You are viewing thequestionclub

The Question Club - Noise Complaints [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
The Question Club

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Noise Complaints [Jan. 21st, 2013|11:24 pm]
Previous Entry Add to Memories Share Next Entry



So, I've been having issues with my neighbors since I moved in in May. They've flooded my apartment and they also play ridiculously loud music. Music so loud that I can clearly hear it in my bedroom. Right now I'm drafting an e-mail to my complex to inform them that I'm at my wits end with the situation.

Can you read it and see if there is anything you'd add?
Have you ever dealt with neighbors this awful?

To whom it may concern,
My name is sweetest_sin_78 and I am your resident staying in 1c. Since I have moved into my apartment I have had several issues with my neighbors upstairs, most of these issues have revolved around their music. Since Thursday January 10th I have called the
** Police Department out on noise complaints on them a total of 3 times. Twice on January 10th and once on January 16th. I have also made complaints to the front office, to the courtesy officer, and the noise has been noticed by maintenance men while they were in my apartment. Is there anything that can be done to come to a permanent resolution on this issue? At this point, I will continue to contact the police department every time the issue arises unless a better solution is offered

That is a link to a video I took from my bed where you can hear them A) walking around (it's an apartment I don't care that much) and B) you can hear their music. I'm considering adding the video to the e-mail too


[User Picture]From: crucified
2013-01-22 04:30 am (UTC)


That sounds fine to me. I honestly don't know how people can stand to play their music that loud. It's gotta be deafening inside their apartment if it's that loud for you. :/

And I would add the video to the e-mail so they can actually hear how ridiculously loud they're playing the music.

Edited at 2013-01-22 04:31 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: lisasimpsonfan
2013-01-22 04:38 am (UTC)


You can send in the letter but I wouldn't expect much of anything to come from it if they are playing their music during the day time. Unless the lease expressly says that they can't play music that is audible outside of their apartment during the day the complex and the police are only going to really care about them blasting music after whatever the time your local noise ordinances say they have to be quiet. I really hope you aren't calling the emergency number about people playing music at noon.
[User Picture]From: rainbow_vagina
2013-01-22 03:44 pm (UTC)


I don't know if it's different in different places but I remember when I was a kid and we had noisy neighbours that you can't play your music above a certain level and that included in the daytime. People work nights etc so it's not an unfair rule. If tbe OP can hear it clearly in their room then it's definitely too damn loud and she has a right to complain. People don't need to hear others music that loudly. It's not hard to listen to music at a decent level.
From: light_frost
2013-01-22 05:01 am (UTC)


The neighbors who live above me occasionally play their music extremely loud, with prominent bass of course; so loud that I can usually understand the lyrics and hear it from outside the apartment building. And we often have kids running up and down the stairs for fun, I assume. My aunt once described the sound as like "herding elephants."
[User Picture]From: littlelauren86
2013-01-22 05:09 am (UTC)


Unless it's unbearably loud to the point where it's truly unlivable, I don't think there's much you can do about it unless it's specifically addressed in your contract. I think that's one of those things you have to ask about before signing a rental agreement. Lesson learned.

I can't stand that either and it's really obnoxious. But the last time I had to deal with that kind of immaturity was in college dorms -- but you could always complain since all residents sign an agreement saying they can't be too loud.
[User Picture]From: oh_honestly_
2013-01-22 05:09 am (UTC)


Unfortunately it's all too common in apartments. :/ Your request is perfectly reasonable, but just know that in all likelihood, the situation won't change.

I am now renting a tiny, tiny house and I couldn't be happier because despite how small it is, I no longer have to deal with stomping neighbors playing loud music. It's so worth it to rent a house if you have the choice.
[User Picture]From: snooji
2013-01-22 05:20 am (UTC)


Seems good. It's a shame your front office isn't handling it.

I rent a condo rather than an apartment (largely because of issues like this), and my neighbor loves his music. Management has been great. I complain and they come right up and he turns it down. If he keeps doing it, they'll evict him from the building even if he bought that unit. He's been behaving a lot now.

