When you live in an apartment, you know that you have to deal with quirky neighbors. The little inconsiderate things people do can drive anyone mad. Things like stomping across the floor when they know it’s your ceiling, or playing their televisions and radios too loud are far too common in apartments. But what do you do when you have had enough? These are a few of my tips for dealing with a noisy neighbor.
Try to ignore it:
Just like any relationship in life, your neighbors are going to do something that gets under your skin. You have to remember that living in such close quarters with others makes it highly unlikely that you will never be disturbed by your neighbor. Sometimes the neighborly thing to do is just to ignore it. Only when it becomes a nuisances should you take steps to stop it.
Talk to the neighbor:
If your neighbor being a real pain and the issues that you have tried to ignore continue or get worse, it’s probably time to have a chat with them. You should try to approach them in a friendly manner. Never try to talk with your neighbor when you are angry. Wait until you are calm and can have a non-confrontational chat. When talking to them, try not to play the blame game. Let them know what the issue is, explain that you don’t mind it every once in a while, but you feel it’s happening far too often. Most of the time just bringing the issue up with your neighbor will be enough to stop it. However, if your neighbor doesn’t seem to agree or gets confrontational, just walk away. Don’t argue with them. It just means you need to go a step further.
Talk to the manager/owner:
After trying to talk to your neighbor with no results, it’s time to talk to the building manager or owner. Don’t rant and rave, calmly explain the issue. Let them know how long it has been happening, and that you have approached the neighbor with no results. Ask them to speak with the neighbor about correcting the issue. If you have a decent manager/owner they will contact the neighbor and ask/tell them to cut out the annoying behavior.
If after talking to the manager/owner the problem persists, you should contact the manager/owner again. Call them back to let them know there is still a problem and to ask them to speak with them once again.
At this point you will want to start documenting the issue. You may also want to send registered letters to both the neighbor and manager/owner asking that the problem be resolved.
Contacting the police should be the absolute last resort, and shouldn’t be done for something like stomping on the floor. If your neighbor is blasting music at 2am on a work night and you can’t sleep, that is disturbing the peace. If it persist you can call an officer out. It’s important that you don’t call the police for every little thing. The police have very important things to do, so it’s important to only call them as a last resort.
You should keep in mind that calling the police on your neighbor is going to forever change your relationship with them. Usually, there is no relationship at all after that. Make sure you have exhausted all other avenues to correct the problem before involving law enforcement.
If all of your attempts fail, you may need to contact a legal professional to learn what other options you have.