Noisy Neighbors

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I'm hoping for some guidance/advice on a noisy neighbor situation. I live in a triplex where I've rented for many years with no issues. It is an older structure so sound does travel more than it would in a newer building, but we have always been mindful of this and careful not to unduly disturb each other.

About 6 months ago, a couple moved in next door. They are noisy people who continuously slam doors sometimes as late as 11 p.m. at night and as early as 7 a.m., and who make significant amounts of banging, stomping and thumping noises on the floors and walls including against our shared wall. Recently a door was slammed after 11 p.m. followed by loud talking and banging that could be heard in my bedroom until close to midnight, and on other occasions doors have been slammed so hard my walls shake. I

'm becoming a nervous wreck waiting for the next door slam, bang or thump. I have never suffered from insomnia or sleep problems, but now when I go to sleep I feel anxious that I will be woken up at any time by a loud slam, thump, bump or talking. They have been spoken to about this repeatedly and while they have quieted down, and are often extremely quiet for extended periods of time during the day and night, this still occurs at random times without warning. The police have said this is a noise violation but hard to address unless the police actually hear the noises when they arrive at the residence.

My LL has spoken to them as well, and asked for quiet between 10 pm and 7 a.m. Do I have any recourse here if my LL doesn't do something, as she seems hesitant to do much more? Or is this something I am going to have to tolerate after years of living peacefully and quietly, and have to move now? Thanks in advance.

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forrealnews Oct 08, 2020 12:24 PM
Noisy Neighbors

I know that living with shared walls can be frustrating at times. People have different living styles and different sensitivities. I think it is a good idea to set something nice like a pie or some other offering and let them know how it affects you using kind words that are non-judgemental (not saying statements that infer you are better than them in some way or that they are bad...ex: you are noisy and rude, do you consider others? etc) It is always good to remember that many of the things that bug us about others behaviors are not "right" or "wrong." What bothers you might not bother another tenant at all. In addition, we all do things that bother others. So things you do that you think are just fine might be really irritating to others. If you write a nice card with the offering simply saying something like "I was hoping to ask that you be careful about how hard the door is closed because the sound travels and startles me when I am not expecting it. I would greatly appreciate it. Since this building is old, noise before 7am and after 10pm really travels when I am still sleeping or trying to sleep. I hope we can keep good, respectful communication as neighbors." And you could also get some hypnotherapy that will feel super relaxing and make you less startled and sensitive to unexpected noise.

Minibeast Oct 08, 2020 04:49 PM
Noisy Neighbors

FORREALNEWS: It's "imply" not "infer."

Andrea Smith Oct 08, 2020 04:37 PM
Noisy Neighbors

FOR REAL IDK, getting woken up repeatedly by doors slamming, stomping, etc. is not something I think would be OK with a majority of people.

Getoffmylawn Oct 08, 2020 12:10 PM
Noisy Neighbors

Talk to them directly

Minibeast Oct 08, 2020 04:46 PM
Noisy Neighbors

The OP stated "They have been spoken to about this repeatedly." (¶ 3). OP: My advice is to contact Lacy Taylor at Goodwin & Thyne. Ask her what can be done. Maybe a simple letter from an attorney can help resolve this. I feel for you. The neighbors to one side of our property are "noise bullies." And to those who might write, "Oh. Gee. Nothing better to worry about?" --------- Unless you've lived through dealing with noisy, crappy neighbors you don't know just how unnerving it can be. Count yourself lucky.---------------OP: Sounds to me like you're suffering from PTSD. No kidding. I know the feeling well. If Lacy can't help you, I think your only recourse is to threaten your Landlord : "It's either them or me" and then follow through with moving out, if you can't be rid of those inconsiderate bullies.

Andrea Smith Oct 08, 2020 04:32 PM
Noisy Neighbors

I'll have to check. I did learn that you can bring a third party lawsuit as the victim tenant though. If there is such a clause. Landlord can also be liable for not abating a nusiance, if it constitutes a nuisance which I think legally it does, but I would not do that to my landlady b/c she has been great.

doulie Oct 08, 2020 02:35 PM
Noisy Neighbors

Doesn't hurt to talk with the neighbors once or twice and share your concerns with them. Is there a clause in (your) lease stating (you) should not make excessive noise that disturbs neighbors. If so, it may also be in their lease. After one or two contacts with your neighbors call the landlord again and then if this hasn't helped contact law enforcement. Unfortunately, not much they can do but ask your neighbors to minimize their noise. In the unlikely event you can prove it's deliberate you might have a case.


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