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Moving boxes emptied? Check. Walls painted? Check. Furniture arranged just the way you like it? Check. Your new place is shaping up to be home sweet home, but one problem remains — your neighbors. Like any alpha world city, New York has some of the highest population density on the planet, meaning you’re bound to be in close quarters with hundreds of other people, including your neighbors. These are the most common complaints tenants have with those next door.
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Noisy neighbors are not unique to NYC, but living in cramped quarters makes it hard to find a peace and quiet 24/7. Perhaps your neighbors regularly throw parties, or blare music over their stereo system, or have vocal pets. If talking to your neighbors doesn’t work, a white noise machine can cover up the disturbance (or at least make it less noticeable). Some even come complete with a variety sounds like a gentle rainstorm, babbling brook or even crashing waves — which would all be preferable to hearing your neighbor sing in the shower at 7:00 a.m. If that doesn’t do the trick, dial 311 to report a noise complaint.
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Errant trash is a problem on two levels — not only does it look bad, but it smells bad, too. Some residents are all too familiar with neighbors that leave trash in hallways, on/near property that’s not theirs, or the worst — trash left outside a dumpster. It might be tempting to bring it right back to their door, but that probably won’t get you anywhere. Instead, have a frank discussion with your neighbor about your concerns. If that fails, contact your landlord. Chances are they won’t like to hear about their tenant doing things to lower their property’s curb appeal.
Water damage from your upstairs neighbors can be a major headache. Leaks not only create a massive mess in your own home, but can also lead to costly, time-consuming repairs. It might not even be your neighbors’ fault—it could be a plumbing problem. But there are cases when neighbors don’t clean up water spills or fix known issues with their toilets, sinks or showers. In situations like these, it’s best to contact your landlord, a certified plumber, or both. A leak left unchecked could lead to serious structural safety concerns, so don’t rely on a quick fix bucket for long.
Parking is already a nightmare in NYC, but what if your neighbor is the culprit? Illegal parking takes a number of forms: occupying multiple spaces, parking in front of fire hydrants, blocking a bike lane, unauthorized use of a handicap space and more. Notes under the windshield will only go so far. Luckily, operators at the end of the 311 line are equipped to handle illegal parking complaints.
Neighbors can be your best friends or worst nightmares. Whenever problems arise, handle them with a cool head and find the happy medium that will make everyone happy.