We are new to a third-floor apartment in a building that's pretty old, with reasonable but not exceptional soundproofing. Our neighbors are mostly great.
But the couple above us, who are ordinarily very quiet, have been making a habit (say, every other week for the past 6) of getting into loud fights at very late hours. The woman is yelling in Chinese (which we do not speak, but it's loud/clear enough to presume they're speaking some dialect thereof) and stomping a lot, while the man's voice is raised occasionally but doesn't seem to be moving around the apartment. Mostly, it's this woman yelling and stomping/pacing.
Last night, my husband heard them going at it from approximately 1-2 a.m. I was out like a light thanks to some cold medicine, but he says he couldn't sleep for the duration of the fight, which I fully believe, and he wants to do something. I know what I would do, but he asked me to ask the forum what they would do. We want to be good, polite neighbors.
Please assume for the sake of not derailing the thread that there's no risk of domestic violence. If we in any way expected that, we would call the police, no question. All we want is for them to be quiet, though if they could be happy in the long run, that'd be good, too!
We brainstormed a list of options:
- Leave a note asking them to be quieter
- Leave a note asking them to refrain from yelling after 11 (when noise complaints are more valid in our neighborhood)
- Wait to leave a note till it happens again
- Knock on the door during the day
- Knock on the door when it's happening again (really not preferred because it's always when we're in bed!)
- Call the landlord
- Call 311
- Call 911
We're concerned that it's entirely possible they don't speak English (there are definitely tenants here who don't) and wouldn't get our message, or that we'd make an enemy in the building (this woman sounds MAD!), or that we're overreacting. But we have enough noises in our urban area that one more is just not