How to deal with noisy neighbors
What started as a simple open house with hors d’oeuvres and soothing background music for the House of Rock, LLC, according to the LA Times, turned into a real nuisance for the entire Santa Monica neighborhood with catering trucks, Hummers and vans clogging the streets and naked partygoers sleeping off a long night in their cars.
Now it is up to the City Council to decide whether to approve a ban that would prohibit residential property owners from hosting more than 150 people at one time for the purpose of selling a home.
When you live in an apartment building with other people, such happenings are even more frequent as there is always at least one neighbor that’s noisier than the rest. But how do you deal with the situation without becoming yourself the obnoxious neighbor?
Before calling the police or complaining to your landlord about it, which would be the simpler method without getting directly involved, you can try to talk some sense into the disruptive neighbor yourself. But calmly. Try to explain the situation and come up with a plan to work for both of you. If for instance he’s a passionate guitar player expressing his thoughts on loud rhythms at 1.00 a.m. in the morning, ask him to shift his activities to an earlier time. A good compromise always works.
Apartment communities usually have noise policies but the hours depend on who runs the place, the location of the building and who you live with. When you move to a new apartment make sure you ask about these things and contact the property manager if an issue becomes irritating.