Dealing With Noisy Neighbors

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We’ve all experienced them: noisy neighbors. Whether they fight constantly, play loud music, have big parties, own dogs who love to bark, or make noise in other ways, noisy neighbors aren’t fun to deal with. You can take a variety of approaches to asking your neighbors to quiet down, ranging from polite conversations to getting the police involved. You don’t want to get confrontational, but you also don’t want to be plagued by constant commotion. Here are some tips for successfully dealing with noisy neighbors.

Face to face

Before addressing minor noise issues with your neighbors, it can be helpful to establish a relationship with them. Instead of going over to their apartment to complain, go over to present them with a basket of home-baked treats or to invite them to a cocktail hour at your house. Presumably you’ll identify the noise problems early on in your tenancy, so either you or the neighbor has recently moved in. This means that welcoming them makes sense, so go ahead and do it. Once you’ve established a bit of rapport with the neighbors, maybe you can bring up the fact that you occasionally hear noise coming from their apartment. This approach is probably better for more minor noise issues, since it can be difficult to become friendly with someone only to raise a concern. If your noise issue is more severe, you might want to skip the friendly step and just talk to your neighbors about it.

TIP: When discussing an issue like noise with your neighbors, focus on why the noise is a problem, and propose a reasonable solution. Don’t just attack your neighbors for being loud, as this will simply put them on the defensive. For example, say “I work very early in the morning and need my rest, so I’d appreciate it if you could lower the volume of your music after 11:00 p.m. on weeknights,” instead of “You’re so loud all the time—can’t you knock it off?” The first approach will almost certainly get you better results. More specific techniques for approaching noisy neighbors can be found here.

If you want to take a more official approach, sending your neighbor a copy of your city’s noise ordinance and/or a clause in your apartment lease that guarantees you the right to quiet enjoyment of your home. You can also suggest legal mediation if direct conversations don’t produce results. Sometimes just being reminded that they are breaking the law can be enough to convince people to quiet down.

Through the landlord

If you don’t get results after a casual conversation or two with your neighbor, it may be time to talk to your landlord about the problem. This can get sticky, because it’s not likely that your landlord will prioritize your noise complaint above more pressing issues like recovering late rent payments or making physical repairs to apartments. Your landlord might only address the issue after you make repeated complaints, or if multiple complaints are submitted about the same tenant. Though noise issues are definitely legitimate, they can easily get buried under other responsibilities. Be persistent with your landlord and your neighbor, and hopefully you can all reach a successful compromise.

Severe situations

If your neighbor doesn’t respond to repeated conversations with you and your landlord, or if you have a more extreme case that’s immediately interfering with your ability to engage in normal activities, you might want to get the police involved. This can be a tough step to take, because you don’t want to give your neighbors a negative opinion of you. However, the police should respect your privacy and refrain from revealing who called in the complaint.

If you don’t find improvement after involving the police once or twice, you may want to take further legal action. It’s possible to sue your neighbor in small claims court for the nuisance caused by their noise. While the judge can’t order your neighbors to quiet down, they can order them to pay a daily fee to compensate you for the inconvenience posed by the noise. The simple threat of having to pay you money regularly can be extremely effective in getting your neighbors to quiet down. Of course, you’ll have to provide the court with ample proof of your neighbors’ consistent noise production (recordings may help, and testimony from other tenants will also bolster your case) and your attempts to resolve them in other ways.

In your apartment

While the behavior or others is not something under your control, the state of your apartment is. If you can’t get your neighbors to cooperate easily, it may be simpler to take the “pacifist” approach and modify your apartment to better absorb sound. While it may be hard to compensate for fundamental structural shortcomings, you can certainly add some soundproofing to your walls. Homosote, cork boards, wrapped acoustical panels, fabric, carpeting, and basically anything thick and soft (relative to your walls) can all help provide sound proofing for your apartment. You may be surprised by how effective a few fabric-covered soundproofing boards or panels can be in reducing noise in your apartment, and they can also add exciting color and decorating opportunities for your apartment. Rooms that aren’t carpeted are likely to be particularly noisy, so adding area rugs throughout your apartment can help reduce noise as well. With a little ingenuity, you can take matters into your own hands and make your apartment more livable.

907 Responses to “Dealing With Noisy Neighbors”

  1. October 06, 2006 at 8:19 pm, Guest said:

    I finally decided it was not someone else’s job to make my life the most pleasant & so I decided to get some really good ear plugs & use a sound machine. It works just fine & I am not filled w/anger anymore!!


    • September 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm, Brittany Mcdaniel said:

      > I have tried earplugs and window unit the bass is so loud it rattle my trailor asked them to turn it down nicelythey turned ito up louder I work early mornings and I'm still up


      • December 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm, j ingley said:

        i know what you are going through with loud music–i am trying to deal with it right now– we have to go to a motel new year,s eve but they play loud noise and party quite often–our apt just got notices but they just ignore it


  2. October 08, 2006 at 2:31 pm, Guest said:

    The problem I find with ‘friendly noisy neighbors’ is they tend to expect that “oh then just tell me whenever I’m too loud and I’ll turn it down then’ — repeatedly.
    My goal with a noisy neighbor is to NOT have a repeating issue where I have to be the “noise monitor’ having to continually remind them to dial it down etc.

    I personally have never had a noise complaint against me but I can tell you that if I ever did, I’d only have to be told once.


  3. October 08, 2006 at 11:16 pm, Guest said:

    Here there are noisy garage doors right under our bedrooms! They are unbearably noisy, at any time of the they are in use! We are about the loose our control. Landlord doesn’t seems to solve the issue. What can I do? Please help.


  4. October 11, 2006 at 5:50 am, Guest said:

    You are much lucky then me. I am living at the side of a busy highway, the unbearable noise is constant, day and night, not a single second of quietness I could have here. Even a earplug is not working. What can I do about it? My one-year lease is just started. I still have 360 days to go. I hope I am not crazy after a year in this noise.


  5. October 12, 2006 at 11:00 am, Guest said:



    • October 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm, John said:

      > When I lived with my brother and sis in Indiana we had that problem. We were downstairs and they were upstairs. The problem they did it past 11pm and into like 2 or 3 am. I can understand kids are going to be kids. So did not bother me during the day. It is just at certain hour it should be tone down


  6. October 14, 2006 at 9:33 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a shady part of town because at the time we moved in it was all we could afford. As nice as it would be to be able to knock on our loud-music-playing-until-4am neighbor’s door and ask them to quiet it down, there’s a high probability of getting a gun pointed in my face. Multiple complaints to the leasing office and nine calls to the police in eight months have not changed my situation (they’re actually playing music loud right now). I’ve got 3 months to go before my lease is up, but no way to come up with the early term fee (it’s 2 month’s rent). I can’t sleep at night, I’ve had to spend several nights on my couch because the thumping bass can be heard in my bedroom. I’m ready to take out a loan to pay the early term fee, just to get away from it! Everyone deserves to have peace in their own home and shouldn’t have to put up with inconsiderate people.


    • January 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm, slim said:

      >What about me,I bought my house and can't move so easily


      • January 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm, Lori said:

        I just bought too and noise comes from above and below. would have rather have bought a house, but cant afford that……but i also don't need to hear gamer guy swearing and yelling at every loss ..multiple times per hour and waking up to it….i thumped once and he yelled come down her if you don't like it…so i did…it was 230 am….he said its a condo deal with it…im all for people heaven fun I'm not saying stop playing..just not so loud screaming..a few days later he apologized..and i don't hear him much at 230 am anymore but it is allay every day..
        F Bombs …and the people love i don't usually hear but they went to town last night…until 2am…i had to leave for a few hours just to get any work done….so hard to concentrate…..i made the mistake o thumping with the broom…they just thumped louder..and now i have scuff marks
        any advice to people buying…dont buy in a condo……i was told it was a cement build so excellent sound proofing……lies. the building manager said she would not do anything about it…….yet she was in my face about having extra tires in my parking space "fire hazard"

        sigh..hard earned life savings and this is what I have to deal with…..can't sell until the first term of mortgage is up….5years…FML


  7. October 16, 2006 at 10:52 am, Guest said:



    • February 08, 2017 at 1:58 am, DEBORAH said:



  8. October 16, 2006 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I have the pleasure of living below a negligent mother and her two teenage sons. They have all been in trouble with the law more than once. She is never home and leaves her sons at home to play music and smoke pot all night long. calls to the landlord have done nothing he doesn’t care. The police do nothing. I”ve had little to no sleep in the past 48 hours due to insistent radio blaring from 430 am and on. I am literally losing it!! help


  9. October 17, 2006 at 7:24 pm, Guest said:

    where do you live?


  10. October 18, 2006 at 11:24 am, Guest said:

    With time you should get accustomed to the noisy highwayand will be able to sleep. I remember when we moved on a main street that had buses and lots of traffic. It was hard for me to sleep, but I became acclimated to the noise level of cars and buses, and after time I did not hear it. Just give it a little time. Enjoy your apartment. I hope this helps.


  11. October 18, 2006 at 4:05 pm, Guest said:

    I am renting for the next six months a condo which my friends own. The condo was on the market six months for about $850,000. I will tell you that had I paid $850,000 for this place, I would demand my money back. The construction is shoddy.

    My neighbors upstairs can hear my stereo at levels which are not that loud at all. I am not a party person by any means, but the people upstairs throw a fit if the stereo is on in the middle of the day. I never play it before 12 noon or after 8 PM which is more than fair times of day. I have the stereo on maybe one day a week.

    To make matters worse, you can hear them walking above us. It sounds like a hurd of buffalo every time they walk. At first, they pounded on the floors at us on purpose, which they admitted to the owners. Now, they say they don’t, but it is obvious they are stomping on the floors instead of walking.

    People have to understand, like I do, that when you live in a shared wall/floor-to-ceiling situation, you are going to hear your neighbors on occasion. Apartment living, or condo living (same thing), is never as wonderful as owning/renting a home and people have to understand that.

    Landlords will do very little beyond making sure you pay your rent. And the police won’t do anything unless the music can be heard from the street (check your local noise ordinances for “nuisance” laws in your area.)

    Where I lived before, I had a nitwit who ran a garage less than 10 feet from my apartment windows. He worked in his driveway 7 days a week, 9 hours a day running buzz saws, power drills, etc. The police did nothing because he was on his property and they determined he wasn’t running a business (yeah, right!)

    You always have to research the area you move to and know as much about your neighbors as you can prior to moving in. True, that isn’t always possible, but before you sign any kind of lease, believe me, KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS!


  12. October 18, 2006 at 4:08 pm, Guest said:

    Basically, there is nothing you can do. I am surprised your landlord didn’t say to you, “Well, did you see the garage doors under you when you first looked at the apartment?” I am not being nasty with you, only trying to mimick what I know most landlords will say.


  13. October 18, 2006 at 4:11 pm, Guest said:

    You have to check with your local police department or the appropriate local government agency to get information on noise ordinances in your area. However, if they are blasting a stereo at 4:30 AM, more than likely, if you call the police out they will put a stop to that. In most areas, loud stereos or TVs are prohibited from 10 PM to 6 AM, although times may vary.


  14. October 18, 2006 at 4:17 pm, Guest said:

    I use to live in a similar situation. I had an apartment which was backed up against a very busy freeway. Literally, the freeway was 50 feet from my bedroom window. At first, I thought I would go nuts. I actually learned to accept it as white noise. As long as no one was blowing their horn and slamming on the brakes, I was fine. Allow yourself a few months to get used to it, then if you can’t, address it with the landlord.


  15. October 18, 2006 at 9:58 pm, Guest said:

    I love greenlaw place but its the noisy neighor that live upstairs all they do is make noisy i no i going to hear noisy but not everday and at night they do it real hard i cannot sleep at night footstep and they walk so hard throw things to the floor day and night around about 7:00am to 12:00am iwont to no do othr hear noisy neighbor greenlaw do not do anything about it anyone please rely who live in greenlaw


  16. October 19, 2006 at 5:18 am, Guest said:

    my neighbors are college students and they never sleep!! I know i did my good share of partying but this is insane! My landlord has yelled at them several times. I wish they were evicted. it is pathetic when i can hear their stereo over mine.


  17. October 20, 2006 at 4:27 am, Guest said:

    Well, yes we saw the garage doors, we were aware of them, but our neighbor leaving for job at 4 a.m. every morning. It is not only the garage door’s noise but the entire building is shaking.

    The managment has offerred to transfer us to an other apt. without a garage under neath! What I’m trying to tell you is, we asked for it. I have received a pamphlet about the Tenant’s Rights and there “THE QUITE DWELLING RIGHT OF THE RESIDENT” is the KEY! So, the Landlord knows it as I have LEARNED:)

    I am recommending everyone to search their legal rights and “ASK FOR IT”…

    Good luck every one!


  18. October 21, 2006 at 2:12 am, Guest said:

    stop complainin or i’ll crank it even louder ya loser


  19. October 21, 2006 at 2:16 am, Guest said:

    thank you these people who complain why do they even bother i’m not gonna stop makin noise and if i do its because i have chosen so the people above me are loud so i dont care if the people below me care if i’m loud we all deal with it together like a family no ratting each other out what kind of crap is that


  20. October 21, 2006 at 7:22 am, Guest said:

    I live in a duplex next to ‘Party Central’ . Loud LOUD college guys all I hear during the week is the annoying base of their music through my walls, lastnight they partied and based until 230 am, it is now 8 21 am Sat morning and I am loudly playing the most annoying XM Radio music out of my tv in a room ajacent to one of their bedrooms, HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA SWEET REVENGE!!!!!


  21. October 21, 2006 at 8:49 am, Guest said:

    You got to be crazy to confront someone these days. I live in Cleveland, and a man killed a woman and another man this summer when she complained about his stereo volume. UH. I’ll go through the landlord from now on.

    I hate trashy people.


  22. October 22, 2006 at 1:57 pm, Guest said:

    just because you brought more children into this world (just what we need!) doesn’t mean I should have to hear them. buy a house with a yard before you breed.


  23. October 25, 2006 at 12:32 am, Guest said:

    This is an other way of classifying people, if you have pets at apartment, they can bark, poop on the grass but my child can not play peacefully! What’s wrong with you? You can’t tell me to by a home! I am teaching my child to not to make noise in the apt. But these buildings are terrible, like paper! There is no noise isolation. You better complain about it! Do we have to pay for these low quality apts? This is not what we deserve…


    • December 10, 2016 at 3:37 am, N B said:

      > you are not a good parent.
      If you cant respect other peoples right to quiet and privacy then YOU should move. You think because they're kids they can run amuck? Smarten up. Control your kids. You wanted kids thats your problem. Dont make it everyobe elses.


  24. October 30, 2006 at 9:10 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment were an “elite” few could make as much noise as possible and the rest have to follow the city noise ordinances. Like I think it’s totally unfair , so do you guys think I should just move or just blow my brains off?


  25. November 12, 2006 at 10:33 pm, Guest said:

    my wife and i live in a duplex house, mother and 4 year old child on top, my wife 59, me 67 on the bottom of duplex, when the neighbors child comes over to play they run stomp constantly, we complained about this to her but she does not stop them from tormenting us, we retaliate by putting our stereo on which she does not like, landlords dont do anything, the child alone is okay but with another child bad things happen. What are we to do?


  26. November 27, 2006 at 3:20 pm, Guest said:

    oh my god! I sympathize with you. I am going through the exact same problem! I have two small children 3/5. We have rugs all over w/ padding; we plan on getting carpeting when financially able. Yet the old witch downstairs keep complaining. She acts as though we are making noise on purpose, when we’re just going on with normal activity.

    We work and our kids go to school during the day. She complained to HOA that we make noise 6AM-11PM. She is such a liar. Makes me so mad.

    What’s worse is she’s buddies with HOA management. They told us that others complained. They LIED!! I spoke with neighbors above, left, and right. All were so nice and said we’re not even bothering them. Lady upstairs says she hears things once in a while because of kids crying, but it’s once in a while and doesn’t bother her.

    The old bat also beats on her ceiling. I hope it comes down on her ugly head. It’s sucks walking on the balls of your feet and constantly yelling at your kids to stay quiet. I feel so bad that you have to tell them that they can’t do what is natural to toddlers. Do you really expect 3-5 year olds to walk slowly wherever they go? I don’t think so.

    We live below the third level and hear the woman upstairs. We don’t complain when she moves furniture, vacuum, or when her heavy slippers stomps around.

    That evil woman downstairs is such a pain from the beginning, we really regretted buying that condo. She’s making our lives bad.

    On Thanksgiving Eve, she wrote a nasty letter threatening to sue. Telling us that we have no concern for her requests to lessen the noise. If we didn’t care, why would we bother to have rugs to muffle the noise? I had nephews staying in my room (which is above hers) what a mistake! She complained that noise was keeping her awake till 1AM. I don’t know how she is complaining when all they do is lay on the couch and using the computer? Just getting up and using the bathroom is a problem to her! Imagine walking 10 steps to the bathroom and she complains!!

    Two days after, her kid and grandchildren came over and made so much noise. Blasting music, running, screaming, laughing. I think it was her revenge tactic.

    When we first moved in, I apologized to her if my kids are making noise. She said that it’s okay with her and that kids have to walk. Not long after, we received a letter (on my birthday) from HOA about us making noise all day till 11PM.

    She even complained to me about the people who used to live in our place made a lot of noise intentionally. She is ridiculous because nobody wants to make enemies with their neighbors since you’re pretty much stuck with them, sharing walls, floors, and ceilings.

    She’s two-faced and a horrible old woman. All summer long, her kid and grandchildren always came to her apartment. They play loud music, talk loud, and did whatever they want. While I hardly ever have any one over because we’re afraid she’ll complain that too many people is walking around, even no one is walking.

    She has a loud mouth and you could hear her clearly. She talks on the phone at 6AM and wakes us up. We can hear her snore and when she has the TV on. We did not complain once.

    She is a scheming old lady because she complained about us first so that we’re not really in the position to counter-complain.

    Most of the time, we all have dinner, watch TV, or have table activities. This old woman acts as though we’re running a marathon around our apartment just to get on her nerves.

    HOA and I both suggested she insulate her ceiling if it’s that bad. But she is refusing. Then it’s her own fault. We’ve padded all our major walking areas and yet she is being very rude

    I wish I could just make her shut up.

    Best of luck to anyone suffering cranky old women living below or above you. Yes, even the ones above you will complain. I know people who’ve experienced this too.


  27. December 13, 2006 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    how do u think u got here? you were a kid once.


  28. January 07, 2007 at 11:14 am, Guest said:


    Yesterday afternoon, my downstairs neighbor rang my apartment doorbell; when I answered the door, he complained that my son had awakened him very early that morning (around 6, and earlier around 4), and he wanted me to do something about making sure it didn’t happen again. I listened to him for a few minutes, and responded to what he was saying, but he became increasingly belligerent until I told him that I wasn’t interested in continuing a conversation with someone who was yelling at me, and closed the door. He’s complained several times over the past 6 months – he moved into the apartment below in the early summer of 2006. Apparently, his bedroom is directly below my son’s.

    I asked him several questions during our conversation that he was unable to answer:
    · Was he aware when he took the apartment that a child lived above him, and would that have affected his decision to move in had he known in advance?
    · Was he aware that noise usually travels in more than one direction, and that although we don’t share the same taste in music and I can hear the music coming from his apartment clearly, I don’t complain to him about it?
    · Did he expect me to tie my son up in the morning so that he wouldn’t bother the neighbors?
    · Was he aware that he’s the only person in the building who’s ever complained about my son?
    · Did he expect me to take his complaints seriously, or to be sympathetic to him, when my son is not intentionally doing something to bother him, yet a party he and his roommate had within weeks of moving into their apartment was obnoxiously loud enough to bother residents living across the street, and during this party, he and his roommate seemed to feel completely entitled to create ridiculous amounts of noise and to intentionally continue to do so after repeated requests to stop? (More on that below…)

    My son is 7 years old. He wakes up around 6 a.m. every day. He’s always been an early riser. When he gets up, he usually plays quietly in his room while I make breakfast. He doesn’t yell or bang toys, and if he has his radio on, I make sure the volume is low so it shouldn’t bother neighbors. Sometimes he hops on his bed, and when I notice that he’s doing that, I tell him to stop and he does immediately. I supervise my son well; I’m aware of what he’s doing at all times when he’s home, and I’m aware of the sound level coming from his room. My son is not doing anything that creates any more noise now than anything he’s done previously over the past 7 years.

    He is not making noise intentionally to annoy the neighbors. Our floors are carpeted, and we don’t wear shoes inside. Children make a certain amount of noise; my son certainly makes far less noise now than he did as an infant because babies CRY. They can’t help it – they’re pre-verbal. I’ve let my son know that the neighbors downstairs are upset about early morning noise, and he understands that he should make an effort to be quiet early in the morning. I’ve also encouraged him to play in the living room early in the morning because I don’t expect a 7 year old to be completely still and silent for hours; I know that the apartment below us has an identical floor plan to ours, and I’m hoping that by having my son play in the living room, any noise he makes will be in a fairly neutral area that shouldn’t be so bothersome to the people below us.

    I’m irritated with my downstairs neighbor because he seems oversensitive to the sound of a child playing. The previous tenant was an elderly woman who NEVER complained about any noise my son made, even when he was an infant and cried a lot. The new tenants in the apartment below aren’t completely silent themselves; they play music, which I can hear distinctly through the floor (which rumbles because apparently their stereo boosts the bass). They tend to slam their door when entering and exiting their apartment. I also hear loud conversations they have when they’re in their kitchen and the windows are open. I don’t complain about it because my feeling is that this is New York; in apartment buildings, people are bound to hear their neighbors moving around, and a little tolerance of things like music goes a long way – and I like to play my stereo at moderate volumes during reasonable hours, too. I don’t want to start a complaint war with them that escalates into something that simply can’t be resolved. Within a few weeks of moving into their apartment last summer, they hosted a party that lasted well into the wee hours. They burned food, and the smoke came up into our apartment; they allowed their guests to hang out on the fire escape, smoking cigarettes and marijuana. The smoke came rolling into my apartment because my windows were also open for ventilation because of the warm weather. The music and noise from the party was so loud that it annoyed residents across the street, including the president of the block association, who made a point of registering a very no-nonsense complaint very early the following morning, letting them know that parties like that are completely unacceptable on this block, and that if anything like it ever happened again, the police would be contacted immediately. She maintains and cultivates contacts with the local police precinct, and I’m positive she’s not kidding. I had gone downstairs twice that evening to ask them to lower the volume, once around 11 p.m. and again later towards 3 a.m. At 11 p.m., a young woman answered the door (at the time I didn’t know who the tenants were and I wasn’t sure whether she was a guest or one of the tenants) – she assured me that the volume would be turned down and that everything would be taken care of right away. While I was talking to her, I noticed that several young men who appeared to be extremely drunk having a wrestling match in their kitchen doorway that caused them to careen into the doorframe and walls. When I went back upstairs, the volume actually seemed louder. When I went downstairs later, a young man answered the door, and when I complained, he swore at me and slammed the door in my face. Because of this, I find it somewhat difficult to take them seriously. Their party was obnoxious, out of control, and their attitude and response to complaints was incredibly rude – and they made no effort at all to cooperate.


  29. January 10, 2007 at 12:36 pm, Guest said:

    You smart, smart person.

    I’ve been dealing with loud, obnoxious ghetto-type neighbors (they left the detached backseat of their car in front of our otherwise nice apartment entrance, ok?) and a useless landlord for over a year now. The children scream to their hearts’ content, and the mother stomps around like she’s got lead feet. I’ve tried everything.

    Then I saw this post. I went out and bought a sound machine right away. It’s helping quite a bit. Thank you!!

    But more importantly, you’re so right. The only thing we can control is how we react to things and change our own environments as best we can to try to live among inconsiderate morons that will NEVER change and will NEVER go away – they’re absolutely everywhere. It’s the new society – loud, rude, crass. Sadly, we just have to find a way to adapt or we’ll go nuts.


  30. January 16, 2007 at 12:13 pm, Guest said:

    My downstairs neighbour is a graveyard shift Nurse who gets up every morning before 5am. She complains about us watching the occasional movie on our computer (we don’t even own a TV) and has identified the time of annoyance as usually around 8:30 pm. We watch at a normal to quiet volume and have never complained about her early morning noise. We’ve even moved our speakers off the ground and closer to where we sit. We keep the sound remote in our hands while watching in case there is a sudden increase in volume we can turn it down. This woman does not seem to understand that the world does not revolve around her unorthodox schedule, nor can she expect total silence early in the evening living in an apartment complex. We have the right to listen to music and watch a movie at reasonable volume, especially so early in the evening. It’s a huge annoyance dealing with these illegitimate complaints. We hope she moves out but we doubt that will happend because we doubt you can find another apartment as quiet as where we already live.


  31. January 16, 2007 at 12:14 pm, Guest said:

    You’ve NEVER had a noise complaint? You have it very lucky. I’ve had neighbors complain that when I walk on the floor, the creaking floorboards annoy them. There are idiots on both sides.


  32. January 16, 2007 at 10:12 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment in a KC suburb where the landlord is a slum lord (didnt tell me that the apartments from upstairs backs up water and food and stuff into my bathtub until Thanksgiving day when my apartment flooded) First after the older gentleman moved out, some white-trash moved in. They were dope dealers and were evicted. Then now, there is some black-trash, and we hear everything from banging to dropping heavy objects on the floor, to vacuuming at 1am. Tonight I got so pissed off from some jerk kids yelling with the TV up blaring, I called the cops. The noise still continues….this makes no sense.


  33. January 18, 2007 at 3:58 am, Guest said:

    My upstairs neighbor drops heavy objects on the floor (several times a week) and it creates a shock that we feel through the walls and our floor. The building is hollow tile with concrete floors. I’ve spoke to him before but it still continues. Of course, he denies causing any noise and points to others. I’ve lived in apartments all my life and do tolerate “normal” apartment noise. But when it feels like a sledge hammer, I don’t think that’s normal.


  34. January 23, 2007 at 7:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    Dear Young Lady: It sound as though you have a child that should conduct himself like an adult. Afterall if your obnoxious neighbors are going to act like children, your son should be expexcted to act like an adult. It sounds like your son is doing nothing other than acting like he should, like a child. Unfortunately people forget that they were once children. It sound to me that you have been unfortunate enough to gain JERKS as neighbors. The next time they leave, make sure they are all gone and put superglue in the doorlocks. Just kidding! It’s not you who seems to be the pest it’s them.


  35. January 23, 2007 at 7:30 pm, Anonymous said:

    Take their electricity bill and have the electricity shut off.


  36. January 23, 2007 at 7:37 pm, Anonymous said:

    So this guy shouldn’t be able go to work because his garage door makes noise. a GARAGE DOOR OPENING IS REASONABLE NOISE AND DOES NOT meet the requirements of excessive noise by law.


  37. January 25, 2007 at 8:28 pm, Guest said:

    I’m going crazy with my awful upstairs neighbor. I don’t think that she works because she never leaves her condo – she is basically livably quiet until around 11:00pm, when she starts blaring music, stomping around, moving furniture, and has her very loud boyfriend over (I can hear them talking, yelling, watching TV). I HAVE HAD TO SLEEP ON MY COUCH FOR 4 MONTHS!!!! There is a louder fan in my living room that helps to drown out noise.

    I went the civil route and tried to talk to her nicely a few times, and leave her ‘friendly reminder’ notes. She has not done anything to change, and now it’s turned into a war. Last night she blasted music at 11:00pm (the bass was pumping), so I slammed on the ceiling. She quieted a little, and then at midnight, it sounded like she turned up the volume as high as it would possibly go for 10 seconds – it blasted me out of bed (couch).

    So at 7:00 this morning (she sleeps until 11:00), I threw my sneakers at my ceiling to her bedroom. I was thrilled to hear her wake up cursing.

    I can’t believe that this has become my life – I never thought I would do anything like this. I hate her so much, it’s like she’s invaded my life.


  38. January 26, 2007 at 1:10 pm, Guest said:

    Exactly. Just because you have children does not give you the right to be loud and obnoxious. You made the choice to have children while living in an with it. Other people have lives and just because you have kids means you have the right to disrupt their lives? I was about 6 when my parents finally moved into a house and we never had any problems because my parents didn’t let me or my brother run around and scream. We had to be quiet but yet we were still allowed to be kids and it didn’t hold us back from anything. Take your kids outside to a park or something for crying out loud. Just because your downstairs neighbor is tired of listening to your every move doesn’t mean she is an old bat. She is doing whatever it takes to restore peace to her life. So get a grip


  39. January 27, 2007 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    Your letter sounds just like me!! I am going on six hrs of sleep in two days. I can’t take it any more. I dont know what to do. I saw a girl who said she had to sleep in her car because her apart is too loud!! this is just unnaceptable. There has got to be laws to help with this.


  40. January 29, 2007 at 7:58 am, Guest said:

    The loudest, trashiest neighbours ever lived below us. They had four little kids and a grown son crammed into a two bedroom apartment. I don’t think any of the adults worked, seeing as they would blare obnoxiously loup rap 24/7. The oldest son would get into loud screaming matches with his girlfriend and mother, then invite all his hoodlum friends over to party like it was 1999. I worked two jobs and only had about six hours to get any sleep in anyway; so my roommate and I called the apartment manager every day for like two weeks,then we started calling the cops.
    Well, then they started throwing beer bottles at our cars and the kids started throwing rocks at our door. We wound up just moving out when our lease was up, but I still get pissed thinking about it


  41. February 03, 2007 at 10:31 am, Guest said:

    I truly agree with you. Just because you have a child or children does not give u the right to make noise etc… most of the time the parent knows the child is making noise and don’t even care. I have a tight faced woman living above me with her boyfriend. The woman has a daughter that is… kind of special if you get my drift. The mother, who fights with her man all the time, is crazy! she never takes her daughter to the park which is right across the street!! She constantly yells at her and tells her to go to her room where the child jumps on the bed and slams to the floor! Mother knows she’s making these noises. They stomp around and drop things on the floor on purpose, most of the time the mother will stomp in place on purpose as if she’s trying to make me leave… i’ve complained to the owner a couple of times…well… i have a few tricks up my sleeves so she better be ready! i’m not the kind of person that “seeks revenge” but this has gone too far.


  42. February 05, 2007 at 7:57 pm, Guest said:

    My friend and I moved into a 2nd floor apartment a few weeks ago. The other day our downstairs neighbor politely asked us to turn our music down. Not a problem except that it was at about a normal speaking volume at 2pm on a Saturday.

    My roommate’s boyfriend turned 21 last weekend and we all went out to the bars. We got back at around 11:30 and I’ll admit that the 6 of us were being a bit obnoxious until probably 1am when our downstairs neighbor TURNED OFF THE POWER! He could have just as easily walked up the stairs and knocked on our door! The next morning we woke up to him complaining to one of our friends outside. He actually had the nerve to ask if we were “dopers”! We were up ONCE at 1am on a SATURDAY! Of course it hasn’t happened since and I still hear him talking about it sometimes.


  43. February 09, 2007 at 12:13 am, Guest said:

    i TOTALLY empathise!!!!!

    i am currently listening to the blaring base from the unit above my husband and i!!! i’m online trying to find solutions!

    i tried ignoring, talking, leaving notes, thumping the ceiling and to ALL she gets aggressive & DELIBERATELY starts to stomp and be loud or spits/drops things onto our verandah – cigarette butts, spit, chewed gum, food wrappers, even used q-tips!!!! (she’s a nasty little “b”!)

    last night she had an all night party – it was her “pay day” (her welfare/unemployment). she has 2 little kids who are in kindergarten & 2nd grade, and has guys over, fights with her ex, and throws drunken parties!

    the problem is we own our unit – so we can’t “stick it out” until our lease expires, she’s a constant presence in our domicile!!!

    i’m SO stressed!!!


  44. February 15, 2007 at 12:52 am, Guest said:

    hahah i have been SO tempted to do that kind of thing recently. i am at my wit’s end with my annoying college-guy neighbors. drunk and incredibly loud until 4 AM EVERY NIGHT! i am so frustrated i wish i could make them feel the misery they’re causing me and i don’t even feel bad for saying that!


  45. February 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm, Guest said:

    is there really any need for that childish response?


  46. February 17, 2007 at 4:31 pm, Guest said:

    I agree, I live a few feet away from a motorway and at forst it drove me crazy and I couldn’t have the window open at night so I nearly baked too. After a month or so I got used to it and now the noise it quite soothing. It will definately get better, try not too worry.


  47. February 17, 2007 at 5:08 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the idea of getting a sound machine. I have found some white noise tracks on the internet and find them very useful. There is no point in getting “even” with inconsiderate neighbours, it only makes you angry inside and then you let their stupidity affect your happiness and health. I advise some cordless headphones (fm ones not infra red). I have very loud neighbours which play music with the bass turned up every night. I put my cordless headphones in the tv or computer and relax. You can even get 2 pairs and an adapter so that two people can listen at the same time. I have ear plugs for night time too. White noise can be useful if you’re not wanting anything in your ears. I used to get very angry and wanted to bang through the wall and smash up their stereo, but its so much better if you relax and learn to enjoy life around the problem. It’s not fair or right but you have to live your life as a good person regardless of the actions of others (which are often not so good!). Anyway, hope this helps. Keep smiling.


  48. February 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hey DICK, learn to have some respect for other people that live around you. If I was you’re neighbor, you’d certainly have some issues. Turn your music up all you want, but in the end you will lose . So now you shut the hell up!


  49. February 26, 2007 at 9:11 am, Guest said:

    I really sympathize with you since we too have an uppstairs neighbour with her 16 yrs old son, who insist stomping around, moving about their furnitures, banging the windows/doors/even toiletflash as hard as she could, twenty times a day, especially from 22:30 to 1:30 am(sometimes till 5am. All this started after we for a few times asked her family not to exercise and doing lawndry at late evenings! I often hear her laughings while making the noises. After being through all the friendly approaches with no changes from their part, are we finally on our way to move out of this house. I have to say that, the only solution to the problem is to move out. What can one do with such psychopathic neighbours?? These people act out their own negative feelings on other people. They need to find an object like us for them to feel better! It took months of sleepless nights and sleepy days before we came to the insight of to be or not to be, to endure or to give up. Now I am counting the days for moving out!!


  50. February 26, 2007 at 3:45 pm, Guest said:

    You’ll go crazy, after a year, get more wrinckles on your face, less smile, because you are constantly sleepy, distracted…You’ll be more likely to be unfriendly and unpatiently with those around you. You’ll be changed by the vicious circle… The man who can not find peace in his own home will go crazy, this is an experienced person speaking. Try to sleep at friends/relatives’ places if you can to avoid becoming insane is my sincere advice. I have got psychopatic neighbours who are constantly making noises…


  51. February 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm, Guest said:

    You sound as if you were an old angry man with much to regret in life. I’ll pray for you so you’ll be a happier person! Most parents do try their best to calm down their kids.


  52. March 01, 2007 at 9:13 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a co-op in NJ (basically an apartment and since my new neighbors moved in upstairs it has been utter hell. There are 5 people living in a 1 bedroom apartment. A 4 yr child with his 2 parents and 2 grandparents. Every single day from when I get home until after I go to bed I hear constant running an stomping so badly that my pictures fall off the walls and my ceiling lights shake constantly.

    I have spoken with them several times and they always seems apologetic and say they will keep it down. Four times this week I have been awoken between 3am-5am while I listen to them stomp around (the kid running).

    Part of the problem is that I never see the 4-year old kid go outside even during the summer or weekends. He just stays couped up indoors and probably just has too much excess energy from being indoors.

    The last time I spoke to my neighbors and explained they are waking me and keeping me awake at night and it is making me late to work and affecting my work productivity they told me “I don’t what to tell you, your going to have to do whatever you have to do.”

    Since then I have filed multiple compaints with the HOA and the Board of Directors specifiying times and dates. The police can only legally respond for noises after 10pm (or so I was told) and by time they get here the noises always seem to stop for a bit. I’ve even filed a complaint with the town’s zoning department stating maximum occupancy and still it continues.

    I understand you can’t be quiet 24/7 however I do expect some respect. The plain simple fact is if you live in apartment type swelling the rules are different you can’t just do as you please and if you don’t like that then go get a house where you can stomp to your hearts content. It seems they just don’t realize other people live here to and you don’t have the same liberities you would with a house. Just the way it is. Suck it up or move.


  53. March 03, 2007 at 9:42 pm, Guest said:

    I am going insane…literally. I moved into my apartment 6 months ago and it was wonderful. Then the landlord leased a studio apartment above me to an 18 year old who feels that all of his 15 friends can live here too. He purposely stomps on the floor and is up all night. I have literally had maybe 10 hours of sleep in the past 2 weeks. I work full time and am seriously losing my mind. I tried pounding on the ceiling, turning up music and my alarm in the morning but it doesn’t work–and I am scared of revenge. I absolutely hate him and can’t believe my life has turned into THIS!! I’ve called the police 4 times at 5:00 AM after listening to him and his friends all night and the courtesy patrol officer who does nothing. I can’t believe how ignorant and selfish people can be. Not to mention his old gollopy, ghetto, rimless car that sits in the parking lot!! Apartment living sucks!


  54. March 06, 2007 at 1:16 pm, Guest said:

    My Neighbors complained on day 4!

    I cant beleive my downstairs neighbor came out and asked “Are you going to be moving things because I have not gotten any sleep the past four nights- and I dont want to get management involved.” I told her I was sorry and that I would try to keep it down, but whats so funny is that I HAVE HAD A MISSONARY staying with me the past two days. I have had no one over except my boyfriend the other two days, and she complained at 9:15! I can already tell we are going to have problems. To everyone who lives in a downstairs apartment…..
    sorry that you chose to live downstairs- but you KNEW that you can hear a lot more noise than if you lived upstairs.
    Secondly- I am not going to change my sleeping habits and go to sleep at 11:00 everynight because you dont like to hear me walking around.

    I DO PROMISE: that I will NOT blast music into the wee hours of the morning.
    That I WILL NOT let my dog bark continuously
    THAT I WILL NOT have a party on the weekdays
    THAT I WILL make an effort to keep the television noise to a minimum.



  55. March 08, 2007 at 2:59 am, Guest said:

    Wow. The bottom line is your neighbor came to you with an issue. If something he does bothers you, then speak to him about it as well, instead of deflecting the topic when he came to you.


  56. March 08, 2007 at 3:06 am, Guest said:

    Great comment in your last paragraph about the house. I too have had issues with neighbors, especially walking, or should I say stomping around in hard soled dress shoes in the early morning hours. These are condos, not single family homes and there are certain common sense issues that people need to be aware of. I’ve spoken with the developer, no help. I’ve spoken with the neighbor, it fell on deaf ears. It’s really ridiculous when you can’t address something with adults and it be retified. They never get settled in until around 3am. What to do? I don’t know. I’ve even gotten a sound machine to fill my room with white noise and have tried ear plugs, but can still hear them. I now know what sleep deprivation can do to you.


  57. March 08, 2007 at 2:23 pm, Guest said:

    Really they ought to have 2 categories of housing, 1 for people who work, the other for people who stay home all day, smoke pot & blast music at all hours of the day/night. The adult daughter of the shareholder (I live in a co-op) below me does this. This past week has been a series of sleep disruption including:

    1) a 5am screamfest with her enabler of a mother right under my bedroom

    2) Music blasting at 11pm on a Sunday, and 6am-6:30 am during weekdays

    3) Incoherent yelling & trash throwing at 1 am

    If we had 2 categories, those of us who work could get some sleep & the rest could annoy each other.

    It’s like the PSA they had where the kid’s mother nags at him to get a job & they show the same guy 20 years later.


  58. March 12, 2007 at 3:40 am, Guest said:

    I feel so sad for you – sad that you don’t remember what it was like to be four-years-old. It is unlikely that the four-year-old is “tormenting” you. You’re a narcissist. Get over it. Kids will play and be loud.


  59. March 12, 2007 at 9:43 pm, Guest said:

    it is good to call
    the landlord
    the cops
    the neighborhood association
    even the damn alderman
    i had the alderman come and talk to my bad neighbors and boy oh boy they were out the next day cleaning up trash and getting their stupid asses in gear.

    So you did the right thing in calling the cops…i just did it but you are right about the retaliation that follows.
    i think good advise is to tape and then threaten financial suit for the loss of the days that you underwent. i cant believe how people are so selfish and immature…it continues to amaze me
    good luck in the future and dont let anyone ever do this to you again…


  60. March 16, 2007 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    I lived in my apartment complex for about 6 months, it is very nice and quiet until the white trash moved in downstairs. I live with my fiance and we are never home. We leave for work at 8am and dont get home until 6 or 7pm and we are even in bed at 10:00 every night. They complain that we play our music to loud. The funny part is we dont even use the radio, it is the guy next store, but they are so stupid they dont even know where the noise is coming from so they blame us. I dont think they work because i never see them leave. They need to realize that when you rent an apartment on the 1st floor you are going to hear people walking around and walking down the stairs, it is common sense. One of them confronted me instead of being polite about she starts screaming and cursing at me which i did not like one bit. This is so annoying if you want to live somewhere where you hear nooooo noise then by a house!!!!!!


  61. March 27, 2007 at 3:24 pm, Guest said:

    I have a house, and I just ran across this website. I like to hear people have as many issues with there neighbors as I do. I live in my own house on an acre and a half in the country (I am originally from a larger city where I use to live in apartments) and these “things” living next door to me are making the country sound more like the city. They come and go all hours of the night with loud obnoxious vehicles, they REV up there junk cars pretty much every evening for FUN (with NO mufflers on anything)….its driving me insane. I’ve tried ignoring it, and its not getting any better. I almost wish they would accidentally blow themselves up with all the car crap, like a freak accident, but then I’m just lowering myself to the level of these inbred rednecks. This stuff comes right into your house even an acre and a half away.


  62. April 28, 2007 at 4:46 pm, Guest said:

    I am sorry to break it to you – but, you parents are sometimes blind to how annoying & disruptive it can be to live near children, when you are not a parent yourself. They can be loud and it can affect your every day life. So, I empathize with your neighbor and feel it is your responsibility as the parent to control the noise level of your child. In all honesty, it is not cute to a down stairs neighbor to be awakened by screaming or jumping thumps. It is rude.


  63. May 02, 2007 at 11:53 pm, Guest said:

    Its 12am & I’ve been awake for the past two hours, thanks to my upstairs neighbor. I just now got my screaming 7 month old back asleep. I understand the walls are thin and its normal to hear your neighbors walking around & such. However, when they take a shower I hear loud creaking as loud as a train. Than it continues until their done with their bathroom routine. If they took showers at normal times like most people I wouldnt mind, but I’m a full-time nursing student & a mother so I need all the sleep I can get. I’m seriously at a breaking point because the noise is so overwhelming. I’ve notified the landlord of my problem & her answer was I cant ask people to shower at a different time. I just dont know what to do. I understand its wrong to ask, butId almost rather hear loud music than this!I’ve only lived here a month and this has been on going since my move in! I would just like a goodnights sleep for once!


  64. May 27, 2007 at 11:55 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve followed all the “polite neighbor” steps that most of you have outlined or heard about yourselves: A few friendly face-to-face chats, followed by phone calls, then several talks with the landlord. My noisy neighbor below me still insists on blaring the bass for the same 3 songs she loves playing at maximum volume every few weeks. It’s almost like clockwork – for a few weeks after my formal complaints have been made, she’ll keep it down, until one day she decides she’s going to blare it again and annoy everyone. Unfortunately I cop most of the sound, since the walls are fairly soundproof and sound travels upwards, but the floor (her ceiling) is fairly thin, so my table and chairs jump and vibrate with the bass sounds. The next step is the police I guess. It’s sad that people are just so inconsiderate. Now I have to worry about childish revenge tactics she may employ if I call the cops on her next time. The only revenge tactic I have is to call a tow truck and have her car towed, since it’s always parked illegally in the supermarket parking lot behind our building… but revenge is childish. However, you just can’t let bullies or stupidity win (just like you can’t let terrorists scare you into believing their fanatical religious beliefs), you have to use wit with force to discipline these idiots. One idea I found on the internet is to buy a “revenge” CD that plays sounds like babies crying, dogs barking, or car alarms, so you can blast that back at them when they turn their sound up. I can see it now… “now look what the loud noise has done! It’s freaking out the dogs and scaring the children!!” LOL


  65. May 28, 2007 at 1:17 am, Guest said:

    If a kid was jumping on his bed in the apartment above me at 4 in the morning, I’d be ticked off, too. You should expect a certain noise level with kids living above you, but you also have a right to expect peace at certain times of the day (like 6 in the morning!). Also, when you move into a complex, there often isn’t a lot of choice among the apartments available, so you don’t always have a lot of control over who your neighbors are. Finally, a seven year old is old enough to be able keep quiet for an hour or two.


  66. May 28, 2007 at 1:35 am, Guest said:

    I agree. Unless you are already on good terms with your neighors, I think the above advice– that you have to confront them by yourself first– is totally dumb. Even if they don’t get angry and kill you on the spot, they’re probably going to think of you as jerk, because the only time they see you is when you’re complaining about them. Secondly, when they almost certainly repeat the offense, and you have to elevate the issue to your apartment manager or to the police, they’re going to think it was you– even if it was a neighbor that ratted them out– and then you are in risk of retaliation from them. I’d rather just have the apartment management negotiate with them (which is what they’re there for). And, finally, when they are having a rowdy party in the middle of the work week at 2 in the morning, I’m not going to wait to the next day to let them know that the noise is bothersome to me and miss out on sleep, nor should I have to throw on a robe and drag myself up the stairs in pj’s with my hair in a rat’s nest to knock on their door in the middle of the night…uh uh. I’m calling the cops right then and there.


  67. June 11, 2007 at 5:07 am, Guest said:

    I think they made college dorms for the very reason of keeping all the noise in one place. LOL!


  68. June 12, 2007 at 12:50 pm, Guest said:

    >>THAT I WILL NOT have a party on the weekdays

    some people work on the weekends! Did you forget about us?


  69. June 16, 2007 at 12:05 am, Guest said:

    I am sitting in our amazing condo, with the amazing city view and the beautiful granite counter tops, and lovely hardwood floors… and upstairs, the owner of the two largest units on the top floor is continuing in her 11th month of remodeling directly above me.

    Furniture dragging, pounding in flooring, contstant stomping and thuds. There is no predictable times for it. It is 9:49 p.m. and she continues her remodel – obvlivious to the neighbors around her.

    Yes, I have written letters, and yes the HOA has heard plenty from me. My noisy neighbor and I have exchanged “sorry” gifts and “kind gesture” presents… we have left notes, knocked on her door dozens of times and always receive a “Sorry, sorry. sorry” but never a resolution (end to the behaviour).
    I have stated that if this 11 month remodel does not result in anything that is not comparable to the Taj Mahal, I will go sideways on her. Seriously, if I walk by there and she has some cheap flooring and a horrible decorator scheme, she is toast.
    I have considered the “set your alarm to “super loud” for an hour after you leave for work and let it blare next to the ceiling till it shuts itself off” option.. but feel like that would result in less courtesy than before.
    I love my condo. I love my view. I love my countertops. I am appalled at the lack of courtesy and manners that this woman demonstrates. And so – I will publicly announce my feelings on the matter at the next Condo Board meeting. It will go a little like this:

    “Ma’am, with all due respect, you are discourteous, insenstive, classless and rude. I find your immaturity and lack of respect for the fine people of this Condo Association to be both deeply frustrating and incredibly tacky. I am sorry that you have no ability to respect the tranquility and dignity of our building and would like to go on record as saying you are an undesireable and discourteous neighbor. In light of the culture of dignity that you portend to represent, I find no evidence of it in your behaviour. I am disatisfied with your inadequate response to my polite and firm complaints, and believe that you have zero interest in bringing any harmony to living situation in this building. That is all.”

    Then I will excuse myself, take a handful of the cookies left on the refreshments table and return to my unit knowing full well she will continue to look like an ass, despite my feelings about it.

    I don’t see that there is much else I can do but speak the truth in a meeting with an audience of 45 owners and the Board.



  70. July 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm, Guest said:

    i have an upstairs neighbor that has a child that is COMPLETELY out of control. he screams out the window when we leave in the morning, runs and jumps non stop throughout the entire apartment. i have asked them on several occassions, and even complained to the landlord but NOTHING helps. his mother told me that she can not control him and will let him do what he wants. just today he was out of control as usual and i lightly tapped the ceiling with the broom to let them know he was too loud…they then intentionally stomped for 5 minutes in the area where i tapped their ceiling to be obnoxious. they do not have carpeting up there because the husband is “allergic” to carpet. i really dont know the law, if they need to have carpeting or not, but it drives me nuts, scares my daughter, and messes up my family’s sleeping routine. i do not know who i need to contact to get this situation taken care of. and yes as a downstairs tenant i do understand that there will be noise from upstairs, thats fair, but my neighbors are ridiculous and now doing it on purpose. SOMEONE HELP ME!


  71. July 15, 2007 at 8:00 am, Guest said:

    I haven’t read every post here but the few I did read it is obvious to me there are some people who have NO consideration for other’s. I have lived here for 14 yrs. and 5 different tenants have moved above me. Three being of the 20 yr. old age group which by far have been THE WORST !!!!!

    My pesent tenant is of this age group and very inconsiderate. The same old song, he and his friends show up at 1:00 A.M. and stomp, loud talking well above the normal 40 decimal level, and this often goes on til 5:00 A.M. EVERY SAT.

    What I’ve done: called the police 4 times so far. The last time the police pressed charges and he had to go to court and pay a fine. Other options that are effective is you can file a complaint at your municipal building and bring them to court. If this is their second complaint their fine will be MUCH higher. Depending on what state you live in, your landlord is obligated to write a letter to the noisy tenant to *CEASE*. If the tenant is still arrogant enough to allow noise to exist in his apartment the landlord can then evict this tenant. If none of the above resolves the situation you can LEAGALLY break your lease especially if the lanlord does not take care of the problem.

    Furthermore, if you have handled the situation maturely and leagally there is no reason for you to have to spend money to soundproof an apartment that you don’t own. The noisy tenant should be made to do that. I hope this has helped someone.


  72. July 21, 2007 at 6:56 pm, Guest said:


    Well I have a 20 something single male neighbor who not only blasts heavy metal music with his apartment door open, he also seems to be under the false impression that he is a good guitar player as well. So…HE BLASTS heavy metal music While playing his bass guitar, all through an amplifier. HMMMMMM I didn’t realize this apartment building was a rehearsal studio???

    Interesting, since I was once a musician and also had people living around me. I never blared my music around them. Instead, I opted for a headphone set up, and left loud rehearsing sessions, for band practice in an appropriate space for which we paid for. I cant stand it! He is rude, obnoxious, from Philly and has no respect for anyone around him whatsoever.
    Now, I am a nursing student who has to study all of the time.. and I mean study, like pre-med school.
    I simply cant concentrate with his CRAP going on.
    The music he plays is so loud, my walls shake and rattle, because he uses a giant amplifier!! I hate him! Cant tell you how many exams I have had to study for ( Over 3 years) and have to deal with his SH*t!! I have talked to him, I have called the landlord, finally, my landlord just tells me to call the cops!! I cant move, I am still a full time student. I think one day I may snap, and let him have it!
    I am a female and take part in MMA and martial arts as a hobby. VINNY—Won’t be to pretty when I finish with him.
    I need your help!! Please anyone!


  73. July 24, 2007 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    I have the same problem but I bet mine is worse. Not only does my nitwit upsairs neighbor take a shower at 1am (and he gets home at 9pm) but he is also has obsesive compulsive disorder. He showers for at least 3 hours. Thats right..THREE HOURS. So I lay in my bed awake from 1am to 4am. The water pipes go through my bedroom walls. You hit the nail on the head. How can you complain about a jerk like this. What is the landlord supposed to do..tell him to take a shower when he gets home? I have been loosing sleep for the past two years. I can’t take it any more. Its a lost cause. Me and the wife are looking for a new apt. as I type this. And when we finaly leave here I’m going to mail the jerk a copy of his shower log that I have been keeping along with a buisness card of a shrink that specializes in obsesive compulsive disorder.


  74. July 28, 2007 at 1:54 pm, Guest said:

    When I moved into a brand new apartment complex, I wanted a top floor apt because I have been the victim of loud upstairs neighbors for years. I never thought in a million years I would have constant complaints about my DOWNSTAIRS neighbors. It sounds like they’re bowling every night from 5PM – 2AM. They stomp up and down the stairs every 15 minutes. They sit out on their balcony and yell every Friday and Saturday night.

    Now I just yell “Don’t worry about anyone else living in this building. Act like you’re the only ones here, we’ll be fine.”


  75. July 29, 2007 at 9:13 am, Guest said:

    OMG, I can’t believe what I read in that article. Bake cookies and give it to the offender? What kind of idiotic idea is that? I think the writer of the article never had to deal with neighbors like the ones in apartments.

    Paying residents shouldn’t have to put up with crap like noisy neighbors just because they are college students. I understand the normal doors closing, walking, laundry being done, etc, but having to deal with noise? NO!

    I’ve already talked to my upstairs neighbor about the loud noise and she keeps the noise up, so I’m going to the people are are in charged of the housing here to get this complaint taken care of. I don’t think I need to be leaving my apartment after quiet hours to tell her to turn her bass down again.

    I hope everything works out for everyone here with a bad neighbor. Hopefully Karma bite the offenders in the a** hard!


  76. August 10, 2007 at 5:44 pm, Guest said:

    Hi. I just read the entire list of comments. I had too much coffee, and have been taking pain medication. Today I spoke to my landlord for the third time about my upstairs neighbour. I think that the combination of stimulants, bad past neighbours, and the state of the world, have all affected me into thinking that I was isolated in my troubles. I admit that I have been a bad neighbour in the past, and a good neighbour. As I got older I became more jaded. I met my upstairs neighbour yesterday because I had banged on the wall to “notify” him of his noise, and got a few bangs back. When I talked to him he said that he hadn’t heard anything. I jokingly asked “So it’s all in my mind?” and replied in the affirmative. I said o.k. and introduced myself, and he himself with a smile. Today, I suppose because of my focused attention as to whether or not the problem was fixed or tolerable, it only seemed worse. Have you ever gone to the library to study and found cell phones, kids running and playing, and others socializing? I think there are not enough culturally quiet places for introverted people if you ask for my opinion. Even churches are noisy! Thanks everyone for your comments. I think just knowing that I am not alone, and that somewhere in the world there are people affected/dealing with the same situation helps. I think that I can cope with my neighbour now. And I will also be more polite. Knock on wood.


  77. August 18, 2007 at 3:12 pm, Guest said:

    Don’t you mean knock on walls or ceilings


  78. August 18, 2007 at 3:21 pm, Guest said:

    this should help, you’ll be able to sue him …


    GOOD LUCK !!


  79. August 18, 2007 at 3:28 pm, Guest said:

    You can sue them go to this website

    Noise FAQ: FindLaw for the public


  80. August 18, 2007 at 3:34 pm, Guest said:

    First of all do you have a lease with your lanlord??

    Next.. Do you have anything in your lease about quiet enjoyment??
    Because you can break your lease because your not being able to sleep at night!

    You can also sue your neighbors..
    Noise FAQ: FindLaw for the public

    Go to this website to find out how


  81. August 18, 2007 at 3:40 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t live there but try this

    Noise FAQ: FindLaw for the public

    Go to this website to find out how


  82. August 18, 2007 at 3:50 pm, Guest said:

    1st of all F.U. and u go buy a house or have some respect for others u knew u would be living under people too


  83. August 22, 2007 at 8:21 am, Guest said:

    this is a typical rude person right here who wrote this. here is an idea, why dont you respect your neighbors or go buy your own house that you can be as loud as you want.why dont people factor in that there is more than just themselves in an apartment and that that means they need to respect others that reside in the same building, because if the apartment location was reversed you would probably be complaining as well.rude people,unfortunately, will never change and will always make up excuses to justify there own stupidity


  84. August 22, 2007 at 8:21 am, Guest said:

    this is a typical rude person right here who wrote this. here is an idea, why dont you respect your neighbors or go buy your own house that you can be as loud as you want.why dont people factor in that there is more than just themselves in an apartment and that that means they need to respect others that reside in the same building, because if the apartment location was reversed you would probably be complaining as well.rude people,unfortunately, will never change and will always make up excuses to justify there own stupidity


  85. August 25, 2007 at 3:11 am, Guest said:

    About your comments lumping all people together who supposedly do not work…

    Stop generalizing about people is the first thing I have to say.

    Some people are disabled and going through very difficult things and are not lazy horrible people. I was diagnosed with a serious disease called Lupus and had to stop working at this time due to chemo treatments, a harsh medication regiment and terrible, paralyzing weakness and pain from the treatments. Before all of this happened I worked 2 jobs and went to college. Just because I have had a set back in my life that does not give the people around me the right to assume I am a lazy, pot smoking, troublemaker being enabled by anyone. I am a kind, responsible person who is going through a difficult time and you know what I miss most – the ability to go out and work. I long for the day that my Doctor will tell me it is ok and safe for me to return to my former career. All I am saying is to please not judge everyone who does not work as being despicable, useless, unworthy members of society. I do not fit into that category. It is just important for all of you out there reading this to realize that some of these people you are labeling as “lazy” “potsmokers” “white trash” or “lowlives” may have very well have had a major life setback such as myself.

    Now, THIS DOES NOT EXCUSE THE SITUATION YOU ARE CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH! I want very much to acknowledge that and to tell you that I think it is horrible how your neighbors adult daughter is being very disrespectful to you, making ridiculous levels of noise at ungodly hours and making your life hell! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT and yes, quite possibly – this person seems to be someone who is just being lazy and sitting home and causing you grief. That is just wrong. I hope if the landlord does not come through for you that the police CAN! No one should have to live the way you are having to live due to an uncaring neighbor and her daughter. I hope it can be resolved.

    I live in a duplex and I have the utmost respect for working people because I was a hard working person to until quite recently. Knowing what I know from that – I use headphones when listening to music, close doors gently – never slam them, try to keep my noise making to a minimum after 9PM, etc. Yes, I am one of the unworking at this stage of my life, but please don’t look down on all of us. True, I have seen many who are lazy and just want to smoke dope all day, but I am certainly NOT one of them. Thanks for listening to my point of view on this.

    And if there is one huge message to share with apartment and duplex dwellers: Keep it down, have respect for others and remember for every noise you make – there are repurcussions of it on the other side of the walls for the other neighbors.


