So I had this friendly young lady living next door. We didn’t meet much but we could get along pretty well. One day I see a note on my door. In English. In a very polite way, someone was asking me to please stop making noises from 10PM to 7AM or something like that.
The first person I thought of was my neighbour upstairs. He’s been hearing noises for years, like low frequency weird noises, and has come a few times to my place, a bit out of his mind some of them. One time I was back in my country and he and a doorman woke up my then gf in the middle of the night for inspecting the house for the source of noises. My gf was like wtf is going on. No noises in my house where detected by them, and the guy left the place swearing he could hear something from his place. However, it is true that I may have sometimes made some noise at my place, mainly playing music (not too late) or movies (a bit more late), or washing clothes (normal times for that).
Back to the note. I suspected it wasn’t him, because of the good English grammar, and decided to check with my lady neighbour. I also hear noises on a regular basis, mostly discussions and shouting from the family living in the floor below. They are basically nuts, or he is. One time we almost called the police because it seemed like he was about to kill her: she was crying in the balcony and he was shouting all mad from inside the house and beating the door or something. Lovely scene. Also, there are other noises I will detail later.
So I talked to the young lady and yeah, we both identified the same noises (none produced by us):
- the said shouting
- furniture moving
- someone using a hammer
- their children running and screaming
- something like an old fashion spring loaded door that needs oil and then snapping back
- something like if someone were chopping something on a cutting board
- cabinet door being closed by a rude moron
- things like dice and marbles falling or being rolled on the floor
All of these are transmitted through the walls in all directions, so sometimes it’s really hard to identify the location of the source of the sound, since pillars and walls transmit and project the sounds.
So the lady never dared to talk to this family directly because she was scared of the man but tried talking to landlord (reportedly a vicious asshole) and the security guards, all with no result. They told her to call the police.
The noise level kept growing and unfortunately one day she decided to leave. Landlord, a stingy crazy woman, tried to cheat her with the deposit and even get more money from her. It’s incredible the level of crappiness of these people.
Then a family with one kid moved in.
Fast forward to last night. I was trying to sleep and realized that I kept waking up because of voices and something rolling or similar (hard things being moved around on a hard / wooden surface?).
I lost it. For the second or third time in my life I started to hit the ground with my sleepers, as hard as I could. I’m sure that the guy living above me could also hear it (which may complicate the situation, that’s why I talked about him earlier).
After having done this two or three times, I decided to wear some clothes and go downstairs to verify that it was the bunch of cunts living in the floor below me. But… I found out that the voices and other noises were coming from the family living next to me! the new tenants!
I rang the door. One time. They went quiet for a while. Then they resume the talking, a bit more quieter. I rang again and wait. Nothing. After 5-7 minutes waiting there I went to sleep. Now I’m not sure if I heard more noises and how loud they were.
So this is the situation. If I want to keep sane I really need a solution to this: a bunch of low class people living downstairs, who have been here for let’s say 7 years. A family next door with a father who seems to gamble or play some shit even at 3-4 AM like last night. A guy upstairs who seems to be very sensitive to noises, borderline nutter, but who might have produced some of the noises like moving furniture or hammering, but I’m not 100% sure that those were him.
The couple living downstairs is older than me, the family next door is younger. I would try to avoid confronting anybody as much as possible since I’m the different one (a foreigner) and people here would most likely side by the locals and I have my own problems to deal with and don’t want to start wars I’m not sure I can win. Also I would be complaining about TWO different families so I would be the guy with the problem… despite a neighbour had to move out for the same reason.
Possible solutions I have thought of:
- talk to their landlords (probably useless)
- talk to my landlord (same. plus probably she will want me out to raise the rent)
- counter attack with music. I can lay speakers and play some noise/music
- variant to the previous: play Omi Tofu chants
- release some substance in their proximity that attracts insects or smells bad
- try to fuck with their minds making them believe there are ghosts or some shit of the kind
I’m increasingly desperate.