(Closed) Can We Just Vent about Neighbors and Tell Stories?!

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Post # 62
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

Looks like I’m definitely not the only one with hellish neighbors.

I live on the top floor of a duplex with 2 of my friends. Our neighbors downstairs are a married couple in their fifties whose kids are grown and out of the house. My roommates and I are educational graduate students. We do fieldwork in special ed classrooms during the day and take grad classes at night. When we get to sleep, we cherish it. My neighbors have no respect for that. The wife is on disability and spends the whole day slamming around the apartment or screaming at people on her cell. She wakes up at about 5am and is on her cell phone all day, usually taking it out to the back porch to smoke and talk. By doing this she wakes up our whole apartment and the people in the building across from us. I know this because we have shared more than one early morning “WTF?” look through the windows.

When the husband is home they are constantly fighting. Last week it got so bad that they fought all night, from about 10pm to 5am. They took turns locking each other out on the porch, banging on walls, shouting obscenities, etc. At one point, the husband locked the wife out on the porch and she started throwing the porch furniture into the street. Her husband then came outside and started screaming at her on the sidewalk.

After that last incident, we made a call to the landlord. He proceeded to call my neighbors who bitched about us walking too loudly, leaving our garbage cans out and taking “their” parking spots (fun fact: we only have on-street parking). My landlord wasn’t having it and told them to start acting like adults or he would terminate their lease. I guess I’m lucky to have the landlord on my side in this case, but it definitely makes interactions with the neighbors awkward.

Post # 63
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

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@CakeyP:  Our neighbors complained about us walking around too! Right after we first moved in, they stopped my roommate and said “you girls need to stop walking around up there after dark. When you walk around, I can’t sleep.” He asked us to stay out of the room above his bedroom after dark. That room is our living room. We told him we would take our shoes off but that’s the best we could do.

Post # 64
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

These stories make me seriously LOVE my neighbors now! They are all wonderful! Other than the occasional alarm going off at my neighbors barn they dont do anything irritating! Nor do they have irritating animals! We have dogs, as does everyone else on my street, so I think everyone pretty much just accepts that sometimes, they bark, especially if the mail is coming! haha! I did have a neighbor at my old house that called the police on US once! I lived with my brother in a college town, and most of our neighborhood was all college students. It was the fourth of July and we had some little fire cracker things we were setting off in the driveway. We were doing it at like 8 pm, and the rule was that you could do it until midnight. Well when the police car pulled up we just kind of stood there confused, and asked if we were doing anything wrong. The police officer even said that basically our crazy neighbor was complaining that our fireworks were too loud. He told us that there was nothing he could/would do because we were not doing anything wrong. She came STORMING out of her house and across the street at us and yelled. We apologized to the officer and told him that if she had just come over and asked us to keep it down, we would have gone to someone elses house to play with the fireworks. haha. She was always really mean and hateful after that. Luckily she moved a few months later!

Post # 65
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t know why I have to tolerate listening to your music blasting. Be a little considerate. 

Post # 66
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When I lived in my apartment the woman downstairs would have playdaets for her kid early on Saturday mornings (like 7am) and would let the kids run around screaming in the hallway, thus waking me up. When her kid was with her ex she’d have late parties, loud sex and smoke pot. I informed the landlord and nothing was done. She then proceeded to complain about how my cats were too loud and kept her kid from her nap. Yeah because my 8 lb cats make soooo much noise. My cats ended up getting evicted because of it. (Well it was either we all leave or my cats leave). I took my cats over to my parents until I could move in with my Fiance.

FI’s neighbors would let their kids run all over our yard, yelling and screaming and wouldn’t do anything when the kids tore up our front flowerbed. They had 4 kids and there would almos always be 2 screaming in the back yard and 2 in the front yard so whenever it was nice out I couldn’t study because I could hear them from everywhere in the house even with the window shut.

