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Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Hi guys,

I live in an old apartment building with poor sound-proof walls. You can hear sounds/noises from your neighbor.

But the guy lives next to me is really extreme; he bangs/hammers the wall every time either me or his other neighbors make normal noises during regular hours. Even when I talk on the phone or have dinner. At the same time, he plays loud music.

I have talked to the apartment manager, and he talked with the trouble-maker neighbor, but I see no progress what's so ever. Is there anything I can do? Can I call the police?

Thanks for your advices!
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Old 23.02.2011, 21:28
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Have you considered visiting and explaining your situation to the Mieterverband in Basel ?
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

I totally wonder if you live near me because the person in the apartment block beside me bangs on the wall if I skype too loud but then I hear them scraping chairs and shouting too. My building is totally soundproof bar the side wall attached to the next door apartment.
I would call the police if he is being aggressive but otherwise I may recomend that you actually talk with him face to face to see if you can work something out.
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Confront the clown , people like this are gutless , they need to be able to see someone elses viewpoint. And the idiots a tenant I gather , not the landlord.
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Confront the clown , people like this are gutless , they need to be able to see someone elses viewpoint. And the idiots a tenant I gather , not the landlord.
but i hope that wuhua and memonge still keep on writing on EF, despite they will meet very soon.....


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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

reminded me of this (there's a clip with that single joke, what the..)


Are you sure the banging is directed at you? Maybe he is just having fun, or rearranging his paintings every so often.
If it is for you, I'd say unite forces with the other neighbours. What did the apartment manager say after he talked to the guy?
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Old 24.02.2011, 09:31
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Oh happy memories (I don't think). You have my sympathies. The only thing that worked for me was to move
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Have you considered back-banging?
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Have you considered back-banging?
would that be not to doggy?
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

We've had such a neighbor (two floors down) for over 20 years.

There is nothing you can do, he's just a jerk (everything that can be tried has been tried by various other neighbors, I've never bothered as I know it's futile)

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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

I struggle to comprehend the irony that someone who can't stand noise reacts by making even more noise....... wanker.

It was said in the string earlier - I'll bet the bloke is a pussy. Just confront him and I'll bet he backs down. He'd be like one of those wankers in cars that lose their shit, but if you park next them, they smile politely, apologise and walk away.
(N.B. The Swiss voted against the removal of personal arms, so lets hope he's not a pure Psycho).

Failing that, you can always pull out the 'big guns' and write him a very angry registered letter.
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

I subscribe a healthy dose of drum and bass to be played at maximum volume
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

If I was you, I wouldnt encourage confrontation because you have to live there and that would mean having to avoid each other every time. I would stick a note under his door every time he did it, you will have to be patient as it will take a while but in the end when he sees each time you write an note and put it under the door, he will probably slowly get the message.
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Is this banging in a regular, rhythmic pattern? If so, he may just need to rearrange his bedroom furniture a little ... or stop having guests.

I'd go the 'official' route as others have suggested - landlord, mieterverband, letters to the offender ... personal confrontation may be required down the track, but something to be avoided as long as possible.
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Write him a letter and tell him to shut up. If he doesn't then always leave the radio turned up when you go out during the day and evening.
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

Put your speakers and base face to the wall and put at high volume Beat it of Michael Jackson!

Works like a charm!
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We've had such a neighbor (two floors down) for over 20 years.

There is nothing you can do, he's just a jerk (everything that can be tried has been tried by various other neighbors, I've never bothered as I know it's futile)

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you can maybe try to break them by disrupting their sleep. loud banging at 4am might convince them not to battle.
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Re: Neighbor banging my apartment wall

As long as its not after hours (10pm or during quiet time of 12-2pm), you dont need to live like you are walking on eggshells. This man is a bully and he needs to be told where to go.

Firstly:

1. You mention that he does it to the rest of the neighbours as well? What are the rest of the neighbours doing about it?

2. If the hauswart has already spoken to the bloke, then its time for stronger action. I'll simply gather other neighbours who have beared the brunt of his banging and ask him what his problem is. Explain politely first that the walls are thin and everyone needs to be tolerant. What you are doing constitutes everyday living.

3. If he refuses to back down and continues, tell him firmly that you will write a formal letter complaining about him with every neighbour who is also affected as witness. He should use his bloody brains to figure out who the nuisance actually is and who has a stronger case if it reaches the landlord.

Finally, as tempting as it is to ignore and blast music back at him or bang back (which I think are funny), dont do a tit-for-tat. You wont have a leg to stand on if it escalates further. Do everything in your power to settle things amicably and get everyone on your side.
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Put your speakers and base face to the wall and put at high volume Beat it of Michael Jackson!

Works like a charm!
I would go one further........

DRESS as Michael Jackson, and knock on his door while you rock out to the tunes of "Beat it".

No one wants to live next to a MJ fanatic, so he'll be out by the weekend.

Problem solved.

(then retire to your lounge room with the great Queen track "Another one bites the dust", or Ray Charles "Hit the Road Jack")
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Put your speakers and base face to the wall and put at high volume Beat it of Michael Jackson!

Works like a charm!
My preference is the opening of the second part of the Final Cut - desert sounds, and a voice in the distance calling "Oy, get your filthy hands off my desert". Followed by missile strike. At full volume at 2am, it sounds like the house has fallen down. ( One of my flat mates at University did this ).

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...Finally, as tempting as it is to ignore and blast music back at him or bang back (which I think are funny), dont do a tit-for-tat. You wont have a leg to stand on if it escalates further. ...
I know - you're right. But these little fantasies can help!
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