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sandraleigh's picture
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Anyone need to blow off some steam?

I'm a little irked this morning. We live in a split level house, and we only rent the top floor. The basement suite has 2 tenants in it - a young couple. They left a note for us last night to please have our kids not run and jump around as much because their ceiling shakes and apparently a light fixture fell down. Part of this, I completely understand and want to be considerate of: yes, it would suck for people living above us to always be running and jumping around loudly on their floor, and certainly not cool for a light fixture to fall down.

But honestly? Most of the noise my kids make is completely unavoidable. Half the time they aren't even running or jumping, they are just walking around excitedly and moving around like kids do. How am I supposed to stop them from moving??? I have 3 kids under 6 with another on the way, it's NOT going to be quiet up here. Obviously our living situation in not ideal, and the next place we move to will be our OWN house, where my kids can play in the basement and not bug anybody. But we have to be here for another full year, we can't afford to move right now. Our lease ends May 1st but we have renewed for another year.

I don't want to be rude, but we lived here first. When we moved in, the basement suite was empty. They moved in 3 months later. They knew there was a family of 5 living up here, so they shouldn't be surprised, right? If you choose to live in a basement suite, you choose to live underneath people.

Anyways. Blah. I have been trying to get my kids to stop running and jumping around but that's like asking them not to play. Maybe it will be better in the summer when they can go outside. Of course we just keep getting snow dumped on us.

ILoveMyMiniMe's picture
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I would remind the kids that it's important to be considerate of other people who live in the same building.. but in NO WAY does considerate mean to NOT let the kids be kids..

A light fixture fell down? That's not because of kids.. that's poor maintenance.

If the landlord hasn't said anything about kids being kids, I'd blow it off. Kinda. lol..

Personally, if they had any kind of balls, they would knock on your door and talk to you like human beings.. not leave a note. You leave a note when someone is NOT AVAILABLE. It's not like they don't know where you live. :huh:

quonsetmom's picture
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Wow that's silly. U can't drop your kids from being excited. They now the limits about when they can play during the day and not too late I'm sure. I wouldn't worry about it. If it was a big problem they would have talked to you in person or had the landlord talk to you. How silly.

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Stupid people. Gee, I think I'll choose to live under a bunch if kids and then complain that I live under kids. Good grief.

Maybe you will be lucky and they won't renew THEIR lease!

MJDttc's picture
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LOL I would write them back a nasty letter telling them their poops stink so bad it wafts into your area and makes you sick, and tell them you would like for them to please refrain from pooping.

But I am not a nice person.

I would also go to the landlord.

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ignore them, they are being unreasonable. I know your kids and they are lucky to have your kids then other ones that I know... if they continue to complain I can bring over my friends 12 year old who has hour long temper tantrums... :devil:

As a student, I had people under us that came and asked us if we could please vacuum at another time then Saturday mornings. They were polite and it was a reasonable request so we changed that part of our cleaning schedule. To expect 3 young kids not to move around their house when they have been cooped up all winter is insanity...

sandraleigh's picture
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It just makes me laugh a bit, because the girl down there is pregnant. I can't WAIT until they have their first kid and they realize how parenthood goes Wink

mom2robbie's picture
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"sandraleigh" wrote:

It just makes me laugh a bit, because the girl down there is pregnant. I can't WAIT until they have their first kid and they realize how parenthood goes Wink

I was thinking that I wondered how their minds would change when they had their own kids....lol

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Oh that sucks!! I'm sorry. We actually lived in a camper for a year with 4 kids (6 of those months in a campground). Yeah, we had some guy next to us once that CHOSE to park next to us (he's been there a week already in a different spot, and knew that we had kids), and the very first night he said something about all the running and bumping being so loud that he couldn't hear his TV. Really? What the heck am I suppose to do??? I have 4 kids in 200 sq. ft. They found the one 6 foot long place in the whole camper to WALK, they can hardly build up to running speed! Anyway, having the guy come over really made me feel like crap, because there really wasn't anything I could do. I'm sure you feel the same way... and the reality is there just isn't much you can do about it, and honestly, you shouldn't really be expected to do anything differently. You might want to simply write a letter and say that you are sorry that it happened, and leave it at that. Also, maybe have the kids drop by with cookies they have baked every now and then, so they don't get the feeling that the kids are "all bad." Sorry you have to deal with this.

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Laurie, you are too nice, the only baked goods I would be sending down would be laced with exlax...

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I'm generally a pretty accommodating person, but I agree with what others have said that it isn't worth stressing too much about. Like you said, they were the ones who choose to live on the bottom level knowing there would be people above them. It's one thing if you are having loud parties at 2 am, but to tell kids not to run around in their own home? Not going to happen. As suggested, maybe if the kids are being exceptionally wild, remind them that everyone has to be considerate of each other and that includes not making too much noise for the neighbors, but otherwise let 'em go.

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Yeah, I mean, my kids are up from 7 am to 8 pm. It's not like we have wild parties in the wee hours of the morning. Whatever :rolleyes: