Neighbors are terrible, we want to leave, a year left in our lease
June 3, 2012 6:21 AM Subscribe
Can you break a lease because of terrible neighbors?
posted by lieberschnitzel to Human Relations (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I rent in what is, essentially, a two-family home. I currently have by far the worst neighbors (they also rent) I have ever experienced. They fight frequently and loudly. They play music extremely loudly. They feel they own the shared backyard of the building.
Due to a quirk in the way the building is set up, they have the space both above and below us. Which means: we are generally surrounded by noise.
I know you have nothing but my word that they're bad, and I could fill this in with examples and diagrams and pie charts, but please just take my word for it.
We've spoken directly to them several times ("hey, can you turn it down?") to little effect - and to the landlord via email. The landlord has spoken to them, but nothing has come of it long term. The last complaint they denied everything, said we were making it up, and then said we don't clean up after our dog. That's when we started considering breaking our lease. This morning I had another small bit of u pleasanter with them, and I'm done with being stressed and upset in "my" house.
June is the twelfth month in a two-year lease. We are in NYC. Is a terrible neighbor grounds for breaking a lease? Are landlords sympathetic if you ask to be let out of a lease on those grounds? Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with said neighbors if the consensus is that we are stuck?