- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
My fiance and I have been going back and forth on this for a few weeks now. We’re havving some serious neighbor problems at our apartment complex, and we’re not 100% sure on how to handle it. Some history:
Our apartment complex has a policy that you have to move your car when it snows so they can plow. Our downstairs neighbor refused to move her car for the entire winter, and her car was directly next to the walkway to our main entry. Because of that, they couldn’t clear the area by the walkway, and we had ice problems the entire winter. We complained on a weekly basis, both about the ice and the immobile car. It FINALLY moved in the Spring.
She moved out, and a new pair moved in. This pair plays music loud enough to literally shake our floors. If we leave a glass of water on the kitchen counter, we can watch it vibrate. They play this music from about 10pm to 3-4am on weekdays. We complained, the complex put up a note on everyone’s door saying essentially “Don’t be a jerk, keep the music to reasonable levels”. It’s mostly stopped.
Now, that same pair decided to stack an entire half cord of wood outside the building. They also have a portable firepit that’s not even 10 feet from the building, and the fires are questionably under control – way too much lighter fluid, and far too close to the building (and our wooden decks). I checked, and the proxmity of the firepit does violate fire codes in our town.
In addition to all this, our neighbor across the hall has apparently decided that he no longer needs to scoop his cat’s litterbox. The stench of urine is so strong that I’ve walked up the stairs and nearly vomited. To give you a sense of my tolerance for smells, I worked in necropsy, and in a veterinary ER for years. This is in my top 3 of bad.
My concern is that every time we go into the office, they give us this look. The look of “Oh, you’re here to bitch about something again, aren’t you?” I don’t want to be known as the complainers, and I don’t want them to choose not to extend our lease when it’s up. Not that I want to stay here, but we’re house hunting and I can’t deal with moving to another apartment for a few months and then moving to the house.
Suggestions? Ideas? Thoughts?