My roommate and I live on the fourth floor, and have a very regular schedule due to my work. We have always been careful to observe the 10pm-7am quiet hours, yet within the last two months we received two notes taped to the door from out downstairs neighbor, complaining of ‘unreasonable noise’. I brought the note to the attention of our apartment management the first time and was told to “take it to heart”—- which we’ve done our best to do. We rarely turn up the tv volume, we do not have guests or parties. We have noticed, however, that any time we do things we consider ‘normal activity ‘ (doing dishes, laundry, showering, using the bathroom, moving from one room to the other, all prior to 10 pm), there has been an increase of aggressive stomping or slamming of door noises from downstairs. We’ve tried our best to keep as quiet as possible, because we haven’t wanted any noise complaints leveled against us. Then yesterday we received a notice from management that there was a complaint against us. I can’t think of any reason why there would have been. What do we do now?
From a practical standpoint, sound can travel through floors, walls and pipes and be quite loud in an adjacent apartment. Your neighbors left you notes before going to management to complain. Have you tried actually speaking to them about the issue.? They might have to get up super early for work and so go to bed before 10 p.m. There might be super loud pipe noise from the plumbing that the landlord could actually alleviate by adding soundproofing to the piping. There might areas where the flooring is very loud to footfall and an area or runner rug could muffle the sound. Maybe there are things that can be done to make it better, but the only way to find out is to ask.
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