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Old 02-10-2004, 09:31 PM   #1
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Angry living in an apartment, upstairs neighbors are driving me insane!

i bought a "flexicore" constructed apartment unit (condo) thinking that i would not be able to hear the other tenents. i couldn't have been more wrong.

every day the upstairs neighbors are letting their kid loose running around and pounding away. i hear their kid run up and down, stomp on the floor, scream from crying, and throw toys onto their tile floor! the worst part; she lets her sister come over every weekend and bring 3 other kids to play around and pound on the floor.

our association bylaws state that we have to give advanced notice before throwing a party. well, it is a party every day on the unit above me because of their kids running and stomping.

i have already mentioned numerous times that they are loud in a polite manner in the past. but i dont think they care because they feel that their kid is more important.

i mean, if i come home from work, taking a nap is impossible because of the running and pounding on their kid's part.

our bylaws also do not allow any pets. i have pet birds. the noisy tenents upstairs also used to have 2 dogs before, but not anymore. my birds can get loud, but nothing even close to the noise levels that is being produced by the unpstairs tenents.

what the hell can i do about this? is anyone else in the same scenario? i want to tell them to instal premium padded carpeting to help rememedy the situation but they probably will angerly refuse. they have absolutely no respect for the tenents that live below them.


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Old 02-10-2004, 09:34 PM   #2
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a kid is going to be a kid...have one of the parents come down to hear their kid making noise...good luck
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:35 PM   #3
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is that the common answer that a judge will give if this goes to court?
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:36 PM   #4
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just a idear i had
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:15 PM   #5
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Here a tip. I'm assuming you haven't already told them off. Find a reason to go visit the upstairs neighbors. Be very nice and introduce yourself. Tell them your very glad to live in this neighboorhood, And you wanted to meet all the people you live near. Don't even mention the noise. But hint that you work late or something and need your sleep. Be very subtle. Mention that if there is anything you can help them with, feel free to ask.

Anyway... once they realize that a real person they know (and hopefully like), lives under them they will be much more sensitive to making noise.

Trust me.... this works a lot better than yelling at em. And reading them the riot act. Good luck.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:23 PM   #6
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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i lived here for a year and they already know me. i told them a few times in association meetins about their noise levels and what causes them (their kidding running and stomping, especially on their tile surfaces).

i guess i am asking if their kid has a right to act like a kid, even if it means that it will disturb my way of living peacefully in my own unit.....do they have the right to live like this in an apartment complex?

if they instal premium padded carpeting, it will almost solve the problem (i think).
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:25 PM   #8
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what?

it is concrete floors and cielings.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:27 PM   #9
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what he said
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:35 PM   #10
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:36 PM   #11
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, i didn't relaly read the thread. I just wanted to post cuz somebody woke me up!
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:36 PM   #12
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You live in an apartment. What did you expect?

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Old 02-10-2004, 10:43 PM   #13
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You live in an apartment. What did you expect?
it is considered a condominium that binds it's tenents with laws, if that matters. i bought the unit. i am not renting. i thought it's concrete floors and cielings would prevent this crap from happening, but i was dead wrong.

will "oh its just a kid" prevail in this matter?
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:48 PM   #14
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Check the by laws of the association, if there is stuff about noise( You mentioned the parties) talk to them about there kid. Politely inform them how loud it is and if it really is a consistent problem talk to the head of the homeowners association and tell them you will be asking for them to install soundproofing. The head should agree and then inform them in a more official manner that they will need to install the carpeting.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:49 PM   #15
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:50 PM   #16
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Be happy it's not college-age brats with the new home entertainment system that daddy bought for them.

Most people today have absolutely no respect for anybody else, and they are not even considering that their kid is making too much noise. Unless you can find a sympathetic ear in the main office/association/whatever, you can do the reason nicely -> ask firmly -> be the angry irritated neighbor guy -> move thing.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:51 PM   #17
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OH.Oh, oh. OH.

Statement retracted

I learned a long time ago that I don't like people living above me, for just the reason you are complaining about.
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:37 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally posted by SpeedShift
is that the common answer that a judge will give if this goes to court?
So you are going to go to court and try and get the judge to make it so that their kid doesn't run around the condo, drop/throw toys, or otherwise act like, well... a kid?

Good luck

(also - pets aren't allowed, but you have a pet?)

Sadly - at any sort of homeowners association meeting, unless none of the people there have kids, you are fighting a serious uphill battle... maybe you could buy the kid some nice, soft slippers?
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Old 02-11-2004, 07:45 AM   #19
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get a broomstick and hit their front door several times at random times during the night..
When the Irate parents catch you, tell them that they are essentially letting their kid do the same when you are sleeping.
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Old 02-11-2004, 01:03 PM   #20
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Take the aforementioned broomstick and bang really hard on your ceiling everytime the kids makes noise - they should get the point
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Old 02-11-2004, 01:34 PM   #21
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Old 02-11-2004, 02:11 PM   #22
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the cielings are concrete, and are 8 foot high. i am going to need more than a broomstick to make this work. a hammer should do, but will damage the cieling.

i may need a heavy duty rubber mallet so it wont damage the painted cieling.
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Old 02-11-2004, 02:13 PM   #23
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My first question when apartment-hunting: "Do you have any to-floor available?

My current apartment is awesome. My living room is over a garage, and my bedrooms are over 2 other garages. I could do Smack-Down and no one would notice.
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Old 02-11-2004, 02:47 PM   #24
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I feel for you. I'm in an apartment right now and it sucks. I'm even on the top floor, but I hear my next door neighbors and the guy below me. They both like to wait until about 2:00 am and start playing video games or watch movies through their home theater system. Very annoying! We tried talking to them to no avail. Now, we just call the cops on them. They got tired of that real quick and are now responsive to banging on the walls/floor.

Your problem is that the brat is noisy during the day, and there probably isn't anything you can do. And as was mentioned, people think kids have supreme right to do whatever the hell they want so you probably wouldn't get much sympathy from the other owners in the complex.

But damn, if you can hear the little bastard through concrete, there's gotta be something you can do!
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