The worst thing you can experience while living in an apartment is a rude and noisy neighbor. Although most of the time, your neighbor may be heavy-footed, other times they might be a nasty person and do so on purpose. If they’re purposely wreaking havoc, what can you do?
Unfortunately, there are only so many steps you can take before you find out that your neighbor is actually stomping on purpose to make noise! The best way to handle the situation to convince them to stop doing so is to ask them nicely. Approach them and let them know that it is really affecting your quality of life.
Once you have nicely asked your neighbor to stop stomping on their floor, and they haven’t done so, there are a few other legal steps you can take. In this article, we’ll take you through the actions you can take to get them to stop doing this. That way, you can live in peace.
Table of Contents
- Try To Make A Good Impression
- Tap On The Roof
- Write Them A Note
- Nicely Speak To Them
- Deal With It
- Come To A Compromise
- Speak To Management
- Ask The Management To Move
- Involve Law Enforcement
- Record Proof
- Purchase A Ceiling Vibrator
- Play Tennis On Their Ceiling
- Decide If It Is Worth It
- Related Questions
- Wrapping It Up
Try To Make A Good Impression
You do not need to go and bring cookies to everyone in your building, but you can attempt to change the way they view you. Maybe they have a bad impression of you and, if that is the case, you can try and change that impression. Try to smile at them as much as possible when you see them in the hallway or elevator, wave hello, or start a conversation.
By being personable to your obnoxious neighbor, they might view you as an acquaintance or a friendly neighbor, and it may make them think twice before they decide to be rude. However, they may not even know they’re doing it. Some people walk very heavily. You could bring it to their attention, but do it in a pleasant, calm manner.
Tap On The Roof
One option is to give a small tap on your ceiling (which is their floor). You can use a broom or any other object that helps you reach the roof. This can typically do the trick as it is the universal sign for “can you keep it down?”. Sometimes people do not even realize how loud they are being, and if you make noise in return, they will cut it out.
To do this, you should tap on the roof of the area you hear the stomping coming from. If they’re stomping in the living room, but you hit the ceiling from the bedroom, then obviously, they may not hear it.
Write Them A Note
The first step can be writing a simple note. This will allow them to realize what they are doing is rude. At this point, try to speak directly to them. They may not realize what they are doing, and would probably appreciate a note. Slip the note under their door to ensure they receive it. Avoid involving management at this point, as it may make matters worse.
Nicely Speak To Them
If things continue after sending the note, you can actually go to their door and bring up the fact that you have heard some noise. Explain how it is negatively impacting your life and ask if they could please quiet down.
You can also ask them if they have ever been disturbed by you. Sometimes, this is the reason for your neighbors purposefully making noise. If you approach them nicely and try to work things out, they may feel bad for their actions and stop making the noise.
Deal With It
Sometimes after attempting to ask them to stop, you can deal with it. It is not the best solution, but unfortunately, some people refuse to be respectful. You can also try listing to music in your ears, playing music to drown out their noise, or even watch television.
However, just ignoring it can cause them to be even more obnoxious, depending on the person or the neighbors in question. So, pay attention to this because ‘dealing with it’ may lead to larger problems.
Come To A Compromise
When speaking to your neighbor, if they state that they MUST jump rope at midnight every night, you can ask them to compromise. Instead of doing it in a room that is right above your bedroom, ask them to do so above your living room. You can also let them know that certain hours work better for you than others, and you would appreciate it.
If they are playing loud music or using their TV at late hours, you could also ask them to use a headset, or even consider purchasing it for them. Although this would be at a cost to you, it may be worth it if it is that important to you.
Speak To Management
As a last resort, you can speak to your landlord or to building management. Especially if your neighbors are being loud between the hours of 10 pm-7 am, there should be no issue with the management telling them to be quiet. By contacting management, they will most likely put a noise ordinance notification on the door.
However, calling management on your neighbor is more or less waging war. Yes, the noise may stop, but they may do other things to annoy you. Reporting them to management should be the last resort.
Ask The Management To Move
If you are living in an apartment building and you have explored all other options, you can ask to move. You legally have the right to quiet enjoyment, which means you have the right to quiet during standard hours.
Your management will also know which tenants have young children, who tend to blast loud music, or even those who work during the night. They can help you pick a more appropriate apartment. If you are renting a house, then you will need to discuss getting out of your lease early. When owning your home, you will need to skip this step and move on to “Involving Law Enforcement.”
Involve Law Enforcement
Unfortunately, this is the last situation you will want to be in, but it may be necessary. If your neighbors are making a lot of noise during the hours of 10 pm-7 am, then you do have the right to make a noise complaint.
Making a noise complaint might involve calling law enforcement, your local police, or even fire station. They will simply come to their door and ask them to be quiet. If they do not comply, then they will be served a fine. This should the action you take as a last resort.
If you have repeatedly asked them to stop making noise, then you will need to have some proof to back it up. Even if you have already called law enforcement, they may deny the noise and get away with it.
What you can do, is to take notes on when they are making noise, and also take videos or audio recordings. This way you will have proof, and the police will have something to back up your claims.
If you have surrounding neighbors, you can also speak with them and ask them if they are hearing the same noises. If you have multiple people reporting the noise, you will make a larger case against the noisemakers.
Purchase A Ceiling Vibrator
There are different types of vibrators you can purchase that you place on the ceiling to make your neighbor’s floor vibrate. Although this is not recommended until trying every other option, you can let them know that this will continue until they stop with their noise. You can purchase this for around $20.
Play Tennis On Their Ceiling
Once again, if you have not been able to have the police fix your situation, and your management is not able to do anything, you can become a bit petty. This can include playing tennis on their ceiling with a racket and ball. This will annoy them most likely and might persuade them to discontinue their actions.
Decide If It Is Worth It
You will need to truly decide if calling the police, getting your management involved, and potentially starting a large fight is genuinely worth it. If your neighbor is simply being loud during the waking hours of 7 am-9 pm, then you technically have no recourse.
If they do not stop even after you speak to them, it might be a lost cause. Some people have no regard for others’ quiet enjoyment, and sometimes the best decision is to get over it or move.
Can I get law enforcement involved?
You can do this, and you should if the problem persists.
How many times should I speak to them before going to my management/landlord?
This is entirely up to you, but you can give them three chances before moving on to higher management.
Do I have any rights when my neighbors are making noise on purpose?
You do have the right to quiet enjoyment and, legally in most city limits, between the hours of 10 pm-7 am, there are noise laws.
Wrapping It Up
Having upstairs neighbors can be extremely frustrating if these neighbors aren’t courteous or respectful to your living space. Luckily, there are some actions that you can take in order to diffuse the situation. By being personable to your neighbor or even calling management, you can usually put a stop to the nuisance.