How to (Correctly) File a Complaint About a Neighbor

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Young man has trouble sleeping because of his noisy neighbors. Looks like he needs to file a complaint!

At its best, living in an apartment is like always having family nearby to help you move a couch, lend you a cup of sugar, or water your plants when you’re on vacation. At its worst, it’s like always having strangers around you who don’t seem to care anything about your peace of mind and constantly disrespect your rights.

To resolve a problem with a neighbor, it’s best to approach the situation with calm politeness. Patience and understanding can work wonders when it comes to avoiding nasty confrontations, after all. And whether the issue is noise, trash, parking, property boundaries, or any other common annoyance, it’s always preferable to give peace a chance.

Unfortunately, there are some instances when disrespectful neighbors are unwilling to hear you out. Rest assured though: there are still quite a few steps you can take to get the matter sorted quickly and efficiently.

Talk to Them

Although you may have a hard time believing that your neighbor doesn’t know how loud their music is or that their trash blows all up and down the hall, some people just aren’t very observant. For that reason, you should always start by kindly approaching them, stating your concern, and asking them to rectify it.

If this doesn’t work, or you don’t have a chance for an in-person interaction, putting it in writing may help. Use the same polite tone, and attach the note to their door when you’re done.

Join Forces with Other Neighbors

There’s a chance your neighbor may think you’re just overly sensitive to noise, are exaggerating the strewn trash, or have a personal grudge against them. In this case, you’ll want to write a similar note but frame it as a group complaint from you and other adjacent neighbors. Have everyone sign it and wait a few days to see if the noise dissipates. It’s much harder for the offender to dismiss more than one complaint.

Be Willing to Compromise

In other cases, the neighbors may not agree to lowering the volume on their music all the time, but will still be amenable to keeping it down during certain hours, such as 7 am to 10 am or after 10 pm. Compromise is necessary when you live in community housing, and it’s almost always the key to harmonious neighbor relations.

Talk to the Landlord

Some really bad neighbors will just ignore your request or, worse yet, do the opposite of the thing you asked and play music even louder 24/7. Your next step is to contact the apartment manager or landlord with your grievance, either alone or with the neighbors who share your concerns. Explain in detail the steps you’ve already taken and ask for help. Give the situation a week to change and if it doesn’t, inform the manager that you plan to seek other solutions to the problem.

Review Local Ordinances

Whether it’s noise, trash control, or property encroachment, there is likely a city or county ordinance that clearly states the local regulations for multi-family housing units. Procure copies of relevant laws and present them to both the offender and the landlord/apartment manager. Again, wait a week to see if the situation improves.

File a Report with Local Law Enforcement

When all else fails, it’s time to involve the authorities. Go online, call, or visit your local police or sheriff’s department to file a formal complaint against your neighbor. Clearly outline all the steps you’ve taken from day one so they know you’ve tried to rectify the problem on your own. Give them all the details including dates, times, responses (if applicable), and the number of neighbors who have joined in your complaint. Ask if it would help to have neighbors file individual complaints and ask them to do so if necessary.

Be aware that taking this step is serious, especially to the neighbors in question. They may retaliate verbally or threaten you, either of which you need to document for your own protection and alert authorities of immediately. Angry neighbors can become irrational and act out in ways that may threaten your well-being, so be cautious and careful when going this route.

Don’t Be a Hypocrite

Before you start calling out others for their inconsiderate behavior, take the time to assess your own habits. Does your barking dog disturb the neighbors? Do you park your car so it infringes on the space next to you? Is your balcony overflowing with broken plant pots that detract from the attractiveness of the building?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to accepting the trials and tribulations of community living. This is especially difficult for those who grew up in a single-family home with neighbors at a distance. Apartment living requires tolerance, understanding, and sometimes just endurance of other people’s habits and behaviors.

