(Closed) Is there anything I can do about this????

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Post # 3
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Put a box fan in front of the open door, facing out?  Maybe it will blow the smoke away.

Post # 4
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Send them a passive agressive note. 😉

Post # 5
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@futuremrsk18:  I think I’m going to have a similiar problem this spring/summer with the neighbors below me too!  I like the fan idea that strawbabies recommended.  I’m going to have to try that.  Sorry, I don’t have any suggestions myself.  

Post # 6
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yeeesh this sounds horrible. I think strawbabies probably has the best suggestion. I’d doubt that asking the neighbors quit or cut back on the smoking would have any effect. 

Post # 7
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Box fan and air purifiers are all you can do.  They’re entitled to smoke on their balcony, unless there are local ordinances or clauses in the lease that prohibit it.  It sucks, and as a fellow asthmatic, I sympathise, but there’s not a lot you can do, short of trying to get them to quit smoking.  Fans help, it’s about the best I can recommend.

Post # 8
1583 posts
Bumble bee

randomly pour water off your balcony when they are there so they can understand that what one does in an apartment affects others. Plants would give you an excuse of “watering them”. Also a muddy tea cup pig would be an excuse. Or a dolphin.

Post # 10
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Can you talk to your landlord/rental office?  In my complex, you have to be a certain number of feet from the front door/windows to smoke.

Post # 11
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Unfortuatetly if it’s legal and the complex doesn’t have any rules against it, there’s nothing you can really do.  And in all honestly you probably wouldn’t want someone trying to curb your rights to do what you want either!

I get apartments are handy and nice. I get you’re unhappy cause I’m REALLY picky about where I live, but it’s up to you to pick where you live based on your needs.  If being around a lot of other people and what they do annoys you, you should plan to move as soon as you reasonably can to somewhere that fits your needs/wants.  Some apartments have no smoking rules. 

Personally, I’ve never lived in an apartment.  I’ve lived in duplexes (with yardwork provided) and one town house on the end of the small complex, so it was really like living in a duplex.  My reasons were I like peace and quiet, I’m allergic to chemical scents (pretty much everything these days is fake scented), I must have a washer and dryer in my living space, I loathe yardwork, and I have always had a cat (which some apartments do allow but it’s been easier to find duplexes). 

I get it’s me… it really is. 🙂  I knew this moving out of my parents house when I moved 800 miles away.  It was an old but clean and in good shape duplex, with 70s shag carpet of multiple indeterminate colors that I could barely afford and eat at the same time.  But I was a lot happier than if I lived in an apartment!  And I’ve only had a few annoyances in duplexes in almost 20 years.

Oh and that town house I mentioned.  Just across the fence was a fire station, which blared the emergency city siren every Wednesday at 10am.  I worked nights and was asleep then, didn’t know it for 8 months until I went to breakfast with folks from work (across the street).  We got back as it was going off and I asked “What IS that noise?”.  They were like “you live 15 feet away, what do you mean what is it?” lol.  I sleep like the dead unless it’s bass music, people fighting, or something IN my house… for some working nights that siren would have been a reason to move lol.

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