I live in a three story apartment building on the second floor. The tenants above me have kids and are absurdly loud with constant running and thumping on the floor. Well, my ceiling must be made of cardboard because the noise is unbearable.
I figured it was a gamble since they have gravity on their side, but I started out by simply talking to them one day and asking that, later in the evening, they please stop the running and jumping above me. It stopped for maybe two days and, of course, resumed with a vengeance. I spoke with them more than once - essentially pleading for them to control their kids romping and stomping. Pretty soon they were clearly doing it on purpose.
I've talked to the office management repeatedly and they, assuming they are telling the truth, have sent more than one letter to them. Alas, the stomps persist and with each and every thud I become more and more daft. So I've started to call our apartment complex "courtesy patrol" (read: rent-a-cop) every time they go running amok. This curbed the clodhoppers for a short time, but again gravity was on their side.
Finally, in a fit of rage, I called the police to register a noise complaint. They asked what the noise was like and as soon as I described it as "running" and "jumping" they proclaimed there was nothing they could do; that they could not entertain a noise complaint on grounds that the building structure isn't well insulated for sound. This made me sad.
I looked over my lease to see if there was anything about noise, quiet hours etc etc. There are "quiet hours" after 10:00pm, but they simply do not adhere to them and, call me an old codger, but quite frankly 10:00pm is too late for my sanity.
My question is this:
I don't particularly want to, but I would be willing to move out just to get away from the ogres living above me. Do I have any recourse on getting out of my lease? Is there absolutely anything I can do to make this problem acquiesce?