Post # 67
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have a new neighbor, renting a house across the street.  We have street parking on our side of the road, residents on the other side of the road have an alleyway that leads to a driveway at the back of the homes.  Girlfriend has TWO cars that she refuses to park in her driveway.  She parks both right in front of our house.  Not only that, she doesn’t park smart, doesn’t leave room.  We can easily fit three cards in front of our house, but she won’t park so that two others can fit. 

Just the other day, she had her SUV smack in the middle, we couldn’t park in front or her or behind her.  She was in the car, it war running, so we waited in the road for her to move so we could park.  After waiting a solid 20-30 seconds, she didn’t move, so we parked two houses down.  As we were walking to our house she says “Oh, do you want me to move?”  Not now jackass!  We already FUCKING PARKED!

So annoying!

 

Our other neighbors, we really like.  But their dogs bark like crazy and they are ruining our fence.  The one is probably 70 pounds and he’s jumped on our fence so now there are big gaping holes in the bottom.

I can’t wait to be able to afford a detached home on a big private lot.  WITH A DRIVEWAY!

 

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@missrobots:  I lol’d at the shovel story. it’s one thing to steal someone’s shovel, but to replace it with a crappier one!? lol It’s hilarious. Probably not at the time for you guys, though. People are nuts.

Post # 69
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

omg your neighbors sound HORRIBLE!!!!!

 

 I HATED our old neighbors. Many times I screamed at one of them in the driveway and they would pretend they didn’t speak english!! ARE YOU KDDING ME!?!?!?!?!? Even one time 1 of the younger sons started swearing at me bc his car was blocking the driveway so I couldn’t get in, so when I asked him to move so I could park (no on street parking only driveways) he just started screaming the F word!!! 

The worst tho that actually made us move was that  FI and my old apartment was a duplex and the basement was split between the two of us. Like there was a wall in between but essentially all one. We had left for the weekend to visit my mom like 3 hrs away. We came back on a sunday and opened the door (which lead to the basement randomly) and noticed it smelled REALLY bad. We were exhausted tho so just though we’d deal with the smell the next day. Well. The next day I went to get my shoes for work (which unfortunately was in the basement) and they were covered in feces!!!!!! The entire basement was flooded w/septic. Now I know things happen, but when Fiance went over and asked the neighbors if they called maintenance and stuff they said no and that it overflowed on friday evening. WTF!?!? The maintenance guy finally came and said that they flushed like a towel down the toilet or something, and they actually flush many random items down there. That was my final straw, I lost many many shoes (I know, lets take a moment on that….) christmas decorations, and just items we didn’t have room for. It was disgusting. I have never been more mad at neighbors before.

Post # 70
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I moved into my current house in October 2010. There was an ancient mailbox that was about to fall apart, so I decided to replace it the next month. I put the new mailbox in front of the pole the ancient one was on, since I couldn’t get the pole out of the ground. The whole time I was doing this, my next door neighbor watched me.

A few months later, a cement block with these ugly artifical plants appears in front of my mailbox. I had no idea where it came from, so I moved it and set it in front of a tree. It was back the next day. I moved it again and put a note on it asking for it please to not be put back as the mail couldn’t be delivered. 

I let my dogs out later that night before I went to bed. I stepped out into the yard and the neighbor comes rushing over to the fence yelling at me. Apparently, my mailbox was causing the mail truck to drive on the edge of his grass and that was his block. He said, “if you move my f**king block again, I will f**k you up.” I called the police, who did nothing and said that it was my fault because it appeared the mailbox was on the property line. Yeah, when did you perform a survey? Oh, and the idiot tore down my new mailbox and left it in my yard. Police didn’t care.

They also were too lazy to drive to their driveway and constantly cut across my front yard. They didn’t want the mail truck on their grass but their vehicles were ok? Whatever.

