An apartment dweller recently lost his patience with an irate neighbor after he constantly made unfounded accusations of excessive noise despite the man and his girlfriend often being away from home. Here’s what he had to say.
Their Neighbor Was Unreasonable
The frustrated man explained, “Our neighbor claims that we’re making a lot of noise at all hours of the day. We’ve tried to be accommodating, but it’s not working.”
The first complaint occurred back in November 2022. The tenant’s peace was suddenly disrupted by a persistent knocking and ringing of his doorbell just before midnight.
He Was Woken Up
The man was sleeping at the time and was startled awake. On answering the door, he found himself face-to-face with an angry neighbor, demanding answers about constant noise disturbances.
The man quickly realized that the culprits were the boisterous 6+ students from the floor above, whose ruckus had already forced him and his girlfriend into using earplugs and sleep aids.
His Claims Were False
All was harmonious until an evening in July when, once more, the doorbell heralded the arrival of the same neighbor, come to air fresh grievances. Interrupted from their quiet activities (watching TV and using a PC), they were surprised at his allegations.
This time, the resident’s girlfriend was present, but the noise complaints seemed even more baffling since the couple had been away the previous week.
He Offered a Solution
To be proactive and placate the agitated neighbor, the tenant offered a digital solution: they’d connect on Facebook. Should the neighbor hear noise, he could instantly alert them, allowing real-time verification.
Yet the messages that followed were inexplicably misaligned with the couple’s routines, often arriving while they were at work, studying, or deep in sleep.
They Became Increasingly Annoyed
Feeling constantly harassed for making noise that had irrefutably nothing to do with them, the couple’s responses gradually transitioned toward frustration.
One night, as the clock showed 1 a.m., another message blinked, waking the man yet again. The reply, understandably, was postponed till dawn, yet his annoyance was growing stronger.
They Were Just Living Life
One morning, shortly after the girlfriend’s exit to work at 7 a.m., yet another accusatory message appeared, inquiring why they were loudly slamming cabinets. Although his girlfriend had made a trip to the bathroom before she left, this was hardly unreasonable.
“It’s an exaggeration to say she was slamming cabinets. Some noise should be expected when living in an apartment building. We’re very quiet in the morning,” the man explained.
The Neighbor Seemed Deranged
Tensions boiled over when the neighbor, with clenched fists and a voice seething with anger, came to the door and threatened to report them to their landlord. He promised to brief the incoming tenants about the so-called disruptive behavior following his departure in 2 months.
Feeling threatened and utterly without fault, the man frustratedly replied, “We’re not getting anywhere with this,” and terminated the fruitless exchange by closing the door.
They Weren’t Loud
The couple’s five-year tenure in various apartments had been notably complaint-free, leading them to believe they were respectful tenants. Their days mostly involved work and studies, while evenings revolved around low-key activities like cooking.
The noise from the floor above still registered occasionally, but they took it in stride as part of apartment living.
They Felt Threatened
However, the ongoing dispute began taking its toll. The girlfriend started feeling uneasy about the aggressive neighbor; she was hesitant to answer the door and apprehensive about unexpected encounters in communal areas.
The resident pondered cutting ties altogether by ignoring knocks, refraining from responding to messages, and simply awaiting feedback from the landlord before making any decisions.
Was Avoidance The Right Response?
With his girlfriend becoming increasingly anxious and his own frustrations causing stress, the man contemplated what to do for the best. Should he try to appease the aggressive neighbor or refuse to engage any further in what he deemed a pointless debate?
Determined to find clarity, he shared his side of the story on an online platform, seeking unbiased opinions and moral guidance.
The Internet Responded
One commenter replied, “NTA. You guys are trying your best, and if you can’t handle any noise at all like your neighbor can’t, then you shouldn’t live somewhere with shared walls. I’d proactively reach out to the landlord about harassment and send the chats to prove it.”
Another thought, “Pretty cut and dry here. NTA. The neighbor sounds crazy. Perhaps ask other neighbors if he is bothering them too?”
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