Noisy Apartment

By Susan

Since moving into this apt. Oct. 2006, I have repeatedly (8-10 times) complained to the Mgr. about my noisy apartment due to children running, screaming, playing in the hallways and my very noisy upstairs neighbors.  After each complaint, it would be bettter for a week or so, and then escalate back to the previous level of noise and disturbance again.  There is no playground at this small complex, and my next-door neighbors allow their children to use the hallways for a playground, where they behave as if they are in a playground!  They gather their friends from the other apts., sometimes as many as 5 or 6 of them will all run, play chase, kick balls, yelling and screaming the whole time.  This is not only a serious disturbance, it’s a physical hazard.  I’m disabled, and walk with difficulty, so I worry that we will collide and cause injury.  I have mediation appt. tomorrow (Monday, 6-16) @ 4:00 between the Mgr., the lady next door and myself. My upstairs neighbor has 4 or 5 children, all of whom stay with him several days (and nights) a week…in a 1-bdr apt!!!  They stomp, throw things, drop things, move furniture, play music so loud I can’t talk on the phone or hear my t.v. My questions:  What legal steps should I take if the mediation does no good?  My apartment noise complaint is driving me crazy. What legal steps is my Mgr. obliged to take?  If I am forced to move because of this, can I force the apt. complex owner (Weidner Investment Svcs.) to pay my moving expenses?  I have been looking at other places to move, specifically 55+ places, and unfortunately the one I’ve found that I want to move to is also owned by Weidner.  If I were to force them to pay my moving expenses, could they refuse to rent to me in another property they own?  I love my apartment, and the complex.  It’s clean, well-maintained, in a great location, and has fabulous veiws of the mountains.  And except for a couple of families, the neighbors are all very quiet.  I do not want to move!  If I do, it is only because of the problems I’ve told you about, and I’ve told the Mgr. this.  Please help, and thank you ahead of time for any advice.

Edited on: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 6:42 am

3 Responses to “Noisy Apartment”

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June 15th, 2008 5:55 pm

P.S. to my original comment: Children running, screaming in hallways…
I forgot to add that yes, I did sign a lease with the usual clause about not creating disturbances. At the end of May the Mgr. passed out notices to each apartment, in which she stated among other things that parents are not to allow their children to play in the hallways or outside on the landscaping, or in the parking lot or laundry room. This notice was slipped under the door of all the apartments on a Friday, and on Saturday, the very next day (!!!) guess what? Yeah, kids running down the hallway, and back and forth outside my living room and bedroom windows screaming and yelling. Shows you how much these parents respect the rules! I apologize for such long posts. I’m so angry and frustrated!

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September 2nd, 2008 12:49 pm

Is sounds like you may have participated in a meeting with management rather than mediation. Mediation involves hiring a unbiased 3rd party to conduct the meeting to help both parties come to a fair agreement. Unless you’re using the RPA’s Mediation Program, it can cost upwards of $150 per hour to mediate. (Most mediators require you pay at least 1 hour minimum) The RPA (Rental Protection Agency) has a mediation program that is slightly different than standard mediation. There is a flat fee of $35 (no hourly cost, just the one-time processing fee of $35– that’s it.) In order to use RPA Mediation you must first fill out the form online. You will need to list the complaint, the resolution you are seeking and basic contact information. From there, your problem will be assigned a Mediation Case Number, this number can be used to track the status or to respond to mediation. Once the case is resolved the agent closes the case and submits the results to the landlord history database. Landlord that refuse to be fair will hurt their landlord risk score, while those that work with mediators to resolve the problem will actually improve their risk score. Any renters considering landlord mediation, should consider using the inexpensive RPA Mediation Program. It is much more flexible that typical mediation, you do not need to worry about scheduling a time that works for all parties, instead the agent contacts each party separately until the problem is resolved. Click here to start the RPA Landlord Mediation process.Click here to start the RPA Landlord Mediation process.


January 22nd, 2011 5:29 am

I know exactly how you feel, my neighbor has two children 2 and 6 years, she allows them to run and scream in the hallways after 10pm. I have opened my door and said to the kids you should not be running in the hallways but it continues. I am very frustrated,m I moved here 14 years ago and never allowed my son to do that or play in the parking lot, I took him to a park. I realize it’s winter, but this is crazy, last night it was 11:30 pm, it has been as late as 12:30 past midnight.


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