View Full Version : S: Loud Noisy Neighbors
09-08-2001, 12:54 AM
I'm the type of guy that unobstrusive, and I try to live by the saying "live and let live". However my neighbors are wearing me down. For several months the person in the next apartment has been playing loud music. The fact that she's been playing loud music is not the problem. She usually starts playing it at around 11:30 PM and doesn't sleep till around 2 AM or 3 AM. During the summer, it's been fine, I don't have to wake up for school. But now, I have to wake up at around 5:30 AM and I NEED MY SLEEP!!!
Music isn't the only problem. The walls here are so thin that I can hear her whole conversations with her family. If I knew how to speak Mandarin I'm sure I could repeat her conversations to her. Her boyfriend or brother (I'm not sure what he is to her) is an even more annoying ass with a loud grating laugh. :rolleyes:
I've tried banging on the walls. She seems to ignore it.:angry:
What should my next step be. As I type this I'm preparing to write a letter. Should I go through with the letter or just talk to the manager/landlord/super?
It's not like I'm in the same situation as ufcrusher, where his was a one time thing. This is nearly on a nightly basis. If you remeber the skunk thread I started, this is the neighbor I was referring to.
Also maybe just for kicks someone could record "SHUT UP" in Mandarin and send it to me as a .wav or .mp3 file.
09-08-2001, 02:39 AM
heh, i kinda feel like that chick (except more polite). my neighbor during the summer didn't like my music playing loud. he came over and said the bass was really bothering him, so i turned off my sub and never turned it back on. I usually kept things fairly quite, except when i got back from work (around 5pm) and turn up the volume a little. every once and while he'd pound on the wall and i'd turn down the volume. but after a couple of weeks, he'd start pounding on the wall when i'm listening to something that I can barely hear (that i turned down so far so he couldn't hear it.). and sometimes i'm not even playing anything or making any noise at all, and he'd still pound on the wall. it rather confused me so i stopped paying attn. to his pounding altogether.
09-09-2001, 12:41 AM
Back in college I had a neighbor who moved in 2 doors down and had some Cerwin Vegas he liked to thumb all day and all night. (No he wasnt breaking them in) I was fed up with listening to his crap, so I decided to show him what some old Bose Interaudio monitors could do (completely different from todays Bose crap, these were bought in '84). So I turned my system up 1/4 turn...he tried to go higher...I turned mine up a little more and he came over and said, "Damn, you just maxed out my system, how much more you got? I told him I wasnt even up to half strength. That was the last time he turned his system to where i could hear it. I guess he figured out that I could overpower his system without even straining my system. My other neighbors came over a few minutes later when they saw the other guy leave, and started laughing. At that point I found out that they could tell when I was playing turok because their entire wall was shaking with each shot. (Then again we lived in an apartment complex full of college students, I cant think of any families that lived anywhere near me so no one cared)
As for what to do in your situation....you can call the cops and complain, even though its every night. One visit from the cops should clue them into the fact that you wont take it anymore. I would suggest that you go over there and try to talk with them first. I would do it during the day when they first get home. If they arent willing to cut it out, then you have no choice but to call the cop.
09-09-2001, 12:47 AM
I have half a mind to do exactly what you did. However two things hold me back: 1) I would probably get the family that lives below me to hate me. 2) My speakers completely SUCK!!! If I had some "disposable" income I would hook myself up with a fat system. Sadly I'm a poor spoiled brat, whose parents don't care for such things.
09-09-2001, 12:50 AM
put some speakers up to the wall and turn the base all the way up and turn the volume to max and blast em down... you might shake a few things off their walls to really piss em off:naughty:
09-09-2001, 05:34 AM
Hey Speedracer. I just invited one of my friends from Beijing and we had the following words recorded : "Hey, don't you play the raw sweet-n-sour prawns with me!!! Shut the hell up you piece of Mandarin chicken crap. And that goes for your "I love Cream of Sum-Young-Gai" brother, too. I'll come over and deep fry your HuNan potstickers in oyster sauce and get SzeChuan on your ass if you don't shut the hell up right this moment. And no, I don't use MSG!!" All recorded in traditional mainland Mandarin Chinese. Check your mail. And don't call me racist. My friend from Beijing thought it all up.
09-09-2001, 09:42 AM
first, just knock on the door and talk to her politely - she may not even realize that she is an annoyance. second step is to say, look, i'm sick of having to talk to you about this repeatedly, my next step is to talk to the landlord. if it goes beyond this, you jsut start calling the cops every time she is loud past a reasonable hour - YOU MUST HAVE A PAPER TRAIL. then you write a letter to your landlord (NOT just a phone call) about every incident. tell your landlord you will withhold rent until the problem is resolved. people like that (if it comes to that) need to be evicted. no reason for you to pay rent for a place where you can't sleep.
it is very easy to withhold rent without ramifications - the law is on the side of the tenant. my standard practice is, at the end of the lease, to not send in the last rent check (or whatever amount equals my security deposit) so they can't keep any of it on some bulls**t damage (i don't cause damage, dammit.) they can always sue me for it if they really think i owe them something, but since i don't do any damage, they'd have a tough time winning in court.
09-09-2001, 01:19 PM
maybe welfare's idea is better than mine....hehe
hey welfare, that skip-the-last-month-of-rent thing you mentioned.... I'm interested in doing it, but was worried maybe that the landlord could report it somehow and have my credit affected. I find that more threatening than someone trying to sue me. what's the deal?
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