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12-04-2013, 10:27 AM
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We moved into our apartment about 4 months ago. Just recently, there has been a trickling water noise coming from a pipe in the wall. We contacted the maintenance crew for the apartment and they put a hole in the wall to investigate and found the pipe that was causing the issue. However, they said they can't replace or fix it and we will need to live with the sound. The sound is a loud trickling noise at a steady cadence. It happens about 2-3 times a day for about 10 - 30 seconds. The sound is similar to someone tapping from inside the wall, but at a slightly louder and higher pitch. We are unsure how to force the sound to happen.

Since maintenance is unable to fix the issue. Is there anyway to convince our leasing office to give us a discount on rent because of this annoying noise?

12-04-2013, 10:40 AM
 Location: Kansas City North 5,452 posts, read 9,161,979 times Reputation: 10738
2 to 3 times a day for 10 to 30 seconds? Good grief. Live with it.

12-04-2013, 11:10 AM
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 Originally Posted by afterphase Since maintenance is unable to fix the issue. Is there anyway to convince our leasing office to give us a discount on rent because of this annoying noise?
You have two options.

First, you can do the math to figure out how much 45 seconds of rent per day is worth, then grab that number, and further divide it by how much of the apartment is unlivable, again, for 45 seconds per day. You will find that your troubles end up being fractions of pennies per month. Go and demand they lower your rent by these fractions of pennies. Hopefully, you'll save enough for the duration of your lease to make it worth to move and rent another place, because frankly, if a tenant came to me with a such a ridiculous request, I would make the decision right then and there to not renew their lease, no matter what.

Your second option, is to realize what an insufferable tenant you are, that your request is infantile at best, and literally mentally unstable at worst. Then learn to live it with it like a functional grown up would do.

At least relish in the thought that your life must be amazing if you consider this enough of a problem to not only give it any thought, but come up with a plan to lower your rent because of it, and spend the time researching it and making this post about it.

12-04-2013, 11:48 AM
 Location: West Virginia 13,323 posts, read 35,859,330 times Reputation: 9366
Are You Kidding!

12-04-2013, 11:56 AM
 Location: Bloomington IN 7,866 posts, read 10,052,250 times Reputation: 20952
Wow! 20 to 90 seconds of your life is annoying? I think this is cause to end your lease immediately and get all of your deposit back.

12-04-2013, 12:32 PM
 Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 24,671 posts, read 65,029,886 times Reputation: 26620
Once in a while someone starts a thread about something which sounds so bizarre that one has to re-read it sometimes even a few times over to ensure that one isn't missing something or the lenses in one's spectacles haven't gone squiffy - before keeling over laughing. A good belly laugh is SO healthy and I thank you, afterphase, for providing me with a really good one which has only been added to by several respondents!

12-04-2013, 12:34 PM
 Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas 38,281 posts, read 42,977,566 times Reputation: 47639
It could be your air conditioner pulling moisture out of the air and draining.

If so it is normal.

12-04-2013, 01:21 PM
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Just talked to the leasing office with maintenance. They lowered my rent by \$50. Glad I could make everyone's day.

12-04-2013, 01:25 PM
 Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 24,671 posts, read 65,029,886 times Reputation: 26620
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 Originally Posted by afterphase Just talked to the leasing office with maintenance. They lowered my rent by \$50. Glad I could make everyone's day.
Great news but I nonetheless appreciated the chuckle!
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