  86. August 31, 2007 at 9:40 am, Guest said:

    My girlfriend and I live on the bottom floor of a duplex Our fat neighbors above us just had a “bastard” I hear it craw,scream , and the stupid mother making monkey sounds for hours at a time while the child crys when the “bastard” craws it sounds like a hammer getting beat across the floor and when the fat asses walk it sounds like bowling balls being droped! We can hear them burp, fart, piss, puke, sneeze, screw, run, Jump, etc. The lanlord won’t do nothing I’ve tested this place for radon which kill 22,000 Americans a year and we’ve tested positive for it. It smells like milldew contant potatoe bug and earwig infestation, I watched 3 kids get into every car that was unlocked at 2:30am I called the cops and they said “they scared them pretty good so they would’nt be back the following night they came back and keyed peoples cars luckly our cars were not bottered about 20 kids dam near every night go hunting on tenets back porches for bike and other things cops could’nt catch them “even though one was probley 7 or 8 and was bare-footed” and the landlord won’t do anything about that either. The plumbing suck’s most places have 2 1/2 inch plumbing pipes I think ours is 1 1/2 so evertime the neighbors do 3 or more loads back to back it runs out our washer pipe down here and onto the floor ” which stinks”. My girlfriend steam-vacs the carpet every other week and it’s solid brown everytime. I used to live in D.C. and I have seen some neighbors get shot, stabed , beat, etc. and now I understand why this whole place sucks and living check to check makes it hard to move. What should I do?


  87. September 06, 2007 at 12:28 am, Guest said:

    I have similar issues, and in my opinion there is nothing you can do that you have not already tried. Modifying your neighbors behaviour, the landlord, or society in general will only drive you nuts. The only thing you really have control over is yourself. Since legal help is so expensive, you can try to file petitions in small claims court for yourself but that can be more frustrating than the noise you are trying to deal with. The health department or public housing department may be able to force your landlord to correct any health issues connected with your water leak, and you can always notify your landlord that you intend to use your rent money to repair the pipe.

    As far as the noise goes, unfortunately you probably have to make a noise inside of your apartment that covers up the noise you hear from the bastards next to you. I use box fans. Put them on high, and they make a humming sound that..well is better than the neighbors.

    I just can’t stand my neighbor, and anytime I hear noise from them I just want to crawl out of my skin. But the only solutions there are have to come from within yourself. Try the fans.. it wont make the neighbors go away, but it will give you a sense of control that is satisfying. Also, they make industrial earplugs you can get online that are made of some wax stuff that can block the noise almost entirely. Not practical for constant use though.

    Hope this helps.


  88. September 08, 2007 at 10:22 pm, Guest said:

    I can understand what you people are going through.My wife is very much afraid at night because she works a second job and comes in late. We are buying our home and just had some very noisy and loud getto people move in next door. I belive they are the cousin of the landlord and he let them do what they want.My understanding is he want this property that I own and won’t sell. So what can we do?


  89. September 19, 2007 at 7:13 pm, Guest said:

    I had a nightmare situation with my upstairs neighbors, a family of 5 weighing in at an average of 300 pounds, they sounded like Godzilla chasing Rodan across Tokyo. My next door neighbor had a recording studio in the room sharing a wall with my bedroom, I think he was creating techno for the deaf (and tasteless).

    Needless to say I didn’t sleep for years…

    Long story short, I created a natural sound masking track I call SoniScape to play while I sleep. It masks out their horrible sounds and creates a very peaceful environment that sounds like you’re sitting next to a waterfall. I was finally able to get through the night without being rattled out of bed.

    It uses natural sounds like waterfalls, night crickets, rushing streams, wind and about 10 others to create the sound wall that covers sounds anywhere along the frequency range that humans can hear. In other words, low thumping bass from a passing hip hop mobile, mid range whoopee sounds from a neighbors heated love fest (or your own to keep from scarring your children and neighbors), or high screeching car alarms at 3 am. Kinda works like deodorant, covers up one noxious odor with a pleasant one.

    Anyway, It worked so well for me I just started offering them on cd for others. I set up a site called you can get more info there.

    I’m working on another track for those folks that are at the end of their rope, it’s basically going to be a solid hour of the worst sounding noises that you have ever heard that can be played at ear piercing levels, over and over in a loop while you are away as a method of “training” your neighbor in the art of consideration. Like fighting fire with fire.



  90. September 22, 2007 at 5:48 pm, Guest said:

    I would be careful though using the rent money to fix the pipes without consulting a legal professional, or checking your states laws. If done just willy-nilly, there may be reprecussions from the landlord, such as eviction for non-payment of rent. The pipes just may meet code for that particular apartment building, and the management company can file for non-payment of rent. Apartments are (or should be at least) thouroughly inspected by the health and fire department. But I would call the health/fire department and ask them. But again, I would be weary of just withholding rent. Good luck!


  91. September 22, 2007 at 6:19 pm, Guest said:

    Depending on what state your in,the apartment manager can issue notices for violating the rental agreement, which can lead to eviction, even over noise. If your property manager doesn’t deal with the situation ( which they can and should) write a letter to the owner. if you put something in writing, it is much more effective. State that you spoke to the manager on several occasions and they have refused to do anything. If your manager is the owner, still write a letter. You can also record the noise coming from the apartment, or ask the manager to come over so they can hear the noise. Worse case, you will have to inform the police, or take legal action. Sorry! Good Luck!


  92. September 24, 2007 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    Luckily for me my noisy neighboors moved out a few weeks ago. I’ve been living at this complex for 2 years now. When we first moved in there was this couple who were slightly heavyset. They made noise comming in every afternoon, but nothing terrible. My boyfriend and I never complained to anybody except each other. One evening I guess I had Pink Floyd playing a little too loud because they came and asked us to turn it down, but that was the only time.

    Then they moved out and I endured weeks of agonizing noise due to maintenance remodeling the apartment. Redoing the carpet, installing all new appliances, it was loud, but I ususally played some heavy metal really loud to counteract their noise.

    Then this single mom of 2 kids moved in. The kids constantly stomped through the apartment at all hours. It was so annoying, but we never complained about it because they’re kids and what can you do? Tell them to stop walking? Sometimes on weekends the bass from their stero would come down while we were trying to sleep in. I could hear them do everything from laundry to using the bathroom.

    And then one day they got a puppy. Ok fine whatever they have a puppy now there’s 4 sets of stomping feet instead of 3. But they decided they didn’t want to walk the puppy, instead they let it use the bathroom on their back poarch. Good for them, terrible for me because their balcony was right over my patio and puppy urine would drip from above onto our patio. After observing this for a week I called the office and shortly after that there was no more puppy.

    They moved out about 3 weeks ago and I guess the complex is just waiting for someone to want to move in because its been quiet quiet quiet.

    The point is if you don’t like noise don’t get a bottom floor apartment. If your a constant noise maker get a secluded townhome or move into an apartment close to a college where the kids won’t mind all your noise.

    In college I lived in an apartment complex almost completely occupied by college kids. Most of the time it was fun, but sometimes the boys upstairs would get into their drugs and shoot fireworks off until the sun came up. And not much I can do since my roomate was sleeping with 2 of the guys and prior roomates who had complained about the noise were treated to them dropping bowling balls on the floor constantly late at night.

    And if your neighboors are noisy and won’t let you sleep and give you no peace make sure they get the same treatment. If they play music all night until the sun comes up, make sure that as soon as they’re alseep that you get in your early morning metallica fix, volume on high and bass turned up to max.

    Unless your like that chick who lives in a bad neighboorhood, then i suggest making friends with the Electric company if you catch my drift.


  93. October 09, 2007 at 9:05 am, Guest said:

    I live upstairs and am heavy. I live alone, and I’m up at 6:00 am, get home at 7:00 pm, and am in bed by 10:00. I snore, cough, roll over, use the bathroom in the middle of the night. I don’t have a radio. My TV/DVD is in the living room (and is only used for a couple of hours at night during the week).

    Considering I get up early during the week, I get up early during the weekend as well (usually 7 or 8).

    I’ve lived beneath noisy neighbors before. My favorite was the 16-year old boy who would drop his freeweights on the floor in the middle of the night.

    The building we live in is four stories, and was built in the 30s. The floor creaks, and is thinly carpeted. BEFORE I moved in, I asked the landlord to carpet the living room and dining room, which he did … with area rugs. Both bedrooms are carpeted (one is used as an office). If I had purchased this place, you BETTER BELIEVE that I would have spent the $3-5k to put down well-padded wall-to-wall. Even with that, the floors would still creak.

    I am heavy BUT I am NOT a stomper. I have sensitive hearing – Always have (my eyes are shot, though).

    Even with all of that, my neighbors think I’m too noisy. Within minutes of going to bed, I hear the first THUMP. For the next couple of hours, as I start falling asleep, I start to snore. This is met with several more thumps which, of course, wakes me up again. To try to get resettled, I change positions on the bed, or I might go over to my desk and take a few sips of water and settle back in. This goes on until about midnight.

    I don’t use an alarm clock – Fortunately, my boss doesn’t mind if I get in at different times, so long as it’s between 8 and 9.

    I’m thinking about getting an inflatable bed and dragging it from the office into the living room at night – I guess I can slide the coffee table under the dining room table to make room.

    From what I can tell, there are three adults downstairs: A married couple, and someone’s sister. The guy leaves for work at 8:30 (must work close by). I don’t think the other two work.

    It really is quite annoying to be “tracked” like this. I KNOW that I’m heavy … I KNOW that the floors creak … I KNOW that I snore – MUST YOU BANG ON THE WALL FOR TWO HOURS TO LET ME KNOW THAT??

    There were two people living here before – One was just 21, and worked at a bar. I can only imagine how annoying it must have been to have someone come home and shower at 2 am.

    Not sure what I can do differently. The LAST thing I want to do is get into a noise “war”. I know how aggravating it is to have someone living above you pull out their “ace card” – dropping things and stomping loud intentionally. Maybe they’ll get the hint that I’m trying to be a good neighbor when they put their ear to the wall and hear snoring from the living room. I HOPE SO! If they use that as an opportunity to bang on the living room walls, that’ll really bug me.


  94. October 09, 2007 at 7:25 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a fourplex (never ever live in one, you will suffer).Either I’m a moron,or the people upstairs are insane. This has got to be the worst!There is a woman and her 24yold idiot son who live above me. The previous tenant was evicted for making noise. This moron son of hers (he’s a bum who doesn’t work) runs through out the unit. Can you believe a 24 yro man would actually run inside? This guy bounces a basketball inside the apt. Let me tell you, this is like listening to a 400 lb gorilla run around in a small space.I can hear every step the two idiots take. Kitchen chairs being screeched across the floor, banging sounds,stomping,loud thuds, the toilet seat being dropped down.When they are in the kitchen,BANG!BANG!That is the sound of them shutting the cupboards. What the hell is wrong with some people? Where is the consideration for others. It totally amazes me the things they do.I have spoken to her on three different occasions to no avail. I have spoken to the landlord.(what the hell does he care.He dosen’t have to listen to it)My only recourse is to get the hell out of here fast! I can’t take the noise any longer.Oh…. did i mention what happens when her two yro grandchild visits!!!!! The kid is an animal. At least that is what it sounds like downstairs to me. I have two kids 15 and 5 If they even think about being noisy I will immediately make them stop. I don’t allow my 5 yro to run inside bounce balls,skateboard and act like a out of control animal just because he is little. There is no excuse for inconsideration at any age.God help the next person that rents this place. They will have no idea what they are getting themselves into. NO MORE COMPLAINTS! I’M OUT OF HERE! Thanks for listening. (p.s heads up to any renter.This place is in Bloomfield NJ beware)


  95. October 09, 2007 at 7:37 pm, Guest said:

    I would just like to add to my post about the upstairs neighbor and her 24yro son. In these times that we live in,it isn’t always safe to approach people. I refuse to be hurt over someones inconsideration.(he looks like a gang member to me) Sometimes it is better to just move than confront people.I look at it from this stand point.If a person is so inconsiderate and classless and self absorbed to continually make noise unreasonably over your head,then they are not rational. They are are not going to become rational just because you complain.If anything they will continue to make noise even louder because they know it is bothering you. thanks for listening.


  96. October 09, 2007 at 8:13 pm, Guest said:

    Apparently I’m not alone in the least. I’ve been through all the steps I could possibly take. I’ve talked to them nicely, they just lie, talked to the landlord, she claims theres nothing she can do. I’ve called the cops. That was the biggest mistake, because now theyre torturing my kids and messing with my car.
    I’m figuirng people just really dont give a shit anymore. The ppl above me have been peurposly making noise, (not paranoid overheard their loud mouths) they gave their daughter heals to stomp around in, firecrackers for their boy to throw down on our heads off the porch, and the damn bass day in and out. No one cares about their neighbors any longer, just so long as they’re nice and comfy who cares about what others are going through. IT SUCKS!!!!!!


  97. October 11, 2007 at 2:28 am, Guest said:

    I recently purchased and redecorated an apartment. My excitement quickly turned to regret when I discovered I have a noisy neighbor in the most embarrasing way. She is ridiculously loud when having sex. At least once a day, but could be 2 or 3 times a day I can hear her moan for about an hour at a time. I hear it at 10:30 when I’m going to bed, I get woken up out of a deep sleep to hear her, or I wake up to hear her. It’s like she’s running a brothel from her bedroom. I work long hours and I’m not sure who she is or which apartment the noise is coming from. My 10 yo daughter comes to me in the morning saying “you woke me up with your moaning noises in your sleep again mom”. Anyone have any suggestions besides moving?


  98. October 11, 2007 at 9:20 pm, Guest said:

    I completely understand,
    I live on the second floor of an 3 stories apartment
    I’ve been forced out of my own bedroom, because my new neighbors can be very LOUD at night ” my deco wall hangings have literally fallin off my wall, yes its that bad. So now I sleep in my living room. I attend night classes in college, so when I get home around 10:00 pm everynight I’m dead tired, My lovely neighbors love to blast their radio between 10:00pm to 1:00 am in the morning, if I still slept my bedroom the room feels like its vibrating, I can still hear the music loud and clear from the living room.
    I am literally about to snap. I’ve told the apartment complex but nothing was done.

    Any suggestion


  99. October 12, 2007 at 2:42 am, Guest said:

    As an upstairs offender, I read this with a somewhat different viewpoint. I have the downstairs neighbors from hell. I have lived in apartments for nearly 2 decades and while I have suffered through upstairs neighbors that could put some of these other stories to shame – I have never gotten a complaint about MY HOME until recently. We have a family downstairs that has never lived in an American apartment until recently. They went to our landlords and not only ask that we stop walking after 10PM, they asked if they could restrain us to our beds. We have been told that we aren’t allowed to run our dishwasher or any appliances – or even shower after 10PM. The downstairs neighbors have been given the option to move, but refuse as they don’t want to have to worry about disturbing anyone below them. sound tests have been run in this building and nothing above normal noise was heard below us, we just have people living downstairs who have chosen to focus on every squeak and let it rule their lives… and now they call the police with every freaking footstep.

    My sidenote is that as an upstairs neighbor, if you have someone constantly harrassing you, you can do something. Keep excellent records and sue them for harrassment. As long as you are living your life reasonably and within city ordinance – everyone has a right to live.

    I am beyond irritated.. and whereas I was being unbelievably considerate up to this point, I could care less now.

    It goes both ways.


  100. October 14, 2007 at 10:11 am, Guest said:

    Exactly. Some people don’t choose to live on the bottom floor, either. A lot of times, if you really like a complex, and have a certain floor plan you want, there may be only one available at the time you need.

    If the lady is just complaining for the sake of complaining, then I feel for you.

    I’ve always lived upstairs, and have never had a complaint. I’m in a downstairs apartment now, and it’s just brutal. Hopefully, this is the last apartment I live in. But if it’s not, I’ll never live downstairs again.

    The main, and pretty much only problem, is the puppy upstairs. Constantly running back and forth, barking, and howling. All of that can certainly be avoided, so it’s obvious the people upstairs are just oblivious to other human existence.


  101. October 18, 2007 at 12:00 pm, Guest said:

    The noise is coming from below my apartment! Does anyone else have this problem? Bangs that shake my apartment- seriously -it vibrates, slamming and banging of doors constantly, feet pounding on floor with every step they take, and this goes on ALL NIGHT,EVERY NIGHT! I am slowly going insane!


  102. October 21, 2007 at 10:00 pm, Guest said:

    I’m going through a similiar situation. I moved above a video store about two months ago and the noise is unbearable! They are constantly playing music and all I hear is bass

    I was initally optimistic and thought if I developed a repore, got a video membership and basically let them know that I’m a nice resonable person, they would comply. WRONG! (I even asked them if the volume of my tv or stereo was distubing them).

    It’s been two months and I’m still calling and going down in-person to ask them to turn it down. At this point I feel like they’re just playing games. I’m always very nice and try to use humor, “Hey, it’s your favorite neighbor again . . .” etc. Even though it would feel great to yell at them, that would only make the situation worse. I have the urge to suggest that they have a silent movie marathon . . . for the next 10 months.

    I work long hours, so, of course, when I get home I just want some peace and quiet to relax. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m working even later because I dread going home.

    Since I was able to resolve this on my own, I asked my landlord to get involved, (he owns the whole building, including the space below me). He left them a note and has spoken to the store’s owner. They simply do not comply.

    I don’t feel like I should have to dish out money to sound proof my place. It should realistically be an easy fix. It’s not like I’m asking them to turn down a crying baby. I live in a city and am fine with the typical city noise, but this is not acceptable. It’s not like this is vital to there business. It’s just for their own entertainment.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am renting, so I feel that taking legal action is an extreme measure. And calling the cops will only make the situation worse. I’m at the end of my rope and am counting the days until my lease is up. My only consulation is that they turn off the stereo when they closeup. I will never ever live over another commercial space.


  103. October 23, 2007 at 9:00 am, Guest said:



  104. October 24, 2007 at 7:50 pm, Guest said:

    This is to living above a video store. Your rights are being violated here. When you moved in you were entitled to Peace and quite. The law refers to this as “quiet enjoyment”. If your landlord isn’t doing enough to remedy the situation, you have every right to sue in court for damages.( I’m no attorney) you also have the right to move out before your lease is up. Just remember to continue to pay rent. This is the way it is done in NJ. Good Luck!


  105. October 24, 2007 at 10:33 pm, Guest said:

    You need to volunteer somewhere in the community or a new area anywhere in the world- with people you would like to be around and contribute learn and grow with. 🙂 Sharing your gifts and qualities will reward your hearts desire, -No individual can be stuck. It may mean leaving a whole lifestyle behind for your dreams and leaving some or many people too. For those that have and really have it right know you cannot help those until yourself and they can attempt to outline you to hold you back and down!
    You need to be identified by your good -not what a past or unhappy lifestyle seems to say you are and what illusions the lies you have to settle for.
    Remember not to define yourself by pop culture. That Tv is a tool not a lifestyle or author of what you are or anyone.

    This is how you overcome adversity, you never walk alone. You walk with love.


  106. October 25, 2007 at 8:57 am, Guest said:

    Loud, frequent leaf blower noise
    I currently live in a home in a nice neighborhood w/ large yards (2/3 AC for most houses) just outside of a large metro area & have a neighbor (only a couple of houses away) who uses a gas powered leaf blower (very loud & intrusive, prevents me (& I assume other neighbors nearby) from comfortably reading or doing anything quiet within our own homes) 3-6 times per week for 20-45 minutes at a time. It’s really intrusive, & I’m going to do something about it within the next few days, & am trying to decide whether I will:
    – Drop a diplomatic letter in his mailbox explaining that while I admire his interest in keeping his lawn looking good, the blower sound is really intrusive, & I need to ask him to limit it’s use to 25 min./week., which is all I can comfortably handle,


    – The city I live in offers the option of citizens making anonymous complaints. In this case, the city code enforcement guy would come buy to speak with the neighbor.

    I’ve dealt with noisy neighbors before, and one thing I can tell anyone/everyone who is a victim of this:
    It’s always uncomfortable (sometimes very much so), but you have to confront the situation & exercise your right to demand a solution to get the privacy/quiet you deserve. My impression is that most people suffer in silence, which is really unfortunate. As soon as you make the decision that you’re going to do something (& confront the problem, either through communcation w/ neighbor and/or a city noise ordinance (or animal control if it’s a barking dog, etc.), you’ll feel MUCH more empowered & as if you’re reclaiming your (quiet) life. I’ve had to do this several times (in previous neighborhoods, usually with barking dogs), and in each case the noise problem was resolved without conflict. But because it’s so uncomfortable (for most people, myself included) to complain about the behavior of people living near them, most people (again, my impression) suffer in silence. Don’t let someone else (who, in most cases, is just really inconsiderate) rob you of what is a really precious right: the right to peace & quiet.


  107. October 25, 2007 at 7:56 pm, Guest said:

    I AM that neighbor, I suppose. I got the cops called on me last night for playing music in my downstairs apartment. I had a bit of insomnia and decided to turn some music on while I cleaned. It wasn’t all that loud, or so I thought, but apparently my neighbor thought so.

    A word of advice before you get apes*** mad – consider that maybe your neighbors don’t realize they’re being loud. The walls in this building are thin and I didn’t realize it might be louder than I think in her apartment. But instead of knocking on my door and politely asking me to turn it down, she banged on the floor a few times (which I thought was either someone knocking on her door, or maybe she was hanging up pictures or loosening a jar lid or something) and then called the cops.

    Even better, by the time the cop arrived I was in bed, and according to him, SHE said I turned the music down because I knew he was coming! Now how was I supposed to know that? Then he said that she said I do it all the time. First of all, nobody has ever said a word, left a note, or anything. Second, work and school alone keep me away from my apartment 60 hours a week. I’m rarely even home to play music. Basically, she tried to paint me in a worse light and that wasn’t called for.

    It would have been solved in a heartbeat if she would have reasonably pointed out that my music gets a little loud in her apartment. Now I have very little respect left for her and, although I won’t do it, I’m sooooo tempted to blast the most obnoxious music I own.

    PS – I have a loud neighbor beside me. She’s always either fighting or having sex with her boyfriend. A pair of earplugs have saved me a lot of grief.


  108. October 26, 2007 at 3:29 pm, Guest said:

    I moved into my new home, a condo on the third floor of a building, less than a month ago. About a week after I moved in, my downstairs neighbors knocked on my door at about midnight. They didn’t introduce themselves, just immediately began complaining that I walk too loud. I am a single woman, am not heavy, do not stomp, only go barefoot, and I have carpets…there is only so much I can do to minimize the noise. I also called contractors to ask what can be done to help muffle the sound of footsteps, and they said they would have to have access (from my neighbors’ home) to the sub-floor to correct the source of the problem.

    My neighbors have now taken to loudly, aggressively thumping their ceiling/my floor with a broom handle when they think I am walking around too much or too loudly. This is ridiculous! I’m not stomping around at 4 AM. And I can hear their stereo, and my upstairs neighbor’s movements, but I just leave them alone. What can I do? Another neighbor told me the couple downstairs has a history of making noise complaints, such as about barking dogs in a building across the street from us (no one else in the building can hear the dogs). I have a right to move around in my own home! What can I do?


  109. October 26, 2007 at 4:51 pm, Guest said:

    Reply to “I’m going through a similar” (above video store)
    My suggestion for the person living over the video store: You shouldn’t have to deal w/ noise that seriously undermines your right to privacy, peace, & quality of life. Get a copy of your lease ASAP & review it for language that specifically refers to your rights in this regard: this is your leverage. Send your landlord a note (best to use certified mail = it means your serious) & let him/her know you’ve done your best to address a very difficult situation, but that this provision of your lease is not being fulfilled. Visit your state’s web site related to landlord/tenant law, & they’ll likely have someone who can assist as well. You don’t need to deal with this as a complete victim, & you’ll be taken much more seriously – & will feel much more empowered – when you learn your rights & assert them with confidence. There are lawyers who deal w/ landlord/tenant law who will be happy to answer some questions over the phone (you’ll have to call a few to find one) so that you understand your rights, also. Good luck, & post again so we know what happens….


  110. October 28, 2007 at 5:47 pm, Guest said:

    I have read all the comments and I guess my neighbor isn’t as bad as alot of the ones on the website…he just moves either furniture or weight equipment around every night. I wrote him a nice letter to ask him to abide by the community quiet hours. I just found out he went to the apartment manager and told her I don’t know what this woman is talking about. They all think he is so nice and so quiet. Never had any complaints it must be me who has been the only one hearing his stomping, waking me up at five in the morning, his constant pacing, his moving of furniture or exercise equipment over my head every single night. The guy is a nightmare. OH he is so nice.


  111. November 04, 2007 at 6:44 am, Guest said:

    Apply fabric covered sound board to your walls (not ceiling if you have ceiling heat. I read this online just before e-mailing you). I was woke up at around 1:30am to neighbors having sex and I haven’t been able to go back to sleep(now 4:30am) after arguing about things with my fiancee because he says they have a right to have sex in their apartment!? We moved the bed onto the living room floor, but that hasn’t fully satisfied me. Since she lives alone (mostly) he sees her on the stairs when he comes home for a few minutes during the day and they usually exchange a “hello.” I feel so upset by it and have asked him if he’d move into my place (more than once) and he says he doesn’t want to. Him and I aren’t even having sex(I told him I want to get married first). So I feel that this is what I get for waiting for marriage. I hope that the fabric idea is a possibility for you and I hope that you don’t have a relationship thats at stake.


  112. November 05, 2007 at 12:43 pm, Guest said:

    Ms rude —–, did you forget about the crazy people?

    Your shitty attitude may just get you hurt. People tend to commit insane acts when they have been disturbed, not allowed to sleep, feel they have no control over a situaton and feel disrespected.

    Anyone that CAN afford a house, has one. Even then you still have neighbors. Few people, if any choose to live on a bottom floor apartment. No one wants to hear YOUR music anytime at all, day or night. Except you.

    You must be considerate and respectful of others.

    You can play the odds and continue to be a —– with a shit attitude, but one day someone is gonna snap and you will be in the path of hurt.


  113. November 06, 2007 at 12:59 pm, Guest said:

    Do you live in NC? You sound like my neighbor.


  114. November 09, 2007 at 6:05 pm, Guest said:

    I have the same issue…these people just play music and laugh and carry-on all night. I have talked to them, called the police and got the landlord….nothing will be quiet for a few days and then back to sqaure one….I find that it is the bass in the music that creates such an annoying noise. I just wish people had some respect for one an other. SO we are in the same boat..I am finally moving and getting out of this dump…I can only hope your issue gets resolved.


  115. November 12, 2007 at 4:42 pm, Guest said:

    Whats her #, sound like my kinda girl!


  116. November 13, 2007 at 11:56 am, Guest said:

    WOW, I laughed, I cried – I feel your anguish bottom dwellers.
    It all sounds so familiar. I’m in a similar situation. I own my unit and the bastards upstairs are making my life a living hell.
    I’ve tried the humble route with similar results -quieted down for a spell then returned to bowling.
    I’m thinking of going at this with noise of my own. any suggestions? I don’t have to be there overnight.


  117. November 17, 2007 at 12:35 am, Guest said:

    Buy tap shoes and really give them something to complain about. 🙂

    Seriously, these people sound like nut jobs. Tell them you’re being as quiet as possible but it’s not your fault that the building is constructed so poorly. You can hear your neighbors, etc. Inform them that you have consulted with a contractor and the only solution would be to rip up *their* ceiling in order to ensure the peace and quiet they want (you might also want to show them any written documentation you’ve got from the contractor, such as estimates, so they know you’re not making it up). Advise them that this is the ONLY solution, so unless they’re willing to have their ceiling ripped up, politely ask them to leave you alone. Document the date and time of any and all conversations in case they try to take you to court over it.


  118. November 21, 2007 at 10:01 am, Guest said:

    OMG! My upstairs neigbours are nuts! The guy stomps (and I mean stomps!) across the floor in the middle of the night waking my boyfriend and I up. He wears big heavy boots and wheels his bike across the floor in the middle of the night as well as he and his brother go out to steel copper from construction sites (which is another story all together!). Anyways, then there is the hammer banging, at first we thought may be the Super was doing some renovations, but nope she wasn’t. Well, the hammer banging seems to start anywhere from 6am to 7:30am and goes until like 2pm! To add to it, he stomps all day and night, plays very loud music (that many people have complained about)…It is so bad that our neighbour below us thought it was us, but we talked about it and she hung out here and witnessed that it was going on right above us.

    Then of course there is the dragging crap across the floor at all hours of the day and night and literally picking it up and dropping it! Our apartment shakes and stuff has even fallen off of tables and crap because of it! You know, I understand that noise is inevitable but this is just freakin ignorant! He also constantly drops stuff and slams doors shut. His mother also lives with him and she is a nut job too! Very racist and has alienated anyone who has ever spoken to her and man if you are ever in the laundry room at the same time as her geez, I won’t get into that right now….

    We have tried dealing with this by talking to this guy and he is completely belligerent, and the Super has now witnessed it as well and we have been told to write up “Formal Complaints”. Apparently they already have a couple and once we give in ours since it is still technically before winter…they are getting the boot! Other neighbours have called the cops and crap on this guy. We also have to document the next time we see him come back with copper. I hate to do anything to people and if it could have been resolved peacefully that would have been wonderful….I always give people so many chances and am generally a very forgiving person, but in this case nothing is changing and it is only getting worse *sigh*. It is literally driving me insane as this crap goes on at all hours and my boyfriend gets up at 5:30am for work! We are so exhausted and we have both been ill because of the lack of sleep and stress of the situation! and we can’t afford to move ourselves right now as I am going back to school. Nobody deserves to suffer with this kind of a thing! Take action, don’t put up with it!

    If it was just a little bit of noise, whatever, we are all human beings, but this is completely nuts!

    I haven’t slept all night again and haven’t been able to sleep this morning again because of this crap! He is stomping around up there again, and not just being a heavy footed person, he is wearing bloody boots again ooooooooooh and banging the bloody hammer, ooooh just dropped something else and dragged something across the floor! I want to rip my hair out! I can’t wait until they are gone!!!!


  119. November 26, 2007 at 11:09 am, Guest said:

    I feel your pain! My building has paper thin walls! Sometimes I don’t think it’s the neighbors being purposely loud, it’s the loudsy construction, that placed cardboard instead of walls! I moved from a walk up, pre-war building, where the walls were rock solid. My fiancee & I needed more space so we moved to a nice looking apt with lots of closet space, but once we were in, reality set in! I can hear toilets flushing at ALL hours!, televisions, conversations, stumping, my god. Thank god we don’t have a long term commitment to this place, my next place better be sound proof, and lesson learned, NEVER, ever, live below anyone! Check the walls, and make sure you size up your neighbors! Some people just have no class out there!


  120. November 28, 2007 at 10:59 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks. I needed that point of view. I live in a top floor condo. I leave for work at 8am and come back around 8pm. I don’t play music, the tv is off by 11pm, I eat sleep and go back to work, and the people below me complain about me walking between midnight and 5 pm. Walking. If I didn’t have to pee at night that would be fine. Walking.


  121. December 03, 2007 at 3:31 pm, Guest said:

    I live in public housing in upper manhattan and since the first day I’ve moved here, I’ve been suffering constant noises from my next door neighbors. For the last 13 months, I’ve been hearing ear piercing furniture dragging every 15 to 30 minutes from around 7am to around 2am the next day 7 days a week including constant door slamming and wall banging from them. I complained to my landlord (management office) and the police various times and they still continue because they have 2 mentally challenged tenants with elderly parents in the lease (but there are more tenants there that are not on the lease) and their parents said that one of their mentally challenged sons are making the noises uncontrollably, but I believe that the other tenants in their apartment that are doing it on purpose.
    Every time housing or the police go to their apartment they get quiet, so there is no evidence as of yet that they are the noisy neighbors. I’m having hearing problems, I’ve been in the mental hospital over this and they’re still the noisiest neighbors in the building. I tried speaking to them and they ignore me and told the cops and housing that I was harassing them. I have low income and I can’t afford another apartment.

    Could anybody spare some advise to a solution to this depressing and frustrating problem other than uncomfortable ear plugs, spending thousands of dollars in soundproofing material or moving out of public housing?


  122. December 10, 2007 at 9:22 am, Guest said:

    I had a neighbor that kept waking me up. She had different guest every night. I successfully sued the landlord to discount my rent for every time I was awaken in the night.

    Another solution is go to a marina and buy one of those boat air horns in a can. Plugs your ears and let loose.

    I did have a landlord who told me that it was ok for my neighbor to blast their stereo until 1:00 am, because that was when they were normally awake. I got up 4:00 am. Since I “normally” got up at 4, it was fair for me to enjoy my music. And I love IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA. The landlord who lived in a building 400 feet up the street, heard my stereo. When she talked to me about it, I pointed that, like my neighbors, I like to listen to my music at a loud level when “I’m” awake. She said she would talk to my neighbor. I never heard his stereo again.

    If know someone who know how to make an audio CD, have them make a CD that sweeps from about 45hz to about 180hz. MAKE SURE YOUR SPEAKERS CAN HANDLE THIS, if not you will smoke your amp, speakers or both. A friend made one for me and I could feel the whole building vibrate at the opposite corner.

    I had a friend that had a noisy downstairs neighbor, she took to vacuuming at 2AM. They moved out.

    Good luck


  123. December 14, 2007 at 8:08 pm, Guest said:

    I am living below these drunk frat boys. Every night around 2:30am they get home and start making whatever kind of noise they want. I have lived here for 8 months, and have gone over and asked them to keep it down several times. I have complained to my landlord about them over and over again. Nothing has changed!
    All I want to do is move out. My landlord says, since I signed a 1 year lease there is no way I can break it without at least 2 police reports. I find this hard to believe. I don’t want any trouble. I just want to move ASAP. If someone has any information about breaking a lease for these reasons, please reply.
    Thank you


  124. December 15, 2007 at 12:23 am, Guest said:

    Noisy neighbors are horrid. It is just as much a problem of a lack of respect as it is a noise pollutant issue. It is not simply noise, but the fact
    that someone is so careless to continually invade your right to peace and quiet, especially if you have been nice enough to warn or inform them that they are disturbing you.

    In my case a couple with 2 small very loud children just moved next door. While I can handle children – have a 10 year old myself – these people leave their windows and doors open all day, every day and their children’s shrilly screams and running around travel into my residence as if the kids were in my own living room. How convenient for them that the noise never occurs before 7 am or after 10 pm. It’s as if they know when they can start and when they can stop with the noise and they live by that clock.

    I have asked three times politely for them to close their windows, doors, and to just be more aware that other people live close by. They are doing nothing to curb their noise pollution. At this point I have notified the housing authority (I own my condo) and also phoned the local police. Soon I will entertain a law suit. After that all I can do is move, which is not easy for me considering I purchased this estate – not renting.

    I believe I am more upset at this neighbor’s lack of effort than the noise itself. I think this is what makes people get a little trigger happy with calling the police, e.t.c… It becomes a form of personal attack when you have drawn a line of acceptable behavior with someone, and they cross that line with seeming impunity, time and time again.

    When it comes to noise pollution, one has to be reasonable in the complaints, and even more reasonable with keeping noise to a minimum. Mutual respect is the only way a situation like this can be properly handled. When that respect is mistreated the situation can deteriorate very quickly and has the potential to become dangerous to those involved.

    As a former police officer I can tell you there are literally thousands of domestic violence and injury calls made every year that result from noisy or non-compliant neighbors. I’ve arrested one man that went ballistic after his neighbors wouldn’t comply with his requests to “keep it down”. He assaulted the neighbor with a baseball bat causing serious injury, and proceeded to bludgeon their BMW with the bat. He was attacking their car when I arrived on the scene.

    I read about another call (in Miami I believe) of shots fired, wherein the police found a woman that had been fatally wounded by a neighbor who had “had enough” of her consistent noise. This is a serious problem and not one I would advise anyone to take into their own hands. In the end, tempers can flare too much and over reacting is not the best course of action.

    My advice here would be to do everything you can legally to confront the situation but never antagonize your neighbors. As the blog states, be polite and try to be amicable – but failing that stay away from the offender or you risk losing your temper or putting yourself in a threatening situation. Worst case scenarios are about as bad as they get in cases of noisy neighbors and feuds gone out of control.


  125. December 15, 2007 at 1:22 am, Guest said:

    Here’s a side thought on my last post. Has anyone ever tried to publicly band together on a noisy neighbor? Start a petition with like-minded neighbors, e.t.c…

    I remember reading something where a person put notifications up around the complex, pictures of the people, pictures of the offenders front door, complete with the unit number, floor, e.t.c… then posted a website address where people could register their own complaints regarding the situation. If I remember correctly the person would blog about the various infractions by the neighbor…. hmmm… this may not be a bad idea

    I’m not sure how much a public humiliation would help noisy neighbors, but documenting a bunch of hits on a blog and pointing out publicly and to the authorities that you are not alone – well it can maybe do something to help, no?


  126. December 15, 2007 at 8:02 pm, Guest said:

    I purchased my condo 3 years ago and have been suffering with an [insert expletives here] neighbor above me ever since. We were very friendly at one point and he knew to tone it down on the stomping, tv, radio, what have you. Now, not so much. I truly believe that since he knows it bothers me he turns the noises up a notch. He blasts his tv in his bedroom at night while I am trying to sleep. No worries, I do have plenty of earplugs (which stinks because why should I have to live like that IN MY OWN HOME! He wants to hear his tv, not me). But while I get ready in the morning I enjoy watching the morning news and I make sure he enjoys it too. We are no longer on speaking terms and I refuse to speak to him about the noise. I am afraid if I do then he will make my life here even worse.

    Not only am I lucky enough to have this loser above me but I have new downstairs neighbors who just moved in today. Complete with a screaming kid. I can’t wait to see what happens to what’s left of my little sanity after this.

    I paid good money to buy my own condo and I should not have to live like this. I know I need to speak to the Trustees about this so maybe something will be done. I would love to sell and live in a townhouse but with such a bad market I am going to have to wait a lot longer than I thought. God help me.


  127. December 15, 2007 at 11:42 pm, Guest said:

    I am from Portugal and this summer I came to USA, get married and and stay. Well, we bought a brand new apartment and we are living not the best years of our lives but the worse due to the noise coming from the top. My husband wanted to check up the sound insulation of the apartment before we bought it but I was rushing and of course thinking that we would not have this kind of problems in a brand new apartment. For god’s sake it is a developed country!!! – I said to my husband. Well, I invested every money I had in this apartment and now I am going mad because I cannot live here, cannot sleep, or rest or just enjoy my home!!! WHAT CAN I DO???? THE CONSTRUCTORS SHOULD ANSWER FOR THIS!!! WHAT KIND OF LAWS DO YOU HAVE HERE GUYS? WHAT KIND OF CONSTRUCTIONS ? MY AMERICAN DREAM BECAME A NIGHTMARE!!! HELPPPPPPPP!!!! IT IS NOT NORMAL THAT ONE BUYS AN APARTMENT AND THEN HAS TO LIVE IN THIS NIGHTMARE!!! [email protected]


  128. December 20, 2007 at 7:28 am, Guest said:

    This is an easy one to handle; I have dealt with this situation a few times with good results. Your landlord made it clear that you need at least 2 police reports to break your lease, so what are you waiting for?? Call the cops! I recommend you call the main number to the police station and not 911. When you call, ask for the dispatcher and tell them you want an officer to come out so that you can sign a complaint. Many times they will not respond at all if you do not agree to sign a complaint. If, after your noisy neighbors have been warned the first time, and the noise continues, call the cops again!! Be sure to make copies of the police reports and when you have at least 2 of them, submit them to your landlord to begin the lease termination procedures.


  129. December 27, 2007 at 12:23 pm, Guest said:

    I have cousins in Europe, and I feel VERY bad for civilized Europeans who move to America and must adjust to a culture full of uneducated, thoughtless, rude, willfully ignorant Americans whose senses of decency and taste come from reality television and fast-food restaurants. I am truly sorry to hear of your circumstances, and I can only say that while not all Americans are like your neighbors, a growing number are. America was once a dream destination, but it is now a cultural wasteland. I love my country and the principles on which it was founded, but I despise the behaviors and tendencies of most of its people. I dream one day to live in Europe!


  130. December 28, 2007 at 2:41 pm, Guest said:

    Yes, go to local record store-purchase “sLAYER-REIGN IN bLOOD”………AND LET LOOSE @ 6 AM


  131. January 02, 2008 at 1:53 pm, Guest said:

    We moved out of our nice, mostly quiet mobile home (in a mobile home park) down in north GA to western central MN Sept 2007 and lived with my grandparents in their apartment for 6 1/2 weeks. There were a few clunks and thuds through the walls which were tolerable compared to living across from train tracks. Now that we’ve been in our own apartment on the west side of town (it’s mainly farms around here with just over 5,000 some in this area) for 2 months we have had problems with a neigbor below us diagonally (being a PEST which we solved almost right away) and now another on our floor that is older and is letting this guy live there. They blare music all day up to 10 or so at nite, yell at each other constantly, slam doors, etc. My aunt lives right next to them and this has been an ongoing problem. This apartment complex is only 3 floors, all stairs built in 1952 (the mailboxes are cool) with just enough floor where the stairwells meet between the actual floors. We love living just across the hall from my aunt & cousin (I’m still living with Mom at age 25 cuz of struggling money wise) but we can’t stand these 2 neighbors, otherwise the rest of them are great and you never hear a peep out of them. If the guy living with that lady was kicked out I think it would be quieter, I thought the country was supposed to be quieter than this. The only plus is that we’re further from the train tracks than my grandparents who are right across the road. Any tips on how to get rid of asian beetles? We’ll have them back come spring, blech. I don’t work but I’m considering taking online college courses from my room in the apartment in web development and making websites for a living ’cause I figured out I’m not meant to work in stores or restaurants and I’ll never be able to concentrate with all the noise. Sometimes I can hear the music from all the way across the hall even when I have my radio on low to medium level, but you can’t hear the yelling unless you go out the door. The caretakers/owners/landlords are middle aged to elderly but don’t live here as far as we know. I miss the warmer weather and my friends.


  132. January 05, 2008 at 1:26 pm, Guest said:

    May I assure you that Europeans are just as crass, selfish, noisy, and tasteless as your countrymen, don’t beat yourself up- it’s usually the civilised who travel- the Americans I get to meet in London are intelligent cultured people, whereas Londoners can be a bunch of mindless Yahoos.


  133. January 05, 2008 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    A Five year solution: Burn Down Sony, Hitachi, and all the other —-witted manufacturers of racket machines


  134. January 07, 2008 at 7:28 am, Guest said:

    I live in New York City, and recently moved to a new apt. I have two children ages 4 and 6. I moved in a Wednesday and Thursday the guy downstairs was already complanining about my children playing. I do not let them run in the apartment, but sometimes my 4 year old would do it for a second. My woodfloors are really crappy and noisy. I’m planning on putting on carpet to the whole place. But it seems that this idiot got so used to not hearing any noise that now every little move we make bothers him. We moved during the holidays, so my children were home most of the day. Now they go to school from 7.00 A.M until 6.00 P.M. The guy has the nerve to complain at 5.00 P.M during the weekdays and on 6.00 P.M on a Saturday. Last Thursday, he blasted his stereo so loud that my daughter was having trouble doing her homework and her ears ached. When my husband told him the noise was too much, the bastard told him he was sending a message to my children. Now I am writing an angry letter to management and also filing a harrassment complain with the police precint,and telling them his threating my children. That will send him “my message”. Understand that my children go to bed everynight at 8.00 P.M and that not once I have had music on. My radio is still packed!!! But I understood his message as a thread and I will not allow some mf to do that. Thank you.


  135. January 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm, Guest said:

    Omg I feel your pain Iam in the same boat your in I have an asshole neighbor that has 2 daughters and let me tell they start at 6am and go to midnight with the noise. The landlord could care less I have contact a lawyer to see what can be done. I have went to this neighbor 4 times in the last 2 months and all the son of a bitch can say is Iam sorry…..


  136. January 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm, Guest said:

    We had neighbors that would fight, break furniture, scream at eachother, usually starting around 2 in the morning, when we lived in our apartment years ago. We reported it to the landlords and the police, but it never seemed to get better. Finally when the lease was up for us, management asked why we were leaving, and I told them I would be damned if I was going to live above those people they handed that apartment to just because they had a checkbook. They tried to talk us into staying. No, no, and no again.


  137. January 27, 2008 at 9:47 am, Guest said:

    What is the best way to record noises from an upsatirs apartment ? There is along hallway and two three rooms.

    My recorder on my PC is not wireless and don’t have a laptop.

    Any suggestions, without laying out $$$$ for a professional ?

    Thank you.


  138. February 02, 2008 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    MY Hellish intro to Boston

    I once lived in a place where the DOWNSTAIRS neighbors were SO LOUD that their music would actually shake the furniture in my place and the cats would freak out. If I banged on their door, they did not come to it. Once it was 12:30 am and I had to be up at 7 for work. I was so desperate I walked downstairs and right into their kitchen and yelled “QUIET!!!!” and then went back up. Also, they had a dog that they kept out in the back hall. THe dog would come up to my back hall and start barking at the backdoor- at 5 am. Again, I had to open up the door and scream “SHUT UP!!!!!” I hated those people. I never had a problem with people being noisy before but now I realize just what selfish morons people like that are.


  139. February 09, 2008 at 1:32 pm, Guest said:

    Why is he an idiot for not wanting to have noise reverberating over his head? No child runs for just a second: there is no such thing! What may be the case is that you are used to your children’s noise and not as apt to discipline them for something that you do not believe is a problem. But he isn’t used to your children and their noise and shouldn’t have to “get used” to it, either. Moreover, why should someone have to come from a hard day’s work to listen to other people’s noise?? That’s not fair.

    Your family is disturbing a pre-existing peace. If you have no carpeting to cushion your noise, he is dealing with more than your kids: high heals, boots, dragging furniture (if you have a dining room set),and falling objects will reverberate LOUDLY over your neighbor’s head and YOU have to be more cognizant of it and think about how YOU would feel if the positions were reversed. Maybe if you heard how your noise reverberates over your neighbor’s head, you would be more embarassed than indignant.

    If you don’t want to have further problems with your neighbor, you have two choices: either discipline your children and/or stop “planning” to put down carpeting and actually do it. You knew that you moved into an apartment with bare floors and now you know they’re crappy and not sound proof. You now also know that your noise reverberates more than you thought. Stop wasting the police’s time and resources. Be a better neighbor and get some carpeting.


  140. February 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    Somehow I thought I was the only one with neighbor problems. I live in a fourplex, and this couple with their two kids moved in upstairs. It has been complete hell ever since. Furniture dragging, kids
    running and screaming, constant banging from the kids, and I sit and wait for the parents to tell them to stop. That doesn’t happen. I have notified the manager four times. Called the police twice. It just makes them do it worse. They get spiteful and walk harder, move furniture, drop things constantly. I bang on the ceiling with a broom, they just stomp back. They don’t work for a living, but I work at night. So I’m dealing with this all day long. I’m so stressed, I have even found myself crying when I was on my way home from work one morning, because I know what I am going to have to go through. It’s just crazy.


  141. February 15, 2008 at 5:24 am, Guest said:

    I have quite the opposite problem. I moved into my CA apartment in Aug 07 and in Feb new tenants moved in below us. So they have been living here for like 2 weeks and for the past week they keep banging on the walls or ceiling telling us to shut up when we aren’t making any loud noises.

    My husband is a full time student so when he is home he is sitting studying for hours. I’m a student and work until 9 PM and when I get home I usually watch tv for a while and get to sleep. But everday he gets angry just because we are walking around our apartment. I dont walk loud and I know my hubby unknowingly stomps every once and a while but he bangs like we are having parties everday. Just yesterday me and my hubby got home at the same time – I change, check to see whats for dinner we wernt home for more then 15 minutes and he is already banging. We dont make hardly and noise and they are still mad. Another time we were both studying quietly – my husband gets up to go to the bathroom and he bangs on the walls again.

    I dont know what to do, I feel like I have to tip-toe around my apartment so that he isnt upset. The floors are all carpeted. Their are 2 train tracks 1 and 2 mile away and sometimes they literally shake the whole apartment when they come by and they come by ALOT (15-20 times a day). If something that far a way can shake this place I dont know what cant. Occasionally, I can here people walking around on both sides and behind me at early hours in the morning even showering but I dont bang on their wall to tell them that they cant walk around. I can here the trains and other tenants noise but I block it out because what can I do? This building was built in the late 60’s. What can I do to make them happy? I dont want them to be unhappy, I dont want to look for a new place if they start to complain to management.


  142. February 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm, Guest said:

    ——– at the Spiniker apartments in Des Moines can solve a problem in minutes. She knows what to do and how to do it. She knows her job and does it well. She deserves a raise and or an award for what she does. She has solved three problems for me in minutes. Your probly wondering why I would write this and it’s really simple. I have had to deal with a manager in the same area as the Spiniker and it has not been very nice.


  143. February 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm, Guest said:

    I like the airhorn idea, it is a last resort but a good one. I live in a NYC early 1900s 3 story walkup. I’m on the second floor, the neighbors above are unbelievably loud, stomping, children running across the original dry wooden floors. I have to write sometimes for my work and there is almost no way to concentrate. I’ve respectfully asked them to be mindful of the thunderous footfalls and furniture dragging but they have ignored my requests. I wrote a letter describing the situation, asking for relief, also ignored. I recently talked to a family member and he pretended not to know what I was saying and started speaking to me in broken English and Spanish, after many previous conversations in clear English.
    I’ve had it. That’s just bad, what has happened to mutual respect for each other? If my neighbor graciously asked me to keep noise to a minimum, I would comply. My God, we’re all in this together. What is going on now?


  144. March 01, 2008 at 9:34 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I bought a condo in Putnam County, NY. Biggest mistake of our lives. When we moved in there was a man upstairs that made quite a bit of noise around midnight, but was often home during the day (doing nothing?) However 11:00pm – midnight seemed to be the time to “get the party started” when it came to his normal daily routine. However it only lasted about 45 minutes to an hour. I don’t think it was purposeful, this place just has paper for ceilings (oddly enough walls don’t seem to be the biggest problem, but we only share with one neighbor)

    Last December upstairs man moved out of his condo and in with his new wife. Unfortunately he sold his place to Elephant Feet. Elephant feet of course would be some other oddball that is quiet as a mouse when he’s here in the day, but runs some loud humming machine at night, as starts walking…excuse me…STOMPING around starting 11:00pm. We only thought neighbor #1 was annoying. This one has brought out something really ugly in my personality. I won’t even say what I’d like to happen to him.

    When he first moved in, he shagged his slag (pardon the crudeness) against the wall at 4:00am! Did his laundry at…4:00am. Has his friends over starting 10:00pm, they go out, come back at midnight. Strangely enough are quiet, than proceed to wake up and get loud at 4:00am! (What is with that freaking time with him!)

    Last night. around 11:00 my husband went upstairs and asked him to turn his stereo down. Which to his credit he did. Why though do we have to ask? Why do you need music on at 11:00pm but no other time? We do have noise ordinance for the condo (11:00pm-7:00am no noise). But more importantly for the county.

    We plan on using some sort of insulation or padding (if approved by the board) to help quell the noise. The truth is though it’s not just about the crappy way most place are built, but about common respect for our fellow man. Personally I think all of these loud footed, loud talking, parents of screaming mimi brats and all the rest of the loud jackasses should move in near each other. Because they obviously don’t realize their Neanderthal behaviour is offensive to those of us who are civilized.

    Moral of my story. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I should have stayed there. It’s quieter.


  145. March 02, 2008 at 12:15 pm, Guest said:

    in regards to your post, i don’t think humiliation is the answer. It only causes more problems. My mom and I live downstairs. I can admit that my mom can be quite loud that even I must remind her to keep the noise level to a minimum. I try and do things to keep the noise to a minimum, such as, trying to close the microwave door in a manner that’s not so loud, or walking differently so that I can avoid trying to step on creaky parts of the floor, etc. I don’t think public humiliation will work as that’s what our neighbors are in the middle of doing, which involves invasion of privacy issues. We’ve been plastered probably everywhere including private things like the bathroom. Having gone about trying to fix the problem through humiliation only creates more noise from our end. one because we are trying to fix the privacy issues which includes repainting and spackling holes, moving furniture and getting rid of things we don’t need that may include making lots of noise. The best way to fix the problem is to discuss the issue, even if it’s an uncomfortable thing to do, but to avoid the central issue by avoiding communication will not help.


  146. March 02, 2008 at 6:40 pm, Guest said:

    I’d try and hand-held recording devices(most are digital nowadays) that students tend to use for classes and the like. It would be portable and you could get it close to the source fo the noise.


  147. March 05, 2008 at 5:08 pm, Guest said:

    Isn’t it crazy how a stomping, banging, running, inconsiderate upstairs neighbor can turn a normally perfectly sane, sensible and non-violent person into somebody who thinks and wishes the absolute worst could happen to that ignorant jackass of a person above you? If the housing market didn’t suck so bad in Michigan I would DEFINITELY move, but 3 of my ‘decent’ neighbors had their condos on the market for over a year before deciding to take them off the market and sub-lease them instead. I have had a bunch of foreigners who can’t even speak our language clearly above me for a few years and it seems like the place has more or less become a halfway house with them opening the door to any of their other foreigner friends that need a place to stay. And there hasn’t been ONE of them out of the lot who was quiet and respectful. I have tried the ‘nice’ route and tried to become friendly with them first, but they seem to think I am trying to ‘pry’ into their affairs and snoop, when all I want to do is try to establish a repoire with them so it didn’t put them on the defensive when I complained about the noise issue. Didn’t work, not unlike a lot of upstairs neighbors stories I have read on the internet over the last few weeks. We don’t have a landlord as they aren’t purely rentals,all we have is a management company that we pay a monthly fee to to cover the cost of maintaining and servicing our property, and they are basically no help, they don’t want to get involved. What they are, I believe, is scared to get into what could become a ‘racial’ type neighbor dispute, which I am sure it would become. The sad fact is these people above me emigrated over here around 2000 and they hardly work and are living a lot better than I am as I work my butt off every day. All I want is to come home and relax after a long day or long week of work and I can’t even THINK of taking an afternoon nap or sleeping in on a day off in MY own condo. It really is sad.


  148. March 05, 2008 at 6:11 pm, Guest said:

    Amen, I totally agree with your reply. Why do us downstairs neighbors have to ‘get used’ to your children’s noise?!?! Parents should have the common decency and consideration if they move to an apartment to move into a LOWER level apt, not above others. I have dealt with WAY too many kids above my head in the past half dozen years, and NO kid is quiet, I am sure I wasn’t when I was that age either.


  149. March 05, 2008 at 6:20 pm, Guest said:

    From my experience, most fellow neighbors don’t want to make waves by banding together to try to quell a noisy neighbor. They would rather try and put up with it then deal with it and try to get some peace back. The worst part about is you are left feeling helpless and really angry in the situation. If you complain to the noisy neighbor, they might make ten times as much noise just to irritate you. But, if you leave it alone it will probably never stop, and that’s not fair either. I have found dealing with noisy neighbors really are a catch-22 so to speak.


  150. March 06, 2008 at 5:56 pm, Guest said:

    Have you ever lived below somebody? You really have no idea how you walk until a downstairs neighbor says something to you. Some people are tend to walk on the balls/heels of their feet and especially combined with bare feet this can make even a lighter person’s footsteps thunderous to the people below you. It actually is quieter if somebody wears something like athletic shoes(only on carpeted floors of course). I have been below 4 different families over the years and you CAN tell if they are heel-walkers or not. And kids are ALWAYS noisy, bad parental supervision for the most part. If I could sell my condo and get out from under people I would but the market is completely dead in my area, so for a while I am stuck. BUT, when I do move, I have definitely learned my lesson and will NEVER live below anybody ever again. It is truly a nightmare and you NEVER know who you will get above you, that is the worst part.


  151. March 06, 2008 at 6:05 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, it is really tough to confront another neighbor, and especially in a condo/apartment complex, be made out to look like the ‘complainer’. But, you are so correct, we have the RIGHT to privacy and quiet time in our own homes, and it isn’t fair to have inconsiderate neighbors that rob us of that right. I can see why so many people blow right away instead of trying to diplomatically trying to resolve and come to some sort of terms with your noisy neighbor.


  152. March 06, 2008 at 6:14 pm, Guest said:

    While your neighbors are a bit extreme in their thoughts, you have to realize one thing from the downstairs tenant’s viewpoint. While you say we obsess over every squeak or footstep, I know that from my experience anyway, that sometimes especially while trying to sleep that you just ‘wait’ for the next loud bang or footstep and that after a while really prevents you from sleeping peacefully or getting any other enjoyment out of your home.


  153. March 06, 2008 at 6:21 pm, Guest said:

    You are NOT alone!!! After my neighbors moved in and I very ‘nicely’ asked that they try to tone it down some with the heavy walking and weekend deck parties that sometimes went past 2AM, I started getting spent cigarette butts and candy wrappers thrown off their deck onto the grass around my deck. I also get a nice fresh key scratch on my car, and I know it was them, it wasn’t there the night before when I parked the car. I also had about a dozen ketchup packets right behind each tire of my car and dried ketchup smeared across my door, the empty packets on the ground outside the door. Now if that isn’t childish and immature I don’t know what is!!! Disrespectful and inconsiderate neighbors seem to run rampant nowadays, and IT DOES SUCK!!!!


  154. March 07, 2008 at 6:50 pm, Guest said:

    I live 100 feet from a busy highway myself and although a lot of neighbors complain of the loud trucks and bass coming from people’s hopped up cars, I find I don’t notice it much. There is a fire station right up the road and they go on calls a dozen or so times per day and I find that doesn’t even bother me. I find I hate the time of year when you have to close the windows, and here in Michigan that is like 6 months out of the year, because THEN I hear my idiot neighbors above me and next to me. The bass from the stereo next door and the heavy stomping above me are a LOT more disconcerting than the heavy traffic on the highway outside my windows.


  155. March 08, 2008 at 4:05 am, Guest said:

    For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been living below a chronic noisemaker. She runs a full-time business in her residential apartment during the day (with at least one other employee) and there is constant foot traffic back and forth over my head (I also work at home–quietly, I might add). It sounds like Sumo wrestlers wearing wooden shoes clomping back and forth. There are also other noises–loud banging, items being dropped, dragged, scraped or rolled across the floor, loud speakerphone noises and loud voices constantly blaring through my ceiling. I have sent her numerous letters asking (begging) her to consider my situation and reduce the noise. I have contacted the building management company, the owner of the apartment and the board of managers. Still, the noise persists. She also likes to have people over and make noise past the building “quiet time” of 11 PM. I have asked her to carpet her floors (she has a few rugs), but no such luck. Sometimes I wonder how it is possible for someone to be so inconsiderate. I would consider moving, but I doubt anyone would buy my apartment with such a noisy person living above. Any suggestions?


