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How to deal with noisy neighbors

Noisy Neighbors

Noisy NeighborsWhat 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.

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  • If you do not want to look like an obnoxious neighbor seek the help of the landlord. To maintain anonymity,better let the landlord relay your request by talking to the noisy neighbor. This way there will be no fights after the talk.

    • Yes, an intermediary can definitely smooth things over. The landlord also has more (presumed) authority in those cases and the noisy neighbor is more likely to listen to him or her.

  • When you decided to live in an apartment complex you may have expected to deal with noisy neighbors. However, if the noise is already gravely affecting you then you must make a move. Talk to the neighbor politely. If that does not work, report to the landlord.

  • It can be truly frustrating and annoying to have neighbors that are too loud or noisy. One good thing about living in quality apartments like archer on north apartments is you seldom (and perhapt not at all!) get to live next to loud and noisy neighbors.