello from an apartment 6 days a week all week long. My building manager sided with me and asked that they stop banging. This worked for a bit, but they are back at it again. I complained again. If they had talked to me initially I would have tried different things to mitigate the noise (stoping playing is NOT an option), but since they are acting like infants I’m no longer willing. So for all you bangers out there GROW UP! I will patiently play for awhile but if this banging continues I’m going to really give them something to bang about. They will wish they had never started.


  209. November 07, 2009 at 1:30 am, Anonymous Too said:

    I feel your pain. I have lived in a converted house for seven years. The walls are thin. I hear every noise my neighbors make.
    I have seen many come and go. My daughter and I are quiet. We respect people. We respect the fact that people sleep at different and sleep at different hours. I feel that I too, should be respected. I pay good money and have rights to peace, quiet, and sleep. I am also low income and cant afford to move. But just because I am low income does not mean I need to be disrespectful of my fellow human beings.
    My landlord in the past hasn’t screened the renters.. just move them in and make money. Complaints to him never work.
    The last batch of noisy nasty people.. destroyed the carpet, put holes in the walls, burned holes in the window sills (with cigarettes), put holes in the floor, broke out windows, etc..
    When I told him of the activity I was told I was a complainer, and he wouldnt take me serious. After they moved .. much to my delight.. he seen the damage and has now started a screening process. I am now mostly happy with my new neighbors.
    But when those others lived here, I tried ear plugs, letting a fan run (even in the winter), I bought a white noise machine and set it by my bed, I even tried sleeping pills given to me by the family doctor. None of that worked. I suffered.
    I am now praying that someday Karma will give to those nasty neighbors every bit of disrespect that they dished out to myself and the other neighbors.
    As for the rest of you.. look up the laws concerning Noise in your lease, in your town or city.
    Unwanted noise can effect your mental and physical health.


  210. December 05, 2009 at 1:58 pm, wallies said:

    I am most joyously happy to report that my noisy, horrible downstairs neighbors have finally moved out! This blessed event is probably the single best thing to happen to me during the past two and half years! I am so, so happy!! I truly feel all of your pain having lived through such horribleness for so long. The noisemakers moved to one of my landlord’s other properties at his behest. I believe that had I not continued to complain to him during the entire time they lived here, he may not have suggested to them to take the other apartment when it became available. So I am here to tell you that don’t give up, continue to fight for your right to a quiet and peaceable home. Some tactics that worked for me were white noise machines, like a wall unit air conditioner, air purifier, fan, dehumidifier and even refrigerator creates a low-level hum that really drowns out unwanted sound. Best to all.


  211. January 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm, David and Elise said:

    Last night night was our first night in our new, gorgeous, Lower East Side two bedroom apartment. After a rapid and exhausted move-in with our two families, during which a good deal of booze was consumed, everyone decided to hit the sack. I decided to go out when friends, and when I returned at 3:30 AM I was shocked to find everyone awake and literally bouncing off the floor thanks to the roaring base in the bar DIRECTLY underneath our new home. I mean we might as well have been in the godforsaken hell hole the trash of ny call a bar. I’ve never been a fan of Irish pubs or bars of any kind and this has reaffirmed my beliefs. I know, we should have taken this into consideration when signing the lease, but at the time the bar was boarded up and looked like it hadn’t been up and running for years. Honestly though, why in gods name do they need to blast raunchy “rock” music from 2002 on a Sunday night?


    Love David and Elise


  212. January 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm, Jennifer said:

    Hi Everyone. Very sorry David and Elise. I’ve been living in apartments 10 years and I’ve learned a few things and have some advice to pass on 🙂 Firstly, only rent or buy top floor, corner apartments- they are more $$$ but worth it in the long run for future sale and for noise. Also, if you have children, or like to wear shoes in your apartment (esp. heels), invest in area rugs. There is super cheap foam you can have cut when you buy the area rugs, simply put it underneath. Now you have two layers of sound protection, thus you are being a considerate neighbor. Also, if you love the loud music and bass, look into acoustic panels, they will drown out the sound for your neighbors. If you are not sensitive to noise, others may be below you, so I agree, live your life, but do so with consideration.

