(Closed) Legal Bees: What are our rights here?

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

This guy obviously knows what he’s doing if he knows to turn stuff down when the cops pull up.  I would demand to be released from your lease and threaten to move, just like you plan to.  They’ll see when someone else moves into your apartment and starts complaining about the same things.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Another thing you might want to look into is see if they will let you switch apartments. We had issues with a neighbor and our apartments switched our apartements AND paid for all of our moving costs 🙂 (btw they were not much because we moved basicly next door)

Post # 6
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Helper bee

OMG how long as he lived there? I think my former neighbor is your neighbor!

Call the porerty management company or the complex’s owner (meaning, the management’s boss) and complain to them. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. If you can record the noise, do so. Video does stand up as evidence. Don’t let them come up with excuses for his behavior. They have devices for people who are hard of hearing. One is called closed captioning. He does not have the right to disturb your peace. 

When my neighbor was causing me to lose sleep and have absolutely no peace, I called the complex owner and said I refused to pay my rent because they were failing to keep up their end of the lease agreement. I did not agree to being harassed at all hours of the night. I did not agree to needing sleeping pills for myself and my children. I did not agree to any of it. And if he (owner) couldn’t make the managers he hired actually do their jobs, then I’d contact my attorney. After submitting copies of ALL my police reports, and I kept copies of EVERY comunication with the manager, including times and dates of my calls, the owner did something. I did not have to move, the neighbor was told to keep it down, or be evicted. The neighbor didn’t keep it down, and I called the police, and that one more police report was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was a long and annoying process, but I like my apartment and don’t ever bother anybody. I expect the same in return. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had to move!  We had a guy above us who would talk loudly on the phone all night.  I would call the cops on the guy, (sorry, have you done that?)  We did that and it did not help.

The apartment has to provide you with a “reasonably quiet” apartment, but they told us that beyond talking to our “Bob,” there was nothing they could do.  Bob just ignored them.

It was HORRIBLE!  I had to wait until my lease was up.  You can find someone to sublet, but that can be a hassle.  It might be worth it though!

I finally sent Darling Husband up one night to our “Bob’s” place and they wouldn’t even open the door!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would say yes complain to managements boss AND keep calling the police. in my experience the police will get pissed that they keep HAVING to come out and will do SOMETHING just to stop the complaining. plus, now you have evidence. A RECORD of complaint from how many you complained to police. An official record to present when trying to get out of your lease…I am not a legal anything this is just what I would do.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Does he have a hearing problem? He might not know how much he is upsetting you. For the tv, Buy him one of those wireless speakers that he can put right next to his ear. We did that for my dad and it’s been great! Good luck..

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Nothing legal except sueing Bob.  Write down EVERY time he disturbs you in a journal.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Housing/nuisance issues generally vary by state, but if your neighbor is also a tenant of your landlord, then your landlord (generally) has the responsibility of keeping his/her/its tenants from becoming a nuisance to other tenants. If your landlord won’t do anything, you may have a cause of action for constructive eviction… which means you can be released from your lease without a penalty. It won’t force them to evict your neighbor, though. How badly do you want to escape the noise? If you want to move, you will probably be able to find a way to do it, but you’ll need to look up the best practices/procedures in your state (e.g., whether you have to move out FIRST to say the place was uninhabitable because of the noise, etc.).

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@Tracyg123: Why should she have to buy him something so he’ll shut up and let her live in peace? 

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