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    monique10
    Flatchatter

    I live on the top floor of my block and have a downstairs neighbor who has complained about the following:

    My cats using the kitty litter try in my bathroom at night (I moved it)

    I am a shift worker at a hospital, commencing at 5am three days a week. She complains my shower before work wakes her up. She even recorded me in the shower and sent that to me which I feel is a real violation of my privacy.

    She asked me to put a rubber mat on the floor of the shower and complains when I remove the mat as the suction makes a noise

    She doesn’t want me to flush my toilet at night.

    She has also complained to the Strata about me walking on my floorboards.

    I have lived here for ten years and there has never been a problem in the past. She no longer works and is a light sleeper. However, I have to work and prefer a shower I’m the morning.

    I am feeling quite harassed and struggle with anxiety. I think I have complied as much as possible but she just finds something else to complain about. As neighbors, we have always got on reasonably well but I no longer want to reply to her messages.

    I have informed the Strata Manager who receives numerous complaints from her weekly about neighbors watching tv, parking, using fans in laundry, etc

    Do I just ignore her and live my life? My home should be my sanctuary.

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    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    There is a well-established medical syndrome associated with aging called hyperacusis whereby people’s hearing is more rather than less sensitive.

    An elderly lady who was a friend of ours used to drive her neighbours mad with complaints about the slightest noise. She had that issue.

    Perhaps you could suggest that your neighbour consult an audiologist as her hearing is clearly not normal.

    Otherwise, if you feel her complaints amount to harassment, you could apply at your local court for an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) requiring her not to contact you except via a lawyer. Check that link for more details.

    Or just go to your chemist and buy some of those foam earplugs than many people used for air travel (remember that?) and drop them in her letterbox.  It may inflame the situation but you’ll feel better.

     

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    Sir Humphrey
    Strataguru

    I have informed the Strata Manager who receives numerous complaints from her weekly about neighbors watching tv, parking, using fans in laundry, etc

    This at least demonstrates that it is not just you she is complaining about, from which you might be able to take some comfort. If the residents of other units do not think the general noise levels in the building are unreasonable, it would seem that it is her expectations that are out of line.

    I have certainly encountered a few people who seem to think they should not ever be able to hear any sounds from their neighbours, which is an unreasonable expectation in high or medium density living. I suggest that you just have to try to ignore your neighbour having done what you reasonably can do to minimise disturbance.

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