43 Responses to “How to (Correctly) File a Complaint About a Neighbor”

  1. September 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm, Melanie Penner said:

    Our neighbor has been intentionally harassing my family for almost a year. We live in a crime free complex, supposidly. We've been threatened 3 times, i've been keeping logs, calling security and also calling the police. To date the mamagement company hasn't evixted them because they are scared to be sued for racism. I'm at the end of my ropes INEED HELP!!!!!!

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    • May 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm, Jacqie Lansing said:

      > I am also having troubles with several of my neighbors who evidentally have nothing better to do then to harass me. The neighbors seem to be egged on by the maintenance, who also have a hand in trying to force me out because they don't care to follow rules and proper procedures. I am a Sr citizen, handicapped and not interested in what they have to do or say unless it directly effects me or my visiting family. Double talk is all I get from them in this Federal Housing complex, as the neighbors are always aware of my personal business and just mirror it back to me. Maintenace department included in this and finds it entertaining. I'm being singled out for their entertainment purposes. I have stayed independent from them since my move in here 6 years ago. The main ring leader in my building is a 65 year old male that has never married, has no kids and thinks all women are bi**hes. He's favored by the maintenance department as they drink shots together…

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  2. October 26, 2016 at 6:37 am, Janet Asphall said:

    I have been living in this apartment complex for 3 years now there is a tenant living above me they are really nosy before there was only her and her 2 daughters living up there but now she has moved in her sister and her 3 kids and they are small children now it has become 100 times worse the kids run around starting from 6am in the morning until 10 pm at night the only time I have any peace is when they are not at home when it is not the kids it is the adults that r stomping around one of the child told me a few weeks ago that she is the one that is doing it I have spoke to my landlord and the manager of the complex with no good results called the cops a few times nothing has changed it has only gotten worse now she is saying I am harassing her I don't even speak to this woman she doesn't work she is on housing. I work 2 jobs to pay my rent that is $1300.00 per month and I cannot have one moment of peace in my home I am moving out of state in about 6 months and it would be pointless to get a new place at this point but I was told that she is going to take legal action against fo harassment and I would like to know what should I do about the situation. Thank you.

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    • May 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm, Kay said:

      > I have a very similar situation. For the last four months the tenant above me has no rugs and seems to be working out of his apartment sounds like he's building something up there. Starts mid-afternoon and usually goes till 11:30 at night. On and off noises pounding, scraping like moving furniture and hammering. I've written him up I've called security. If I pounded on my wall for him to be quiet, he would retaliates by being louder. I heard that he has hired a lawyer saying I am harassing him. I have called the police twice but does no good. Wait awhile till they leave and the noises start again. That's where I'm at right now.
      I spoke with the legal aid but she was not encouraging to me. She said I have to keep calling the police. So what I've done now since I am 78 years I called Lawyers for the Elderly and I'm waiting for them to call me back.
      I don't know where else to go I followed every procedure but not one seems to be able to help.

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  3. October 31, 2016 at 10:14 pm, Jeffrey journette said:

    I live at 205 Harrison Ave Nw in Roanoke VA and I am a victim of neighborhood bulliyng for over 10 years from the city of Roanoke VA which include ups the fire department police the railroad the postal service family and friends and I was fired without the tapes to prove my innocens it was he say she say on a train equipped with what was real say I got screwed without the tapes that was never heard to prove my Innocens

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  4. November 03, 2016 at 5:40 am, Holly said:

    My neighbors apt smells of cat urine and poop. Shes locked up all day in there or either gone for days. It is coming through my walls and my landlord has done nothing when I complain. I need help there is like 6 cats there all day.

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    • July 12, 2020 at 6:56 am, Pauline B said:

      Hi Holly, Did you get this litter business taken care of? I am having smelly issues with my nieghbor. They have 5cats and don't take care of the litter. This has been going on for 3years now. Email me at [email protected] thanks.>

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  5. November 11, 2016 at 11:03 am, Lewis Morris said:

    I have a neighbor that always play loud music and the music is with cause words… this is day and night… I've made several complaints to no avail. I want to file a legal complaint… I am a home owner he is a renter. I want to file against the home owner… their property is not being taken care of which brings my property value down… really really need help with this problem. 2676 w.Calle Vista Dr- Rialto CA 92377 is the property I am complaining about.