    Another thing: don’t just rent or buy. You have every right to ask about the neighbors and noise level. We did. Our co-op is extremely strict with noise, and if you’re a repeated offender, they will fine you left and right. That’s another thing, we looked into co-op with a well-respected co-op board and a management company that is excellent. I may be wrong here, but if you buy a condo (at least in NY), there is no one to complain to about noise. That’s why buying a co-op is the best choice – I can discuss noise matters with my doormen who will intervene on my behalf and I remain anonymous, and if the offender does not listen, I can go to management and the board. Research, research, research and ask a lot of questions about the property you will live in. Often, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

    For David and Elise, there are definitely noise ordinances in the city. The next time they offend (and I think I know exactly what boarded up bar you’re talking about), simply call the police. They will learn quickly.

    For everyone else, best of luck!


  213. February 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm, Me said:

    Downstairs neighbors have some nerve from these comments because you feel free to live your lives as normal, but want your upstairs neighbors to cater to you.
    I have been living in an upstairs apartment for five years.
    The only problems that I ever had before recently were years ago when my stepsons would visit and I understood those problems and tried to accomodate.
    However, I am now divorced and my new neighbors complain whenever I have a guest in my apartment.
    I have never had a party or blarred my music, etc., but they complain because of the foot traffic caused by my 70 year old father and he is hardly “stomping.”
    Yes, he gets up in the middle of the night to walk to the bathroom and kitchen to take his medication – I must be a complete jrek for being this insensitve to my downstairs neighbors.
    Do you downstairs complainers ever think that it could be an old and creaky complex and your upstairs neighbors are doing something perfectly normal?
    I try my best, but, unlike the earlier poster that insisted that everything in controllable, things do drop and doors do slam and people do get up to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
    In fact, my downstairs neighbors have had numerous parties that last until the wee hours of the morning, but I am a heavy sleeper and do not care.


  214. February 21, 2010 at 9:41 am, Perk said:

    There is a way around everything File a Formal Compliant, go to those whom own the property and then get the media involved. Tie up all loose ends. I am currently one of those neighbors whom live under very noisy neighbors. Every time they make noise call the police, go to their door and ask them to stop the noise and write the people whom own the property. This property manager is ignorant and people like her will never have any success in a business because they don’t know how to treat they residents. Form a petition and get those individuals involve within your community whom are going through the same issue dealing with noisy ass neighbors. Also, get a lawyer involve to insure that they don’t try to take advantage of you. I have a friend who works at CNN oh honey, I will get things rolling for real.


  215. March 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm, SocietyForThePreventionOfTheBreedingOfIdiots said:

    If the s**tsticks who planned and built these buildings gave a damn, MOST of these issues would be greatly abated.

    Nevertheless, it doesn’t excuse the varied, vast, and villain-like inconsideration shown by the extroverted-types dwelling within them.

    May they burn in Hell, forever!

    Praise Jesus!


  216. May 03, 2010 at 2:29 pm, ROBIN said:

    i am an upstairs tenant living with sis and 2 kids…we asked before renting was the apartment kid friendly, they told us yes of course. things were good with downstairs neighbor at first, my sis had even gone down to chill and have drinks a few times…then she started coming up at odd hours asking for milk, a cigarette etc etc we said yes at first but it got sooo annoying that we stopped answering the door. now all of a sudden we are noisemakers and this and that. we can hear everything in their apartment too so we know its not just us. i had my boyfriend over and he actually asked if someone was in the room with us…its the joys of apartment living…you don’t pay really that much for an apartment in which you can hear noise so suck it up and know that your neighbors are not always doing it intentionally.


  217. September 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm, Anakin said:

    im a 20-something and let me just say that different people do different things in life and have different schedules…. sorry that noise bothers you, i’ll try my best, but when it all comes down to it it’s a cheap alternative to getting a house and you’re going to have to deal with it. just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s wrong! it’s an apartment…. deal with it or don’t move back into another apartment.


