Post # 1
DH and I recently moved into an apartment complex. We really like it BUT apparently our neighbors are not fans of ours. We got an e-mail today, basically they have received several noise complaints. We “stomp, bang, and yell” into the wee hours of the morning. Anyone who knows us knows we are, nor will ever be up at 5AM, doing anything! I am really annoyed because I genuinely do not know where this is coming from. At the end of the e-mail she states we are welcome to e-mail her back if we feel like we got it by mistake. Is it worth it? I want to clear our name but I am thinking they already have an idea of us.
Thanks for letting me vent. I am just SO bothered by this. I wish they would have come to us first since this is the first I am hearing of it all.
Post # 3
@savealife: I would simply explain that the noise simply can’t be coming from you because your schedule does not permit you to be awake at ____ time. It is worth it to fight it now, because what happens if the problem continues, you’re blamed, and you get evicted? It is much harder to fight it if you haven’t previously spoken up about it.
Post # 4
Yeah, I would send an email and explain that it can’t be you, but you will still make sure to be careful.
Post # 5
Have you noticed any of the noise?
I would definitely respond to the email as others have said. Better to proclaim your innocence now than after several “warnings” when they’ll ask why you didn’t say anything until then. It looks suspect if your denial comes out of the blue.
Post # 6
The noise could be coming from another apartment (noise travels in a different direction sometimes) Or they could be doing this for spite. Send a reply that courteously says that it’s not you and invite them to have security come around at the time the time you are being accused of such behavior because you feel you are being wronged.
You must do this because it’s not worth having such a complaint against you as it will leave a bad mark on your record and you may not be able to get another apartment especially if you get evicted for noise like this. You keeping quiet adds to their suspicions that the complaints are justified and that you are actually doing these things.
Right now, the guy upstairs is moving furniture, it’s 2:00 am (he does this almost every night) walks around like an elephant and drops things on the floor. The guy downstairs has a small dog that barks constantly and we were blamed for this when we first moved in, but the superintendent and the tenant who complained now knows it’s not our dog.
Post # 7
I would definately e-mail back defending yourself. By doing that you’re clearing your name and hopefully the person who is to blame is identified.
This is one of the things I hate about apartment/condo/townhouse living, when there are a lot of people living close together. If you’re lucky and have quiet respectful neighbors consider yourself fortunate. I’ve lived in apartments, condos, single family homes and currently in a townhouse. It’s a small complex with 8 units but can get quite noisy at times. The worst is the dog next to us. The owners leave it on the patio a lot and he barks at every noise. I can’t even go on my own patio because he barks and barks and barks. It was really bad when on the other side of us there were 3 dogs and when dog A started, dog B, C and D joined in for the “Bark Fest”. Thank goodness dogs B. C and D have moved and the unit is vacant. Hopefully the next tenent doesn’t have dogs.