March 20, 2006


Ten days ago our new downstairs neighbors moved in. I had been looking forward to having neighbors, as we had been the only occupants of the four unit building since September. They’ve only arrived and already I regret ever wanting neighbors.

In their short stay here there has been a constant bass booming through our floors. The bass is only turned off for yelling and slamming doors. Already the police have been here to collect truant kids. It hasn’t even been two weeks.

The best I can tell the downstairs is occupied by an African American family consisting of a single mother and three children, two high school age boys and one younger child. Most of the time the mother is at work and the apartment is a high school boys den.

After the first week of constant bass, we decided that we needed to ask them to turn it down. It was 2 am and the bass had been unrelenting. Approaching the door I could see the biggest TV set imaginable, taking up an entire wall of the living room. On the floor were sleeping people, covered with blankets. I knocked and knocked until they woke-up and answered the door, looking slightly frightened. They were nice about it and turned off the bass, for that one night.

It has been better since we talked to them. Better being that our dishes no longer rattle in our cupboards, not better in that it continues to fill our house with bass.

Today has been almost constant yelling downstairs. I’m not sure what is going on. It is hard to tell if there is really a problem or if they are just “communicating”.

They seem to be doing a good job of living up to the stereotypical single mother black family that I’ve seen on TV, in documentaries and have read about. I’m disappointed, I’m angry, I’m frustrated and now we feel like our only option is to move out.

At least they don’t smoke.


  1. what does the landlord have to say about it? It’s hard because you don’t want them kicked out because the mother probably has the roughest time as it is — but on the other hand, you do live there and pay rent and deserve some peace. I’d take it up with the LL.

    Comment by rosie — March 22, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  2. It could be worse…we just talked to one of our friends in Alabama and they’re moving because their new neighbors are dealing drugs out of their house. The landlord is turning a blind eye to it.

    Comment by Jeff — March 23, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

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