6 Condo Neighbors From Hell
Meet the neighbors…or maybe not. Here are the difficult personality types you may encounter, and how you could deal with them.
Condo living sure has its perks: easy maintenance, security, anonymity, and readily available amenities. But there’s one constant element that can spoil that no-fuss condo lifestyle: pesky neighbors. You may have already encountered one—or two—of these at home.
1. The Careless Cook. This one manages to leave his stovetop on and lock himself out of his unit at the same time, prompting the smoke detector and fire alarm to go off, causing panic in the building. And he can’t do anything about it, because he’s locked himself out, remember?
2. The Oblivious Parents. These are the parents who let their kids run around and ring everyone’s doorbells at midnight. Oblivious Parents find nothing wrong with that, and no apologies are doled out to the groggy neighbors who scramble out of their beds just to see who’s at the door.
3. The Skater Boy/Man. He would skate around the condo’s corridors showing off his less-than-impressive balancing skills, thinking he’s so cool. But he’s way past his twenties and already has kids who are—strangely enough—not skateboarding.
4. The Perpetual Decorators. These neighbors seem to be redecorating their unit—every day, and usually at two in the morning. And no, that’s really not us moving our living area pieces around or drilling into the wall. We’d like to blame this on spiritual entities.
5. The Litter Bug. This tenant probably doesn’t know where the trash bins or chutes are. Or he doesn’t have a trashcan in his unit (how hard is it to get one?), and thinks that the elevator or fire exit is his own dumpster. Gross!
6. The Rule Breakers. These neighbors always seem to break the condo admin’s rules and regulations. “Use of pool and clubhouse is only until 9 p.m.” At past 10 p.m., they’re still horsing around and squealing, practically waking up the entire neighborhood. “Keep fire exit doors closed at all times.” They won’t. You get the picture.
Sometimes you can’t choose whom to live next to, especially in condo buildings. So here are tips on how to maintain the peace, and maybe make a few friends along the way.
Know thy neighbor. If you meet your next-door neighbor in the hallway, take the time to say “hi” and introduce yourself. Ask his or her name. This is also one way of getting to know them better, and this introduction could come in handy in case of an at-home emergency.
Secure your home. Even if there are security guards downstairs, it is totally up to you to protect your own unit. Double-check if your stove and other electrical appliances are turned off and unplugged, and your windows and doors closed and locked. Make sure the building’s maintenance team does regular checks on the fire and smoke alarms your unit.
List emergency numbers. If it’s past office hours, there are always the building’s security guards who are on call 24/7. Have their number on your speed dial. Print out the numbers of your barangay hall, fire department, and police and leave it on the refrigerator door.
Ask for a mediator. In case you get into a tiff with the family next door, you really shouldn’t take matters into your own hands, even if it seems like the easiest way to solve the issue. Bring it up with your condo administration. Calmly explain the situation, so you won’t appear like you’re the villain.
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