(california) to make a long story short, my neighbor below me complains about normal living noises. she has pounded on my floor (her ceiling) and has left me a note asking me to NOT do laundry or use the dishwasher after 10pm. I even checked w/ mgmt if it was ok to do these activites at those hours and they said it was ok. she also accuses me of slamming the door when it's actually the neighbor next door. she complains about my stereo, which is on at a reasonable level during awake hours (sleep hours are from 10pm-9am). There have been no other complaints from other neighbors. I have done so many things to accomodate to her, but she has now gone to the mgmt of the apartments. they haven't even varified the noise levels, but has given me the "option" to move to another unit, or to stay and be quiet. I don't see why I should have to be the one inconvenienced by moving (time spent packing/unpacking, changing my address, utilities transfers, etc) to accommodate someone who is complaining about noises that are within reasonable levels. My lease also ends June 30, 2002. Since they want me to accomodate my neighbor, I suggested that they just let me out of my lease 30 days early (May 31). I didn't plan on renewing prior to the neighbors complaints to the mgmt, and my decision was strongly decided because of the neighbor.
The regional manager rejected my request to be released early from the lease without any penalties. Don't I have any rights as the other tenant? I feel that they are picking on me and have stripped me of any rights. I am also wondering if their decision was influenced by my perceived age or my ethnic background. I'm 27, but am often mistaken for being up to 10 years younger. I am also of a minority background, and the mgmt and neighbor are of the same ethnicity.