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  6. January 03, 2017 at 4:19 pm, Lisa Shanahan said:

    I have neighbors who are constantly slamming there door and making comments from inside like jerk and asshole plus they come home all loud and give the middle finger to my door as I have seen them through my peek hole

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  7. January 19, 2017 at 7:40 am, Perla Alvarez said:

    I been living in this building for 7yrs in 2014 i was assult n again a neighbor broke my my things n send people to intimidate me so I would move from my apt… I thought it would get better if I just stop speaking but now my neighbor from at 6b is making gun sign

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  8. March 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Norma R said:

    Several of my neighbors are engaged in housing Dogs used for blood sports "bait" It seems that the Dog Fighters have come up with a new way to keep the heat off of themselves by not having animals on their own property.Instead they use "Hosts" to to foster and transport the Animals to and from events and training sites. This makes it difficult for Law Enforcement because the Animals are constantly on the move.These neighbors will rotate the Animals from house to house. They even rotate their Vehicles among each other to create confusion. It seems to be working because Law Enforcement has simply given up and denies the existence of any illegal activity at all. I simply don't have that luxury because I live right in the middle of it all. How can I get Law enforcement to realize the overall danger that is growing by allowing this activity to continue without putting myself and Family in danger .

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  9. March 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm, Mary said:

    I have a neighbor upstairs who purposely stomps on floor and throws things it’s almost non stop. I have complained to owner. He has her convinced that I am lying. I recently started to record him. With dates and times. What can I do about it.

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    • February 04, 2020 at 8:19 pm, Marianne David said:

      > i am going thru the same thing I am in NJ and have talked to the landlord I am at a point I believe he is in cahoots with them It just keeps getting worse what is the law? I have lived here 5 years The neighbor just moved in The landlord asked the previous neighbor to move for the very same thing I believe the new tenants some how know the old tenants because it is the exact same thing what can I do?

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      • March 18, 2020 at 6:13 pm, Gail said:

        I live in NJ too and the tenant above me has been banging walls, swinging garbage bags in my face , stomping , etc ever since the president of co pansy told them I could have 2 wind chimes. I had a doctor’s certificate that I need these wind chimes to help my anxiety disorder . I even have a tape of their horrible behavior. The landlord does nothing . In NJ, when someone denies your peace, it is one of the only 2 reasons not to renew the lease or to evict the. The landlord chooses to do nothing .They offered to transfer me to another unit at my cost. Why should I pay for it when the landlord is violating their own lease and violating the “NJ Truth in Renting Law “

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  10. April 02, 2019 at 1:02 am, Trina said:

    Yes we were having problems with the neighbors down stairs who played loud music all day until 3 in the morning because he didn't like me. 311 was called, the police came. I've asked my neighbors upstairs to help me. Management was called. The Attorney Generals were called. I don't know what happened, but a week before Christmas the Loud music stopped. He plays it but not very loud. You can barely hear it that was a miracle. Before hand he started knocking on my door stating that were leaking water in his house. That wasn't true it was in the walls and managements responsibility. There name is HSC Management in Mount Vernon. You could never get them on the phone, they aren't polite, their only concern is to collect the rent or Maintenance. They will never help you with making repairs. As a owner you are responsible. If it's in the walls they are responsible. They must be reported to the higher organizations. They are slum Lords. But one tenant can't do that, everyone has to get involved in solving these problems. The Board Members are worser , they don't care what happens to these buildings either, just their own apartments. An investigation must be done to make sure that shareholders are treated properly. The management office and Board Members can't be trusted at all. Expecially, the seniors citizens, they are being ingnored by them and taken advantage of. My mother has her 6 children. We speak in her behalf but their are other's who live here that don't have advocates.