The idiot also told me he’d been there long before I was and would be there after I was. Too bad he got evicted last month. Laughing

Post # 71
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m going to have to come back and read all of these … I have a not-so-secret love for terrible neighbour/roommate/anything stories.

In college, I lived on the upper floor of a duplex above 6 guys. They were nice enough, but smoked in their house and threw a ton of parties. The house was old and linked together by vents, so there was no escaping smell or noise. There was also a servant staircase at the back of the house which led to my balcony and laundry unit. Many a time a drunk party-goer would find the staircase, think it led to freakin’ Narnia, and come on up. I kept the door locked as often as I remembered, so I only had a few randoms actually come IN to my house (and they always started rummaging around like they’d found a magical land and not someone’s actual apartment), but there were a few that tried to break in. There were also a handful who found the staircase, decided it would make for good sexy times and would start going at it.

My roommates and I never felt like we were in danger, but it was sometimes scary and it was definitely ALWAYS a shock to walk in to the kitchen, flick on the light, and see some randoms having dirty sex on the laundry room floor (thanks, glass panelled door, wanted that visual).

So none of that was as bad as some of the stories I read above. Although I once was the terrible neighbour – or, rather, lived in a house with some idiots who constantly had the cops called on them for smashing bottles in neighbour’s drives and pulling out weapons. One guy I lived with actually went IN TO our neighbour’s house, raided their fridge, PUSHED IT OVER, and pulled a knife on the family.

Yeah. That was when 19-year-old me realized his “student drinking problem” was now a for-reals issue and I promptly broke our lease and moved the eff out (and I apologized profusely to all neighbours involved but I doubt they cared!)

Post # 72
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When I was still a kid and living at home (alright, I was in my teens) the family on one side of my parents house took issue with us. The mother would scream at us, calling my mum and I fat sluts and bitches and all sorts of things. The kids would egg the house, throw rubbish in the yard… the worst part was they’d drop dirty nappies and USED sanitary pads over the 6ft fence too… we would tentatively pick them up and throw them back. The day I got my new (to me) car I was in the yard vacuuming it out and putting on my seat covers, and they must have been watching me, because I no sooner went inside the house and I heard a funny noise, came back out and sure enough, they’d egged my car. Then it all went quiet, and we’d realised the father had left.

About 2 years ago (I’d moved out with Fiance by this stage) I ran into mum’s neighbour at the supermarket. She apologised for everything, said she’d been abused by her husband and since he’d left she realised what she’d done and wanted to make amends. She said she wanted to knock on my parents’ door and try to make amends, because life is too short and “I’m getting too old for this shit, I just want to be happy.” It took about 6 months before she approached my parents, they talked it all out – and I still find it strange, but they’re all great friends now. My parents have been taken out to dinner a few times, they always laugh and joke around, and my dad’s even helping them renovate their house! Totally crazy. I still find it weird when I’m visiting and their neighbour comes over and they all have a chat…

As for MY house… we moved into our place 4 years ago, making sure we got a house, not a flat or duplex, yay us now I’ve read all these stories… and a week after we moved in, the house two doors down got raided. I’m talking full on drug squad, the whole lot. We wondered what kind of street we moved in to! Well, they were dealers, and they must have had someone in their pocket because people would come and go at all hours, park outside OUR house and do deals, and there’d always be blaring music and yelling. They got raided at least 4 times, and nobody was ever taken away. Three months ago, they moved out, and it’s been absolute BLISS! We live at the entrance to a long, dead end street, and there was always so much traffic. Since they’ve moved out, we get maybe 30% of the traffic we used to, it’s insane. It looks like new people have started to move in so we’ll see what happens.

It’s not just them that are crap, either. The house directly across from us had a family move in just over a year ago. Every time we go out, come home, walk to the letterbox, greet visitors, turn on the outside light, basically whenever we move, there’s someone at the window. A couple of kids, but the mother’s the worst. Always staring. They watched me 4 times in one night (I work from home sometimes, so I had a client arrive, leave, and then I had to get some things from my car), so after the third time I stood in the middle of our front lawn and enthusiastically waved at them. They quickly turned out all their lights and closed the curtains.

