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Noisy roommate

Postby spyfire27 » 23 Jan 2012, 23:18

I just moved to a new place and I am having some problems with a roommate who makes a lot of noise from 2 am to 4 am everyday (I am pretty sure he does that on purpose because he doesn't like to live with a foreigner). Communication with him is difficult because of language difficulties on both sides. If I talk with the landlord and the situation doesn't change, who can I complain to? Has the landlord the obligation to terminate the lease of that person (like it is in my country)? Are there such laws in Taiwan? Sorry, I am very fresh here.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby rosarot » 23 Jan 2012, 23:22

Before taking this to the landlord could you maybe ask a taiwanese friend to go and talk to your roommate? maybe there's a way to sort this out without getting the landlord involved which could be a lot more peaceful for the both of you.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby TheGingerMan » 24 Jan 2012, 09:11

rosarot wrote:Before taking this to the landlord could you maybe ask a taiwanese friend to go and talk to your roommate? maybe there's a way to sort this out without getting the landlord involved which could be a lot more peaceful for the both of you.

Indeed. Try talking some more, without the landlord, who most likely would nothing but pass it along as an amusing anecdote. Noise levels,, and awareness of same, are on a completely different tangent in this fair nation.
If talking doesn't work, then try a little payback at around 9 or 10, or whenever the perp is dozing off. And if that doesn't work, give your notice and move out. Life is far too short to be taking any guff from roommates or neighbours.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby Confuzius » 24 Jan 2012, 13:41

TheGingerMan wrote:If talking doesn't work, then try a little payback at around 9 or 10, or whenever the perp is dozing off. And if that doesn't work, give your notice and move out. Life is far too short to be taking any guff from roommates or neighbours.


Good advice! Fight fire with fire.

First say something.

if that don't work, just figure out what kind of music he finds most offensive then blare it everytime he goes to sleep.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby antarcticbeech » 24 Jan 2012, 16:38

I've lost count of the number of roommates I've had. In my experience, very few people change their behaviour . So, er, good luck with that :lol: .

I would either move in with friends (ideally with similar interests and standards of cleanliness) or live alone.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby Belgian Pie » 24 Jan 2012, 16:57

TheGingerMan wrote:Indeed. Try talking some more, without the landlord, who most likely would nothing but pass it along as an amusing anecdote. Noise levels,, and awareness of same, are on a completely different tangent in this fair nation.
If talking doesn't work, then try a little payback at around 9 or 10, or whenever the perp is dozing off. And if that doesn't work, give your notice and move out. Life is far too short to be taking any guff from roommates or neighbours.


Try 4:30 -5:00 AM ... and again from 5:45- 6:30 AM than he'll be sleeping for sure ... keep it up for a week or so ...
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby bumclouds » 27 Feb 2012, 01:31

Definitely, definitely go with the Taiwanese friend option. Discuss it with him man-to-man. Face-to-face.

You'll feel a lot better about it and so will he.

If things don't improve after the chat, start to record the times and dates he makes the noise, along with whether or not you asked him to be quiet. This way, when you complain to the landlord, you can state with certainty the frequency and severity of the disturbances. Be civilized about it and stick to facts and only facts. No accusations.

If that fails, your last option is to be a total cunt. When you get up in the morning and get ready to go to work/school, make sure he wakes up at the time too. I recommend playing William Tell Overture at +130dB.

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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby maunaloa » 27 Feb 2012, 02:12

I have used the "audio payback" method successfully, after a discussion produced no results. My "audio payback", however, had a a twist: it was an "audio playback" as in replay. I recorded the noisy jerk, and played back his own "production" at high volume about 0900 the next morning. He apparently "recognized" it. One playback, end of problem, no further discussion.
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Re: Noisy roommate

Postby TainanCowboy » 27 Feb 2012, 08:45

It worked on Manuel "Pineapple-face" Noriega....:grin:

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