Post # 1
So my rental house is in a somewhat interesting neighborhood. It is mostly lower income families (who are nice) and then my house that is a rental and the neighbors that are 4 college guys in a rental. And their patio is about 10 feet outside my bedroom window. They like to drink, and start screaming awful stuff at each other, especially in the middle of the night. Pretty sure it may have come to blows but not sure, it sure got loud.
And even them just talking (being drunk) is loud enough to hear through my walls. Yay for old, poorly insulated houses. But I don’t know what I can do, I feel like if I call the cops, one they will know it is me and since FI doesn’t live here yet, I don’t want ot be on bad terms with them, but this happens a lot. And not at a even close to normal hour of the night. They have woken me from a dead sleep at 3 AM yelling something about “step off b****” and all sorts of horrible things. And it just kind of happens, then stops, so also if I call the cops, when one finally gets here, they will just be out sititing drinking…nothing illegal. :/ Of course I don’t even know what the noise laws are around here…there is nothing even close to a home owners association and this isn’t a part of town cops like to hang out in.
So help anyone? Please? Any ideas???
Post # 3
Since they are drunk/fighting I would say either talk to them the next day when sober or call the cops if you are not comfy to talk to them.
I used to live in a area that is nothing but college students and drinking all the time while I was working crazy shifts. You would be amazed how if you just walk outside and tell them you are trying to sleep and you have to work and its late and they are loud if said in a nice tone how easy and fast they listen!
Post # 4
If talking to them doesn’t work, call the cops. Seriously. Most places have laws or noise codes that say after a certian time, you have to be quiet. I had to call the cops on my neighbors because they were so loud all the time. We have the same land lord and even noise violation notices from the land lord did nothing to queit them down. 1 call to the cops sure did though. You pay to live there, and so you should have a comfortable living environment, within reason. Waking up because your neighbors are yelling and screaming outside is not acceptable.
Post # 5
@chasesgirl: Ironic how the “lower class” isn’t the one causing all the neighborhood havoc but some “educated” individuals.
To answer you question…
I would call the police to report the incident, when calling ask the operator not to identify you or tell the police officer not to say “YOur neighbor called us regarding a complaint because you fear they will retaliate”
2) If you have a camcorder record it if you can if you can do so safely and discreetly
3 ) the purpose of the videotapes hopefully you have more than 6 incidents and write the time, date, how many suspects (if you can see) that way when you take it down to the police station to file a report they will believe what trama your neighborhood is going through and how it is not only affecting you but your neighbors as well and that you have called the police more than twice to address the situation to no avail.
I did this for a different purpose , went to the police station after I called the police 2 times, they came it simmered down, than it started again so I videotaped, wrote down times, dates, what I heard and took it to the Luietant at the Police Station. I handed over the tape and it went from there. Needless to say thanks to foreclosures and the police the situation was handled
Post # 6
Perhaps you can find the non-emergency number for your local police and ask their advice, if there is a noise ordinance and the best way to handle. They may send a cruiser around the area just to investigate.
Post # 7
Be very, very careful if you are videotaping because people will sometimes freak out and get violent if you do that, even if you think you’re being discreet. I remember my dad did that when I was still living at home in college because they had a similar situation with neighbors; the guy found out and threatened my dad. He had been hiding behind the blinds and they still happened to see him. He could have just called the cops and had the issue handled instead of personally getting involved.
I used to live in a rental home in a pretty rough area when I was in grad school and we had terrible neighbors, too. They would shoot off fireworks, scream and yell at each other, have drunken fist-fights in the yard… all at 2 a.m. Call the cops, and tell the cops to not identify you (which they usually don’t anyways). I did this and they came every time; the neighbors were fined like crazy and even taken to jail one time.
I know some PPs told you to talk to them, but I encourage you not to so they have no way of tracing the police presence back to you. Unfortunately more often than not, people like this don’t listen to a rational request to stop, and they sound like people you don’t really want to mess with…
Post # 9
I agree with @brideatbeach:, don’t talk to the guys yourself. If they get drunk and out of control and you (I presume) live alone and they have a problem with you…no bueno. Call the police next time it happens, and even if they guys have quieted down by the time they arrive, at least your complaint will be documented. It doesn’t matter what the exact noise ordinance – they’re basically disturbing the peace.
Depending on how your landlord/building management is, you might also make a complaint (or several compleints) to them about how your neighbors are acting – but only if you think that person can be trusted to keep your identity anonymous.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t get involved…just call the police and let them handle. No sense in risking your safety.
Post # 11
My FI and I had a problem with something similar when we lived in some townhomes a few years ago.
Our solution- We became friends with the neighbors. We talked to them when they were sober and stepped outside to visit with them while they were drinking. We asked them if they could tone it down a bit and surprisingly enough, they did. 3 years later and we’ve moved out of the townhomes, but we’re still friends and meet up once a week to watch True Blood together.
You already mentioned that you didn’t want to have to talk to them, so calling the police when it gets rowdy is probably your best answer- even if they do know the call is coming from you.
Post # 11
Like seriously? YOU chose to live in an apartment and this is the result. You either deal with it or move, buy a house or rent a home. You can’t stop people from doing what they want in their own private homes. If no one is hurt, why get the police involved and stir up more trouble with your neighbors? Be an adult and confront them about the loud noise or just mind your own business.
Post # 12
I don’t totally understand the configuration- do these guys have the same landlord as you do? If so, I’d complain to the landlord. If not, call the cops. I wouldn’t personally confront d-bags who are regularly getting into drunken altercations with each other.
Post # 13
motherofone2 : first of all, it sounds like she is renting a house, NOT an apartment. I highly doubt her neighbors would be more respectful if the house was owner occupied rather than tenant occupied, so I fail to see how buying the house would solve her problem? She might actually have an easier time resolving this issue if she DID live in an apartment building, because they generally have noise policies written into the leases, so she could address it with the landlord rather than having to get the police involved.
Post # 14
WestCoastV : I thought the post was about her in an apartment building but it’s not against the law for adults to do what’s being done here. I agree, they need to be a little more quiet but it’s not against the law to drink or be loud in your own home. Just like she pays to be at her home so does the neighbors
Post # 15
motherofone2 : “So my rental house is in a somewhat interesting neighborhood.”
Literally the first sentence in the post. OP is in a rental house. And FYI excessive noise in the middle of the night is not allowed in apartments either. Its actually easier to resolve in apartments.
ETA: disturbing the piece is a citation that just reinforces that what the neighbors are doing is not ok and is in fact illegal in most places.