  218. September 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm, Anne Marie Aaron said:

    First, my best wishes to everyone who complains about noise and unbearable neighbors.

    To Anakin: Anakin says:Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

    That applies until you are fast asleep and my noise wakes you up.

    Anakin says: Deal with it or don’t move back into another apartment.

    O how I wish. Most people don’t do apartment living by choice. The alternative is to live in a bedroll out of the back of your car (I’ve done it).

    In my experience, it’s not the noise so much as the noisemaker’s seeming contempt for your feelings as a fellow human being. I know this society praises individuality, but sometimes I wish I lived in a society like Japan, where the good of the group comes over the rights of the individual. There, people rat on you if you drop litter on the street. :> Well, that’s going too far, but it’s also a country where you take off your shoes when you enter your home, because get this, it’s considerate to the neighbors. It’s just what everyone does there. Here, the idea that you should give a flying F for the person living so near you is so foreign to some people. I think that bothers people more than the actual noise itself.

    Also, has it occurred to people that maybe they should not have a bunch of kids until they are past having to rent? Wait until you can afford a house and a little strip of yard for the poor kids. Apartments are no place for kids. Kids don’t actually bother me though. It’s the partyers. My last apartment was great until a guy just out of college moved in. That’s when the music blasting through the walls started. To add to the fun, he let his friends hang out there when he was working. So the music could keep on going even when he was not home. My land lord was polite, but would not deal with my complaints (after reading this site I now know I have legal options, which I will make use of in the future, believe me. Pounding on his door once at 3 in the morning resulted in him and one of his buds cracking open the door long enough to snicker at me. It really felt like dealing with a couple of children rather than two grown men. Like badly raised kids laughing at Mommy when she yells at them to turn it down. That ‘s just how it felt. On the day he moved out, I yelled at him in front of the movers that he was an inconsiderate, self absorbed little boy, and he looked at me like I was out of my mind and told me I was F’ed up. I expressed amazement that I was F’ed up because his noise was driving me crazy. In the future, I will go the legal route. Expecting people especially the younger set to act like responsible adults in this society is apparently expecting too much.

    Or, I will move to Japan when I can afford to!


  219. October 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm, Matthew said:

    Once I encountered my first apartment noise problem where the neighbors refused to be quiet, I decided I’d lost hope in the human race. Human beings are filthy, disgusting, selfish animals and I will no longer go out of my way to help them in their endeavors.

    Basically, I refuse to ever donate to charity again. A poor person is just one more potential idiot to make a mess of the world. Let them die.


  220. December 06, 2010 at 5:32 pm, Hailey said:

    I am having similar problems,I live in a condo and i ignore all little noises but THE SQUEAKING OF THEIR BED DURING SEX is really pissing me off.Its several times a week and on weekends i go to bed n wake up hearing it.The sound is so loud that it feels like we are sleeping directly under their bed.I can even hear them LAUGHING after sex and going to the bathroom.and things get rough and feels like the ceiling is going to break. Knowing this much information about peoples personal life is really disturbing me.
    SOME PEOPLE ARE SO INSENSITIVE.Wish there was something i could do,but i am sure they will just slam harder n laugh louder.i dont know.


  221. January 06, 2011 at 2:06 am, Anonymous said:

    Here’s my best tip:

    Get an apartment in a high-rise type apartment. There’s concrete between floors, along with carpeting. Best apartment I ever lived in…although it does cost a little more than an average apartment, it’s absolutely worth it.


  222. April 06, 2011 at 1:21 pm, Jess said:

    In Texas, renters have the right to peaceful enjoyment of their property. Time to stop complaining, time to start reading the law and asserting yourselves.

    I had just gone to complain, they would have laughed at me. Instead, I kept a detailed log of each incident, and mailed a certified letter detailing my situation and how it was unacceptable to continue this way. They don’t want to be sued by a tennant, and they know I’m serious about protecting my rights.


