SPEAKING TO A LANDLORD ABOUT NEIGHBORS
Are your neighbors giving you a hard time? Then join the club of countless other tenants that would love to trade in their neighbors for a new set. Unfortunately this is not possible but, if the complaint is impacting your health, your safety or your sanity, then you can speak to your landlord about your neighbors.
Handling Noise Complaints
In most instances you cannot choose who lives next door, down the hall and underneath you. What this means is that there is a pretty high chance that at least someone in your building is going to annoy the pants off you. Some noise is tolerable; other noises are not. Some behavior is acceptable while other behavior is not. It can be difficult knowing when you should talk to your neighbor about a landlord and when you should suck it up and bear it.
In general, if the noise is out of control and constant, then you have a right to talk to your landlord about it. If you have tried speaking and resolving the conflict with the neighbor and nothing has changed, then you can also bring your complaint to your landlord. There are some noises that cannot be helped - a crying baby, vacuuming, walking, for example. However, there are some noises that can be helped - music played too loud, yelling and screaming matches, parties and get together, excessive barking and heavy dancing.
Health and Safety Concerns
If you are concerned about the health and safety of yourself and others in the building then you also have a right to speak to your landlord, especially after benefits of signing a lease agreement. If you suspect illegal activities such as drug trading or if you notice smoking, excessive drinking or other dangerous activities going on, then you have the right to talk to your landlord about it. If you notice people are constantly coming and going your entire building is at a higher risk of theft and vandalism and this is everyone's concern. All of these complaints should be brought up to your landlord when you see him.
You may want to speak to your neighbor about the problem before going straight to the landlord, especially if it is a noise complaint or if it is something that is minor. Your neighbor may not even realize how thin the walls are and that you can hear their telephone conversations through the walls. They may not realize that their 6 inch stilettos walking across the hardwood floor are keeping your children awake at night.
If you are addressing your neighbor, make sure you remain polite and calm. Let them know what's bothering you and ask them if they wouldn't mind keeping it down or minimizing the noise during day time hours. Choose a time of the day when you know they are home and won't be in a hurry or extremely busy (dinner time is not always the best). In most instances your neighbor will be apologetic and happy to stop if you go about it in the right way.
When you are living in close quarters there are several common concerns and annoyances that may need to be addressed to your landlord. If you are worried about the health, safety and regulations of the building, then it might be time to speak to your landlord about the inappropriate behavior of a neighbor. Speaking to a landlord about neighbors allows you to go above and beyond the problem. Your landlord can threaten with eviction and legal action in some instances which will have a much more effective impact and may stop the problem.