  156. March 08, 2008 at 2:58 pm, Guest said:

    I agree with your reply also. I don’t have children living above my head, just one guy who acts like a child. I recently filed a complaint with the trustee of our building who spoke to him and he said he’d be more aware of the sound of his stomping and his blasting tv. He was fine for a week. The following week he was back to his old ways. I had the flu that week and was already miserable enough. I personally emailed him a very nice email explaining that I was sorry to file a complaint but after 3 years it was enough. He countered with “I’ve had to listen to you cough.” Huge difference between coughing because you’re sick and constant tv blasting all day because you’re a jackass. As I sit here typing this he is blasting his tv. He claims he can’t tell if it’s loud. Ok, but he’s on the 2nd floor and when I’m in the basement doing laundry I can hear the tv. He should really know better. I’ve gotten to the point where I am going to sell. Why should I be uncomfortable in my own home? Nothing is going to change. I’ve done everything I can. Is it bad I wish he were dead? Then again, I’d probably have another disrespectful loser above me anyway.


  157. March 10, 2008 at 12:39 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I have lived in the same apt. for almost 3 years and the first year and a half was great and then we get this people above and they are so noisy I am getting sick of it. They stomp, run up and down the stairs, they scream and slam doors. My husband and I have tried talking to him and he told my husband because he is on the third floor he can do what he wants and he was rude about it. I have comnplained to the management over the last several months but all I get we are taking steps or we cannot tell them how to raise their children. I have called the cops but they tell me I have to talk to the management. I have even looked at my lease and the lease says that noisy conduct that disturbs the quiet enjoyment of residents shall not be tolerated at anytime. I finally decided to write a letter to the main office to let them know what is going on. I hope that helps.


  158. March 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm, Guest said:

    Being in college you tend to move from one aparment to the next. Last years 06-07 wasnt bad becasue the only person my actual room shared a wall with waas my roommate who wasnt loud and or the walls absorbed normal talking and noises.

    this year though move to a different aparment i share a wall with the next apartment and the girl that lives in the room i share a wall with is just annoying as ever. i mean i can handle the during the day stuff but as night nears she tends to not shut up with the talking and or the tv. there is really nothing i can say i guess because i can say talk quieter or anything. so im gonna try a few things i read im gonna hang some fabrics on the wall and see if i can deaden the sound any comming through, that or earplugs…


  159. March 11, 2008 at 1:13 pm, Guest said:

    We have really loud upstairs neighbors and we’ve tried both talking to them face to face and writing a friendly letter explaining our side of things. We hear then all day everyday (no exaggerations).
    Thinking it was just a construction issue that we’d have to live with I bought a fan for my bedroom to drown out the noise when I was trying to sleep, although we still have to hear their elephant steps, pounding and banging every other minute of the day. I finally went to talk to the family that lives below us and asked if we were louder than “normal” and she said no. She can hear up from time to time, but that’s to be expected in an apartment. We just signed another year lease and I refuse to put up with this any longer. I’m going to talk to the management office and they better do something about it. We pay a lot of money to live there and deserve to enjoy it just as much as anyone else.


  160. March 12, 2008 at 10:43 am, Guest said:

    Just reading these posts has both made me sigh in relief at hearing that I’m not the only one who suffers with each and every apt. I have lived in!
    I moved from D.C. to just right over the N.C. state line and for some odd reason I thought it would be different. I haven’t been in an apt. since after college having owned a home before relocating down here. I purposely ask for and will wait for the TOP floor only, regardless of inconvenience.
    So great, I’m on the top floor, right? WRONG!
    I can hear not only the people next door walking around and banging, bumping, thumping, slamming kitchen cabinets, sometimes even laughing on the phone, but I can hear the folks BELOW me walking and banging around too!
    I am so relieved to hear that others have thought evil,evil thoughts about their neighbors because they were simply PUSHED to that point. (I thought I was the “only one” thinking such awfulness at times.)

    When I lived in Baltimore/D.C. area apartments long before this one, I’ve heard:

    dogs barking left in the apt. for hours
    sex groans/yelps
    fighting/domestic abuse (conveniently in the wee hours of a.m.)
    pooping (yup!)
    showers/toilets flushed
    I once heard someone frying something in Balto. in the apt. below me.
    doors slamming repeatedly
    and of course WALKING–err– stomping.

    It is a mystery indeed why so very many people are so incredibly clueless and inconsiderate and, well, insane. I always think these people should at the very least know that they are noisy and find a way to rent a home and not share walls with people.

    I can’t even think. I haven’t had an undisturbed complete thought in months. I hate apt. leases/contracts.


  161. March 12, 2008 at 10:59 am, Guest said:

    My upstairs neighbor deliberately stomps around in his cowboy boots, all hours. When I complained, he accused me of “getting off” on the stomping, and promised to do it more. Last night I heard something like a crunching sound, then a whip cracking. I called the police, but by the time the police got there, he had gone out.


  162. March 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm, Guest said:

    I’d like to share my experience of noisy neighbors. I lived in an apartment in Oakville Ontario. The first residents above me had a child and no carpets. The child’s toys were stored in an wall unit right above my living room couch. The kid would pull a toy out of the wall unit and the rest would crash to the floor above me. He would do this 6 or 7 times a night. I complained to the super. Since he was friends with the upstairs tenant nothing got done. Finally they moved and I had piece and quiet for a few months. Then the new “people” moved in. The super also was friends with them. Just after they moved in the super was fired (partly because of my complaints). He would come over to their apartment at 2:00 in the morning and blast the stereo for 3 weeks in a row. I called the cops and they did nothing. I filed numerous complaints with the new super and management company and got no satisfaction. The cretins above me started to bang a broom handle on the floor. They would walk from one end of the 2 bedroom apartment to the other for 20 minutes almost every night banging on the floor. The super could never catch them. By the time the super got up to their apartment they had gone out to work. All in all I had 6 police reports, 10 letters to the management company, the local noise by-law officer visited them twice all to no avail. I almost had a nervous breakdown. Finally I moved out but did manage to stiff them for 1 months rent of $1300.00. About all I could have done would have been to take them to court but according to the noise by-law officer that visited them most of their cash went to drugs so I don’t think they had any money to sue for. I have come to the conclusion that there are four types of people who live in apartments. 1 is the career renter. They will always for one reason or another live in apartments. Generally they are quiet and respect their neighbors. Their apartment is their home. They are stable and wish to get along with their neighbors. 2 is the young couple who are trying to save for their first home. They don’t invest in carpets as their first home will have them. They don’t have a lot of furniture to absorb the sound and really don’t care about the other tenants as they are only there until they can raise a down payment. 3 Transient people including students who move every year or two. They just don’t care about their neighbors. 4 are the people who work shift work. I do feel this crowd. At 5:00 when 9-5ers get home from work there is a lot of ambient noise. “Normal” living noise such as people getting dinner ready, the TV on, kids running around ect. You don’t notice the neighbors noise as much because your apartment is “normally” noisy and all the noises blend together. At 2:00 in the morning when all is quiet and an evening shift worker is chopping onions for dinner the sound is thundering for the neighbors. There are no ambient sounds to muffle their “normal” living noises.


  163. March 18, 2008 at 7:54 am, Guest said:

    I’m in the middle of a fight with the guy who lives above me. I found out about a week after I moved in that my complex has INCREDIBLY thin walls, but I’ve learned to cope with the sounds of people stomping and screaming through the hallways on the weekends.

    What I can’t get used to is the guy upstairs stomping, playing his music loudly, and playing Call of Duty 4 CONSTANTLY so I have to live with the sound of gun shots echoing through my ceiling for hours at a time.

    I’ve tried talking with him, but he gave me a dumb look as though I just told him to stop using all my air. Then he stopped answering his door. I tried writing him a letter, but I received no response. I have tried on 3 separate occasions to get management involved but they don’t care.

    Today we had a direct and somewhat violent confrontation. I knocked, no answer, I slipped a note under his door and knocked, no answer. It dawned on me that he could probably hear through his paper-thin walls as well, so I went over to his window and said, “I know you can hear me, you have to open your door or acknowledge my note or else I’m talking to management.”

    He did finally open his door and informed me that he’ll play his music whenever he wants between 6:30 AM and 12 AM, because he “wants to”, because some idiot working the desk in the office said he could (when our lease says NO excessive noise at ALL TIMES). I told him the lease said that, he got panicky and said, “I’m in 4 different Christian groups and I have a 4.0” (we’re students). What the HECK. Seriously???? That’s his defense??? I ended up chasing him up the stairs arguing, and screaming at his shut door that he’s a bad person.

    I plan on going in to the office tomorrow morning and speaking to the manager directly, with a copy of my lease, and telling her if she does not get involved that the police will.

    Thank God I found a new place, but it sucks that it’s not available until May!!!!


  164. March 22, 2008 at 9:06 pm, Guest said:

    I purchased a condo last year- and was in it about 5 times prior to making my offer. Every time i was here, i stopped to see if I could hear any noise from the units on either side, because it was VERY important to me to have quiet and be able to relax. And boy, it was quiet everytime. I was one happy girl…

    Until the day I closed. That’s when the noise started. Lucky me- I am stuck with three teenage boys and their parents. Teenage boys LOVE to run up and down stairs, slam doors and stomp all over the place. And like I said, there are three of them!

    I spoke with the father, and things were quiet for maybe a week or so.

    I sleep with ear plugs every night- usually the noise penetrates right through. Ugh, it’s the worst.

    I’m an otherwise content person, I don’t look for trouble with anyone and hardly ever complain about anything, but all bets are off when it comes to these neighbors. I’d only wish them on my worst enemy 😉

    I dream of a day I pull up from work and there is a for sale sign in their window 🙂 Or at least tell me one of the kids is going away to college…

    It’s so bad that I have actually thought to try and sell it, but it repulses me to think of how much $ I will lose in realtor fees. Plus, it’s MY condo and I’m otherwise happy here, why should I have to move?


  165. March 26, 2008 at 3:44 am, Guest said:

    I’ts good that you wrote the letter to the main office. Sometimes on site managers are either too inexperienced or won’t work for their “decent ” acting tennants. If it doesn’t work out, I would move if I were you. I once lived in a place where I complained a lot regarding noisy neighbers and crimes happening on site and eventually I was given a 30 day notice to move. I was shocked! Good luck–


  166. March 28, 2008 at 3:55 pm, Guest said:

    I had people move into the apartment above me a week ago. Since they moved in, I have begun to lose my mind. They (he? it may be a single dad) has a small child who STOMPS around the apartment until around 11 or so at night (late for a child to be up…). The child also throws tantrums and his/her screams can be heard throughout the hallways and courtyard of the apartment building. And the pounding on the ceiling is unbelievable. I’m hoping to try to nip this in the bud, because maybe through some delusional fog this guy doesn’t know how loud his kid is being. If this keeps up I am seriously going to have a breakdown. I shouldn’t have to hear a kid at all hours in my apartment because I don’t HAVE a kid. Ugh. I’m just so annoyed that I don’t think I could falsify enough friendliness to go up there and talk to them in person about it… Plus I am a young woman living alone, and you never know, I mean it’s NYC… I wonder if leaving a polite note would be the best course of action. Any thoughts?


  167. March 31, 2008 at 1:59 pm, Guest said:

    I’m soooo glad that I found this site. I’m not the insane person that I thought I was. Like most of
    you, I I live on the first (or bottom) floor. But it’s BY MY CHOICE. I CHOOSE to live on the 1st floor. In the past 20 years of renting,I’ve never had a problem with the neighbors above me. When “Heavy D” moved in upstairs just recently, I was amazed that she could make such noise. She’s a small girl, and I thought maybe she was changing furniture around or just still moving in. 3 months later, nothing has changed. When I asked her if she was okay because it sounded like something heavy fell, she said I must
    have heard it from a different apartment. She told me that she worked all day and went to school at night. She lied to my face. I can hear her at all times of the day and night. The worst is the slamming open and shut of her patio door. Management doesn’t want to get involved. And I have 17 months left on my lease. I don’t want to use a broom handle on the ceiling, I think it would make me just as rude as her. I used to be so happy here. One person can ruin it all. I just want peace.


  168. March 31, 2008 at 2:51 pm, Guest said:

    It’s not so upstairs, either. We bought a brand new upper-floor condo 4 years ago, and soon found out that the guy downstairs (who moved in after us) loves to play his stereo bass LOUD. The bass reverberates everywhere, and some weekends he plays it 12, 14 hours at a stretch. We tried to talk it out–no luck. He feels that since he paid for this place, he should be able to play his music for as long and as loudly as he wants, since he can hear us walking around, and says that our floors should be an easy fix. We’ve had estimates, and it’s not easy—it would involve ripping up our floors, which we’re not prepared to do.

    We finally paid a few thousand dollars to get as much of the place insulated as we could afford to, and he moved his stereo into one of the rooms without insulation. Trust me, we don’t make much noise–we’re a couple in our late 40s, no children, we work all day, listen to the TV and stereo with headphones on, don’t do laundry or dishes before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Yes, we do walk around, and I do have to get up for my job at 5:30 a.m. No choice. He works at home during the day, and stays home all evening.

    We finally called the cops on him one Sunday morning at 7:45 when he woke us out of a sound sleep, and he followed us around the house after that for several days banging under our feet wherever he walked. I finally reached the end of my rope, and went downstairs to talk to him again (actually, I cried–which was stupid, but I had had it), and things were fine for a while, but now he’s started up again. The stereo’s down, but he’s evidently ticked off, because he seems to follow us from room to room and slam closet doors, or do other things that make lots of noise. At first, we thought it was coincidence, but there’s a definite pattern. And he never does it when other people visit—only when we’re home. It’s like being in an abusive relationship—we do something he doesn’t like, he takes it out on us by making noise downstairs. I’m afraid to walk, or move a chair, or do anything in our apartment because it seems to set him off.

    This is a horrible way to live, let me tell you. Our association sent one letter to him, and that’s all they’ll do, so we’re stuck, other than calling the police. We’ve had this place up for sale, but the condo market, especially, is so bad in Michigan that nothing’s selling. Anyway, I just wanted to point out that not all upstairs neighbors are cretins, and I’m at least glad to see we’re not the only ones with a nutcase for a neighbor.


  169. April 02, 2008 at 9:28 am, Guest said:

    I don’t know if people are ignorant, selfish, or simply lack all common sense when it comes to apartment living, but I can relate to a lot of you in here. I currently reside on a top-floor apartment, but have problems with my neighbors off my bedroom. My original neighbors were fine, but unfortunately they moved. New neighbors moved in and a few months later they purchase a surround sound system. Are you kidding me?!?! Who buys a surround sound system when living in an apartment? Between the subwoofer on their surround sound and the bass from their stereo at all hours of the day and night, it’s non-stop hell. Complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Knocking on walls or playing heavy-bass metal in return has done nothing. Calling the police or filing a lawsuit is the next step, but both are a double-edged sword and could backfire and make things much worse.

    Unfortunately, for many of us we’re either waiting for them to move or so we can move, but these problems exist everywhere. And who knows what your next neighbors or apartment will be like? I’ve had good and bad. I just think people need to use more common sense when living in apartments.

    1. We all work different shifts/have different schedules, so it’s important to try and be courteous at all hours. However, because we all have different schedules, we can’t be unreasonable when it comes to people showering, flushing toilets, etc.

    2. If you need to crank music or listen to it late at night, use headphones. That would solve so many problems in apartments.

    3. If you live upstairs, walk barefoot, in socks, or slippers. Remove the work boots, cowboy boots, high-heeled shoes, etc.

    4. Parties in apartments are always a bad idea at any time. Go to your apartment’s common area, a local park, or at someone’s house.

    5. Kids will be kids. They will make noise. They will run, jump, throw things, cry, yell, you name it. So at times there will be annoyances because of kids, even by good kids of good parents.

    Unfortunately, there really is no good way to go about dealing with noisy, disrespectful neighbors. Confronting them, reporting them to management, calling the police, suing them, making loud noises yourself, or moving can all cause more problems than it does good. All we want is the disturbance to stop, but this is part of apartment living. I just keep trying to save up so I can finally get my own home, while praying my noisy neighbors move and are replaced by quiet neighbors, and that’s what keeps me from losing my mind. OK, that and visions of shooting them, until a better alternative comes along.


  170. April 03, 2008 at 9:57 am, Guest said:

    These stories are of course horrible, but it makes me feel much better to know I’m not the only person getting set on edge by noisy neighbors. When I signed the lease for my current apartment I didn’t know that the small one-bedrooms were set up not only side-by-side but back-to-back, meaning I share a large wall running the length of my apartment. It was lovely to find out that the people I share this wall with enjoy stomping around in heels, blaring the tv, talking loudly into their cell phones, and pumping bass music from 10:45pm to 2am on weeknights. My lease is up in 5 months, and I do not believe I’ll renew.


  171. April 07, 2008 at 2:05 pm, Guest said:

    So here’s our story. I’m 9 months pregnant. I’m a senior in college who also works full-time. My boyfriend also works full-time so overall we are rarely home, but when we are the neighbors are always fighting. They scream, swear, throw things, slam doors, etc. My boyfriend is convinced they are sometime physically fighting. They have kids who live there also and it’s heartbreaking to know that people with obviously little respect for themselves would bring children into the world. The best part is when they see us outside the apartment they act “neighborly” like HELLO!!! we can hear you still when you shut your door and begin fighting. The weird thing is our landlord lives below them, so you’d think that he’d get rid of them, but he’s never home when they decide to show their true colors. All I know is if I bring my baby home to them fighting still constantly there’s gonna be a big problem.


  172. April 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm, Guest said:

    Or you have police like the ones in San Jose, who will not respond unless 3 or more tenants call, or you identify yourself and press legal charges. The one time I did give my name to police they went straight to the drug dealer gang members I complained about (playing their stero lod enough to knock things off my wall from 3 apts away and told them who complained.. My tires got slashed.

    My newer neighbors have had 2 written complaints to the landlord from us for the same thing, 9 phone complaints, and 1 police visit and the landlord has done nothing more than send her maintenance man down ( their friend who got them in here) or came twice and told them to knock it off. She also has been informed I am disabled with severe obstructive sleep apnea and the LOUD BASS is causing me emotional and mental distress. Imagine 1 1/2 to 3 hours of good sleep if any at all each night and Bass so loud it vibrates your couch. I either have to flee my apt while they are doing it, or hide in my bedroom.


  173. April 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm, Guest said:

    The reason people play their music so loud??

    THEY ARE WHITE TRASH. They don’t know any better. People like that absolutely sicken me.

    I have this one mentally retarded guy who lives two floors above me, and he plays his music so loud that my bed vibrates. Now this is two floors up!!

    Last time I went down there he told me to “Fvck Off”.

    Nice people.


  174. April 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm, Guest said:

    I’m at my wit’s end now. Tonight I made a recording of the thunderous booming bass — from downstairs no less! I am stressed out. I was only three days ago I went down there because their bass woke me up at 3am in the morning. There is hardly an evening or weekend were I get to enjoy some peace and quiet. Did I mention the live jam sessions? And this is “quiet” compared to how loud they were before I called the police. Live drums at 2am? C’mon! I’m so stressed now that I’m ready to gather my neighbors (if they’ll come along) and sue. I know I don’t need a lawyer for small claims court but I’m not sure I can talk to them without spitting venom and murderous thoughts. I can only imagine what the people next door to them and below them are experiencing.


  175. April 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm, Guest said:

    I live next to the laundry room and the “music” from the apartment on the other side of the laundry room would sometimes make the pictures on my wall vibrate and I could hear the bass even at the opposite end of my apartment–three rooms away.

    I knocked on my neighbors’ door to ask them to turn down their stereo and was surprised that the stereo, though loud, didn’t seem as loud in their apartment as in mine. I immediately realized the openness and hard surfaces of the laundry room must amplify the sound somehow (I don’t know physics).

    I explained the situation to my neighbors and asked them to come to my apartment. The looks on their faces when they heard the pounding in my place were priceless! I haven’t heard a note of music from their place since.

    Unfortunately, not many neighbors are as understanding as mine. I feel SOOOO lucky!


  176. April 18, 2008 at 5:42 am, Guest said:

    Wow, this is 100% my situation. I wish there was something we could all do about things like this. I have complained so many times now that my manager has created a somewhat hostile environment for us. Now when other neighbors knock on her wall she thinks it is us and bangs on our ceiling. Much fun, 10 months left and I am gone.


  177. April 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm, Guest said:

    to The reason people play their music so loud?? THEY ARE WHITE TRASH.: What about —— and ———? Especially —— and ———. most —— that I know of have speakers in their car and for some reason (probably because all — music is now is crap telling everyone it is so cool to have speakers and chains and hang out in the strip club) want everyone else to hear them. I can only assume they have small penises. ——— are very bad about it too. They play loud music in their cars, but most that I know of play it in their house/apt. very loudly too. I assume they are from some —— or —— where that behavior is ok. —– people like loud little motorcycles and cars (like Fast and Furious) Don’t just point out —– people. They are not the only loud ones. I can’t stand —- people who try to act “—–“. They suck.


  178. April 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm, Guest said:

    to OHMYGOD: I too am releived to find I am not alone in being annoyed by inconsiderate neighbors. I second everything you wrote.


  179. April 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm, Guest said:

    to Why is he an idiot for not: I totally agree with you. After reading further down the page, apparantly a lot of people agree with you. Parents can tune their kids out and dog owners can tune out their dogs. Other people can not. I don’t have kids or a dog. I have fish. I am very quiet. No one else is. Some single mom —– —– just moved in next to me and I haven’t heard her bastard child yet, but the —– makes a lot of banging noises ALL THE TIME!


  180. April 18, 2008 at 6:01 pm, Guest said:

    to Apply fabric covered sound: I hate to suggest this, but do you think maybe your fiance is sleeping with her? He’s not sleeping with you and he says she has a right to have sex and you said he sees her sometimes during the day. Just a thought.


  181. April 19, 2008 at 3:32 am, Guest said:

    You are an idiot.


  182. April 24, 2008 at 11:11 am, Guest said:

    Its not always the noisy neighbors from above. I live in a triplex in Ohio and have for the past 8 years 3 downstairs and 5 upstairs. I also have a 5 yr old dtr and a 7 month old son, we strictly enforce the no running , screaming , loud noise rules with our daughter.Recently we got a new neighbor in the one downstairs apartment, the other downstairs unit is inhabited by a kind little old lady.The new neighbor has two brats, oops children, they run up and down the hall, around the apartment at full speed ALL day while they are home, they also scream , have a dog that barks and poops in the yard, they dont clean up the poop either so my children cant play outside on nice days because of the it . This all starts at about 6:30 every morning , my 7 month old is still sleeping while I get my daughter up for school, UNTILL they start running and screaming at 6:30 in the morning, I have tried being nice and speaking with her, I tried Stomping when they wake up the baby, who by the way isnt sleeping much because of this, and the stupid 8itch has the nerve to call the landlord on ME. The elderly lady is tired of it too, but WE are the Evil tennants in this because I stomp on the floor to let them know its too loud down there???? The land lord will not address this issue with them although they have spoke to the *itch about the dog poop, but it gets thrown in MY flower bed, half the time instead of in the trash, if she even cleans it up at all. Any advise????


  183. April 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm, Guest said:

    I see alot of rants here, but no solutions. A few weeks ago, I moved into the bottom floor of a 100-something year old two-flat in a Chicago suburb. I know the owners personally and know full well that they need to have both floors rented just to keep up with the payment on the place. They previously had terrible upstairs tenants that drove the entire neighborhood insane, sold drugs out of the place, had severely neglected animals and did thousands of dollars worth of damage to the apartment. The previous tenants also drove out the downstairs tenants that had been good renters for 6 years. After 5 months of having the place empty, they finally got both apartments rehabilitated, rented one to me and the top floor to 3 college kids who moved in 3 days ago. Because of that experience, they were very selective in who they rented to.

    My problem is, I haven’t slept in 3 days. The kids upstairs are good, they’re all in school and they work full time, they haven’t partied yet but, due to their schedules they come in at 10:30 at night, run up and down the steps, blare their t.v. and do something that sounds alot like bowling. Due to my schedule, I put my kids to bed at 8:00, try to get myself in bed at 9:00 and get up for work at 5:00. I honestly don’t think they’re being any more inconsiderate going upstairs and watching t.v. at 10:30 pm than I am getting up and trying to get 3 kids out the door by 7:00 am. The house is old,echoes and the walls are thin. My bed is right next to the stairs.

    I need to come up with something because I can’t sleep. If I move, or the kids upstairs move, the owners of the house are screwed financially. Its not fair that someone who pays rent should be told to tiptoe around and not watch tv when they get home from work. I need tips from people who have learned to live with the noise.



  184. April 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm, Guest said:

    I’m so happy I found this site!

    Ok,heres the deal: I’ve been living in my appartment for 6yrs now. My first one at that. Anyway,spring of 07 this guy moved in next to me(we’re both upstairs mind you) and everthing was normal for a while..I forgot he was even there..he was that quiet. One day he knocked on my door and asked could he borrow somthin or another, and that was the last time ive seen him face to face. Well, by the time fall rolled around, I started noticing little things would happen, like: I would go to the bathroom,,he would too, Or if i went to the kitchen,,he went also. this carried on for a long time all the way into xmas. I thought maybe it was me being “extra sensative” or it was all weird timing so i tried honestly to let go. But it got worse right after xmas. Right about then this dude started bringing a girl around, and i though since she was present, he’d chill, right? Wrong, its gotten so that she started doing things to annoy me, espcially when she knows I’m home like, running up and down the appartment at 12am, or slamming closet doors,clomping around in dress-shoes,,or her fav: whenever get ready to shower or even go to the bathroom, i can hear her run into their bathroom and run the shower and sometiems just the faucet.

    oh, the action aint done yet.
    Ive reported the both of em to the leasing office
    several times already (10 times!) in the course of 2 and a half months. I’ve tried to talk to em but they dont answer their door. Anyway, I got a letter from the leasing office, thinkin they either solved or was gonna help me solve this issue, but instead, it said that they won’t allow
    intolerence, but especially about racial matter and whatnot. Basically, the ass-wipes next door used the fact that they are a mixed couple to say thats why I have such an issues with em at all. Thats so not true, they are just hard to live next to and i pay rent like they do, i work 2 jobs and I do care about my neighbors, ive never had anyproblems with anyone here until they moved in,,,im sorry “he” ,,cuz the witch dont even live there, but makes it a point to make her self known even when hes away,,she harasses me and I have no proof at all. I for got to mention how when i walking out the door one or both of em run to theirs and watch me walking. Or listening to me pee,,ughhh…gawd i hate these people..i know thats wrong but i do…


  185. May 04, 2008 at 4:59 am, Guest said:

    Oh boy is it nice to read some of these stories. My own story is a cakewalk in comparison, but I thought I would share. I live in an upstairs unit with a neighbor below and on each side. The neighbor closest to my kitchen makes the usual annoying noise, slamming cabinets, shower doors, but its not hard to live with. I only had one issue with the neighbor who faces by living room. He had purchased a new flat screen TV and for three days, my walls shook. I finally approached him as we both were leaving and asked him if he recently upgraded his TV. He told me he had and I kindly asked him to keep it down or move it further away from the wall as my walls were vibrating. I haven’t heard a peep since and this was six months ago.

    My issue has always been with the downstairs neighbor. I have lived the the unit for almost two years and have had two downstairs neighbors.

    Neighbor One: Recently divorced male with three children under 12 who visited regularly. Usual noise was the sound of Halo or World of Warcraft causing an earthquake under my feet or the boom of the Disco beat. I felt safe enough to knock on his door no fewer than five times over his 1+ year tenancy to kindly ask him to turn it down. After this, I became a bit angry and would proceed to reenact House of Pain’s “Jump Around”. He came up to my door, all annoyed asking me “is it really that loud, cause if it is, these apartments are really crappy.” I said, yes it is and yes, they are. (Circa 1980’s construction with minimal upgrades. Heck, my stove is older than me and I was born in 79).

    This neighbor found a girlfriend, thankfully, and started to be absent quite a bit and eventually, moved away.

    Current Neighbor (#2). I had a few blissful weeks once Disco Duck moved out until my current neighbors moved in. It seemed to be a very scary, very tall (6’4+) guy (dude never once looked at me or responded to my greetings when we passed) and his very friendly girlfriend. For the first six months, my only issue was slamming the front door, so I left a kind note and she replied with a nice note, advising they would stop that. They did, for the most part. Well, fast forward to now. The creepy boyfriend is gone, because I haven’t seen him in about 5 months and my sweet neighbor seems to have taken a job as either a: “prostitute” or “Porn actress/producer”. I say this because whenever she is home (thank God she works two jobs), its her and two plus guys (I have never seen or heard another female) listening to loud music, laughing and “whooping” as if their favorite sports team just won. I recently left another note, asking the parties be kept down, no issues for about a week. Tonight was Dance Central. I finally called the apartment security guard at 10PM to have him approach them about keeping it down. We shall see how long it lasts. I signed a month-to-month lease in April and am currently looking to upgrade to a duplex or cottage type rental. Apartments now make me very paranoid.

    As an upstairs neighbor, I tread lightly and do not do step aerobics on my neighbors head. I don’t slam doors or cabinets. I Listen to loud music on my HEADPHONES. I would not invest in a surround sound theater until I live in a HOUSE. I am at home all the time and try to remain as respectful as possible. It really saddens me that so many people in the world only care about themselves.

    Thanks for reading my rant. May all your future neighbors be as quiet as a mouse.


  186. May 04, 2008 at 11:29 am, Guest said:

    you got to be kidding if you considered this to be a big problem . i have a crack head who lives upstair
    with crack head friends and jump up and down on the paper thin ceiling.
    in your case just lgnore them and try not to have any socializing with them until they change .


  187. May 04, 2008 at 11:39 am, Guest said:

    you cannot have it both ways. you should do all you
    can to maintain your peace of mind evenif if it mean moving out.


  188. May 07, 2008 at 2:02 pm, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I have upstairs neighbors who are in a very dysfunctional relationship. They fight constantly. All I can hear is her screaming and swearing at him. Occasionally, he yells back. Last night, she must have locked him out on the back porch, because for about a half hour, all I could hear was loud, angry knocking. At first I thought someone was hammering, then I realized it was him pounding on the door.

    They also walk with very heavy feet. All I hear is thump…thump…thump…thud…CRASH! Shakes the light fixtures. It gets worse when they’re fighting. Last night, I swear they were picking eachother up and slamming eachother back down to the ground. We thought maybe there were kids upstairs, or a big dog. But there are no kids, and I think they do have a dog; however, I’ve heard it barking and it sounds like a small dog.

    I was talking to my next-door neighbor and she told me she’d already complained about them multiple times, and the management doesn’t really do anything about it. Oh well. We’re moving in a few weeks, anyway!


  189. May 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm, Guest said:

    I agree with whomever said you were an idiot. So you are telling us that there are no bad tenants in


  190. May 10, 2008 at 9:18 pm, Guest said:

    I live on the first floor of seven stories. The elevator going up and down doesn’t bother me, but the slender woman who lives above me walks back and forth (or stomps back and forth) all evening and night long. She’s go to bed around 1am every night. I think she is bipolar. I am getting ready to report her. I can’t imagine what you can do that requires you to walk back and forth all night long, and sound like you are dropping boxes or wrestling.


  191. May 12, 2008 at 6:16 am, Guest said:

    Oh please move in next to us you sound like a decent neighbour mine are okay but during the holidays children screaming is not a pleasure nor listening to Jazz late into the early hours.


  192. May 12, 2008 at 6:31 am, Guest said:

    Call a friend who knows a good lawyer and take legal action


  193. May 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm, Guest said:

    I am renting a 3 room studio apartment in New Jersey. I live on the second floor of a 3 story walk up.Living in this apartment is pure hell! I have rude upstairs neighbors that are driving me up the wall.When I signed the lease I did not know there was a influx of foreign speaking day laborers renting the apartment above me.I am not a racist person, but this is crazy.There is about 6-7 people living in the 3 bedroom apartment. Every day there is some kind of disturbance.Starting 8 am daily they blast ——– music and play the same dumb song over and over again.They run,stomp, gallop,wrestle,play golf and constantly drop heavy objects on the cheap hardwood floors. My kitchen ceiling rattles because they wear clogs, heels and cowboy boots and walk back and forth between the rooms several times per day.When I came home from work tonite they had loud music playing and singing along with their karaoke machine on full volume.They have their surround sound tv on bass almost ever night.The foot traffic in this apartment is ridiculous.People coming in and out several times per day laughing and screaming in the hallway.The landlord knows there are many people living upstairs but he does not care as long as he gets his rent check. I am quite sure they pay extra rent because of all the extra friends living in this apartment.Evey time I turn around there is a different face living there. It reminds me of a flop house.My lease is not up until next year and I can not afford to move yet.I can’t stand this anymore.I am working on my college degree and I am not getting any peace to study.I have talked to the management and to the landlord and all they say is “I will speak to them”. Yeah, whatever.They live in nice houses with peace and quiet.Why should they care? I live underneath a war zone.


  194. May 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm, Guest said:

    Amen, my brother…I know just how annoying the constant stomping and ‘box-dropping’ can be…the chick above me can’t weigh more than 110 lbs if that, and she sounds like an elephant most of the time, and you just wonder what can you possibly be dropping constantly from room to room…bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, living room, etc, etc. I live on the 1st floor myself, and I really studied my foot traffic one weekend, and even on the Saturday I was busy cleaning and doing laundry I’ll bet I didn’t half as much in that weekend as she does in a 1/2 of a single day…it was far worse when she had the sister and unemployed husband there as well, but luckily they moved out…but then she moved in the friend and party-girl who would come in at 1am with her high heels on, waking everybody up below and then she got back up at 6am to go to work, with high heels once again…I thought I would end up killing somebody up there when she lived there…but luckily again, the party-girl moved and the girl is alone up there, but she herself sometimes is enough to wake the dead, and I find I am always on edge whenever she makes more than the usual commotion up there for fear she might be moving somebody else in…ain’t the greatest way to live…


  195. May 13, 2008 at 7:36 pm, Guest said:

    Excellent sypnosis of I am sure all of us that have visited this blog and all apartment/condo dwellers in general feel…if all of us could be courteous and respectful to each other apartment living wouldn’t be a bad thing…


  196. May 15, 2008 at 9:56 am, Guest said:

    Help! I need a bit of advice please! I recently moving into a new place (second floor) and my neighbors below are complaining about the noise. Here’s the situation…I have the chance to see my boyfriend about once every two weeks. We both work a ton and at night as well. While I don’t want to disrupt my neighbors on a nightly basis(and am not), I also want the chance to be with my boyfriend on the one night that we have together. Is one night every two weeks too much to ask? Am I really being that inconsiderate? I respect their home and family but also want to be able to live my life , even if it’s only once every two weeks. Advice please!


  197. May 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I just recently moved into a new apartment. We really love the place exept for our noisy first floor neighbors. They moved in just a few days before we did so they are new to the bulding as well. Unfortunately I have not met the neighbors yet so I feel bad complaining to them but the noise has gotten out of control. They listen to VERY loud club music with pulsating base at all hours of the day/night. I mean we live ABOVE them and the noise is out of control. To make matters worse its not only their music that we hear. This couple below us takes loud sex noises to a whole new level. And its not just noises. They scream out the most obscence things I have ever heard and I am no prude. We have tried to ignore it and drown it out with other things but nothing seems to work. Worst of all there are children in the building who are being subjected to all of this profanity. Last night the “noise” went on until 2 AM. My boyfriend gets up for work at 5 AM. Needless to say he hasn’t been sleeping well putting a strain on his work and our relationship. I need help on how I should approach the situation without upsetting our new neighbors. I have always gotten along well with my previous neighbors and was hoping for the same here. Any advive would be greatly appreciated.


  198. May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the comments… I live in NYC and moved from a beautiful upper west side apartment to another area of Manhattan becasue the rent was much cheaper… big mistake… I am surrounded on 3 sides by neighbors and the walls are paper thin… i can hear everything and anything my neighobors do and i cannot sleep at night… I walk around like a zombie and have now developed stomach problems becasue of the anxiety and misery this crappy apartment has caused… I have lived thorugh this hell for the past 5 months and have 6 months to go on the lease… i am not sure if i can make it… i feel like I am going to have an ulcer and/or a breakdown from lack of sleep and insanity… I have spent hundreds of dollars in doctor’s visits and sleep medications, ear plugs, white noise machines etc… i have spoken to my neighbors but they don’t care… i cannot believe how inconsiderate people are… knowing that the walls are bad, i am always careful to shut closet doors and drawers quietly… i even walk so as to not bother my neighbors… now, i am not so considerate… however, i am not abusive as I would not want to become someone i am not… anyway, thanks for letting me get this off my chest… hopefully, we all can get some peace and quiet soon…


  199. May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm, Guest said:



  200. May 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm, Guest said:



  201. May 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm, Guest said:

    It’s just incredible how annoying noise from above in an apartment can be. The guy above me has no carpeting, even though I complained to him six months ago and he promised to get some. He now has some friends visiting or coming to live with him. The constant stomping, moving of furniture, and what sounds like construction projects is mind-numbing. I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and have now gotten management involved.


  202. May 31, 2008 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:



  203. June 02, 2008 at 11:42 am, Guest said:

    A couple just moved in next to my apartment. They do really noisy sex. It’s really annoying. Especially when they do it in the shower together. My apartment is next door to their bathroom. I’m in favor of sex decorum. Do these people have no shame?


  204. June 02, 2008 at 8:38 pm, Guest said:

    I lived in my first apartment in SoCal for six and a half years. I was on the bottom floor of a two story building. I had apartments on each side of me, behind me and above and had issues with every neighbor. I felt like I lived in a ghetto with loud gang banger music playing real loud at all hours. It would literally shake the walls and windows. One time I called management and told them to listen as I held the phone to the wall so they would hear it. They thought it was in my apartment, it was that loud. I swear I had elephants living above me – constant stomping, banging, slamming. It was unbearable. I even went to one neighbor to ask them to turn down their music and they wouldn’t come to the door. The neighbors next to my livingroom wall/front door would always store their bikes and crap by my front door. Management told them to not do that because they wanted the complex to look nice, but it only got worse after that. I could never walk into or out of my apartment without some obstacle course being set up in front of it. Their kids started throwing things at my door and at my sliding glass door. They started throwing trash onto my patio. Someone keyed up my car. The neighbor that parked in the space on the driver’s side of my car, began to park his car in my space and do work on it. He started throwing trash into my space and on my car. I moved to my current apartment complex two years ago and when I did (I am on the bottom floor with two apartments above me and an apartment on each side) I had the upstairs neighbors from hell. They would have parties at all hours, have kids running around, stomping. I could hear them having sex. They would vacuum and hammer starting at 11 at night! My family and I made up stories about them saying that they must be knocking holes in the walls and burying bodies in them. Finally they moved out and now I have a neighbor up there that I rarely ever hear, but all of a sudden last night when I went to use the restoom at 11 p.m. (I couldn’t help it. I had to go and I didn’t even flush), she starts banging on the wall! I am a very quiet person and try not to make noise out of the ordinary. Maybe I should start wearing diapers. I don’t want to have any issues with this person. She moved in only a couple of months ago. I am going to make sure that the next place I move to is single storied. I wish I could buy a house, but I have friends that have houses and have neighbor issues as well. I need to find a deserted island.


  205. June 04, 2008 at 5:19 pm, Guest said:

    We live in a 2-story garden apartment in NJ. We’ve lived in this apartment for a long time now; 14 years. We live on the second floor and we’ve had many different neighbors over the years, both below us and to both sides of our apartment.

    But anyway, my story is a little different than most here.

    Recently, new tenants moved to the upstairs apartment to the side of ours. We’ve had four different tenants living in that apartment since we’ve been here. Never a problem.

    When I first set eyes on the guy, I guess he’s in his mid-forties, he just reminded me of a grumpy and somewhat miserable-looking man. I smiled and said hello and he just kinda frowned and grunted. OK.. whatever, I thought.

    Anyway, they’re really quiet. For the first two weeks after they moved in, we didn’t hear anything, which is a blessing. Next I knew, we’re sitting in the living room, watching TV, and very loud banging starts on the wall. It scared the crap outta me, but I thought that they were hanging pictures.

    During the next few days, the banging became a habit and I finally wondered if they were trying to tell us that WE were being too loud. We weren’t though. We were watching TV, at a normal volume, at a reasonable time… say 8PM.

    Anyway, I ignored the banging; the guy really does seem a bit odd. I turned the TV a little lower, but it wasn’t loud in the first place.

    Last night, at 8PM, the banging starts again (this is probably the 4th time now, and he’s clearly gotten more comfortable doing it). We were watching CNN. No explosions, no loud music, no thunderous bass, nothing obnoxious. Again, normal TV volume. Next I know, someone starts frantically ringing my doorbell. I knew it must have been him, but I didn’t answer the door. The WAY he was ringing the bell just sounded weird. Like it was an emergency.

    Today I get a visit from the Superintendent, and the guy next door complained about US. According to the Super, he claimed that he “hasn’t been able to sleep a single night” since he’s moved in. This is just ridiculous and it’s clear that this guy is going to be a big problem. We go to bed at 11PM, we rarely play music, and when we do never after 10PM. After 10PM, we’re quiet as a mouse, even on the weekends. We’ve always been very respectful to our neighbors hoping they would respect that and return the favor.

    We’ve never had a complaint from anyone since we’ve been here (because there was NO reason for anyone to complain)… and this guy is complaining about “noise” at 8PM? Are we not supposed to watch TV now that he’s moved in??

    Anyway, I’m pretty pissed. I guess some people have to realize that they are living in an APARTMENT with others living around them. It’s not like living in a private home where you can control all the sounds that may go on if you want to. In an apartment, it’s normal to hear sounds from other tenants. Our sounds are typical, nothing out of the ordinary at all.

    This guy’s gonna be a royal P.I.T.A.!! I can’t stand him already, and I don’t even know his name yet.


  206. June 06, 2008 at 10:37 pm, Guest said:

    my husband and i bought our condo 2 years ago, we are on the 2nd floor and have people above us and below us. The ppl below us just moved out which is sad b/c they were lovely. The girl living above us is nice enough but she is truly an elephant, but probably weighs about 110 lbs. i have asked her to keep her shoes off while walking around and she was good about it for awhile but now its started up again. Plus, regardless if she has shoes on or not, we can still hear the thumping, heel to toe walking. She recently got into a relationship and the squeaky bed at 4 am is NOT ACCEPTABLE!!! I even asked her if she wouldn’t mind trying WD40 on her old boxspring to maybe make it less noisy. The problem is that we both own our apts and there is not management company to complain to and we can’t just break a lease. The most frustrating part is that the developer assured me that he insulated before rehabing the building and we bought it on his word. BS!!!!!!!!! I am willing to spend the time and money to fix the situation and maybe drop our ceiling and add more insulation. BUT someone who has already done that please advise me…does it work??? Help! I am a professional sane person who is going out of her mind!


  207. June 09, 2008 at 12:19 pm, Guest said:

    I live below this couple who loves to stomp and run after their big barking dog in their apt all day and night. From 6am-1am on most days life is a living hell for me in my own apt. This has been so difficult for me to deal with. It has come to the point were I dread being home. I politely told the landlord about the noise and asked if they could keep it down. They have gotten worse and I even heard him tell another neighbor that he can do whatever he wants in his own ——- house. They made me out to be the bad guy!


  208. June 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm, Guest said:



  209. June 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm, Guest said:

    You suspect that your neighbor is complaining about your loud TV. You ignore the doorbell when you think he’s at the door, you make no effort to potentially negate a bad situation and and you’re telling me that HE is the PITA?!?

    What you think is normal, might be loud to others. You need to learn how to be a good neighbor and not shut them out. If I thought my neighbor was at my door I would at least try to talk through the door and ask what they want. Communication is important to resolving problems.


  210. June 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm, Guest said:

    Yeah, you sound antisocial and it sounds like you are only giving your version of the story. Whatever!


  211. June 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm, Guest said:

    Record it, post a copy of the CD on their door and say that you will be posting it on the internet and cash in on it if they don’t cut it out. This is a win/win situation. It is legal since the noise is coming into your apartment. If you want my honest opinion, sounds to me like you may be jealous. Perhaps get a partner or start laughing super loud when they do it. Perhaps they will feel a bit ridiculous about it and stop. I doubt they will stop. People have been doing it since the dawn of time. I would much rather that noise come into my apartment than the bass noise I hear from my neighbors. Try buying a house or move.


  212. June 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm, Guest said:

    Do they know it is bothering you and are you being polite when asking them to stop? I have had sex with my boyfriend and assume nobody can hear it unless someone tells me. Personally if I knew that I would tone it down or make provisions because I like my sex life private. Perhaps your neighbors do too.

    Just a thought.


  213. June 22, 2008 at 11:59 am, Guest said:

    OMG I have the exact same problem when it comes to the squeaky bed at all hours of the day. Honestly, morning, afternoon and night! I never knew that someone could have so much energy. I just moved into my new condo about 2 and a half weeks ago and the past two days, I have woken up to their noisy bed while they’re doing the nasty. I’m ready to complain to the people who manage the condo; I don’t want to confront the owners themselves considering its an embarrassing topic and the fact that I just moved in so recently. I hope they’ll do something because I’m sick and tired of being woken up, bothered, and disturbed. They can have all the sex they want as long as I don’t have to know about it.


  214. June 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm, Guest said:

    Try contacting the city’s building inspector and have them come over for a look. Most cities have an ordinance as to how many people can live in a single apartment without it being considered a hazard. Next, find a copy of your lease and remind your landlord that your right to a peaceful home, etc. is stated in the lease (many standard leases have these provisions listed) and that this is a clear violation of your lease. You are also within your rights to sue your neighbors for nuisance. Document everything, make sure you keep meticulous records of the measures you have taken to try to bring this to a halt. If available, contact a local tenant’s organization and they can help guide you in the right direction. Good luck, hope this helps.


  215. June 23, 2008 at 11:47 am, Guest said:

    wow reading these postings I’m feeling like I’m not alone. I live on the first floor in an apartment complex in Boulder. The neighbor above have hardwood floor and naturally I will hear them walking. I can take that but sometimes late at night and early they will run back and forth drop things on the floor and bang the wall. I am pretty sure by now it’s personal. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about how to get back at him. Fortunately I’m moving out in 1 month. Hopefully I can keep my sanity before then and not keep myself from running up there in an angry outburst and assault the neighbor. I’d be interested to know how much noise problems contribute to the crime rate because some of these neighbors can just drive a person over the edge. *sigh*


  216. June 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm, Guest said:

    We are new to communal living and we could use some advice from others. 😉

    We live in a low-rise condo building with about 15 other families. There is one family with small children. The infant (now 6 mos. old) has been SCREAMING non-stop since it arrived six months ago. It screams morning, noon and night – and every day.

    We realize that there will always be noises in the building but all other neighbors are extremely quiet. The weather is wonderful and everyone in the building would like to have their windows open to enjoy it.

    My question is this: is it too much to ask the noisy family to close their windows so that everyone else can enjoy the weather in peace? Every unit has A/C so they could use it (if needed) instead of opening their windows.


  217. June 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm, Guest said:

    I have exactly the same problem. The idiot below us has been driving my wife and I insane. We lived in our apartment for a year – no incidents. Then this guy moves in and this whole year has been a nightmare. The same thing: thunderous club music all day and all night. I have to get up early for work too and my wife usually returns from work around one in the morning. I am convinced that this person has no employment. He NEVER LEAVES HIS APARTMENT. I see him rarely bring in groceries and beer but that’s it. His stupid ass SUV is in the same spot for weeks on end. Every single day sounds like a wild party. He is obviously not a human being. Everyone likes music but no one can listen to music all day long – THE SAME BEAT AT THE SAME LOUD LEVEL?????

    There are random period of quiet but you got to really listen for them. 95% of my time in the apartment that I pay for from the sweat of my brow is spent listening to another person’s music against my will. My wife and I work hard to get a decent place and this noisy hermit recently got a brand new car. [email protected]$# THAT!!!

    Here’s the worst part: we think he’s a rapper. Or at least, he tries. I would rather have a musician for a neighbor. A musician gets tired after so many hours practicing and in the case of the guy who lives below me – a real artist would show some improvement. I actually put my ear to the floor one day just to make out what was being said: HE SUCKS! HE’S WORST THAN THE MOST GENERIC PIECE OF GARBAGE EVER MADE.

    We tried confrontation, landlord, police, stomping the floor – nothing. Worse: son of a bitch knocks back and turns his crap up even louder. Its not even the volume. Its the bass that kills us. The apartment actually shakes most times and on several occassions, our collectibles have fallen off the shelves. If anything breaks, I will sue his ass!


  218. June 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm, Guest said:

    I can really identify with your problem, I live on the second floor and my neighbor above me is the tenant from hell she walks like an elephant yet she dosen’t weigh very much. She is the nosiest person I have ever had to live under and she is the third person so far. there are hardwood floors up there and every movent she makes is torture for me, Oh and the various sex partners really makes me mad because It’s like listening to a porn show and hearing the bed thump over my head. worse part is hearing her cum, it is entirely too much information for me she drops things all day it seems and what sane person drags their furniture across the floor daily or hang quilts and rugs over the balcony where it can obstruct my view. I have really wanted to set fire to whatever is hanging in my line of vision so many times. I hate to be the one to move because this is a great neighborhood and I am at a loss here.


  219. June 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm, Guest said:

    I have struggled for weeks to write you a note
    and let you know it is no joke.
    I can hear many noises all night and day
    coming from your condo I have to say.
    I hear you walk across the floor, I even hear you when you shut your door.
    I hear the garbage disposal and that’s not all, I hear your toilet flush through the floor.
    Your tile floors have no sound barrier,
    If it was quieter, I would me merrier.
    I hear your drums banging in my head, I hear you talking sometimes til four.
    My doors are closed,
    I have to say
    I do not know what to do this day.


  220. June 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm, Guest said:

    Our apartment has the policy of three complaints and you are out. Ask if yours has something similar. You could also call the police. You may just have to break the lease if nothing will help. Nobody has to accept that behavior.


  221. July 01, 2008 at 1:01 am, Guest said:

    i have sex in my apartment at reasonable times but ive gotten complaints that people can hear it in the parking lot and the hallway. now i can hear tvs and music in the parking lot and in the hallways and no one cares. i think that is bullshit. i should be able to have sex as loud as no one is bothered in their own homes. no one can hear it except for the few seconds they’re walking into their apartment.


  222. July 03, 2008 at 7:29 pm, Guest said:

    Watch what you say in the notes you might leave, it can cause one of two things to happen in my experience. Either they take it personally and get increasingly louder to make life more horrible for you, or they might make it a legal situation saying you are violating their rights to live like they are allowed to. I left a note for an upstairs neighbor and told her in a non-threatening but firm way that her children(and herself too!!) were creating a lot of noise with their walking, it really was an innocent letter, all I asked for was some compromise for us down below them. She retaliated by stomping even harder, dropping heavy things that thudded, opening up packets of ketchup and squirting them on the front of my garage door(I know it was her!!)and leaving me a note telling me she had faxed a copy of my letter to her lawyer and the management of the condos, saying I was violating her rights to live peaceably in her own condo. All that from simply asking if she could please talk to her kids about walking a little lighter and be more respectful about noise carrying to the downstairs neighbors…so tread lightly…


  223. July 06, 2008 at 3:28 am, Guest said:

    It’s now after 1AM, and I’m up at this hour since my inconsiderate neighbors once again played their HUGE stereo system with the bass on full blast tonight. I got so mad while lying down that I dressed, went next door, and gave them the FULL BLAST OF MY ANGER!!!!! I have already complained to the landlord twice now, and it looks like I’ll……….

    Guess what, the Portland Police just knocked on my door and we had a little talk. I got so MAD that I made a threat to my neighbor – yes, I know I should not have, but at least the officer told me a few hints I could use to abate the situation in the future.


  224. July 07, 2008 at 2:57 pm, Guest said:

    Let me add another story. I live downstairs. the upstairs neighbours have 2 children under 5 years and now have added a newborn. the mother watches children on the weekends. We saw 5 children leave last nite. that is 8 children in a small 2 bedroom apartment all day on the weekends. the children do not go outside to play so all day they run inside and bounce balls and drop things and never can any of them sit down at once. Even when the children who are being babysat leave, there is still running. we had a conversation twice with our neighbors about the noise and the father said he understood and was sorry. He also said this is why is rents upstairs apts because he doesn’t want to hear the noise. the wife was not as nice and said too bad she has to babysit. we have knocked on the ceiling when it gets unbearable but they respond with stomping and more noise. we have decided not to renew our lease but that is 9 months away and it seems like forever. but asurely I will not be moving to an apt with anyone above me.


  225. July 09, 2008 at 2:06 am, Guest said:

    Is she running a daycare? Most states require licensing. Does your apartment allow this in the lease? I would ask the owners in writing and let them know just how bad the noise is. You should not have to put up with that at all.


  226. July 09, 2008 at 6:44 pm, Guest said:

    I am glad I am not the only one dealing with rude neighbors. I rent a downstairs apartment in New Jersey. I live in a small town and this was the only unit I could find.This apartment has been hell since I moved in. The neighbors upstairs are so rude and annoying.There is a couple and 3-5 men living upstairs in a 3 bedroom apartment.The woman upstairs wears heels/clogs. ALL DAY LONG! Her heels hit the cheap kitchen tiles like she is a model on a runway. She hardly ever leaves the apartment because she doesn’t work so I never get a break from this.Foot traffic is unbearable with all those men upstairs and their combat cowboy boots.They drop heavy items continously, they wrestle like little kids, and sometimes sing on a mic with their karaoke machine on full volume.They sweep their porch dirt down to my patio, along with cigarette butts and calling cards.They litter in the hallway and I have experienced ceiling leaks because they drip dry out of the shower onto the floor and also tried to install a refrigerator icemaker.I have complained to the manager and the landlord.It goes in one ear and out the other.They don’t want to hear it.The Landlord is useless and does not care about anything but his rent checks.He didn’t care that his ceiling tile is ruined from the water leak. He told me he spent thousands of dollars on renovations, but I don’t see it. The walls and ceiling are paper thin, the tiles and hardwood floors are cheap materials. This apartment needs serious updating. I am forced to stay here until my lease is up the summer of 2009. I will be giving him two month notice prior to that and I am out of this place. Let someone else deal with noise. NO MORE DOWNSTAIRS APARTMENTS!


  227. July 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm, Guest said:

    I TOTALLY identify with each and everyone your stories. When my upstairs neighbor moved in, I advised him that the walls are thin and that I can hear everyting. At first he was great – then came the squeeky “OMG, Don’t Stop” girlfriend. For weeks the early morning sessions continued and I found myself sleeping in the livingroom as a result. When I found myself getting full night sleep, I mentioned to my teenage son that the neighbor must have ended his relationship. My son said, “Nope. I think I embarassed her.” Mortified, I still had to ask. My son said that he saw her and asked if she was a “Porn Star.” I wanted to laugh, but I explained to my son that it is not polite to make such a comment to a woman. My son said, “I know, but at least your getting some sleep.” From the mouths of babes…

    I too have complained. The management company does not care about my lack of sleep. All they care about is my rent being paid ontime. I have lived in my apartment since 2002. Now that the market is in my favor, I have decided to purchase a home. Like the gentleman stated, “NO MORE DOWNSTAIRS APARTMENTS!” I am going a step further. NO MORE APARTMENTS PERIOD!!!!!


  228. July 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm, Guest said:

    When I moved into my apartment I was so excited, until I realize the place is thin and the neighbors upstairs was letting their kid play drums on the floor (my ceiling) with pots pans and everything else he wanted. Also, believe it or not my neighbor downstairs is or was into blasting her music knowing the place is thin. First I let both go on for a year hoping they would stop. they did not, even after repeatedly talking to the upstairs people. So I just started screaming through the vent ever single time. It took about a month before they finally stopped him for good. The woman downstairs, every time she blasted her music, I would just sit my speakers on the floor and let them rip. It worked for about a week, then she had the audacity to do this at 6:30am on a saturday. So Sunday morning at 9:00am (because I am not as rude as her) i again sat my speakers on the floor and let it rip for about an hour and again every single time she tried, I would just out blast her. That was 3 months ago and while it took a year and a half, I finally have a quiet apartment. I love it. Sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire.


  229. July 14, 2008 at 12:09 am, Guest said:

    I had a young guy move in months back and was beating the hell out of his girlfriend and I could hear her screaming for her life. I called the police and management the first time and he refused to open the door for either. THe police was ready to knock the door down but the leasing manager refused to let them. I ended up calling the police 3 times and they told me despite I can hear the cry for help if I don’t see it with my own eyes they will not treat it as an emergency. By the time officers came out he had stopped and the second 2 times all he did was say they were arguing and the police didn’t arrest this bastard.

    I lived in fear for 4 months he was going to kill himself, his girlfriend or someone else. He wrote a letter to management it was not him, but he didn’t know I was documenting everything and once management read 4 pages of violent rages they IMMEDIATELY threw his ass out. So, for a month the apartment was empty and I loved it. By the way he lived upstairs and turns out the girlfriend moved out and she kept going back to visit only to get the hell beat out of her. What in the hell was wrong with her?

    I thought that was the end of my troubles however yet again another problematic very young neighbor who refuses to stop blasting her music upstairs and she does this with a child under 5 years old in the housr. Another tenant is complaining about her as well. People don’t seem to understand being constantly exposed to loud noise can cause hearing loss whether permanent or temporary…That is 2 bad tenants in a row and I am sick of this and questioned management about their screening process and heard other neighbors complaining as well about many upstairs newer tenants moving in. The sad part is hear in Houston Tx the police know very little about our noise ordinances and seldom enforce them….We have a section in our lease by the Texas Apartment Association that by signing or occupying the apartment prohibited conduct included “no loud music, do not disturb or annoy anyone in the apartment community that interferes with their privacy”

    Both of these awful tenants are very young and there is no doubt noisy people are noisy no matter whether they live. These 2 likely did the same non sense at their prior residences and came in here doing the same thing. Tlaking to them politely or firmly didn’t work.


  230. July 16, 2008 at 3:55 am, Guest said:

    I CAN RELATE TOO! I have a new neighbor who is bi-polar. She and her boyfriend seem to get away with really nasty, deliberate and beligerant behavior with no concern for the manager’s warnings. Damn, I’m so sorry I moved in here… I thought it was AOK upon moving in, but it’s getting so noisy that my sleep schedule is ruled by the bi-polar idiots who don’t take their medication!

    The police have been here because of the noise and other matters, the Humane Society has been here regarding abusive treatment of their dog, but the manager just collects their rent and does nothing. I can’t afford to move since I’m disabled… I’m afraid filing a lawsuit is the only answer to my problem, and I really dislike making enemies by doing that. Oh well…


  231. July 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm, Guest said:

    Hey up noisy scum – you are the filth of the world. Die you useless garbage.


  232. July 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    I can so relate to this. THe people above us are a younger couple who all they do is FIGHT! I never knew people could fight like they do. Its ridiculous. I have gone out there yelled at them, and told them to shut up. The language they use to each other is not normal. If anyone called me the names and said what they’ve said to each other I would be ticked. Whats worse is my children have to listen to this. We hope to have a house soon and get out of here. Now the new problem is they were supposedly friends with the guy across the hall but all heck has broken loose with that relationship so now they all are fighting. Hopefully they will be evicted soon…I can’t take much more.


