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 -
My dog whines incessantly when I leave him alone. Time has passed. I've tried all the things. Dog is otherwise great. It is time for my sweet pup who I otherwise adore to chill out quietly in his kennel so that I can leave the house. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jun 11, 2013 -
Neighbors play norteño music really, really
loudly all day on many weekend days through the summer. The particular rhythms and thumping quality of the music make it very, very hard to ignore, so I can't read or do anything that requires concentration when it is playing. Asking them to turn it down is not an option. Even closing my windows does nothing, sadly. Are there any particular mechanical ways to cancel/mute very loud noises like this? I would pay almost any money not to go through this again this summer, especially since they seem to have a new sound system that is such that I can't even really sleep through the music, so it just kills my whole day unless I go out.
posted by Frowner
on Apr 28, 2013 -
My neighbors moved in two days ago, and haven't stopped yelling since. And they're drug dealers. Can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by vathek
on Mar 5, 2012 -
My neighbors complained to me (in a polite, reasonable way) about me walking too loudly. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by oranger
on Aug 23, 2011 -
How can I make the best out of an upcoming meeting between myself, my landlord, and my noisy downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Feb 4, 2011 -
Loud, annoying neighbors: what to do? Our next door neighbor's (19ish? maybe 20?)-year-old spends all summer out in the Party Garage with ALL his friends, making noise til all hours of the night. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on May 14, 2010 -
It's always been a quiet apartment building, but now we have a new downstairs neighbor that makes noise until 5AM and makes the common-use hallway smell like marijuana and cigarettes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 13, 2010 -
Dealing with a neighbor's loud audio 'animal-repellent' that you can hear, even though you aren't supposed to be able to. [more inside]
posted by empath
on Nov 24, 2009 -
I'm looking to buy a Manhattan apartment (most likely co-op, not condo). What should I be looking for (or avoiding) to minimize my chances of hearing a lot of noise from my neighbors?
posted by sunflower16
on Oct 13, 2009 -
My fiance and I are in the midst of buying a condo. Offer accepted, inspection went great, still collecting all the documents related to the condo association. Yesterday, we got a three page document that is the "noise abatement policy." We are not happy. But should we suck it up and still buy the place? [more inside]
posted by bibbit
on Oct 13, 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 -
What can I do about young people in our condo/townhouse complex? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Jun 7, 2009 -
Advice on noisy neighbors. My family just moved. Our immediate neighbors are elderly and hard of hearing, and so the TV volume is quite blaring in the evening, grating for us, but hard on our 2 year old. They seem like nice people though cant understand why our 2 year old needs to go to bed at 8.
Wondering the best approach to this?
Buy them so wireless headsets? They might not like the gesture nor be able to adapt to the intrusion of this new device.
On our end we have tried white noise, but the windows need to stay open with the heat.
posted by dougiedd
on Jun 2, 2009 -
There is little to no insulation between the ceiling of my apartment, and the floor of the apartment above me. I am looking for a way to drown out the noise from my upstairs neighbor. Can anyone, for the sake of my sanity, recommend something that generates enough noise to drown her out? [more inside]
posted by helios410
on Sep 28, 2008 -
I've always been annoyed by people who make a racket in the neighborhood. I'm likely to be one of those people next year. How can I soundproof a room, pacify neighbors, and avoid police? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Mar 20, 2007 -
What's the best way to get the young Asian couple next door to quiet down their arguments? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms
on Jan 2, 2007 -
How can I prevent the vibrations and noise from my Juki DDL-8700 sewing machine from bothering my downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by pantufla
on Jun 25, 2006 -
I'm considering trying Dance Dance Revolution as a way of tricking myself into exercising more. I have two specific questions that I am having difficulty finding answers to:
1) Can you play it in a second floor apartment without being a bad upstairs neighbor? If yes, any specific techniques or tips?
2) Assuming yes to 1, anything I should know about using a pad on top of carpet? I've seen recommendations to duct tape it down, etc., but this sounds a little extreme (not to mention ugly).
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Jun 17, 2004 -