    On Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 10:59 AM Localize.City <[email protected]
    This complaint still exists. They have continued to become a nauisance. Now he bangs on my ceiling, when no one in my house makes nose. We can't eben walk in our bedrooms.

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  11. December 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm, Sharon said:

    My family and I have been harassed by next door neighbors for 3 years now. I went to these nuts trying to be polite and ask them to stop; that never happened so I filed 311 complaints and notified the landlord innumerable times. These people throw heavy objects on the walls an floors, drag and drop furniture,allow their 4 year old to tear up and down thru the apartment running at all hours of the day and night and I have had it. I have lived here 20 years and they have been here 5 years. I took my landlord to civil court but that was unsuccessful and now I am in the process of taking them to supreme court and planning to sue. I going through so much and have no time for this mess and it stresses me the hell out but I am determined to make them pay for the hell they have put us through for the past 3 years.

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  12. January 19, 2020 at 9:36 am, Felicita Rodriguez said:

    Wow, the information that has been given to me it's just incredibly helpful. Now I know what I have to do to put my complaint ahead. Thank you thank you very very much.

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  13. January 26, 2020 at 7:12 pm, Concerned Neighbor said:

    I'm sick and tired of the constant traffic. Me and my neighbor share a driveway. Cars park so close to mine, blasting music, all day all night waking me up at 3-4 in the morning, I cant sleep. I tried talking to her. Dog crap all in the driveway, very unsanitary. I spoke with the landlord, nothin was done, made several police reports, they said they'll keep an eye out, nothing is done.

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  14. February 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm, Mark federici said:

    Wierdal thretend me with white and nerdy song

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  15. February 27, 2020 at 2:26 pm, Mary said:

    7611 Bermuda Rd, Vegas, NV 89123
    Presently digging into the ground and now putting up a building. No permit has been pulled.
    Also, it appears they are running a business out of the garage and all over in the front and back of property. He paints cars and the over spray goes all over. Been going on now for several months.

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  16. March 04, 2020 at 12:55 pm, Debbie Klingel said:

    My Neighbor lives like a pig, no other way to explain it.Now he is holding garbage bags, so before it gets out of control something needs to be done.He listens to no one.

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  17. March 16, 2020 at 6:48 pm, C.A. Diffley said:

    I live in an apartment building and the tenant above me is using the apartment as a workshop. Constant noise hammering, dragging what sounds like furniture across the floor no rugs, pounding etc: This goes on late into the night and early morning hours. I have written them up, gone up to the apartment, called security but to no avail. It appears they are building or putting together furniture. They have denied they are making any noise. This is also happening in other buildings in this complex. The tenants affected are getting together a petition, going to the police, the Department of Health and the Attorney Generals office. Especially now with the real threat of the coronavirus, this needs to be addressed as we don't know what materials they are using and where they get them. The office staff here is useless so we will take it further but with the petition.

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  18. April 09, 2020 at 10:43 pm, Khalid said:

    My neighbor tells her ten-year-old daughter to steal my mail and break the cameras. I have evidence of that

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  19. April 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm, Araceli said:

    Hello all,
    I hope someone kindly gives me an advise.
    My husband and I moved in with our 3 young children to and HOA community 5 months ago we currently rent. We park our uhual infront of our garage however the front of the car was blocking some of the neighbors garage, the neighbor came out and rudely told me I couldn't do that I apologized and moved the uhual. 1 month passed by and we received a letter fron HOA about violating a code "slamming doors" which I do not agree my landlord is aware of the door frame problem. I just received a 2 complain "too much noise" which I do not play music loud and my kids only play out side our patio. They have a dog who is always basking from the smallest noise that comes from outside. I feel harrass because we are hispanic and my neighbors are white they feel like they can do and say what ever they want to us. My pther neighbors informed us the previous tenants never last because of the same problem.

