The quandry of a nosy neighbour.
September 17, 2011 1:21 PM Subscribe
We live in a large apartment building mainly occupied by retirees and young professionals. It's pretty quiet and there's not usually a lot of drama around here. A month or two ago, new young couple moved in on our floor. Coincidentally, also a month or two ago, we started hearing loud, angry arguments coming from one of the nearby apartments. The yelling makes me awfully uncomfortable and I feel like I should help somehow. Do I have any responsibilities as a neighbour apartment dweller to make sure everyone is all right down the hall?
posted by unlapsing to Human Relations (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In general, the noisy arguments are pretty infrequent, maybe once a week or so, and don't really last long enough to merit a "Disturbing the peace" call to landlord/police. This morning's argument, for example, flared up with lots of yelling (from both the guy and the girl, I think) and lots of loud crying. There was plenty of "Leave, just get the &*$ out." and "I hate you" and frustrated yells. I didn't hear anything physical. Being the coward, I didn't open my door, so I couldn't really tell if they were in their apartment or in the hallway. Then 15 or 20 minutes later, things quieted down and now we're back to business as usual.
Generally, people in our building aren't to chatty with each other so I can't pair up with another neighbour and see what they make of this couple. But I would feel just terrible if someone is living in an unsafe environment and I didn't do anything about it. Should I do anything about it? If so, what can I do?