sharing yard with other tenants
My apartment is in an old house that has been converted to 5 apartments. My apartment is on the ground floor, right by the front door, with two large windows right next to the door. A new couple moved into a second floor apartment in July. On hot afternoons/nights, they bring lawn chairs down to sit in the yardÂunderstandable, as it must be hot in their apartment. The problem is that they place the chairs about three feet from my open windows and I can hear every word they say! They are right by my living room, where I spend most of my time. I have tried moving to the kitchen or bedroom, but sometimes I need to do something in the living room.
So a few nights ago, they were clearly having a fight about something. I was working on a project in the living room, which is the only place I can set up my sewing machine. You would have thought that they could hear the sewing machine or noticed that my lights were on, but they kept talking. So I put on a CD really loud, partly to cover up their voices and partly to let them know that maybe, just maybe, someone three feet behind them could hear them. They packed up their chairs and left.
They havenÂt been outside since, which I feel really badly aboutÂit gets hot upstairs in that house and I donÂt think they have any air conditioners. We have a huge yard, large front yard, two side yards, and a back yard that this coupleÂs apartment has the easiest access to of all five apartments. In other words, there are other places they could sitÂI think the plot is about an acre. I think they were in front of my apartment because there is a large tree there that shades that part of the yard, but there are trees in the back yard and one of the side yards as well.
They really keep to themselvesÂI havenÂt had a chance to introduce myself yet. How can I let them know itÂs OK to sit outsideÂjust not right by my windows? Actually, itÂs OK if they sit by my windows, but they might not want me to hear everything they say!
IÂve had problems with the girls from the third floor apartment who sit on the front steps to smoke. Again, I can hear everything they say. Last summer I went out and told them I could hear them. I thought they ought to know, since they were discussing some pretty personal stuff. Ever since, they accuse me of spying on them. I go to close the window or turn on the lights or something, and they see me. I can hear them saying ÂWe better go in, sheÂs listening again.Â Why they can't see that the windows are open, I don't know. IÂm not spyingÂIÂd really rather not have to listen to them at all, itÂs annoying when IÂm trying to read, but what can I do when they choose to sit right outside my apartment?
Thanks for any advice!