  223. April 19, 2011 at 9:55 am, Cindy said:

    A) Is it really super necessary to tell me that your noisy neighbors are immigrants? Korean? “Strong” Hispanic descent? Without accusing anyone, it mostly makes it seem like only “ethnic” people and young college students make noise, which we all know isn’t true.

    B) Do you guys ever think that you’re all just talking about each other? Because for every single “MY NEIGHBORS ARE TOO LOUD!!!!1111!!ELEVENTY” comment, there’s one that has a cranky neighbor who complains about noises that aren’t overly loud to the people making them.

    I second the commenter who explained that once they went to complain, they realized that the tv wasn’t very loud in the “noisy” apartment, but merely seemed louder because of the poor insulation. I understand that some people are just very loud, but sometimes shitty apartments are just shitty, and the most we can do is try to be considerate as possible while understanding that it’s difficult to keep the noise down in badly built apartments with thin walls.

    I subscribe to the ideology that my rights end where others’ begin, but in a lot of places it is damn near impossible to keep any noise from leaking through to another apartment, even if they are trying their hardest to insulate themselves with things like fabrics, rugs, tapestries, drapes, etc.


  224. June 02, 2011 at 6:17 pm, black metal mikey said:

    what does ear dropping
    when yu lived in apartment good or bad


  225. June 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm, Jim C. said:

    People who chronically and knowingly disturb the peace are terrorists, and would be imprisoned or strung up in a fair world. They are already given far too much slack, and don’t even deserve the initial polite approach that decent people tend to use.

    Why should anyone have to be polite to a soulless, ruthless, empathy-less piece of garbage posing as a human? I think the polite approach is usually done for fear of retaliation, since we instinctively understand the mindset it takes to make chronic noise without concern for others.

    And no, it’s not a “stereotype” that they tend to be black, Hispanic or white trash. They are what they are, and it’s called scum.


  226. June 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm, Jim C. said:

    Those who say “just move” are completely ignoring that you must move TO somewhere else, which could be just as bad. Use some common sense, folks!


  227. August 22, 2011 at 9:35 am, Adult said:

    It’s interesting to see the comments from people who are no doubt trying to justify being inconsiderate. When you own a house, you can do whatever you want to do in that house on your land and even still there are limits. But when you are living in an apartment community, yes, you do have to be considerate because you aren’t the only person/family living there. It’s not the other way around.

    Living in an apartment community doesn’t give you the right to make other people miserable. I live in apartment community that has very specific rules you have to sign that says just that but for some reason, doesn’t care to enforce them. I owned a two family rental property in New York and there was no way I was going to let my tenants be disrespectful to each other. If they want to do whatever they want then they needed to get out and buy their own house but they weren’t going to be disrespectful living in something I owned and paid for. Any rental community owner who doesn’t have that same attitude needs to shut down or sell out.

    I would encourage everyone suffering from noise issues to try sending complaints to the corporate office of the community you live in, if it’s owned by one. For those who don’t have this option, it would behoove you to do whatever you can to move out. Loss of rent for the apartment community is a statement within itself. And definitely write honest reviews online about the community wherever you can to spare someone else! If the community owner or staff doesn’t care about your noisy neighbors then you can be assured it won’t be long before the community is so bad you’d rather be homeless than live there.

    It’s also important that if you are able, to pick an apartment community with better people and most importantly… happy employees then take the time to do it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited an apartment community and heard the employees complaining about the job or the tenants. You need to walk right out at that point. No matter what your situation is. When you have no self esteem because you might be down and out or not have a lot of money, you’ve already lost. Poor or not, you still deserve a decent place to relax after work and be safe.

    In the end, its a tough situation because if the apartments weren’t built with great soundproofing, you are going to have problems even if the other tenants aren’t trying to be a pain. But more times than not, there are just way too many people who are inconsiderate. There is just no doubt about it. You are witnessing it right here in these comments. And those with low standards will try to bring you down to their level because they live in a Jungle in their personal world, they want you to live in it too.

    The only solution I see is to look diligently for an apartment community who has a strong stance against noisy neighbors and they actually enforce it. Ask them specifically. Or rent a house with a decent amount of distance between other houses.


