The people above us are harassing us....HELP!
My pregnant Wife and I moved into this beautiful apartment building about 9 months ago. We thought we had found the perfect apartment because the building was located right near the beach, it was spacious and it was much cheaper than the other places we had looked at. But we soon discovered why the people that lived here before us had moved out! The building is 3 stories tall and we're on the middle floor; we have people that live directly above us.
They are a man, his Wife and their 6 year old daughter. The man goes to work everyday at 5 AM and he feels the need to stomp his feet and slam his dresser drawers, the shower door and the closet door. We don't have to get up for work until 8 AM so being woken-up everyday at 5 AM is a problem for us. They also make a lot of noise right above our bedroom every weekend around 7 AM and we like to sleep in on the weekends.
After about a month of living here, we decided to go upstairs and have a chat with them about the noise. They were extremely polite and apologized for everything. We also figured that the problem may be due to their weighttheyÂre both overweight people so we figured that could be part of the problem. They even admitted that the noise we hear on the weekends is probably their daughter...they said they allow her to jump-rope while wearing her roller-skates...can you believe that?
So we thought that we had finally had put an end to this mess and we didn't hear a peep out of them for about a week. Then, about a week laterÂthe noise started again and this time it seemed to have gotten worse! The windows all over the apartment were shaking when they walked around, the ceiling was crumbling and leaving powder on our couch and bed and it was making a lot of noise. We dealt with it the best we could for as long as we could...but we finally snapped.
My Wife was pregnant and still working at the time and she desperately needed her sleep; I was furious that she was losing sleep because of these jerks! So once again, we wrote them a polite letter and taped it to their front door; asking them to please cut down on the noise. We made it very clear that all we're asking from them is to walk softly and quit slamming all their drawers and closets. We reminded them that they live in an apartment and not a house and they need to be courteous.
We gave it another week and there was no change in the noise level, so we got our building Manager involved. She went up there to warn them and the man was drunk (according to her) and he got verbally abusive and he was threatening her. She was so scared that she ran downstairs to her apartment and called me to inform me of what happened. I told her to call the man who owns the building but she said she was afraid to get him involved because he'd get mad!
SheÂs an old lady; very odd and sheÂs a total pushover. We finally realized that she was going to be no help so we figured there was nothing that we could do. So fast forward to a few months later...my Wife finally gave birth to our Daughter and things hadn't changed with the people upstairs. As a matter of fact...it had gotten much worse! We couldn't get any help from the building Manager, the Owner of the building refused to get involved even though we wrote him a letter begging for his help and the people upstairs were making it very clear that they didn't care.
So we wrote them one last letter and taped it to their front door once more; asking them to cut it out...this time we were a bit more blunt. They responded by leaving a note taped to our door the next morning threatening to "beat our ass if we ever harassed their family again." I took it to the building Manager and had her make a copy of it and send it along to the Owner of the building. He once again chose to do nothing; saying that "we had to work this out on our own...this is apartment living and we need to get used to the noise."
So here we are today...nothing has been resolved and after 9 months of living like this...we've finally snapped and we've been pushed over the edge! We have a baby and we don't even make half as much noise as them, we're very polite and peaceful people and we hate confrontations. We really don't know where else to turn or what to do. We've thought about fighting fire with fire and acting immature like them...but we're not petty like that. We're losing sleep, our Daughter gets woken-up by them every morning and they're really stressing us out. Normally, when we hear noise outside...we just roll over and go back to sleep. But this is really bad and the amount of noise they make is ridiculous!
At this point we're almost positive that they're doing it just to piss us off. Sometimes it sounds like they're dropping bowling balls on the floor right above our bedroom...it's so unbelievably loud! Can anyone please help us and offer up some advice? I'm worried that this is going to get ugly real fast if I don't come up with a solution. Because I'm about ready to march upstairs with a baseball bat and handle this like a thug...and that's not my style...but I've really been pushed over the edge by these jerks! What can we do? Anything? We canÂt get out of our lease and we canÂt really afford to move again anyway. We just had a baby and money is tight...HELP US...PLEASE!