(Closed) Very disruptive neighbors – What would you do?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yikes! I think you’ve done all you can nicely do here. I would file the complaint.

If you’re very nice maybe invite one of them down to listen to the noise? 

Also, is it possible for you to move your bedroom to under where their bedroom is? You shouldn’t have to do this but it may cut down on the noise if they can’t hear their child from there. 

Post # 4
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d file the complaint. You’ve done enough on your part to try and fix the issue, and they obviously aren’t doing anything to change.

Post # 6
3136 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@odynsmom:  this is the challenge of living in the bottom apartment or condo. You can file a complaint but chances are nothing will change as it is not loud music or fighting. Crying kids and noises during the day are probably not going to be fixed. 

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I understand your DH’s concern, but I think at this point it’s a risk worth taking. You shouldn’t have to go sleep in the living room of your own home to get away from the noise of a screaming toddler. I also don’t believe for a second that these people can’t hear their child screaming when you can hear it through the ceiling/floor. Hopefully a formal complaint will get them to shape up or ship out.

Post # 8
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

one of th eproblems is th epeople who come to investigate the ocmplaint arent going to come at 3am when the screaming is going on.

they cant hear it? id wait 30-40 mins and bang on the front door. yes, you have to get out of bed to do it, but at least you are bringing it to their attention in  an obvious way. its not normal

i dont know whether things like a toddler riding around would get stopped or not. it does sound like  anightmare though =(

Post # 11
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@odynsmom:  i think that sounds reasonable. its a good start before sleep deprivation makes you faaaaaaaar  more passive aggressive. or aggressive hahaha

Post # 12
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think at the very least your upstairs neighbours should put down a ton of area rugs on that hardwood. I bet that is a big part of the problem. I wonder too if when the previous owners got rid of the carpet, they removed the underlay that, in a condo, ideally should have been replaced by another acoustic barrier to go under the hardwood. Our condo has specific requirements for hard floor installation for this very reason, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people go ahead with their own plans anyway. 

Do you know if the toddler’s bedroom is also hardwood? I find it very hard to believe that they can’t hear him, but you can. Either they’re deaf from all the screaming, or something is wrong with the condo building or the new flooring, I’m gonna place my bets on the floor.

I think one last approach to the neighbours asking them to reduce the noise with area rugs followed by a complaint has to be the way to go. In the formal complaint, do mention the switch from carpet to hardwood.

I am on the top floor, and I always worry if we’re being assholes to our downstairs neighbour because I don’t have anyone above me to guage how loud it could get :/

Post # 14
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

This would drive me insane! I would file the complaint ASAP. Even if it goes nowhere, at least you’re doing something. I’d also write them a note every time something like this happens.

Post # 15
7284 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can’t do much about the toddler crying. That’s just what toddlers do. You’ll have to suck it up till the kid grows out of that phase unfortunately. But you might ask them to put a baby monitor in his room so they’ll hear him more quickly. For the thudding and dragging and dancing, ask them to put down carpets or get thicker carpet padding; for the mop bucket, ask one of them to come stand on your balcony while the other dumps the bucket so they’ll get a first-hand look at the mess they create. They’ll probably comply with both of those requests. they might even be willing to agree to a noisy activity cutoff time, like my neighbors bought a piano for their kids and agreed to no piano after 9pm. We’re also in a condo.




Post # 16
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Horseradish:  I was thinking the same thing.. Don’t most people have baby monitors? I thought that was thing, you know, so you can hear your baby and what not.. 

I would politely suggest they invest in some rugs and a baby monitor ASAP!! That seems like a reasonable solution to have the management company enforce should they not listen to you. If you go to everyone with the problem and a reasonable solution, that should help sort the issue!

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