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Not Exactly Mister Rogers

How do I get my elderly neighbor to stop harassing me? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jan 28, 2014 - 65 answers

False noise complaints and an eviction threat

My 80-year-old grandparents live in subsidized housing in New Jersey. The neighbor in the apartment next door has been repeatedly making false noise complaints about them, saying that he can't sleep because they play the radio loudly all night (completely untrue). They were even visited by the property manager to tell them to stop. Now they've received a "notice to cease," saying that they'll be evicted if they don't stop. How can we deal with this without a lawyer? More details below. [more inside]
posted by lolichka on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Neighbor's toilet water is leaking into my home. Landlord doesn't care.

Brown water from the apartment upstairs occasionally leaks into my apartment and its light fixtures. The landlord and super won't fix the plumbing until that tenant moves out. What can I do about this? Withhold rent? Break my lease? Something else? I understand that YANML, but some help with NYC tenants rights would be good right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Something goes thump in the night

Thin walls, noisy partner; help me be a better neighbor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 35 answers

What to do about a smoking neighbor in my apartment?

I live in a downtown-Seattle high-rise apartment building, and the new neighbor is a chain smoker. It's causing serious problems. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Vox Nihili on Mar 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Should I move into the apartment of my formerly noisy neghbour?

There are a lot of previous questions about neighbour relations in apartment buildings. I'm nevertheless going to ask another one. Please tell me about top floor living in a walk up building and whether it's worth it. [more inside]
posted by analog on Jan 1, 2012 - 25 answers

My neighbor stinks - literally.

Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Deliberately or otherwise, this person is lying about us

What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 20, 2011 - 40 answers

Help us keep the neighbors happy!

My family (husband and 2 toddlers) lives in a town home and noise from our place is a constant concern of mine. We recently upgraded to a four bedroom that was occupied by a little old lady for quite a number of years. The ladies who live on either side of us seem to be very nice, but our second weekend into the new place we had one come over and ask us to quiet down. [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag on Jun 17, 2011 - 31 answers

I'm already itchy just typing this.

My downstairs neighbor just told me he's been finding itchy bites on his legs, which he and his doctor believe are from bedbugs. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 15 answers

loud, like a neighbor

I am moving in to a new apartment, and have discovered that my across the hall neighbor is kind of loud. The noise seems to be carrying through the air conditioner vent. Is there anything I can do to muffle this? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on May 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Neighbor broke in, we can prove he did it, should we be scared?

Our downstairs neighbor broke into our apartment, there's a good chance he'll be caught. We don't feel safe. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 3, 2010 - 19 answers

How do we get a message across to our neighbors, The Leadfoots?

Feeling abused by noisy upstairs neighbors. Looking for some strategies to let them know we are not doormats. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 - 57 answers

What bird is making this noise and what can I do about it?

What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2009 - 24 answers

Can you break a lease in Massachusetts without pentaly because of a bad neighbor and unresponsive landlord?

My friend and his fiance have a mentally ill woman living below them who is making their lives absolute hell. They live in Massachusetts. Would there be consequences if they break their apartment's lease to leave because of her? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins on Jan 14, 2009 - 19 answers

Save the Dog

What's a good way (read: low-hassle) to prove the whereabouts of my dog? [more inside]
posted by king walnut on Apr 27, 2008 - 30 answers

Auggghhhhhh please help me stop the voices

Neighbor blasting talk radio and not responding to my first attempts at contact. What's my next step? Please help me carefully plan the best approach for long-term results. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Apr 10, 2007 - 41 answers

How do I enjoy my new computer speakers without pissing off the downstairs neighbors?

I love my new 5.1 computer speakers, but my downstairs neighbors don't, which has let to occasionally angry banging coming from downstairs. It's not like I'm blasting sci-fi movies at 2 in the morning, but is there anything I can do with the subwoofer to minimize the impact to them but not emasculate the boom-boominess of my Quake 4 too much. Difficulty: no "turn down your subwoofer". It's already down.
posted by softlord on Apr 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Why does my neighbor have so many guests?

What reasonable, legal reason could my new neighbor have for having 30+ visitors (one at a time) over the course of five hours every day? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan on Apr 5, 2006 - 112 answers

How to keep a dog left at home all day quiet?

I live in an apartment building next to a couple who have a dog. This dog is left alone most of the time, and to express his frustration, repeatedly scratches and runs into the apartment door, which creates a loud, annoying noise which I can hear in most of my small apartment. This regularly happens from about 8 in the morning until 9 pm or later. I work every weekday morning at home, so this is particularily irritating. It sounds like they leave NPR running all day, but either the pooch is reacting negatively to Terry Gross, or maybe he's not into talk radio. I left a note for the neighbors several months ago, which they did not respond to. I recently sent them a longer letter explaining that they were violating the house rules of the building and that I would like to meet with them to discuss the matter. Now I have received a note from them saying that they are ready to talk about it. My question: Is there anything I can sugggest to them to reduce the dog's noise, even if they continue to leave the poor thing alone most of the time? I would like to be able to make a constructive suggestion besides "stay home with the dog" or "get rid of the dog". At any rate, if the noise continues, I will be contacting the building's board of directors and pursuing the matter until the dog's noise stops. It just doesn't seem like there is much they can do besides "take care of it or get rid of it" Any info. appreciated!
posted by pantufla on Nov 8, 2005 - 45 answers

Being a New NeighborFilter

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good way to get in good with my new neighbors? [more inside]
posted by softlord on Jun 10, 2005 - 17 answers

How to tip someone of Muslim faith

I'd like to show my appreciation to the gardien of my apartment building. He helped me carry a washing machine up 8 floors some months ago, and he's a real nice guy. However, he's a practicing Muslim, so a bottle of wine won't do. In France, people often give an end-of-year gift for Christmas to the postman, etc. Ramadan is ending soon and the Eid is coming up. He's a fairly young, single guy, and recently he's had back trouble. Any ideas, seasonal or no?

Tips and thank you gifts always feel a bit weird to me. They can feel feudal or mafia-like ("I owe you"). Maybe I shouldn't give anything and just keep being a friendly, appreciative neighbor.
posted by Turtle on Nov 10, 2004 - 11 answers

What can I do about a noisy DJ neighbor?

OK, so the guy who lives beneath me thinks he's a DJ, and he's driving me and my GF nuts. Any advice on how to set up an electromagnetic field that is a>powerful enough to fry his equipment, and b>directional? [more inside] Oh yeah, this is all hypothetical [more inside]
posted by Grod on Dec 13, 2003 - 59 answers

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