  228. October 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm, Kacie said:

    I’m sorry, but some of you seem insensitive to other people. If you have kids and feel they should have the right to run around and “be kids” then move to a unit on the bottom floor. I cannot stand hearing that excuse. Why should other people have to put up with YOUR kids? Not everyone can afford a house… believe me, if I had the money, I would not be in an apartment putting up with stomping. However, living in an apartment does not justify being inconsiderate. Not everyone can afford to move to a house so why feel the need to be loud just because people decide to live in an apartment? I’ve lived in many apartments growing up so I know sometimes it’s not neighbors being inconsiderate, but just poor insulation in the building. But it’s easy to tell when someone is, for instance, RUNNING and it’s not okay.

    I have both noisy upstairs and downstairs neighbors at the moment. The people below me build furniture from morning til night so I would hear hammering, sawing, and objects being dragged or banged on the wall, especially in the bedrooms. It has calmed down though over the past year because I finally was fed up and requested that management do something about it. The people above me have their grand kids come over and just run around the place. I also think they were jumping off furniture because of the really loud crashes I would hear and everything rattling in my apartment. Even though I made management aware of this, it continues to happen and so I am trying to come up with ways to tune out the noises. I am irritated right now because after management discussed this problem with them, the people upstairs did a false report claiming I was banging on the ceiling even though throughout the whole day, no one was home. Management called my cell and told me (after telling them no one has been home all day) I needed to “tolerate their noise” and you don’t know how much hearing that irritated me. They are calling me about “banging on a ceiling” but want me to tolerate the running and jumping. Small, short noise is more intolerable than loud, constant noise… Okay, then. Anyways, to avoid nasty confrontations with management and the upstairs neighbors, I am doing my best to muffle the sounds, but haven’t found anything that works effectively. It’s a shame I just renewed my lease before the grand kids decided to show up, so I am stuck with this problem for a while. I have purchased a Marpac white noise machine, a bookshelf, and soon I am going to put tiles of corkboard all over one wall (after decorating them, of course) to see if that helps.

    No one should have to tolerate deliberate noise and feel anxious when they are at home. I don’t care about the excuses about people’s entitlement to playing loud music or having their kids turn the apartment into a playground. Put you and your kids on the bottom floor where they can run around freely without disturbing the people underneath you if you feel they should “be kids”… If you want to play loud music, get an mp3 with headphones and blast your own eardrums off.

    Apartments are not always peace and quiet, mostly because the insulation is poor. However, no one should have to sacrifice their right for a quiet environment just because you refuse to sacrifice being an inconsiderate jerk. At least TRY to be respectful of your neighbors and realize that you can’t do just any and everything just because it is your place. It affects those around you as well.


  229. December 06, 2011 at 12:22 pm, AngelaB said:

    I am a condo owner and have been having problems with the renter downstairs for over a year. I keep hoping she’ll be evicted because moving is NOT an option for me in this economy. I have complained in writing twice to my condo manager to no avail.

    First, it was her shouting matches with the father of her child. I know this because I heard every word. Some of these fights were in the middle of the night, and I almost called the police a few times since I was afraid for the couple’s daughter who cried loudly while these fights occured.

    Finally, however, he must have moved out. But the stomping and slamming of every door, drawer, and cabinet continues. The TV does’t bother me, but the loud bangs and yelling do. I could swear she must rearrange her furniture every night.

    Further, the woman’s daughter doesn’t seem to know how to walk and must run constantly on the the hardwood floors from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (I was never allowed to stay up that late at that age–she must be about 5 or 6). Anyway, she and her mother can only converse by YELLING so I hear all their conversations.

    To make matters worse, the woman is a chain smoker. I can’t open my windows on my balcony nor sit on my own balcony because she and now her boyfriend are constantly out there smoking. And, if she’s not smoking there, she’s smoking in her bathroom right below mine, and the smoke seeps up into my unit. Yeah.

    I complained about the smoke to my condo manager and was told the woman is allowed to smoke on her balcony and in her unit, and if I want to change that I must go door to door to get 2/3 signatures from all the owners (204 units). So, when will I have the time for that? I work full-time.

    I’ve tried white noise generators and area rugs, but I still hear the yelling and foot stomping. Sometimes it interrupts my sleep.

    The sad thing is that I feel bad when I practice my clarinet on the weekends. Why?


  230. January 06, 2012 at 10:36 am, peace_commited said:

    What about the people who produce vibrations to harass you. Especially when you are asleep and kind of snoring, they come to know that, and then at the precise moment, they will create that vibration, that wakes you up completely from your sleep. Now you can’t go back to sleep for another hour. And when you do, they start that vibration thing again.You can only feel it, but not hear it.

    What item can produce such kind of vibration? They say they have no sub-woofers or video games.

    This has happened with me being on both the top and the bottom floors, in “good” apartments too.


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  232. March 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm, Ranter said:

    I live in a second floor apartment and have neighbors on both sides, above and below me, and across the hall. I NEVER hear anyone except the ones above me, which is a couple. I don’t know how you guys can complain about walking and toilets flushing, no matter how loud it is. Maybe you don’t know how bad it is to hear your neighbors having loud, wall banging intercourse twice a day. Walking seems like nothing compared to that. They also have friends over every friday and saturday, who are wrestling for hours on end. Banging against the walls, floors, screaming, laughing, fighting, it’s ridiculous. I have been living here for 10 months and can’t WAIT for the next two months to end so I can get out of here. I am afraid to complain to management, because the female above me works for them! I can’t imagine going to complain about the couple and having her saying “Oh, that’s me.” Like complaining would do anything anyway. I pray that I can get into a rental house and not hear my neighbors having sex multiple times a day and fighting hours later into the night. I feel all of your guys’ pain. I feel much better after ranting 🙂


  233. April 01, 2012 at 2:16 pm, Laura said:

    Will putting thick area rugs on the wall work to reduce noise coming from a room in my apartment? Because my brother is as noisy and rude as they come. I dislike noisy neighbors and since we’ve moved we have become one. I tell my brother to be quiet but he just refuses to listen. And he gets our small dog barking just because he can. And we have a grumpy neighbour attached to his bedroom wall and she’s already knocked loud once to tell him to shut up and he just won’t listen. so I thought maybe putting a thick carpet on it would reduce noise…


  234. June 06, 2012 at 4:02 pm, meagan said:

    i have a serious problem that im not sure how to fix. I live in the second floor in a one bedroom apartment with my fiance and our two dogs a german shepherd and a mini schnauzer. We rarely have company over and hardly any parties to make noise. we both work till 6 in the evening most days and the dogs are in the kennel when we arent home. Even though we are very considerate to our down stairs neighbors about noise we still get complaints and courtesy officers at our door random nights saying they received noise complaints about us. there are even times when there is an officer is waiting at our door and we are just getting home. I’ve talked to the manager and am willing to help in any way i can but if the noise is just my dogs rolling around in their kennel or the short excitement they have when we get home I don’t really know what else we can do:/ We dont want our neighbor to be annoyed but we also dont want to get in trouble or can not afford to move to another apartment at the moment…. any suggestions???


  235. August 30, 2012 at 12:12 am, Cam said:

    I just moved into an apartment about a week ago. I am on the top floor and the man that lives behind is becoming rather annoying. I wouldn’t say that he’s “noisy” because he doesn’t make a lot of noise in general but he listens to music ALL DAY, i mean literally from the time he wakes up until about 1am. A few days ago he was blasting it to the the point where I had to go downstairs and politely ask him if he could turn it down (he seemed annoyed but he did it) Since then it hasn’t been as loud but whatever he’s playing it through has a hell of a lot of bass which comes through the floor and I find rather distracting. I really don’t want to be a pain or make an enemy because I just moved in and have to live here for at least a year. This is my first time living in an apartment so I’m not sure what is considered “normal” as far as noises go and if this is just something I should get used to. I also try to take into consideration that he lives under me and I can only imagine how it sounds down there when I’m up here walking around. However, walking around is something I can’t help. I feel like common courtesy would be for him to turn his music down. I don’t know if I should go back down there and say something, write a note, or go to the leasing office. I’m annoyed because either way I feel like he won’t really comply!


