Would you live above burglars?
I’ve lived in a building for over a year. Overall, for the price that I pay for a 2-bedroom apartment is somewhat inexpensive compared to other buildings and houses for rent in my area. The reason for that is these units went through many owners, and the scars of many coats of paint over holes, and little ticks and dings can be seen if you try, but other than that, it is good. My first year was nice and peaceful. When I first met the building manager (or landlord if you will), she said that they did not put up with any nonsense. However, I’m not quite so sure that is the case.
A couple of months ago a family moved in below me. Right away I could hear them. I get it; I live in a building and I’m going to hear noise, so I didn’t care too much at first. But then it got louder. It was a constant booming noise as if anvils were always being dropped. I found this odd, seeing is how I lived on the top floor and didn’t expect to hear much of anything.
Then I met the man below me one day. He was smoking a cigarette and trying to sell me an air compressor so he could buy diapers for his daughter who he proudly sat on his knee while blowing smoke in her face. He began brining around his friends. They hung around in packs at the entrance way. The booming sound was a result of the constant traffic he had in and out of his apartment. Shady characters would come around, then suddenly leave.
One morning I was approached by a woman from a house next door to the building. She asked me if I had seen anything strange the previous night. She went to say that her house had been broken into and they stole her TV, computers, and her vacuum cleaner. She assumed it had been someone from my building because there was a path of vacuum cleaner parts that led from her house to the entrance of my building.
I told my landlord about this, and mentioned that it most likely was the people below me. I stressed that I’m not one to point the finger, and I clearly understand that I cannot just accuse someone of stealing, but something told me it was these new tenants. She gave me a little info: she told me that the guy living under wasn’t on the lease, but his girlfriend was. This building does a credit and background check, and the landlord told me it was only her background she looked into.
A couple of weeks later I see on the news the guy below was arrested, as well as two of the other people that I saw hanging around the building for burglary. They all were charged with a Class C felony. One went to county jail, while the other two were released.
I see the other two still hanging around, awaiting trial I assume.. But I ask myself, where is this no nonsense policy? They are still loud and are bringing around undesirable people. And to top it off, they have become louder. In addition to the constant booming noises, they blast music.
I informed my landlord but nothing has occurred. I’m not really sure if she can do anything at all. Overall, I am left with the uncomfortable feeling that I have a thief living under me that brings around his other thief friend.