  233. July 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm, Guest said:

    I am really glad I found this website i find it quite interesting that so many people are living and dealing with the exact same problems we are experiencing. Our neighbors are horrible. The 2 upstairs apartments were all friends which we knew right away would be trouble. My family has lived in this apartment for over 2 years now. They all were loud, loud music, and then the arguing began, the people above us a guy and a girl should not be together they fight all the time….if we don’t hear fighting for a day or two something isn’t right. It is all hours of the night until finally someone passes out and then we can rest. The landlord has gotten into it with them and still they get away with living here. I’m so fed up with it….We will be leaving as soon as we find a new home….places in our area are hard to find…afordable but this is absolutely ridiculous. These people should not be together cause they definitely do not get a long well enough.


  234. July 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm, Guest said:

    I love all the suggestions and inputs…I am surely not alone. There are neighbors and stupid people everywhere. Mine are usually drunk or high, sometimes both….police are investigating now….girl is scared haven’t seen her around here she heard police involved and she bailed…yeah!


  235. July 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm, Guest said:

    Sure, have sex. But freakin be quiet! There is no need to scream and yell. You live in an apartment, so be considerate of all around you. It’s just rude to force others to listen to your sex noises, no matter how rare it is. Honestly, I’d have to say that sex noises are worse than loud music. Sex is something that should be intimate, why scream and yell so loud that the whole neighborhood hears it?! It’s just SO rude.


  236. July 28, 2008 at 7:44 am, Guest said:

    I have had a long history of noisy/annoying neighbors. The latest is this. They are now watching the little girl of another tenant. They all decide to go running and stomping through the apartment screaming at the tops of their lungs. This happened at 10PM and 4AM!! Yes, the little girl was still up at that time!!! Then they decided to play outside talking and bouncing a ball before 5AM. I have gone to them; I have gone to the apt. manager, but all she says is to call the cops. What can the cops do? Unless they witness all this mess, there’s nothing they can do. I don’t see why I should have to move since I have done nothing wrong, and most other apts. are more expensive. Any thoughts?


  237. July 29, 2008 at 6:43 pm, Guest said:

    yaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! congratulations!!!


  238. July 30, 2008 at 11:17 am, Guest said:

    I have the same thing going on. All day and night with the noise. I have gone to the HOA and they won’t do anything. Fighting fire with fire doesn’t work eigher, it only gets the cops called on me and I’m made out to be the bad guy.


  239. July 30, 2008 at 9:00 pm, Guest said:

    I thought I was the only one! I live in a new building in NYC. The new buildings are so flimsy. I can hear the neighbors across the hall talking, and I can tell what they are watching by listening to their tv through my living room walls.

    Anyway, the tenant upstairs from me is very inconsiderate. She is 23 and she has three children. She does not care what her kids are doing as long as they leave her alone. The children run up and down, up and down, and it sounds like the jump off the couch and onto the floor. I have knocked on her door to ask her to please be quiet. I have called the landlord and sent letters. I am going to have to get in this tenant’s face for her to finally listen. You cannot ask everyone nicely to be considerate. Some people only understand you when you become irate.

    To make matters worse, this is a rent stabilized apartment and by law we have the right to an automatic lease renewal. It is very hard to remove a tenant in a rent stabilized apartment.

    They do drugs and every night is party night for them. I am at my wits end and can’t afford to move. I feel like I have to take matters into my own hands because this is too much.


  240. August 03, 2008 at 6:24 pm, Guest said:

    So you think that because you are having sex that you need not show any consideration for everyone else in your building?

    Grow up you dumb —-.


  241. August 04, 2008 at 9:19 am, Guest said:

    I have the same issue. The people upstairs are constantly walking at all hours of the day, and I can hear everything. I went upstairs to tell them to calm it down, and it wasn’t pretty. We were yelling at each other. I called the condo association, and there is nothing that can be done. I’m so upset that I am paying for a condo that I can’t enjoy 100% due to these people upstairs. What’s funny is that they were over 70 years old, and I am the one with the two kids. We barely make any noise while these old people are running rampant. It’s crazy.


  242. August 05, 2008 at 6:32 pm, Guest said:

    I am so glad that I am not alone; I thought I was being too sensitive.
    There are just too many people are so stupid, ignorant and inconsiderate about other people’s feeling.
    Especially nowadays, many people lost their house and than move to either condo or apartments at the same time live the way as were they are in their own house.
    Kids jumping, walk heavily like they are an elephant, and loud base music.
    Don’t they know they are in a community environment?
    Why can’t we have law to really enforce this issue?
    Loud noise is part of the pollution which in long term can cause permanent damage.


  243. August 07, 2008 at 7:01 pm, Guest said:

    Maybe you can consider moving the telly to the opposite side of the room, away from the wall that you and your neighbor share. If he still bangs away, then there is something wrong with HIM. Just a humble thought.


  244. August 09, 2008 at 3:48 pm, Guest said:

    I am so glad I found this site. I did not think others had this problem and I was the only one. I lived in a basement apartment. There were 3 floors. The one above me had this obnoxious single parent living with his 2 kids and his suicidal girlfriend.

    After the girlfriend tried to commit suicide the kids were gone. After that this guy NEVER EVER left his apartment other than to go work. He had his alcohol delivered! Low life! He STOMPED around like an ass. I approached him about his music and he told me “what about the times I was yelling at my kid”? This guy sold pills to kids and drank until he passed out how can he possibly know what day it is, let alone if I was yelling? I was so furious.

    He played is music loud and always blamed the kids but they did not live there? One night he had his TV so loud that it cames to blow. He acted like the baby he is and stomped around until he passed out from alcohol. LOSER!

    After that I decided that this JERK was not going to intimidate me anymore. What comes around goes around. Be patient.


  245. August 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve found that complaining to the landlord, calling the cops, ect, are all just stop-gap measures to dealing with these scum of the earth. The only truly effective way to deal with this living trash is to bring the war to them. You have to stop being so nicey-nice, stand up for yourself and bring something so horrific into their world (use your imagination) that they’ll never have time or inclination to f with you again…or anyone else. Stop bleating and being a doormat.


  246. August 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm, Guest said:

    eviction has finally been served. 1 apartment empty and the next one will be out soon, actually he should of already been out but isn’t leaving to quickly…they need to throw him out on his a–. Police were here last night searching his apartment don’t know what for but here for two hours. He isn’t coming around to often now…I think he has a warrant out for his arrest.

    Yeah….I hope he has a good time in jail. I will enjoy the quiet.


  247. August 13, 2008 at 1:34 am, Guest said:

    Some homeowners who lost their homes and are now in apartments are considerate of others bred of years of reminding our OWN family members of the noise upstairs, outside windows, etc.

    I am absolutely appalled at the behaviors of the white trash in one unit in our small, atrium townhome-style apts. Their toddler screams – and I’m talkin’ blood-curtling, shrill, urgent screeches – sometimes for as long as 3 hours straight. It freaks me out! I can’t find any info online about reporting people for having crying/screaming kids. There is an onsite manager, but I don’t want to seem like Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched, being nosy or a nuisance.

    Why not report them? I also don’t know if it’s the terrible threes or bad parenting, but it really disturbs me.

    I work on the laptop in my bedroom, and the window opens to a common atrium area shared with the other units, where all entry doors, and livingroom and bedroom windows face. Anyone entering or exiting can be heard by all bedrooms, even with their windows closed…if that makes sense?

    In addition to the disturbing screaming fits, both parents are noisy when they come home or leave in the late evening/early morning hours. Talking, laughing, shouting upstairs to the other, stomping on the exit stairs, etc. Just plain rude.

    He also plays loud rap/rhythmic music every evening, about which I did complain to the manager (at midnight last week) and now I haven’t heard the music in a week. I expect it will start up soon…

    The “gentleman” also talks on the cellphone in full voice in the common area (their friends do this, too, when attending the numerous gatherings they have at their apartment). Again, nothing terrible, but just rude.

    They and their friends smoke outside on both the walkway and their patio, and leave the butts all over the landscaping and parking lot areas. Just “puff and then flick.” I smoke regularly, but I don’t prefer to live in a place that so closely resembles skid row because of all the ciggy butts.

    And worst of all, they leave bags of garbage, including soiled baby diapers, outside their front door for a day or two before throwing away…too lazy to walk it downstairs a flight of stairs and walk 50′ to the garbage bins. Garbage attracts rodents, and there are disposable diapers in there…eeeeeuuuuuw.

    Any advice or co-misery is welcome.



  248. August 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm, Guest said:

    We live in a downstairs condo for 3 yrs and everything was well. Until a new neighbor moved in upstairs. They did some renovation and stripped the carpets and put laminate flooring. They have two kids who run around and jump all day until 11pm at night! My husband and I are tired from work and wanted a nice rest in the evenings but that’s close to impossible now. My husband tried to talk to the couple upstairs who can barely speak english but the guy just said “dey ar bebies” then closed the door. We are thinking of selling our unit but most probably we will have it in the market for a long time because of the noise..,


  249. August 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm, Guest said:

    I understand all of the complaints above. While my situation is the same, it is just a bit different. I am in a middle apartment – I have apartments above, below, and on either side of me. It is a charming and affordable (but definitely not cheap) apartment complex in Wilmington NC. I have recently confirmed that my apartment is at the intersection of the ghetto, trailer park and the assisted living facility. My downstairs neighbor is great – old – friendly and quiet. No problem there. My neighbors on either side of me – issues. One side a crazy demon child and two old folks- way too old to be parents. This kid slams cabinet doors and screams every night. Sometimes he beats on the wall, because he can. And every Sunday, Pops has to play his banjo. On the other side, our bedrooms share a wall and one would think that was the only room in the entire apartment. They have parties in their bedroom! Their friends come over, the music starts, and then the loud talking. I did embarrass the couple once – with a sticky note on the door – by asking them to move their headboard from the wall when spending time together – no more sex issues. But the group gatherings are still an issue. Sometimes I will turn my tv up as loud as it will go and they quiet down – sometimes.

    The big problem – upstairs. They walk all freakin day! I have altered my schedule to try to capture some quiet time during the day. No go. The “lady” of the house is a flipflop wearer – the heaviest walkers and now – she’s pregnant. She’s walking for two! And the D*@N dog! I love dogs but like children – they probably should live in a house with a yard. It barks, runs, drops its toys, jumps and I think they play fetch on a regular basis.

    Like someone above – My friends and I make up stories too. We play Guess What Noise That Is –
    Some common ideas –
    she’s drunk and can’t stand up
    she beating him to a pulp
    the dog is on uppers
    they are on a bowling team and are practicing
    they are ocd and have to slide the glass door a min. of 50 times a day
    she’s trying to build up her ankles – that’s why she walks so hard
    this is her first time using a washing machine to do laundry
    they only have three pieces of furniture – so they have to move it around to make the place seem furnished
    and the list goes on!

    Another big concern – folks gathering in front of the stairway. Sometimes I don’t feel safe going through such a large loud and drunk group of hicks. And we had two domestic issues where the “pimp” was screaming at one of his women. And a hick from somewhere was clipped by the door when a neighbor slammed the door in his face – because he was complaining about the noise.

    And, the dogs. There are 12 units in this building and 8 of them have dogs (big and small). I like dogs but I don’t want your dog touching me, leaping toward me, sniffing me, or otherwise on me. Not to mention I have serious pet allergies. Have consideration for people! There have been at least two times when I have had to tell people to control their dogs. I had a dog that tried to grab my grocery bags and the owner just giggled. I cussed her out and promised her I will kick her dog if he comes near me. It’s unfortunate for the dog. I should kick the owner!

    I have complained to the property manager, but they have been quite useless. I let them know that too. I told them that I will be breaking my lease and it’s not a darn thing they can do about it. I have called the police and they have noted the issues. I have had a mediation. The manager has even come over and listened to the noises as well. They offered another apartment, but I told them that if I move, I move out of the complex altogether. I also talked to the manager’s boss. After threatening to make it a legal and financial (still have to pay until the apt is re-rented or the lease expires) issue, I reminded them about a clause in their lease that guaranteed me a safe, quiet, conducive and enjoyable living environment. They agreed that we should just part ways. So read your lease carefully and make sure the apartment complex is upholding their end of the bargain.


  250. August 30, 2008 at 8:31 pm, Guest said:

    Our first apartment… My wife and I buy our first place one year ago. A nice little apartment that we really love it, but since the upstair family move in after 9 months ago, the nightmare begins. They (father, mother & 2 kids) stomped around everyday. It give me a big headache since I just want to have a peace & quiet life after the tough job. I did complain to the office a million times, and no real action has been taken. I just don’t understand how people can be so selfish, no care about other people…


  251. August 31, 2008 at 8:11 am, Guest said:

    In Houston, our neighbor uses power tools until all hours of the morning. This has gone on for a year, now. They left a pan on the stove which burned up and damaged their kitchen, (could have burned the whole place down!) so, they ripped it out themselves – no building permit – and remodeled.

    Now, they’re doing drywall…thank God they put some up as we have heard every word and scream (domestic violence!!!) for two years. Since they put up some walls we can’t hear their yelling, and kicking their dog (which they tie in a closet!)

    They throw cigarette butts out their front door, have hung shower curtains for front drapes, and you can see the screaming ugly yellow they painted their kitchen. They’ve torn up the floor, which you can see, and live on bare concrete.

    My landlord tried to “cheap out” when they flooded their bathroom trying to remodel it themselves. Now I have mold seeping thru to our drywall. BUT, the neighbor had a friend who installed our new fixtures in the bath: when it was time to pay the man. they came over to my place, banged on the door, and threatened to come in my home & tear out the new fixtures (already paid for by my landlord.) I had their check from my landlord in my purse to give to them that day & all I was to do was fill out their names on it. They’d give no last names: they apparently are illegals which I’d suspected. They finally gave a fake last name and demanded that my husband ride to their bank with them!!! He did as he did not want us or our home to be harmed.

    He then came over about a week later and asked to come in and “see the work that he did.” I then told him that since he’s made a threat, he could not enter my home. They slam the door constantly.

    Now, the unmarried trash is having a baby… a one-bedroom condo. So I’ll hear the anchor-baby bastard screaming all night in a month or so.

    I get up at 4:00 AM to go to my job plus I have a second job. When I’m home I want to rest. Recently I had one hour to take a nap between jobs & they were outside having a cursing fight dropping F and GD bombs right in front of some little kids at the pool.

    I hope to God that my husband gets the job he is going for in another city! This condo was perfect for us: good price, utilities included, otherwise AWESOME neighbors and is a close-knit safe little part of the busy city. Two blocks from my job! There’s apparently no way to get these people out as their brother owns the condo & rents it to this ne’er do well relative. They don’t work and park their piece-of-crap beat-up truck so close to my car that we can’t get in & out!

    Also the landlord is an a-hole (ignorant dude from another country & can’t understand Tx law) that won’t fix the mold (so I did) and won’t clean the air ducts: which have giant mold spores growing in them & horrible black dust. I have severe asthma; he’s threatened to retaliate when I asked him to spend 69.95 to clean them. Since I made the request he says he has “people lined up to pay bigger rent! Bet they wouldn’t when they hear what comes thru the walls! We endure this because of the convenience to the job….in the business I’m in, I’m on call and can’t ever, ever be late. So it helps to be this close to work.

    This sucks….I hope that new job goes thru for Hubby…I just pray constantly. Y’all please pray for us also. PS….pays TWICE what his current job pays!!!!!

    McCue Road Near Galleria


  252. September 02, 2008 at 1:09 am, Guest said:

    I hate my upstairs neighbors. I mean come on now… is there a reason to be blaring music a midnight on a monday. Or have your child running around until 2 am. WTF. They have sex in their living room on a daily basis. we hear the moaning and movement and its disgusting. I will never ever live in apartments again. people are so inconsiderate its pathetic.


  253. September 06, 2008 at 10:27 pm, Guest said:

    well, i only read the first page, but it seems like i’m the only person having trouble while living above the noise (literally) as i live above the third person to move into the downstairs apt (the other 2 being evicted) i just got back from asking them to turn down their bass, it’s so loud it’s rattling my windows, and it’s past my bedtime…i’m going to give them a few minutes before i go down again, but my dad doesn’t think i should because i’m a young, single female and the downstairs neighbors are middle-aged men who haven’t grown up yet, probably drunk and doped out of their minds… they keep firing the apt managers (on #4) so they don’t understand just how bad it is here. the last management evicted all of the trouble makers, but now they they’ve fired them and hired new ones all of the scum is coming back again. what ever happened to checking references and backgrounds? or being considerate for that matter!


  254. September 08, 2008 at 9:49 pm, Guest said:

    All of us quiet folks need to live near each other! I cannot understand what is the matter with people! My roomate and I moved into a luxury gated apartment and you would think that ahem, “a certain type of person” would live here, right? wrong. Every type of complaint that I have read is live here now. We have had the band underneath us, “practicing” all night,(who finally got evicted, by our complaints), people who do not work in the daytime and come “alive at night, like vampires, kids, banging, dogs, BASS MUSIC, you name it. I don’t know how college kids can live here, or would want to, since it is not in a frat apartment area ( we live in Austin, a college town). My latest beef was with my neighbor who I share a wall in my bedroom-he did not work and would blast war to warcraft crap all night starting at 11pm. After courtesy hours, no less! until 3 Am well, I work at the hospital some days and had ot get up at 5 Am. The kicker was when he blasted some killem game-On Christmas Eve! Nice. I complained-on and off for 2 years about him, then he finally got evicted—and the new neighbors—–guess what? BLAST THEIR Effing Bass music! Sigh. I guess I need to put up the plush walls and such, because it is an ongoing battle with these idiotic people. And in Texas, it is cheaper to live,(my roomie and I share a 2bed/bath for $955.00/Mo. so I guess more of the riff-raff can afford to be “luxurious” I mean, I don’t live on the East side…..Sigh.


  255. September 08, 2008 at 9:56 pm, Guest said:

    I have had a lot of bad neighbors. Complaining never seems to work and the apartment managers are generally kids themselves that could care less. My current “security” guy is an off-duty cop that seems reluctant to come and then does nothing when he does. The last time I called he just missed the tenant and said, oh well call next time there’s noise. And it seem at this place NO ONE will answer their doors when I knock. I have knocked on the upstairs door and two tenants on the back side and none will answer. Drives me insane.

    At least I don’t live in the last place anymore. The man and woman would literally scream, their daughter would wail for 30 minutes or more and I could hear most every nasty word. After talking to them, calling the office probably 10 + times and the cops once, nothing ever happened. I think after I move out of here, I’m going to bite the bullet and buy a house.

    I wish you all the best. I know most of you probably have it worse than me. I just have to listen to bass above and beside me, but randomly. Could be worse I suppose.


  256. September 08, 2008 at 10:09 pm, Guest said:

    Modern times-modern noise. Why can’t that type of crap be illegal? I feel, or hear, your pain! And it does seem to be people who have no life, go nowhere, and just stay at home all day? How can they afford an apartment? Student loans, or drugs, my roomie says! Sigh. Not to mention the cars that blast, I mean, blast the beejesus out of the area when they come home, go out at 3 a.m., or just HANG AROUND IN THE PARKING LOT! What the —-? No life, and a feeling of inadequacy=Loud, obnoxious music!!


  257. September 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm, Guest said:

    I hear all of you on the landlords who do not want to bring the noise to an end.

    It does seem all they care about is getting their rent checks on time. Well, we’ll see how my landlord feels once they start having to sign some of those rent checks over to me after I drag their asses into small claims court.


  258. September 16, 2008 at 8:02 pm, Guest said:

    I have horrible downstairs neighbors. They have been complaining when all we are doing is walking around in our own apartment. We keep pretty regular hours and are generally asleep between 9 and 5;30 a.m. We have made an effort to limit our activity at night and early morning but they are never happy. They bang on their ceilings constantly and frequently blast their stereo to be spiteful.

    I am very unhappy with management because they have not been proactive in resolving this issue. a few months ago i was talking on the phone on the balcony and she went outside and started shouting “fuck you bitch” at me.

    last month i was outside, walking my dog, minding my own business when she ran up to me and grabbed me by the shirt and started cussing me out. she threatened me saying, ‘don’t fuck with me bitch because i know who you are.” i called the police and a report was made, but the city attorney said that without witnesses she probably wouldn’t get summoned to court. i made management aware of the problem and they have done nothing since then. we wanted to move to another apartment (preferably downstairs) and were told that we would have to pay a $200 move-in fee. I can’t wait until our lease is up.

    I honestly believe that if you choose to live in a downstairs apartment, you are going to hear footsteps. if it bothers you, then request an upstairs apartment. also when you shop for an aprtment ask about what kind of carpeting and soundproofing they have to prevent noise transmission.

    likewise, upstairs dwellers are not at liberty to run, stomp, or jump. they should try to limit their activity at night, but within reason. everybody has a right to live/

    i am disgusted with some of these posts that suggest it’s acceptable to purposefully make noise (with air horns or loud music) in response to a problem. if you have a problem, be respectful and ask your neighbor politely. i would have been more considerate if they had been more polite in the beginning.

    my neighbors were given the option of an upstairs apartment and refused.


  259. September 17, 2008 at 10:53 am, Guest said:

    I relate to you soo much. I am currently sitting in my bed in a luxury apartment and cannot sleep as my neighbour has his tv up too loud. Its either his tv or his damn bass music every night none stop. Last weekend it was until 4am in the morning. He left lound blaring music on and went out!! The playlist finally ran out at 4am he came home and turned it back on. Grr I am worried aboutthe hole in the wall from all my banging. We have put a formal noise complaint to our landlord and they have been good about it …its just the apartment managemnt that are really bad…. they dont get on to anything!

    I wish you all the best of luck some people are really inconsiderate.


  260. September 17, 2008 at 10:57 am, Guest said:

    are you living in AUstralia there are law which require soundproofing under certain types of flooring in apartments. Best to check it out where ever you are …good luck


  261. September 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm, Guest said:

    is it me or? need opinion

    i don’t know if it’s me or not. just want to see if the problem is really me.

    i moved into my condo for about a year and half now. In the beginning few months and when we check out the property before we purchased the condo, there seems to be no noise problem. However, after they installed the hardwood floor, even thou i don’t know exactly when, all the hell broke loose.

    they seem to be a decent family, no noise after 9pm; however anytime before that could be like a construction site. Even the walking, i could hear the squeaky sound coming from the skin rubbing against the floor board. it’s not like they walk from one point to another and they stop; it’s like they don’t stop moving around in their home. and there’s someone making some noise in all the rooms that are there. of course the most unbearable things are the kidding running and jumping, but the constant lower level noise can add up and be equally disturbing.

    i confronted them several times and was told that it’s their way of living and nothing could be done.

    i feel like i want to sue them, but i don’t know if it’s the HOA i should sue for allowing the installation of the floor or them making those noise.

    am i over reacting?


  262. September 19, 2008 at 1:11 pm, Guest said:

    My goodness this is a carthartic website. I have the neighbor from hell on my left. She blasts her music like you would not believe (complete with pounding bass) and of course when I complained only turned it down once. Then she gave me a nasty look. She has had late night fights with her boyfriend (complete with screaming and slamming doors) at one in the morning, and loves banging her door closed. I can always tell when she’s in a bad mood because it’s all reflected in the door banging. If she’s really ticked she goes straight to the stereo and UP it goes. I have left a message for the landlord and expect it will help, but I am already looking for a new place. I’ve had it with this turkey, and her constant nocturnal wanderings (her man lives one flight down so when they fight she goes up and down the stairs, irritating my friend down there who lives across from her stupid boyfriend).
    I’ve had it with rude, inconsiderate, obnoxious, self-centered people who only care about themselves. I am a quiet tenant – I even wear slippers and at night use close captioning and put the TV on low so I don’t bother anyone – I do many things like this, but it seems you can’t avoid people like this.
    I pray for everyone’s situations to be changed and helped soon.


  263. September 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm, Guest said:

    I have —– upstairs neighbors and they routinely have Karaoke parties. They are foreign exchange students so they are clueless. The music is techno in origin and has and insidious bass note that drives hard into through the floor. They usually exceed even the most generous of occupancy codes and the shower runs all night when they have these parties?? They also love making Peking Duck and the smell actually goes through the floor and permeates my apartment. Called the police 3 times and last night they finally came at 2 am and kicked them out, all 19 of them. I thought —— were known for their hospitable graciousness, guess not.


  264. September 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm, Guest said:

    oh my -there are people out there like me. i bought a condo 2 1/2 weeks ago and have not slept since. i think i live below clumsy elephants. What is putting over the edge is the loud sex and bed banging.


  265. September 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm, Guest said:

    You and I have the exact same problem. I have an overweight depressed girl living above me. With every step, my glasses and silverwear rattle. She blames it on the dog, a friend, etc. I can’t wait until I move out and tell her how much happer she and everyone else will be when she either looses weight.


  266. September 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm, Guest said:

    Is moving the only way? I’ve been having problems with the kids that live two houses down from where I live. The kids are constantly loud and play too closely to the parked cars outside that the car alarms are always going off. There were many incidents in which the kids would play catch and they would hit the parked cars. I have to park the car outside and don’t want my car window to be hit and be broken by some street kids. I tried talking to the mom but all she does is yell on how innocent her little boys are which is a total bull. One time her kids hit my parked car and the alarm goes off. I come outside and the kids all run. I went over to where they live and next thing you know the mom comes out and starts yelling at me. Then the husband and the brother come out and start yelling. I’m like what the hell? Next thing you know, she’s calling the cops. The cops come and she starts sweet talking to the cops and blames me for things I didn’t even do. I tell the cops what happened and all they did was talk to the kids and the mom. Apparently, the cop already knows the kids are troublemakers, so I guess I didn’t have to do much. Still, I had problems with that lady before and I’m pretty sure my other neighbors had problems too. I just don’t know what I can do to not have problems with them again. I don’t want any problems, but the kids always seems to start the problem. Its really frustrating when you have to deal with people like that. Its even more frustrating when parents let their children do whatever they want and don’t want to address the problem that the kids are creating to the neighborhood. I really wish that something could be done to make the parents realize how troublesome their children are. I don’t even think the parents even care. Probably a reason why the kids are always outside is because the mom can’t handle them. She’s always mad and screaming she probably scared her kids away or something, calling names and pointing fingers. Is there anything I can do to deal with this angry crazy lady?


  267. September 29, 2008 at 11:12 pm, Guest said:

    give this a try:

    it’s best to ignore neighbors like that altogether, i find. if they’re making noise maliciously, eventually they’ll realize what pieces of crap they’re acting like and give up.


  268. September 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm, Guest said:

    Wow. After hearing this, I feel reluctant in mentioning my new upstairs neighbor of a few weeks, but beforehand, I will share some stories with you, similar to ones I’ve read here.

    First I want to say I have always been an apartment dweller who is considerate and respectful of others. I have now lived in my current Apartment for ten years, where there have been few problems, except for some years back with a guy who had OBNOXIOUS sex all night, almost every night. All I could do is lay awake..feeling like I was in the room with them and thinking he was apparently “never satisfied” and how he had no regard for other neighbors. There was running, screaming, banging and knocking things over. It wasn’t just me who was disturbed by this, but others who were within earshot. Luckily, I had a Manager at the time who tape recorded it for the Building Owners who took the situation seriously and the guy was soon removed from the premises, thank God.

    Another time, I had a young guy next door who would play his music loudly each evening and after asking him nicely, would stop for a short time, only to begin doing so repeatedly. I eventually called the police, which of course, only tends to make the offender madder. He moved later on – probably only to find that other people don’t like this sort of thing, either.

    I had another experience years ago as I moved into a downstairs unit, with the option to take the one right above me. A week later, I regretted that decision when a family moved in above me only to be disturbed by this “foreigner” who would come in every night at 11:00 PM, slam the door and proceed to make unrelenting noise until early AM. It sounded like he was throwing furniture and abusing his wife and small daughter with a lot of screaming and yelling in another language. I called the police which did no good, having this guy give me dirty looks afterward. They had guests that would park in my space, too and the Building Owner was unhelpful. It was a nightmare and I had no choice but move again, shortly.

    In the past few years now in my current dwelling, I have had no problems with subsequent neighbors. Luckily, they have all been guys who weren’t home much and were responsible people on a schedule and except for “normal” sounds, barely heard them, except for one small guy who walked very hard. My last neighbor was so quiet I hardly knew he was home when he was and and was so grateful for his considerate behavior. He and his girlfriend bought a home and vacated.

    So this brings us to the present. A few weeks back, after the place sat vacant for a time – an existing tenant from another unit here moved into the one above me. I figured she was getting settled and just tried to adapt to the “new noise” – knowing I was “spoiled”. Then, I became aware of my regular tension every time she is home – the hard, fast, deliberate walking, scraping of dining room chairs across the floor, slamming of windows and the bedroom closet door for hours – it’s nerve-wracking. I realized that when it is quiet, she is either not home or sleeping. I am on a different schedule and she wakes me up every morning, with her clomping around.

    Not sure how I will deal with this, which is why I came on here to research and share. I feel I will find a moment to approach her nicely and possibly suggest she put “sliders” on the bottoms of the chair legs..and maybe walk a bit lighter, but you can tell I have been “chicken” to even try this yet. I just found out yesterday that her previous downstairs neighbor here was not happy with the noise she made, either. I was told that when she had asked this woman if she might be quieter, it would cease for a day or two, but reverted to the same thing later. Great.

    BUT HEY, at least there are no kids, drug addicts, sex maniacs, loud music players / TV watchers, wife abusers or the like up there! It is a very quiet building, in general and purposely chose a building that was not “family oriented”. I feel for anyone who experiences this sort of HELL.. we just want to live our lives comfortably. I like my music too, but would never infringe on others’ enjoyment of their space. People should just be conscious of the fact that they are only a wall, floor or ceiling away from others, keeping sounds at a particular level. Like so many aspects, some parents lack in instructing their offspring to be considerate of others, resulting in this sort of behavior.

    Y’know, they require renters to have good credit, but there should be other criteria to weed out potential nut cases or troublemakers and there should be more rules or controls set in place by property owners, however, they seem more concerned with getting $$. I’ve said that buildings are only as good or bad as owners and managers allow them to be.


  269. October 01, 2008 at 4:05 am, Guest said:

    Some of these are real Horror stories. It appears that there are two types of individuals and we all fall into one or the other category:

    One is conscious and considerate of others in addition to being responsible and aware of their own behavior.

    The second, being unconscious and inconsiderate of others, immature, irresponsible and defensive, becoming hostile or retaliatory at the slightest hint they are “doing something wrong”.

    I believe this is due to how people are raised and is a real issue. All those obnoxious people who are raising unruly, inconsiderate or out of control children are creating people who will someday be someone’s neighbor or coworker. What is sad is, these kids don’t know the difference only to grow up in another’s influence.

    There is no control on what kind of person has children, who shares the roadway with you or lives next door. All that is considered it seems is if a person can afford to live there.

    Isn’t life fun?


  270. October 02, 2008 at 7:45 pm, Guest said:

    Wow…maybe I don’t have it so bad after all!
    ALthough we are seeking legal advice as to how to break our lease and leave early because of our upstairs neighbors.

    WE moved in thinking it was only one couple above us who worked all the time…turns out there were 4 people up there and the otehr two had no vehicles and were picked up and dropped off at all hours of the night.

    We called the police the first weekend there because one of them was beating up his girlfriend. The landlord said that she gave them a “one more time” notice and that anything else happens and they are out.

    Well…Three months later, and two more roomates rotating in and out (who still are not on the lease), many letters to the landlord about late night romps, earth shaking stereos and what I swear was the 2008 elephant olympics upstairs (dust on our tables due to ceiling shaking so much), the landlord keeps explaining that “I will talk with them”!

    We are done and looking for a new place, thankfully a new job might cause a relocation, but we are looking into our legal rights to break the lease due to the landlords lack of dealing with the several major issues that the upstairs neighbors have broken on the lease. We feel that they have broken the lease many times over, they should go, not us!

    ANy other suggestions?

    Oh yeah…the last monday party they had there were several recently released individuals, who we will just say, arn’t allowed to vote this upcoming election. So trying to “chat” with them is not going to happen.



  271. October 04, 2008 at 12:33 am, Guest said:

    Problems with noise are not going to end until the laws change or are enforced. This is not going to happen until enough people take action.

    With the economy the way it is, rents skyrocketing, who wants to spend most of their paycheck on rent in a place where you can’t even have peace and/or are being woken from your sleep. Just like a Landlord does a background check on a prospective tenant, a prospective tenant should have the right to know exactly what they are getting themselves into before signing that lease. There should be a website where noisy apartments are listed so that no one rents them. This will force owners to either noise proof apartments or take the action necessary to do something about noisy tenants.

    In NYC the highest noise complaint reported to 311 is residential noise. Yet, when you read the NYC noise ordinance there are categories for many things like construction, a dog barking for 5-10 minutes, ice cream trucks, etc. I am yet to see the part that talks about residential noise or your inconsiderate neighbor banging, jumping, running for hours at a time. I would much rather hear the sound of an ice cream truck than have to hear my noisy neighbor stomping, banging, jumping, pounding for 3 to sometimes 5 times a week in the late evenings and late night hours.

    I recently went to court as a witness to the landlord because of the noisy tenants above me. I have countless of police reports from 311 documenting the noise, the time and most of them state that the police took action. Yet the judge claims that the reports don’t really mean much. Then why are we told to call 311 if there is noise? If the cops are taking the time to go to these apartments where there’s noise, then they should document what they observed and it should be written on the report. The police do not write down what they observe and when they put that they took action, it could mean that they did catch the tenants making noise or that they spoke to them. This does not mean that the complaints to 311 should stop. Maybe one day someone will pay attention to those numbers and realize that this is a serious problem.

    Another problem with noise is when noise is used as a form of harassment. A person going through this knows exactly what I’m talking about yet this is not recognized as harassment by the police. Yet if someone calls you stupid, you can file a harassment report. I would much rather be called a name than have people purposely wake me from my sleep night after night. Once tenants provide enough detailed evidence about the noise to Landlords, it should be the Landlords responsibility to get legal proof of the noise in order to take to court. It cannot be expected that a tenant paying the high rent has to spend thousands of dollars to get professional decibel readings. If the landlords do not want to be bothered with noise complaints, then they should soundproof apartments so that all tenants can live in peace.

    If you are having a problem with a noisy tenant, make sure to document everything–dates, times, what you heard. The first option should be to speak to your neighbor because sometimes people are not aware that the noise from their apartment can be heard from another apartment. If that does not work, write them a letter, send it certified and keep a copy. Next send certified letters to the Landlord. Make sure your letters are detailed in terms of dates and times and what type of noise you are hearing. If it is a chronic problem call the police. Keep copies of all documents. Investing in a video camera is a good idea–that way it is proof that you are recording the noise from your apartment. All these little things make a difference when it comes to going to court. Also, try and get as many people to come to your apartment and witness the noise. Be persistent. You pay rent and have the right to have some peace in your apartment. Of course there’s going to be noise at times but it shouldn’t be something so chronic that it affects your life.

    IF you’re from NYC, email me at [email protected]


  272. October 04, 2008 at 1:33 am, Guest said:

    I live above a woman in her fifties with hearing loss. I think she uses that as an excuse to blast her t.v. so loud that it vibrates my floor.

    This happens all hours of the day and night.


  273. October 04, 2008 at 11:12 pm, Guest said:

    OMG, it’s so good to find this site. I live on the top floor of an apartment building. Very little insulation, but in the 20 years I’ve lived here I haven’t had too many problems with noise. I have complained on occasion, and management does take action. Now a couple moved underneath me, who seemingly have no children, but have children visit them every weekend. I don’t know if this one child is from a previous relationship or what. Tonight there were 3 toddlers underneath me, all running around. Two went home with their mother, and now it is after midnight and the one remaining “houseguest” is continuing to run and jump. I can’t sleep. I hate going down and knocking on the door, but it looks like I’m going to have to.

    WHERE do people EVER get off thinking that behavior like this is okay? I’m childless, happy to be that way, and admittedly have VERY little tolerance for kid noise. No flaming, please, I’m being honest. One of the reasons why I haven’t moved out of here, besides the fact that I get a good deal on the rent, is that I basically knew what to expect in terms of neighbors and noise. Some problems, but nothing too extreme. But I just can’t stand this jumping and running.


  274. October 05, 2008 at 2:29 pm, Guest said:

    I am a first year law student and live in a first floor apartment. The neighbors above me are horrible, they have a 3 year old and an infant just under a year old. Both of these children are monsters they do not sleep and bang on walls, cabinets, the floor and any other surface within their reach. The parents are much worse, they literally stomp across their floor (my ceiling) at all hours without regard for their neighbor below. I have been jolted awake daily at 1,2,3,4,5,6am since moving in 2 months ago. I am unable to study in the apartment and spend a great deal of time at the law school library. I have complained to the landlord twice the first was a verbal complaint and the second in writing. He sent them a letter and since then they have been 10 times worse. I intend to break my lease without incurring any type of penalty, as a matter of fact I may seek damages.


  275. October 05, 2008 at 10:43 pm, Guest said:

    your a joke i have neighbors like u and that saying what goes around comes around, you are one day going to see how it feels when it happens to you, yes i agree people have to live and so does the tenants under you same thing…….


  276. October 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm, Guest said:

    When I moved to this complex I never saw kids playing outside. It was August maybe it was to hot, now its like kid central! They run up and down the stairs of the apartment all day long. Hollering to the top of their lungs. I know the lady under me has at least 5 kids. Her 13 year old brings other kids to the complex to play football in the parking lot. I have one 4 year old and my 5 year old nephew. I try to be respectful of the people who live under me. I put the kids to bed by 8:00 pm. I take them to the park to play at least an hour a day so they can run around their and not in the parking lot. I am about to loose my mind. I have kids but would never let them act the way these children do. I just dont get the parents and why they can’t respect other people.


  277. October 15, 2008 at 11:45 am, Guest said:

    I am in a similar situation. My boyfriend and I recently moved in together. We moved out of a city in NJ into the suburbs, hoping to get away from all the city traffic and noise. To my surprise, we experience even more noise now that we are in suburbia!! Our next door neighbor constanly blasts his music as loud as possible on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until at 4:30am. Our pictures on our walls shake and neither of us can sleep. I just started a new job and I come in looking exhausted on Mondays. I honestly wonder what my new coworkers think of me! We have talked to the guy once–we had to knock about 5 different times b/c the music was so loud he couldn’t hear us! He did turn it down then, but the next night he was at it again. I banged on the wall as loud as I could with a hammer and he turned it down a little. But of course, the next weekend, he’s at it again! I do hear other people banging on his walls when the music is on, but we don’t know anyone else in our complex and I don’t want it to get back to our noisy neighbor that we are complaining about him in fear of retaliation. We emailed the landlord and got no response. We have called him, but he doesn’t pick up. Do you think it’s time to call the cops??


  278. October 16, 2008 at 1:34 am, Guest said:

    omg!!! your story sounds like mine. just about 10min ago I had a cop here at my house telling me the same thing, if they can’t witness or hear anything when they come, they can not do nothing about it. these people saw the cop when he was coming to my apt and then became very quiet. people are so rude n inconsiderate of others. I agree why should we have to be the ones to move when we are not violating the rules!!!! moving for me is not an option! and I shouldn’t have to if i am not doing anything wrong. your story sounds like a nightmare! I can’t believe this little girl is up so late!!! all I can tell u is to be consistent and look into other revenues to resolve this matter but don’t give up! I ‘m not! it may cost me a lot of time and headaches but if they want war they’re gonna have it!!! I am fed up with it and I’m not going 2 put up with this crap!!! I will do what it takes to make their lives miserable living here. this has became my hobby!!! until it is resolved. good luck with whatever you decide to do!


  279. October 16, 2008 at 1:49 am, Guest said:

    you really have such a nerve to come to this site and post your remarks. try living downstairs with noisy elephants above you! shame on people like these here!!! inconsiderate of others!!! maybe you should move to a house?!


  280. October 17, 2008 at 4:45 pm, Guest said:

    i have a neighbor like yours. i understand all these people on here who legitmatly have noisy neighbors but sometimes the situation is reversed. some of these apts were built so poorly that the sound just amplifies. if they’re that sensitive to noise
    then they need to move into a house…cause apts = living in close quarter w/ your neighbors.


  281. October 18, 2008 at 6:03 am, Guest said:

    Yes, it’s time to call the police. It’s not a good idea to confront a neighbor you don’t know very well. It could escalate into a yelling match or worse. Let the police handle it.


  282. October 18, 2008 at 6:08 am, Guest said:

    Most apartments require that you cover a certain % of your floors with carpeting.


  283. October 18, 2008 at 10:58 am, Guest said:

    Glad I found this site. I am planning to move (partly because of noise) and I was thinking, “gee, wouldn’t it be great to find a site where I could get the real deal on any apartments that I’ll be looking at?” This gets close to that, but I guess the site would need to be very localized.

    So here’s my situation: I live in San Francisco, pay a boat load for rent, and while my place is nice, I have neighbors below who start up a party EVERY Sunday night around 10-11 pm (I need to get up at 4:30 on Monday). Even when they don’t have their massive home entertainment system cranked, I can still hear their loud TV and stereo (it’s on when I go to bed every night and on when I get up around 4:30/5:00 am; so I wonder how they can live with absolutely no sleep but I’ll keep this to fact rather than suspicion….)

    There’s a vacant apartment beside these people now, and the landlord is charging $2,000/month for this tiny one-bedroom unit. I feel really sorry for any prospective tenant who moves in there now knowing what he/she will have next door.


  284. October 27, 2008 at 1:38 am, Guest said:

    Try this,,,,,,,,, Soniscape natural noise-mask, works for me.. If you can’t beat em, mask em out. You can find em online with a google search for Soniscape.

    It sounds like a waterfall in your place yet drowns out all kinds of noise around you. It’s the only way I get any sleep around here. I play it even when it quiet cause it creates such a peaceful vibe. It’s pretty cheap too.

    My upstairs neighbors are like a family of gorillas, I actually have dreams of shooting them with tranquilizer darts and carting them off to the zoo in the middle of the night and locking them in a cage, am I bad?


  285. October 27, 2008 at 11:25 am, Guest said:

    The man in the condo nextdoor to mine SNORES all night and not only wakes me up but KEEPS me up all night – any advice??


  286. October 27, 2008 at 7:35 pm, Guest said:

    i have a bad situation going on. I live in an older house that is split into four apartments. one up, two next to each other on the main floor, and one down. When i moved in I asked the landlord if sound travelled through the home. Of course I recieved a “no, not at all, the old tenant here had a big stereo and always had it up, and i received no complaints” well anyway, my girlfriend and i moved in to one of the main floor apartments. The other main floor apartment doesnt have anyone above or below, it’s kind of an odd shaped house. So basically we are sandwiched between two apartments and next to another. Things were great for about 6 months. We are a young couple, but relatively quiet, only because we know we have neighbors and we respect them. We just got new neighbors next to us and new neighbors above us. the neighbors above us work third shift, so they are awake all hours of the night. Weve woken up to extremely loud music, loud movies, slams and bangs, footsteps, everything. And they do it all in the room directly above our bedroom, and they are complelety aware this goes on. I complained to our landlord about six times, and he kept saying he talked to them. They would get better for about a week and something would happen. Finally I lost it. I am a rather large guy and I tried to just let my landlord handle it but i couldnt anymore. I work 12 hour days and I never get a decent sleep anymore. even when they are quiet i have so much anxiety, waiting for them to make noise that i cant sleep. I finally went up stairs and went off on the neighbor. I let him know that I would contact the police, but I know he was already arrested for domestic violence the first week they had moved in, and i didnt want to get him in serious trouble because he had his television up too loud. He agreed he would keep it down, and stop his son from running around at 5am… and yes his is five years old, appears to never sleep. Anyway, the music stopped and they television has stopped. But i can still hear them walking around all hours of the night since they are third shift and it wakes me up. I get no sleep. i cant ask them not to walk around, so what do I do?


  287. October 27, 2008 at 10:28 pm, Guest said:

    Some of you have horrible, horrible neighbors. I should count myself lucky I suppose. My problem is with all the Third Worlders coming to live here, illegal and not (refugee). The best are the Vietnamese. The worst are the Mexicans/Central Americans and Iraqis, and Somalis. Leaving bags of soiled diapers outside their door, throwing bags of trash NEXT to the dumpster instead of inside it, etc. The iraqis below me have a 4 year old and an infant, and that ##$Q# 4 year old is soooo noisy. Always screaming, jumping off stuff, banging on stuff, sometimes it even vibrates my floor! And we have concrete floors and carpeting. I thought Arabs beat their children into silent submission, but apparently not.

    I have a program called NCH Tone Generator. When the little shit acts up I blast a 50 or 60Hz tone from my huge Klipsch subwoofer. I think they get the message.


  288. October 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm, Guest said:

    First of all, learn how to properly write, you retard. What are you, 10 years old?


  289. October 30, 2008 at 9:02 am, Guest said:

    Breaking your lease

    Last month a girl moved into the apartment above me. She stomps incessantly whenever she is home. My windows rattle, my walls vibrate, and I haven’t slept in days and days.

    I tried to talk to her about it but nothing changed. I asked my building supervisor to speak to her, but he said he was giving her a chance to get settled. Finally I called my landlord and told him the problem, and he said he would speak to her about it.

    There has been no change in the noise level since then. Do I legally have the right to break my lease and still get my deposit back?


  290. November 02, 2008 at 5:08 pm, Guest said:

    I’m a uni student living in an apartment in london and having terrible problems with noisy neighbours in the flat below me. The annoying thing is that the noise is constant every day of the week and much worse on weekends. From the moment i get back from lectures all i can hear is either their Tv, stereo or them shouting below me. I seriously wonder what the point to their life is. Earplugs have helped me sleep a little better.

    I’m gonna speak to them soon. If situations don’t improve then i’m gonna leave my bass unit on the floor 24/7. If this doesn’t make them get the message then i figure it can only provoke them to be louder which will favour me when i call the police.


  291. November 03, 2008 at 5:27 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment complex just like most of you, and I live on the bottom floor. Which leaves the top floor for the stompers!!!! Ok heres the story. Theres a family of 6 living above me. I swear the wife is 370lbs or more!! And makes it known even when she sleeps! Which is right above my bedroom. She rolls over and the bed creaks like a old haunted house. She must have some disorder because shes always moving! Im afraid shes going to fall through the roof. Then they have 3 boys who run, stomp, and body slam each other on the ground it seems like! All day they do this!!!! I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old who cannot get any sleep which leaves them up to cry all day because of this. I have ask them to keep the noise level down and even knocked on the ceiling with a broom. But the stomping and falling down continues! Manager over here does not help out AT ALL even fixing things!!!!!!!!!……. When should I call the police? HELP


  292. November 04, 2008 at 5:44 am, Guest said:

    Update on previous message from Sept. 30th.

    Well, soon after that I got the courage to go visit the new upstairs neighbor – a young woman – and seemed to have a pleasant exchange. I asked her if she might place those “slider” pieces under each dining table chair foot, so as to not be scraping the chairs across the (linoleum) floor, (creating a screeching sound). She seemed open to the idea, I thanked her and went on my merry way. Forgetting to mention the HARD walking, also.

    Apparently, she hasn’t done this and may never do so. I still hear the noise and it seemed she had a visitor recently who repeatedly scraped a chair – or chairs – back and forth. Now, I had to wonder – if it was on purpose? Wondering if she felt “how dare I ask her” to do this. What if she told other people and they said ” ___ the neighbor”! Who knows?

    So, every day it’s the same thing: When she returns home – there is a whirlwind of activity. Hard, fast walking – with each step, my ceiling vibrating – even without shoes; opening or closing windows and cabinets, slamming around.. BAM BAM BAM. She does this for a few hours until she goes to bed. I am up later, enjoying the peace and quiet. Then, she wakes me up pretty early – same thing. Sometimes she wears high heels and walks around a lot prior to leaving. This is how just how she functions and doesn’t feel she is doing anything unusual, I’m sure.

    I think what bothers me is that I feel I absorb this “frantic energy” and is just nerve-wracking, making me tense. The only time it is not this way is when she’s gone or sleeping. I don’t know what to do. Other neighbors who have lived there over the past ten years were not like this, so I KNOW it is possible for a person to be quieter and considerate.

    I know I shouldn’t be complaining with so many worse situations out there and really feel for others who suffer any disturbances. It’s just too bad to have to be a renter and put up with this kind of thing which there is no real control over. It’s just nice to have a place to vent and know that I am not alone with my feelings.


  293. November 05, 2008 at 8:13 pm, Guest said:

    i have —— people living upstairs. it seems like they have about sven people living in a two bedroom apartment. but they switch people all the time. i told the management about it and they said they are aloud to have people come and stay, FOR THREE MONTHS AT A TIME. only one of them works, so there are constant foot steps day and night. i bought this place thinking it was a good investment. i don’t know if i could sell it if potential buyers knew about the stupid people upstairs. but taking them to small claims court is a good idea, thanks.


  294. November 08, 2008 at 10:10 pm, Guest said:

    I feel badly for you – it must be a never-ending situation and I don’t know how you make it through. It’s rough, especially with non-involved managers who don’t even help you with repairs, which is wrong. It sounds very unpleasant and it would be wonderful if you could just move to a more appropriate spot with better managers, but I know that is not simple and never know how any managers are until later. If you haven’t already, you might contact the Management Company or the Property Owner in writing. They may be unaware of the lack of help and may help with the unruly bunch upstairs. If not, I say “get the hell out of Dodge”, as soon as you can. Believe me, in the past I did not know HOW I would be able to move and through sheer will and determination – and the help of family and friends, I succeeded. I wish that for you.

    As for calling the police, I think it’s valid if after 10 – 11:00 pm, and usually in reference to party noise or unrelenting music, however, if due to any disturbance, you should be able to ask for assistance. The other thing is, you don’t know how the upstairs neighbors may retaliate.

    If and when you are able to, really check out a new place and hopefully find a unit that is not underneath others or if so, beneath a tenant who is on a regular work schedule and not home much. I’ve had my best luck with single men who were not homebodies, apparently and when home, were very quiet Not that all single men are that way! However, people move out and like Forrest Gump said about a box of chocolates, “You never know what you’re gonna get”. Humor aside, I have said, there need to be rules set in place for these kinds of circumstances in order to keep the peace, but I think property owners primarily only care about being paid. It is something that needs to be addressed and resolved by officials, ultimately since it is an ongoing a difficult problem for tenants.

    I am lucky, due to the overall quietness of this building, (I’m in the suburbs of Los Angeles) however, if there was a real issue between any neighbors, I believe the managers would not get involved, based on incident I heard about. I was just now listening to my neighbor clomp around, going back and forth for about an hour in high heels, prior to leaving. I can’t help but wonder, what the heck she doing all that time? However, I’m grateful she LEAVES and don’t contend with more than just her steady rushing around when home. It’s crazy, I will sit here thinking “Oh, she must be going out” – and figured out recently that she must have a new boyfriend and is staying over there frequently – lucky me. In addition, since she owns a cat (which I do, too) and can hear the cat running all over the place at times, too. At first, I was wondering, “what is all that rumbling”? Just shows you how cheaply these places might be built. It’ still better than what others are experiencing, though.

    It’ hard for us, the ones who have to listen to it – and I come so close to wanting to bank on the ceiling, but afraid it will cause problems. You just wonder how these people might feel if the situation was reversed? I just don’t understand the lack of consideration.

    I wish you luck in your situation.


  295. November 09, 2008 at 4:28 am, Guest said:

    At my place the upstairs neighbor sings karaoke and after a while they would get tire and switches over to loud rave music up until 3:00 a.m. almost daily. Sometimes it would get to the point where I get headache from the loud music. The bass music is so loud that the walls throughout the house vibrate. Not only that but the mother and her daughters walk with a heavy foot all day as if they can’t stay still. Being woken up at nights by the thumping noise is common for me and I’m worried that the ceiling light will fall down since the light fixture shatter with every thump. I have tried banging the broom on the ceiling with no effect; the loud thumping would worsen or the music would continue. I don’t know what’s up with the mother and all but I know she doesn’t go to work and she just had recently divorced her husband. I’ve saw different men comes and goes over a period of time so I’m assuming that she uses them for the boozes and rent money.

    These people are inconsiderate to others living around them and the mother sound very rude. The mother acted like she owned the place. I hated her guts and hope something bad will happen to her and her family.


  296. November 09, 2008 at 6:01 pm, Guest said:

    Our neighbours across the fence have a damned parrot that screeches at the crack of dawn, catapulting everyone out of bed. I love how they have this pet, yet don’t want it anywhere near THEIR house, it is closer to the fence line so WE get the joy of listening to it. Same neighbours have a yappy dog. I don’t get it, how can they not hear it? People are constantly yelling “SHUT UP” across the fence, the owner must be deaf. The apartment next door had a loud party one night, which didn’t bother us but then we had a few people over the following weekend and the next day there was a note taped to the door saying “no loud music after 11pm” WTF? It is like there is one set of rules for some tenants..


  297. November 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm, Guest said:

    I understand exactly how you feel. I am constantly dealing with stomping, banging, slaming and kids running and jumping. She dosen’t work either. She is there all the time. My son has migranes and his grades in school has been suffering. It gives me headaches daily, and I am disabled on top of that. I have health issues everyday and I have spoke to her nicely first. It didn’t help. So I went to the apartment complex office. They called her first and then sent her a letter. It isn’t doing any good. I am going insane from this.


  298. November 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm, Guest said:

    I have lived in my current apartment for over 18 years. There are 60 units in this complex,8 apartments in my 2 story building.I have neighbors on both sides of me. The neighbor to my left is a constant source of aggravation. She either runs a daycare center out of her home or she is building her own football team, I’m not sure which. One thing I am sure of is that these children are the devil’s spawn. They jump, run, and stomp up and down the stairs, kick the cupboards so hard that MINE rattle. I believe the zookeeper aka “MOM” aka “COACH” must take each child and bounce them against the wall with all her might, making figurines from my shadowbox and pictures shake and sometimes fall to the floor. When they slam the door(CONSTANTLY) the same thing happens. Not to mention the yelling and screaming and wailing. This woman must have nerves of steel. Unfortunately, I don’t. I confronted her about this one day and her excuse was,”They’re kids, what do expect?” Really?? Because I could’ve sworn they were tasmanian devils all hopped up on cases upon cases of Red Bull. The new landlord won’t do anything about it. She says they won’t listen to her. Perhaps she doesn’t fully comprehend that being a landlord, she CAN do something about it. I vote for calling the S.W.A.T Team. Break the windows and throw in canisters of tear gas. Watch the little imps and “MOM” come staggering out the door. Okay, not really. There should be a mandatory class in school on how to be a good neighbor. Every single year from K to 12. Teach them while they’re young. No, I don’t hate children. I hate their behavior.


  299. November 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm, Guest said:

    I bought my condo four months ago. I’m a senior in college and I know things get crazy, but since I was moving into an expensive new complex noise issues never even crossed my mind. I mean anyone that can afford a nice condo would be respectful and quiet right….WRONG!!! I live bellow 3 sophomore girls who might as well be the freaking spawn of satan. All hours of the night….random weeknights are their favorite…they turn up the music have over a million people and stomp around on my ceiling and move furniture (wood floors…so nice). Did I mention the BEER PONG! There’s nothing like the sound of bouncing ping pong balls and 200+ pound boys slamming into your walls all night to lull you into a deep sleep. To top it off they love to sing.Disney’s “A Whole New World” drunkenly performed outside your window at 1 a.m. kind of makes you want to throw Ariel off a freaking cliff and hope for the worst!!! The cigarettes are the best part..they smoke inside which drifts down into my apartment..and they throw the butts onto my porch. My patio furniture is covered with burn holes. I went up there once and nicely asked them to keep it down…they were nice and assured me they would be quieter…and then carried on their party at 2 a.m. like nothing ever happened. The sound of their laughter is kind of like a pack of hyenas… you know…shrill, unecessarily loud, and completely obnoxious. I have called the cops (TWICE) and complained repeatedly to my apartment manager. They have sent 3 letters…the last threatening to throw them out if their behavior during the weekdays did not stop (did I mention they rent). That went well for two days until they decided to throw the MACK DADDY of all beer pong parties. Luckily my parents were here….who actually own the apartment…and my Dad went up there and laid down the law. It seems like when I complain they just get louder and more annoying…I’m sure its just a coincidence ;)!I thought living in a nice complex would be better…instead I’m surrounded by a bunch of stuck-up rich little A–HOLES who think they own the world and could care less about anyone but themselves. Please tell me there are still nice considerate people out there….because frankly I am no longer convinced that there are!


  300. November 13, 2008 at 8:39 pm, Guest said:

    This site is just what I needed to vent. My wife and I moved into our 2nd floor apartment over 2 years ago. We’ve had 2 sets of downstairs neighbors and never any problems. Then, our third set of downstairs neighbors moved in the beginning of the year, a young couple (although I don’t think they are married) who are apparently friends with two other sets of tenants.
    Since they have moved in, we have been woken up several times around midnight or later (and this was on weekdays) by them coming back from wherever they went and talking at a volume like it was 2 in the afternoon. We cannot keep a window open for more than 5 minutes without the stench of cigarette smoke coming in. When they hang out outside their apartment, the first two issues I wrote get magnified and it is like they are in our bedroom as we’re trying to sleep. And recently they got either that Guitar Hero or Rock Band or whatever that gizmo is and play it with the bass turned all the way up.
    About 3 months after they moved in, I went downstairs to ask them to turn their TV down because our floors and walls were shaking from their sound system. They obliged, but then they guy asked me if he could just turn the bass down rather than the entire sound. Since they just moved in, I didn’t want to push it any further.
    We’re not very social with our neighbors, but we are civil (saying hello whenever we see them). Yet I’m surprised they have yet to realize how inconsiderate they are being.
    We’re thinking about moving before the end of next year. If we do, I might just tell both the landlord and any prospective tenants about them just to put them in a bad light.


  301. November 17, 2008 at 10:12 am, Guest said:

    I was wondering how you can get out of your lease without being responsible legally & financially for the remainder of the year? I am trying to do the same thing. I hate to move as the economic situation isn’t good, similar apartments are a lot more money, and it’s a hassle, but what choice do I have?

    I have lived in this apt. for 6.5 years. It was always my sanctuary to study, sleep, watch tv (quietly) listen to music. About a year ago a young woman who drinks & smokes 420 a lot moved downstairs. Sometimes she played her music a little loud but usually just on weekends and when I asked her to turn it down she (usually) complied. Then the landlord passed away and a different landlord (his relatives) took over the building. Shortly after they raised my rent AND the girl downstairs invited her bf to move in. They do not work and get home at 5 am. They are always drunk, yelling, throwing stuff, stomping around, loud ‘in the bedroom’, etc. I politely complained to them & they were rude (so did another tenant). Then I complained to the landlord. He asked them to quiet down and wrote 2 letters. This actually made them act worse and now they play loud rap & techno at excrutiating levels from 6-10pm almsot every night (right before the quiet time in the city ordinance, 10pm, so I can do nothing about it). When they wake me at 4am, EVRY NIGHT, me and others have called the police. They never come and when they do it’s 4 hours later when the noise has stopped. The landlord is afraid of them and worried about being sued so he won’t evict. What can I do?


