What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I have lived in a small eight unit apartment with thin walls for the last 19 years, and have been mostly lucky until October, 2009.
This is when a couple who appear to be in their 40's, along with a teenage daughter, moved next door. They brought along a powerful sound system.
The bass from their speakers is especially annoying. It thunders through my walls. The music is nearly always played at a high volume. On a few occasions, the volume has been ridiculously loud.
Over 90% of the time the man is alone listening to the music, although on occasion, his daughter who lives there part time is blasting it with her friends. There have also been a couple small parties.
One day in February 2010, the music was so loud you hear it down the street. It literally sounded like a band was practicing in their unit.
I had had enough, and knocked on his door for him to lower it. It was so loud that he did not answer the door because he did not hear me knock. I went back later to ask he lower the volume in the future. He just said "OK".
For the next 14 months, the ridiculously loud volume was repeated maybe three more times, but nevertheless, his stereo has still been played at a high volume that is not reasonable for our complex. The elderly couple downstairs is also annoyed by them.
The last couple months the music has been more frequent.
There is no pattern to the time frame, I have heard annoying sounds as early as 8:30 AM, and as late as 1 AM, although the speaker volume is more tolerable after 10:00 when their action movies and/or play station still come thundering through the speakers nonetheless.
The landlord lives on the other side of them, otherwise it would be much worse I am sure. I think he knows enough to keep it down when the landlord is home.
I had been trying to decide if I should have the landlord talk to them, or if I should try encountering him again directly.
I have refrained from either for these last 14 months, but again I decided today that I had had enough, especially since the music is heard about three hours at a time.
On my way out, I knocked on his door to request lower volume, although I told him it not matter at this moment since I was on my way out.
He sarcastically looked at his wrist without a watch and exclaimed " It's not 10:00 bro."
I told him that I had been trying hard not to bug him about it, but that the music was coming through my walls and requested him to lower it next time.
He just stared at me and shook his head up and down with quick terse movements, but did not respond verbally, He was obviously annoyed.
I would like advice on what my next move should be if he does not comply, or even tries to annoy me more to teach me a lesson?
Should I talk to the landlord before anything else? What next if the landlord does not comply or fails me?
What semantics should I use when talking to the landlord?
The landlord and the offenders are more alike ethnically and culturally than I am with either of them, and I have seen them engage in friendly conversation, so my semantics are particularly important.
Thanks in advance.
PS. I have thought about moving, but rent this cheap will be hard to find, and my wages barely keep me above the povery line.