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What sort of neighbor to be?

This morning, my neighbors down the hall had an extended, high-volume fight. It frightened me in its intensity and content. I called the cops and slipped a note under the door when the aggressor left. Is there anything else I can or should do? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Apr 16, 2008 - 37 answers

Too many presents

My neighbor is very generous - too generous! Her young son and my kids play together fairly often, and each time my kids go to their house to visit, my neighbor sends my kids home with several gifts. Sometimes if she sees my kids playing in the back yard she just hands gifts over the fence. Last time it was a large tin of cookies, a box of Whoppers candies, and a Vitamin Water style drink. In the past gifts have included a hand-knit scarf, brand new clothes, a doll, a box of donuts, and a large plate of homemade fried chicken. At Lunar New Year she gave each of my kids ten bucks plus a box of sweet rolls. I don’t know this woman well at all. We’ve said ‘hi’ a few times but her English is limited and I don’t speak her language which I believe is Thai. I get the sense that our different expectations around gift giving are related to cultural differences (she’s an immigrant from SE Asia, I’m white, born and raised in California), and maybe also that she is just a particularly (or maybe compulsively) gift-giving person. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 20, 2008 - 24 answers

How can we please our neighbor without sacrificing our privacy?

My fiancée and I rent our house, and the next door neighbor (who owns her home) has complained about trees from our yard overhanging into hers. The real estate has said they will pay for this, but our neighbor has to write to them to ask as much. Thing is, we don't really want to give our neighbor the contact details to our real estate, for reasons I will detail inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 - 19 answers

they murdered her

A pair of pit bulls broke into my friend's house and murdered his little dog. What should be done -- legally, ethically, etc.? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 10, 2008 - 87 answers

rubbermaid my brain melt

What do I do about the crappy garbage can rolling around on the street in front of my house? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Feb 17, 2008 - 14 answers

I want it loud... but my neighbours don't!

Please help me find the best music solution for my new but badly insulated (UK) flat. I like my music loud - but my downstairs neighbour doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Feb 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Stomp stomp stomp, KILL

Some new neighbors just moved into the flat above us. How do I reduce the noise of their constant stomping? Would asking them nicely render a solution? And more importantly, is there some stomping disorder in modern psychology that I should know about? Because their flat is the same size and layout as ours, which isn't that big at all (you can walk across the hall to the door in about 10 steps) and I am genuinely baffled at how much stomping can indeed be done in such a capacity.
posted by bondgirl53001 on Jan 16, 2008 - 33 answers

Don't get your honey where your money is.

How do I maintain positive relations with a group of work friends recently turned neighbors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 - 9 answers

The Dos & Don'ts for sleeping with your neighbor...

So I've started sleeping with my neighbor... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Yucky smoke from neighbor's chimney makes my home stinky. Please help.

What can we do to stop our smelly neighbors? [more inside]
posted by susiepie on Oct 26, 2007 - 13 answers

I've seen the light, and it's killed the mood.

Okay, my neighbors, in Albuquerque, have taken it upon themselves to make use of their security light, keeping it on from 7pm until sunrise, and, well, it's driving me nuts. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 - 27 answers

Oh, what do we know about partying or anything else?

How big and loud can a weekend party be before the neighbors get pissed off? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 16, 2007 - 43 answers

My neighbors are abusing my parking lot! What should I do?

What should I do about neighbors using my building's parking lot? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Oct 14, 2007 - 26 answers

How do I write a nice note to my neighbors asking them to keep it down?

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? [more inside]
posted by bijou on Sep 9, 2007 - 27 answers

"Aye Carumba," cried Don Moopy

Cat collars. Ones that snap into action when in range of each other. Suggestions or better ideas most welcome. And of course I've included the whole exasperating tale for your consideration and/or amusement. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Sep 7, 2007 - 18 answers

The End of Violence

My sister called with disturbing news: tonight, gunfire broke out in the apartment building she just moved into. What advice should I give her? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 4, 2007 - 19 answers

I Can See My Neighbors

My neighbors place (it's a duplex or triplex) is just a little too close. I'd like to create some privacy, but I want to keep my windows open (for the air and the light!), and I don't want to build a nine foot fence. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Jul 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Finding quiet rental properties

What are some good tips for finding a quiet rental property or apartment? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Jul 4, 2007 - 26 answers

How to discourage trespassing neighbors?

How do I discourage neighbors from trespassing in my courtyard? [more inside]
posted by lucky mollusk on Jun 8, 2007 - 20 answers

Neighbor troubles

How do you deal with a five year old child who breaks your stuff when his parents think he never does anything wrong and how dare you think otherwise, and than smack the door in your face? [more inside]
posted by davar on Apr 21, 2007 - 37 answers

Pruning a neighbor's tree

A neighbor's tree (in DC) has several branches that grow over our yard. We'd like to trim the branches to give our garden some more sunlight. Do we need his permission? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Apr 2, 2007 - 15 answers

off my lawn, you punk!

Heeliefilter: If my 7-year-old neighbor dashes his brains out on my brick driveway, will I be held responsible in any way? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Apr 2, 2007 - 21 answers

Keeping the Rock Alive

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 - 25 answers

Dogs and cats living together: mass hysteria.

