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Renter’s note to noisy neighbours over insanely loud fan: ‘I thought it was a helicopter’

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As summer sets in, most people without air conditioning crack out box and pedestal fans to keep cool but it’s causing trouble for one renter abroad.

Reddit user Fun_Response_1151 took to the platform yesterday looking for advice after encountering a noise issue with their upstairs neighbour, who recently set up a fan.

Titling the post ‘Am I Being A Crazy Neighbour?’, they explained they’ve only been living in the building for about four months and have never had any issues before.

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The issue began when the neighbours set up a noisy box fan. (Getty)

“The people seem nice, though I typically keep to myself. I hardly ever hear any noise from my neighbours to my left and right,” they penned.

“My upstairs neighbours make some noise, and that’s fine! People are allowed to walk around in their own dang home (although why are they moving furniture around at 11pm?). Expecting an apartment to be completely silent is silly.”

But in the last few days, those pesky upstairs neighbours have started using what sounds like a box fan and it’s sending noisy vibrations into Fun_Response_1151’s unit.

“When I first heard them, I thought it was a helicopter hovering over our apartment building. They’re strong enough that the lights on my Christmas tree are shaking,” they wrote. 

The neighbours have been running the appliance all day and night for days on end, leaving Fun_Response_1151 no option but to write a note asking them to turn it off.

They insist they’d “never” normally be the type to confront another tenant, but the noise is sending them “insane” and something has to give.

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Not wanting to go directly to management, they penned a pretty polite note to the upstairs neighbours and shared it on Reddit for feedback.

The note read:

“Hi! Hope you’re doing well. Normally I would never write a note like this since I hate being a potential bother. I have a favour to ask. Starting Friday night, a loud, constant vibration began to shake my living room.

“It’s strong enough that I can feel the vibration, and it’s causing the lights on my Christmas tree to shake, and it’s loud enough that I thought a semi-truck might be idling outside our apartment building. The sound continued all night, into Saturday. It stopped late Saturday evening, then started again a couple hours later and has continued since then.

“I’m assuming the sound is coming from some sort of box fan vibrating on our wood floors. Would it be possible for you to please get the fan (or whatever it is) up off the floor, or maybe put something underneath to muffle it rumbling on the floor? I didn’t want to go to management first to complain because that would be super petty, lol. Thank you for reading!”

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A photo of the note Reddit user Fun_Response_1151 drafted to their neighbours.
A photo of the note Reddit user Fun_Response_1151 drafted to their neighbours. (Reddit)

Most Reddit users said the note was fine and that they would want to be notified of the issue in such a polite manner if they were the upstairs neighbours, but a few suggested edits.

“Lose the ‘super petty’ part,” one commenter said, another adding: “You don’t need a full page.”

Some were more blunt, writing: “I think that last bit makes you come off like a b–ch … makes you seem like you’re giving them an ultimatum.”

Others advised Fun_Response_1151 to cut out the “semi-truck” comment and hold back on any lines that could come across as passive aggressive.

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Stock photo of a Christmas tree.
“It’s strong enough that I can feel the vibration, and it’s causing the lights on my Christmas tree to shake.” (Pexels)

Following the Reddit suggestions, the renter wrote a second, shorter note that got straight to the point and left it outside their upstairs neighbour’s door along with a chocolate bar.

Thankfully, the peace offering worked and the loud noise stopped as soon as the neighbours got home a few hours later.

“So far, no more vibrating I can feel in my bones! All in all, everything went about as well as could be expected,” Fun_Response_1151 signed off.

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