Neighbor's Treadmill Noise: Help !

Neighbor's Treadmill Noise: Help !

Regina Yunghans
Dec 11, 2012

Q: I live in an apartment building of about 10 small studio apartments. I can hear my neighbor upstairs — I know when she's in the bathroom, I know when she's walking across the hall, I know when she drops something, etc. I have never said anything because obviously, living in an apartment building means you will hear other people's noises and I accept that as part of city/apartment life!

However, my upstairs neighbor just got a treadmill and the constant THUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMP is driving me crazy — and knocking things askew on the walls.

It's so loud I can't hear the TV and it is making being in my apartment completely miserable. I knocked on the apartment above me to ask if we could come to some sort of compromise and she told me she had no intention of stopping use, saying how much she had just spent on it. I'm trying not to be rude — like I said, I get that you will hear noises from other apartments, but I would like reasonable peace in the apartment that I pay just as much for. What can I do? Can you help me think of reasonable compromises? We both work the same 9-5 work schedule. Should I get the management company involved? It is completely awful. PLEASE HELP!

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