Screaming Kids Outside In Apartment Complex Can I Say Anything About It

Situation living in an apartment and loud people/kids in hallway noise control?

I live on a low floor where people are very loud during the day. I am not sure if they are so rude they do not relaize people actually live on the floor? The other day small kids were running back and forth the entire day screaming. I had enough and went outside and said stop running in the hallway. Another 2 hrs pass kids are still screaming. I lost it and opened the door and a girl who was running I told her to stop. I said, "do you think this is a playground?". After that kids were still running and screaming with no parental supervision. I spoke with the security and they gave me an attitude. Today, I saw the association president and that little girl I screamed at was her child. I feel bad but,she needs to disicpline her children and have rules. It is just out of common respect. I pay alot of money to live her and want some peace. Although, I like my freedom I am looking foward to the day which I can own my own home and not share it with strangers.Any advice if this happens again with the loud people/kids/workers? BTW the workers also scream and are not considerate of the residents.blah

Can An Apartment Refuse To Allow Children To Play Outside?

That would likely be a violation of the fair housing laws. Landlords cannot restrict kids to the point of being seen as not wanting kids on the property at all. Yes it is legal to make rules on were kids cannot play but you must also tell them were they can. It is legal to make rules not to play were it is not safe but no to disallow them to play on the property at all. The only thing the manager can do is give violation notices if the kids cause any damage to the property or things of that nature. Yes the noise is annoying but if the kids are not doing anything wrong then she cannot do anything about it. Noise is only restricted at night during the quiet hours not day time. Only excessive noise like blasting really loud music is restricted during the day.

Nobody can expect an apartment to be cemetery quiet at all hours of the day. Hearing kids play, neighbors move around & other basic living noises are all part of living in an apartment.

Also if she is renting to one race more than others she could be guilty of discrimination too.

She does have the right to refuse to renew your lease when it expires & does not have to give you a reason. She does have to give you proper notice.

I would really like to stop the kids on my property playing soccer, tag & yelling & screaming all the time but I can't. All I can do is serve notices when they hit the building with the ball & cause damage.

EDIT: " We were the only one to get a notice because of ONE NEIGHBOR. " That is also illegal. Even if they did have the right to make that kind of rule it must be imposed on ALL tenants with kids NOT just you.


It seems most parents DO think that their little darlings have the right to do anything like that which they like, including in the apartment (as long as it doesn't bother the brain-dead parents), or in restaurants (annoying other customers, but not fazing the brain-dead idiot parents), or in church (disrupting the service, but not bothering the brain-dead, idiot, rude parents); and the next time you walk into a Walmart or any such store, just count the seconds before the first of many blood curdling screams come echoing from the back of the building.

No one can say anything to the kids or the parents due to PC. So I guess the proper PC answer is that the kids now rule the world and can do whatever they please.

Why do kids playing outside have to SCREAM so loud?

If there are kids that scream outside routinely late at night, you should call the police. You should also find out what the local noise ordinances are and report the noise to them.

You should call the police if you see young children outside past 10pm, because most likely the parents are neglecting their children.

Screaming autistic child next door is driving me insane?

Three months ago a woman with two children moved into the apartment next to mine. In my opinion apartment complexes are not optimal places to raise children as they thrive better with space (including a backyard). This apartment complex doesn't even have a playground or any nearby places for kids to play, but I digress. Anyway, one of these children next door to me (I'd say he's about six) is autistic and has screaming fits all hours of the day. I'm trying to study now for a class and he's at it again this very minute. He also kicks walls and cabinets. Not to sound mean, but he's a one-human zoo and I can't take it anymore. I have lived here for almost three years and I loved it until now. This kid is AWFUL. I have seen him hit his mother and HIMSELF in the face repeatedly.
I know it must be hard raising an autistic child, but this apartment complex is just not the place for him. His father comes by sometimes (they're divorced/separated). I feel like talking to him since the management won't do anything about it. I got fussed at for using my mini trampoline during the day, and this kid is WAAAAAAAY louder. People have gotten evicted for creating noise disturbance far less than what this child makes. I'm sure he'll be waking me up with his tantrums an hour before my alarm goes off like he always does.

I need some advice on how to handle this. I'm seriously thinking about confronting this woman about her child.

Should I call in a noise complaint on a family with a crying baby?

Our baby had bouts of ear-splitting screams until she was about a year old. Then it abruptly stopped. We were very conscious of how this would impact our neighbors, so we took to camping in the living room each night with the bedroom doors shut until the phase passed - the living room being the most isolated room in the apartment from the neighboring units.However, it's important to note that this was neither required of us, nor can you require it from your neighbor.So here's what you can't do:You cannot call the police unless you suspect abuse. Note that a baby crying in the night could also be a sign of the parent following the controversial 'Ferber method' - that is NOT considered abuse.You cannot require your neighbor to make an 'out of their way' accommodation for you. You can request it, of course, but you'll need superhuman charm to pull that off with sleep-deprived parents.But here's what you can do:The crying baby is not the problem. Babies, by definition, can never be a problem. The problem is poor sound-proofing in your apartment building, which is affecting the livability of the unit. Take up this 'problem' with the building management while making it very clear that you are not complaining about your neighbor - you are only complaining about your unit. I've known such cases to result in one or more of the following:Allowing you to break your lease so you can find a new placeOffering you a different apartment and covering the cost of the moveInstalling sound deadening layers on the adjoining wallA break in the rent - while this doesn't address the noise, it does promote your general well-being and/or allows you to buy the stuff you need in order to sleep betterGet a pair of ear plugsGet a box fan or white noise machineSleep in a different room until the crying phase passes - it willDespite having been on the other side of the wall, I can fully understand your predicament. Sleepless nights are no fun.

If you heard someone screaming for help would you call the police or just mind your business?

I would definitely call the police and tell them what I heard. Even if it ends up being nothing important it's better to have it checked into then to have had something horrible happen that maybe could have been prevented.-Maine

My neighbor's 4-year-old kid cries and screams constantly. How should I deal with that?

I'm sorry that this is a situation you deal with. I can imagine it must be frustrating.You might be my neighbor, save for the fact that you said this is a daughter.My almost four year old son is autistic. He is also speech and language impaired - meaning his communication skills, at least verbally, are actually behind those of my 20 month old daughter. So he gets frustrated a lot with us, when he can't figure out how to express to us what he wants - or when he does, but we have to say no, and he doesn't have enough language to understand why. So he screams. Or he growls. Sometimes just for a short time, and we can redirect him, sometimes for a really long time. If he's having a long, loud meltdown, we'll definitely bring him into the house, so as not to disturb the neighborhood. But the shorter yells ... unfortunately, those are just part of our lives and his day. I can't send him in alone every single time. I can't leave all three of my other children outside alone just to take him in.I do try to keep him inside if it's before a certain time in the morning (especially weekends) and bring him in earlier in the evening (which isn't too much of a problem given that it gets dark/bedtime), especially on days that he's having a rough time.I have met my neighbors. When I first met them, I apologized for the noise (at that time, we didn't have a diagnosis for him, but we knew he was loud), and made sure that they knew they should let me know if we were disturbing them. By and far, they were supportive and understanding, some even saying they didn't mind at all - that X years ago, that was their family, that they liked to hear kids on the block again, etc. And this past Easter weekend, when we had a little neighborhood get together, I did some discreet checking on the noise volume. It helps that there are now a lot more young families on the street with crying babies, yelling kids, etc. But I also let them know the updates on our family, and our challenges, so if they did see us or hear us, they'd have some understanding, and I hope that helps.We're really lucky in our neighbors. I'm not sure they feel the same about us, but they've been kind and understanding just the same. And our son has a really great life and loves playing out in the yard with his siblings, even if he does occasionally get (loudly) upset every few minutes some times.

What would you do if someone kicked your 4 year old in the mouth for her incessant screaming? There is a video of a Chinese woman doing that.

Something very similar happened many years ago when my child was about that age. We lived in an apartment complex with a very nice playground that was adjacent to some of the units and the area was relatively secure - populated primarily by parents who all looked out for the kids.One of the people that lived on a ground unit directly in front of the playground was a lady in her 50–60’s and her adult son. They were known to sometimes chase children from the playground complaining that the laughing, running and activity (during after school/before dinner hours and weekends) was disruptive (even though the playground was built WITH the apts. and not added after they moved there).Being one of few people of color in the complex, I was alarmed when our kids all ran, screaming from the playground. I corralled them to find out what was wrong and they told me that the lady had brought out her “big stick” and yelled at them, telling them to “go back to where they came from” (coded language and something she’d never said when it was all white kids outside). They were frightened because they thought she was going to hit them with the “stick”.I had them come inside, gave them snacks and told them to watch cartoons until I returned; and I headed for her door. When I pushed the doorbell, I heard her yell “WHAT!” (not “who is it”) She came to the door and I introduced myself as one of the parents, asking her what they had done to offend her because I know kids can be boisterous (giving her the benefit of the doubt). She then proceeded to go into a racist tirade against the kids and “our type”, waving her walking stick at me. I snapped!I wrested the stick from her hand as her son came from the back room (we’re still at the front door). I told them BOTH that if they EVER, EVER threatened ANY of those kids again and spewed the language that she had done, that I would make sure that the stick I was now holding was rammed so far up their hind parts, that they’d need x-rays to find it and I’d gladly spend time in jail with the satisfaction of having done so! I asked them if we understood each other. That was the last incident involving the kids.Now (sorry this was so long), if someone had the audacity to actually kick my 4-year old - especially as I was standing there, I would like to think my calmer head would prevail, but when it comes to protecting children (mine and others), that’s where someone crosses the line with me.