  302. November 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    I have recently moved to the king plaza apartments in perth amboy, nj. Their management has a —– lady who I am afraid suffers of high blood pressure! She is always upset, yelling and with no patience at all. The apartments are nice but my next door neighbor seems to have some type of illness. He starts screaming all sorts of profanity at random hours of the day. The other neighbor seems to beat up his wife! I don’t know what to do in that case. One time, it sounded like he was throwing her on the walls or something and she was screaming. And one of my other neighbors always has their music on all night on saturday nights. He/she doesn’t even live next door to me… but I can still hear the music as if it was next to my ear!


  303. November 19, 2008 at 5:45 pm, Guest said:

    Thank you to whoever made this website. I need to vent.

    My fiance and I have lived in this apartment for about a year and a half and our first noise problem started with our neighbors. We share a bedroom wall with them and it seems that they don’t like each other very much. They would fight constantly, usually starting around 1AM and lasting til about 3-4AM. I’ve had to call the cops on them twice now- the most serious being when he was trying to kill her and she was screaming for help. The cops were there for hours. We made numerous complaints to our complex and nothing happened. We basically learned how to live with them and I just bang on the wall now when they start fighting and they usually will move to the living room.

    Now the huge problem is our downstairs neighbor. He moved in about a month ago and every since then, he’s been a huge pain in the ass. He has a surround sound and he plays it so loudly that our floor vibrates. The first time, we called the office and nothing happened… so we started calling more frequently. They insist that he has taken the sound system off of the wall and has even purchased headphones, but the problem hasn’t stopped. I can hear every word the person on his TV is saying. It’s embarrassing for me at this point to have to call the office every day to complain because I feel like they think I’m just a whiner! One of the managers came up to my apartment and stood here for a few minutes and said it didn’t sound too bad. Of course it didn’t! You were just at his apartment and he knew you were coming up here! She said she’d send him a letter… but I’m at my wits end here! I don’t want to call the cops because I feel like by the time they get here, he may have turned off his TV or music and it’s just going to look like I’m crazy, you know!?

    Thanks for letting me vent!


  304. November 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm, Guest said:

    people like you crack me up. you obviously have no children of your own and have also forgotten that you yourself were once “the devil’s spawn.” lighten up, you are going to give yourself a heart attack.


  305. November 19, 2008 at 11:18 pm, Guest said:

    I bought my condo last year and was sooo excited until a renter moved upstairs and has literally caused me a half a year of sleep. She’s just very rude and disrespectful. She’s a middle aged woman who behaves like a teenager. I thought I was the only one going through something like this. I hate the situation for all of us.


  306. November 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm, Guest said:

    you dingbats obviously tear me up! obviously you don’t know what a lease is and how these crap buildings are made.

    respect one’s neighbor and the dwelling.

    most people shouldn’t have children in the first place. where i live many leave their kids unattended and to the point where the child dies from neglect.

    so, know it all who walks on water… when was the last time you didn’t offend someone? perfect from the tree of proper genetics are we?

    it’s like with pet owners, they shouldn’t have pets either. dogs unattended, running about, getting into trouble, biting others or getting hit by a car, oh, those poor people, what victims they are.

    no, the victim is the child and the pet.

    how about shutting your yap up ahead of time before your yap gets you into trouble, eh?

    you remind me of my former neighbor, oh yes he was always in the right, he knew the FAKE laws and killed his kid.

    i’m glad he’s gone, of course he’s still the victim, always will be. i should have gotten my lawyer like i was encouraged and had that neighbor declared mentally ——… he’d be in a faclity now.

    not hurting a single solitary soul. he hurt so many folks then his own family.

    i’m surprised this guy is still walking about free as a bird.

    as a child, if i didn’t behave i was made to behave, then again i doubt you know what the hell i’m talking about mr. 84722.

    probably a spoiled bratling who can turn water into wine can we?

    now, shut up.


  307. November 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm, Guest said:

    i had the same issue, problem is no one wanted to help, not even the police.

    soon the child died.

    well, later one finds out all things, problem is it’s always too late.


  308. November 20, 2008 at 1:32 pm, Guest said:

    oh yes, — never do anything like that…. they’re so perfect.

    rolls eyes.


  309. November 20, 2008 at 1:39 pm, Guest said:

    wow, you must be denise, a neighbor that i had so much trouble with.

    she was noisy, always going on about common decency and i was the one who had to try and confront her… without success.

    the police were up her backside like she was some godess.. yet they were exhausted by her.

    i was exhausted by her, my downstairs neighbors were exhausted… next door.. folks upstairs…

    she was ms. perfect.

    one day i finally started videoizing her b.s. then when i played the door game with her finally… (she would look to see who was at the door then not answer.) i stood there… stood.. stood.. she was going to come out sooner or later with her trash.. i was going to win this time..

    i scared her almost out of her shorts i did.. she then went on this rampage about humanity and how i was the evil overlord of hell… blah blah blah blah blah blah… a flurry of noise from her that could cover the earth in a thick paste for the next 10,000,000,000 years.

    then i said: i have videoized you from the pool, parking lot and your front door when you are blasting music or making ‘thunking’ sounds and the child screaming…

    then she brushed past me with her trash and went on…

    2 months later she rushed out quietly with a carload of her goods.

    afterwards… everyone was so happy that the you know what from hell was finally gone!

    i think a few had a party together to celebrate.

    man, she was horrible.. i didn’t even live that close to her and i had to put up with her crap.


    high maintenance pos she was.. 5 kids from 5 different men… another male victim on the way… (though i was told he left her… in the mist of her carrying on.) of course i betcha we all got blamed for that one!

    lmfao… what a mess that woman was…

    i relish in those moments afterwards, the calm after the storm!


  310. November 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm, Guest said:

    Dear worthless subhuman crack —-

    I moved away from apartments because of worthless people like you. I have children and non of them are subhuman like yours are. In 5 years then was never a problem with my children being too noisey because they were not subhuman bastards like most people have today.


  311. November 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm, Guest said:

    I am so sorry for your situation. Honestly. I have a similar situation with the people who rent above me. I have lived in my apartment for a long time, so has the girl who lives beneath me. We both have children and I have a dog. The upstairs apartments has always turned over a lot – and I wish it would this time!! Then new people (a couple and their child) are TERRIBLE neighbours. There’s screaming and running around. This little kid jumps on the bed, throws tantrums (kicking and pounding the floor (my ceiling!) included, the dog barks and howls, etc, etc, etc) It’s non-stop. Now I know you don’t hate kids, cause I don’t hate kids – not mine or my downstairs neighbour. We both have young children. They like to run around and play. But that does not have to rattle the pictures off my wall or wake my daughter up at night! I am so sorry and if you ever find a way to make your situation more bearable, I hope you write a book, because I would pay a fortune to have my peace back.


  312. November 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    You don’t have to apologize for being angry at inconsiderate boorish people and the person below is obviously one of these self righteous mothers who think just cause she’s a mother she’s superior. Noise pollution is a fact and you are being held for ransom. You should see if that woman has a license for daycare /and/or put her out of business. It’s not right for you to suffer and for that woman to say lighten up. I think she’s lightened up in the brain cell category! I think you are funny as hell. good luck.


  313. November 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm, Guest said:

    I am pleased to find this website too. I have trouble with noisy neighbors, particularly with the ones I have upstairs from me right now.
    I have lived here a long time and there is also a big turnover with the unit above me. I have had really wonderful neighbors up there but the last 3 have been unreasonable. One had the surround sound and played it all day and most of the night. The next had 3 people in a 2 bdrm and then moved 3 more in and the woman she moved in would beat her 2 year old during the day….social services said i had to see proof of bruises on her body or they couldn’t do anything.
    Then the current neighbors slowly moved in their grandparents and now there are 7 people up there….don’t get me wrong, I could care less the amount…they are constantly allowing the kids to run, jump and scream loudly in the house…if they aren’t doing that they are moving furniture in the kitchen and stomping around…not sure what that’s about but it goes on for HOURS!
    I have tried asking them to quiet down and they don’t change and instead deny making noise. The little boy even made up a story that I hit him on the hand..weird, he is 11 and I never even see him.
    They told the prop manager that because one time I tapped on the ceiling when they were being extremely noisy that it bothered them…the nerve…and the weirdo prop manager agreed with their response.
    I work all week and would like to have peace on the weekends….instead I am listening to lots of stomping, pounding, yelling and jumping on my ceiling.


  314. November 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm, Guest said:

    um, that’s you’re not your. and it is you not u.

    besides, you be careful when you say ‘what comes around’




  315. November 27, 2008 at 9:55 pm, Guest said:

    I have the same problem as a lot of you guys.
    My upstairs neighbors are very noisy, there
    is constant knocking, banging on walls, sometimes
    to 4-5am. I agree with one of the posts here:
    there are people who simply don’t feel they need to
    be considerate of others. And there is not much you
    can really do about it. I’m always considerate:
    walk lightly, never slam doors, never play music loudly, and it’s not hard at all, I don’t feel I’m restricting my “right to live”. But not everybody is like that, unfortunately.
    The world would be a much better place if it consisted of people like us, but it is what it is.


  316. November 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm, Guest said:

    I understand and feel everyones pain on this issue. It’s the same story for all of us. In my early 20s I came upon a fiend at work and asked her a question about apartments. She replied with “I hate them and I am glad I don’t live in one”. She said it with a passion. At the time I wondered why she hated them because I loved apartments. But now in my late 20s I can relate to why she hates apartments so bad. I too have had my share of noisy neighbors. In my opinion the only thing you can do is get yourself in a house or in a strict apartment complex that is very strict with noise complaints. If you decide to stay and wait until your current neighbors move you’ll just be setting yourself up for the next wave of loud neighbors. The cops are some what of a help but if you think about it those loud neighbors of your will know it was you who made the complaint. Come on now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who made th call because those idiot loud neighbors know who they are affecting. (that is where inconsiderate comes in) Your landlord will tell you they’ll take care of it. But really they don’t want to because they want the numbers and all the apartments filled. I know some of us can’t move to a house or a better place because of different situations we all have. But really the best thing to do is to move out to a place that is either a housefor buy or rent or something that doesn’t have upstairs apartments.(it’s easier to block noise from the side but upstairs can be very costly(you might as well save the money to move) and difficult). I have 3 more long months left on my lease, long because my loud upstairs neighbors. I can’t wait to get some piece and quiet. I hope and wish everything gets better for everyone. If it were me I would kick my neighbors ass but going to jail is not worth it especially for some inconsiderate worthless piece of, well you get my point. Good luck everyone!!


  317. November 29, 2008 at 9:33 am, Guest said:

    Yeah … it sucks when you actually own the place. Before we bought it, there was NO noise at all. We signed the lease .. and the neighbor on on side was blasting his crappy hip hop so loud we could hear it through our entire house, the people on the other side seem to have nothing to do all day but to sit in front of the TV watching movies or playing guitar hero at the loudest volume possible. I asked them to quiet down, then started banging on the walls when they ignored me. 99 percent of the time … we can’t be in our living room because we can hear their noise. It sucks. Only one choice … we’ll be putting our home up for sale soon, and since it’s less than 2 years since we bought it we’ll be paying around 3000 in taxes … yup, 3000 to get away from their noise. But we have to … otherwise, anger at them consumes my thoughts all day.


  318. November 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm, Guest said:

    All good stuff here. It looks like many of us can vent and at least feel a little better right now, even if we can’t solve the problem. I have done some reasearch on this because I am in the same boat as you others with noisy neighbors above you. What I found was that you CAN do something besides beat the he– out of your neighbor. Unforturnately, what you can do is move. Which is what I’m going to end up doing if I complete these steps and my upstairs neighbor isn’t evicted. It appears to be a 4 step process, once you verbally notify management of the disturbance. (keep a record of who you told and when)

    1. You must nicely notify your neighbors, in writing, (send certified mail) that due to construction, you can hear ________ (walking, dog running around, dropping things, music, sex, etc.) and it’s violating the quiet enjoyment that your monthly rent payment entitles you to, according to your lease. Send a copy of the letter to management certified as well and keep one for your records (obviously).

    If noise persists;
    2. Call the police. When the police arrive and tell the neighbor to quiet down, ask for a case/report or incident number for future reference. Make sure your office gets a copy of it too.

    If noise persists;
    3. Send certified letter to management telling them about the three actions you’ve already taken to remedy the problem (include proof) and let them know that this will be your last attempt to remedy the problem before taking legal action due to their their breach in honoring their end of your lease agreement, which assures you of quiet enjoyment of your apartment.

    If noise persists;
    4. You can either sue the neighbor for noise nuesance or the apartments for breach of contract. This sounds expensive, but if you provide an attorney with the proof described he may take the case on contingency or just write a letter (on his letterhead) that will cause the apartments to either evict the troublemaker or allow you to break your lease without recourse (make sure they put in writing that they are letting you out of the lease and you have no further financial obligation).

    ps. If you are in a condo or home that is privately owned, you have to sue the neighbor.

    oh, and try to get a recording of the noise on as many occassions as possible. No court that hears what you are talking about should expect you to tolerate it. This is also usefull for apartment managers that offer to “come listen” to the un-nerving sounds you tolerate.


  319. December 01, 2008 at 12:30 pm, Guest said:

    After over a year of living relatively drama-free in my upstairs apartment I recently got the downstairs neighbors from hell. The day after they moved in, I was coming up the steps and the guy invited me in to say hello & tell them about the neighborhood. Thinking his wife was home (I had seen her just a few minutes prior) & that it was the neighborly thing to do, I came in & took a seat. When I said, “I thought your wife was here,” he said, “She’s not my wife; I’m her brother.” He then proceeded to ask me increasingly personal questions, to the point where I finally said, “You know, I have to get going. See you around.” (This whole time I was seated at sort of an angle from him, so I couldn’t really get a good look at him.) That’s when I happened to look over notice that he had unzipped his pants & was playing with himself!!! As I fled up the stairs he actually had the nerve to follow me & ask, “Can I call you sometime?” I shouted, “NO!” and slammed the door. A couple nights later was the first fight. And I don’t just mean arguments – I mean screaming matches, accompanied by ugly threats and all kinds of crashes & sounds of things breaking. When I called the guy from the rental company the next day he said he’d have a word with them about the noise & get back to me. Of course, he didn’t call me back. Since then, there has been a constant stream of people coming & going (loudly!) at all hours & the strong odor of weed out in the stairwell. (I’m pretty sure I know what that means!) Then yesterday, as I was letting my dog out, the guy opened his door and asked about the washer & dryer I have in the basement, telling me he was going to have them disconnected this morning because they were on his gas line & he was getting appliances of his own. Just as I was starting to explain that the gas company had already confirmed they were both on my line, my dog came running back in. Now, being a big, floppy labrador who thinks everyone wants to be pals, she went running up to him wagging like crazy, & that SOB actually slammed her head in his door! My first inclination was to cuss him out, but I thought, “No…that’s all I need is for him to call the management company & try to say my dog attacked him.” Instead, I went back upstairs and called the narcotics squad, telling them I suspect they are dealing drugs down there. (Okay, maybe it was vindictive, but I’m almost certain I’m right.) I don’t know if anything will come of that, but at least it felt like I was fighting back somehow. Then, around 2am, the fighting started again. This time I called the police. Of course, it took them 20 minutes to get there, & the neighbors just assured them everything was fine & dandy, so nothing came of it, but I wanted to get the point across that I am not putting up with this. Only now I’m sure they suspect it was me who called the police (who else would it be?), & I’m dreading a confrontation. (If the fights downstairs are any indication this guy is really violent!) I’m at work all day, but I still have to go up & down the stairs several times a day when I’m home. Of course, nobody down there has a job so they have nothing to do all day but wait for me to come home so they can harass me. It just makes me sick that after all this time I have to feel afraid in my own home! I called the management company again this morning but the guy just hemmed & hawed & said he’d call me back. Once more, I’ve heard nothing!


  320. December 01, 2008 at 7:52 pm, Guest said:

    I know your plight only too well. We bought our home approximately two years ago and it was initially quiet. At the time of the sale we did not know that we were surrounded by bad neighbours – predominantly renters and one owner. We have heard it all – loud music, fighting on the street and dogs continually barking. We can’t just up and sell due to it being an expensive task and frankly why should we? We hear their noise through our home and can’t get away from it at all, I have lost count of how many times I have shifted my bedroom within our house to try and get away from the noise. We can’t even go out into our back yard due to drunks fighting, yelling and annoying barking dogs. I try and switch off mentally but it is difficult to do this. Sound proofing is an expensive exercise but I think I will have to do it to help reduce the noise intruding into our home. Talking to any of these people is pointless due to them being nothing but scum – they don’t understand about people wanting peace and quiet. It won’t be long and we too will just have to sell up.


  321. December 02, 2008 at 1:09 am, Guest said:

    What an obnoxious creature you are.


  322. December 04, 2008 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    It’s good to know I am not alone. My husband and I moved into a very nice second story 3-bedroom apartment as newlyweds, our first home together. We were so excited, but soon after moving in we started hearing blood-curdling screams coming from the apartment downstairs. It came to our attention that the people living below are three severely mentally disabled individuals who have 24/7 sitter care. One of them randomly screams at all hours of the day and night. We both work in healthcare so we are sensitive to the situation, but what is worse are the sitters! They slam the door, leave the TV on, come and go at all hours, and smoke and talk loudly on the porch so that we can hear them in our apartment. The sitter noise combined with the frightening screams has become too much for us (we are both in graduate school!). We asked the manager what could be done, and she informed us that the apartment downstairs is rented by the state, and that the tenants are “wards of the state” who are cycled in and out of the apartment for care. This is a great situation for the patients, but not great for the unsuspecting graduate students living upstairs and paying more than $1200/month in rent! Basically, the apartment downstairs isn’t going anywhere. The screaming lady has lived there for 11 years, despite complaints from people who have lived in our apartment before us. The burden is now on us to move, and it just seems unfair that no one told us that the situation existed. We specifically told them when we went through the screening process that we needed a quiet place, and we had come from noisy places before. Why would management put us above this apartment? I know there are probably privacy laws, but why not tell us there had been noise complaints in that building before we signed a lease? Now every time the doors slam or the poor lady screams for 10-20 minutes at a time, I feel like my head might explode! I guess we will either have to deal with the commotion or move. 🙁


  323. December 07, 2008 at 12:27 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t think that all noisy neighbors are making loud noises deliberately. I live in an old apartment building where every step I take in my apartment room makes a creaking sound. I virtually tip toe (walking on egg shells) to TRY and be respectful to the guy downstairs. However, the guy downstairs is too stupid to realize that it’s an old apartment building and the walls are paper thin. I have to turn my tv volume down to a minimal where I can barely hear what the news is saying (it’s ridiculous). Even with me tip toeing and turning the tv volume down to where I can barely hear it…the guy downstairs gets upset and begins banging the walls and slamming the cabinet doors purposely thinking I’m making too much noise when I’m tip toeing. It’s frustrating. I feel like I have to abide by his rules and it’s tiresome for me to deal with this crap every single day. That’s so immature of him to behave this way.


  324. December 07, 2008 at 11:10 pm, Guest said:

    As I’m writing this at midnight, the girl upstairs from me is either erecting a bookcase or hanging a collage of pictures on her walls. I’ve been in my apartment close to 4 years and have loved it with the exception of Little Miss Handy Man moving in approx 6 months ago. The hammering is a new one, usually she stomps around her uncarpeted apt all hours of the day in what must be a fabulous collection of authentic Dutch wooden clogs. I just can’t bring myself to be one of those neighbors who bangs on the ceiling, though. So I’ll just stew, quietly, on the internet, instead. 🙂


  325. December 11, 2008 at 12:02 am, Guest said:

    That is horrible. Looks like you have to move. I don’t know how to screen for noise/bad neighbors in an apartment before signing a lease, must be a few tricks (case it out etc) Good Luck. I am in the same situation.


  326. December 11, 2008 at 12:30 am, Guest said:

    I made a mistake told the manager about the noise from the neighbor downstairs etc. The manager gave them a warning and today I found my car keyed. So much for action. I bought ear plugs and sleep medication. I also found it helpful to write the truth about the lack of management etc at the apartment ratings review web sites. Let everyone know about all of your issues so management feels it in the pocket.


  327. December 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm, Guest said:

    I really feel like kicking this guys ass that lives below me for making these damn noises.


  328. December 15, 2008 at 7:02 pm, Guest said:

    I want to smash my upstairs neighbor in the face. He stomps around all evening, plays video games and is a slob who does nothing. Loser. I’m thinking of making an anonymous false accusation to get the police on him just to make his life miserable like he has made mine. Selfish neighbors should be smashed in the face everytime they fail to consider their neighbors. Bet it wouldn’t be long before the bullshit stopped.


  329. December 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm, Guest said:

    You put that so…succinctly…I definitely agree
    Actually there are two neighbors that do this…the ones upstairs who are just plain blatantly cruel and take inconsiderate to a whole new level…they deny that they ever make noise and then allow their children to run and jump in the house all day long…they also enjoy moving the kitchen table and chairs around all day…other family members stomp and slam doors
    The neighbors accross from me are young and on unemployment which they find fun…they insist on sitting outside on their patio and talk, talk, talk, all night long starting at about 10pm until as early as 6am…they yap yap yap and add lots of F bombs inbetween…
    I would like nothing better than to smash either, both or all of them in the face


  330. December 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm, Guest said:

    Omigosh, I also have Irish Clog dancers living upstairs from me and you are very wise not to tap on the ceiling….another neighbor of mine suggested I do that and I tried it once….then when I called to complain to my prop. manager he turned it around on me and said they complained also, about me tapping on the ceiling in response to their noise and that he agreed that he would not care for that either…he is a sick puppy…now I have no other alternative than to suffer because if I pressed charges against them for noise just think what they would do while waiting for the court date….torture me with….more noise!


  331. December 19, 2008 at 2:51 am, Guest said:

    OH MY GOD-i sympathize with u so much-i recently moved into an apartment, and the neighbors above me “stomp” with or without shoes, and I have a bigger problem-they are ALWAYS having sex, and I have to endure hearing their bed squeak, moaning, and dirty talk. I have asked them to knock off the noise but to no avail. I’ve complained to the office, they still do it. As soon as my lease is up I’m moving to a different complex, on the top floor so I don’t have to hear this shit. Inconsiderate bastards.


  332. December 20, 2008 at 6:51 pm, Guest said:

    Wow, I never knew there were so many people that felt the same way I do! My boyfriend tells me I am too picky and it’s just apartment living to hear noise. We lived in our previous apt for only one year and I hated it. Guy above us stomped around with boots on all day long. We finally got out of that and rented a nicer more expensive apt in a complex that has very few children. We rented the top floor because I thought it would be better as far as noise. Yeah….I was wrong. The college couple that lives below us are rude spoiled S^%*s! They stomp around all day, laugh and scream, bang cupboards constantly and slam doors. I am stressed out to the max! I am so sick and tired of working my butt off to pay the rent and dreading going home each day. I can’t sleep or relax. I use to sleep with a humidifier on all night so I could sleep….I guess I have to go back to doing that again……


  333. December 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm, Guest said:

    I would still press charges. And keep records. At least you are being proactive about the situation, and not just accepting a miserable life. I guess we can’t complain about what we permit in life. But be persistent, yet reasonable, and above all else, KEEP your cool. Bide your time. Have a witness or two.
    And haul their a#$es to court. Don;t waste the time and suffer with the noise without doing something about it!! Or move to a different suite if possible! Away form them-not above them, whatever you do.


  334. December 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm, Guest said:

    I have the younger ‘thug’ kid that plays the base music day and night. When I first moved here I loved it; the rent was cheap and everyone was so considerate. He moved in about 9 months later and a few times a week plays his ‘music’ is so loud I hear and feel the base on the other side of the apartment building. I talked to him once, with no resolution, talked to the prop. manag. on several occasions, and called the police several times (which I am about to do again in a momemt, as a matter of fact). Once, when I talked to police dispatch, the lady was nice enough to explain to me if I kept the citation #’s of each call I could eventually call the central command during the week day, and then they could actually write him a ticket instead of just asking to turn it down.
    What I find so irritating about neighbors like this, is there lack of general common courtesy. I’m fully convinced, from this neighbor and another one I had a few years back, that they believe because they play rent they can do whatever they want regardless of the people around them. Maybe their inability to comprehend this very basic conceptual curtesy is the very root of their ignorce in the first place.


  335. December 20, 2008 at 11:42 pm, Guest said:

    umm yeah… when the guy had unzipped his pants, you should’ve filed a report, I know- it’s very alarming and somewhat unbeleivable when you find yourself in a situation like that, but that weirdo needs some teaching. Tell them you were baited somewhat, and the rest of the story. I’m sure he already has a record, you need to bring some heat to the situation. I have a big hunchthat there is drug sales going on, alot of use and possibly some prostitution going on. Get the cops on it. Don;t give up by there lack of dealing with the situation. Keep calling, no matter how ineffective it may seem, they will eventually deal with the problem, because you are making more work for them. And be careful for God’s sake… you live next to strange unstable people.
    Be firm, and have some courage. Don’t let them scare you. or see that you’re intimidated. They’ve got lots of experience at it, by the sounds of all the fighting.


  336. December 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm, Guest said:

    I am a senior citizen who has recently undergone two heart surgeries in the past four months and live in a lower level apartment. I’ve been here several years with absolutely no problems with neighbors. However, recently a “family” with young children moved into the apartment above me. The apartments have a circular floor plan and the children run from the time they get up in the morning until one or two o’clock the next morning. Not only do the children run to the extent that my ceiling fixtures sound like they are going to fall off, the adults have a propensity for chasing the children around the apartment.

    Our apartment complex has a policy that after two or three complaints, the tenant creating the disturbance will be fined $125. They can receive two fines and then they are evicted. Each tenant must sign a statement to the effect that they understand this policy.

    I fully understand that the weather is very cold here (2 deg. as I’m typing) and the children need an outlet for their energy, but does that outlet need to be at the detriment of others? And, must they be allowed to cause such havoc until all hours of the morning? I don’t think so.

    I’ve filed both verbal and written complaints with our apartment manager, but do not know if they have actually sent the tenant a letter regarding the matter. Unfortunately, I’m ready to move from an apartment that I really like (when I get clearance from my cardiologist), but know that I will probably run into a similar situation anywhere I go.

    I’m feeling defeated.


  337. December 22, 2008 at 12:15 am, Guest said:

    I just do not understand what is going on in these stupid people’s head. They think nobody can hear them with their stupid noise. Like we all want to hear it. You know we all go through life with a lot of stress being in our way. But I’ll tell you the worst is the noisy neighbor. My family and I have 3 more months may be 2 and we can’t wait. Can anyone say TOWNHOUSE OR HOUSE. My God I can’t take this crap anymore and I really feel like just knocking the F out of my neighbor. Someone gave me a great idea in one of the earlier posts. The day we leave this place I will leave my old mini stereo and crank the volume up to the max with nothing but bass sound. Pay back is a B and it’s going to be so triumphant. I can see it now they’ll be trying to knock on the door when there is nobody living there any longer. That is what they get! I’m going to do it also on the night before they have to go to work. I wish all of you luck and the best. Like someone wrote earlier the best thing to do is try to move. I know some of us have issues like credit or low on money. But just try because stress is not good for you and can complicate other things. Hang in there everyone.


  338. December 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm, Guest said:

    I have a jerkweed that lives above me and I’m slowly but surely training him that being a rude noisy jerk doesn’t pay. I never talked to him but rather went straight to the landlords when he started his psychotic parade of noises. I live alone so I battle him by complaints rather than returning any of his noises. I also come and go very quietly from and to my apartment so he can’t tell if I’m really there or not. Most of these psychotics only make loud noises to try and pester thier neighbors, so if they don’t know if your home or not they become quiet to try and hear you. That is the ticket! Most of the noises then rotate to the late night hours when he knows I’m there sleeping, but if they also have a job they need to get up in the morning also, but a little of thier own medicine is in store for them in the after hours battles. I’ve complained 15-20 times with the landlord and I’m hoping they are getting tired of my compaints, and of course, since I’m quiet normally, I have no complaints against me by the psycho.



  339. December 22, 2008 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:

    I’d like to kick this ——- teeth down his throat that lives below me and does nothing but beats off in his apartment and turns on the bathroom fan just to annoy me. I dare him to come up to my apartment so I can kick his ****** ass back to —- where he belings…


  340. December 22, 2008 at 11:03 pm, Guest said:

    I’d be careful if I were you, he might know who you are and start some worse shit that you might regret for the rest of your life….


  341. December 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm, Guest said:

    I actually have several friends (one is a P.I., and the other is ….), so it’s quite hilarious how I’m just baiting this guy below me into digging his own pit. Although I wish it were not so…if only he repents from his immature behaviour. I also have friends who work with spycams and can spycam him with the right to do so…This is legitimate.

    The more he continues to go against me by deliberately starting trouble and deliberately making noises when he thinks I’m unaware……it’s lights out for him in due time.

    I’m not a trouble maker and I literally walk on egg-shells because I live in an old apartment building and have been living there for several years, and I have never had any complaints from any neighbours or trouble with any neighbours. Unfortunately (for him), he is the 1st. However, since he thinks that I am stomping the ground when the floors are walls are paper thin, and in return slams the cabinets, turns on the fan and makes other slamming noises against the walls…I am going to teach him a lesson. It will be slow and painful. I will retaliate with deliberate stomping noises since he has NO RESPECT for me who attempted to show respect for him…

    And if he doesn’t learn his lesson within a week or so, then it’s lights out for him. I hope he has enough discernment and wisdom to cease and desist from his immature and sociopathic behaviour…


  342. December 25, 2008 at 2:58 am, Guest said:

    I hate my —— Neighbors its 2:30 in the morning as i write this in other words its christmas and they are still up partying and getting drunk with no end in sight.Im fucking tired and need some sleep we have called the cops on them before but they never seem to learn(Considering half the time the cops dont even bother coming till half a day later)I tried talking to them first of course but hey what a surprise they cant speak english…Either way looks like this years christmas is ruined for me..As was last years and the year before thats and ect ect (they throw a big ass party every holiday or birthday even bringing kegs to a 4 year old birthday party)


  343. December 25, 2008 at 3:14 am, Guest said:

    You sound like the sick, drunk bitch who lives upstairs.


  344. December 25, 2008 at 3:21 am, Guest said:

    You sound like the sick, drunk bitch who lives upstairs.


  345. December 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    Wow, you sound like the drunk old lady that lives above me.


  346. December 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have a fun situation. The old lady upstairs from me is also the apartment ‘manager’. She gets drunk and stomps around her apartment like a six-year-old child. I’ve started recording the nosie she makes and my next step is to send them to the people she works for. My goal is to get her fired one way or the other.


  347. December 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm, Guest said:

    You really should be careful what you write on the internet. The person responding just might be the Landlord and either sue you for slandering, evict you so fast that it will have your head spinning, or put you behind bars. … ..


  348. December 27, 2008 at 7:35 am, Guest said:

    My name is “Moe” and I recently bought a condo which is in the middle of 3 levels. The piece of dog shit that resides in the condo above me is coming dangerously close to having his jaw fractured. I’ve already introduced myself in a civil manner a few days after he moved in asking if he could please try not to stamp his feet when he walks around, which is from 3pm to 6am 7 days a week (I mean that literally). Of course it didn’t help any so I’ve been forced to take action on my own behalf. My philosophy is this: If he’s going to make my life miserable on a daily basis it’s going to have to be reciprocated. There are no other alternatives for a vengeful person as myself.
    To start, I saw him entering the laundry room a few Sundays ago. Once he was back in his condo, I ran into my place, grabbed my gallon of Clorox bleach, and poured half of it directly into his wash load. Of course I have no idea how he reacted which actually bugs me a little. At any rate, that was my first point of attack. The next two work well side by side of one another. When I’m leaving for the day whether it be for work or leisure, I take a look to see if my downstairs neighbor is home. Once I see that she isn’t, it begins. First, I rest an old TracFone of mine atop the curtain rod in my bedroom. His bedroom lies directly above mine. Let me reiterate that he sleeps all day, waking anywhere between 3pm and 5pm. As soon as I walk out my door I start calling the cell in my bedroom. The ring on that phone is the most obnoxious loud ring you’ve ever heard. I continue to ring the phone about every 10 to 15 minutes for the full duration of my day. Last week when I got home I noticed on the TracFone that I had 83 missed calls in a 6 hour period!
    I mentioned that there were two items that work hand in hand w/ each other. The second weapon is leaving my stereo system cranked w/ my $600 dollar Yamaha subwoofer powered all the way up. I shut the door so that it doesn’t scare my two cats which have free reign over the rest of the condo. I know these two techniques work because when I first thought them up I did a trial run while I was home. It was immediately met w/ a huge “Thud” from above. My attack was in motion.
    Another little gem I released from my arsenal was leaving a cup of urine outside for about 10 days then when I saw that he was out, which is practically never, I walked upstairs and poured it all over his doorknob and welcome mat. One day he left his storm door opened and I was able to chuck it right inside (That took some practice and I don’t recommend it for anyone).
    Another, more drastic and probably illegal maneuver is my latest gem. At the local McDonalds there are landscaped cut-outs that have perfectly sized, shaped, and weighted rocks to throw. Anyone who knows me knows I have a gun for a right arm. So, I bring my excavated projectiles home and immediately wash away any fingerprints. Then, when there comes a time where he’s exceptionally loud and rude, I saunter out my back door and stand on my porch…weapons in tow. Next, I seek out his brand new car, which will remain nameless for obvious reasons, and start my attack. I love it when it’s parked at the far end of the lot, it gives me a little challenge. Then, in the still silence of the country night, the launch begins. Usually my first crashing hit sends me running for cover inside where I chuckle uncontrollably for a few seconds then slink back out on the deck. The way our development is set up makes the sound of stone hitting metal (fiberglass) echo through the air. It’s as huge a contrast as there can be, changing from literal silence to the crack of the impact. I’ve only pulled this line of offense out a hand-full of times. It’s usually reserved for extraordinary circumstances.
    In the day time when I walk out to my car, I take a nonchalant gander towards his car to see the result of my work. It’s fun to see little additions each day after an attack. This behavior links back to my childhood days where my friend “Mitch” and I would hurl 45’s and crab-apples at a house on the next block. It has to be some sort of mental illness…I’m quite aware of that. Even though it was decades since I’ve engaged in this behaviour, it felt incredibly right when it was reintroduced. Okay, I’ve wandered a bit from main idea. So, to redirect, I’ve taken things into my own hands. I really haven’t a clue as to how people can keep their vengeance at bay, for me, it’s not an option. There is just no way in hell he can be allowed to go through life untouched.
    I initially Googled “How To Deal With A Noisy Neighbor” but when I read some of the replies I realized there was no help for me. My post immediately switched from question to statement. I see some anonymous ass had something to say about one of the posts, saying the neighbor might actually be reading it and in turn sue for slander or even worse, call the police. Can you tell I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about that nonsense? Well, I don’t. In fact, I kind of wish he did read this and decides to come down and confront me. That would be the best case scenario. I would pull him inside then beat the living snot out of him. Later, when the police would arrive, I would state that this maniac from upstairs busted into my home and began physically assaulting me. I would remorsefully say, “I was only trying to protect myself and two kitties.”
    I know what you’re thinking as you read this.”Hey Joe, what if your neighbor reads and prints this for proof of intent?” To that, I can only say, we’re getting waaay ahead of ourselves. So, to sum up, my neighbor sucks, I have a very low threshold for intolerance, and I have much too much free time on my hands. That being said…Farewell.


  349. December 27, 2008 at 11:27 am, Guest said:

    yeah I got the double whammy, I have 2 guys that live in the apartment beside me that have no jobs and stay home all day partying. They play the stereo sometimes days on end with no stop at top volume, the bass is so loud it shakes my wall. Then they also have parties on the weekends and people pull up out front and beep for them or the idiots come and ring my doorbell instead of theirs. When the party is over (usually 5 or 6 in the morning) they like to stand in the hallway outside my apartment and theirs and talk and kick the walls and stuff. I tried sending them a polite letter, speaking with the landlord and calling the police..the problem only got worse.

    now, to add to it I just had neighbors move upstairs that must be pirates, because it sounds like they all have wooden pegs for legs. They stomp from 6 in the morning till after midnight and have 3 kids that run through the apartment non-stop. this has gone on for 3 months now so I finally decided after the umpteenth time of being awoken by the sound of a thudso loud it knocked pictures off the wall, that it was time to try to deal with these jerks…..again a polite letter letting them know their noise was a little excessive and not sure if they were aware of it or not but to please try to be a little considerate…the next day the jerks must have told the kids to be extra loud and it seems they are trying to make a point to be even louder now. I’ve tried all the polite ways, I’ve tried going through the landlord, I’ve tried police involvement…..I think I am going to have to resort to guerilla tactics and take matters into my own hands…my lease is up in 3 months, I think I am going to see if they can evict me for noise nuisance!


  350. December 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm, Guest said:

    Oh yeah I just wanted to say that in my city within the past couple months or so there’s been one or two murders due to a noise complaint.

    Yep. Someone went to complain to their neighbor about the noise and got shot for it.

    So it is ALWAYS good to be cautious.


  351. December 28, 2008 at 12:46 am, Guest said:

    hahahaha! Oh, I’m not worried. If that pyscho does anything, it’ll be the last thing she ever does without using a straw to eat with for the rest of her life. Oh wait, I this she already does drink her ‘meals’…


  352. December 28, 2008 at 12:55 am, Guest said:


    None of those things are possible without associating a name to any of the allegations; however, if I can confirm that it is the manager who lives upstairs from me, I will publish the old freak’s name on the internet. And cats don’t really have nine lives.


  353. December 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm, Guest said:

    To quote another writer, “wow”. My situation is nothing compared to what I have read. There is a bare floor in the dining area above me and the noise can be earthquake-like, especially with hard shoes being worn day and night. Plus galloping cats and I think my neighbors are prostitutes because of their hours. Presently, if they pound I pound. They were fairly quiet until recently and so I haven’t addressed it either with them of the owner. I have had the same problem with my two previous neighbors. One moved out and other was taken away by the SWAT team on weapons charges. I quess it could be worse!


  354. December 29, 2008 at 12:20 am, Guest said:

    You are truly my hero…..i would consider revenge but the people upstairs are very cruel and hateful and it would only escalate….


  355. December 29, 2008 at 12:31 am, Guest said:

    I don’t know what to do about my neighbors. She is the landlord’s daughter, who is a piece of trash. I’ve never met anyone so horribly low in my entire life.

    She & her husband/boyfriend are constantly screaming / fighting / beating / yelling / slamming doors, etc. … & they both do not have jobs & stay at home 24/7. Their last fight was from 10:30pm until 1:30pm THE NEXT DAY… yeah… I don’t know what happened after 1:30, because I left the house for work.

    I tried talking to her once … she was so disgustingly rude to me, & then she slammed the door in my face, & of course it made everything much… much worse. So now I don’t bother trying to be human towards her… she doesn’t deserve it.

    I’ve actually called the police so many times they refuse to come out. I guess they cannot do anything? They can’t arrest either one, or anything … it’s so *%^@# up…

    Did I mention that she is the landlord’s daughter? So no matter how many times I complain, nothing will ever change… & trust me… I’ve complained.

    I pray every day that they finish each other off… that they find a knife lying around & start stabbing each other… Please … will you all pray with me? Maybe it will come true… if we all pray together…


  356. December 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm, Guest said:

    The neighbors that live beneath me have been singing everynight! They have instruments and everything and are extremely loud. They are shouting too! It sounds as if they are having a revival of some sort… I am pregnant and have a hard time falling sleep without all the noise. It’s 11:00 right now and they are still going… I don’t know what to do!


  357. December 29, 2008 at 10:21 pm, Guest said:

    I quote you “I pray every day that they finish each other off… that they find a knife lying around & start stabbing each other… Please … will you all pray with me? Maybe it will come true… if we all pray together…”

    I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic when you write “pray”, but if you’re sincere and your motives are wrong, then God won’t honor your prayer.

    Bless them that curse you, said Jesus. Do good to those who use you and hate you….

    God Bless!


  358. January 01, 2009 at 4:49 pm, Guest said:

    You know what you could do…..go to Toys R Us and get one of those children’s metal xylophone toys. When you hear them singing, start playing it to the music but make sure to hit the keys with a lot of force….the sound is piercing (and VERY annoying). It should produce a knock at the door at which point you indicate that if they stop what they are doing, you will stop practicing your xylophone.


  359. January 03, 2009 at 8:39 am, Guest said:

    Do not Move to Colonial Courts in Lakewood WA. They rent to anyone. They do not give a rip about honest people just trying to find a reasonably quiet place to live. They, like so many, just want the place full.
    My neighbors sell dope. Traffic all hours of the day. coughing and hacking is heard through the walls all hours of the day.
    MO-FO this, MO_FO that. It is now 6:20 AM, I have been up all night listening to them. Big black guys that only a fool would mess with. Yeah, I have guns and am legally able to carry, but if I went to them, especially after complaining to the manager, I hate to think what would happen. But then, I bet the manager has not gone to them nor called the police for their drug dealing and use.
    I have never rented in my life till last July. Lost my house, my business, about 99% of what I have worked my life for. Now, I like so many, have fallen into the rent trap. We are like bugs to apartment owners, or most of them. They do not give a damn about us, only that their apartments are being filled.
    I would do the passive/agressive thing, but they do not even own a car. And geez are they big! Like pro linemen. They have women come there nd you can hear the abuse easialy. Must also be pimps or have the girls hooked and get sex for dope. Some of these girls look to be 15 years old! I hear them now. “Bitch was good bro! I’ll get her some more tomorrow.:
    So sad to be sheltered from this and then POW! this is America?land of the free? Home of the brave? to sell and do as you please with no accountability.
    If anyone knows of an on-line complaint arena, please list it.
    If enough people read about Colonial courts, maybe it will be empty and quiet.
    Hell, 3 hots and a cot don’t sound too bad. Maybe the guards have more balls than apartment managers.


  360. January 03, 2009 at 1:08 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve had what seems to be a unemployed 20-year old kid and his drunk/high “posse” at the other side of my wall. They crank Thumpty hip-hop music at late hours. I think he got a new stereo or subwoofer for xmas, too. I would complain in person, but I live alone and fear for my safety if I do. Who knows how many people and how drunk they are there. I have found one way to annoy the crap out of them, and that is to go buy a Slayer CD (“Seasons in the Abyss” works exceptionaly well). Blast that at around 8:00 in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday. Problem fixed. You may have to suffer yourself a little, but it’s worth it.


  361. January 04, 2009 at 1:17 pm, Guest said:

    I currently live in an apartment from hell too. The person above me loves to blast their bass so it pounds my fricken sealing. I complained to management twice and called the emergency line once(the manager told me to) and it seemed nothing had been done. After taking matters into my own hands I found out this person wasn’t spoken too and also found out earlier in the day from another tenant that management doesn’t act on complaints. This person said they’d keep it down but they haven’t. Last night I was trying to sleep, after 10 pm, and the bass was cranked so far up I could hear it over my box fan which is pretty noisy. I went and banged on the door and they didn’t answer but told one of their friends that “it’s just my bitch neighbor”. Well, if you’d keep your damn bass down I wouldn’t be a bitch. I have no problem with music, I just have a problem when I’m subjected to someone else’s bass in my own fricken apartment! The best part is that I’ve recently received a warning for my dogs barking. So if my dogs barking is such a big problem, how is this persons blaring music not a problem? This is extremely unfair and I’m trying to find a way out of my lease early. I’m moving regardless and if I must I’ll continue to pay my damn rent till the lease is up, but I’d like to get out of the lease and not have to pay rent. Based on the fact that management isn’t doing anything about my complaints and is giving me unfounded “warnings” while this person gets away with blasting their bass, I may have an out.


  362. January 05, 2009 at 5:22 pm, Guest said:

    Has anyone who has loud upstairs neighbors actually stopped them? Venting is great, but, I need advice from someone who successfully stopped the noise within legal means. I have tried all the regular options (like the ones listed on this site) and not a single one has been successful.

    Thank You!


  363. January 05, 2009 at 5:38 pm, Guest said:

    I feel so sorry for everyone who has to suffer through noise invading their spaces. I just moved into my new apartment a month ago, only to discover that it has paper-thin walls. Before I signed the lease I was VERY specific with the landlord about my sensitivity to noise, and she assured me it was a very quiet building. She even pointed out the soundproof windows in the bedroom…well, those are great if the walls are ALSO well-insulated. What is the point of installing soundproof windows if the walls are thin? If my neighbors are having a conversation, it sounds like they are inside my apartment. I don’t know what to do. I jut moved in hoping for a haven, was assured it was quiet, and it is the LOUDEST place I have ever lived.


  364. January 06, 2009 at 3:57 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and I are peaceful middle aged people who like comfort, quiet life and enjoy exercising and staying healthy.

    We have been renting a 3 rd floor apartment and generally have been very happy with it, untill the downstairs neighbours moved out (a family with 2 kids) and new members (a young couple) moved in.

    Very soon after moving in the downstairs apartment they started complaining that we are too noizy. I exercise in the morning riding stationary bicycle, that bothered them. My husband plays piano – this bothered them too. We run food processer to make a fruit drink – this bothers them. Each time they are bothered – they pound on the seiling in a very angry way. We tried to communicate with them – they seem not comfortable with direct communication – and instead complained to the management. We have been trying to accomodate their requests the best we can – not exercising early in the morning, wearing headphones when wathching tv and when playing piano, but they are growing more and more unhappy and keep complaining. They are very angry.

    My husband tried to talk to them recently after the neighbour pounded on the seiling, but the neighbour was very angry started to swear and just slamed the door in my husbands face.

    I really like the place and would hate to move out. Moving is also a lot of work, and we are settled in there. But my husband feels very uncomfortable living there – as though our space is invaded. Any advice would be appreciated. I


  365. January 08, 2009 at 7:42 pm, Guest said:

    I hate my upstairs neighbor. I wish for him to just —- die in a horrible firey car crash and suffer slow and die. Die you ——, DIE.

    He obviously just doesn’t care. I have repeatedly requested he turn his bass down. Just turn it down, how —– hard is that? BUT NO. He has to do EVERYTHING loud, I think he has EVERYTHING hooked up to his subwoofer. TV, computer, phone, stereo, all of it LOUD, bass booming, LOUD.

    Last time he got angry at me and started slamming things around and screaming because I was banging on the ceiling. It’s 3AM ——-! TURN IT DOWN!

    Please god, please serve him a healthy dose of karma. Please someone deliver me from this —– neighbor, god, someone, just kill ME, do something! I can’t live like this. I haven’t slept in 4 months.

    WHY? I have NEVER in my life EVER been a nasty neighbor. NEVER was loud, I never even had a stereo to play loud!

    I hate him so much. One of the few things that brings me comfort is daydreaming about him falling out of his car and being repeatedly hit by other cars driving fast on the highway. Or maybe being anally raped by a horse. Or catching a rare flesh eating bacteria and decaying slowly into a puddle of goo.

    I hate him so much. PLEASE DIE ——. JUST —— DIE. DIE. Go kill yourself. Go run into a moving bus. Go bash you head into a brick wall until you damage your brain so much that you can’t even complete a full sentence. Go gargle with battery acid. Go jump into a bin full of used hypodermic needles. Go play in a vat of sewer water. EAT SHIT AND DIE ——-!

    God please help me. I am afraid that I will take matters into my own hands. I am afraid for my safety, I am afraid that I will finally snap and end it all. I can’t live liek this anymore. I haven’t had more than 4 hours sleep in 4 months. I need to sleep. This is affecting my health.

    I can’t do it anymore. Why can’t he just turn the bass down? Why does he have to listen to the music so loud all night? This is unfair, I don’t deserve this.

    I am going to do something that I know I will regret. I am at the poitn where prison might actually seem worth it, just to teach that asshole a lesson.

    I have never treated anyone this way. Why am i being treated like this?

    I have had enough. I can’t go on. I want release from this pain. I want it all to just end. I just want to sleep. Please help. He won’t let me sleep. His music is loud all night and early morning, he won’t let me. I am hostage in my own apartment.

    Please god, someone, if you are reading this and can help, PLEASE HELP ME, PLEASE………. I have had enough. I am at the critical breaking point. i will snap soon and explode and someone, or some people are going to get hurt……. Porbably permanently. I can’t take it anymore. People say I look 40……………. I’m only 30!

    My eyes look old and tired, my skin is dry and pale, I have lost weight because I sleep for only a few minutes at a time every night. He won’t turn it down!

    Please someone help me. What do I do? I have exhausted all other optionis. No one will help. I am so tired, all I want is to sleep…..


  366. January 08, 2009 at 9:52 pm, Guest said:

    Good thinking on the bass unit. Leave it on all day and especially when you think they’re trying to sleep and see how they like it!


  367. January 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm, Guest said:

    Have you tried just simply complaining to the office….Or the next time the noise is so loud call the police on your neighbor for disturbing the piece


  368. January 11, 2009 at 1:18 am, Guest said:

    Small Claims Court: Suing the Management for failure to assure and provide for a peaceful use and enjoyment of the property rented.


  369. January 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm, Guest said:

    I have done both of those several times and other things, as well. Nothing changed. Office really does not care. The police do take noise complaints seriously.

    Thank you, though!


  370. January 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm, Guest said:

    God I thought you were talking about my —- ass neighbor. What I did was call the cops twice and now I mostly have peace and quiet when I’m sleeping. But I went through 2 years of the bastards music,he would turn his on from midnight to 5 am,7 days a week even through he would sleep all day long. Of course when the cops came he couldn’t get his ass out of his bed to answer the door. It wasn’t until the cops finally walk in his apartment that his momma got her ass up. Then she told him the next day after I cussed him out that night that the cops were here and she’s going to go to a lawyer. I would say call the cops and even go to the mangerment and complain and if that doesn’t work start recording him so you will have proof to start complaining to your complex,if they are anything that mine it’s my word against his.


  371. January 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm, Guest said:

    I’m stuck in a noisy situation.

    I’ve been at the apartment I’m living in for almost four years now and the people below me do NOT know how to turn down their bass.

    The apartment I live in is old and I have extremely sensitive hearing but because I’m mentally disabled and have section eight I realistically don’t have the resources to buy a house or move into a nicer apartment complex.

    And I’ve tried everything, slipping a polite letter under their door, on their door (post-its) and saying ‘Thank you’ when they actually allowed me to have a couple of days of peace and quiet.

    I’ve called the manager, the police and they’ve visited numerous times to no avail.

    I’ve given up on keeping records since it’s not my job to babysit them but I’m considering doing so again in case if I want to take them to small claims court.

    I’ve banged on the floor with varying levels of success.

    I even resolved to not bang on the floor after when I was putting together a shelf the neighbor came up and asked me to be quiet and I thought we had an ‘understanding’ and after ten days of my four year sojourn in Hell I lost my patience and I did bang on the floor.

    I want to know what is so hard about turning down the bass when you already know it’s loud? Even if my hearing wasn’t so sensitive my apartment shakes, items in my apartment shakes, I’d like to know how no one can hear that?

    I even considered moving when my lease is up (four months altogether) but then the challenge is looking for a new place and wondering if it’ll be better or worse than this one.

    A solution always presents itself or so I’m told, I think I’m going to do as the page suggests and research the city ordinance, copy the lease terms and write a polite letter to the neighbors while keeping a calendar of days that they’re loud marking in red those days that were loud while reining in my anger to keep from banging on the floor.

    It’ll be easier when the weather is nice again and I’m able to go out whenever they’re loud, still it would be even nicer if I could enjoy the peace and quiet of my own home.

    Thank you for reading my vent and may all of us find our solutions and may our noisy neighbors either learn and mature on their own, learn from their consequences or move into a complex where they’re all noisy and leave us quiet folk alone.

    ~Anonymous Renter~


  372. January 13, 2009 at 1:59 am, Guest said:

    I’m glad im not the only one… but all these stories are just ranting and no solutions… i was wondering… if it really is worth starting “war”‘ with your upstairs neighbors?

    there are teenagers upstairs and they stomp around all day along with their parents… i cant take it anymore.. i should not have to wait for them to go to bed before i can get some quiet and sleep… i dont need to sleep as early as before but still.. it is very inconsiderate of them to even be stomping around at 12am…

    since i know they are teenagers and they HAVE to wake up early for school… i was thinking does anyone think its a good idea to keep them up all night?! i mean i called the cops… they kind of took it as a joke like “am i serious” for calling them about this matter?!

    when i try to talk to them they say they dont know ENGLISH even though their kids go to school for how long?! im sure they understand what “TOO LOUD” means… but im just so frustrated… the management does not care…

    im generally a nice person… but i feel if i dont do this… they will continue to torture me till no end… i really dont have much to loose… if the management wont do a thing about them… what are they going to do to me right? along with those useless cops?

    any thoughts?


  373. January 14, 2009 at 2:17 am, Guest said:

    I feel exactly the same way.


  374. January 14, 2009 at 3:18 am, Guest said:

    I said a little prayer.


  375. January 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm, Guest said:

    Yey I’m not alone!!! I’m SO sick of apartment life. I can’t wait to move. Our apartment that my fiance and I have lived in for 4 years had been fine up until about 2 years ago when these new people moved in next door. At first I didn’t care about them making noise, they were new maybe they were just getting things straightened out. But oh no…To this day, all I hear is their stupid kid running around like a horse ALL day, banging into the walls, which in turn has rattled and chipped things in my cabinets, the walls shake bad (it was 8am and I woke up due to the kid running and the house shaking so bad), oh and then they get the kid a clarinet – NICE, they run the water every single time we try to take a shower/do dishes, they blare the tv, and now they (well I shouldn’t say they, mainly the wife) are banging on walls. We do not make noise, or we try not to, we’re hardly there during the day and I know that if I can hear them they can hear me and I try to at least be nice and keep the noise down. The other day I was making brownies, and was mixing the batter and then lightly tapped the side of the pan to get the excess batter off the plastic spatula, and the lady starts banging on the wall!!! It’s like are you kidding me!? I deal with her stupid kid who thinks he’s a horse running around all day, doing laundry at 6am,vacuuming 5+ times a day, no hot water because she must do 40+loads of laundry a day, and she bangs on the wall because I tapped my spoon on pan? She also banged on the wall profusely while I was in the shower the other day – this was after I had waited 2 hours for them to get done with laundry. Yeah – these people need to GO. And I don’t get it – it’s mainly the female, we try to smile at her and say Hi, the husband is nice and talks to us but she always has this bitter look on her face. I want to get her some MIDOL. I don’t know if she does it because we’re young or what, but it really needs to stop. They are also now parking another car in the spot I park in so I can’t park there anymore. Pretty soon i’m going to start banging back on the walls and running the water when they’re in the shower – see how they like it because I’ve about had it.


  376. January 15, 2009 at 2:14 am, Guest said:

    First of all I’d like to thank some of you for making me laugh. I found this site after spending the past 5 and a half hours surfing the net, after being woken up at 2.30am by my upstairs neighbours AGAIN. It is now 8am and I have had 2 hours sleep. I got 3 hours the night before and had a job interview early the next morning.

    The useless prick does not work and spends all day and night at home. His parents go on holiday a lot and don’t realise what an arrogant cock sucker he really is. He slams doors and windows, has parties, shouts all the time, smokes drugs, leans out of the window having conversations with people on the street and plays the SAME video game every single day and night for the past 10 months with the subwoofer turned right up.

    I laughed out loud at the part about imagining the nasty neighbour falling out of the car and being mashed by lots of other cars. My own personal fantasy is their house catching light while I’m out and when I return home I see fire officers outside. Oh goody!

    I am beginning to drive my friends crazy talking about these ridiculous and inconsiderate neighbours but I have had enough. I often bang on the ceiling to get my point across and usually that works but recently I have been met with shouts and swears of aggression, yelled through the floor at me.

    We are reluctant to complain or even talk to these inbred scum in case they become unreasonable or violent. Apart from dealing with their shit on a daily basis we have witnessed violence and vandalism while living in this apartment. I want to live somewhere safe and quiet but we are tied to this lease until it expires, unless we can find other people to live here until then. I have written to the landlord saying we want out but I doubt that will happen. I really can’t stand facing this crap every single night until the lease ends. These 10 months have dragged on and been so miserable and I need out. I am constantly tense, angry and stressed. I don’t want to come home anymore after being out and I especially hate going to bed now because they completely wreck my sleep. We have work early and are always exhausted.

    All I ask is that they die very soon in a very violent way. Should we speak to a lawyer to try and get out of the lease? Or just buy a box of matches and some petrol?

    Thanks for listening and good luck sorting your bastard twisted neighbours out. May they all die on rusty spikes in a vinegar factory.


  377. January 16, 2009 at 11:19 am, Guest said:

    Wow! I think we may have identical neighbors except mine is either divorced or had kids outside of being married as there is no husband around. She moved in about a month ago upstairs and we hardly ever heard the neighbors who lived there before her. She has two daughters who have no respect for the ground. I have seen them walk up the stairs and they stomp everywhere they go! The youngest one likes to run up and down their hallway as soon as they get home at night and it doesn’t end until about 11:00 PM. My husband and I have an infant and when she started vacuuming at 10 PM one night, my husband went up there and politely asked her to not vacuum that late since our daughter is trying to sleep. She was polite and stopped and hasn’t vacuumed that late since BUT her kids still runs around and they all stomp on the floors. One night it was getting ridiculous and we had to ask them at 8:30 PM (ordinance is at 9 PM) to quiet down because our entire home was shaking. The woman responded with, “isn’t it a little early?” and my husband let her know our daughter was sleeping. It then got louder! We ended up calling the police twice that night and their response was that they were having a slumber party. I don’t care, they need to respect their neighbors! The police told us that if it continued past 11:30, they would go back. Luckily for the neighbors, they were quiet by 11PM… Every night they stomp around but last night was similar to our previous experience. This time, our couches were shaking so bad it felt like an earthquake. My husband once again went and spoke with the woman and her friend who was there responded with, “you have got to be kidding me!” Yet again, it got louder after we spoke with them. I know it is intentional. Well, that was it for us. We are speaking with the office today and as soon as 9 PM rolls around, the police are going to be called every night. I hate doing this but she needs to get the point! I am so glad I am not the only one dealing with a woman like this!


  378. January 17, 2009 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    The idiots with the bass turned up are the worst.
    I once heard of someone picking up dog poop with a baggie and packing under the offending neanderthals car door handles…
    Of course, I would NEVER recommend that anyone do that.
    You could get some on your fingers.


