How do I write a nice note to my neighbors asking them to keep it down?
September 9, 2007 8:37 PM Subscribe
How do I write a polite note to my neighbors letting them know that I can hear everything that goes on in their apartment and asking them to keep it to a reasonable minimum?
posted by bijou to Human Relations (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I live in the lower story of a two-story building. My upstairs neighbors are quite loud.
The noise from their apartment is sometimes social noise - people yelling and chanting, running around the apartment (it sounds like a soccer game), conversation, etc., at what seems to me a less-than-considerate volume and sometimes at odd times (loud laughing and talking at 12:30 AM on a Tuesday, for example).
Other times it is noise of a more intimate variety, also at odd times. I can't put into words how obscenely loud they are, but suffice to say I find it hard to think that they don't know others can hear them. This also goes on frequently (on Labor Day, a record-shatterer, they got started at 7:30 AM, with the last of seven bouts starting up at 2 AM and cooling off abruptly when I tapped the ceiling). Often they get going between 1 and 2 AM, including on weekdays. I teach every morning at 8:30, which means I get up around 7, so this is problematic.
I rented a two-bedroom apartment for myself so that I could use one bedroom as an office and do my work at home (I'm a grad student) rather than staying at the library and dealing with infrequent buses, walking half a mile home from the bus stop in the dark, toting my books back and forth, etc. I am fully aware that a certain amount of noise is to be expected, but they don't seem to consider others at all.
How do I write a polite note to them asking to keep it down without escalating this into something bigger than it needs to be? Part of the problem is that both types of activities need to be addressed, and I'd rather let them know that it's a problem for me, before taking it to management.
I know I should be happy they have great sex/social lives, but that has no bearing on my desire for a little peace and quiet.