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  20. April 11, 2020 at 7:42 pm, Emily said:

    I am living in a stacked townhouse. My neighbour upstairs are 3 younger people around the age of 20, and every early morning, at 2-4am, we always hear noises from their floor. It has made my family and myself very interrupted during the sleep at night. We have approached their landlord a couple of times regarding this issue, but each time when the landlord asks the tenants about the situation, they always deny. We sometimes have to knock on the door late at night or early in the morning to ask these tenants be quiet so that we could sleep. The property management company has been approached as well but what they advised us to do is to connect with the landlord. I know it is not the property management or the landlord’s fault, but is there anything to do with this situation? We just want some good night sleep.

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  21. April 13, 2020 at 2:47 pm, Mary Cochran said:

    There are renters that live behind me with a hillside that borders my property. I have tried to contact the owner of the property several times and have had no response to date.
    The renters have thrown trash over the fence onto the hillside and the wild ivy is a home to rats. What are my recourses? Thank you for any help.

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  22. May 07, 2020 at 5:12 am, Dee said:

    I'm a 24 year old renting but my neighbours are in their 30s. Every two days I can hear the fire alarms go off in their entire apartment, I can hear them hitting each other and screaming at each other, I can hear them neglecting and abusing their kids. I've had it. They slam the door on their apartment so hard that it shakes ours. They're CONSTANTLY running in and out so they're CONSTANTLY slamming things. This apartment complex was peaceful and quiet before they arrived. The only thing holding me back is this pandemic, and the fear that complaining might get them evicted or something.

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  23. May 13, 2020 at 6:24 am, Corrie Silkwood said:

    Well I am feeling somewhat better to know I'm not alone in being at the end of my rope with a neighbor situation… my 18-month old daughter and I live above another "single mom" with a daughter of about the same age except that she has moved in her boyfriend and now the boyfriend's mother (really hard to prove they're living there, and as they say they're "just visiting" but they're there all the time). This makes it sound like our apartment complex is very trashy; in fact, most of the tenants are graduate students at the university, and 90% are very respectful… we just drew the unlucky straw. These people drink, smoke pot and cigarettes, and are up ALL night, talking right outside out window. I've talked to them four times(!) about their behavior and gotten responses like, 'Alright alright alright!' and 'I don't see how you could smell it (pot smoke) ALL the way up there' (like a whole 10 feet away from where they're smoking it). I've also complained to the management and as often happens it seemed all that did was get me branded as a stool pigeon and a tattletale. I was told "thanks for letting us know about that" and to my knowledge no action was taken. Personally I think many property managers are cowards and don't like confrontation; it's easier to blow smoke at the tenant with a legitimate grievance than to dive into a confrontation with the troublemakers who are likely to be unreasonable and unpleasant. So they say generic stuff like "we'll definitely look into that" and "thanks for letting us know." I also didn't think this article was very helpful – how can you compare "broken plant pots detracting from the attractiveness of the building" to people playing loud music at 2am? The warning about calling the police was misguided too. That is the APPROPRIATE action. If your neighbors are THAT thuggish that they're going to retaliate by threatening your physical safety, yes, you may truly need to keep your head down and just look for another place to live (and look for any way to get out of your lease)… but this article normalizes that thuggish behavior and shifts the responsibility onto the complainant who just wants to live in peace.

