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How To Deal With a Noisy Neighbor

Watch more How to Improve Your Communication Skills videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to deal with a noisy neighbor and get some peace and quiet with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Assess the situation Assess the noise level and decide if confronting your neighbors is really worth the possible conflict. Remember, no one is quiet _all_ the time. Tip If one of you is new to the building or neighborhood, introduce yourself! This will make future encounters much easier. Step 2: Know your rights Know your rights. Check your local zoning laws and town ordinances regarding penalties and fines for noise violations. If you rent your home, check your lease. There may be a clause that covers your complaint. Step 3: Talk it out Talk to your neighbors to see if you can come to a compromise. Just be polite. Try starting your complaint with something like, "I'm sure you don't realize it but..." instead of a demanding, "You're so loud; knock it off!" Step 4: Insulate Insulate your apartment with curtains and area rugs or carpeting to help absorb the racket. Putting a bookshelf or storage unit against the noisy wall can also help. Tip Try installing soundproofing foam or pressed cardboard to the backs of the units for extra insulation. Step 5: Stage a formal complaint If matters don't improve, write your neighbors a formal complaint. If you rent your space, submit a copy to your landlord. Consider withholding rent until they take action. Step 6: Complain If the situation still isn't resolved, notify the local police, town council, or zoning board. You can even take your neighbor to small claims court. Step 7: Move If all else fails, find a new place. It may be hard to concede defeat, but ask yourself: Would you rather be right but miserable, or move and find peace? Did You Know? In 1972, New York became the first city in the U.S. to institute a noise code.
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