A video showing the ceiling of an apartment shaking from the noise of a neighbor has received a storm of comments from users on Reddit, including that it sounds like they are “dropping bowling balls.”
Reddit user chemtaint shared a video capturing the stomping noise created by the neighbor in a post on the subreddit forum r/iamatotalpieceofshit.
“My upstairs neighbor who accuses me of banging on the ceiling of my luxury apartment,” the user captioned the post, which has had 21,400 upvotes since it was first shared.
Chemtaint later added: “This lady has been doing this since I moved in. Apparently she had a beef with the prior tenant. The leasing office did not tell me about this when I moved in. I’ve already sent in multiple videos, other neighbors have called the police. I’m at a loss,” in a comment that received 6,100 upvotes.
Several other Redditors sympathized with the original poster, amazed by the incredible level of noise.
User im-still-right said: “Is she dropping bowling balls????” in a comment that received 3,100 upvotes.
TopRamen1521 replied: “No that’s just her walking” in another comment that go 1,100 upvotes, while CharsWorId said: “She IS a bowling ball.”
User dingdongalingapong: “Bro is Mr X [the giant figure from the Resident Evil 2 game series] walking around upstairs?” in a comment that got 2,600 upvotes.
Moumou_moon wondered: “What are they actually doing? I cannot fathom a reason as to why anyone would be banging on the floor that hard without it being intentionally to make noise,” in a post that got 1,000 upvotes.
User pinkmetro said: “Jeez i legit flinched at the last 10 secs of the video. I have had some noisy upstair neighbors but i never heard something like that before. Sounds like a Gorilla trying to break into the floor.”
User Insectshelf3 wrote: “does she know the prior tenant is gone? I had to deal with this last fall, took like 7 noise complaints and personally asking the general manager to enforce the lease agreement,” in a post that got 1,200 upvotes.
Several others also advised contacting the landlord/leasing office to file a complaint as well as a lawyer.
User miss_nephthys said: “Your local landlord/tenant law may provide a Right/Implied Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment. I suggest banding together a few of the fellow neighbors and consulting with an attorney” in a comment that got 141 upvotes.
User noeagle77 suggested filing a formal complaint with the leasing office. “You might be able to get moved to a different unit if you ask them for that option if you’re ok with moving again.”
According to the Texas State Law Library, “the right to quiet, peaceful enjoyment of a rental property is an implied ‘covenant,’ or promise, under the law. Many written leases also contain a clause guaranteeing a tenant’s ability to live peacefully in their rental.”
The Northwestern Legal Services group based in Pennsylvania explains that “implied” means this covenant of quiet enjoyment is part of your lease even if it’s not in writing and also applies to leases not in writing.
This covenant makes the landlord responsible for “other tenants who create disturbances” and you “may have the right to relief” if your landlord does not respond or their actions “regarding other tenants is disturbing you in your rental,” the Texas State Law Library states.
If the landlord fails to resolve the issue, you may want to break your lease and move out, which may see the landlord sue you.
You can go to the hearing and tell the Magisterial District Judge that “the landlord’s failure to do anything to stop the disturbances violated the covenant of quiet enjoyment and, therefore, you had a right to cancel the lease and move,” says Northwestern Legal Services . “However, there is no guarantee the Magisterial District Judge will accept your defense.”
User Delirium101, who said they are a lawyer, said that “in most states and in most associations, it’s a violation of the governing association by law to disturb your neighbors and cause nuisance.
“The association has an obligation to enforce its rules, and if it doesn’t, it could have liability,” the user said, telling the original poster to “go get a lawyer.”
The Texas State Law Library also suggests consulting a lawyer as they can “advise you about how to proceed and what you might be entitled to” when facing a noise issue.
Some said the potential “structural damage” caused by the banging that’s creating the noise may motivate the landlord to take measures to address the noise issue.
User moistpup wrote: “That last banging at the end looks like it could actually be creating structural damage. They may not care about OPs [original poster] comfort, but they probably care about unrecoupable expenses from damage.”
L0tt1ce agreed, noting: “That’s grounds for terminating his lease. You should send that video to your tenant management office. He’s potentially damaging structural integrity,” in a comment that got 217 upvotes.
Newsweek has contacted chemtaint for comment.