Cripes! I can't help it....I've read this forum, off and on, for as long as I've been around ALL of the forums.
My take? You're all NUTS! Just about every post is about expecting those that live around you should NOT expect to enjoy their space.. a space that they pay for, just as you do.
OR, posts come from nasty LL who expect tentants to be grateful for shitty surroundings, all the while, paying through the nose.
If you live in an apartment...get used to the fact that folks will live above, below and aside you. And, yes, sound is magnified....but let's face it, every day normal living sounds are to be expected!
Really, I don't mean to be insulting.... or harsh... BUT you DO sound like nutcakes! If you hate apartment living, so much, why do it? I do realize that cost does come into play..availability, etc.,
I rent, not an apartment, but a small house... I do appreciate the fact that nobody is above or below me, and it really is wonderful to have my own, somewhat, private entrance. On the other hand, my closest neighbors on ALL sides of us are less than 15 feet and as close as 7 feet.... So, we ARE on top of each other. We've lived here for 13 years... we've figured out how to coexist... so can you, if you are, truly, interested in doing so.
Before this, we lived in a 4 story apartment building...we had a nutty downstairs neighbor who thought nothing of taking a broom handle to her ceiling to bang on our floor to express her displeasure of our simply walking above her. NUTS! Yes! She was nuts... and so is/was anyone who blames a tentant above them for normal living. Before that, we were a downstairs tentant... we are sane enough to realize what is normal, everyday living, from up above!
Silly ~~~ my screen name... but in this case, silly fits just about all of you