Short-term and long-term solutions for noisy neighbors?
February 25, 2012 9:15 PM Subscribe
Every Saturday, my downstairs neighbors have been having a noisy, extended get-together that disturbs my evening rituals and bedtime.
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Here's what I've tried.
Playing music for background noise. Nope.
Pounding on the floor. Nope. (I know this is passive-aggressive. I did it once, after having been woken up.)
Talking to them. The past couple times I've waited for them to start talking loudly after the two-hour mark, then (once per evening) knocked on their door and asked them to keep it down. This sort of worked the first time, but most recently, the woman who answered told me that the other first-floor apartment was at fault (nope, that woman and her friends may be making noise too, but they don't speak Chinese in baritone registers). I'm not keen on the idea of more ineffective negotiations with dishonest people.
Calling my landlords. They didn't return my call.
Here's what I haven't tried.
Covering my hardwood floor. I like my floor the way it is.
Calling the police. When I stand outside, my neighbors and their guests aren't loud enough to convince me that this could be productive.
Wearing noise-canceling headphones. I don't own a pair any more. They don't handle intermittent noise well.
Moving. I've been looking, and I'm on a month-to-month lease, so it would be easy to move if I found something acceptable. Unfortunately, I live in a college town, and inventory will be very thin until summer begins.
In the short term, should I reevaluate my strategies?
In the long term, how do I find a unit that will actually be quiet (and smoke-free, which was my problem with the previous occupant(s) of the downstairs unit)? I ask because my landlords are advertising the empty unit across from me as being in a "quiet" building, which is, well, bullshit and/or code for "no undergraduates". The stakes are high because the standard full lease here is for a minimum of one year.