New To Neighbors: What to Expect When Noise and Close Quarters Mix

Neighbors make noise, apartments in Sioux Falls are no exception. It is something that can’t be avoided when sharing walls with fellow tenants.  Whether they are upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, next door or in the hallways, at some point while living in your community building, you will hear them.

A certain amount of noise will be expected such as when neighbors wake up to go to work. You may hear them burning breakfast, clomping around in shoes as they get ready or listening to rap music to wake up. Hearing animal’s start their day making a racket for breakfast is also another common noise. While these may annoy you because you don’t have the same rising time at an ungodly hour of the day, this is all noise that can be expected while living in a community apartment.

You may also have a neighbor who likes to have loud friends over, practice music badly, or vacuum the same rug excessively, every day, at the same time. While these sounds might annoy you, as long as they are in the boundaries outside of “quiet hours,” each tenant has a right to live their life normally.

While people's activities, schedules and animals may be different then your own, you do have to deal with the differences while living in an apartment building community. However, there is a point where “normal noise” moves to disruptive noise.

If you are finding your neighbors to be loud past 10pm or earlier then 6am, throwing wild parties that you can hear into the night, or owning crazy animals that bark or moo 24/7, this is when the noise should be addressed. The first step to help this problem is talking to your neighbors directly. Often, when someone can put a face to a neighbor, they will be more considerate.  If that doesn’t work, talking to the on-site property manager can often resolve the issue.  Be considerate, and understand that community living is not going to be as quiet as your own house, though it might be livelier.