Apartment Woes – Are We Just Whiny Tenants?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

All of those things would piss me off, but where is your apartment?  Is it in a city where roaches and loud neighbors are common?  I lived in Philadelphia, PA for 10 years, moved from apartment complex to apartment complex, and I’ve pretty much experienced a good amount of noise and bugs – it comes with the territory.  

 

The bottom line, though, is if you’re not happy, then you should see what your options are.  If you signed a contract, you’re probably pretty much stuck living in that complex/building until your term is up, unless they’re flexible enough to release you of it.  Your lease should outline this for you.  I would keep pushing, if I were you, to move into another unit if that’s the case.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Apartment living sucks.  I def feel for you.  I have never lived in an apartment where I did not hear my neighbors.  Management said they talked to your neighbors, and really, that is what they are supposed to be doing. The bug situation is not ideal, but if you are talking about the big “waterbug” roaches, then now that summer has passed they will go back into hiding.  You will probably be stuck in your current place until your lease runs out unless you want to pay to break your lease.

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@GardenRose:  All of those things are a pain in the ass, but if you signed a contract you’re stuck unless you want to pay the penalty. Like PP said, I’d continue to push to move to another unit. 

We used to live in an apartment with the bedroom over the shared garage, so I totally feel you there. It sucked big time. Now we moved into a two story apartment on an inside corner, so we only share one wall (that is covered in closets upstairs) with a neighbor and don’t have anyone above/below us. It’s pretty awesome… which is probably why on our tour it totally didn’t register that there are a total of THREE washing machines for the ENTIRE building! There are at least 40 apartments in this building. WHAT? Right now I’m at home most of the day, so I’ve been doing the laundry at around 10am during the week but when I start working full time we’re gonna be screwed. We’ve tried to wash on the weekends and at night multiple times and never been able to get a machine before 10pm. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

It was things like that that made me to want to own!  I feel for you.  Apartments suck, especially when the property management doesn’t take care of things that they should be.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@GardenRose:  Ughhh. We are in the same situation right now! We moved from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment for the same price because it’s a nice part of town and nice apartments. When we were picking apartments we decided to go with a down stairs since we work out and didn’t want to bother people below us, BIG MISTAKE. We moved in to find ants, they said they’d bring a bug guy… He never came. I got rid of the ants in the kitchen only to have dome in the bathroom then it was the guest bathroom… All within a week of living here! Fnally I resolved the issue on my own.. About 2 months after we moved in our neighbors below us moved out and another family moved in. They literally stomp all night and day, poor DH sleeps with earplugs in every night. I went over to ask if they could keep it down and he said no I have a two year old. These people look like trash so I’m not going over there again. We plan on moving out if state in January so we’re considering sucking it up. I agree with you when you say you don’t wanna talk to these ppl, you never know what ppl are capable of! I would definitely move units!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Apartment living sucks, but these sound like things that just come with the territory.   And I wouldn’t be surprised if your complex is lying to you about not being able to find a vacant unit to move you to or whatever the story is.  The fact of the matter may be that they simply don’t want to deal with the COST and trouble of transferring you to another unit.  You should definitely stay on them about the extermination.  And if you want something done about the neighbors then your have to get over your fear of retaliation.  The management company is supposed to talk to them about causing disturbances.  Its their job.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You will probably lose the security deposit if you dip out early. However, I think you should move. There must be clauses in the lease agreement about the residence being reasonably quiet and clean, etc. If the place is unlivable and the management isn’t working with you to improve the conditions, then point that out and tell the landlord/management that you’re moving in a month (give them a month’s notice). They’ll either agree as long as you don’t get the deposit back or they’ll make a fuss about it. If they make a fuss about it, I’d move anyway. Letting them keep the deposit and find a new tenant would be far less costly for them than trying to hound you about it.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@GardenRose:  SO and I are moving from his unit for similar reasons. The new guy next door is a drug dealer who sees a lot of business, and he has no concept of how loud he and his drop kick mates are. There are some people who are just not suited to living in units/apartments, but unfortunately, they don’t really care and it’s those who are considerate that have to suffer. 

We have a lot of spiders come in to the unit, but it’s our problem to deal with. We would have set off the insect bombs, but SO has a large fish tank and we don’t want them to die, so SO periodically sprays a barrier spray outside and around windows to try to keep them at bay. The first thing we’re doing tomorrow when we get the keys to the new place is putting insect bombs in, and we’ll start moving Tuesday. I think if the bug sprayers are going to be so unreliable, maybe you should do the same. It’s not fair, but it doesn’t seem that you have much of a choice.

The last lot of neighbours (before the drug dealer) were really noisy, they had a 2 year old that would jump around on the floorboards literally all night. We had to buy a high velocity fan just to try to drown out their noise. SO and I were at our wits end, now the drug dealer has sent us to almost breaking point. I totally understand the stress your neighbours are causing you. We’re moving to a stand alone house with a nice yard – is this an option for you? Have a look over your tenancy agreement and see what the penalties are for vacating earlier. Where I live, if we break the lease, we would be expected to pay the rent until new tenants move in.

I hope you can find a solution, I know how frustrating it is!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yeah, I don’t have any suggestions.  I’d try to find a legitimate cause to break your lease, see if having bugs in your community is grounds for lease termination?

Post # 13
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624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@GardenRose:  How dare they call themselves a luxury complex, with that service? What a joke!

One could say that the bugs and the loud neighbors may not be the administration’s fault, but come on. Leaving you waiting more than once when you took the day off work and no one shows up, no one calls. Not realizing that the pest control company hadn’t been there in months. Taking days or weeks to get back to you when you report issues.

I don’t know, but if it’s going to be one headache after another, I would probably opt for losing the deposit and preserving my sanity, and moving.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@MrsRichard:  OMG, that’s awful!!!!!!!!! We lived on a ground floor at the last place and it was terrible!!!!!!! BUGS GALORE, and I could hear the people upstairs stoping and having sex at all hours of the day/night. When we went hunting again I found a really cute apt on the first floor but when I went to look, again I could hear the people upstairs walking and this was even worse because it was hardwoods!!!!! Luckily, in another building an upstairs unit opened up (it’s only two stories, so minimal stairs) and I can’t hear the other neighbors at all!!!!! I’d NEVER live downstairs again. It’s awful

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  Ya! I kinda wish we hadn’t thought about being too noisy for other people and just watched out for ourselves! I mean we usually only work out an hour a day during the day when mist people are at work… I guess we made the wrong choice 🙁 Nuce guys finish last in this race!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@MrsRichard:  it’s ok, I feel bad for my downstairs neighbor because I have a two year old daughter and I’m SURE they hear everything she does. At least you’ll know for next time lol

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