We live in a block of units and have had some younger people move in recently under us. For the first few days it was great but then whenever our Bub starts crying they will turn their music up to the point our floor vibrates, of a night they go out to their small yard below our balcony and yell, carry on and make noises that you can hear from our second floor ( bedroom windows are above the balcony) and that will wake up my daughter. We have complained to the realestate and also asked them directly to please keep it down of a night. I have even apologised for my daughters crying annoying them to the point they have to have their music so loud. I don’t think I should have done as they now bang and slam doors, still yell and carry on. We are now at the point of looking for a new place to live but I don’t want to and shouldn’t have to but there is no other way. The realestate have told us they have been “talked to” they told us that everyone has three warnings and then after the trial period of the lease they won’t get renewed this is the sixth complaint and they have broken rules but yet they have now been here longer than the trial period. I’m unsure of how else I can resolve this. Has anyone got any suggestions or am I just being a drama queen as they told me I was.

Posted anonymously, 3rd June 2015

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  • Okay, since the RE people are being useless, start keeping a written log of whenever they’re being excessively loud. 10pm isn’t a set figure for excessive noise – that can be at any time of the day if it’s music, people noise, etc. Keep reporting the loud music – the Police start to get heavy handed on repeat offenders and in some states will be more than happy to confiscate the stereo or issue a large fine (or both). I’ve even heard an officer yell “Next call out we get for this flat, someone’s coming back with us. Who’s it going to be?” at the top of his lungs once with a previous neighbour of mine. If you can, get a video recording when it gets too loud as backup – that way it’s not just your word against theirs. Babies can’t help crying and will grow out of it, but so-called adults have full control over when they’re being jerks. If need be, take a copy of the logs and videos to your state tribunal – teenagers usually don’t even bother to show up and just go find someone else to harass in these cases, I found (personal experience)


  • look after a certain time i think it is 10:00pm the police can be called as this is unnecessary noise and it is disrupting the peace. The police will say that there are reports of noise but won’t say it was you and you can specifically ask them not to reveal that it was you and they will respect your wishes Look into this. If the real estate are not helping then this is your next option. They are lucky that you are not dumping water or something worse on them while they are downstairs being noisy. I know that it is hard when people that live around your have no respect or manners or plain courtesy. I would also complain to the tenants agency


  • As others has said, try your local council.


  • You can also complain to your local council – depending on where you are, they may be able to do something.


  • How awful, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you can’t relax in your own home. I remember we had a similar experience, although I wish it was a crying baby that would wake us up, not this other ‘noise’…..unfortunately the house we were renting shared master bedroom walls with the neighbours. When they would get ‘busy’ it honestly sounded like they were in the same room as us. I used to feel very anxious going to bed at night and as soon as our lease was up we moved. As I said, there’s nothing worse than feeling like your space is being invaded. Home should be where you can relax and feel safe. I understand the frustrations of your young neighbours (gosh, I get frustrated hearing my own child cry!!), and they just don’t understand what it’s like to have a baby in the house yet, but they should also be compassionate or at least polite enough not to make matters worse for you. I think if the realestate agent doesn’t do something about the situation soon, then you should just take matters into your own hands and look for alternative accommodation. As annoying and frustrating as it might be to have to be the one to move, I can’t imagine the strain it must put on your relationship with your baby and with your partner, and it’s just not worth it. Good luck, I hope it all works out for you soon!


  • everyone has the right to Quiet enjoyment of their home, contact consumer affairs for your legal rights .. there is also a booklet that you should have been given when you started renting.


  • Sorry you are having to deal with such self involved neighbours, really disappointing to see just how many people are hung up only with themselves and not how their behaviour affects others. You are not being a drama queen and I hope this issue is resolved sooner rather than later for you.


  • How rude and disrespectful of them! Living in an apartment complex they should be considerate of those around them. It is such a shame the real estate are not doing much to help the situation.


  • Sadly; some people have a lack of consideration for others. If they have not intention of moving and they are not being moved on then for peace of mind you may consider moving. However; maybe investigate it further with real estate-the trial period.


  • For started you are not a drama queen. These people are being unreasonable.
    do they make noise late at night? If so you can complain to your council. You may need to document when they make noise late.

    • Keeping records is a great place to start.


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