Where my computer desk is set up, I’m right beside a window. It’s still bloody hot right now (yay Australian summer!) so I open the window and raise the blinds a little to try and get some breeze – and then they started staring at me while I was inside my own house. For ffs sake. About a month ago I was minding my own business – hell, I was probably on the Bee – and I hear this cursing and yelling. It’s the mother and her 3 young children from across the road. She could see me, and she’d locked up the house and was swearing at me as she walked down the street, flipping me the bird. I laughed.

Since then, they’ve all STFU, and they don’t stare as much as they used to. The police have been to their place a couple of times as well, and nobody works… so if they’re doing anything suss they’ve decided to stop drawing attention to themselves.

We’re moving out in July and I can imagine they’re going to stare at all our stuff as we put it all in the truck… if they do I’ll yell out and ask them if they’d like to come see the inside of the house they’ve been staring at for 18 months. F-wits.

Post # 73
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Worker bee

@MissChelly:  When we lived at an apartment(The one we will go back to). There was a same sex couple and they argued ALL THE TIME! I mean like the cops came out a couple times because they got into fist fights. So glad they’re out(;

Post # 74
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Sugar bee

My neighbors that live below me have been picking fights with me since August of last year.  It started when she came up to my apartment and started yelling at me to open the door to have a conversation with her and when I wouldn’t she started screaming saying I was making a lot of noise. I told her that I would call the police if she wouldn’t leave.  Then 2 days later she called the leasing office saying that I was vaccuuming at 1 am when I wasn’t even home.  And now she likes to bang on the ceiling at all hours.  I can’t wait until I move out of here.

Post # 75
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh geez- while none of my stories have anything on some of these, I’ve definitely had my share of horrible neighbors!

I grew up on a 42-acre tree farm. Our closest neighbor was like a 1/2 mile through the woods. Yet they still managed to freak out on my parents multiple times for our dog supposedly breaking their concrete geese (yes, multiple because they kept replacing it).

In college, my now husband lived in a duplex. His room was the only one that actually shared a wall with the other side of the house, and the asshole who lived there would get home drunk 5 out of 7 nights of the week at like 3am and promptly turn on music (though all we could hear was super loud bass), and then immediately fall asleep. The only way to get him to turn it off was for my husband to go pound on their front door until him or one of his roommates answered and would shut it off. He actually went in once and turned the fuses off for their side of the house because no one was home and there was crazy loud music playing!

Right now, we’re in an apartment complex on the 5th floor. About a month after we moved in, we had maybe twice left a bag of trash outside our door for a few hours until we were leaving so we could run it down stairs. My husband opened the door to a note from our neighbor (who is like 70): “I can’t believe you would leave your trash in the hallway like this. It is the most disgusting thing you could do and you both need to grow up and stop acting like children.” Seriously? This was after like 2 hours of it being in the hallway and definitely nothing stinky! She lives at the end of the hallway and there are constantly at least 4 pairs of shoes outside her door, a shopping cart full of random shit and who knows what else. So obnoxious!

Post # 76
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Compared to some of you guys, our upstairs neighbors are pretty tame. But, they make a surprising amount of noise, even just by walking. You would think that they are either 400 pounds, or walking in ski boots. Since I know that they are normal sized people…. ski boots it is. Conversely we are very conscious of walking softly and wearing slippers in order to not disturb the man who lives below us. It’s an old house and you can hear everything- if it’s quiet in our apartment I can actually understand and follow the conversations of the upstairs neighbors.

They also seem to have a sense for when we are going to bed, in order to start doing something like watching an action movie, rearranging furniture, or checking their bass. I am the lightest sleeper EVER and I had to buy a noise machine to try to sleep. It doesn’t work well enough, unfortunately.

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