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We have owned and lived in our apartment for 5 years. It is in a pretty young party beachside town. We had a neighbour move upstairs a year ago and he proceeded to lay wooden floorboards without permission. We can now hear him and his wife and 2 children with every move they make.
I could write a book about everything this guy has done,
3 weeks ago we moved out to lease a home somewhere else. It makes us really angry that we have been forced out of own home.
My neighbor,who has never introduced himself since we moved in last July, just yelled at my 8 year old son for stepping in his grass! I confronted him & he went off on me saying because I rent my home that I have no respect for him and that I’m just like every other renter…not sure what that means but I pay alot to live here, pay for someone to cut my yard every week take the necessary steps to care for a home! He said his grass is his hobby & it’s offensive that my son stepped on it!
Don’t you step on my blue suede grass
Boris Knott replies-suggest you not step on his grass. It’s his lawn-might not be very neighborly but it is his grass. Unless it is between the street and the sidewalk. That may be owned by the city,
We have not one but two neighbors who must absolutely hate us. We are very nice & generous people. We have helped almost every one of our neighbors within our immediate proximity -including one of the two aforementioned-with everything from snow plowing to lending out generators after Hurricane Irene caused much of the northeast to lose power last September. We inherited our disheveled home in an upscale neighborhood from my father-in-law. We’ve been cleaning & clearing out via tag sales, dumpsters and donations. I’m writing this because I got really angry today. Today, we had firewood dropped off by a friend of ours who is in the tree business. He called us afterwards and said that the other neighbor -who we have helped out numerous times- started screaming at him while he was unloading the wood from the truck . My gripe is that neither one has even attempted to talk to us directly about their concerns but has instead decided to take the cowards’ way out by complaining to everyone else. Part of me is so angry and I want to scream at them but then I think that remaining silent would be the better choice.
Boris Knott replies-stay the course. With your good altitude things will work themselves out.
My neighborhood has been going a little down hill, no one respects their houses anymore. For me, I try to keep everything clean. I let the kids play in my yard but asked them to keep their bikes off my grass. When they didn’t I placed rocks around my border so the tires could not reach over. I don’t know what to do. I’m just glad my other neighbor is a God send and helps me out time to time.
We used to be friends with our neighbors until her kids were constantly being hateful to mine (i.e. snatching my daughter’s glasses off her face & throwing them on the ground, spitting in my youngest daughter’s face, pulling hair, calling my son “tubby”, and tons more!). I told them my husband & I talked about it & decided that we would not revisit the option of our children playing together as we felt this was in the best interest for our family. We ‘re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause them & we wish nothing but the very best for their family….Sounded good, right? Wellllll, I got cursed out in the front yard with kids listening! Now she (the mother) is constantly trying to listen in on things going on in my house while standing in her driveway or while we’re outside…If my kids are outside, hers go running in to tell their mom that mine are being mean to them (they don’t even talk to her kids!) Yesterday, I was in my driveway, cleaning my Caravan, chatting on the phone with a friend & she comes outside to ask me if I told her daughter to go inside…I said “What in the world are you talking about!?” She said I can’t tell her kids they can’t go outside…when I tried to tell her (I know, at this point, WHY BOTHER!?!) that I don’t talk to her kids, she started cursing at me again!
curses, foiled again
Our neighbor downstairs has a belching issue. The belch that comes from this mans body is earth shaking and lasts about 4 seconds. It is so loud that when it first happened I almost wet my pants it was so startling. It’s been happening more frequently, and is not only gross, it’s embarrassing to have friends over. How do you address this issue to a person without it being too awkward? Help!
Boris Knott replies-
Your neighbor may be suffering from severe gastrointestinal distress. You might want to write him a note sympathizing with his plight. He may also be hard of hearing and not know how loud his belches are.
My neighbor often screams out of her windows or front door if something upsets her. Most of the time it is about my husband’s diesel truck. He has to have it for work, and he leaves between 3-4am every morning. His truck has to warm up to 140 degrees before he can drive it, which usually takes about 15 minutes in the winter. My bedroom window is right next to hers and I can barely hear a hum from the truck and she will start screaming and will not stop until he leaves for work. I have been asleep and it is actually her screaming that wakes me up. I think she must sleep with her window open. Yet right after he leaves, the train comes thru town and honks its horn the entire way thru town and that is much louder than his truck but she doesn’t scream at that.