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  24. May 14, 2020 at 12:00 am, shaun clarke said:

    Sir/madame my name is shaun clarke iv made meany completes about my nexst door neighbour about slaming doors cubards an shotting at half seven in the mornings an still nothing being done as I'm private tennent an she's a council tennet

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    • May 29, 2020 at 10:37 am, Donna Van Harreveld said:

      > I am 67 year old woman.
      I have PTSD and am BiPolar.
      I moved into my apartment a couple months ago.
      My nieghbor next to me has lived here for a few years.
      She constantly complains to other Tennant's about me.
      She says my dogs bark constantly.and I have someone living here who's not on the contract.
      She gets other Tennant's who live here to collaborate with her.
      I'm on a month to month contract.
      I don't have anyone living here with me, I don't have people in and out all hours of the night, and my dogs don't bark constantly.. they're very quiet, unless someone comes to the door or is walking around the apartment.
      My nieghbor also makes snide remarks concerning me and my guests, as well.
      what can I do in this situation my landlords talk to me on several occasions and I've taken care problems that I feel are causing her registration yet she keeps on what can I do?
      I live in Bakersfield California

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  25. May 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm, Sidney said:

    My neighbor burns his trash, weeds, and even goat feces right by my house, so the smell enters my house. Forget about opening a window for fresh air! He lets it smolder for days! He also plays loud music starting at 11pm and plays it for hours. Called the cops. For the fire, they said to just get a hose a spray it. I did. Then my neighbor started it again. For the noise, the cops told him to turn off his music. He did, until they left then he turned it on again. I called the cops again. This is getting ridiculous. He lives on an acre lot, he could burn somewhere else other than right by my house. A couple years ago his goat died and he just left it to rot. The whole neighborhood smelled it. I called the cops and he finally burried it. I’m just ready to move.

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  26. May 25, 2020 at 8:29 am, lisa said:

    I live in upstate NY a suburb of Buffalo i live in a upper ive been here for 3 years now,we got new tenants in October 2019,they since have had their child rushed to the hospital because she stopped breathing three times,the father is an alcoholic very disrespectful rude,he abuses his wife ive told my landlord I've had to call the police because of loud music starting at 9a.m. hoes until almost 10p.m. the police won't do anything,nothing gets done because of covid 19,my family suffers because of it,my rent went up because they haven't paid theirs in 3 months now,I get bullied every time I walk out my door and yet the police don't do shit my landlord can't do anything because it's against the law for a landlord to interfere it's considered harrasment

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  27. May 29, 2020 at 7:10 am, Sue said:

    The tenant above has been banging doors, pounding on the ground, throwing dirty water down the patio and banging the patio railing at 4 am, 6 am. We have reported her to the leasing office but the behavior is worse. The leasing office told us to move. That we are super sensitive. My elderly mother and I have lived in this apartment for 10 years.

    What is the next step? File a police report?

    Is the next step

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  28. May 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm, Karli Clark said:

    Honestly is anyone even giving answers to people’s plea’s for help? I feel like mine is so minor. But these are problems that can be proved, and if they were to actually be taken serious and people of authority weren’t such jokes, it would be taken seriously and handled.
    What my upstairs neighbours are doing to me is completely mind f***ing – they know that if I was to try and do something about it that I would come off sounding crazy there for there is nothing I can do. But I am going to GO CRAZY. It stated with them stomping at me while vacuuming, during the day at completely reasonable hours. Then one day I noticed that every time I turned on the water that I could hear their water start to run after(we live in a big house and the floors are divided, so the pipes make a sound while being used). At first I just noticed it, but then I realized they had it running and were not even using it, just carrying on with their lives but keeping the tap running. They thought that if the sound bothered them it must bother me too. Well months after, hearing them turn the water on every SINGLE time I do as if it’s a fight has made me snap on, off. On off. I hear them run across the room to do it whenever I use the water.
    I try to ignore it, by turning my music on and drowning them out but then they get stomping their feet again. If I do anything that gives me a head start I am punished for it when I wind down by them doing the things I was able to block out 15x more intense. Like leaving the water running for 20 minutes straight, bathtub, both sinks, anything.
    I have confronted them, the parents don’t speak English but the daughter made it clear that I was mistaken and practically that it was the exact opposite. She could not have bullshit me more. But I thought it was solved. It was, for one night. Back at it the next day.
    I am the one at risk with this, from having a problem with my last neighbour, my landlord is not going to take my side and said he will kick me out next problem.
    I know this doesn’t sound like Much but it’s torcher and I cannot live like this when I already feel like I fight constant battles in my head daily due to my mental health struggles.
    Having the dual disorders I have is extremely hard enough but to be taunted is cruel, and to be alone and have people think I’m crazy I can’t bare so I don’t know what to do.
    This pandemic is making all neighbours crazy being locked up, but I need help.