  236. September 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm, george said:

    HEY CAM! go to your leasing office or give your building manager a call and talk to him/her. dont worry if you make an “enemy”, you just want to live and relax where you are suppose to. If noise goes (music or bass) over 11pm you CAN call the cops, but FIRST do call your building manager


  237. March 08, 2013 at 8:20 pm, Jeff said:

    Wow. This page is quite the compilation of years of people ranting about their noisy neighbor knight mares. Believe me, I do feel for you all, and I very much understand your plight and misery. I have had more than my share of the same over the years. Living in an apt bldg can really suck, especially if the bldg you live in is the kind of cheap crap construction that is so typical today. The sad thing is, the noise problem is so unnecessary. They are very capable and able to build apartment buildings today that are virtually sound proof and because of wanting to do it as cheaply as possible, they just do as little sound proofing as possible. …. My advice is, if you’re going to move, make sure you check out the construction design of the bldg you are considering moving into before you sign any lease. Make sure it’s a well sound proofed bldg before you even consider making the place your home. I’ve been in low income apartment buildings that were built so well sound proofed that your neighbor next to you could be blasting their sound system and you hear absolutely nothing. … Find out about the building before you decide to live there, …and don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because it’s a beautiful brand new bldg that it is going to be well built and quiet. Looks mean nothing. It’s what’s hidden behind the walls and in the inner framework of the bldg that counts. Find out how the bldg was designed and constructed by getting details from the management perhaps and or also talk to some of the residents who live there and find out about noise levels being experienced. …. As much as it is true that many people have zero consideration for others and are just plain immature, the real problem is the cheap construction design in the building.


  238. March 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm, T00THpaste said:

    Wow. It really amazes me how people never change. I came here looking for ways to lessen the noise coming from a workbench I’m about to build for my second floor (of 3 floors) apartment and all I found was 7 years of people bitching about their living situation. For once I’d like to find USEFUL information related to the topic of a website in the Comments section. Did anybody read the title of the article before posting? I think the only relevant post was the first person who mentioned putting cotton in your ears. Unfortunately, putting cotton in my ears is not going to help the neighbors any. Maybe if people would stop complaining long enough, great ideas for improving given situations (in this case, “Reducing Noise In Your Apartment”) would blossom and in turn everybody can take something from that. 7 years of nonconstructive whining… amazing.

    So back to the topic! I’m looking for ways to REDUCE the noise coming from MY APARTMENT. I’m trying to be the good neighbor by keeping loud noises from being too loud. I’m going to build a small work surface to do lots of hammering on, so I either need something solid enough to absorb most of the impact and thus some of the noise, OR something to put underneath whatever surface I decide to build to absorb the impact to the floor. Will a tree trunk about 3 feet high and 18 inches in diameter do the job? Or will it still make plenty of noise? I’m also consider 4×4 fence posts cut to 3 feet high and arranged in a grid and bound together. Any comments with EXPERIENCE with this would be helpful.


  239. March 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm, Anonymous said:

    Apartment living will involve some levels of noise, it is however your legal right not to be unreasonably disturbed by other in every state. We have gangs of children here who play in the communal areas unsupervised, morning til night and do nothing but scream and shout. If you do have children, then just because you are a family does not give you free reign to disturb others. Tough basically. Control your children. Its not our problem you cant afford a house. You are subject to the rules of your lease just like anyone else and most leases address noise, your children are your responsibility. If apartment managers do not address noise levels, it seems you could be entitled to not pay them for the duration of time that your peace is disturbed . You many not break the lease though.

    My advice to anyone who is suffering more than a toilet flushing and the odd footstep is to keep complaining to management, put it in writing and then if they still do nothing, seek legal advice. When it starts hitting them in the pocket they will soon do something.


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