I even asked my other neighbor, whose house is right next to my driveway, if it bothers them since they are much closer to the truck I was concerned. They said it doesn’t bother them at all, none of them have ever even noticed it. So I think she sleeps with her window open, or is a very light sleeper. There is not really anything we can do about it, it’s not like he wants to wake up at 3am and start his truck just to be annoying and he doesn’t let it run for extended periods of time. But I’m sure suggesting she close her window would just upset her and I don’t want to do that. My husband has tried to be nice, he even shoveled her walk all the way up to her front door because she is older. We are both the types that try to avoid conflict, we just can’t find any ways to keep this lady happy. He can’t just start his truck and leave, diesels have to be warmed up.
She also screams out of her window if we have a guest over for dinner and they park even 3 feet in front of her house, yet her daughter will park right in front of our house which we don’t care and if we did we would go over and politely ask her to move it, not scream out of our window. Or if my dogs are outside and playing, they will bark. But I don’t leave my dogs outside, it is usually in & out for them and I bring them inside as soon as they start barking. Sometimes I will play my music during the day while I am cleaning at a normal tv level. If I go outside, I will find that she has her classical music playing very loudly with the windows open. Which I don’t mind, I actually enjoy it lol but I am sure she is doing it to try and “prove a point”. But there has also been times that we are sleeping and she plays her classical until 1am. We are pretty quiet people, in bed early because my husband works so early. And I’m sure her screaming disturbs other neighbors a lot more than anything we do. It would just be nice to find a solution. During her screaming fits she has threatened to call the police. The living situation in my city makes it hard to find anywhere to live, and anything that is available is extremely expensive, so we are hoping to live in this house for a long while. Any advice would be great
I know I only have a few months left on my lease but wanted to vent anyway. My neighbors front door is 10 feet or less from our living room and bedroom(on second floor). My neighbors are loud, inconsiderate, and their children are unsupervised and misbehave, to say the least. They were loud, the kids yelled various expletives( horrible words), the parents yelled at each other and the children on a daily basis. About 2 months ago, their dad decided to leave their mom. The mom is a whole other piece of work. We asked about 5 months ago to please stop being so loud ( there is no reason we should be hearing them yell if you are in your house and we are in yours and all doors and windows closed). But, it only made things worse, even though we were very nice about it. Since dad left, their front lawn has furniture and trash all over.
I hate my cul de sac neighbors and I’ve only lived here 8 months! After years getting over a divorce, I was so happy and proud of myself to save enough money to buy a house on my own. It took a year of house hunting, checking neighborhoods at all hours to find what I thought would be a long term home. Though it was a short sell, thought I was helping a loving couple that was moving for their soon to be expanding family that needed to get out from under their financial problems. I got my first red flag that something was amiss however when a few days before closing while going over the pool maintenance with the husband, he said, “one reason we are leaving is because of the neighbors. And btw, my wife’s ex-husband lives directly across the street.” Maybe I should have backed out then, but it was too late. The first week while I was moving in, the previous seller’s EX walked across the street to tell me that I was moving into HIS house, to notify me of all the work that he did (didn’t want to tell him his remodeling sucked and I had planned to change a lot of it). Not a moment later, the neighbor woman next door comes by, starts bad mouthing the previous owners. She then TELLS me that “everyone in the culdesac SHARES house keys, because we take care of our own” and “our family used to have access to your pool and jacuzzi” . I was shocked and said I wasn’t going to share my key with Even though we have a square mile “park” right across the road, my front yard has become open territory for them to play soccer in, throw frisbees, ride their bikes in my driveway and across my lawn (almost ran down one kid when I was pulling in after work because he was in front of my garage door on his bike) When I told him not to do it again, kid just mouthed off at me. Then there’s the DOG. City codes say all dogs in the front yard should be on a leash. And I’m deathly afraid of dogs since I was bitten once. They have this huge hairy beast and it seems everytime I’m in my front yard, they just let it loose and the dog has chased me 3-4 time when I was getting out of my car and when I was painting my front door one day, their dog RAN into my house trying to chase my cat which was sitting next to me in the living room. I feel I live in some weird Stepford Wives movie.
My neighbor always yells at kids who walk by and drinks beer like it is going out of style