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  29. May 30, 2020 at 6:27 pm, Gladys DAVIS said:

    I been complaining for over three years off and on about my neighbor up stairs have complained to the manager off and on. about the noise meeting with the neighbor every time it gets worse I tried to talk to her she charged at me I had my son cremation in the closet and it falls down and broke I have had several major surgery just gotten out of the hospital when I complain it gets worse I have called the police over GONE to the manger call the corporate office they tell me that this is apartment living and they have done nothing my help have gotten worse I am tried I have tried but I been told that I am going to talk to her and all these years nothing happens

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  30. June 02, 2020 at 9:34 am, Jose Martinez said:

    Have an elderly male who has been seen throwing rice and other food items out the kitchen window (3C) to the grounds or the balcony below. He has been face with many residents who have told him not to continue with this lunacy for the invasion of rats that have occurred within the area and in the buildings. He refuses to comply; the Management office has been told numerous times about his rudeness and bad mouth replies against ceasing his actions. This has gone on for more than 5 years and as a result; RAT INVASION in large quantities.
    Any help in getting this man to comply would be most well be appreciated . The location is at 70 Gouverneur ST.
    Thank you

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  31. June 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm, SMB said:

    As of 14JUN20, we keep being harassed by the downstairs neighbor lady, who seems to think she runs the whole side of the complex. This all started months back, way before COVID-19, and it is becoming worse. She states and dared to call us out one day via text, by saying that we are "privileged staying home all day" while she works early hours in the morning and needs her sleep in the afternoon, which it seemed like she would go to bed at 6 pm. I work part time and my fiancé is looking for work, but in the meantime delivers food. Noise ordinance in WA state is until 10 pm. Not our fault she works early hours. And certainly we did not build this complex as the foundation is so weak we can hear other neighbors behind, below or next to us! We have been considerate to everyone including her. We even used to watch her pets while she went off on her vacations. She then slapped us with a text to my fiancé calling us cows for stomping or throwing barbells around. We consider ourselves very private people and do not bother anyone, but if someone needs help, we are there, no questions asked. This morning she called us out again, stating we need to "grow up". I have tried to calm my fiancé down (he HAS a hot temper) and rather suggested he texted her in a way that is not threatening, just in case she takes us to court, we have proof we are NOT the ones to start anything, and that it is her behavior that is making her look like a crazy person! We are so fed up with her behavior; we will start writing everything down because not even mgmt. will do anything about it. She has also stated to other people how she pays less rent than anyone else because her apt is used as a show apt for potential new tenants, which is not fair to everyone who keeps getting rent increases! My fiancé has been living here WAY longer then she has, yet has intimidated other tenants to not stomp going up the stairs, or close the garage door too hard because it wakes her up! She has also gone to lengths of towing cars of people that are just visiting. All this is just crazy behavior to get attention and credibility. If we get kicked out after this COVID is over, we are looking into suing her for this as well.

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  32. June 16, 2020 at 6:35 pm, AMANDA BYRUM said:

