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What to do if a 'rotten renter' moves in next to you

It's a nationwide phenomenon that's playing out on YouTube: Neighbors are fighting around the clock.

In one video, police respond to complaints of a noisy neighbor revving his motorcycle and electric saw at 5:30 a.m. In another video, a woman threatens a neighbor who had asked her to turn down some loud music.

Almost all cities have regulations against noise. So what should you do if you've got a noisy neighbor? You might consider what one woman, whom we'll call "Jane," did about the loud and obnoxious renters living behind her. It wasn't easy, but it worked.

"People would be out on the balcony drinking, smoking, music on. Every type of party noise you can imagine. They'd have sporting events on television where they'd be yelling and carrying on. I would dread every weekend," Jane says. 

Jane's first step in solving the problem was asking her neighbors to be more considerate.

"And they would respond politely. ‘Hey, you know, Oh sorry. We'll keep it down.' And then it started to get nasty. And they would tell me to shut up or just, you know, mind my own business," explains Jane.

When the renters' building manager refused to get involved, her next step was to write a note pleading with the renters to be quiet.

Unfortunately, Jane says, "The note had no affect. It continued to the point of being belligerent and that's when I started to become afraid of some kind of retaliation and really knew that I needed to get this stepped up to another level."

So Jane began calling the police, but the loud partying would continue after officers left the scene. Her next move was to write a cease and desist letter with the help of a paralegal. The letter promised legal action against the owner of the building, and several of Jane's neighbors also signed the letter.

"I think they got the idea that it wasn't just one person that had a problem, that it was affecting more people and there was a seriousness to it and that's what shut down the noise," Jane says. 

Attorney Scott Fisher has been involved in many lawsuits between neighbors. He says Jane took all the right steps.

"See if your neighbor is responsive to your reasonable requests to tone the noise down. If not, then you have to get third parties involved," Fisher explains. 

Fisher suggests writing a formal cease and desist letter and documenting the date, time and duration of a neighbor's disturbance. He says this record can be very important if you need to take legal action.

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