HOW TO BE A GOOD APARTMENT NEIGHBOR
Be friendly towards others. You don’t necessarily need to know them, especially if you live in a crowded high-rise building, but a simple hello or greeting goes a long way. In smaller complexes, it’s easier to know names, faces, and parking stalls. Creating friendly relationships also makes it easier to interact in the future if anyone has questions or concerns.
- Get to know the property management and employees. Be sure to keep a contact list in case you need a maintenance fix or for emergency purposes.
- Participate in your apartment’s discussion board or tenant portal. Letting other people know who you are is the first step towards a more rewarding relationship.
Be soft-spoken when entering and exiting. It may be normal to walk from the parking lot to your front door and vice versa, but you’ll need to consider how loud a person is. Avoid stomping on stairwells, especially when leaving before sunrise or coming back late at night. Try not to walk around apartment with wood floors in your shoes (put them on just prior to leaving your apartment and remove upon entering your apartment) not all tenants work a “9-5” job and may be trying to sleep during “regular” daylight hours. Keep the noise at whisper-level in hallways. Loud laughter and conversations while people are relaxing or sleeping are a nuisance. Close doors behind you with ease. Main building and apartment doors create a lot of noise. Don’t let them slam or shut by themselves.
Be considerate of the noise level inside the apartment. This is one of the most common complaints reported to managers. More noise etiquette is needed if you live above another person. Soft footwear makes less noise than heavy duty items such as boots or high heels. It’s not necessary to thump your feet around the kitchen in the middle of the night. If a neighbor requests for you to keep the noise level down, try to negotiate on a solution.
- Try to vacuum or use exercise machines on the weekends or when you know people are at work. Noise and vibrations goes through floorboards and can be an annoyance.
- Practice “quiet time” rules with children. Allow them to jump and run around during the day, but instruct them that they need to stop doing so when the sun goes down. Instead of having them create havoc indoors, spend quality time outside, such as in a small community playground. If you don’t have carpet, have plenty of rugs down on the floor to muffle the noise of children.
- Turn the volume down on electronics, such as radios and televisions. For wall-to-wall neighbors, you may want to move them away from those specific walls. Set a specific time to stop playing video games at a loud volume.
Offer any positive assistance or convenience to your elderly neighbors. If you see them in the parking lot with groceries, ask them if they need help carrying them inside the building or hold any doors open. If you see their mail piling up or you don’t notice their lights on at night for some time, knock on their door and see if they’re doing okay.
Be very cautious when having guests over. Most contracts forbid guests or any person not under the lease to be left alone in the apartment. Reckless behavior or any disputes between the guest(s) and another tenant may become the leaseholder’s responsibility. However, some apartment properties don’t mind guest accommodation. In such cases, it is a good idea to give your neighbors a heads-up about any potential noise, etc.
- If holding a party, let those neighbors likely to be inconvenienced know about the occasion. If you think the neighbors will enjoy themselves too, consider inviting them.
- Avoid having big parties or loud get-togethers on weeknights.
- Turn down party music by 10:00pm.