    Hello all. I am at my wits end with a current situation with our neighbors. My husband, 2 children and I have been in our current apartment for almost a year now and we have just signed a new lease for another year…unfortunately. Our neighbors are extremely noisy. They have at least 3 kids living there including a teenage boy.Their youngest is constantly screaming and crying even into the late hours of the night. We are always hearing slamming doors, things banging against the wall so hard that we feel it in the floors and our walls. It seems like these children do not have any adult supervision or at least not enough. We even had to call the police after midnight once and have contacted out manager by email three times. We don't like to complain because we too have children and can understand how loud children can be, but when it is after hours and it is constant screaming and crying it gets to be mentally taxing on all of us. Today I got paperwork from the manager stating that since some of the noise is before 10 pm there is not much she can do ,but advise us to talk to them ourselves and if it persists to let her know. We really don't want to have to do that since we really don't know these people and the lady has slammed the door in the police officer's face when he came to talk to her about the noise. I will not put any of my family in the middle of this knowing that this tenant has a problem listening to authority figures such as the police. My family and I are considering moving, but the problem with that is we can not afford it and if we break our lease we will lose our section 8 voucher permanently. I don't know what to do at this point. My health is not good. I have seizures and also systemic lupus, and stress can make me very ill. The stress is starting to take a toll on me. I need help on this matter and don't know where to turn.

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    • June 25, 2020 at 1:05 am, J. Wallace said:

      > My heart goes out to you. I have an upstairs neighbor who smokes, pot, and may be selling it or other drugs. Sometimes, she stays up all night, pacing the floor, slamming doors, and makes a lot of noise. I've reported this to the ,management, but they won't evict her, even though she had violating the apartment polices.

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  33. June 24, 2020 at 6:51 pm, Carol Rafferty said:

    I have a neighbor about 3 doors away who is a narc. She was playing nice, for a while, until there was a suspicious fire. Another fire happened & I was in the hospital. She knows the fire happened, because she was banging on my door wanting to argue with me. She ran all over the area slandering my name in the midst of a fire. The smoke was so bad I had a heart attack. She goes around saying things like I put up with this everyday, calls me insulting names, gas lights. If she is out & I have to go out, she might just start. She threatened the police & I said, for what. I have a few things to say myself. She keeps in my business & blahs it to everyone & so does the apt manager. Going as far as trying to destroy the organization I'm starting. A fire in my home & someone was in my apt, when I wasn't home & there's proof. The apt doesn't give a dang, the police are not very nice at all. She said the fire was started because I was sleeping. I was the one who put it out & landed up in the hospital. I had a heart attack & things got worse. Gossiping is all through the apt complex. I even found a pair of scissors in my bed & my apt. has been trashed so many times. It took me a year to get the lock change. They are going as for as trying to frame me to cover up what they did. Haze in my apt & my apt is the only one. Another site like this wants me to go to a shelter or at least, get a low to no cost lawyer. A shelter is no good for me, because I'm arthagorphobic & do not trust. To disrupt my life that much, I'll go depressed & give up. I reported things to your site & to another site & to the higher manager & very soon getting in touch with a lawyer. Telling me I was sleeping. I seldom sleep once up. I'm suing, because malicious slander is sue able. Trying to frame someone may be jail time.

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  34. July 03, 2020 at 6:46 pm, DivyaPillay said:

    I have problem with my neighbor on 2nd floor they are tenant lordlird lives in bavanipeth before I have complaints he spiuts tobacco any where his.sput on our water tank lid still every day we cannot sleep because of their noise talking loudly and.also in day time we are.really fed up please help us

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  35. July 04, 2020 at 8:40 am, Doris Cruze said:

    Tell me if this is harassment. I have lived in my apartment for 5 years. A man in the apartment above me is making me nervous and scared. Every time I go into my bathroom, he slowly walks into his. He stands above me until I leave. I can hear him cough, clear his throat. No water runs, no movement. What would he do this? I leave lights off when I shower or use toilet, I have both emailed and texted apartment manager. No response from them. My teenage granddaughter is often here. I don’t want this pervert listening to her pee. I don’t know what to do.

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  36. July 13, 2020 at 8:36 am, Sami said:

    >I have a neighbor that always plays loud music and shoot fireworks… this is day and night… I've made several complaints to no avail. I want to file a legal complaint… I am a homeowner he is a renter. I want to file against the homeowner… their property is not being taken care of which brings my property value down. I really appreciate the help with this problem.

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