Nieghbors with bad personal hygiene

spartan-058September 1, 2006

My boyfriend and I have been living in our flat for almost two years. We love our flat, our landlords are great, the rent is good, and it is in a great location for us for our jobs and me with school. About three monthes ago some new nieghbors moved in downstairs. There is a least three people living there (it's hard to tell because there is always more than three voices) and they have at least two dogs in this small one bedroom flat. The big problem is that none of them seem to shower. Their smell stinks up the back hallway/steps, it was so bad one morning that I started to gag and had to stop myself from throwing up. To make matters worse, their body odor comes into our flat, through our closet (where the pipe excess is for the bathroom) so our clothes smell, basically anywhere there is piping or a seperation between the wall and the floor (I live in a very old building). It is so bad that last night when I was sitting in my living room with the windows open because it was a beautiful night, I had to close the windows because their smell was getting pushed in by the wind. I am really at my wits end because I don't know what to do. I know I can't make them take showers, but don't I have the right to live without smelling them, plus it doesn't help that they are loud, yelling throughout the flat and slamming doors (at least the cops got them to turn the music down). I am hoping someone can help me so that I don't have to move because I really don't want to.

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lazy_gardens

Tell the landlord that it smells as if something has died in there, and that you are afraid they have left rotting food, or are letting the dogs poop inside.

That sort of thing is really difficult to clean up. It soaks into the walls.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 2:58PM
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gammyt

It very well could be cooking smells. I and my family love onions and cook with them all the time but I swear the after smell... it smells like BO to me. LOL

Have your landlord come sniff. If it is a cooking smell he can't do anything about it. If they don't wash he can't do anything about that either. If it is a pet smell he might be able to do something about that.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 5:44PM
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redcurls

I always thought it was usually a rule that only two people per the number of bedrooms in a unit...is your landlord aware how many are occupying the unit? (Federal Housing Authority guideline, but not a law)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 10:00PM
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marge727

Mention the problem to the landlord--its hard to believe that the landlord knows about the pets in such a small apt. Mention that it smells like pet poop and you may get a quick reaction.,

    Bookmark   September 5, 2006 at 2:55AM
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nfllifer

Check with you landlord first.
Then if you live in a decent size city you could check with building and saftey. Many cities have rental inspectors. They will come out for anything in my area. Sewer smells, tenants cooking, etc. I also had a tenant that cooked cultural foods. One evening out of the 6 tenants 3 called. I stopped over found the smell and mentioned others found it disturbing. They were good kind people and we never had another problem.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2006 at 2:28AM
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poetic_dreamer

I"ve had the neighbors with no hygeine recently. It wasn't as bad as the place I live have doors opening outside. But I hated it when we had to ride the public transportation together as I could barely stand to be on it with them.
As a non smoker I have neighbors that smell up the area with cigarette smoke and throw their butts anywhere they please.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 7:45PM
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