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15-01-2020, 09:53   #1
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Noisy Neighbour - what are my options?

Hi guys,
I was wondering if I could get an opinion maybe from other tenants or landlords.
I'm living with my boyfriend in a small building that's just 3 apartments on top of each other, us being on the top floor. The issue is, the guy living below us makes ungodly noise around 3am every night. This is actually disturbing our sleep now every single night nearly, and I get up for work at 5am then so I don't really get back to sleep much.
We've lived there for about 18 months, and even though the guy has been living there before us, this has only become an issue in the last 6 months or so.
The neighbour on the bottom floor has said his sleep is being disturbed too.
My question is: what are my options? Do we go straight to the landlord or do we try and confront the neighbour first?
I've never seen him leave his apartment and he always seems to be at home so I'm assuming he doesn't work, or works from home...it's a bit strange having shared a front door for that long to have never met, so I'm assuming social confrontation wouldn't go so well.
Next question is, can the landlord actually do anything about this? Or are we just destined to never have a peaceful sleep again?
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15-01-2020, 09:55   #2
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A confrontation isn't needed, a simple chat in a friendly matter is the prudent first step in this instance. Do not go directly to the landlord, that will get you off on the wrong foot.
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15-01-2020, 10:01   #3
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A friendly chat can go a long way. Although that can be easy to say when I have no idea what the neighbor is like. Make sure you document everything in case things do escalate.
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A confrontation isn't needed, a simple chat in a friendly matter is the prudent first step in this instance. Do not go directly to the landlord, that will get you off on the wrong foot.
Issue is, the nature of the noise coming from the apartment makes me never want to speak to him...unless the boyfriend or the other neighbour wants to chat to him I can't see it being a viable option. Thank God there's no kids in the building is all I'm saying.
I didn't mean confrontation in the way it came across I just realised too, I just meant basically to ask him to stop. It's not fair to be disturbing every other person in the building.
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15-01-2020, 11:08   #5
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What kind of noise is he actually making?
From your most recent post I assume he's not moving furniture or playing loud music?
Is he screaming his head off or banging someone quite loudly?

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15-01-2020, 11:22   #6
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Record the noise and play it back to him...
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15-01-2020, 11:26   #7
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If it's an awkward one, maybe just write a note and put in in his post box/under his door?

Keep it light and say how the sound proofing isn't great between apts and noise is waking you up during the night?
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If it's an awkward one, maybe just write a note and put in in his post box/under his door?
Oh god no. dont go passive aggressive. Leaving a note vs face to face contact is not the mature civil method!

OP there is a problem. But you should attempt to deal with the issue in a civil and constructive manner in the 1st place. you appear reluctant to do that. I believe if you go into this assuming there will be a problem, it may well turn out to be a self fulfilling prophesy! i understand it could all turn out badly, he could be an ass. But IMO most people are decent, and if you approach it in the right way you stand a better chance than not of being able to resolve.
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Big fan of the “note through the letterbox” route. Try that and be polite, but just say the noise at 3am wakes, can they please be more quiet etc.

Sign the letter from both apartments.

Some people are oblivious to the noise they make.
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Basically he blares porn at like, roughly 3am and tries to drown out the porn with the sounds of his own, eh, pleasure. Loud enough to wake people on both sides of him. So to be honest I'm actually creeped out by him I'd feel incredibly awkward trying to bring that up...
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Basically he blares porn at like, roughly 3am and tries to drown out the porn with the sounds of his own, eh, pleasure. Loud enough to wake people on both sides of him. So to be honest I'm actually creeped out by him I'd feel incredibly awkward trying to bring that up...
Ah Jesus, can the two lads from the other two appts not just knock on his door and tell him to have his wanking done by 11pm so that everyone can get some sleep. Seriously. LOL.
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Your options vary depending on whether he's an owner or a tenant. I think most people would consider that antisocial behaviour. If he's renting, and talking to him has no effect, then contact his landlord.
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Could you call the guards when it happens? I know its a bit extreme but if you call the guards explaining about noise levels then I'm sure they will knock on his door. There has to be a law against noise levels, especially at 3am in an apartment complex. Next bet, is to post a letter and then explain you will call the guards if it continues. Hopefully that will shake him up a bit. If that's what his fetish is and wants to be caught, then you might want to look elsewhere because he sounds like an absolute creep
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So all three apartments have the same landlord. I was thinking if we stuck a letter in his door signed from both apartments basically explaining to cop on or we'll have to call the landlord. A conversation I will definitely be handing over to the lads Like I get it, when nature calls etc. but there is no need for the incessant screaming on your own in your apartment whilst in the throes of passion at antisocial hours
Not to get too traumatizing but I think Febreeze is right, we've started kind of banging on the floor when he's at it but it seems to make him fcking louder

My plan was to throw a letter in his door, and if that doesn't work to contact the landlord. Just wanted to make sure that I was on the right track re. plan of action. I'm sick to death of being woken up in the night with my skin crawling over the creep!
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