What To Do About Noisy Neighbors

By Danielle Wirsansky on June 9, 2021

Your home is supposed to be a safe haven, a quiet place where you can rest, recharge, and rejuvenate as a college student. The emphasis here is on the word quiet. A quiet, ambient home is an important aspect of making your dorm room, apartment, or house a restful place for you.

So if your neighbors are not being respectful of that and are being loud and noisy, it can make you feel less safe, more irritated, less rested, and straight-up mad. But what exactly can you do about it, after all? They are your neighbors, and you do not want to sour the relationship between you if you do not have to. That could lead to further complications that you do not need or want. Read on to learn what to do about noisy neighbors so you can create strategies that will work for you!

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Courtesy Knock

It might seem like a cliché, but one of the first things you can do to let your neighbor know that they are being a little bit too noisy is to give them a courtesy knock. Whether it is a next-door neighbor and you have to knock on the wall between your apartments or it is an upstairs neighbor and so you have to knock on the ceiling, just give a knock so that they are aware there is a problem.

Do not be so quiet with your knock that they do not hear you but also try and avoid making your knocks really aggressive, which might create tension between the two of your unnecessarily. Perhaps they do not realize that they are being loud, or more likely, just how loud they are actually being. While a courtesy knock might feel a bit brusque, it is often the simplest and most easy solution for a noise complaint.

Contact Your Neighbor

However, should the loud noises persist, the next step is to contact your neighbor directly. If you have their contact info and have texted/called them in the past, you may be able to just let them know directly over call or text that they are being a little bit too loud.

If communicating with them via call or text is not a precedent you already have set or you are not that familiar with each other, you probably need to talk to your neighbor in person. This can be really intimidating for a lot of reasons, but if you do everything you can to be respectful, considerate, and appropriate when addressing your concerns then hopefully all will go well.

Make sure to approach them at an appropriate time of day, to stay really civil and level-headed, and not be aggressive in your airing of the complaint. Your neighbor might get defensive if you come on the offensive, so try to stay pleasant and cordial. Your neighbor probably does not want any bad blood either. And they will probably appreciate the fact that you brought it up with them directly rather than jumping ahead and speaking to the landlord right away. Give them a chance to resolve the situation.

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Let the Landlord Know

If communicating with your neighbor directly does not work, whether they become really defensive and refuse to temper the volume level or if they inadvertently are too loud over and over again, then you know what the next step has to be: you need to let your landlord or property manager know.

Your neighbor might be trying to be quieter, but if they fail to do so again and again then you do need to go above their head. They are an adult and they need to be able to take responsibility for their own actions and have their stuff together and their life in order. You might feel guilty, but you deserve a quiet place to be, especially when you are paying for it.

And if your neighbor has become really defensive or aggressive towards you because you approached them, this needs to be included in your complaint to the landlord.

File an Official Complaint

If your landlord refuses to take action or their actions are minuscule and accomplish nothing, then it is time to get out the big guns. What this means is that it is time to file an official noise complaint with the city and the police. This should only be for serious infractions. There are city ordinances that monitor noise so read up on what your local laws say and make sure that your noise complaint truly does fit within the qualifications of a report to this level of authority.

You deserve a quiet and safe space to live in, so hopefully, these strategies will help you to make and keep your home a quiet place and space to be.

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