Help my cat adjust to the new neighbour's dog. She has never had to live with a dog before. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Feb 26, 2007 - 6 answers

My neighbors are kinda creeping me out.

Why are the scetchy dudes who live downstairs throwing away hundreds of empty boxes of painkillers? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Feb 15, 2007 - 22 answers

how to ask neighbor to be quiet

My upstairs neighbor has become increasingly loud. He installed wood floors before moving in a year ago, which amplifies the sound. I can tolerate most noise, especially during the early evening. But he comes home after midnight, often with boisterous friends, and their noise keeps me up for hours. I've spoken to him on two occasions to keep it down. Now I want to write a letter. I want to be respectful and respected, but I'm not sure what to say other than to keep it down after hours. I know letter between neighbors can't be enforced, so how can I write it in a way that he'll be understanding and comply? Thanks in advance for advice!
posted by lunachick on Feb 6, 2007 - 30 answers

How to share a washer/dryer with other tenants?

So I found a new home. Its great. Only catch is this: there is a washer dryer hookup but I'm pretty sure its hooked up to only one of the unit's electric/gas (I'm not sure who's). This seems like this would ultimately lead to conflict. I'm trying to figure out a low stress solution to this problem. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jan 25, 2007 - 8 answers

How to quiet down my noisy Asian neighbors.

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 - 31 answers


I think my neighbors are taking advantage of me. How can I grow a spine? [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Jan 2, 2007 - 67 answers

How to deal with extremely nosey/creepy neighbors?

How to deal with extremely nosey/creepy neighbors? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 21, 2006 - 45 answers

How to deal with idiot kids?

So I've got some alleged neighbors who apparently don't understand the rules of civilized society. How to deal with them? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum on Dec 16, 2006 - 37 answers

I am the noisemaker.

Seeing this question and this question about noisemaking in apartments made me think about my situation. I am the noisemaker. Supposedly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2006 - 35 answers

How should I approach my neighbor about a tall dead pine tree that he won't cut down?

How should I approach my neighbor about a tall dead pine tree that he won't cut down? [more inside]
posted by vannsant on Nov 12, 2006 - 26 answers

Disturbing Neighbors

Leases often contain a clause saying you can be evicted if you disturb the neighbors. Mostly hypothetical question inside. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Nov 10, 2006 - 9 answers

I've lost my hair, I've lost my youth and now it's time for my hearing to follow. recommend a stereo system, please.

I've lost my hair, I've lost my youth and now it's time for my hearing to follow. recommend a stereo system, please. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Sep 4, 2006 - 14 answers

How to keep a sewing machine quiet?

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 - 7 answers

Could you just ask first?

Crossing the line or being petty? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Jun 15, 2006 - 46 answers

Nasty Landing

In between trash days -- Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday -- people in neighboring apartments deposit their trash on the first floor landing, outside the door to my apartment. I expected the super to put a stop to this practice but it turns out he condones it. I asked him to fix this and he said he'd try but I'm not sure he will. There are no trash cans or anything, just trash bags piled up. Is this against any NYC codes? How should I proceed?
posted by Aghast. on Jun 14, 2006 - 14 answers

Suspicious activity at the neighbor's house

I suspect my neighbors are drug dealers. Do I have enough evidence to call the cops? Sorry if this has been asked before... [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Jun 13, 2006 - 49 answers

Creepy neighbors issue.

What's up with my weird Latino next-door neighbors? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on May 14, 2006 - 31 answers

10th anniversary gift?

Our next door neighbors (who we really like a lot) are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. The traditional gift for no. 10 is aluminum/tin. What would be a fun/useful/romantic/cool gift for us to get them based on this theme/material? Budget = around $50.
posted by ericbop on Apr 3, 2006 - 16 answers

How to keep the peace with sex-fiends?

Responding effectively to neighbors' loud sex lives... [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Mar 12, 2006 - 46 answers

My neighbor hates my tree

My testy back-fence neighbor came a huffing and a puffing about how much of my palm tree is over his fenceline. What's a poor Ogre to do? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Jan 16, 2006 - 16 answers

Neighbor sex and night vision goggles?

If I have sex indoors (main-floor room) with the lights off, at night, in front of windows with the blinds open...what are the chances of being spied on with night vision goggles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2006 - 26 answers

neighbors dealing drugs

My next door neighbors are running an indoor marijuana farm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2005 - 116 answers

How to deal with a crazy neighbor?

A friend of mine lives in an apartment in New York where for the last 8 or 9 months his downstairs neighbor has been harassing him. [more inside]
posted by heartquake on Dec 26, 2005 - 23 answers

How to avoid war with neighbor's kids?

BadNeighborFilter: A friend has a next-door neighbor whose kids leave their toys, basketballs etc all over my friend's garden, behind her car etc. [more inside]
posted by cybercoitus interruptus on Oct 3, 2005 - 24 answers

Tranquil sounds or incessant tinkering?

Wind chimes in an apartment complex: okay, or ignorant? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Sep 29, 2005 - 41 answers

Living in close proximity with neighbors

How do you learn to live with your neighbors seeing you in your undies? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Mar 1, 2005 - 25 answers

My neighbor's dog is a cat killer!

Last night I watched my neighbor's dog kill a cat. [more inside - may be disturbing to cat lovers]. [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Oct 28, 2004 - 77 answers

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