My condo neighbors from hell - A rant
First off, I'm a very noise-sensitive person. I can't stand noises, especially if they are what I call "unnessary noises"... Noises that I really don't see why I must be forced to hear them, and shouldn't be forced to hear them. For instance, the noises many of my neighbors make.
We rent a condo. Some of the people who live here are renters, some are the actual owners.
Most are real pieces of work. Most don't care about anyone else. I actually looked out for that the times we saw the place - no evidence of this. I also asked about noise, and was told it's quiet. And it was... for about 3 months, aside from the people across the way who had more people living there then they should have, and loved to have parties with their front door open, so the rest of us could be bothered with the noises. But that wasn't so bad.
And then, the drumming started. Not even from a condo that shares walls with us - no - one that's a floor down and over one. But we can hear that awful noise in every single room, including inside a running shower.
We have "security" (and I use that term lightly!) that mans the front gate (it's gated here, like most places in Miami), and pretends to drive around and help people out. Really, all I've seen them do is tow cars that are in peoples' spaces. That, they're good at. But they're supposed to help keep this place nice. We've called them a billion (okay, maybe not, but a lot) times about the drummer, and that's done nothing. It's horrible, though. We can hear it, you can hear it outside, and I can't imagine how it is for the people in the condos that actually border his walls. We even asked him to knock it off once, and he didn't. Real nice guy.
We also had loud neighbors above us. A lady who always wore high heels in her completely tiled condo. Lovely. They also had a toddler who loved to run around like an elephant. However, we miss those people, because the newer ones are a billion times worse.
First, there's the old lady. I don't know what her problem is. But she smokes. Nothing wrong with that, I smoked until 9 months ago myself. We're not allowed to smoke inside, so smokers use their balconies. Again, no problem, but this women must be seriously addicted. She goes in and out about 80 times a day, seriously. And she slams the slidding door every time. I really could live with that, but she takes a cordless out. I've talked on the phone on my balcony, but she SCREAMS into the phone EVERY time. I guess she must be seriously hard of hearing, though I'm not sure how she hears the other person. Probably doesn't, because she never stops screaming. She can be heard through our cheap slidding glass doors quite clearly.
As for everyone else living there, they love to stomp. And hammer the floor. I'm not sure what else they could be doing. Maybe someone does jumping jacks. They also crank up the tv - probably the old woman - so loud, I can tell exactly what they're watching. And dropping stuff... I'm a klutz, but they're a billion times worse. They also seem to move their furniture daily. This all goes on at all times of the day and night. We have no "quiet time".
Other neighboors are the loud-sex type, while keeping the balcony door open. We had one that - as I used to sit on my balcony smoking - I was treated to the sounds of very loud porn being played, with the balcony door opened. Lovely.
There are monsters, sorry, kids who are horrid. Parents don't care, obviously, as they're being jerks themselves. The kids - despite signs saying not to - destroy the elevator, play in the hallways - screaming and carrying on, banging on windows and doors, ridding scooters and rollerblading up and down the halls (the floors which are the stone-type, so it's quite loud)... Call security on them a bunch of times too, but when the kids see them coming, they take off, wait a while, and then continue. Wonderful.
Aside from the noise issue, nobody cares much about the place. Some neighboors who have dogs can't be bothered to actually take their dogs out onto the grass, so they let the dog run loose on their level, letting it poop and pee where it wants. Not once, but TWICE, there's been a nice pile in front of our door.
We have trash chutes that lead to the bins on the first floor... we happen to be next to one. People will take things, knowing quite well they won't fit, and put them down on the ground. Instead of actually walking down the steps, they leave it for others. Even actual objects like old car seats, computer chairs, and the like. Lazy people. And some, just for kicks, will throw trash around. Why? I don't know either.
People rip up the elevator and seem to take pride on making it unusuable.
I've lived in many shared-living places, but this one takes the cake. I've had visitors who've asked how we can stand this. We can't. Soon as we can move, we sure will.
I think I need to invest in some earplugs. I've been thinking lately, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," but I can't bring myself to be so self-centered.
This is all a shame, as the landlord - owner of the condo (who, funny enough, have never had to live here) is a wonderful person. Understanding, and he never bothers us. He doesn't even have a key. Found that out when we lost our keys, but it is nice to know that he's not going to be intruding without us knowing. That's actually why he doesn't keep the keys - he wants his tenants (he owns a few condos) to feel as if it's their home. He really is great, though, and the price is nice... It's just everyone here that makes it a horrible place to live.
Thanks for listening. I can't wait until I can have a house. Oy.