So, about a year ago, the nice old man who lived behind me moved out and was replaced with a family with 4-6 young kids (between ~2 - ~11). The whole family is very noisy. I live in a small condo building, and my unit is on the second floor (above a ground floor garage) and the windows and balcony face out onto the alley. They live in a small home that is directly across the alley from me.
Their kids play in the alley. I can put up with the screaming, and laughing, and all that, but they play ball in the alley and I cannot fucking take it anymore. They will play directly outside of my house for hours. It’s just a constant bang, bang, bang incessantly while I’m reading, or watching TV, or sleeping, or just trying to not go insane. The ball bangs into the building and vibrates the walls. They’ve broken several flowerpots on my balcony, cracked my window, and my dog has developed a severe anxiety to the sound (and the shaking of the building) so when I’m not home and they do it, he goes into beast destructo mode.
So far, I’ve tried dealing with the kids directly. The first time they broke a flowerpot, I happened to be on the balcony, and leaned over in time to see them scramble (one literally hid behind a pole). I told them I could see them, and then told them to come out. They did, and I said I wasn’t mad, but would they not play ball below my place because obviously it could cause damage, and it’s very very loud. I threw their ball back, and they kept their word, for about a week. I’ve talked to them a few more times, and they stop doing it for increasingly shorter spans. Now the parents. Once the dad was out their playing with them, and I opened my window and asked him nicely to take his kids away from my unit, and pointed to my cracked window. He glared and rolled his eyes, and they went inside. Every time I talk to him, he takes his kids inside, but they’re all back at it the next day. The mom doesn’t really speak English, so my attempts with her have been pretty futile. I couldn’t do anything about the window because I heard the ball hit it, but by the time I got there to investigate, the alley was a ghost town.
This family is generally all-around noisy. They play loud music, have loud parties, scream and yell, and work on their cars beneath my bedroom window at 6AM. I can handle all that. It’s not a quiet neighborhood, and I won’t pretend to be a perfect neighbor either. But this one thing makes me want to buy a bag of soccer balls and lob them through all the windows of their home. So what are my options? I’ve been considering calling the cops, but I have an idea that they’d probably not care much in this neighborhood. Moving really isn’t feasible, and I’ve been here 7 years. There are 2 parks within a five minute walk of here, and there’s the other side of the alley, which has some commercial buildings with no windows who probably wouldnt be so bothered, so not having a space to play doesn’t seem like a good excuse to me at all.