I just want to go to sleep, dammit!
February 4, 2011 9:57 AM Subscribe
How can I make the best out of an upcoming meeting between myself, my landlord, and my noisy downstairs neighbors?
posted by valkyryn to human relations (41 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Some background: I live on the top floor of a three story building. In September, some new tenants moved into the unit directly below me. Since then, I have been woken by music coming from their apartment once or twice a week between the hours of 11:00PM and 6:00AM. In fact, they've hit every hour of the night at some point in the last four months.
Anyway, I started off by knocking on their door back when it first started. Guy answered the door (there's a guy and a girl), said he was sorry, and the music stopped. That time. The third time, I called maintenance, which I have continued to do. Well, that's stopped working, as if the maintenance guy can't hear it outside the door of the apartment--which he usually can't, because my bedroom and the offending stereo are on the other side of the building from the door--he won't do anything.
Then, last Sunday, I'm awoken at midnight. I call maintenance like usual, and they say they'll check into it. Thirty minutes later, the music still playing, I call back, and they say there's basically nothing they can do anymore. So I go down there and knock on the door. I can see through the peephole that the lights are on, but no one comes to the door and the lights go out. So I leave. Come 1:30AM, the music is still going, so I go down there again. I hear someone talking on the phone, and when I knock on the door, he knocks back, but doesn't answer. The music finally quits around 2:00AM.
So on Monday I call the manager, who says he's aware of the dispute. I point out that my neighbors are violating the terms of their lease, which prohibits playing music that can be heard outside the premises. He 1) misinterprets the lease to say that offending music must be audible outside the front door rather than simply outside the apartment, and 2) offers to schedule a meeting with the three of us. I decide to let the legal wrangling go and took him up on that, and our meeting was just scheduled for tomorrow morning. He's said that if we can't come to some kind of resolution that one or the other of us will be asked to move.
At this point it's probably a bit late to ask whether I'm being oversensitive--I don't think I am, but it's occurred to me--but I would like people's advice for how to handle this in a way that gets the best outcome for me. Note: I am a lawyer, I know how to read leases, and if they try to evict me they're really going to wish they hadn't. Not worried about my legal rights. I'm just asking about how the human relations side of this thing can be best finessed.