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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by sparrows
on Apr 10, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good way to get in good with my new neighbors?
posted by softlord
on Jun 10, 2005 -
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 -
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 -