Starting to regret move...time to leave?
I seriously needed to reduce my rent costs and about two months ago and started renting a room in the condo of someone I met on a roommate matching web site. She e-mailed me indicating she had a room and went down on the rent because she had been seeking a roommate for several months. We hung out several times before I moved in and on one occasion I heard footsteps above (the building has wood floor panels). She told me that the girl above was sorta heavy footed, but was only home during the weekends. She also said she and this upstairs neighbor had had some tension between them, but they stayed out of each others way.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I hear constant creaking and rolling upstairs, since this neighbor sleeps in the room right above me. I can also hear her phone conversations. I told my roommate, and offered to go upstairs with her to speak with the girl, but she said she would go and she ended up speaking to her through the girl's door, as she wouldn't open it. That same weekend, my roommate called 311 to report the neighbor's loud music at 7am. When the police arrived, the girl left out her back door.
There have been other occasions that my roommate (the owner of the unit) has called 311 on this neighbor. At their last condo association meeting, she said she and this girl exchanged some choice words. She's advised me to call 311 whenever I've been disturbed by the noise, but I resolved to try to speak with her myself, as I acknowledged the reality of wood floors and not-so-sound-proof walls/ceilings. The two efforts I made were rejected as she told me she didn't have a minute to speak with me. Last night, I tapped on the ceiling when the noise became too much. When she started dropping things, I went upstairs and knocked 4 times. She opened the door and stated "Here's the thing, I don't have to speak with you. If you have a problem with me, you need to speak with your roommate." I then told her I was going to speak with 311. She then said I need to stop tapping on the ceiling, a measure I took since she would not speak with me. While I was waiting for the police and my roommate to come home from work, this girl purposely threw shoes on the floor and started yelling "Can you hear that?" (She admitted this to the police when they spoke with her). As I suspected, the police could only advise all of us to try and get along.
I am seriously starting to regret this move. My roommate has offered to switch rooms and is researching the association by-laws, but I'm just not comfortable and feel I'm caught in the middle of some drama. My roommate bought this condo last year and has said she misses living in the suburb she previously stayed in. She basically bought the condo to build up equity, but could use someone to help alleviate the expenses. While I initially thought I would stay for a year, I followed my gut and did a month-to-month lease, with a two month notice of intent to vacate. I would not be held responsible for finding a replacement. While I feel for my roommate if she had to start her search again, I also tell myself that I didn't tell her to buy this property, and I'm not bound to stay here if I'm not enjoyin it. Sometimes I think it might seem shady for me to leave after just two months, but I truly believe home is where the heart is and being able to come home to a relatively quiet, peaceful environment means a lot to me.
Sorry for the long message, but I wanted to layout everything in order to seek advice, any would be appreciated.