In my last condo, I got stuck with neighbors who kept smoking inside their unit. Sure it's their right, but wow my place stunk. My landlord wanted his place back for his daughter, and it worked just as well because my SO couldn't handle it anymore with his asthma. We actually picked our current condo because it was supposed to be smoke free, but after we moved in the board changed their minds. :\
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2013-01-22 05:55 am (UTC)


If you signed a lease, and the lease states that tenants shall have the right to peace and quiet, then the continual noise disturbance may be enough to break the lease - or threaten to do so - provided that they are not holding up their end of the contract. The threat alone may be sufficient in making them take your problem seriously.
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-01-22 07:57 am (UTC)


Your letter sounds good to me. The only information I would add is which apartment they are in specifically (2c or whatever) and include the video. I'm not sure what will or can be done about the problem, but I'm sorry you have to deal with it. :( It sounds like you've done everything you really can do as a tenant and I'm not sure what your lease says specifically about excessive noise or quiet hours.

As far as noise complaints go, I live in a very well insulated townhouse complex so it's extremely rare I ever hear my neighbors at all. One morning my significant other had his eight year old son and our neighbors were blaring uncensored Eminem out an open window so loud we could hear it through our entire house, word for word, over the television. I walked outside and the music was so loud it was hurting my ears, which is obnoxious since I work in a bar with loud music. My significant other knocked on their door and basically told the neighbors to cut it out because their music was unnecessarily loud and he didn't want his kid exposed to uncensored rap music. Luckily, my partner is a large, intimidating man so his presence is usually scary enough to get people to cut shit out.

The weirdest problem I've had here that creeped me out was a guy climbing onto my boarded off porch in the middle of the night. I was smoking a cigarette and on the phone with my boyfriend, who was driving home from work and asking me if I needed anything from the gas station. When I ended the phone call a face appeared on my porch asking if I was okay. Because of the way our complex is set up and how insulated the apartments are, the only way he could have heard my conversation was if he was ease dropping, standing directly outside my porch, which is pointed away from the entire complex and against a church. The apartment he claimed to live in is very far away from mine so it isn't possible that he could hear me from inside. The man seemed intoxicated and continued to hit on me, make fun of my boyfriend, try to convince me my SO and I were having relationship issues and specifically described outfits he's seen me wearing in extreme detail. I've never seen him before in my life and some of the outfits he was describing I hadn't worn in months so he had apparently been watching me walk to and from my car through his his windows for awhile. :( I finally was able to get inside and I called my significant other and explained the situation. When he arrived home a few minutes later he spoke with the guy and basically told him to never talk to me again and to never climb onto our property. I haven't had an issue with him since and recently we both walked outside of our apartments at the same time and he immediately walked back in and waited until I was in my car.
[User Picture]From: weirdsister_fis
2013-01-22 09:38 am (UTC)


The letter is fine and i would add the video.

Honestly, that reminds me of my upstair-neighbours. He would play really loud music in the middle of the night on week-days.
My husband went up there to complain a couple of times, but the neighbour - intoxicated most of the times - threatened with violence. I now have a baseballbat standing next to our front door, in case he ever comes to us.
We called it in with the front-office, but they couldn't do anything unless the police gave an complain and we didn't dare to call the police due to the threats.
However a few months back I did, because i heard him slapping his girlfriend and dog around in front of his terrified children.
We have an anonymous hotline for domestic abuse over here, so that's why i dared too and i also feared for the life of the dog and the wellbeing of his girlfriend. (Seriously, i heard him throw the dog against the wall, the sound still hounds me)
Police came this time, and the girlfriend and her daughters (and i hope the dog, since i haven't heard him anymore) were taken to a safe-house. Sadly she returned 6 weeks ago and he made up with her by playing very loud sappy music in the middle of the night, followed by loud sex.
We are moving this week and he's a big part of the reason why. (That and the group of youths outside the building who yell at passerby's which make me feel really unsafe.)
[User Picture]From: lutine
2013-01-22 10:19 am (UTC)


I think the way that is worded makes it very easy for them to say, "Yeah, just keep calling the cops, we don't want to deal with it."
[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2013-01-22 03:41 pm (UTC)


Get your stuff together ... it's difficult to resolve a thing like this, and you'll probably just have to move.

I once was in a position to buy a condominium unit. The realtor took us to this one place which was really nice, in a good neighborhood with a view, top floor, within our range. But as we were looking over the place, I kept hearing music from somewhere. "They're playing music downstairs, I can hear it," I told the realtor, who tried to play it off. "It's 'Sunshine Superman' by Donovan," I said, and it was. Now, if you can hear Donovan through the floor of a condo unit, it is a good bet that you would not be happy there.
[User Picture]From: restlessme
2013-01-25 04:01 pm (UTC)


I feel your pain.
My downstairs neighbors are actually the problem, they own a nice pair of subwoofers that shake our floor.