How To Deal With Noisy Neighbors
No matter which rental community you’re living in, you’re bound to have noise issues at some point. Whether your neighbors are throwing a party, moving furniture or just tend to stomp above your head as they walk, neighbor-caused noises can be distracting and problematic.
Luckily, there are many solutions that can help solve these situations, whether they’re temporary or ongoing. Here are some recommended steps you can take when dealing with a loud neighbor.
If there’s a problem, address it personally with them. There’s no need to call your landlord right away. You can simply knock on your neighbor’s door and ask them if they are able to be quieter. If you do so in a polite manner, they will be more likely to show empathy and lower their volume. Quite often, neighbors don’t even realize that they are being disruptive until they’re told.
The most important thing in this first initiative is to be polite, as being rude about the situation will only lead to bigger problems. You can even suggest a solution to your neighbor. Rather than saying “You’re being too loud!” you could say, “I don’t mind when you play your music but would you mind turning it down a little?”
Of course, we certainly hope you’ll consider whether this is a first-time issue or a recurring event. If it’s your otherwise always-peaceful neighbor’s 40th birthday party, it may be better for your long-term relationship to allow them to have their fun. There is certainly room for give and take, and allowing a one-time celebration to continue for a few hours may be a tremendous favor they’ll thank you for later.
Take Note of the Noise
Maybe you’ve knocked on your neighbor’s door once or twice but the loud noises continue. Now it’s time to take the next step. Make a detailed log of what time you hear the noises, whether loud music, shouting, dog barking or otherwise. If you feel it’s necessary, you can even record them on your phone or audio device. Notes such as these will allow you to present clear records of the issue when speaking to your landlord about the issue, which will help to more quickly discuss potential solutions.
Call Your Landlord
Don’t feel like every issue you have in your apartment is all on you to fix. Your landlord is there for a reason. If you’ve tried to verbally speak with the neighbor multiple times and they have not taken your complaints into consideration, call your landlord. Check to see if any of your other neighbors are experiencing the same problem. Multiple residents complaining about the same issue will further encourage your landlord to handle the situation in a timely manner.
Be Mindful of Your Own Actions
The neighbors might be bothering you, but are you aware of your own actions that could potentially be bothering them?
Make sure you don’t become a loud neighbor and disregard other residents’ peacefulness. Play your music at respectable levels and at a reasonable time. Wearing high heels today? Make them the last thing you put on before you leave the house. Pay attention to the volume of your guests, your children and your pets.
By being respectful to your neighbors and respectfully asking them to consider your noise concerns, you’ll be able to more quickly resolve issues that are keeping you from sleeping, getting work done or otherwise enjoying your home. Remember, if there’s ever an issue you can’t solve on your own, your landlord and property manager are there to assist you at all times.