  379. January 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm, Guest said:

    I live in grayslake il in an apartment and we have —– people who live above us who let their 13 year old daughter run jump and stomp all over the floor at all hours of the day and night i know what your feeling talking to them does not work.

    email back


  380. January 18, 2009 at 1:46 am, Guest said:

    I totally agree with everything you said and in addition. to make me laugh, smile and get so relief through your story I know that someone else is dealing with the scum of the —— earth like me.

    I have this single piece of dirty trash above me who decided not to keep her legs closed and has 4 — kids all of whom have no respect. Bitch sits at home all day collecting my money through welfare and can’t even get her lazy ass off the couch to take her kids to school. I work so hard to pay the bills and be the best person I can but she irritates the living shit out of me especially when I am paying for her to do nothing when she is obviously clearly able to work as she was up there with her little thug boyfriends cleaning the carpets until 1am this morning. First of all that apartment is trashed and I am surprised she doesn’t have roaches living with her, second of all are you telling me she sits at home all day and she can’t do this shit during the week when I am out working and paying taxes to support her hairy ass? And like many people on here I have talked to my landlord, the association, the cops and even looked up my rights and as usual she has more rights than I do. All I keep getting is the run around from all of these people I contacted.

    This same woman apparently hosts wrestling matches for her little spawn and shakes our whole ceiling. And our latest problem was what sounded like and idling diesel truck above our bedroom but turned out to be a massage chair! She wasn’t home (as usual probably out whoring around working on #5) so the kids told us what it was. These are the same kids who busted out the security door because their low life of a mom never lets them in (they have no key), out playing in the parking lot almost getting hit by cars in the parking lot (almost wish that would have happened at this point, get rid of one of her meal tickets). The worst by far was when one of these inhuman—— were parked in my spot and I honked for her to move, she backed up almost hit my car and then proceeded to roll down her window, call me a rude neighbor and a rude bitch. And we all know she had to repeat herself in bad form 100 times or I might not have known what she was saying, but it went a little something like “You a rude bitch, You a rude bitch, you a rude bitch…”, Well you get the idea as these are probably the only words in this fat bitches vocabulary. And I am the rude bitch? You parked in my spot then almost hit my car. I should have kept fighting and let her get out of the car and hit me and then kicked her fat ass but I am pregnant (with a child I can care for) unlike this skank and her friends and family so I didn’t want to risk getting hurt.
    I just don’t get how someone can act this entitled when they are living off the government. I try to rise above it all and be the bigger person but like you said you get exhausted from everyone else turning an blind eye to it so the only way to deal with it is get even. Any other creative ideas? I hate this woman and her pack of children. Close your legs whore. If you can’t take care of one or 2 quit making us pick up the slack when you get knocked up again. It is no secret how this happens!
    I would like as many comments and storied having to do with this as possible because in a way it makes me feel less alone and helps life my spirits. And please no people telling me to be nice or to treat them better, you have no idea.


  381. January 20, 2009 at 2:06 am, Guest said:

    Do any of you know if it is possible to get out a one year lease early? We want out of here sooner rather than later. We signed a lease stating we would be here for one full year but we want out now. Paying the remainder of the year’s rent upfront is not an option because we don’t have that kind of money.

    To see details of my current situation my original post (15th January 2009) begins, “First of all I’d like to thank some of you”. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    PS. I feel bad for everyone in situations like this and this site made me realise there are people out there suffering more than we are. I really hope we will be able to move out soon or we’ll be stuck here suffering every single night for the upcoming months.


  382. January 20, 2009 at 6:36 am, Guest said:

    i live in an apartment in new york. in september i moved out of manhattan into brooklyn to get away from the noise. HA! was i wrong.

    my apartment looks quite nice. we have huge high ceilings with exposed wooden beams. when i first saw the apartment i thought the beams gave the place such character, now i think much differently. i hear absolutely everything from the people above me. it’s not their music or loud bass thats a problem but its their walking! the couple above must have severe anxiety because all they do is pace. and whenever they move you can hear every step like it’s right in your room. also not only is the general thud of each step a nuisance, but the floorboards creak as well. its awful. there’s not insulation between us. i can hear them, walk, talk, fight, snore, everything.

    i’ve lived here for four months now and have wanted to go up there so many times, but i have no idea what to even say to them. it’s not like they’re being obnoxious with music or parties. “hi, im your neighbor downstairs, can you please stop walking, i can’t sleep. thanks!”

    so instead i lay on my bed and think how nice it would be if i had a shotgun and could shoot up at creaking noises in the ceiling

    seriously though, if only there was some insulation in our ceiling it wouldn’t be bad. i’ve noticed that some apartments in the building have it and some don’t. i would do it myself but i really can’t afford it. i think im going to go speak with the landlord, but i seriously doubt shes going to do anything.

    so this is my little rant. glad im not the only one who wishes bad things unto my neighbors. try earplugs everyone, they take a little getting used to but can drown out most annoying sounds.


  383. January 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm, Guest said:

    There is help! I’m not studying law or anything, but I do believe that every tenant, whether stated in the lease or not, has a right to something called ‘quiet enjoyment’. As I understand it, that means you have a right to enjoy a reasonable degree of peace in your own home.
    Quick story:
    Though I wasn’t on the lease, I essentially lived with my girlfriend in an apartment with wooden floors. The girl who lived above would stamp around in her goddamn high heels at all hours, day and night. She would also constantly drop things, often late at night, and she would scream everything, in an obnoxious rasp. Despite us nicely asking her to keep the noise down several times, she continued to be inconsiderate, and actually even more so after that.
    My girlfriend told the landlord on several occassions about the noise, but the landlord would not take care of the problem.
    So my girlfriend sent the landlord a certified letter in which she spelled out the whole story, i.e. that she’d tried to be tolerant and polite, but the high heels cuntrag upstairs would not cooperate.
    Soon after, my girlfriend went to the landlord’s house and told her she couldn’t concencrate, much less get a good night’s rest, and that she had no other recourse than to break the lease. And it worked! The landlord freaked, possibly because she feared legal trouble, so she let my girlfriend go!
    And so can you!


  384. January 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm, Guest said:

    There is help! I’m not studying law or anything, but I do believe that every tenant, whether stated in the lease or not, has a right to something called ‘quiet enjoyment’. As I understand it, that means you have a right to enjoy a reasonable degree of peace in your own home.
    Quick story:
    Though I wasn’t on the lease, I essentially lived with my girlfriend in an apartment with wooden floors. The girl who lived above would stamp around in her goddamn high heels at all hours, day and night. She would also constantly drop things, often late at night, and she would scream everything in an obnoxious rasp. Despite us nicely asking her to keep the noise down several times, she continued to be inconsiderate, and actually even more so after that.
    My girlfriend told the landlord on several occassions about the noise, but the landlord would not take care of the problem.
    So my girlfriend sent the landlord a certified letter in which she spelled out the whole story, i.e. that she’d tried to be tolerant and polite, but the high heels cuntrag upstairs would not cooperate.
    Soon after, my girlfriend went to the landlord’s house and told her she couldn’t concencrate, much less get a good night’s rest, and that she had no other recourse than to break the lease. And it worked! The landlord freaked, possibly because she feared legal trouble, so she let my girlfriend go!
    And so can you!
    p.s. Call the cops if you need to, that way you can document the noise complaints.
    Google a “Termination of lease agreement” and print one out; try to get your landlord to sign it.
    Also, if need be, contact the Local Fair Housing Commission.


  385. January 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm, Guest said:

    Oh wow, I thought I was the only one. My neighbors are so loud and obnoxious. I can hear their annoying country music turned all the way up next door, they laugh really loud and really annoying and they argue every night. Not to mention there have been times when I could hear the bed BANGING AGAINST THE WALL, and moans and groans. Disgusting. I get up very early in the morning (5:30 to be exact) and they always beat me to the point where I wake up to them before I’m even supposed to. They talk so loudly that I know almost everything about them without even listening at the wall! I know their names, ages, parent’s names! I know their friends names, that they have no pets, and that they are college students. I know what shifts they work and what their jobs are.
    I’ve only been in this apartment since August (it’s January) and I can’t take it anymore! I’ve had my mother call the police on numerous occasions because no one wants to get in bed at the end of the day and to find that your neighbors are in the bed too – Just not the same way that you are.

    And then there are my upstairs neighbors. When they walk, it sounds like they have bricks tied to their feet, seriously. They talk very loudly, also they have a toddler who falls and rolls and jumps and hops all across the apartment floor. They don’t speak English (originally from Germany) so I can’t really go up and ask them to shut the hell up.

    I would love to throw all of my neighbors off of the Grand Canyons. If only I could have my way…


  386. January 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm, Guest said:

    I feel your pain. Same situation happened to me decades ago when I was a first year law student (except my noisy neighbor was downstairs – but with the same result).

    I moved out the minute my lease was up.

    After I’d moved, I got a call from the woman who’d rented my former apartment (I still don’t know how she found me, but not to worry …). She was an ICU nurse on 24 hour call and she wanted to know what I did about the downstairs neighbor.

    I told her: I moved out.

    I seem to recall that I heard that the guy was finally evicted after the fire department axed his door down when he wouldn’t answer a knock about illegal grilling on his balcony – but that’s small comfort for you, I know.

    I used to sleep — and study — with headphones on and the radio to which they were connected tuned to inter-station static.

    That’s no way to live. 🙁


  387. January 26, 2009 at 8:33 am, Anonymous said:

    Erghhhhhhh Noisy Neighbours are a HUGE problem for me the next door neighbours happen to have a nice set of duo ultra screamers which constently scream at 7pm-2am. I happened to get so angry i decided to shout at them and told them unpolitely people are trying to sleep here they have enough problems WITHOUT their screaming, arguing, Hyperventilating and shouting. i dont want to go the next step and call the police so i just tell them if they get to loud but most of the time when they are at school i rejoice! How ever their mother doesn’t even make an effort to stop them i have never heard her say any intervention to make them quiet …..

    My eye bags are getting bigger


  388. January 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm, Guest said:

    It reminds you that you are normal, polite, considerate and superior to them but you still fantasise about all the horrible things which could (and should) happen to the bastard neighbours.

    This site is a comfort because we are in in similar situations and here to help each other by venting and comparing ideas (and is a creative outlet for ways to kill this evil breed off). I’ve learned never to live in a flat ever, ever again so that’s one good thing to come from this shit experience. I would still like to hear on the news that they have died in a fire or a car crash or that their children have smothered them in their sleep and dropped their limp bodies from the roof onto a pack of wild rabid dogs, but their time will come no doubt. I would have the biggest party in history.

    It’s not that they don’t realise they’re being loud, it’s that they don’t care. They are horrible, uneducated, dirty, inferior, thoughtless scum and they should die in a really painful way. They are also incredibly fat and very very stupid. They don’t deserve to have anything or to receive any form of help from others.

    I hate the fact that they walk around (noisily) with functioning organs and a supply of blood because it’s just a huge waste. All they know is how to pro-create and eat, they never think at all.

    It’s not so much that they keep me awake at night but if I get up because I can’t get back to sleep it really disturbs me that my boyfriend lies there trying to sleep. And I want them to be found out for getting money from the government for doing fuck all, all day every day, when they should be out being used as bait for sharks, or dummies for training police dogs.

    My other fantasy is having a super-strength nail gun so I can lie on my bed and aim it at the insanely loud creaking floorboards above me and just listen for the grunt or scream, then the blood to pour down like a sunny shower in Summer. And I would tolerate the smell of rotting corpses above just as long as I could sleep at night.

    One day it will stop and we will be allowed to have happy, peaceful, quiet lives and we will have a proper home and no neighbours, and freedom to smile and not feel suffocated with rage.

    Thank you for listening. The voices have stopped but night time has begun once again and the maggots will be getting up to have their breakfast soon and it shall begin again. (Sigh).


  389. January 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm, Guest said:

    Thanks for the advice about getting out of the lease. I appreciate it. Having read everyone’s points of view I have also learned that, at the end of the day, it’s make or break. Make yourself happy and break their legs! Stay and tolerate it or do something about it. I’ve pussied out and am tolerating it and hoping the remaining time in this house moves quickly. But I’ve kept notes of dates and times and have phoned the police so it’s on record now. If it gets back my cahonas will swell and I will let rip on those fuck sandwiches.


  390. January 29, 2009 at 11:55 am, Rebecca Collins said:

    I posted here about a year ago about my crazy downstairs neighbor complains about my children making noise. A few posters seemed to have a problem with me saying that why i did not put carpets and kept my children quiet and such. Well i said that my children came home late in the evening and that i was going to put the carpet down(i had rugs in all bedrooms and the living room to muffle the noise. I needed a bit of time to organized my schedule. I failed to mention a few things about this guy:
    1. He did not work, stayed home all day doing God knows what.
    2. He was a known complainer in the management office because when i reported him the lady said “do not listen to him”, and “he is a pest”( he even complained about the Supper’s children playing in the backyard on a Saturday afternoon). I think management was fed up with his antics and wanted to get rid of him because i specifically wanted to transfer to a first floor apartment and they said there wouldn’t be a problem if i move to a third floor.
    3. The day he blasted his music the cable guy had been installing my cable making noise with his work boots and hammering. But what was i supposed to do? ask the cable guy to remove his boots or what? How was I to know back then that this guy did not work and was a lowlife, child-hating guy?
    4. Some of you did not like that i call him an “idiot” and that i should not call the police, but he was more than that: he was a PSYCHO. After i posted here he started harassing us at four o clock in the morning a couple of days a week by buzzing our door bell. The noise would be so loud that we would wake up so nervous. My husband reported him again to the office and they said to get it on video. So he stayed awake after 3:30 am for about 3 days to catch him in the act. We have cameras in our building and a channel on TV and he got him on our video camera very clearly buzzing us and the noise it created. We presented the video to the main office and that was it for this guy. He got EVICTED!!!!!!! I was elated with happiness when i learned about it.

    Since a family has moved in downstairs and they had not complain once. So think about it, was my family the problem or this psycho idiot?


  391. February 05, 2009 at 7:53 pm, Guest said:

    Living above/below noisy neighbors creates a vicious cycle for both sides.

    So, yesterday I woke up from a nap and heard that the downstairs neighbors were watching the evening news, however there was no bass! I could hear the news anchor talking and was actually okay with that. I’d rather listen to a loud TV than a loud TV with surround sound. So anyway, I walk into the living room and I guess they must have heard that I was “active” and decided to turn on their surround sound. I don’t understand. I also have to deal with upstairs neighbors so I apologize for walking but I must do it to cook in my kitchen, eat in my dining area, and take shits in the bathroom. I really don’t think anyone needs surround sound to do any of these tasks… I usually stomp when the sound is unnecessarily loud but am just so tired with living here, to the point that I’m almost at a mental breakdown thanks to my upstairs neighbors.

    Most negative ratings on are fueled by noisy neighbors (terrible insulation) and shitty management. I don’t see why management doesn’t do anything about shitty insulation after reading reviews on such sites. If they even tried to install some sort of insulation they would probably see fewer complaints about upstairs neighbors. Maybe even fewer complaints about management not dealing with noise complaints too. Ughhh, I so want a house!!


  392. February 09, 2009 at 12:42 pm, annonymous said:

    I have been fed up with my upstairs neighbors. My husband, 8 month old and I have been living in a 2 family house since December 1st. The couple upstairs was very quiet and polite when we first moved in, but have since changed so drastically. They insist on having a party on both fridays and saturdays of every week. In the beginning, they would call my husband and let him know they were going to have people over and would keep it down. Now, they don’t call or keep any noise down. It’s as if they are deaf and have no idea what they are doing. The constant screaming (not even talking), pounding on the floors, blarring music, dropping things on the floor, etc. makes it seem like the party is in our bedroom, instead of upstairs. They not only keep us up, but our daughter too, who is so cranky if she doesn’t sleep. They obviously think it’s okay to do this til 5 am! It’s gotten so bad that after not sleeping on friday night, that when we got home on saturday night, we saw the house full of people, packed our bags and stayed in a hotel 10 minutes away from our house for the night. Is it fair that we live here too and pay rent but have to also spend $175 for a hotel room? They have no consideration for us. We don’t know what to do because my husband thinks that if we say something that it will just make it worse. Help me!!! We are planning on moving already, but we need to sleep in the mean time.


  393. February 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm, Guest said:

    I have had at least 5 different groups of people move in above me in the last year and a half I have lived in my apartment. I am on the middle floor so I get it above and below. My downstairs neighbor insists on slamming his door as hard as he can, and every upstairs neighbor I had had stomps across the floor, constantly opening and closing the balcony door, and some sort of rolling oject across the living room floor. I have complained in teh past to the leasing office and the neighbors were notified, now it seems that they won’t do anything about the problems. I like where I am at, it is convenient to everything I need, groceries, work, etc. and I hat e to have to move (again). I don’t dare knock on the doors, I have had one confrontation before and I don’t want another. I work graveyards and I sleep in the afternoon/evening and am woken up almost every day when the upstairs people get home from work. Along with this, I pay for reserved parking and am constantly getting home in the morning to find someone in my spot. The tow truck company listed won’t do anythng till the office verifies I pay for the spot, (they are afraid of towing a car out of retaliation), but the leasing office doesn’t open till 9 am, I get home at 6:30 am. By the time the office opens, the inconciderate people move their car, I then have to go out an move my car into my spot. Last gripe, WIND CHIMES need to be BANNED!!!!!


  394. February 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm, emma said:

    For a week I didn’t even know I had downstairs neighbors until I heard what sounded like a furniture moving session. This happens everyday. Not so bad as I think they have like a murphy bed or something. I don’t know.
    But they have been blarring music. Usually it only lasts for a few songs BUT at 6 am on a Sunday or Tuesday morning at 2? I don’t care if you play it for one minute or two hours-it’s rude.
    I have met them and they are nice people. I am hoping that when I approach them, nicely but sternly, tonight, they will change their listening habits.
    The majority of renters are creeps but honestly some just are pathetically unaware of how truly noisly they are.


  395. February 24, 2009 at 2:33 am, chistina said:

    I need your help. I got noise neighbors. I live in a apartment. My nextdoor neighbor plays loud music, slap there doors, block the drive and bang on my apartment walls. I tryed everything to get a long with them. I tryed talking to them. But that did no good. They wanted to fight. I told the landlord but, he does nothing. I called the police they dont do nothing. When the police comes they hurry up and turn the music off. when iplay music, tv have any company. The landlord tells me about it. I cant do nothing. I dont have the money to move. They have partys and always trying to get me and my family to fight them. We try to avoid them. what do i do? It’s crazy I try to get along. But how do you handle this when you cant talk to them cuz all they want to do is fight. The landlord want do nothing. He tells me not to play my music. and i hardly ever play it.


  396. February 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm, apartment Newb said:


    I can’t believe I read all these posts! At least I can take comfort in the fact that there’s a lot of you out there that have it a heck of a lot worse than I do, I thought I had it bad! I am thinking of buying those big foam puzzle pieces from the dollar store, enough to cover the wall of my noisy neighbors, then covering the puzzle pieces with a thick blanket. I did wish there was more advice than rants, maybe there’s not much that can be done but move. I would love to throw rocks at my neighbor’s car, if I knew which one it was.. 😀 The dude who does that, and the urine thing, you are my Idol.


  397. February 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm, BOB LEE SWINT said:

    My neighbors leased an apartment and moved their son into it and they moved to Alaska. He is 22 and his buddies party until they fall out and then go to work. I have had it until I saw the marijuana being smoked on the balcony. I stepped off across the lot and photographed the actions. Copied off the photos x3 and gave them one and made them aware I did not have the other copies, so if something happens to me or my family the evidence is at hand. I also have wireless cameras broadcasting to my computer from the parking lot and the passageway. The police is getting a copy of a disk friday of a drug buy in the parking lot. Expensive apartment complex.


  398. March 03, 2009 at 9:17 pm, Jay said:

    I have some neighbors That I would like to give a good ass kicking too for the noise they keep up. I would like to shove that bass in there system up their ASS. I called cops once I would hate to have to kick some ass but I thing I am about to snap. I would hate to bring them to court and take what money I know they dont have but. I am sick and tried of ASSHOLE neighbors.


  399. March 06, 2009 at 11:34 pm, mike said:

    I live in an upstairs condo, about 8 mos ago a single mother with three kids moved in downstairs.
    You’d think the kids would be the primary annoyance, but they aren’t. This mother screams at the top of her lungs at these kids 3 hrs in the morning, and from 6 at night to about 11 pm every day. I can hear every word she yells, basically she’s living with us from the way I can hear her so clearly through the walls. Also, what is it with the slamming of doors and cabinets that these people do? The last neighors did that too. Why do they do it? I don’t do that shit..and I don’t yell for prolonged periods of time either like this crazy bitch does.
    I don’t know how to handle this. No, I do not choose to befriend a person like that, we can still choose our friends. She’s not the type you can approach, she freaks out over everything with her kids, I know the reaction we’ll get if she’s approached. negative.


  400. March 09, 2009 at 8:14 pm, Adam said:

    I moved into my apartment almost a year ago. I live on the bottom floor because I have bad knees and there are only stairs to the 3rd floor. When I moved in, there was a heavy set, middle-aged man living above us. He was moderately loud at certain times everyday. I assume he ran an internet business from his home because he rarely left. I never complained because I didn’t want confrontation. Even though he woke me up at 6am, after I’d been drinking all night and had a horrible hangover, dragging his belongings down the stairs, I was thankful he was moving. Little did I know how good I had it.

    About a month after he moved out, a single mother of 3…yes, 3 children, moved in above us. My roommate at the time was the courtesy officer so I thought we had it made. The first time those children started running laps, he informed them of the noise policies in the complex and requested they keep the noise to minimum. Since that day, he has ventured upstairs to complain a total of 6 times. I have mustered enough gumption to pay them a visit on more than 8 occasions to this date. The mother doesn’t accept any responsibility, she just blames the noise on the children when she should be acting like a parent and keep the children from jumping up and down on the floor. I understand that children will be children but the mother should have had enough sense to ask for an apartment on the bottom floor. I have yet to be angry with her or call the police but I am at my wit’s end. I mean, the damn pictures on my wall are constantly crooked because of the vibrations. My ceiling fans rattle, pieces of paint fall from the ceiling, and the mother doesn’t own any shoes that aren’t high heels.

    So, other than complain to management, ask for another apartment, or call the police…I’ve exhausted all efforts. I’ve been nothing but nice and that works to keep the noise down for all of about 10 minutes. Luckily, she does get the children in bed around 9pm but for about 5 hours straight every afternoon, there is a thunderstorm above me. Does anyone have suggestions on how to handle my inconsiderate mother of 3?


  401. March 16, 2009 at 8:25 am, angry said:

    I am glad to let my fustration out I moved into an apartment over a year ago and it was brilliant a new build with lovely neighbours after a few months a couple moved in upstairs the lady was pregnant there about 19 years old I wasnt worried because kids really dont bother me plus it was a baby not a screaming 5 year old!

    Anyway all was good until the blazing arguments at 3 0 clock in the morning started happening and the walking out then the buzzing of the door it only happene da few times so I wasnt really bothered then 3 weeks ago the girl upped and left and left the youngg lad on his own wow he must of been chuffed.

    Now almost every night he is drunk with his mates there scream shout and their language is disgusting one night he collapsed at 3 o clock in the morning and an ambulence was called I complained to the housing association because its a 50% bought property he was given a stern word my partner also went upstairs to discuss the noise and he turned round saying he was off his head and he couldnt help it!

    I cant believe how much stress he has caused me I got ear plugs they dont work I cant sleep at all I have to seethe doctor regarding stress and now he thinks I may have slight mild depression due to unhappines and lack of sleep the guy doesnt care the housing association are useless I have now put in motion selling the property as it came to the final straw when he was throwing up at half 3 in the morning on a work night again and screaming bit** at the top of his lungs.

    He is a waste of space and his friends have no respect.

    nightmare neighbours I would never live in a flat again.


  402. March 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm, daycord said:

    I cant believe nobody has had any problems with sexaholics. I currently live under 2 nymphomaniacs who do nothing all day and night but screw. THe constant thumping on the walls, bed sqeeking and load moans go on all day and night. Now I dont have a problem with tenants having sex(hell i do every once in awhile, but when it is all day and all night, and it affects my sleep. I have a problem with it. The thing is I am starting to believe these 2 tenants above me are exhibitionist. They get off to very thought that I can hear them going at it. I try banging on my wall to tell them to quiet down, and all I hear are giggles, and the sqeeking and moaning get even louder.


  403. March 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm, Nadiir said:

    hi i was just wondering, i live in Canada ontario, and i was just wondering what the time limit was for nopise, ebcause i have neighbours that are constantly making noise and i tried tog o over and talk to them instead they got mad,, so i thought id findout what tiem time lilit was for noise before i took further action. i believe its 11 weeknights and 12:00 weekends am i right?


  404. March 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm, A frustrated tenant said:

    After reading the above posts, it made me feel a little better in that i am not ALONE in my experience. Maybe there ought to be a union/group against the bad property managers. I have an upstairs neighbor that uses the treadmill over wooden floors. My heart skips a beat everytime she uses that thing. She reduced the noise after i complained about it, but still the treadmill is on and the vibrations make my heart skip several beats in rhythm/tune with the treadmill everytime she uses it. Her kid jumps and runs around, but i can tolerate that because its not a constant whoosh whoosh whoosh. After i went to speak to her about this noise, she complained that i “threatened” her. Actually, i did mention that I’d call the cops, that’s how i “threatened” her :P. She and her husband have fighting matches and i hear the noise and drama. Her husband always speaks as if he has a microphone on and is soooo loud even when he is apparently speaking normally/unexcitedly. Spoke to the management and they sent notices and stuff but to no avail. Now the management has decided i am too sensitive/combative/difficult, to quote them. I have taken to bumping on my ceiling with a mop everytime the kid jumps around a bit too much and everytime she hosts a party of toddlers in her house. Yeah, i experience a stampede and again, my heart races and there’s absolutely no end to the noise pollution. Didn’t want to break the lease, plus i have a toddler too, and the school district was good mainly, so i am bearing it. The other thing they have is the home theater with the giant subwoofer stereo through which they blare music. And the nitwits actually put it on the floor of the apartment, so you can imagine the vibration downstairs. All i hear downstairs is a constant WHOOSH BOOM WHOOSH BOOM WHOOSH. You can imagine what it does to the heart, and i am a person with a normal heart. Dunno for how long though. Am waiting for the lease to expire. God, now i know why people in this country bought homes they could ill afford. 😛
    What i don’t understand is why apartment managers would let people use treadmills and stuff in upstairs apartments, when they know the sound proofing is inadequate. Can’t wait to get out of here, only a few more weeks to go. Jesus knew about bad neighbors, that’s probably why he said “Love thy neighbor…”


  405. March 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm, SIck of it said:

    Call the cops that usually sends a message


  406. March 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm, SIck of it said:

    By the way I am a single mother and I am the one who actually has a freakin job and needs to get up and take care of my baby, I however live next to people who by the way are over 30 years old!! and STILL either having their cousins or family members loitering outside making noise or playing music loud all the time. It goes to show you that people just do not give a crap about anyone but themselves no matter how old they are!!


  407. March 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm, SIck of it said:

    So since I have tried EVERYTHING even calling the cops as a last resort, now I just play really annoying (to most people) bluegrass and yoddling music as loud as I possibly can and then leave, that usually sends a message. (AND YES, It sounds immature but sometimes drastic conditions call for drastic measures!)


  408. March 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm, Hopeless said:

    We lived in an apartment when we were first married in Columbus, Ohio. It was quiet until a couple moved in to the unit next to ours. The man was a truck driver and when he came home, he would have these loud, violent fights with the woman. One night he was just slamming her up against the wall that adjoined our bedroom. With each slam, she would squeek out a “help me, oh god”. So we called the police. When they got there 25 minutes later she was dead. We had to make statements to the homicide detectives and we were going to have to testify in court but he killed himself before the trial so we never had to. We moved to another end-unit town home after that and there was no noise, and now we have a house and it is quiet as church. By the way – for those of you planning on buying a house – don’t buy in the country. You’ll be listening to gunfire 24/7 because all the people who live in the country are gun nuts and never sleep because of all the meth. The rural areas in Ohio anyway are worse than the ghettos in terms of devolved low-IQ people who live there now-a-days.


  409. March 25, 2009 at 10:27 pm, Nadiir said:

    hi i was just wondering if anyone knows of a website or just in general knows the time restrictions for noise levels? like no xcesive noise past a certain time… if anyone knows this could you please reply! thanks! 🙂 much apprecieated


  410. March 27, 2009 at 8:15 am, linn said:

    I live in a “luxury” apartment that is three years old. I have the lady from hell living next to me. She has been running wires in our shared wall and working on the plumbing for two years. I have complained a zillion times, called out the police, and no one will do anything. She wakes me up at 6 am with her blasting music…I am disabled and cannot remember when I had a day without anger or a good night sleep which is making my condition worse. I am moving at the end of my lease, but when I asked to be let out now they said no. I don’t know where to turn.


  411. March 27, 2009 at 9:35 am, Anonymous said:

    While I can understand some of your complaints, I don’t agree with all of them. I’ve lived in apartments most of my life, and you just have to expect some noise. But where do you draw the line?
    The apartment I live in now has the thinnest walls EVER. Which I understand that means I’ll hear my neighbors. But I am slowly losing my cool about this. Last night I had to sleep on the couch with my fingers in my ears just to fall asleep. They were watching tv on the other side of my bedroom wall…which i assume is their bedroom too…I don’t know. But it was SO loud that I could HEAR what they were watching…word for word, clear as day. Then some people must’ve come over and that’s when the yelling begins.
    The man over there is forever screaming and yelling at his wife?girlfriend? friends? whatever. I can hear exactly what he’s saying and it is seriously wearing my patience thing. How can anyone be so angry and yell like that ALL the time. Its day and night. Last night the yelling finally stopped at 330, and I was able to go to sleep.
    I definitely don’t like being a tattle tale, but this is ridiculous. And like I said, I’ve lived in apartments most of my life…this is extreme. So today, I called the landlord. And I feel guilty. But they kinda scare me and I don’t feel comfortable talking to them, or beating on the walls-although there’s been plenty of times I was mad enough to. I guess I’m hoping they just don’t realize how loud they’re being and how thin the walls are. We’re really quiet neighbors…we don’t own a tv, and we don’t fight. And the people downstairs are quiet as well..older couples. So ,maybe they just think we can’t hear them….
    Anyway, my lease is up in 3 months…I can’t wait to get the hell out of this apartment.


  412. March 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm, Anonymous said:

    I’ve lived in an apartment now for over a year and I live below the worst person in the world. I first started out liking her because she was nice. I was working overnight which mean I slept during the day. During the daytime hours she would constantly make noise, bang on the floor (my ceiling) and other idiotic things which kept me up. St. Patrick’s day last year her now ex-boyfriend had a little too much to drink and he threw up onto my patio outside. I finally got the nerve up to talk to management about this. By my standards that puking on to my patio called for eviction; but, management saw it differently and gave them a “Slap on the wrist” policy. “slaps on the wrist” DO NOT work in any situation period! I also got the dubious pleasure of listening to her get her brains fucked out by some guy April 1, 2008 at 1:30 a.m. (she now has a little girl hence the conception date.) At the end of my lease 2010 I’m moving into an upstairs in another complex to get away from this bitch.


  413. March 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm, Anonymous said:

    After living in my apartment for 9 years, I am the one who has to move. The last year has been miserable. I am a reasonable person and not asking for much. I understand that these walls are paper thin and I am tolerant of his loud TV, music. However, he is consistently out on his patio with his friends at all hours of the night/morning. I am sick and tired of being woken up by him and his buddies hootin’ and hollerin’ when they come back from the bar. I’m sorry but if it’s 3:30 in the morning, and you’re outside talking at the top of your lungs, do you not think your neighbors can hear you? And I sleep with a fan on! I initially tried speaking to him…he has literally been a problem since the day he moved in…but after the second time of that, he was a complete a$$. I’ve called the courtesy patrol. I’ve called the cops. I’ve spoken to the property manager. After going in to complain to them AGAIN last week…they are looking for me to renew my lease – HA!…I left there with the sneaky suspicion that the property manager did not follow through on what she said she was going to do when I initially spoke to her.

    I mean no offense to those in the 20 something range that are respectful but too many feel a sense of entitlement and really don’t gave a darn about anybody but themselves. I just think it’s downright ridiculous that a nine year tenant has to move. How much should I be expected to rearrange my life in order to get a good night’s sleep? I’m not looking for him to get evicted. I just want him to shut the heck up. At this point, I have zero faith in management’s ability to deal with this problem. As my friend indicated, in this economy, so long as he’s paying the rent, why would they keep him in check?


  414. March 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm, Extremely Pissed Off said:

    Seriously, this site has been a bit of a catharsis for me. The people who live upstairs from me are making me wonder what it would be like to come up through their floor with a chainsaw. As I am writing this, the couple and their 2-year old kid (who looks too damn big to be 2) are being insanely loud stomping and yelling. I am normally such a calm and mellow person but, these people are making me fantasize about buying some African killer bees and releasing them into their apartment. I have spoken to them a number of times about the noise (always in a polite and civil way) as well as going to the landlord about it. But they always say “well, we have a 2-year old”. As if that’s an excuse to let your kid run around like an animal running and stomping around while the parents of this little beast say how cute it is. Not to mention the fact that I can hear those assholes snoring from their bedroom even if I’m in my living room which is on the other side of the apartment. I’m fine with normal walking and talking, but sometimes, I am working at home and listening to herds of buffalo is extremely distracting.

    The thing is that I don’t understand is why they have to squeeze 3 people into a one bedroom apartment that costs well over $1000/month when they could have more space for their stupid kid for less money. Especially now that the landlord has jacked the rent. I hate these people or anyone who believe that just because they have a kid means that they have the right to completely disregard the fact that their neighbors pay rent and expect peace and quiet just like they do.

    No, I do not think your kid is cute when they wake me up at 8 or 9 on a weekend stomping around. And I don’t care that they are 2. Reign in your fucking child! Be a fucking parent and stop thinking that you are going to traumatize them by telling them to stop running in the house.


  415. March 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm, it's always something said:

    My neighbor wakes me up every morning with a loud muffler, it wouldn’t bother me soo much if she stopped letting the car run for 30 minutes. I understand she may not have the money to fix the problem, but one would think she’d consider her other neighbors, and perhaps park the car on the street, or in another location that is not near windows. My husband hinted to her that he knew someone that fixed mufflers. She didn’t get the hint. I just pray every day that she’ll move, at least she’s better than the career criminals that used to live there. I tell myself it could be worse, but the noice still drives me crazy.


  416. March 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm, it's always something said:

    We were all children once, however, as a life long apartment renter, I’ve always thought that if you have a child, you should be living in a house. children by nature will be noisy. It’s true that there are laws that prevent discrimination when renting, however, if I owned a building I wouldn’t want to rent to families with children, it only makes sense that there would be more wear and tear on the property therefore raising my costs. Perhaps a prospective landlord may advertise, children friendly, just like they do pet friendly. Everyone thinks there children are cute. Children are cute, but not soo much when you’re not used to being around that type of environment. It’s not that some of us are children haters, we’re just living a different life style.
    Pets are another issue, if your dog is going to crap, make sure it craps in it’s own yard, or pick up the poop, and by the way, there are leash laws, when outside keep your dog on a leash. It can be scary for some of us, if the dog is big, barking and showing his teeth, it’s a good sign that he could bite. It’s not cute.


  417. April 01, 2009 at 9:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    those complaining about 2-4 year olds are ridiculous they dont know right from wrong their just little children! now 5-10 is questionable but anyone older then 10 should really know better…

    i lived in many apartments in my life and all i got to say from experience is that managers dont give a crap about what noise we have to suffer from. the only true cure for someone who lives below noisy people is to move, seriously you wont be happy until you do! and move to an upstairs apartment if possible. even if it ends up costing you more there is no price for your sanity! believe me! i ended up paying 300$ extra for rent but at least now i get a better view and can keep my sanity! A few pleasures lost here and there but its really worth it in the end! no more returning home only to be angry!

    now if you cant move and your neighbors really are asses, there are a few things you could do.

    1. make noise back. but a surround sound and blast it all day, if the managers wont stop them making noise whats there to do to stop you?
    2. i had a neighbor that use to stay up late and night and wake up at abnormal times. so every time i woke up for no reason i would bang on the ceiling to wake him up for no reason. when i would leave the house i would sometimes leave the radio blasting at max. 10$ a month for extra electricity is little price to pay to know that your disturbing their peace in any way possible.
    3. invite friends over and just have fun! talk loudly and laugh! host parties at your place whenever possible!
    4. vacuum early in the morning or late at night, use the washing machine, the dish washers at abnormal times.

    i think you guys should try these out. remember they wont learn anything if you just sit there. sure making noise back is immature but it sure makes you feel better. sense there are people who refuse to change and be considerate to others you might as well be the same because they are going to make noise regardless if you decide you want to or not! hope everyone finds peace!


  418. April 02, 2009 at 12:42 pm, Finally lost my sanity said:

    Ugh. I finally had to call the police on my neighbors. I understand that with shared walls you will hear some noise. But when my daughter puts her head under her blankie on the couch and says she’s scared and that it sounds like horsies jumping, that’s too far. When I’ve got to get out of my living room whenever the neighbors feel like being inconsiderate with their video games, it’s too loud. He started ignoring my banging on the walls, so I one-upped him and called the cops. Seriously, people. Video games are fine, whatever, but I don’t want to hear them in MY house!!!


  419. April 04, 2009 at 1:24 pm, -_- said:

    So, what if when the music is blasting from an outdoor patio party?


  420. April 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm, Assmilk said:

    The party music must be lowered after 11pm, and then turned off by 1am.

    We had very nice neighbors having a huge party, with loud music, until a certain time, then lowered is so much after 12, that you couldn’t hear it. It’s common sense, don’t have music being on till 4am, that’s just rude.


  421. April 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm, DEAF EARS said:

    Basically, my main noise problem is as follows :
    The couple who live below me, are obsessively and constantly going to the bathroom, and
    when they do, they heavily slam their bathroom door closed, when going in, then slam
    their toilet seat up/down, and then slam the door closed again, when exiting. The door,
    when slammed against the bare frame, sounds like a huge bomb going off. To compound
    this problem, they go to the bathroom 2-3 times a night (and early in the morning, as
    well), and when the door is slammed in the quiet of the night/morning (1-8 AM), it
    sounds like an explosion. Needless to say, I am lucky if I get 2-3 hours of sleep with
    this going on. It is horrible to be woken up 1-3 times a night to this. Not to mention,
    trying to fall back asleep, and then being woken up again an hour or two later, to the
    same terrible noise. And nothing I have tried can dull the sound. Not closed doors, not
    earplugs, not earmuffs, etc. Nothing. It is loud.
    I did reach out and talk to them face to face, about the noise problem, but they
    denied making any noise, at all. So that went nowhere. When the problems continued, I
    wrote them a friendly note asking them to please try to cut down on the late night/early
    morning slamming, but that went on deaf ears, too, as the noise still continued. I actually had to move from an earlier apartment, to escape horrible kid noise from upstairs. Now that I live on the top floor, and don’t have to worry about upstairs noise, I’m getting bombarded by this ungodly downstairs noise. Some luck, huh ? What to do ?


  422. April 19, 2009 at 9:37 am, JUST WANT SOME PEACE said:



  423. April 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm, Aaron said:

    I’m in a Studio apartment and the idiots on top of me keeps walking and walking and walking and walking (heavy stomp like walking)… I mean we are in a Studio apartment how much walking can a person do? … plus they keep dropping stuff on the floor as if i don’t live below them.. then they would get quiet for about 5-10 minutes when you think they are done and the nonsense happens again and again and again … they slide things across the floor, drop stuff, and stomp in one place like they are trying to break through floor…and these are grown ups… Idiots like them have no consideration for other people. They are just assholes.


  424. May 01, 2009 at 7:31 pm, Tired of rude neighbors said:

    I live in small studio apartment near New York. I have been dealing with my idiot upstairs neighbors for almost two years. They stomp,run,jump,wrestle and walk in big heavy boots and heels over hardwood floors. They blast spanish music and televisions on surround sound every damn day. They never sit still for more than five minutes and keep dropping heavy stuff that sounds like bowling balls. The walls are paper thin and the building is old without proper insulation. The landlord is a shiester and refuses to add insulation. When they stomp I pound on the ceiling with the broom, they pound back. I knock on the pipes, they knock back. I have been to the manager and landlord. It does no good. They kiss the neighbor’s ass and let them do whatever they want. They have been here for 6 years, so I guess they can make my life a living hell. I was told they where moving this year, but now they aren’t going anywhere. Why should they? They got a good setup. They can stomp over my head and make a lot of noise and I can’t do anything about it. I was offered the apartment down the hall, but it will do no good because the upstairs neighbors occupy the whole top floor. Even if I move across the hall, I will still be underneath the same rude people. It isn’t just the crappy floors, it is the people too. They will still make the same noise. I wish they would move away or get evicted or sent back to where ever the hell they came from so I can live in peace. Why can’t they act like normal people. Why can’t they get a house so they can make noise all they want without anyone hearing it? They pay about $1500 dollars in rent split between 4 people. They could get a house with less. Why am I being punished? Do they have a disorder or are hyperactive? I can’t afford to move. I am not married and I have no one to help me. I am 30 years old and I feel 50. I hate them and wish they would get stung by a million bees or get ripped apart by a grizzly bear or get eaten by a shark. I fucking hate them.


  425. May 05, 2009 at 4:40 am, Homicidal said:

    I live in a condo and reside on the bottom floor. I’ve been here for two years. With the exception for the first week, it has been a wicked curse living so close to these blatant assholes.
    With both of them being nurses by profession, at least one of them is up and pacing around at all hours.

    They also have a little —-ing weiner dog who only gets let out to poop. He plays inside on the hardwood floors with these joy vampires cheering on his belligerent barking. Running back and forth at ANY hour you can possibly imagine. Even better is when they are not home, which varies due to their occupation, the little hellion howls constantly until they return. I want to catch that little —-stain and cut off his head with a rusty shovel.

    They stomp everywhere they go. Back and forth, back and forth. Dropping —- all along the way. They will pace for 45 minutes at a time. Stop for 2 and a half minutes, then start up again. This goes on for the entirety of the day.

    I work from home with computers, so when I’m building a pc or doing diagnostics, they are always there to impede my work.

    They know they are loud, but they are the people that truly believe the world revolves around them. Not being raised by kind, respectful people has given them the idea that they can do whatever they want because they are all that matters. No manners, just trashy self serving people.

    The good thing about this is I’m moving. I don’t own the condo, my friend who lives here does. So I can just pick up and move my happy — away. Which I’m doing in 1 week.

    Seeing that I’ll be out soon, I’m going to dish out hell week. I want to feel bad, even after everything these scum have made me endure, but I’m not going to. I’m going to enjoy it, the same way I imagine myself enjoying the slaughter of their beloved pet before their eyes.

    I’ve started slow. I follow them around when they stomp with two broomsticks wrapped in long sleeve shirts. I curse LOUDLY randomly at night at the ceiling when I know they are asleep. Now, I blast my two polk audio speakers for minutes at a time till it hurts me, anytime I remember to. I slam my door everytime I enter or leave my condo like I’m trying to recreate the big bang.

    I have a youtube video of a big dog barking and once again, jam my shelf speakers to it when I hear them come home. I turn my shower off and on repeatedly in the middle of the night until I am satisfied for the moment. I started that specifically when she decided to wash off her balcony at 3am in the morning, stomping all the way. Her ugly — must have got the guts of dead cats on it and decided it was convient to do some waterblasting in the dead of night.

    They have been non confrontational thus far which is fantastic. The next two nights are my last so I’m going to pull out all the stops. Tomorrow night, I’m deadbolting my door and running a bass sweeper while I stay the first night at my new house. Already have it set up and ready for the big night. Still have to come up with my last work of art for the final night. Ha, maybe I’ll run the bass sweeper backwards and add dog barking to it. Ahh, I can’t wait.

    Never thought I’d be doing this stuff, but something must be done for me to walk away from this and not make me feel victimized. I wish I would have started this sooner, cause it makes it much worse over a period of time. Like when you sit there uncomfortably waiting for their next step or bark. Each, driving you ever so madder.

    For the people who went what I went through, get out now. Get out before anything causes you even a brief moment of grief. No human being should have to endure the mental waterboarding that is living near someone who could give two —– about anyone but themself.

    I lived on the top floor of every apartment when I was younger. I never got one complaint or one, “turn it down a tad”. I am very aware of the sound I make and already knew what it’s like to have to live like that.

    The bottom line is people. Get as far as you can from them if you want to lead a happy home life. I dread having to bring girls home due to the embarassment of having these mouth breathing orientals flopping around mindlessly above creating a irritating enviroment.

    Just find somewhere else.

    Feel for pain,

    Apt A


  426. May 08, 2009 at 5:19 pm, Anonymous said:

    Guess what? a couple upstairs have really loud sex, and I don’t think they ever sleep


  427. May 10, 2009 at 11:03 pm, Anon said:

    ok since leaving the above comment the downstairs neighbour knocked on the door and gave me a cup of tea and all three apologised……………maybe this is not such a bad move as they admitted fault and apologised…………… the guilt has left me


  428. May 13, 2009 at 10:01 am, John B said:

    My wife & I have lived in an apartment for 4 years. It has been good, until recently. The neighbor upstairs does some exercising & whenever they do that, the floorboards creak & squeak really loud. I made a recording for the landlord & played it for them. I’ve complained many times, by email, so I have a record & nothing is being done. I was told that it could be taken care of, but, nothing has been done. I feel like I’m getting the runaround & excuses. The one time they decided to do something, they wanted to come into our apartment to listen & I wasn’t home to give permission. After that, they’ve made me feel like it’s my fault. I eventually stooped contacting them & contacted the corporate office. Nothing has been done. I even sent an email stating what the lease says about noise. I’m on medication for anxiety & high blood pressure. The floorboard creaking is very disturbing. We don’t have the money to move or do anything legally. Any suggestions on what I can do from here.


  429. May 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm, Kill the noise said:

    I live on the bottom and I have earplugs (industrial) not the cheap ones. They work just fine. It muffles the noises and i can still hear my TV and go to sleep peacefully. Sound proofing doesn’t work as the sound travels down and through the walls.


  430. May 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm, Fed Up said:

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only suffering from inconsiderate neighbors. I’m currently looking for my 4th apartment in 10 years—this apt., all because of my neighbor above me. The first building was sold for condos, the second I tolerated a long stream of noisy people above me for 8 yrs. I’ll tolerate the usual noise of people living in close proximity, but I won’t put up with excessively loud tv’s, music, or musical instruments. I asked all the right questions before I moved in to this apartment re: my neighbors, the rules, etc. Seems all that I got told didn’t apply once I signed the lease. My next apartment will hopefully be on a top floor, with carpeting and details firmly spelled out in the lease. Live and learn, i guess.


  431. May 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm, Enough Of This Stuff said:

    I’ve read through many of these and I have great empathy with anyone having this problem.

    I lived in a studio for years and had no choice but to live on the 1st floor because it was all I could afford and they didn’t have top floor studios. For five years I had wonderful neighbors who had carpeting and were very quiet. Then the husband passed on and the wife moved in with her kids. Enter the “neighbor from hell.” The landlord took out all the carpeting because it was old and the apartments don’t come with it anyway. The “neighbor from hell” never put in carpeting, even though the lease said you have to have 80% area rugs. Then her idiot nephew, recently paroled, moved in and started making all kinds of noise. The two of them stomped around on the hard wood floors. I don’t ever go to neighbors directly; its a waste of time and I have no interest in being eveyrone’s buddy. You also have no idea what kinds of lunatics you’re dealing with these days. Management was useless, however, and just pacified me doing nothing whatsoever because they were afraid of these people. So, when my lease was up, I moved to an apartment in a private house.

    That’s pretty much all you can do. I have a cousin who right now is living near me in an apartment complex that rents to people with dogs. The lease actually says “no animals allowed” but also indicates the management can make an addendum to allow animals if they want, which they do because there are so many apartment complexes in this area that if they didn’t they’d lose out on a lot of money.

    When she first got here with my elderly aunt, there was no one living above as the complex was relatively new. Then a couple with kids moved in for about five months while they waited to close on a house. Endless noise. My cousin never complained. When they moved she called management and said “It was a real problem, could you tell whoever moves in next that my elderly mom lives here, etc, etc…” The management said if there was ever a problem again to call them.

    So, these folks with a huge dog move in. The animal runs around constantly and its like they never walk him. My cousin has to work and my aunt sits here alone all day quietly watching TV and doing whatever it is old folks like to do. She’s not at all noisy. I decided to stop by one day to check up on my aunt and the noise of the dog running around was insane. So, I called management. I give these folks a lot of credit; they came over right away and I almost died of shock right on the spot. And, they went up and told the tenant the level of noise was unacceptable. More shock.

    Its gotten better for them over the last few weeks but its still annoying. When their lease is up in three months they are moving. My cousin wants a townhouse but I told her she ought to rent a house. There’s a trade off because in a managed complex its a lot easier to get repairs quickly but I’ll take a broken toilet over noise any day.


  432. May 24, 2009 at 2:55 am, cherry said:

    I live in an apartment complex off of campus with paper thin walls. I have to deal with people talking laughing and yelling every night until 3 am. The people in the apartment across from me seem to think that their porch is an excellent living room and so I can hear every word through the window when I’m trying to sleep. I’ve complained to the leasing office and they sent a letter. I have dealt with this day in and day out for 2 years now and I can’t sleep, I can’t study, and it’s ruining my grades. I just wish if they wanted to party they would join a frat and move to the frat house. Last night (a friday) I heard them from 2 am- 4. At 4 am I went to bed and tried to sleep for 2 hours. Finally at 5 am they were still outside talking and laughing and throwing beer bottles around. I called the police and managed to fall asleep at 6 am. 3 hours later and I was woke up – they were back outside at 9 am! I guess they never sleep. This is ridiculous and I’m going to go to the leasing office and complain, and call the cops every day if that’s what it takes. I’ve also considered subleasing the apartment and moving – it’s a college town so it could be rented out easily until my lease is up next summer. If things don’t get better I am going to attempt to do so. I’m going to the leasing office tomorrow to ask if they have any apartments in a quieter section of the property. I can’t believe that I’m the only person who complains because I know people take morning classes and how they manage to get up at 6 am without a full night’s rest is beyond me.


  433. May 24, 2009 at 2:59 am, cherry said:

    I’d also like to add that I always end up on bottom floor apartments. If you get a bottom apartment you WILL hear the people upstairs walking around. At my last apartment there was a child who ran around all the time and it was annoying but I never made an issue out of it.
    And honestly that situation was like a dream compared to the trouble I’m having right now…
    I guess I’m just trying to say that you might not want a bottom floor apartment if you can’t deal with some noise. And if you live on the top floor, please try to be considerate and not do housecleaning all hours of the night. I swear sometimes it sounds like a herd of buffalo are up there!


  434. June 05, 2009 at 2:17 am, changed heart said:

    I’m a nice person generally but i cant stand the assholes i live with!

    i live in a 3 story apartment with the loudest neighbors ever!!! my upstairs neighbor stomps around all day and blast their music all night and my downstairs neighbor is just as loud! i hate these people! i hope karma gets to them! management doesn’t do anything all they care about is their money but their aren’t going to get it! I’m going to spam every apartment rating site on the web telling people how useless they are and how loud the neighbors are!

    i dont even think they work! just a bunch of lazy ass 30 year olds sitting around at home disturbing other peoples sleep! its currently 3 am and they are still blasting their music! i’ve asked them many times to please turn it down but they dont care… i just signed a 12 month lease im stuck here all year! i spend all night crying myself to sleep i cant take this for another 11 months!!! i pay around $1300 for this dump because its close to work now i regret it! id rather live in my old apartment with an hour of commute then spend nights without sleep! ugh! there must be no god ive totally given up faith… i hope i win the lotto or get a major promotion so i can afford to get out of this lease and live elsewhere… i seriously thought about sleeping in my car at night… but why am i paying so much every month then?! im so frustrated! if only there was a way to live in an apartment for a month before you sign the dam lease! every time i see that manager i want to hit him for lying to me about this apartment he KNEW they were fucking loud which is probably way this place was available in such a desired location!

    i hope you all find peace somewhere and no one needs to deal with these jerks! may life love you more then it loves me!


  435. June 06, 2009 at 10:55 pm, Guest said:

    We’ve tried everything, leaving notes on the door politely asking them to turn it down, complaining to the condo board, knocking on the door politely asking again, knocking on the door in a rage and telling them to turn the damn music off. The neighbours on the other side of him can’t take it either. This guy must seriously be missing a couple of fries from his happy meal because we finally called the cops on him at 2am yesterday and they came to give him a warning. Second cop visit = 300 dollar fine, but guess what – 11:55pm now and he’s just started blasting the music again. Guess it will be an expensive night for him because after 6 hellish weeks, my tolerance level is in the negative digits. I will call the cops every night if I have to. At 300 bucks a pop, maybe he won’t be able to afford condo living by the end of the month.


  436. June 07, 2009 at 9:48 am, NoSleep said:

    I told the management I needed a QUIET MATURE living space, because I do shiftwork. I live in a town where the housing is unbelievabley over marketprice (its a gold mining town so the recession has actually made housing prices skyrocket, with little or nowhere to rent), and I was assured there would be peace and quiet.

    I can handle the old contractors playing darts and drinking beer with their buddies. It’s the new piece of work, 31 years old, who just moved in downstairs. Her bf is a 20 year old crackhead, and all his buddies are 18. They moved in five days ago and I’ve lost two nights’ sleep. I want to nip this in the bud. The first night i complained that my dishes were shaking and I was bouncing against my will trying to cook dinner, I work 12 hours a day, shiftwork I cannot handle this. He was bragging to the other neighbours about his 600 watt surround sound.

    Apparently management did not do the reference checks, or if they did, this boy is not on the lease. I can hear it through my earplugs. DUSH DUSH DUSH DUSH and he wears a bandanna and huge fake medallions oh my god kill me. My beautiful short term living arrangement is going to kill me. I’m worried abt my brand new vehicle with the sort of people theyre going to be bringing around. He has broken into people’s houses in town before. I need a big scary boyfriend, who will go down there and smash the stereo. ARRR…………..

    This morning I got up at 5:30am, pounded out of bed, stomped into the bathroom, left the alarm clock on full blast (the other two neighours on either side of me are on the same shifts as me, so they dont hear me) and then put on my steeltoe workboots and stomped around getting my lunch, then stomped onto the deck to water the plants, stomped down the stairs and stood outside their apartment having a loud hilarious converstaion about my lack of sleep and what losers they let move into the place with the other neighbours who were on their way to work. *sigh*. Maybe I should dish out the $140,000 for a 2 bedroom dilapitated circa 1950s cardboard house. 🙁

    Day 7 for them and already I’ve put in two complaints to mangement. Please PLEASE let some freak accident happen.. or mold desroy the apartment, making it uninhabitable………


  437. June 09, 2009 at 12:56 pm, Joe said:

    I’ve lived in my fair share of apartment situations. I’ve had good neighbors and bad ones. There have been good building managers and bad ones. There have been periods with an inordinate amount of ridiculous noise

    A note to LANDLORDS (not building managers as they don’t make this decision as they don’t own the building):

    1. Dogs don’t belong in apartments. Cats fine, dogs no. Its not fair to the dog and not fair to the people who have to listen to it. IF YOU MUST RENT TO PEOPLE WITH DOGS THEY BELONG IN FIRST FLOOR UNITS. And, if the tenant can’t control the dog it has to go. If that’s a problem, then they have to go with it.

    2. Very young children also belong on the first floor.

    3. People who blast excessively loud music get tossed. I DON’T CARE WHAT TIME OF DAY IT IS. This horse s–t about “before 10pm” is quite simply that; HORSE S–T. This applies to other forms of excessive noise besides music.

    I love animals and think kids are great. However your dog isn’t my dog and your kids aren’t my kids so why should I have to put up with excessive noise? People today have kids indiscriminately before they can afford to even take care of them. Wait until you can get a house, which is what my folks did. Its too expensive to get a house these days you say? THEN DON’T HAVE KIDS. You have a choice, believe me. And when I acted up as a kid (and you can bet I did) my old man kicked me in the a-s with his “sit your a-s down boots”. And I listened, not like today where the kids run every damn thing and the parents allow it to happen. Your kids shouldn’t be stomping around in apartments that are above other people. And I don’t care if the other people live in a top floor unit; they can still hear the kids under them.

    I actually saw a post on an animal message board from a college student who wanted to know “What puppy can I get for my new apartment? I’m going to be in school 12 hours a day.” Like she was buying a room freshener or something. I indicated she should never be allowed to own a dog or rent an apartment. Many echoed my sentiment.

    I’m a PROFESSIONAL musician and no one ever hears me playing my music or composing, which I do all the time. That’s because I wear headphones and because I’m courteous enough to understand that not everyone wants to listen to what I like. And I like music that’s actually MUSIC and has a melody. I lived in one building where these moron kids where blasting “Snoopy Ding Dong” or whatever the f–k its called with the bass blasting and another neighbor actually kicked the stereo out the window. GOOD FOR HIM. And believe me, they didn’t do a damn thing as much as they wanted people to believe they were “gangstas”. You know why? BECAUSE THAT’S A BIG ACT.

    I rent an apartment in a private home now and I’m much happier. I wish anyone having noise problems much happiness and the best of luck!


  438. June 09, 2009 at 9:09 pm, Tired & Prayerful said:

    I live in a sixteen unit apartment building, situated on the second floor, so I have a neighbor on three sides of me. The only one that is a constant problem, since the first neighbors were evicted downstairs, is a 20-something bi*** that lives above. She has had a child since we moved in and not only do I have to deal with the noise of this running, jumping, crying toddler, but the momma is an ignorant, welfare recipient a–hole!!!

    I have gone to her woman to woman to express to her that she needs to chill-out, she’s too loud!! But now, all I hear is loud music, loud TV, running child, intentional thumping, bumping and stomping. She doesn’t work, I do. I do nine hours at work and have to come home to this sh*t. My sanity is on the brink now…I pay Market Rent and she pays for a Subsidized Apartment. I don’t want to go to jail for some bullsh*t, Management is aware and has not rectified the situation, and the Police are slow to come out for Noise Nuisance in the Building because they say Management should handle it.

    Wish I could move, but my finances have gone the way of the Recession and funds are low. This is a very beautiful Neighborhood, with Home Owners on all sides, but our Building is something. Don’t get me wrong the Majority of our Units have respectable people living in them, but this young girl is really a piece of work.

    All I can do is Pray to the Lord that I come through this ordeal without too much strife….still waiting on the Mediation that Management promised. It was scheduled by Management, and cancelled by the bi**h upstsirs, that’s what I call her!! Some nerve, she can do that?

