And I feel kind of bad about it.
I guess I should say housemates, actually. My husband and I rent an upper flat, we share the laundry room, driveway, and common hallway with the two women who live downstairs. We’ve been here for about 3 years, they moved in a little over a year ago. Before them we had a stripper/hooker who rented both the first floor flat (for living in) and the basement studio (for turning tricks). She actually wasn’t that bad of a neighbor for the most part. She had a constant stream of men coming and going, but she wasn’t loud and she kept her stuff out of the common hallway.
She left somewhat dramatically, disappearing one night after having someone break in and trash her apartment. She also abandoned her cat when she took off, kitty lives with us now.
Anyhow, the current neighbors are awful. They cook incredibly smelly food all day long.The hallway smells like grease/fish sticks/hamburger/boiled feet pretty much 24-7. They leave their laundry in the washer for so long that it molds. They leave their stuff all over the basment (where the laundry is). They used to let their aggressive cat roam the hallway and basement until we complained about it. They leave the doors unlocked and sometimes even open. They don’t take their trash out until trash day, even if they have full bags, which means that there’s a strong garbage smell intermingling with the food smells some days.
But the worst offense? The absolute limit? They give OPERA lessons in their living room. Constantly with the plink plink bang bang on the piano and the wailing.
When we complained about it initially, the landlord told us that it was in their lease that they were not to have students there while my husband and I were home. We told him that it was fine with us if they have lessons while we’re home, as long as they were done by 5 pm. Pretty reasonable, right? Hubby works from home 3-4 days a week, I’m home at least two days a week, but we figured that until 5 pm, they could be as noisy as they want and it wouldn’t interfere with our days too much.
Weeelll… they pushed it later and later until they were down there singing until 7pm.
We complained to the landlord, he told them to knock it off, they did so for about 3 weeks. We complained again, he told them to quit it.
Three nights ago, they had a client over until 7pm. Between the piano and the singing, I could hear them over the radio that I was sitting right next to. Mr. Tavi called and talked to Mr. Landlord and things just exploded from there.
The landlord called them as soon as he hung up with my husband, they didn’t answer the phone. The next day he came over and slipped an eviction notice under their door. They were home when he came over (hubby heard them singing), they didn’t answer the door.
We didn’t want things to go this far, but I would be lying if I didn’t say we’re happy to see them go. We let things get go pretty far before we complained to the landlord each time, so it’s not like we were running to him every time the lessons ran late. The laundry, the unlocked doors, the mean cat, all of that was either ignored or taken directly to the neighbors.
Anyhow (whew, long post that I’m running out of steam on!), I kinda feel like a jerk, but it’s really the landlord’s decision. We told him that we just wanted to eat dinner/watch a movie/chill out after 5 without the noise, that he didn’t have to take such drastic measures, but he is* pissed*.
I’m avoiding them until they move out, it’s going to be awkward.