Almost all of us have been there: you’re lying peacefully in bed when suddenly the apartment walls start shaking. Could it be an earthquake? In the Upper Midwest, that’s rather unlikely. No, it’s your noisy neighbor blasting their music at so many decibels, it’s a small wonder they’re even enjoying it.
So what do you do in a situation like this? There are many approaches to take, and some are more aggressive than others. Your natural instinct may be to kick a hole through the wall and pop your head in to tell them to keep quiet. It goes without saying that there are more diplomatic ways to resolve the situation, so read on to learn how to deal with noisy apartment neighbors.
Knock On Wood
A few knocks on the apartment walls, ceiling or floor sends a message anyone can understand, no matter the language they speak. This is a good course of action for the first time someone makes excessive noise in the building. It is less confrontational than starting an argument, but still direct enough to make your point clear. You don’t even need to make yourself presentable, as there is no face-to-face interaction involved. Your neighbor might not have even been aware the sound was carrying so much and offer an apology the next day. If this doesn’t work, move on to other measures.
Speak Up for Yourself
When indirect communication fails, it’s time to make your issue a little more obvious. Start a friendly conversation by ringing their doorbell to tell them how you feel about the noise. A little bit of tact goes a long way when communicating with your neighbor. If you politely ask them to keep the noise down, they will be more likely to respond kindly and be more mindful of their noise levels. On the other hand, if you behave aggressively or start an argument, they might make even more noise just to spite you. If the direct approach still yields no results, it’s time to escalate the situation.
Get Management Involved
You shouldn’t have to live in an environment that requires earplugs most of the time. If you’ve attempted to resolve the problem on your own with no success, you should contact your apartment’s management to resolve the issue. Most leases contain a clause that states you are entitled to an apartment without excessive noise problems. Contacting management companies like Elevate Living helps us to understand the situation and stop the noise as quickly as possible. We will reach out to the tenant to let them know that an anonymous neighbor has issued a noise complaint. If the problem continues, an eviction may be necessary.
It’s impossible to live completely silently, but some people take noise to unacceptable levels. If you’re an Elevate Living tenant with a noisy neighbor, don’t hesitate to contact our team to rectify the situation.