I need some advice regarding being able to hear neighbors…

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@regit45:  I had a problem once with our neighbors kids playing in the apartment hallway! They would run around, scream, jump, bang, etc. and it was sooo irritating. I called our landlord and told her about it and she immediately took care of it. Could you call your landlord and explain the issue you’re having?

Post # 6
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@regit45:  I don’t think they will get in trouble, but maybe the landlord will remind them to keep it down because they are disturbing the neighbors. Is there anything in your lease about noise?

Post # 7
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If it were thin walls it seems like you should have had issues hearing them talking before now. Unless you can just hear them better in the middle of the night because everything else is quiet?  I don’t know.  

If they really are just talking in a normal level voice, I think it just sucks that your walls are that thin.  When you live in an apartment you have to accept that you will sometimes hear your neighbours, but also that you can’t be as loud as you want to be.  If they were blasting music/shouting/screaming that would be one thing, but if you can hear them talking quietly that’s not something they can really fix.

Post # 8
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

mmmm loud music or parties are easy to complain about, but talking is going to be seen as an acceptabl noise level normally. worth a try though

i sympathise. my neighbours are currently having a party in their front garden/street with a live band (and mc). on a monday, after 11pm. im desperate to sleep but my windows/walls dont keep otu any of the noise at all!!

Post # 9
2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If they’re talking in normal voices, then it sounds like it’s just a crappy wall situation. Have you considered sleeping with a box fan or a white noise machine? You could mention it to the neighbor, but as long as they aren’t yelling or throwing parties, I would personally just try to deal with it. Also, if the shoe were on the other foot, I’d probably prefer hearing that my new choice of conversation location was not exactly private from my neighbor instead of my landlord.

Post # 10
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would just talk to them one day this week. Nobody wants people hearing their private conversations, even though it’s thru no one’s fault. We had this same thing happen. We live next to a semi deaf guy for six months, one day out of the blue he started using his phone in his room and we could hear both sides of his conversation clearly. We knocked on the door one day and told him about it. He had no idea and moved his conversations to another room. 

Post # 12
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@regit45:  It sounds like this is a recent development… do you feel comfortable talking to them? They may not even realize that things have changed. I would definetly speak to them prior to calling your leasing office. 

Post # 13
989 posts
Busy bee

I hear ya! SO and I were living in an attached unit, the first neighbour was awesome – you never heard him even walking around. The next lot of neighbours had a toddler who would run around all night – constantly thumping on the floorboards. It would be 4am, and you’d be woken up with the constant ‘thump, thump, thump’. The parents never made any effort to be quiet either -slamming cupboard doors, walking noisily (it was floorboard flooring, so sound carries, BUT it is possible to walk around quietly and they never made any attempt to be quiet). We complained numerous times. They eventually moved out, and we got worse neighbours – a 21 year old drug dealer! We’ve moved into a standalone house, and it is bliss.

What we did at night to survive noisy neighbours was buy a high velocity fan, while at first it sounds like an aeroplane in the room, it cuts out all background noise nicely. Might be a good option to get you through? Or you could try making noise when they make noise so they realise you can hear them? Alternatively, talk to them. 

Post # 14
50 posts
Worker bee

Have you tried a sound machine that plays ocean sounds or maybe a peaceful CD that you could run on repeat? A fan works sometimes, too.

Post # 15
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m right there with you! I have neighbors that randomly play very loud music. I think they play it to either drown out them talking/arguing/having sex/etc… either way, it can get really annoying. I don’t want to complain because I really like them as people and they are usually really quiet!!

Thankfully I’m moving to a standalone house next week! 

Good luck!

Post # 16
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Awwww sounds like they have an awesome relationship. lmao 

White noise machine for sure! 

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