Nothing is worse than having a neighbor you don’t like, especially when you share so many common areas in an apartment community. In many cases, there are ways to convince your neighbors to work with you and breaking an apartment lease should be your last resort. Here are some tips for coming to terms with your neighbors.
- The Noisy Neighbor
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to confront your neighbor to solve this issue. Being passive-aggressive may make the situation worse. People respond well to kindness, so before you speak to your neighbor take a deep breath. Look for some commonality you share with that person so you can strike up a conversation. Make your noise complaint secondary to the importance of getting to know them better. If they like you, they’ll be willing to work with you.
- The Trashy Neighbor
Everyone appreciates a clean environment, even the trashy neighbor. Lead by example. Show your neighbor how important a clean community is to you by voluntarily picking up trash outside. Ask other neighbors to join you regularly. This establishes pride in your apartment community.
- Be Understanding
It’s also up to you to be tolerant of neighbors who have different values. Be understanding of neighbors with pets and children or outside decor that doesn’t fit your tastes. Remember, variety is the spice of life.