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Old 07-15-2009, 07:07 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC/ Concord, NC
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I have been enduring a new neighbor that moved in an upstairs unit from mine since May of 09. Of course I hear all the natural living noises walking, dropping things etc which do not bother me at all. I just equate those to poor building structure and just move on with things. However this person has had the freedom to make excessive noise with their stereo at all odd times of morning. It's usually excessive from around 1 am upwards to 3 or 4 in the morning. It's the constant bass that thumps into my unit that is just downright obnoxious and annoying coupled with also loud guests. I looked over my lease and one of the agreements is that tenants will not make excessive noise via t.v, musical instruments and especially stereos between the hours of 11 p.m - 8 a.m. I also hear music like this at times outside this time period but never really make a big deal out of it. I am just annoyed they do it so late. I never run into this people at a decent hour to discuss the matter with them as our schedules are different but should I just continue to see if I can catch them to speak to them or at this point just directly go to management? I have no idea how management would enforce this issue anyway despite having it written in this lease. At this point I would love to just move to another unit if this can't be dealt with as I feel I am back living in a college dorm.

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Old 07-15-2009, 07:34 AM
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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You could leave a nice letter under their door if you can't catch them in person, maybe ask them for coffee to talk about it. As much as so many posters seem to immediately jump in with, 'CALL THE POLICE!" I always advocate the pleasant approach first as they may not even be aware that their stereo is bothering you.

Second step would be to approach management, and not a bad idea if you could somehow record the noise. If you have an on-site maintenance or supervisory person, make arrangements for him/her to come up when the noise is bad.

If management does nothing and all else fails, start calling the police but ONLY as a very last resort. Your neighbors probably work in the restaurant business or somewhere else where their hours run late and just don't know how loud they are. Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:50 AM
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Personally, approaching the neighbor wouldn't be on my list
of options, that could get ugly, some ppl will do anything for spite.

911, would be at the top of my list, when you make the report
tell them not to come to your apartment to speak to you, they'll understand why.

Any good mangement company hates to hear about reports to
their complex or buildings. You have to keep making police reports
and contacting the property manager to make them aware of the
problem until it stops. As your already know, it's a violation of the
lease, the tenant will be sent violation letters, the end result of
non-compliance is eviction.

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Old 07-15-2009, 03:04 PM
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I would leave a note to the person first just stating how loud it is and the quiet hours of the building. Say in the note you thought you should let them know before someone complains to managment and gets them kicked out. If you can hear it, someone else can too.

Sometimes nothing works except an eviction.

If they keep it up after the note the call to the LL. And if it keeps up after that then you have to call the police to witness the noise so the LL can kick them out.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:39 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC/ Concord, NC
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Thanks all. I am heeding the advice here. I just wasn't sure how to go about it. This is the first apartment I have lived in quite some time.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:50 PM
Location: somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA
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I would just report it to management. They are in clear violation of the lease and it's not your job to enforce it by knocking on their door in the middle of the night with the possibility of a confrontation.

I had a similar issue in my last apt. The people next door would leave their tv/stereo BLASTING at 2am. I tried to be neighborly and would knock on the door to ask them to turn the tv down, but the stupid lady would give me the same excuse every time that she fell asleep with the tv on. I then went to management and found out there had been multiple complaints against these people. The people only got worse and would scream and holler at all hours. Management ended up evicting them. I never involved the police.
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