    My advice to all the people in similar situations…invest in ear plugs, hang out away from home until the City Ordinance Hours are in effect, pray, and keep the problem in Management’s Face. I’m sure something will give sooner or later. In the meantime, keep your sanity, it’s not worth going to jail!!! That’s what I keep telling myself.


  439. June 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm, forgoodneighbors (J. Jones) said:

    District of Columbia is blazing trails to effectively cope with bad neighbors. It has sued bad landlords who don’t observe DC laws on keeping apartments fit for living; see District of Columbia v. Sharlon Williams and a lot of others, suit in D.C. Superior Court numbered 2008CA 2669. D.C. working to quickly amend something called Omnibus Rental Housing Act to allow tenants to sue their landlords in a court that until now has been somewhere only landlords could go.
    A District of Columbia jury has found a LANDLORD, Nancy Itteilag, guilty of what her lawyer said was INTENTIONAL interference with property rights of neighbors of her noisy tenants. An expert on business practices of landlords in that area told jury Ms. Itteilag had been irresponsible by failing to do what every good landlord would have done to stop noisy tenants from making their neighbors miserable at night for a long time. Ms. Itteilag claims to be a hot-shot real estate agent and to have experience in renting residential places. There was evidence that she encouraged her tenants, young people going to school, to have more parties; also that she wanted the neighbors of these tenants to leave their own property so she could acquire it. Neighbors on both sides of her tenants testified to frequently being awakened several times a night for months on end. Neighbors on one side were an elderly woman with serious health issues and her son who was a full-time caretaker of his mother. The jury rejected all of Ms. Itteilag’s defenses, a result that may have been aided when her trial testimony on multiple subjects was inconsistent on multiple subjects with what she had said under penalty of perjury before trial. Other people with noisy neighbors may find this case an example, so I will try and get any more info I can. I hope to look at web sites about tenants to see if they can spread the word. Anyone who knows about other badlandlord websites and can suggest additional ways of coping is encouraged to add comments here.


  440. June 16, 2009 at 5:37 am, oscar said:

    For you guys having problems with wild uncontrollable children that hang out of windows throw things and are just a noise nuisance try to get them on tape or video use your camera phone then call Child Protective Services.look them up on line they will take care of the problem ,not watching your kids is a form of child abuse (Do it for the children)and you will do yourself and the family a favor by reporting it.And for just about everyone else file a complaint with noise abatement call your cities general information number you should be able to find it there or try code enforcement there are city codes against these types of behavior and the city can be very persuasive in getting a property owner to comply if they are allowing or ignoring the problems in the building like say drug use ,prostitution .calling the police may work on some people .But not on all .If you do call them remember that they usually won’t do anything unless it’s a Criminal matter like the neighbor comes over and actually hurts you or damages property.if the neighbor comes over and yells & screams at you it’s a Civil matter .

    good luck Oscar


  441. June 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    We have the worst, most inconsiderate neighbors I have ever had the misfortune of living beneath. When we moved in things were fine for about a month – until our neighbor upstairs and her boyfriend came home at 4 a.m. and woke us up to a knock down, drag out fight they were having including screaming, slamming doors and running around. He moved out the next day and things calmed down – until her college friend moved in. Now it’s “college dorm” all over again.

    For two small women they stomp around upstairs like elephants. Sometimes it’s so bad that I can see the mirror on our wall vibrate. We have complained to the management, the company who owns our building, and the police and NOTHING has changed. She is upstairs now, stomping across the floor and slamming doors, dropping things, and slamming doors. If this weren’t a daily annoyance I would chalk it up as “apartment noise” but they have been notified and continue to act with no regard for the people living beneath them.

    The bottom line is, if somebody is ignorant they are ALWAYS going to be ignorant! I have to sleep with earplugs so they don’t wake me up when they start clomping around at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for work. I hate living here and can’t wait until our lease is up in September to get the hell out of here!


  442. June 22, 2009 at 12:02 am, Anonymous said:

    i feel for all of you having been there. no one will really ever understand our complaints till they have experienced and lived it. I’ve talked to people who lived in houses about it and they think im ridiculous but they have never lived under someone before so never have to deal with the same problem and shift their schedules and wear ear plugs at night to suit someone ELSE’s schedule.

    but in the end. you cant change other a-holes but if it makes you feel better you can make noise also. it doesnt make you any better then them but it might make you feel better. but the noise will always be there. from experience no parents going to tell their kids to not do anything they will get insulted and attacked no matter how nicely you ask. and its true they will always be a-holes till the day they die so there’s nothing more you can do.

    try to find some roommates and move into a nicer apartment with hopefully more considerate people. the only solution is to move or rent a house.


  443. June 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm, tim said:

    Make a fake letterhead with the city municipal court’s information. Type it up as it has come from them, indicating that multiple neighbors have complained about your continued noise. If it continues, you will be subjected to a 1st time 250 dollar fine, and a 500 dollar fine for each repeat offence if ANY neighbors complain in the future. Then put it into their mailbox. That should shut them up. I did that and it worked perfectly. For those with neighbors with incessantly barking dogs, if the neighbors will not do anything about it, get 20 sleeping pills, mash them up with some peanut butter or hamburger meat, then give it to their dog any chance you have, and that will PERMANENTLY shut that damn mutt up!! LOL. If it is kids making noise, pay a neighborhood bully kid who is 17 or under, and real big, to threaten to beat the shit out of their kids if you hear any more noise out of them. For parents who are the problem, call in Child protective services on them and say that they are abusing or molesting their children!
    HAHA! Fight fire with fire! works for me!


  444. July 01, 2009 at 9:35 am, Anonymous said:

    Is there a device that turn off my neighbours loud music


  445. July 10, 2009 at 11:25 am, Anonymous said:

    Landlords are not your friends. They are not social workers. They are greedy business people disguised as a public service for housing. They will give you a lease to sign that places all the responsibility on you and all the advantages for them,thus when it comes to noise you have to become SMART enough to nail the offending party while the landlord counts money.
    One time I told off a neighbor about noise… in a reasonable fashion and he came back to my door beating on it and threatening me.
    I then called the police and they hauled him away..caught in the act of property damage and threatening physical harm….went to jail and he paid fines.
    Other ways to be SMARTER…..use a recording device for noises,digital cameras(telephoto lenses are nice) Be a detective and trap them in their own game whenever possible.
    If you do lose it….hook up about 500 watts to 6 speakers and drown them out,then turn it off and answer the door when the police come in your pajamas…and a sleepy look.
    I am thinking about buying one of those compressed air boat horns and letting that go off one night.
    Also corroborate your complaints with others when dealing with authorities,then you do not look like the only fussy tenant that is complaining.


  446. July 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm, Anonymous said:

    Im so stressed the bitches above us love to slam shit especially when we get up for whatever to get a drink use the bathroom HELP im near the breaking point


  447. July 17, 2009 at 12:04 am, Anonymous said:

    you have to get revenge and get back at them OR move theres nothing more you can do… they obviously dont care you are suffering since they dont stop. you really only have two choices… either that or buy a white noise machine and blast some waterfall music to drown out their slamming. you can also wear ear plugs and noise canceling headphones that cover your entire ear it helps a little and the slamming becomes a little more minor but its uncomfortable 🙁


  448. July 19, 2009 at 11:23 am, dennis teel said:

    i learned a long time ago that there are scads of people that work odd hours,get home in the middle of the night,with the attitude that they have the right to crank their volume up,simply because quote, “not everybody works days man”!!! end quote.
    i’ve found that 20 somethings are the worst when it comes to that attitude.not always..but usually. i’m not bragging,but i’ve gotten many neighbors in the past evicted and many decided to just plain by calling the the cops leave the scene and the noise monkeys start in again.i call the cops right back.this time the noise monkeys are cited for disturbing the peace. residents don’t have any business roaming the property or disturbing the peace with music,etc, late at night and most any cop will agree with that!! and any judge for that matter.this apathy some people have for the party crowd(well you were once young too you know?) makes me sick.alot of my neighbors don’t like me because they feel that it’s the complainers that are the bad guys.that people like me are supposed to just understand that everybody has the right to do their thing whenever they want cause everybody’s circumstances are different and afterall..i DO live in an apartment and need to have tolerance for people and all their different situations.there’s one lady in particular,that lives in my complex that has that weird belief very strongly,and nearly all the 20 somethings for certain.

    you know what..


    i got another bunch of noise blasters evicted this week by calling the police.the management checked he police report that i filed. sure….i love being apathetic.


  449. July 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm, Eric said:

    Tired & Prayerful – I totally relate to your story. I have a b**ch upstairs from me that can’t weigh 100 lbs, but sounds like she is 1000lbs!!! She decided to quit her job a couple of months ago and since then it has day and night bulls**t. I am like you, I work my butt off all day, take care of elderly mom who is very ill and lives with me, and the stress of that, combined with coming home to noise every night is almost getting the best of me. I go on very little sleep, I am always anxious now of what is going to happen tonight or tomorrow, I think the noise thing upstairs is the worst part, it even tops my mom’s problems. Unfortunately I live in a condo which I own, so I don’t have a landlord to go to and the Homeowner’s association wants to keep their fingers out of it because she is of a different race and they fear the worst if a legal battle ensued. I couldn’t believe it, she gets to live off my taxes driving a nicer car, not having to work at all, and getting away with whatever she wants while I, a true blood American, bust my a** 10 hours a day and all I want is a quiet place to come back to and good night’s sleep, both of which are impossible. Funny thing is, at work I feel good, but about an hour before I clock out, my stomach starts just a-rolling knowing what is about to come and weekends are horrible as I have to listen to it for 48 straight hours…so I feel for ya…


  450. August 04, 2009 at 11:55 pm, Anonymous said:

    I advise people to camp out a few hours at late hours like from 1am – 3 am when you are interested in a place. You never know how loud things can be or what the sleep schedule of your neighbors are until you do this. For your own insurance I advise you to do so at least for 3 nights so you dont end up regretting your rent the month after.


  451. August 06, 2009 at 11:16 am, Kill Me said:

    I have had the worst year EVER….I live in Brooklyn and you all know how things are in Brooklyn …. Im originally from NJ btw and I was nervous about approaching my first neighbor. I was absolutely insane by that point…Imagine hearing music and bass 24/7 …even 4:30 am! I approached them NICELY….I only seen them once btw so i didnt really know them..So I asked nicely to turn the music down and OMG….I was cursed out,threatened….all types of crap and they made even more noise…THANKFULLY they got some snese and I havent heard a peepp from them in MONTHS because they realized I was a nice person and didnt deserve their harassment…They are like angels now …opening the door for me etc…and were all the same age …Im 23 and they are in their 20’s but after that incident I decided never to knock on a neighbor’s door again …ESPECIALLY a new yorker…

    Anyway a woman moved in about 3 months ago from a homeless shelter. The very FIRST nite she moved in she played music loudly until 1:00 am…I left at 1:00 am! so it couldve been longer…anyway I went to NJ to sleep over at my mom’s I was pissed…I was like not again and to make matters worse this woman and i share a wall so she is DIRECTLY next to my bedroom wall so we hear the music constantly…

    This is her schedule…She and her man sleeps ALL day ….than leaves like at 2:00 pm…comes back at 10:00 pm and BLASTS music until 1:30 am….Mind you my 4 and 1 year old child sleeps in that bedroom! She KNOWS this and contuinues to do it….I have banged on the wall MANY times and sometimes it gets louder….She looks like a fighter and she is doing this on purpose because i bang on the wall EVERY nite and she ignores it…. I did knock on her door before and she had an attitude about the situation so I dont know what to do…PPL are crazy especially NYers and I dont fight at a drop of a dime like they do…I have some ghetto welfare ghouls for neighbors ….They fight viciously … I dont want to fight..Call me a punk WHATEVER Ill be that I havent fought since grade school and these ppl if you complain WILL fight you …So Im at a loss…I want to move out but that’s a whole diffrent story …


  452. August 07, 2009 at 6:46 am, Anonymous said:

    got an new neighbour a year ago… the guy plays videogames until the wee-hours (3-4 in the morning)… the actual games are not disturbing … but (!) he really likes to scream into his headset as loud as he can… since the walls are paper-thin i had no other choice as to move into my kitchen to get some sleep…luckily i have a big kitchen more like a living room… so far so good (ahum…bad)… a month ago a couple moved in…upstairs… i thought my videogaming neighbour was loud.. man was i wrong… these are special… they fight regulary from 2 to 5 in the morning…yelling, screaming…sometimes drunk sometimes sober… their friends are showering/bathing from 2-5 in the morning (yeah…no yoke…and then they start to fight about who is allowed to use the bathroom and who is not ) they apparently rearrange their whole place during that time also… needless to say they stomp…no carpet … after a month of those special people above me i feel like a zombie at work …


  453. August 07, 2009 at 10:47 pm, jerk magnet said:

    right now I have an upstairs duchebag that starts her crap at 8 and will party till 2 or 3 am. The neighborhood doornob is more like it. anyway she has an eviction notice as of today.If…she is a good girl she will be here another month,if not, 3 days gone baby gone.Trash comes in many shapes and colors and she is the worst neighbor ever. seriously should have camped out….what the @#!% is wrong with people anymore, oh wait, did I say welfare is paying her rent….yuck.


  454. August 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm, Pissed Off Downstairs Neighbor said:

    Yeah, gotcha on the welfare and unemployed bit. Seems to be more and more of that lately. Not that it’s some people’s fault our economy has tanked and people lose their jobs, but some REALIZE how easy the government pays out unemployment and welfare, and for how LONG they will do it. So, they figure what’s the urgency or sense in finding another job. Got one upstairs from me now that doesn’t have a job. I have never been racist, but she is a foreigner who realized how good our new government takes care of people who immigrate here. It is land of opportunity. So while I work my a– all day and take care of a sick parent full-time all around my full-time job and chores, etc, etc, the lady upstairs screws around with no obligations, no job, no responsibility and stomps around at all hours, banging s–t around and just taking what the government hands her each month to pay her mortgage, utilities, fancier car than I have, etc. It is bulls–t, and with all the free programs available, why not just quit your job and draw unemployment and be free to do whatever. I just feel bad my mom has to listen to this crap all day when I’m at work, it’s not fair to her either and it is affecting both of us health-wise and has already been sick for months. Last 2 nights I have either been awakened or unable to get to sleep because it seems she can’t sit still upstairs for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Now, I agree that even downstairs neighbors can make some noise, but when I look at my habits in terms of how much noise I make when I close a cupboard door or window, or take a book out of a bookshelf, or even walk, you can’t tell me that what she does upstairs is ‘normal living’ type noise. She had the whole family in for a few months ago and I swear everyone of them, even the adults, don’t know any other ‘walking’ pattern except stomping and running and I bet none of them weigh over 100 lbs soaking wet, and the kids are the absolute worst, and who lets their damn kind run around after midnight anyway??? I am so sick of this, when my mom passes on, first thing I will do is put this stupid condo up for sale and live somewhere else while it is on the market. It’s just too bad my mom is in ill health and elderly, otherwise I would have done it a long time ago.


  455. August 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm, also pissed off downstairs neighbor said:

    omfg! i understand how you feel! I live under the loudest people ever! they have government housing apparently and dont work a day in their dam lives! 

    I cannot believe the government is helping all these ethnic people who immigrate to this country by giving them food stamps and housing! It pisses me off! now i never use to be racist but when i see myself working my ass off every day and take the subway to work early in the morning only to pass areas under construction with low income housing it just pisses me off! these people just immigrate to this country dont work for shit and use the government for everything! what ever happened to getting what you earned?! and working hard?! who the hell wants to work to make ends meet when you can just not work and have other people feed you and give you a place to live!? hell i would really love to just quit my job so my kids could have better. dam it all!!! 


  456. August 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm, pissed off downstairs neighbor said:

    To ‘also pissed off downstairs neighbor’ from ‘pissed off downstairs neighbor’ – you know this kind of crap didn’t happen when my I was much, much younger and growing up in the 70’s. But, nowadays anybody that wants a meal ticket and free nice place to live seems to be able to come live ‘above our heads’, why wouldn’t they want to, everything is served on silver platter by our wonderful government, and the sh–ty part of it is we pay our taxes for it to happen, so basically we are paying for them to make noise to bother us, if you want to look at it in that vain!!!! This immigrant chick upstairs hasn’t worked in months, drives a nicer car than I do, and the upstairs condos are about 200 sq ft larger, WTF?!?! Where did I go wrong??? Maybe if I quit my job I would get free government assistance and be able to live free, eat free, drive nicer cars, but as a native of the US, it ain’t gonna happen. Now I know why all foreigners from impoverished countries want to come here to live, it’s FREE!!!! And, you can piss off whoever the hell you want and you can get away with it no questions!!!! What a deal!!!! Bet if I emigrated to their country I wouldn’t get the red carpet treatment, probably get gunned down…

    I’m just tired, work way too many hours to pay for her upstairs, and sick of apartment style living, even if it is a condo, kind of wish it was an apartment, then at least I could get out at a certain date and have to try to sell in this f’ed up economy we have now. Nothing sells in our state, unemployment and foreclosure is high, but hey, there again for us native US’ers. Bet the chick upstairs won’t get foreclosed on, if she couldn’t make her mortgage (if she even pays one), bet the good ‘ol gov’t would offer her a plan to make her payments for her. I don’t see how she could come up with the condo fee, mortgage, utilities, food, insurance, etc, etc without some kind of gov’t help…


  457. August 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm, pissed off downstairs neighbor said:

    Just an addendum to my note – we do have a sort of condo management company (condo owner’s version of an apartment landlord) and I am even a board member for our condo association, but when I brought up the issue of upstairs neighbors noise at a recent board meeting the condo management, they said since it was an immigrant issue they were very wary of getting involved for fear of her going to whatever association might represent her and reprisal happening. I couldn’t believe it, we have laws and rules we have to live by, but anybody who immigrates is FREE of those rules and laws and thereby allowed to act and behave however they want to??? Seems like every time you turn on the news you see something about a police issue that evolved into a racial thing. Hey, if you come to my country, you should live by my laws brought down by our forefathers and be held in the same accord as all other natives of the USA. Just unbelievable she can make as much noise as she wants and nobody will stick their heads in and tell her tone it down for fear of retaliation. Why should I have to pay for a lawyer and record and document all the noise she and whoever else up there makes? I was told by the condo management that I should have a contractor come out and do a bid for insulating the ceiling better, but that would hugely expensive as they would have to bore holes in the drywall between each and every ceiling joist to blow in insulation, then patch and seal every hole, repaint, etc, and even then there are no guarantees that would muffle the thumping footsteps and assorted banging and crashing too much. The Green Board crap that some people talk about I have heard is a complete waste of money and labor to install it and even white noise machines aren’t that great, hell I have 2 of them going in my bedroom every night as I have to try to sleep a normal schedule, and even with those cranked high and those foam earplugs in, I can still hear the thumps every time she moves in the bedroom above my head. Its almost like she KNOWS exactly which room I’m in at any given time. I go in to take a crap and there she is in the bathroom above me, I’m cooking in the kitchen and there she is in her kitchen above me rattling pots and pans and thumping around, man its like she’s got GPS on me.


  458. August 15, 2009 at 9:07 am, Guest said:

    Boy, do Iidentify with everything in this huge beef session. I live in a townhome and the neighbors who share a wall on the left blare their surround-sound theater stereo at any and all times of day, turning my unit into a surround-sound theater–whether I like it or not. THe HOA is a ware and the vp of the HOA had to come over and listen for herself. I told her it is beyond talking to solve this issue. THe neighbor is fully aware of what he is doing. It is on purpose, now. I have talked to him twice and my wife, once. No changes, no consideration. The HOA is now more heavily involved and the property managers and landlord are involved. I have been told that I must be patient and that something will be doen soon. I have to exercise good sense and patience everyday in order to deal with this inconsiderate, worthless,neighbor. It is difficult and I am going crazy with anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation.
    But, what can I do? The j-ass neighbor has me between a rock and a hard place because he cares not to police his own behaviors. In the end I hope he is evicted. I didn’t even mention the loud, obnoxios triplet doglets the guy has. Also a nuisance, but that improved slightly when the animal control was called.


  459. August 17, 2009 at 7:57 am, Kill the noise said:

    i ‘ve tried the Fake letter with the Management signature complaining about the noise and to follow the house rules … It didnt work, either these assholes can’t read or they don’t care. they still make noise after 11pm, so i just sleep with earplugs from now on and hope these assholes move or get evicted somehow.


  460. August 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm, Jules said:

    For some reason my landlord decided to rent to some young punk kid who has invaded my peace and quiet. Possibly because his parents are paying for him to live there?! I live in a nice place,all the other neighbors are quiet. Punk is downstairs from me and probably weighs about 100 pounds. But when he walks he stomps and sounds like he weighs 300. He’s constantly slamming cupboard doors,throwing things,just constant noise. I savor when he’s not there. The neighbor before him was soooo quiet,I miss her!! I feel for the people that deal with loud stereos and fighting. I’ve been there. I live a very peaceful existence,and don’t deal w noise well or young punks!


  461. August 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm, Guest said:

    Just like Jules in the post above mine, I now have some of the more annoying downstairs neighbors I’ve ever had the displeasure of living near. I’ve been in this same unit for the past four years, and have never heard anything from any neighbor (be it above, below, or beside) beyond the occasional dropped item or moving furniture. But the two undergrads below me simply love playing their video games loudly enough for me to know exactly what they’re doing…EVERY TIME THEY’RE HOME. And since they’re students who apparently don’t work (or possibly even actually go to class), they’re home nearly all day.

    I’ve spoken with them in person, and they even invited me inside to hear things in their unit. It was louder than I would’ve thought reasonable for an apartment, but it wasn’t atrocious; I think I (and they, to an extent) are just the victims of a “perfect storm” architecturally–the walls are cement, and thus the treble from their speakers bounces straight up into my living room.

    They haven’t made any efforts to reduce the noise, although fortunately since there isn’t any bass, white noise works fairly well in drowning it out. I’ll be in this town for another two years while I finish up what I’m doing now, so I’m hoping they move out before then. If not, I might end up just finding a nice, quiet house to rent.


  462. August 19, 2009 at 9:58 am, Jennifer said:

    Oh, dear God, these complaints are all awful! I, too, can relate to being at the brink of craziness from loud neighbors. In my situation, the worst offenders were downstairs and not upstairs. The first neighbor was a 80+ year old lady who would blast her TV for at least an hour per day, to the point that it interfered with anything I was watching on TV. Her excuse was “I’m exercising”, and she couldn’t hear the TV over the sound of the exercise bike. Unfortunately, this was a little far-fetched considering she needed a walker to get anywhere. That continued for about a year until she moved to a retirement home. The next neighbor could best be described as a ghetto princess. Interestingly enough, she actually had a job and was gone throughout the day, however, her weekends and, to some extent, her weeknights were filled with get-togethers, parties, and what could be described as a running day care. Children streamed through the house continuously (only one was actually hers), banging, yelling, running, like elephants stampeding through the wild. The final straw (actually the first straw) was the party she threw to celebrate her 6 year old’s birthday, which included having children run through the house and empty apartments in the building until 2-3 AM, followed by drunken parents singing, banging, etc…We called the cops on her, only to have the cops called on us the following week in retaliation. The cop was pissed about being called again and told us to live with it. So…the moral of this story is, unfortunately, you can complain to cops, landlord, etc…but the reality of it is, there is not much you can do other than to move. Preferably to an upstairs apartment.


  463. August 19, 2009 at 10:55 pm, Had Enough said:

    I have lived in a beautifully maintained apartment complex for 9 years now. We have had 3 different tenants live above us and never had an issue with them and they had kids. The people upstairs look like they way 100lbs but sound like a herd of elephants. It sounds as if all they do is move and drop furniture all day long!! They keep the strangest hours too. I understand if you work nights and need to go in to work in the middle of the night, but be a lil considerate. It looks like it could be a single father with older sons around 17 -18 yrs old. But honestly, I am not sure…never really see them but they sure make their presence known. I pay alot of money in rent and I am getting so tired of it dealing with them.


  464. August 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm, Enough Of This Stuff said:


    “The cop was pissed about being called again and told us to live with it.”

    I’m very pro law enforcement and come from a law enforcement family. This is NOT an appropriate response from the cop.

    These people are breaking the law engaging in that activity at that time of night/morning. He needs to give you a police report that you can take to the landlord so they can evict these idiots.

    His job is to help in these situations, not sit on his ass in the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts drinking coffee.

    We’re out of our horribly loud apartment tomorrow and I’m very psyched. No more upstairs neighbors!


  465. August 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm, J. Jones said:

    I have been posting info on some innovative ways the District of Columbia has been helping tenants including coping with noisy neighbors. The District took lots of landlords to court for incessant bad conditions in court suit against Rufus Stancil, Sharlon Williams, can Capitol East Partners LLC. Conditions were not limited to tenants making too much noise, but no reason that couldn’t be one ground for government action this way. D.C. also has a Tenant Advocate and there is a non-government non-profit organization called “TENAC,” both saying they help tenants in lots of ways. A jury in D.C. found landlord and tenants guilty of seriously harm by nighttime noise. The jury rejected all defenses of landlord and tenants and obviously disbelieved testimony under oath by landlord and tenants. The landlord was a real estate agent, but testimony by a real estate leasing expert was that the landlord in this case didn’t live up to the standards to which landlords are held in protecting neighbors against harm by tenants. The landlord was Nancy Itteilag who has had lot of publicity for handling real estate. There is lot here which could help tenants across U.S. More information in the court cases should be available but I need help to dig it out. If anyone in or near District of Columbia can help me, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks.


  466. August 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm, Tired & Prayerful said:

    Well, it is now August and that bi*** is right now, at 10:40pm on a Wednesday Night, running, stomping, and frolicking through her apartment intentionally!!! It is now come to threats and I know it may come to blows soon. I’m trying to not let her bring me out of a bag, but my patience has worn thin! My only concilation is that she has been served Court Documents for nonpayment and she will soon be gone. I hope Management wins their case…..just gave a call to our Police Department for the Intentional Disturbance tonight, it’s been going on this Evening since 7:00pm!!!


  467. August 28, 2009 at 2:16 am, Mean People Suck said:

    J. Jones has the right idea. Seems like construction of the building does not account for fact that people need their space both in distance and sound. Typical built apt or condos do not have this. New modern high rise condos are solid, they seem to get it right.

    For everyone else other than homeowners or those with light footed or quiet neighbors, the building is not done right. and someone needs to take the fall for: 1) Loss of sleep to uncooperative or hostile neighbors 2) Loss of work time to those needing to take time off to recover from the loss of sleep 3) Breaching “quiet enjoyment” as guaranteed, and I say guaranteed, by the guidelines governing a rental or lease agreement ie what’s the point of renting out an apt full of disturbances, harm? J Jones has the right idea. Please list TENAC resources for all states here.

    Apt for Rent. Walls and floors/ceilings no soundproofing whatsoever. Hear every step, shower, conversation, door closing, furniture dragging. Come listen to your neighbors slam doors, stomp on floors, throw parties into the night, and enjoy the deep, rich, thumping bass from every side of the rooms. We have three pools and a state-of-the-art gym, but damn, we just can’t make sure you get sleep.

    Come join us as we elevate your blood pressure, throw your bio clock completely off, give you stomach and back pains, and force you to lose sleep, productivity, and work time. Let us rob you of your well deserved vacation time, and suck money out of your wallet at the same time. Sounds great? There’s more! Bang on the ceiling and the party just gets better!

    Good for folks who love to hear things dropped or stomping during their deep restful sleep, which means absolutely nothing to your neighbors. Guaranteed to provide loss of sleep. Guaranteed to make you more fatigued during the day and many more health problems. You may sue the neighbors if you so wish. But you can’t sue the management please. Go ahead, call the cops, they really don’t care either.

    So stop on by and see the best in apt living at an affordable price. You will have a place to stay but don’t count on getting sleep whatsoever. Make sure you work really hard now to make up for the time you’ll miss when you live here. The management looks forward to robbing you, lying to you, and making false guarantees in the agreement just to get a few months’ rental, which is really great because the apts are paid for, and it’s PURE PROFIT. Yes sir, come stop by at our apts, where we treat you the best, because we really don’t give a shit about you. Just bring your wallet or purse.

    J Jones has the right idea. “A jury in D.C. found landlord and tenants guilty of seriously harm by nighttime noise.” Now if EVERY F*CKING owner and inconsiderate TENANT was REQUIRED to sign off on this as part of the agreement, we’d all live more in peace, wouldn’t we? C’mon attorneys, you guys can pull this off. Do your cousin or niece or best friend’s son a favor and guarantee them some sleep. Make this a class action suit to every property management company, owner, and landlord that is breaching their own agreements. I wonder how many innocent people’s lives have been harmed by inconsiderate “neighbors”?


  468. August 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm, Eric said:

    To Tired and Prayerful – GUESS WHAT??? My freaking upstairs neighbor b—h her condo on the market! But, all is not rosy in that regard…)-; She has been up till all hours dropping s–t, stomping and just making life a living hell for myself and my sick elderly mom whom I have to take care of, noticed a lot of noise up there last couple of weekends and finally got up the nerve to complain, just plain had had enough and she was so rude and it took her about 3 buzzes to answer her door. Said she was cleaning the place, can’t she clean, she asks. Oh COME ON, I don’t make slam into every wall and stomp when I clean, I have taken definite notice of how I walk as a downstairs tenant, and I sure don’t stomp or ram the vacuum or broom into every baseboard or slam every cupboard or other door. I would gladly take the 10:40pm noise, try 2:30am and there is still assorted hard stomps every couple of minutes, I know she is doing it on purpose now. Granted she is packing her stuff, but can’t you do that during normal hours, even up until 11:00pm I could accept it, but after that, give us a break. This is only the SECOND time in the almost 8 years she has owned the place that I have gone up and complained, and NICELY mind you, I held my tongue even though I didn’t want to, I just wondered what was going on and when I found out she was cleaning I didn’t say STOP, I just said ok and came back downstairs resigned to the fact that I would hear her and her friend bouncing and dropping crap for who knows how long. When it happened again this past weekend I got suspicious, but I didn’t say anything, but I did notice she was a LOT louder, retaliation I suspect. hell, she’s got nothing to lose now, she’s leaving, can’t really file a complaint with the homeowner’s association, she’d probably be gone before anything was done about it, not that it would do any good anyway I would bet, and even if they did send her a letter she knows she’s moving, so she’d probably make it even more of a living hell for me and my mom, and since my mom is bedridden I really hate to make waves.

    Then I have to think of what is coming next??? Will it be worse than she is, a lot of kids? Maybe loud partiers? Either way I’m screwed, upstairs people ALWAYS have the upper hand. I doubt my mom has much time left, she is really sick and deeply depressed and those 2 things bring a person down quick, I have seen it time and time again where I work in a long-term care facility, but I know if my mom passes on, I will be out of there in a flash, I told my co-workers I don’t care if I have to come live in their garages or basements, I will never, ever, ever live below anybody again after these past 8 years. I truly hope we get new neighbors that are quiet, but with that unit being a 3-bedroom 2 full bath unit, it ain’t small, so I could potentially get another nightmare starting up there. Praying every night that they show a nice quiet couple through that put an offer down. Realtors could care less, they just want the place sold and HOA can’t discriminate against kids, so it’s a crap shoot. I only wish the b—h up there would just up and move out and maybe we could get a couple of months total peace and quiet before somebody new actually closed on the unit and moved in. But, with our luck she’ll be up there until the day somebody else takes possession, so there will be no peace. Kind of hard to get to sleep at 3AM, then up early in the morning to take care of my mom, get her to doctors, do chores, work full-time, make meals, then come home even more exhausted than night before.

    To Mean People Suck –

    Man, you got the right ideas. All landlords, or in my case, realtors, want is a unit occupied, they couldn’t care less about what others have to go through and as fast as you see condos and apts go up nowadays, you just know the construction and noise insulation is substandard, if at all. At our last HOA meeting I brought up the question of what kind of insulation was between floors and the maintenance company that handles our complex said there was most likely nothing but open space between the floor. He said you could hire companies to bore holes in between each and every ceiling joist and blow in foam insulation, and that ‘might’ help dampen some of the noise, but that would mean massive amounts of drywall patching on the ceiling and a LOT of $$$ out. They should make the upstairs tenants either quit stomping or front the cash for the insulation, that’ll be the day…


  469. August 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm, Enough Of This Stuff said:

    Mean People Suck:

    Brilliant post, so true and right on the money!


  470. September 07, 2009 at 11:51 pm, thats it! said:

    ive had it! i dont even care about living in this sh*t hole anymore! im moving back in my parents home and i dont care if i get evicted! in fact that is exactly what i want to happen! i dont ever want to live in apartment again ever in my life! ill just save enough money for down payment on a house and never have to deal with noisy a** neighbors again! if anyone of you can do the same i advise you do so! i bought 5 stereos sure it cost me a few hundred and i just blast the most annoying music 24/7 at my old place. there was just no way i was going to stay there another 6 months i dont plan on ever going to but on occasions to make sure the stereos are still running loudly. f-apartment life!


  471. September 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm, Eric said:

    To That’s It:

    Hear ya buddy, wish I had a parent’s home to go back to…I’m kinda stuck, and I got the game of Russian Roulette to play on who buys the unit above me now that it’s on the market, any of you all on this board interested???? Please???? Location ain’t superb, it’s a nice area, but in the frozen tundra of Michigan, well soon to be frozen again anyway… Anybody on this board I would fully welcome with open arms to move above me as you all care of respecting your neighbor’s right to some peace and quiet. With my luck I’ll get some damn kids above me again or late night nurses again…


  472. September 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm, Kill the noise said:

    i tried to stay home from work today but at 8 am the noisy upstairs a–holes were moving stuff and dropping things as if they are the only ones that exist. i tried my earplugs but the sound kept coming through… so i got up and threw a tennis ball at the ceiling ..of course that didn’t stop them. then they want to walk around in there shoes on wooden floors for and hour or so…. So at that point i got up and took my shower and went to work… i get more peace at work than at home…. how do these people pay rent if they are home 24/7??? I’m in a Studio and there is not that much walking and moving stuff around to be done …. Jeeez!!! these people never stop with the dumb shit. I wish i lived under quiet people who acknowledge the fact that other people live under them. Its OK.. their time will come…. when i blast my music or TV ..they better not say shit to me … I can play the i don’t give a shit game too.


  473. September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm, Eric said:

    Even those heavy-duty Hearos 33dB foam earplugs can’t drown out thuds from heavy walkers above you. Tried that…noise still comes through. I did exactly as directed on package, squeezing into a tight cone then inserting into the ear, but even though they almost completely drown out higher-pitched noise, they don’t help all that much with the lower-pitch noise like bass from a stereo, heavy thumping walkers or even noisy diesel construction equipment. I am a 2nd shifter and I noticed when they were building an office complex behind my condo complex I was awakened a lot early in the morning by the revving of bulldozers, front-end loaders, etc, and of course at night I had the b-tch upstairs walking around, so not much sleep. Now the construction is long since done, but the chick upstairs is still there…sigh…


  474. September 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm, PVC said:

    The morons beside me are hammering and sawing wood at 7 in the morning, several days a week. Their kids scream and screech constantly. The mother and father don’t work, they are too busy woodworking and pumping out more kids apparently (they have six!). Anyway, this s**t goes on constantly.

    Complaints fall on deaf ears, no one cares.

    I shouldn’t have to live in constant stress and irritation and exhaustion in my own home. This is absolutely ridiculous, and if anyone gave a crap I would complain to them. Alas all I can do is vent on the Internet.


  475. October 01, 2009 at 8:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    Everything on here is so true, so I thought I’d chime in with my horror story.

    Back in October of 06 I moved into a really nice upscale high rise apt building, I had a beautiful huge 2 bedroom on the 18th floor with a view of the water and city and all was perfect, the people above me I never once heard, and the neighbor with whom my master bedroom was sharing a wall with was an elderly woman that was extremely quiet, much like myself. I could fall right asleep and not hear a single sound in the building at night and always slept like a baby, this actually went on for 2 whole years and then August 08 she moved out and this really noisy military guy with his loud screamer of a girlfriend moved in and everything quickly went downhill. They would come in everynight of the week at 1am and stay up until 4 just having loud rough sex and never would shut-up and when I just tried to deal with it by leaving my TV on all night they had the nerve to say I was to noisy and this aggrivated me so bad its the mentality of “I will do whatever I want and be as loud as I want but when Im ready to be quiet you better be too” I filed complaint after complaint nothing ever worked. I even ran into him in the elevator one day and was very politely in asking him to be a little quieter and his response “Nope, go F**k yourself” this guy was the biggest pain in the A**. So if thats not bad enough someone moves in above that stomps and sounds like they are dropping things all the time, at this point Im just now sleep deprived and suffering from just severe depression, the worst part about my neighbors was the fact that they moved in literally 3 days after I signed a lease for another year, talk about bad luck! Anyway my point is I tried and tried and management was no help at all they acted so apologetic and helpful but in the end didnt do sh*t, so this miserableness went on from August 08 until november 08, what happened, did I move out? NOPE it got so bad that I literally didnt care if I would go broke I was going to get some sleep, so I rented a winter rental in a high rise condo about 20 minutes from where I was living from november 1st until the end of June so my solution was not a good one I was essentially paying double expenses for double homes and literally left my noisy apartment vacant for those months, the worst part being the rent in that noisy place was $1,585 a month, and for the winter months I had a beautiful 2 bedroom oceanfront condo for only $1,050 a month so here are some differences I noticed.

    *Obviously newer high rise APARTMENTS are built in the cheapest way possible even if they’re meant to be upscale, you are sharing a wall that is literally just attached with studs and no insulation between.

    *My high rise winter condo I rented was DEAD SILENT because being that they are relatively expensive condos the walls were actually solid cement with a firewall in between every wall just as double security for noise. The only noise I could hear was ocasional hall noise when I was in my kitchen, but that was no big deal, I sometimes slept with my tv in the room on until late and my next door neighbor told me they could not hear a peep and I could not hear them either, so they obviously put more quality into a high rise condo vs. apartment complex.

    -Anyway my point is my solution wasnt the best being that it was costing me almost $2,700 a month just to get sleep, 2 houses, 2 utility bills, etc, etc… and when I had to move back july 1st to my apartment those aggrivating people were still there but even worse since they obviously figured out I was gone for so long, point is from july 1 until August 30th when my lease FINALLY ENDED was miserable I was alernate between sleeping on the couch and trying to sleep in my bed late at night after they were asleep some people have told me to just sleep in my other room since I had a 2 BR and I know I could have but the point is I wasnt paying almost 1600 a month to not even be able to use my own MASTER BEDROOM.


    I now live in a house and I feel like I have my life back, its so amazing! Good luck everyone!!


  476. October 02, 2009 at 7:00 pm, Eric said:

    Anonymous who posted 10/1/09:
    I have often thought of your idea about getting 2 places just to get some decent rest and peaceful awake-time enjoyment, and I would consider going broke just for good sleep. I live in a condo, even though it is really a ‘glorified apartment’, so to speak. There is 1 main entrance connecting 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs condos. Difference is you are stuck in a mortgage, rather than rent, although owners can sublet and rent out their units, which is sometimes worse. In my 4-plex, 2 of the units are rented out mainly because in Michigan the economy is so bad the owners couldn’t get a buyer. The condo above me is up for sale right now, and I have had fleeting thoughts A LOT about putting an offer down on it, just to ensure peace and quiet above me permanently, but I doubt I could get another mortgage on top of the one I am paying on right now, even though I only owe $30,000 on mine, and why should I have to pay 2 condo fees, 2 sets of utility bills, although it wouldn’t be much upstairs as I wouldn’t use it. I also considered putting my unit up for sale and buying the upper, but I have my ailing elderly mother living with me now and that wouldn’t work, and I could also possibly be stuck with no buyers and have to rent out. At least in an apartment or rental condo, at the end of your lease, that’s it, you’ve got the option of moving, but when you own, you’re screwed down tight, literally.

    Another comment, not all condos are constructed of high-quality soundproof materials either, mine sure as h-ll isn’t, I can hear every noise my upstairs neighbor makes, although she is just plain noisy, previous owners weren’t quite as much, they walked softer, didn’t drop crap all the time or slam doors. I have been blessed with my shared wall rental neighbors being quiet, occasionally I hear their TV, but that sort of thing doesn’t bother me, it’s the damn foot-stomping above me that grates on my nerves so bad. So, buying or renting a condo doesn’t always ensure peace and quiet, concrete in between floors and walls does, but most condos nowadays are wood-frame with, like you said, just wood wall studs or ceiling joists and 2 pieces of drywall separating you from your upstairs or next-door neighbor. I got so mad one night late that I actually slapped the wall so hard up near the ceiling that I accidentally put my palm right through the drywall, damn glad I didn’t hit a stud, probably would have broke my hand. Of course 4 days of patching, sanding, repatching, sanding, then painting made me learn my lesson, retaliating doesn’t do a bit of good at all…


  477. October 07, 2009 at 10:18 am, Death said:

    Personally, I have moved around to much to deal with the normal down-falls of apartment life. I won’t deal with noise from neighbors that is out of the limits of okay apartment living.

    I had an issue with people living in the apartment complex next to mine. Since it was not my complex I went straight to there apartment manager.

    The issue was an alarm radio blaring at 2AM in the morning. I totally get we need alarms to get up for whatever work we have. I also understand that some people are heavy sleepers but to have it continue every day for an hour and a half is where I draw the line.

    I called and left a message that simply stated the apartment management had a week to resolve this issue with the noise or I would start calling the police every day till it stopped. Harsh maybe, but I don’t pay almost 1000 in rent per month to deal with none-sense.

    Sometimes we have no choise where we end up living but have respect for those around you.


  478. October 07, 2009 at 9:22 pm, LIFE said:

    As long as you live in an apartment… be prepared to expect noises (heavy walkers, dropping things, putting things down, shutting cabinets, toilet flushing, fan, showers, music, tv, accidental noises, couples arguing, spiteful neighbors, peeing, pots and pans clanging, doors slamming, etc, etc, etc.). Even if you live on the top floor, it’s still possible that the neighbor below you can take your peace away. The only solution is to get a Condo or a House. A duplex is a little better, but you’ll still get your occasional noise. Try approaching your neighbor in a friendly manner and have him/her test the noises in your apartment as you demonstrate the noises you hear from theirs. Some people are just not mindful and are just plain ignorant. The only way that you’re not going to get noises from your neighbors is if they walk on eggshells, close the cabinets slowly, watch tv with the volume low, etc. Basically, they would have to rearrange their lives. Put yourself in their shoes and them in your shoes…if you know what I mean. Where I live…I can hear noises from 5 doors down, above me, below me, eveywhere you can imagine. Doors slamming so hard that the walls shake.


  479. October 08, 2009 at 12:45 am, GiGi Is Sick and Tired! said:

    Wow horror stories. I have read everyone’s comments regarding noisy neighbors and I truly feel for you of you are still experiencing it daily. I have the same issue. Been living in my apt for 6 years now, just me and my 9 yr old child. When I first moved here I had a wonderful and strict manager that stressed to me that noise was forbidden to the utmost. Please respect your neighbors or you will be evicted. She left in 2004 1 year later moved to different apt site. Since then the management has depreciated and standards are not held high at all! I have my next door neighbors that have 2 at home children 1 in college. They are of latino descent and the husband makes a lot of money. I cant take the children and their arguing. I’ve complained to my manangers constantly but all they do it talk to them. They try to reverse it and say it’s me. My child hasn’t lived at home in months and she knows better about playing indooor. Their youngest child (3yrs old) is a true nuisance and they dont allow their children to play outdoors.. I always know when they are back home because of the constant stomping and running and horseplaying. My manager told me that the wife said, ” I have children what do you expect they are going to play.” Well that is true but the amount of noise is annoying and excessively louder than the norm. Today just took the cake….I am a full time student studying to complete my CPA license in California. I was just recently laid off so I am at home more than normal job hunting and studying. I made a comment to my manager today and she said ‘ “well maybe you can try talking to them again.” WHY! At first it was the yelling, spousal abuseand arguing and now it’s the children and the arguing….I can’t take it and I cant afford to move due to my lay-off…I was taking a nap and heard a loud (((BOOM))) and fell off the couch today. I scared the crap out of me and I was pissed. I can’t study during the day so I have to wait until the kids go to sleep and hope he is not mad at his wife and stay up arguing and beating on her all night long. So my sleep schedule has been ruined for 2 months now and I see no end to it. RIght now it’s quite for the first time since 3 pm and I will attempt to sleep. They use to speak to me now they just ignore me if I do say “hi”. I’m frustrated and I will be going to the management company tomorrow to file a complaint. I dont know what else to do….If you heard the noise that comes from that apt you will be royally pissed the fucc off too…..


  480. October 08, 2009 at 8:00 pm, Eric said:

    Gigi – I feel your pain. To LIFE: I understand your point that some noise is understandable, but there is a point where it becomes excessive and also retaliatory. I have lived in the same place for a long, long time and have always had relatively quiet neighbors, or at least ones I never noticed too much. Sure you would hear the occasional bang and such, but nothing like I have put up with for the past several years, so you could say it is excessive. I have tried being very nice, even skimming the issue in a nice, undefensive way as suggested by a lot of people when attempting to make small talk with her in the hallway or driveway and she isn’t very friendly to begin with, so even small talk is hard, but she always seems to be noisier after even a nice conversation, almost like she is trying to retaliate, living above me she has the advantage and she knows it and there isn’t a damn thing I can do but move, but with a sick mom and owning the condo, that is out of the question, at least until I move my mom into a care facility permanently, then I’m LONG GONE…


  481. October 09, 2009 at 10:55 pm, Jen said:

    The problem with noisy neighbors is two-fold. Not only does it disturb your peace/quiet/sleep/etc, but it also just continues to point out the lack of consideration that people have towards each other nowadays. I lived in a very cheap apartment right out of college above a cool guy who played his stereo loud every now and then. I never ever complained because a) the apartments were old and definitely didn’t have good insulation (which meant he probably heard me walking but he never complained to me either), and b) he was a nice guy and it wasn’t like a consistent, daily-basis type of thing.

    I’ve lived in a few good apartments since then (concrete floors, great insulation, etc) and aside from some street noise and the occasional upstairs walking, it was fairly peaceful and I never minded the rare noise-making from neighbors.

    I am now 2 months into a 1-year lease at the most expensive apartments I’ve lived in yet, and as an almost brand-new construction, either the insulation is horrible or the person above me really is excessively loud. I hear her stomping literally the entire time I am home every day… During the week, from 6:30 a.m. until I go to work around 9, and then the second I get home from work it’s already going and lasts until about 1 in the morning. I can’t imagine what requires stomping and making noise for that much of the day, and honestly I am losing sleep … 1 to 6:30 a.m. is the only quiet time I’m afforded?? I realize that moving into an apartment runs the risk of *some* noise, but some does not equal constant. I’ve told her once and she said she didn’t realize (which I completely understand) and I even pointed out that it’s possible that the floors are just thin and it’s not her fault but if she could just try to please be conscious of the fact that I can hear her not walking, but stomping, like she’s about to fall through my ceiling. She said she’d try, but it only lasted about 2 days.

    So I am now fairly certain of two things: 1) it’s very possible to live in an apartment that is built well and has solid floors and good insulation, and 2) people do have the capacity to be considerate, even if they choose to ignore it.

    I really didn’t want to go to my landlord because it honestly feels almost childish… but at this point, I have no choice but to either try to have them enforce some quiet or let me out of my lease so that I can get more than 5 hours of sleep and peace and quiet. Next time I move though, I’ll be going back to a smaller community like the ones I’ve lived in before, and I’ll be “test-driving” the apartment before I lease.

    So you’re not alone, just do what feels right… honestly. Some people are going to tell you “buy a house if you want peace and quiet”, others will say they “shouldn’t be inconvenienced just so you can have quiet”, etc. etc. They’re wrong. You as a human being living in the free-land have every right to rent an apartment AND have peace and quiet – the two were never meant to be mutually exclusive.


  482. October 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm, Eric said:

    There does come a point where there is inconsiderate and ignorant neighbors though, not only upstairs stompers, but also downstairs stereo/TV noise. Having had so many years of relative peace and quiet, or just not really noticing much stomping above me, I can say for sure that the lady living above me is just plain ignorant AND inconsiderate. I have been very nice and non-confrontational and at first she felt bad and said she would try to keep it down. However, in the past year or so things have ramped up considerably and I have asked her twice, again in a non-confrontational way to please try to keep it down, not only for my peace and sleep, but for my ailing mom, and now she seems to be stomping harder and banging things around, just to be spiteful I am positive now. Once in a while I run into her in the hall and she rarely ever is friendly at all. She had the whole extended family and her friends in when she graduated with her MBA in April and it was chaos for over 3 weeks. I had had enough by then with very young kids running around until after midnight most nights and even though I tried to be nice, I was firm this time, and she wasn’t nice, she just kind of closed the door on me.

    However, being as it is an ownership deal, not a rental, there isn’t a landlord (not that they are much help from the other posts I have read above) to lodge a complaint with and the Homeowners association doesn’t want to get involved even though I have talked to a couple of them a few times because A) she is an immigrant and they don’t want to enter what they feel might end up becoming a racial profiling situation, which is BS, everybody should have to abide by the same rules, or B) since they don’t have the same issues with their neighbors they don’t want to take their precious time to try and deal with what they feel is a petty problem in their estimation. All of the HOA members live in very quiet buildings, but ours seems to be breeding ground for noise and constant people coming and going, Murphy’s Law I guess.

    All I know is she seems to never require any sleep as she ‘pounding’ around until after 2AM a lot of times and then I can hear heavy walking and banging around before 9AM a lot of times. And it’s like she’s got GPS on me, she seems to know exactly where I am at all times. If I go to the bathroom she is in the bath above me as the units are identical, if I am in the kitchen, there she is slamming doors and stomping around, or the most aggravating, when I lay down at night, she is in the bedroom directly above mine and you hear hard thumps above my head spaced every couple of minutes, sometimes you just want to take a drill with a long bit and put it right through her floor…UGH!!!

    Nevertheless, once my mom is gone, and I hate to say that, I will definitely put it on the market and find a house, no more apartments or condos for me.


  483. October 11, 2009 at 11:00 am, nice guy said:

    Over the years I have learned always to rent on the top floor, and to take notice of shared walls. I have learned to use ear plugs, closed headphones, and to tune a radio to receive white noise. There are countless ways neighbors can be inconsiderate. I have suffered rock guitarists, people who crank their stereo every evening from 6 to whenever, stompers, bangers, loud television addicts, hyperactive children, exercise machines, you name it. I now rent a house. The extra cost is worth every penny as an investment in my sanity. I relish the peace and quiet. Right now, I am on an extended business trip living for two months in a short term apartment that was prearranged for me. It is hell, with the imbecile neighbors upstairs dragging furniture, banging things, and dropping things all day long. I can hardly wait to get back to my peaceful house, and I sympathize with those of you who are locked into leases or can’t afford a house in the area you live.


  484. October 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm, LIFE said:

    Jen said:”I really didn’t want to go to my landlord because it honestly feels almost childish… but at this point, I have no choice but to either try to have them enforce some quiet or let me out of my lease so that I can get more than 5 hours of sleep and peace and quiet. Next time I move though, I’ll be going back to a smaller community like the ones I’ve lived in before, and I’ll be “test-driving” the apartment before I lease.”

    Once you sign that 1 year lease, you can’t back out of the lease without serious penalties depending on where you live. Usually, you would have to pay off the rest of months remaining on the lease, or either forfeit your deposit at the least. Sometimes terminating your lease can lead to court issues. Also, you really can’t “test-drive” an apartment unless you’re going to live there for a few days before you move in, and that’s not going to happen. The Landlord will usually show you the in and outs of the apartment for about 30 minutes at the most and that’s not enough time to know whether your upstairs or downstairs neighbor is home at that time to know whether they’re a stomper, noisemaker, etc. And the moment you move in only to find out that your upstairs neighbor comes home at 11 at night and stomps around until 3 in the morning. In my last apartment…I could hear my neighbor upstairs urinate, watch tv, shower, close cabinets/doors, etc. Now I live in an apartment where I live on the top floor. However, the person living below me has sex and you could hear the bed slamming against the walls. I tap on the walls to let him know that the noise is excessive and too loud, and he has a fit and begins slamming and banging things downstairs.

    If you’re adamant on not buying a house and living in an apartment and get peace/quiet at the same time, then I recommend a few things that MAY help.

    1). Go for walks outside. Exercise can help calm you down when there’s too much noise.
    2). Put on headphones and listen to some soothing and relaxing music.
    3). Train your mind mentally to block off some of the noises. If you focus too much on the noise, especially a particular noise (stomping, loud music) then it will become more of a nuisance to you.
    4). Move to a different apartment within the building.

    But in the real world…apartment living is always going to be a challenge, and you’re never going to find a sound proof apartment unless you live on the top floor and the person above you does nothing all day but read, or is rarely home. If it’s any consolation…we’re all in the same boat.


  485. October 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm, LIFE said:

    Eric said: “And it’s like she’s got GPS on me, she seems to know exactly where I am at all times. If I go to the bathroom she is in the bath above me as the units are identical, if I am in the kitchen, there she is slamming doors and stomping around, or the most aggravating, when I lay down at night, she is in the bedroom directly above mine and you hear hard thumps above my head spaced every couple of minutes, sometimes you just want to take a drill with a long bit and put it right through her floor…UGH!!!”

    With the GPS situation…I had faced the same type of problem in the past. The apartments were identical. The person was a spiteful neighbor and if I use the restroom, he would be in the restroom slamming things. I think he could probably hear the fan in my bathroom and that would be a signal for him to start slamming things above me. Sometimes I wish the shoe was on the other foot and the person above me could experience what I would experience from my neighbor.


  486. October 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm, cookie said:

    my problem bitches upstairs
    1.)can’t mind their own business PERIOD
    2.)two-faced:keeps a smile when they see us then resumption of hostilities
    3.)crazy ass bitches meaning they think everything I do they need to give a response one way or another
    4.)i say again crazy ass bitches


  487. October 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm, Eric said:

    To Cookie: I like you response. Although I thought maybe this wouldn’t make it through the moderation process, it is funny to read, but it isn’t so funny that you are right in your comments.

    To Life: You know what I would really like to do, attach some sort of GPS to the b**ch upstairs from me. Her condo was on the market, but I am not so sure now, somebody has been up there 24/7 and the owner’s car has not been there at times when I hear the thumping and crashing lately, so leads me to believe she has moved another one in. Not to be racial, but sometimes people who emigrate to the US seem to bring the whole entire, extended family and friends in to live in these small apartments/smaller condos, at least that is what I have experienced with this woman’s family and friends, and while most of us natives usually visit for short stays with relatives when we travel, these people ‘visiting’ above me seem to stay for many weeks or months. Just having 2 people in mine is tight enough, you can’t hardly be in the kitchen at the same time, too small, and we are both relatively skinny people. I know at one point a few years ago she had 5 people living up above me, and then she let people of her race that didn’t have a job or place to go stay with her.


  488. October 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm, Sleepless old bitch said:

    I am the old Bitch all ya’ll talk about all the time on kid-friendly sites. I have 3 grown children(boys) , worked all my live and unfortunately have a disease that doesn’t allow me to be free of pain long enough to get some sleep, day or night.

    I was the polite neighbor., could you keep the noise down. The noise kids dragging trash cans at 1230am in the court, tuning car radio at 0200am,etc…response…”we don’t speak English, sorry or next time the son in a wife beater with the family pit bull at the door “WaHHHH?. Nice Call the HOA, what now bitch? Great. Call the cops, geez an ex-cop who they think called?

    Befriend them, food, clothing, candy…the brats are now begging for a manzana all the time. At one point 15 people lived there, they rent and the owner is AFRAID of them, “you go to court against them”.

    All but 5 moved out, I installed 6,000dllr window system and now have some peace, that and a central AC for the summer. So after 10 long years it is somewhat better, but I am not rich and I shouldn’t be an old ruca for just wanting some peace, at least at night!


  489. October 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm, Sleepless old bitch said:

    GiGi, I am sorry for what you go through, I hope your studies go well too.

    I have some less noisy neighbors, they are family car hoarders and loud, boom boom music people. They complained a little to much for a new kitchen and the owner is selling, my prayers are being heard. I know the economy is tough but when you move in a family of 4, mom, dad grown son and his daughter and that becomes slowly over 12 PEOPLE, something is really wrong.

    These places weren’t layed out for it, we don’t have a playground so the parents put any baby that can walk outside alone. I mean a 2 yo out , with no shoes is found by me a block away, and the response is SO? Can all be racial or ethnic, they say it is but is it really? I’d love to do a poll on ethnically raising kids, and/or noise levels.


  490. October 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm, A Christian said:

    I have noisy neighbours, who party till 4am about once or twice a month, which, I know is nothing compared to what some of you have to put up with, but when it’s happening it is torture and it wakes the kids up so we all have a miserable day the next day.

    I cannot go and speak to the neighbours because they’re not the type who would listen.

    So there is only one thing I can do: PRAY. I lie there in bed with my body vibrating with every blast of the bass and I do the only thing I can to stay sane. I pray to God for my neighbours and that he will work a miracle in their lives, and show them his love for them and somehow inspire them to change. This is the only way I can stay sane when they do this. Unfortunately in a world of freewill, people will do what people will do, however nasty. But God can help us to stay sane.


  491. October 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm, Guest said:

    Folks, I hate to break it to you, but the worst neighbor on the planet lives right under me! She is an older woman with a boyfriend of “questionable mentality”. They bang on the ceiling, when the worst thing I am doing is typing on the computer. And this started just after I moved in. I tried to be polite, but my run-ins with her are getting ugly. For example, she has been telling people, let me see if I got this right:

    I have lived in the building for 22 years and it was never this bad until “SHE” (me) moved in.

    I am not doing the banging!! I am not contributing to any of this!! Yet I have to listen to this every night??

    Can I break a lease over this- I know I didn’t sign up for 52 weeks of misery.

    I am so upset by all of this, it took a tremendous amount of effort to get me here, and just after 3 weeks, I can’t stand it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Sign me,

    Getting ready to jump


  492. October 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm, Unimpressed One said:

    My neighbours have been making ridiculous amount of noise for 7 years and our local council have done nothing about it and encourage them to continue – so I decided to write an article about it which contains video clips of the noise from my YouTube account.

