Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Now What?

At a loss. Again. Security just knocked on our door for being noisy when we weren't. This makes it the third time since we moved in back in December. The first time I gave them the benefit of the doubt that perhaps the TV had been a smidge loud with the heat going and not knowing the acoustics of the place, so I apologized profusely, and we were like church mice and therefore in total shock at the second noise complaint that I posted about and then posted an update. The nutshell version was that the second complaint was about people fighting, but since even the security guy didn't hear it (because it wasn't happening by us nor by anyone we could hear), the complaint would not go in our file.

I'll go into the apartment office tomorrow. Again. And I'll complain that at this point it's basically harassment that we can't even be comfortable having a conversation at normal volume without a visit from security. And I'll stand up for us. And I'll suggest that next time the security guy go into the complainers apartment (not sure which neighbor it even is) to listen and to see if it's a valid complaint before knocking on our door and notifying the office. And I have no confidence that this is how it will actually be handled in the future, though I am confident that just breathing will result in another noise complaint.

If this seems exactly like the last time in terms of how powerless I feel, then that's because it is. I still feel just as powerless as then, and now plus some. I'll go in there and complain heartily about the complaints against us and how we feel more like the victim (gawd, I hate even saying that and kind of want to puke) than the offender. I'll back this up with a letter saying the same. The apartment either will believe us or not, and if they don't, at some point they could evict us. Moving costs money we don't have even if we could pay to break the lease and move preemptively, but if forced to do so with an eviction history, it would be even tougher.

At a loss. And kind of pissed the hell off, too, if you want to know the truth.

Thankfully I have much to look forward to in the coming weeks that involves sometimes not being here. I bet they still complain.

28 comments:

  1. Wow. Awesome neighbors you have there. That sucks. I think you should definitely stand up for yourself, that kind of harassment is ridiculous!

    Good luck!

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  2. Man, that totally stinks, but I am glad you are standing up for yourself and the lack of noise you create. Just sitting by you at dinner the other night, I could tell you are not a real raise-the-roof kind of gal. Hang in there... say a little prayer... and I will too!

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  3. I hope this ridicule stops, and better sooner than later!

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  4. tell your alter-ego's to be more quiet, heeee heeee heeee

    sorry, i couldn't resist. hope it works out though!

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  5. Yeesh. Although if they do complain while you're gone it totally justifies the fact that they're crazy.

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  6. Oh sweet Jesus! What will these people come up with next!?! Oh, yeah, complaining about the noise when you AREN'T EVEN THERE!

    I know, the cats. It's the cats, right? They are throwing wild parties in your absence. Shame on them.

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  7. It must be so frustrating feeling like people don't believe you.
    The office should move that crazy person out.

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  8. Hope the trouble makers stop. Definitely go to the office.

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  9. WTF, this is crazy..those apartment people should be happy to have you there...you are clean, quiet and pay your rent on time..and paid them a hefty deposit! How long is your lease?

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  10. btw, James is the anonymous posting...

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  11. how annoying is that. i'm sorry these punks have nothing better to do than complain. i am sure the truth will come out! just keep doing what you're doing, backing it all up with the paperwork. you're doing the right thing.

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  12. Those neighbors of yours must not be from around these parts : ) Lord knows Okies are too nice to ever do anything like that ; )

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  13. Geez! These people are just insane. I feel so frustrated for you. I can only imagine how awful you feel. Good for you for standing up for yourselves. I hope someone gets to the bottom of this and clears your name soon.

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  14. These complaining bitchy people need to step into a woodchipper.

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  15. I meant the people that are being mean to you and being tattletales. Just had to clear that up.

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  16. WTH is WRONG with your neighbors???!

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  17. We had some neighbors like that when my wife and I lived in our first apartment together. They used to scream "turn the Hi-Fi down" through the walls, when we could barely hear our music IN the apartment. I know how frustrating that can be. There has to be some legal precedent for resolving those types of disputes somewhere out there. Have you talked to an attorney about it?

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  18. Maybe you could ask them to check with other neighbors, too, to see if they think you are being loud (assuming of course that you are not in an apartment building full of crappy people!)...having the security stop by the complainer's apartment to hear your incredible noisiness is a good plan. I hope they go for it.

    Also, though, when security shows up to tell you that you are being too loud, if you are being too loud, they should be able to hear it, since they are STANDING RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR.

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  19. That is a really frustrating situation. It's not like you are having wild orgies and throwing around beer bottles. Hell. You are just trying to live. Renting sucks. I know. I do it too. We rent a house, but even still.

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  20. that's so awful and frustrating!!!! good luck at the office tomorrow!

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  21. Wow, that sucks. My son, MacD, has that issue with his neighbor. So he just got a new place. I know that probably isn't an option for you (well it wasn't at first for them either, they had to wait a year) so instead I will send evil, wicked thoughts of pain and suffering to whoever is making the complaints. I am sure that will work, right?

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  22. Wow, it's that is a really frustrating position to be in! I guess you've laid a complaint with the office and there's not really much more you can do. Happy thoughts - I hope things get better for you!

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  23. Absolutely stand up for yourself, and definitely say you now feel like you are being harassed.

    If I were you, I would write out each incident that happened. What you were doing (including the TV being on low with subtitles and the fact that security couldn't hear fighting). When you go talk to the apartment people, go over the list with them - and then ask that they sign a copy to verify that you did speak to them about the issues and have them put it in your file.

    That's totally ridiculous. I'm pissed for you.

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  24. Oh Jeez. I don't know what to tell you short of having security hang out at your place for the night and testify that you are not throwing wild sex parties.

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  25. Good for you. I would totally go stand up for yourselves because it's not right for you to be harassed like that in your own place. Especially if you are not in the wrong!

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  26. There's always one weirdo in the neighborhood. Sorry that you are going through this.

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  27. I would definitely stand up for myself and then give them something to really complain about! Jerks!!!!

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