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Tips to Deal with a Loud Neighbor

We see it all the time: Neighbors who won’t stop the party and get arrested.

They made way too much noise, and they became so disruptive that the police were called. The situation escalated and now they’re spending the night in jail. (They’re going to need a good bail bondsman!)

It doesn’t and shouldn’t have to get to that level most times. And, before it does, there are things you can do to work with your noisy neighbor and get relief. The key to negotiating noise levels with your neighbor is a combination of kindness, understanding and knowing when you are putting your safety at risk and need more professional help to mediate the situation.

Read on to learn our four expert tips for dealing with a noisy neighbor and take your life back!

Tip #1: Talk to Your Neighbor

Consider calling your neighbor — if you know him or her — or knocking on the door to make your request. If you have the person’s phone number or email, try to send a message asking them to be a little less noisy.

Tip #2: Be Friendly

Kindness and understanding can go a long way in breaking the news to your neighbor that he is being too loud. Some people may get defensive, but if you approach the conversation with kindness and deference, you’re likely to get a more positive response. Try something like: “Hi there. I’m so sorry to bother you, and I know you may not realize this, but the walls in this building are paper-thin and I can hear your television. Would you mind turning it down just a little?” See how easy and nice that was?

Tip #3: Give Your Neighbor a Chance

If you’ve talked to your neighbor at least once about the noise and nothing changes, approach the person again and ask nicely. If your routine asks are going unnoticed, then it may be time to call in law enforcement. The best thing about this option is that the police will not use your name when talking to the neighbor (although after repeated conversations, they may know it was you who called). Instead, the police will tell the neighbor that there have been complaints and they are simply doing a goodwill check-in in the neighborhood.

Tip #4: Talk to Your Landlord or Homeowner’s Association

Another option, if you don’t want to escalate the situation to the police so quickly, is to consider reaching out to the landlord of your building or your home owner’s association. Are there rules governing noise after a certain hour? Is this an issue that other neighbor’s are having that warrant talking about at the next neighborhood meeting? Do home owners in the area need to be notified in the case of extremely loud parties, house concerts or other events? What are the bylaws governing these issues. Start doing a little investigating.

The process may not get you the sleep you want that night — but it could lead to some peace of mind and quiet if you can successfully have noise ordinances instated or reinforced.

Bonus Tip: Stay safe. What we mean by that is to think about the situation and analyze it before you approach your neighbor. Is your neighbor armed? Is he or she under the influence? Is there a party going on? Gauge the situation before you act.

Should You Knock on Your Neighbor’s Door?

Only you know whether it is truly safe to knock on your neighbor’s door and to ask him or her to be less noisy. If you hear what sounds like violence in your neighbor’s home or apartment, then you probably should call the police instead. You don’t want to put yourself in a situation in which you are in harm’s way, and that can be the case in a domestic violence situation. Keep these tips handy as you are navigating this difficult process — and remember to be friendly and to listen in the situation.

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