    This is my article based on the craziest neighbors you’ll never want to meet:


  493. October 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm, cookie said:

    To eric: im pretty sure im right on my comments because thats what exactly happens and how their best described. Example’s
    1.)nosy ass bitches: they inquired on 2 seperate occasions 1st time what job my brother had 2nd time talked to my sister while she was leaving and told her what we do while at home which she already knows! there’s really no reason why he needed to say the things he said because it aint none of his busness PERIOD!
    2.)two-faced: when they see us they smile when we go back inside all hell breaks loose
    3.)crazy ass bitches symdrome may include inability to mind their own business, retaliation without provocation, hate because hell who knows why result harder stomping yawning when I go to use the bathroom one of them aint too far off followed closely by a loud yawn seriously is it really nessacary to step it up to that level!
    4.)THEIR KIDS: ok kids will be kids but not when they come bouncing basketballs agaisnt our window and door and saying boo. running/jumping inside so loud it makes my ceiling make horrible cracking sounds there’s places for that!


  494. October 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm, Emily said:

    We had retired neighbors in our old house and the man came round to tell me that when I switched the lights off they could hear it and to get new switches as it was annoying them.


  495. October 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm, Jeri said:

    I sat here and read all these comments for hours! While I read, my skinny ass neighbor who sound like she outweighs a Sumo wrestler when she walks upstairs has been repeatedly vacuuming her linoleum for over 20 minutes, had dropped something five times, slide the kitchen chairs in and out 7 times, her one year old son has ran up and down the hallway for over an hour without stopping, and her front door has been opened and closed three times. It is 9:07 p.m. which to most of you may not sound that bad..but I have been listening to the noise since 6 a.m.! When she is gone the babysitter has friends over who wrestle with the child, stomp up and down the stairs, and slam the doors. I have complained to the manager who has informed me that I must write formal letters of complaint and call the police. The police informed me that it is a landlord-tenant issue and they cannot do anything to help me. The manager said I need reports filed, the cops tell me that they can’t make a report. How interesting! I have tried the fight fire with fire tactics and they only serve to make things worse for me because the noise gets even louder. I have seriously wasted hours of my life trying to think of things to do to make her life as much of a living hell as she has made mine! She tells the manager that she is doing nothing other than living a normal life. Since when did normal living include vacuuming linoleum for over 20 minutes and repeatedly dropping things? I think she is a clumsy meth head if this is the case. I am now waiting for an upstairs apartment across the way to open up so I can get the hell out of here. I am not overly sensitive to noise…I’m just not going to passively let this bitch ruin my life and drive me insane. My advice is simple…NEVER EVER EVER rent a bottom level apartment!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never believe a landlord when they tell you that the apartment is sound proof and the neighbors are quiet! Never think that it is going to get better by having the upstairs neighbor move…you will just end up with another problem when new ones move in! I can’t wait to get the hell out of here…and I hope whoever moves in here will be deaf, for their own sake!! Thanks for letting me didn’t solve my problem, but it made me feel a little better knowing that I am not the only one that has seriously wished evil things upon their upstairs neighbors!!!!


  496. October 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm, Emily said:

    People!!! people are inconsiderate. I HATE it. I understand that the house we all live in is ancient and was not built to be split into separate floot apartments and thus is not sound proof or anywhere near it. I understand talking and laughing and the television and having to listen to them come in and out and up and down the stairs. thats just apart of living in an apartment situation. fact! but parties, loud music, yelling, from 11-5 or 6 in the morning? sex 3 or 4 nights a week 5 times a night till 6 in the morning? and it doesn’t have to be very loud for me to hear it when they’re right below my bedroom. how hard is it to stifle the moaning??? I only see my bf once a month and trust me I want to be loud! but I don’t want to know what the couples below and above me are doing when I’m trying to sleep. I just cant stand it!!!!!!! at leas the upstairs couple only allows the mattress to squeek. but the downstairs girl knows that it doesn’t take much to be loud enough for anyone to hear her. She knows. What am I supposed to do? Sex happens. Its apart of life. but its a personal part of life and I don’t want to hear it.
    I got them to quit partying thanks to the land lord and my priveledge to call the police the next time they act up again. But I can’t call the cops for loud annoying sex? its really not that loud its just annoying. It doesn’t even sound like good sex! sad… just the same thing… anyways!
    What do I do? I’m to afraid to stomp on the floor because she might just get louder! I know I would. But I have the decensy to not make any noise. I respect their privacy. I am considerate.
    What do I do? She already cussed me out from the last time they partied and I stomped over the kitchen floor. so we’re not on good terms. . . if I put a note in their box what would I say? I’m to afraid that any retaliation or moderating would lead them to be noisier!
    and that is the LAST thing I need right now.
    I turn on the washer and drier even if I don’t have any laundry to do. I have some cheep earplugs but they don’t completely obliterate it. I listen to my i-pod but I can’t sleep once I’m awake enough to turn on the washer and drier. so I stay awake from 2 or 3 till the sun comes up and then its already time to get ready for class.
    What do i do?
    I can’t handle it anymore!!!!!!
    i sometimes get up and make alot of noise around the house after 7am. just walking around heavily. clanking things in my room and in the kitchen. it makes me somewhat satisfied for a short while. Ugh!!! but still. I’m not an angry person! I don’t like being vengefull and cynical.


  497. October 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm, Eric said:

    Emily – I feel your pain, even though I am in the reverse, downstairs instead of up. Something you said struck a chord with me, you say you run the washer and dryer even when you have nothing to wash. I do the exact same thing, thought I was the only one, I also run my dishwasher almost every night even though I hardly have anything in it most times just to drown out the stomping and banging, but even that doesn’t last more than 40 minutes or so. The washer is louder than the dryer, but the longest washer cycle only lasts about 25 minutes and even though I don’t pay for water (condo association does), I have to pay for the electric and gas bills, and those have been astronimical due to gas to heat the water for the dishwasher and the electric usage for all 3 machines. It’s ridiculous I have to pay this huge tab just for some very temporary peace during the day and into the evening. At night this b–ch upstairs is up until sometimes 3AM and I am up at around 7 or 8 at latest, and it’s like she can’t sit still, she is always moving in the damn bedroom above me, but these aren’t like normal footsteps, they are just loud bangs and stomps every few minutes, just long enough apart that you can’t get to sleep and by the time you have listened to it long enough your nerves are so jangled waiting for the next thump that sleep doesn’t come easily. This has been going on for months, she doesn’t have a job, so I would imagine she has boundless energy all the time, thus the short nights. But I have to work 40-50 hrs a week, take care of a sick mom and try to keep my sanity while I am home, and so my nights are shortened by her noise and I feel like a zombie all day. Just the perfect thing to lower your resistance during this just beginning nasty flu season. I actually dread going home at point, I have come to hate it there, but I don’t have a lot of options. If it was a lease, I would haver requested a move to an upper level maybe, but more likely I would just get the hell out of apartment living altogether, but with a sick mom and owning the place in a bad area economically (Michigan), my choices are pretty much nil. Sure, I have felt like whacking the ceiling with a 2×4 many, many times at night, but I can only see the retaliation from her with me doing that, she has the upper hand, so to speak, and it could become 10 times worse.

    Jeri – you have a good point too. This b–ch upstairs from me has listed her condo for sale, but the next one that moves in could be equally as bad or worse. She has had it on the market since August, at least I think she does, there is still a realtor’s combo lock on the front door and I occasionally see people going through the unit. Until my mom dies or I am forced to put her in a nursing home I am stuck in this crappy situation. Hate to look at it in that vain, but it is the reality of it and it sucks. As soon as my mom is gone, I will be out of there like lightning, don’t care if I have to sleep on a mattress on the floor in my buddy’s HOUSE, at least it will quiet there.


  498. November 01, 2009 at 11:34 am, dustin said:

    when we first signed out lease for our apartment our landlord told us that they had no problems in our area. after we moved in our downstairs neighbor has caused 2 interruptions because of side effects from medication shes taking causing her to become violent and disruptive. we have had to call the cops twice because of her hitting my roommates car and then the second time 2 days ago for threatening to beat my roommate up. because of these issues and what our landlord said is it possible to be entitled to either free rent for one month or being moved to another apartment? the landlord is aware of these problems and doesnt seem to care. i have a 2 year old child and i fear for his safety.

    btw. the neighbor has a 19 year old daughter whom she recently threatened. she also has a child under 2 in her apartment. they didnt arrest her the first time. they did however the second time.

    please help me.


  499. November 06, 2009 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I are afflicted with noisy neighbors who don’t actually live in the apartment but use it to play poker all night long. We have heavy bass, cigarette smoke, and loud drunks slamming in and out all times of the night. They wait until the apartment staff are gone and then they come in and make noise until 5 in the morning every night. Cigarette butts are everywhere along with their empty beer cans.

    We decided to take advantage of the first time home buyer’s tax credit (now extended beyond November 30 and may include and increase of $6500 on top of $8000!!!) and get ourselves a single family detached home. Hope it will be the ultimate answer to a painfully annoying situation.


  500. November 08, 2009 at 11:12 pm, Vicenta said:

    My upstairs neighbors moved in last winter. When I met them, they actually volunteered that they were quiet neighbors, that they understood what it was like to live downstairs.

    Two months passed and one night they started playing their stereo full blast. I went upstairs to ask them to turn it down. They did, but the problem didn’t really go away. I was rudely awakened in April at about 3 a.m.! They were having a party! I called the police, and followed it up with a talk to management. They told me the apartment complex has a 9 p.m. curfew and they’d put a note on their door.

    Things quieted down after that. In fact, I thought they had moved. But in August they started up again with the music. They actually moved the stereo right over my bed! Plus, they almost always play their music between midnight and 6 a.m. I complained to management again. I called the police again. And last month, I was banging on their door again. Each of those times, I got some quiet for about a week or so, but it never lasts. I’m about to head back to management again. I am not going to try talking to either one of them (the neighbors) anymore.

    I now sleep in the living room with white noise playing on a headset. I have lived here nearly four years, and in apartments for 11 years, with only 1.5 of those years in an upstairs unit. This is the first time I’ve had to give up my bedroom.

    One thing for sure, if I find out they have renewed their lease, God forbid, I will absolutely NOT renew mine!


  501. November 09, 2009 at 11:19 pm, TXlady said:

    Well, this isn’t exactly about a noisy neighbor, so sorry if this seems a tad off topic. But it is about an equally annoying upstairs neighbor who was quite inconsiderate.

    A few years back I had this lady upstairs who threw stuff out on her patio only to have it come through the slat onto my patio. I was standing on the patio one day when she opened the door above me and threw out a pan of dirty dishwater. I had to jump against my wall to keep from being drenched. I stormed in my patio door, out my front door, up the stairs, and POUNDED on her door. When she answered, I practically yelled, “Do you even realize that whatever you throw out on your balcony comes down on my patio. I was standing out there!” She apologized, but it didn’t really change anything.

    She also had a dog that she’d leave out on her balcony, and she’d go off someplace for hours. The poor dog would howl and cry, then finally it had to pee, and the pee would come through the slats onto by balcony below onto my plants and patio furniture. I don’t blame the dog. It’s not his fault. He had to go somewhere. But the stupid neighbor who put her dog out there would just make me so mad!

    So I went to management to complain, and turned out they weren’t even supposed to have a dog. It wasn’t in their lease. I think before it was all over, the Humane Society got involved. The dog was taken away within a week, and the lady was gone soon after. Good riddance!


  502. November 10, 2009 at 2:19 am, Anonymous said:

    Im a broke college student and I feel for you guys! During my sophomore year I rented an apartment that cost me a good grand every month and I had to deal with the noisiest and rudest people on this earth! These people were NOT college students but 20 somethings who stayed up all night and partied and listened to loud music and their televisions were on 24/7 !!! im sure they were not even home to watch it sometimes! anyways I’ve complained many times! and I had to work a part time job plus wake up early for class! I had to pay tuition and rent by myself and it made me bitter that I couldnt get out of lease and had to waste my money and time in that dump!

    my only answer was to find a shared home and rented a room there with nice young professionals who like me had to work and go to school. It was easier on my wallet and it worked out nicely for me. So if you’re like me who don’t have alot of money. Shared housing with normal people who actually have lives might be a better choice to go. Good luck to you all and god bless!!!


  503. November 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm, Guest said:

    Hahaha these stories are great and it’s good to know I wasn’t the only one dealing with this nonsense…3 years worth in my first condo, I was the upstairs neighbor, the way it was built meant I only had one connecting unit, the one beneath me…but that was all it took. These people (a brother and sister) were drug dealers and partiers, up at all times of the night drinking, yelling, slamming doors and walls…just complete trash. It was maddening; there was no reasoning with them as they were rude and violent and not worth getting into a fight with…it got to the point where I wanted to sell my place, although I loved the layout and the commute, I just needed to get some sleep!

    But then, the greatest thing happened during one of their many parties, things were getting out of hand and a verbal (if not physical) fight was breaking out – apparently, several of the neighbors called police this time, and they responded…as soon as I heard the sirens things got quieter and frantic down there, I could tell they were probably desperately looking for places to hide their drugs and bongs…well they didn’t have enough time as several cops entered the apartment and I heard the cop sternly warning them about something…next thing you know there’s a loud scuffle and all the cops swarmed into the apartment…the girl who lived down there was yelling and threatening the cops, she was obviously drunk or on drugs, and the cops dragged her kicking and screaming outside, where they threw her forcefully to the ground and handcuffed her…it was great! Her and her brother were arrested and I got to witness it…KARMA had arrived!

    Years later, I read in the newspaper of their exploits – she was arrested several more times for prostitution and drug possession, and her brother was found floating face down in the nearby river, killed after an attempt to join a gang went bad. I couldn’t summon up pity for either of them.


  504. November 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm, Misery loves Company said:

    Darn…I knew I should have taken advantage of Obama’s $8,000 stimulus package. Is it still available? LOL! Even so, houses are just too expensive on my salary…so I’m stuck in the same boat as nearly everyone who posted on this website. Someone I know lives in a small apartment-like place that’s actually an extension of a house, or something like that. It’s basically a unit by itself no larger than a small 1 bedroom apartment. It looks like a small house that has a bathroom, kitchen, and a small area where you can sleep. I would love to live in a humble place such as that. I could care less about the size because peace and quiet are priceless. Does anyone know what do you call these type of units? I’ve been dealing with noisy neighbors below and above me. The guy below me slams every door/cabinets, flushes the toilet every half hour at least, turns on the garbage disposal for about 10 minutes each time he uses it, and he uses the disposal a lot. The people upstairs play music and sing so loud that the entire apartment complex complains about it, and the LL does nothing about it because he’s terrified of them. I have high blood pressure and get heart palpitations and headaches everyday from dealing with this. I can’t concentrate at work and dread going home to my apartment because of this.

    I drive off in my car to anywhere or read my bible at the park for as long as I possibly could just to avoid dealing with the noises when I’m in my apartment. I can’t wait until Jesus comes back and takes me home where I can be in peace forever.

    God Bless!


  505. November 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm, Jess said:

    I’ve got a neighbor who has 4 kids and she has demanded that the landlord tells every tenant new and old that they MUST be quiet after 7 pm because she puts her kids to bed. Well, all the other tenants cannot do laundry, run a vaccum or such as sneeze after 7 pm because of her. I’ve heard her run her washer, play her music and yell at her kids after 7 pm. But in the mornings around 5-6 am she is up and yelling at her kids or playing music at 7 am. She talks soooo loud it’s horrible, and it’s not yelling when we do hear her talk. I can hear every phone conversation she has and what exactly it’s about. Not only that I have a 3 year old child in the house and when it’s nap time she can’t even get that because of her noise, we have went as far as putting in a radio in her room so it blocks some of it out. This woman was from the city and she moves here to a nicer part of town and thinks she can be rude like they are in the city and it’s just not right. She uses the excuse that she has 4 kids, and that she is the only one that works in the building. I am disabled and the other tenant in the building is also. So just because we don’t work I suppose we are supposed to deal with her noise and take her garbage out because she don’t even do that. We all have garbage cans outside and we are supposed to help take them out, she don’t even help to do that because she works. I’ve called the landlord and told the landlord what’s going on and she says she’s not getting involved and that we have to talk to the woman about her noise. I’ve talked to her so many times it’s ridiculous, so I started calling the cops and when they come she says we are the ones who stomp all night and day and we play the loud music and that I have a child who screams night and day. I’m so fed up with doing anything more about her, the cops don’t do anything but threaten to cite her and I when I’m not the one making all the noise. I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford to pay a dumb cititation all because she’s ignorant and thinks her crap don’t stink all because she got 4 kids and she works. I have a child too and I know how to keep mine quiet unlike her. If only people knew what I hear day in and day out, her kids are constantly screaming I could just pull my hair out, it’s like she don’t even pay attention to their needs, she just yells at them to go in their room. The thing that bothers me the most is my partner and I are quiet people and it’s not right that when we confront her she just gets worse, and it all comes down to she “works” and that I need to keep my child quiet, my child has her days and such but she is nowhere near as loud as her children.


  506. November 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm, Misery loves Company said:

    I wanted to mention this but forgot. Why are all office buildings soundproof? The office building I work in is virtually soundproof. The floors are solid and so thick that you can drop a barbell and the people working in the floor beneath you would not be able to hear it. I wonder why apartments are not built this way? I suppose if they spent more money on the type of building material as they do with office buildings, the Landlord’s wouldn’t make a dime.

    Install a shower and a bathroom in an office building and let me live there. Haha!


  507. December 01, 2009 at 7:43 pm, Eric said:

    To Misery Loves Company-

    I hear you on the setting up a shower and bath in the office building. I can’t stand my upstairs neighbor, she is enough to wake the dead with the thuds from her feet and I know she does it intentionally late at night because she knows she has the upper hand, so to speak. I have complained to her just a couple of times in the almost 9 years she has been there and even then I was non-confrontational and tried to make the point that I didn’t want to create ill feelings between us, and that was only when the noise was really intense. I would LOVE to live in a place like you were talking about, no matter how small, just a small kitchenette, bathroom and sleeping area is all I would need too, I never seen such a setup but it would definitely be like heaven, that’s for sure.


  508. December 01, 2009 at 8:47 pm, Sex Addicts as Neighbors! said:

    My newest neighbors just moved in about a week ago, along with their yappy mini dauchsund puppy. Our bedrooms are just a wall apart and I have not had a nights peace since! They work late I think because they always get home around 9 at night…then the noise starts up- loud rock music, dog barking, and then……bang, bang, bang! Their headboard against my bedroom wall!! Its so bad it shakes MY bed! Its ridiculous….and lets just say that the girl over there isn’t exactly…quiet.. Its so loud it that when Im laying in bed it sounds like they are in the same room as me and my fiance! Our mutual neighbors had everyone over for some drinks and the guy seems cool but the girl is very stuck up and just generally not nice! My boyfriend casually mentioned something to the guy who said he was very sorry and tells his gf to shut up but she thinks its fun for everyone to hear her! he actually said those exact words! so in this situation where the neighbor is making the noise purposefully what can i do???? Im afraid to call the cops on them…theyr kind of scary! We are on the top floor and I know the poor neighbors under them can hear it too! And not to mention the awful smoke smell that seeps into our apartment from theirs…omg! please help?? I think saying something only made this worse!


  509. December 03, 2009 at 8:48 pm, Misery Loves Company said:

    To Eric:

    Have you tried looking for an apartment on the top floor of your building? perhaps you could move to another room on the top floor. I would tell the manager or LL to keep an eye out for a top floor apartment and explain my situation to him/her. And since you have been there for 9 years, you should have precedence over other tenants. I know there are ways that you can lower the noise level by adding things to your apartment.

    But like you, I find life unfair that I have to rearrange my life just because my neighbor is not being mindful of others.

    I remember a few years back when I use to live in a small studio inside a music arts center. You could hear the music coming from the music arts center from a block away. But what was interesting was the the rooms were soundproof. The apartment rooms in the arts center building were amazingly quiet. I couldn’t even hear the music. lol! The floors would never creak. It was almost as if the floors were made out of 2 feet thick cement. I don’t know why they don’t build apartments like this anymore. I notice that LL’s will most likely show you the apartment around 10 AM to 2 PM when everyone’s at work when you’re looking to rent. And the moment you move in, you find that it’s ridiculously noisy because you experience people coming home from work and slamming cabinets, stomping around, etc. I think it’s wise to take a look at an apartment when everyone is usually back from work, or on the weekends when most people are at home in their apartment so you can decide if it is truly quiet. And test the floors by walking on them heavily, or tap the walls to check it’s density. I found this information on a website that helps people find quiet apartments.

    I feel for everyone suffering from the noises in their apartments because I can relate. Just knowing that I’m not alone makes me feel better….I guess.


  510. December 04, 2009 at 9:15 am, Lori said:

    Hi everyone, I cannot believe this post has been going on for three years! Sorry to everyone with severe neighbor problems but I am so relieved. I felt like I was going mad. It is comforting to know I am not alone in expecting peaceful living. Maybe all the decent people should get together and rent from the same complex and let the jerks have each other. I am on 4 hours of sleep this morning.

    My neighbors downstairs are driving me nuts!!! Their stereo bass was thumping until 2 a.m. last night. I don’t think there is any sound that drives me as crazy as that. It seems like every night the time is getting later and later. It has reached a point where we cannot sit in the living room anymore. Okay, I’m a pacifist so I watch it in the bedroom. Now, the sound is reaching my bedroom!

    We try to be conscience of not trodding heavily, not blaring our stereos or tvs, not vaccuuming or doing laundry after quiet hours. We are considerate of the fact that they have an almost two year old. They on the other hand, rev car engines, blast the stereo, slam doors, hammer things at all times of night, fight constantly. There have been times when we were sure they slammed each other into a wall. What I don’t get is how can you stand this level of noise with a two year old in the apartment!?!?!? I feel so bad for that child who is going to end up with impaired hearing by the end of it all. Bad enough they want to ruin other people’s quality of life but how moronic are you to enjoy this quality of life yourself! I live in a rural complex outside of any big city or college campus. They are grown adults and parents, time to grow up and find respect for others.

    Anyway, I just needed to rant, I am on a mission tonight to get ear plugs and now, from your posts a sound machine. We really cannot control other people only our reaction to them. We have two months left on our lease and I am so thankful to get out. We debated not moving b/c of the hassle but the last two weeks made our decision for us. I will be searching out soundproofed apartments! I am sorry for everyone else’s misery but misery does love company and I feel less crazy knowing that I am not alone.


  511. December 05, 2009 at 7:49 pm, Anonymous said:

    As I’m writing this right now, the girl above me is stomping around in high heels on her hardwood floors. Even though it’s only 5:30 PM, it’s driving me batty because I got about 4 hours of sleep last night and the night before. Not only do I have a horrible neighbor who lives directly above me, but her neighbor plays extremely loud music or his electric guitar in the wee hours of the morning. My building is an old, historical building with hardwood floors that were not laid directly onto the cement. So, there is a pocket of air between the hardwood and the cement, and the sound just travels like crazy…especially bass. If I would have known this before I signed a lease, I never would have moved here. I’ve dealt with the normal apartment noise before, but nothing like this. I seriously hate the two neighbors. They don’t realize that they are wrecking havoc on my normal everyday life, and since I’ve talked to both of them and asked them nicely to be quiet during quiet hours (10PM-8AM) I don’t think they even really give a crap. I’ve talked to the landlord a few times, but as of yet nothing has really been done. I’m in the process of looking for a new apartment since my lease is up and I go month to month, however I don’t know if I would be moving into something worse. Plus, moving sucks. Eventually my boyfriend and I will be getting a house together, but with the way the economy is now we can’t.


  512. December 06, 2009 at 1:43 pm, Bad Neighbor said:

    I cannot believe how many people are going through the same thing I am. wow. Anyway, I have been living in a nice apartment building for the past 3 years. My former upstairs neighbor moved and the neighbor from hell moved in. I knew it was trouble when she was moving in actually. Who in their right mind would unpack their boxes after midnight and literally drop what sounded to be helmets and bowling balls directly on the wood floor?

    I told my husband right there she’d probably be very inconsiderate and I was right. It took her about 2 days before she started playing blaringly loud BASS music from literally the time she enters her apartment until she is finally ready to go to sleep. But of course, she never goes to sleep before she paces back and forth in her apartment sounding like a gorilla with combat boot tied to her feet.

    We went to out management about her and she only retailated. While she keep the music down, she started to literally walk in heels at all times to piss her off. I called the manager again about that and now the girl has stopped walking around in heels but is back to playing the loud bass music as if SHE’s giving us a choice..either the walking or the bass.

    I have never been the kind of person to think about revenge but although she thinks she has the upper hand, I am about to show her that no, I AM the one in a power’s how:

    1. I am in a very lucky position of not having to work right now, so that means my hubby is the only one working, which he goes to work at 4 in the morning.

    2. I know the woman upstairs gets up at 8 am each morning to get ready for work.

    3. I will get up right after my husband leaves and take a basketball and do a little Micheal Jordan on the celing very hard until I hear that she’s up.

    4. I expect her to either get up and stomp back or turn her bass music up.

    5. That’s exactly what I want to happen because I know she is not sleep.

    6. I will do think each and every day because I know I can get my sleep at 9 when she leaves the house for work…whenever she takes the day off to try to get back at me, I’ll go over to my mom’s home which is close by to sleep.

    7. I expect after she see’s how long I plan to do this (and I can afford to catch sleep while she’s at work, but what is she gonna do?) she’ll come-a-knocking.

    Then we can talk business. I’ll letb you guys know how it goes…it starts tomorrow morning. lol


  513. December 06, 2009 at 9:38 pm, Misery Loves Company said:

    My neighbor downstairs uses the restroom every half hour or less, and each time he uses the restroom he slams the door to the restroom. He lives by himself so this is kind of strange that you need to close the door. lol! Each time he closes the restroom door it’s like :BOOM!!! There’s so much slamming noises downstair that I find it difficult to understand what he can be doing. It almost sounds as if he’s walking on the walls or throwing things up to the ceiling. People usually complain about upstairs neighbors, but this person is more noisier than anyone I’ve experienced in all my apartment living years. I confronted him one time and he told me, “If you hear slamming noises at 2 in the morning it’s because I’m ****ing!” (having sex). Now that’s just inconsiderate of others and not being mindful of what he’s doing. He can’t be more than 5 ft tall and weigh more than 100 lbs, and yet he makes more noise than andre the giant walking with army boots, and he lives downstairs. He’s always home so I have to deal with the noise 24/7. It seems to me that the neighbors that make the most noise are home all the time.


  514. December 08, 2009 at 7:03 pm, Eric said:

    To Misery Loves Company:

    I actually live in a condo which I own, not rent, so I don’t have a landlord and the homeowner’s association has tried unsuccessfully to combat loud stompers before without any success. When the upstairs people are confronted they always counter with ‘It’s normal living noise’. So, I’m kind of in a screwed type situation. Sure, I could market my condo and try to find something else, but in Michigan not much is selling, and I sure don’t have the money for anything better, and I also have an elderly mom living with me who is not well and couldn’t handle the showings/move, so it is a Catch-22, so to speak. And, like many others have said, how fair is it really to have to move because of somebody else’s noise? Although many have, and I would in a heartbeat if, A) my mom was well enough to, and B) I could find better something reasonably priced, and C) I could be assured my condo would sell in a reasonable amount of time. Can’t afford 2 mortgages, 2 sets of utilities plus the condo fee on the present one.

    As someone alluded to above, wish all of us on this board could move into the same complex, we are feel the pain and would be conscious of the noise control. Wouldn’t it be nice…


  515. December 09, 2009 at 3:45 pm, Laziro said:

    Pardon my ignorance, thought a lot of condos had cement flooring. Only an eternal renter here. It’s a matter of the degree of actual noise though that often is a matter of opinion. A young guy basement of the apartment from us has parties until the am hours maybe a couple of times a week. Depending on how loud it sounds I might just try to sleep over it as best as possble or maybe go into another spot in the house to try and rest or whatever. Not really much music either – more of loud macho movie type party I guess. It’s not really that terribly bad so haven’t really considered mentioning it to him or complaining. Plus he is not doing it constantly anyway. On the other hand another couple moved in with a toddler who seems to be allowed to run and stomp pretty regularly every day and night. Also the little guy seems quite hyper or something crying screaming a lot. Another thing seems odd: they don’t even seem to hardly take him out of the apartment either. Basically, it’s fairly loud and it just occurs too often for I guess what you would say is reasonable noises expected for an apartment type environment, especially for an upstairs dwelling. And we don’t even live directly below them either! But the person who hears this stuff full throttle who does says she will complain.


  516. December 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm, Eric said:

    To Laziro:
    I live in a condo that is wood-frame, no cement between floors, just what I am guessing is plywood (the upper unit’s floor) set on top of a set of joists then a piece of drywall that is my ceiling, only on the 1st floor, which is just the cement foundation anyway. Although she has carpet throughout you can hear every loud stomp clear as day as from what I can tell from the insulation sites I have looked at the sound vibrates between my drywall ceiling and her floor creating a massive echo chamber. I can be in the living room and she can be in the bedroom that is ‘kitty-corner’ and not directly above my living room and I can clearly hear the stomping in the bedroom above even from my living room, the noise travels that far. There should be some kind of statute or something for apartments/condos stipulating that there should be cement between the floors to dampen the footfalls if nothing else. I can deal with loud TV’s and even some stereo on occasion but the footfalls are sheer hell especially since she is a nurse and always on different shifts. I get used to her routine for a few weeks then she changes shifts and then I have to deal with late night/early morning stomps that are loud enough to wake the dead and what sucks so bad is her computer room is right above my bedroom so she constantly either keeps me from getting to sleep or wakes me up early…ugh, I can’t wait until I can be free of this nonsense…


  517. December 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm, Misery Loves Company said:

    To Eric:

    It’s sad how the Homeowners assoc. consider loud stomping “normal living noise.” I’m sure most of the staff live in houses, so they’re not aware of how this can be life altering. If only they can experience it first hand. I hardly consider lack of sleep, headaches, and stress as a result of loud stomping “normal” in any case. If all of us here lived in 1 super apartment complex…I’m sure we’d all respect each other and would never have complaints. My blood pressure has sky rocketed because of the noises from my loud neighbor. 🙁 I get minor relief sometimes when I turn on the heater or the bathroom fan. White noise helps a tad, but not enough to drain the noise coming from downstairs and upstairs. Hope things get better for you and your mom. I will be praying for you and your mom’s peace.


  518. December 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm, Laziro said:

    It’s true that it can be life altering if for one you can’t sleep much at night! It certainly does seem that many of these buildings are rather shoddily built. Obviously at the time not a ton of consideration and thinking went into many of these places other than maybe more economical and faster ways of doing things. The fact that we are able to hear various parties getting it on pretty vividly actually says something about the way the joint is built. Also, a little confusing is how smaller individuals like little kids moving about are often the louder offenders?! But there is loud TV because it’s night and things are a little quieter outside and stuff, and then there is LOUD TV! I really think it comes from folks feeling a little less pain than usual, if you catch my drift.


  519. December 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm, Misery Loves Company said:

    I forgot to mention. Someone had told me that it’s cheaper to rent a house instead of an apartment. I’ve seen houses for rent which are cheaper than apartment rent. They are 1 bdrm, 1bath, houses for rent and the best part is that you have no neighbors above or below you. I am going to look into this. Just a suggestion. 🙂


  520. December 13, 2009 at 6:49 pm, Freckles said:

    I love this site! I have awful upstairs neighbors as well. It’s nice to see a site like this 😀

    My husband and I lived in our apartment for 3 years. We are renting a large two bedroom apartment. We are renting in a “nicer” apartment complex, and we pay a small fortune to live here. We are trying to pay off debts before we purchase a home, so I can stay home if we have children.

    We lived here in peace for 2 years and 5 months. Then we got new upstairs neighbors. They are awful. They have loud music on all hours of the day, and sometime late into the evenings. There is supposed to be 2 people living their, but I have seen at least 1/2 dozen or so living their at various times. A few weeks ago, they were beating on the floors with drumsticks and stomping their feet. I asked them to please keep the noise down. They guy told me “If you have a F***ing problem, talk to the F***ing management because you have no business disturbing me in the middle of the F***ing night.”

    And they slammed the door. Why are the noisiest always the most ignorant?

    So I went to management and they got a 10 day notice to get quiet or get out. Ahhh! Peace!

    10 days later, at 3:45 am, they decided to start to practice their drumming above my bed. I was PO’d. So I go outside, and I see all the lights turned off. It was so weird. They continue to bang the dresser/floor/ anything that made noise on and off for 2 hours. I called the night-time security guy. When he arrived they were so quiet it was as if they didn’t even live there. Since the lights were off, there was nothing the evening guy could do. 10 minutes after he left, they started to bang the floors again.

    I went to management… again. They are going to get an eviction notice tomorrow.

    Do I feel bad? Yes and No.

    I feel bad because I just evicted them 10 days before Christmas, and yes, I feel awful about it.

    However, I don’t feel bad because in 10 days I will finally be able to sleep at night.


  521. December 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm, Freckles said:

    To misery love company,

    I have looked into renting a house as well. I fear, that most of those houses being rented are on the verge of foreclosure by the owner of the home, who can no longer pay the mortgage.

    I have heard to many stories of people getting “evicted” from the rental house, and given 10 days notice because the owner didn’t pay the mortgage. I don’t want to have to scramble to find a place to live. Just make sure you totally trust the owner of the property before you rent.


  522. December 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm, Eric said:

    To Misery loves company:

    It actually wasn’t the homeowner’s assocation and our management company that said it the stomping was ‘Normal Living Noise’, it was the co-owner that the letter was addressed to that had replied saying that. The HOA had no choice but to agree with it, because as you said, those in the management company make nice livings and don’t have to live in condos that are really just glorified apartments. If I had known all this upon buying the place I never would have, but there was decent people above at the time. I didn’t realize how lucky I had it. Sure I could hear them on occasions, but it wasn’t much of a sleep disturbance, which is the biggest factor and from what I read on this board, sleep deprivation IS the major contributor to hating these type of arrangements whether it be above or below somebody inconsiderate or ignorant. I try my level best as a downstairs neighbor not slam doors or windows, run the vacuum or for god’s sake shovel my deck off either very late at night or very early in the morning. I live in Michigan so we get a lot of snow and the ignorant b–ch decides to shovel the snow off her deck either very late at night or very early in the morning when we get a heavy snowfall knowing full well that our bedrooms are situated below the deck and we can hear the scraping and booms of her feet on the boards. This I could take if that was all the noise I had to deal with, it’s just the bangs and stomps late at night and early in the morning that really have started to wear me thin. I have ended up losing almost 35 lbs in the past year due to just high levels of anxiety and stress and losing my appetite. This kind of living just plain sucks! If it weren’t for my sick mom I’d be gone in a flash, I’d stay on the top floor of one of those extended stay hotel-like places until I could sell this condo (if I could with the noise). It would be worth the extra money output just for some peace and quiet and actual managerial control over excess noise.


  523. December 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm, Eric said:

    To Freckles: I feel for you, buddy, I actually had the management company representative in to my condo one morning to take a personal listen to the upstairs noise, but she knew they were coming and she was as quiet as a church mouse until they left, then she made it all the worse for a while. I reluctantly even left a Christmas card for you this past weekend on her door in hopes that that would create some ‘goodwill’ between us and she would be more respectful towards us. I have only complained a couple of times in many, many years and was really quite non-combative, just asking her to please be aware that the noise carries and to please try to be understanding that we need our rest too. I don’t wake her up when she sleeps, although she doesn’t seem to do or require much sleep as she is up late into the night, and I am talking like 2 or 3AM and early in the morning. The Christmas card seemed to do no good, she was just as loud last couple of days and I didn’t even get a courtesy thanks or a card back from her. What a b–ch!!! I do wish all of us on this board could all room in the same complex, I do believe it would extreme peace…


  524. December 14, 2009 at 7:04 pm, Eric said:

    To Misery loves company:
    I like your idea about the 1-bed, 1-bath detached home, but there isn’t many of those around here for rent, I would love not to have any other unit attached to any of my 4 walls. It is rather rare to find a home that small unless it is a guest house on a larger property or something like that. You mostly find 2 or 3 bedroom homes and the rents aren’t inexpensive, at least not in the city and or the suburbs where I live in Michigan. Heck, if it wasn’t for caring for my mom I could live in a mobile home even, at least I wouldn’t have to deal with neighbors ‘attached’ to me and have to ‘live’ within their sleep/wake timeframes. And it really is sad when you are really tired and want to take a nap on the weekend or day off in your own home and you can’t get because of stomping. I have had a lot of rough days with my mom’s care and a full-time job both emoitionally and physically and all I wanted to do on my day off was take a long, peaceful nap due mainly to lack of nighttime sleep and I turned on a loud fan, put heavy-duty earplugs in my ears and not 10 minutes into my ‘nap’, SLAM on the floor right above me, I swear to god she just knows when I am laying down…


  525. December 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm, King said:

    I live in a duplex and my neighbors downstairs seem to have a problem with my ” Noise “. I make no noise what so ever, I never have my music turned on loud, or any other type of nuisance But i think they think that i am masterbating all the time lol, Because i can hear them laughing and snarkling at the wall ( since our walls are thin ) but i sware to you, I am only sitting here working on my computer, and Breathing. I don’t know what it may sound like on their end, But im sure it sounds like something. I’ll give you an example of what i mean… ( i am usually just sitting here working, Very quiet, and i will hear my neighbor ” Discretely ” bang on the wall or slam a door as if to catch my attention. So i then just sit still and i hear them talking and giggling and snarling at each other… and when i go to lay down to sleep. they are still banging the walls as if im making loud noise. I am thinking that either the floor boards are so shitty that they creek everytime i breath ” giving them the impression im wacking off ” or maybe they are just loud and like to bang on walls. Anyways, I just hope they shut the —- up, cus it’s so annoying. I am only 20 and i could be making tons of noise, but i am just too considerate.
    Oh well, —- them. They have never knocked to complain or anything because i don’t make any noise that i am aware of. Like right this moment, They are softly banging the wall as a type, i guess on their side they can clearly hear the swaying of the floor as i type of something. I have no idea and im confused. lol what the hell should i do?


  526. December 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm, Laziro said:

    To Eric:

    This is a longshot but maybe this lovely creature just didn’t get around to responding to the card yet or couldn’t figure out how to do it yet. Sounds like she’s operating on auto pilot some reason and just shuts everything out of her mind.

    To King: The way you discribed the situation there’s no way anybody should be complaining about squat. But sounds maybe like there’s some missing piece to the puzzle. Maybe the music is just on a lot? Another thing, and maybe this does not apply here but it pretty much seems that manufacturers and retailers have absolutely no limits or considerations as to how powerful sound systems or products that produce sound and who they are sold to. So essentially employees don’t give a damn if they sell a 500 watt sound system to someone that lives in a tiny one room basement dwelling in an apartment complex, or to an owner of a discotheque, just as long as they get their sale. Obviously it is entirely up to the discretion of the person who bought the equipment. Even if you keep those units turned to a “reasonable” volume, they still may be penetrating.


  527. December 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm, Misery Loves Company said:

    To King:

    Are you sure that they’re laughing and snarkling because of you? It’s highly probably that since the walls are so thin, you could hear what’s going on on their end. They probably don’t have any problem with you at all, and you may think that they’re laughing at you when they’re probably justing busy watching something funny on TV and moving around. I know that some people watch TV while lying in bed and laugh because of something funny on TV. I know that when I laugh while watching TV I move by body. When you deal with apartments with paper thin walls…there could be 101 reasons that could cause banging noises. I would knock on their door and ask them if there is a problem, in a friendly manner that is. But with the case of Eric and most of us here…our neighbors are just inconsiderate and not mindful of us. And if your neighbors do have a problem with you, I would confront them in a friendly manner and discuss it with them. Hope all goes well.


  528. December 20, 2009 at 3:29 am, Misery Loves Company said:

    To King:

    I forgot to mention. Do you think it might be possible that your neighbor might be engaging in sexual activities or having sex when you hear the banging noises and giggling? If it’s a couple then it’s more than likely that is the case. If you’re sitting at your computer and not making any noise whatsoever, and you hear banging and giggling from walls, then it’s probably them just having fun with themselves.


  529. December 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm, Anonymous said:

    I can’t wait to move. This place was peaceful and quiet until the current neighbors moved in with 3 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment. They let them run and jump inside as if they are on a playground! Apparently I am supposed to be on their schedule, since they woke me up at 6:30 one Sunday morning, although I have NO children and I keep my noise in my own apartment.

    When you live in apartment, you have to be conscious of the fact that your noise can disturb others. I fully expect to hear my neighbors sometimes, but it isn’t reasonable to have to constantly listen to booming and banging because someone allows their kids to run wild inside of their apartment like they’re on a playground. You need a house for that! I just don’t get it. I was not allowed to run and jump in the house when I was growing up, for obvious reasons like you can get hurt and you might break things!


  530. December 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm, King said:

    Probably unlikely as in, my Room is Connected to their living room ( VIA A WALL ). I don’t know a whole bunch about them, only that they are ( Same Sex ) and i doubt they swing that way. But after posting, They have sort of stopped a bit.

    You could Totally be right about just thinking that the banging is not aimed at me but rather them just doing whatever. ( not sex )

    Over all it’s no biggie, I just don’t want them to get some skewed impression of what I’m doing lol.
    I mean, i find it hilarious rather than a nuisance. I never really have a problem with ” Loud ” neighbors, the previous tenants used to blast music right beneath me until 3 AM, with at least 5 cars parked outside . I’m pretty laid back and young so i guess it tends not to bother me as much as it would other people. It’s just the thought of them possibly directing the banging to me when im not actually making any noise, but if its just them doing whatever then i could really care less what noise they make.


  531. December 21, 2009 at 8:05 pm, Eric said:

    To Laziro:
    I actually ran into this ‘lovely creature’ today in the common hallway and she was rather ‘distant’ like she almost always is and didn’t even make a comment on the Christmas card one or the other, not even a simple thank-you. I thought it would have been nice had she reciprocated even, but hey that’s going WAAAYY out on limb. Either way, no thank-you and noise hasn’t lessened above. I do believe you are right, she is totally in her own world and not even cognizant or cares about anybody else that lives around her. I swear she must re-arrange her pots and pans every day, you can hear them banging around for hours if you are down in my living room or kitchen area. I defintely know they are pots/pans because I have gone out in the hallway and heard that type of sound. Doesn’t look like she’s having much luck with selling her place either, been on the market 4 months now and no offers. Of course, it could always be worse, I am aware of that, I could get a family of 5 above me with little regard too. I was pretty tolerant of her when she working regularly, but now that is just feeding off our wonderful government and hardly working, there is never any guaranteed time when she might be gone and I could get some rest. Ahhh….


  532. December 22, 2009 at 9:41 am, Misery Loves Company said:

    It never ends. My neighbor calmed down for a spell…I suppose he might have left for the holidays, but now I have new unwanted guests and I’m sure they’re mice or some critter. I can hear scratching or grinding noises within the walls and this has kept me up all night last night. My LL tried to tell me that it was rain but we had no rain at all. Someone else told me that it might be the heater, but I know what noise the heater makes and the heater noise doesn’t last this long. It literally sounds as if something is grinding or clawing within the walls as this thing is scurrying along. I had it in the past, but not this bad. It almost drove me insane. My LL is cheap and refuses to acknowledge that it might be mice or some critter. I live in a apt building that was built in the 50’s and in the poor part of town. I don’t know what to do about this since my LL won’t take action, and I’m not going to waste a few hundred dollars out of my pocket because my LL can’t manage the apt.


  533. December 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm, Eric said:

    To Misery:
    I don’t make to make light of your predicament with the critters, I can imagine how annoying that can be too. That truly makes the statement that noisy ‘neighbors’ can come in many different ways…


  534. December 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm, Hamtaro said:

    i have a neighbour there son doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. He swears every word (with children all over the neighbourhood) plus he has a Four-wheeling gang that goes on ramps like a motor speedway, and every friday night, he plays loud Rap music, and plays super smash brothers brawl at 12am-4am and stomps around and 4 sisters who are 15, they stomp like they have lead feet. its so frigging annoying!!! plus, they are planning to have a party tommorow on chrsitmas eve, oh dear god….


  535. December 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm, shreddy bender said:

    i’ve been dealing with my upstairs neighbours’ kids and the neighbours themselves since june or july. they have 2 children one is 7 and the other is 2. they are HELLIONS! they scream/squeal at the top of their lungs,run around shaking my basement apartment and climb on the couch and jump to the floor constantly. i talked to them only to get “they’re KIDS what the fuck do you expect?”. i said “i expect you to be a parent. you pay the rent”.
    well i’m at my wits end. but tonite after another confrontation with her i’ve decided… they’re just KIDS and i’m JUST A REALLY BAD HARMONICA PLAYER WHO NEEDS LOTS OF PRACTICE!
    hee hee revenge is sweet


  536. December 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm, Laziro said:

    Sorry to hear that Santa didn’t come to everyones house yet to give the noisemakers a clue for Christmas or to give the others a little more relief who have to listen to it. Yes, kids are surprisingly loud often times. It does seem to defy logic like this kid in our building who seems to not be much more than a large tot who seems to be made of iron or something the way he heavily pounces around on and off for hours on end. Since they moved in it now often sounds like they’re fixing something in the building with the slamming and all going on.

    We have some unidentifed noises going on for a while. Maybe someone knows what this could possibly be? A little backround: This couple above us seemed to have long been in the process of moving stuff out and yet since they have returned to the apartment every couple of weeks or so. They go up there briefly then they leave which in itself is odd. When nobody is upstairs there is a constant bumping sound along with a pretty loud electrical buzz or humming. This is going on constantly for weeks. When I went upstairs to see if figure it out a little more you can hear a water dripping and flowing sound too along with some kind of fake high pitch voice sound. It’s comical if you think of it but very strange.


  537. December 29, 2009 at 10:40 am, shreddy bender said:

    i’d say it sounds like you have a “grow show” going on upstairs laziro.


  538. December 29, 2009 at 10:55 am, Misery Loves Company said:

    First I like to begin by asking if anyone here consider getting a white noise maker. Most top notch hotels that are known for it’s peace and quiet have these. There are websites that sell these and they may not rid you of all the unwanted noise, but can sure lessen it. As to the odd noises (humming, high pitched voices, water dripping, etc.). Could it be possible that there is indeed someone still inside the apartment when you hear this? If not, then it could be a radio or TV, computer, fishtank, etc. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂


  539. December 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm, Laziro said:

    Misery Loves Company, there has not been anyone living up there for several weeks now, and my hearing is pretty good to be able to tell. Plus I’m home a lot too and when I’m not my mother often is so. It sounds pretty clearly that it’s coming from above the living room. I walked up the stairs in the hallway again yesterday morning to check it out again and stuck my ear on the door which is the room that it’s in I guess. This time didn’t hear what I thought sounded like a voice, just the water flowing and trickling type sounds basically. Previously, it seemed like they had taken so many things out including furiture and also what looked like a pretty big sized aquarium. I don’t understand the popping or bumping sound if it were some kind of water fountain or maybe even another aquarium.

    As for the white noises: the idea of layering noises on top of something while you’re trying to get away from others seems like it might be kind of unpleasant to deal with also IMO. And the few hotels or motels that I was in didn’t have people bouncing off the walls and blaring music or at least not for that substantial amount of time anyway.


  540. January 02, 2010 at 2:10 pm, Laziro said:

    To Shreddy:

    A little delayed here noticing your post. My friend said the same thing you did. Only he suspects that they might be growing you know what. Yeah, the “thing” is sounding like a washing machine now. The electrical sounds surge too and it’s not a soft sound either.


  541. January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm, Laziro said:

    Mystery solved, sort of. The super just dropped by my apartment to check on something unrelated to this who was just previously upstairs with the crew hammering or what have you. Said it was a huge fishtank; aquarium or whatnot that the occupants had left behind. So big that they now don’t know what to do with it. Say what? So purportedly they did actually move then.


  542. January 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm, Snow Monsters and Subwoofers said:

    I have done nothing at work today because I’ve been looking for a place to live and reading this forum! I too, have been extremely sleep-deprived due to noise that I cannot control. My husband and I live between two single guys who both like to play loud music with their subwoofers against our shared walls! What sucks is that they are both pretty nice guys and are always apologetic (something that seems to be uncommon, based on this forum) but the problem still exists–I am constantly waking up to their noise!

    Not only that, but we live downtown next to a bus station! So there are buses going in and out AND when it snows, there are giant loud snow plows and snow-removal machines that are SO loud and go BEEP BEEP BEEP when they back up. It is CONSTANT. I even tried ear plugs and noise machines but once I’m awake, I can’t fall back asleep, and then I get frustrated and pissed!

    I moved in to my husband’s apt. when we got married, and our next apt. would be quite a bit more expensive (based on our needs). We don’t feel financially ready to take that on! GAH so frustrating. I’m not really looking for answers, I’m just glad I found people who feel like they’re going insane, like me!!


  543. January 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm, J. Jones said:

    Have posted on this forum three ways District of Columbia opened for tenants to protect against rotten landlords and fellow tenants. Two proved to need more push on political level. Bill in District Council to open landlord tenant court to tenants with grievances stalled because judges worried about bigger workload. I agree judges entitled to reasonable workload but tenants also need place where impartial decision can be gotten on tenants grievances. District Council must be pushed to add to pay for more judges first. District of Columbia attorney general did great service suing slumlords, but probably needs lot more political pressure to get him to do likewise where landlords and tenants spit on laws limiting noise levels. Any reader of this forum is encouraged to write Mayor, people on Council, and attorney general on these two things.

    This leaves third thing from my earlier posts in this forum, jury decision favoring neighbor for intolerable noise by tenants, Michael Lavoie, Christian Wood, Edmund Donnelly, and Robt Bercik, and landlords Nancy Itteilag and a trust with Itteilag name on it. I and another person plan to look harder and longer at what happened and will post here and maybe other websites when we have done homework. There is plenty to do on this and anyone in District of Columbia interesting in helping even a little is welcome! email [email protected]. Lets make 2010 a great year for tackling noisy neighbors.


  544. January 18, 2010 at 12:20 am, Guest said:

    Actually you know what I feel better just reading some of your comments. That and apparently….FINALLY…. 05:20 they can’t shout and eat / drink / snore at the same time.
    Good luck to you all fellow sufferers!


  545. January 18, 2010 at 12:21 am, Guest said:

    I know its says 12:20 but this UK!


  546. January 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm, Guest said:

    It seems that the majority of issues posted here are with noisy upstairs neighbors. My situation is the complete opposite! I live on the 2nd floor and have had numerous downstairs neighbors that never caused a problem. Well, new neighbors just moved in and think they can do what they want. They hammer at 2 in the morning, blast their new 46″ TV and yell from room to room. They are so loud I can actually hear the conversations, literally! They come and go at all hours of the night, slamming the inside door every single time they close it. How is it possible that they wouldn’t think anyone would wake up from that??? After being so frustrated this past Friday night, I went into the living room to go on the computer. At 3 am, my husband came out of the bedroom, awakened by their noisy sex! And he is a very heavy sleeper! I have had a total of 11 hrs of sleep in the last 4 days and I don’t know what to do. They stayed up until 4 am this morning, laughing and talking. My husband saw the guy this morning and yelled out “Good morning”, and the guy didn’t even look up and acknowledge him! Anyone have any suggestions?


  547. January 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm, Vicenta said:

    I last posted on November 8, 2009, so my post is up a ways on the page. But this is a follow up.

    When, just before Christmas, I awoke to loud music in the wee hours of the morning, I went to management (again). I handed them the long list of grievances, which included the times I had previously complained to management or the police. The assistance manager read through it and said he’d post another letter. (Hadn’t worked before, but OK.) Well, he did, and that was a month ago. Things have quieted way down as far as the overnight loud noise is concerned. A couple of times, the loud music resumed, though in the day or early evening. I still hear the bass at times when I’m in my bed. It’s not real loud (probably because of the letter from management), but enough to keep me awake. I have mostly let that go and just slept in the living room when that happens. It’s low enough that I don’t hear it in the living room.

    In the meantime, I live with white noise and noise cancelling headphones and a second “bed” in the living room out of a cot when case I need to go out there instead. When I don’t need it, I make it into sort of a second couch.

    But apparently, the couple upstairs (they are a guy and a girl) might have renewed their lease, because they have now been there past a year. My own lease ends on June 30, and I have to give a 60 day notice to move without “penalty” (i.e. month-to-month terms). So my notice would have to be given at the end of April. If those two haven’t left by then, I will give my notice.

    I would like to try to get an upstairs apartment (I’ve lived upstairs twice before), but my knees are getting bad, so I don’t know. But I may still do it anyway.


  548. January 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm, Suffer_Boy said:

    Wow after reading some of the horror stories here, i realize now that my issues are almost nothing in comparison.
    I live in a 2 family home, i lived upstairs for many years and my LL moved out and asked me if i wanted to move downstairs (bigger garage, closets). I said yea, and i told a co-worker to move upstairs.
    I now really regret that decision. Initially they insisted on wearing shoes at home on the hardwood floors, but since i work with the guy i told him about it, and it became a lil better, although they still wear shoes about 60% of the time. THen came the ROCK BAND game where they sat the drums on the hardwood floor, which was horrible. Told him about that too, and is now better, i think they put some type of padding underneath the drums.

    The one thing that is still a major issue is the fact that the wife works during the night Mon-Thu. BTW, its worth saying that she is the least considerate of the couple. Basically during the week, she goes to work, and the husband stays home and its great. We can all sleep in peace. Then Friday comes around and even though she is home, she doesnt sleep during the night. Last weekend i slept an average of 4 hours a night. It was horrible, and today is Friday and i’m pretty sure that i’ll have problems sleeping again for the next 3 days. Just for that alone, i really regret getting the apartment for them. I’m getting f*cked for being nice to them.


  549. February 05, 2010 at 7:29 am, Paul said:

    I live in a three storey flat, and reside on the ground floor…my last neighbour was horrific, obviously a penny pinching mong who’d never worked a day in his life, druggy, alky, you name all the scum traits – he (and his equally moronic friends) had it. Disturbance varied from extremely loud music, parties, people throwing bricks through his windows because “they didn’t like him” although that was understandable to be fair, and he got evicted after about 2 years for persistently been an inconsiderate low life cunt.

    Oh how I celebrated when I saw him and his equally tosser mates made to leave 😀

    However, the Housing Association, decided to move in a lad, who was equal in the low life stakes. (thanks for that) and has made it his obligation to make unacceptable noise at all hours, latest being last night lasting until 6am, I got up for work at 7am. Joy.

    I got so wound up last night I decided that I would, if not murder him, then threaten to 😐 Now that sounds insane, but I was insane, through lack of sleep and a rage so bad it’s most likely created the birth of a tumour 😐

    He didn’t answer the door, so I punched it, yelled that he was a “wanker” then went down to my flat, turned the radio on full blast and skipped off joyfully insane to work.

    “If I don’t sleep, you don’t sleep.”

    The amount of people these days with any consideration for others is astounding, and quite frightening.

    If was king, I’d put them all in a furnace.

    Damn me not being a king!


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  551. February 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm, jay said:

    I have come to the conclusion apartments will never work. You are basically in the same house , but can’t see the person. A wall , a floor. whatever you do you hear each other. sort of freaky.. Imaginary friends


  552. February 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm, Anonymous said:

    dear noisy neighbors,
    1.)stop being paranoid at the very thought that people are living below you you chose to live in a building where other people live
    2.)really now its very childish to stomp when you hear light noise ex.water running etc coming from your neighbors yet its ok for you to blast your tv at midnight to 2-3 am when a majority of the people are trying to sleep?
    4.)you obviously have no clue when it come’s to just how bad your affecting your neighbors health by your careless actions and if you do your one sick human being and seek help no I don’t mean your local hospital I mean the loonybin you know where they take all the crazies


  553. February 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm, Mad Neighbour said:


    I just wanted to add my nightmare experience on this forum, it was so good to finally here what other neighbours were going through.

    I had lived in my ground floor apartment for nearly 12yrs, to be fair i had never had any issues with my previous up-stairs neighbour until he needed to find another place because of his old age.

    Then things started to go down hill when this ( stupid retard in his mid 40’s had moved in on top of me, he has some sort of mental illness and looks like he never washes, he doesn’t work all day and just plays his Led Zeppelin music very loud so i’m not able to sleep most nights.

    After just a few months him living here all my other neighbours have become seriously affected by his outlandish behaviour, he gets very aggressive when he comes across anyone on the street, and everyone now wants this MENTAL CASE to finally go, we have finally had enough we are going to ask for him to be evicted, so please fingers crossed.


  554. February 19, 2010 at 7:11 am, TIME OUT said:

    I hate my neighbour so much that i have started having dreams of choking him whilst he’s asleep, i work nearly 50hrs a week only to come back to my apartment so i can hear him move around like a big herd of elephants upstairs, then the floor boards squeak all around me while i try and watch some TV, its even bad when i’m tired and i go to bed when all you can hear is his LOUD banging and walking about he must be wearing those big circus clown shoes or something, because he doesn’t keep still for more then a minute.

    When he eventually goes out to the store, i can then have abit of peaceful time too myself, then it all starts again, his LOUD banging foot steps..i just wonder what the hell he’s wearing on his damn feet?


  555. February 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm, Laziro said:

    Appreciate everybody sharing here. Someone above me just moved in the apartment who freely walks around with what seems like heels just about all hours of the day and night also. Luckily the “marching” is less frequent from when the party first moved in. Sorry if I missed it but might anyone know if there is some kind of broad rule or regulation regarding the amount of people a tenant allows in their upstairs dwelling? At one time I think there may have been at least ten people who were parading around for hours. I believe that it only seems to be the one guy that actually took the apartment but any kind of partying is evidently his thing whether he’s alone making noise himself with what sounds like playing some kind loud video game or when there’s a group up there.


  556. February 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm, TIME OUT said:

    Hi Laziro

    Sorry to hear about your sorrow’s man, it seem’s we have similar inconsiderate neighours, i think if you read your lease it should state how many is allowed in your apartments, i’m guessing your have just the one bedroom then i think your only allowed about two at the most, i would think 10 people all crammed in one room must be a nightmare for you dude.


  557. February 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm, Laziro said:

    Thanks TIME OUT:

    Yeah, you’re correct, it’s just one of those not-so-big one bedroom apartments. Sorry, that info would have been rather useful for me to have mentioned. Oy! And I would suppose that say a house sale might possibly be an exception although those are usually held in someone’s home, or at least the ones I went to were. A lot of the stuff going on is basically just being inconsiderate. It’s just when it goes beyond that is what concerns me.


  558. February 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm, Anonymous said:

    congress really needs to look at strengthening building codes so our children don’t need to put up with this bs in the future. sleep deprivation/extreme stress due to inadequatly soundproofed walls and floors destroys apartment living quality I don’t care if it raises apartment prices sound control needs to trump luxury


  559. February 21, 2010 at 11:17 am, TIME OUT said:

    Yes i agree ” but then just getting our landlords to take our complaints serious is enough, but getting them to add more soundproffing thats going to cost them that dreaded word ”Money.

    My building block is not that old a newish building but its still not soundproofed? i guess these housing contractors use very limited cost effected matrials just for them to save on resources, they really need to spend more on quality and not have Tenants live in a nightmare situation which is also causing them sleepless nights.;P