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Any advice on what to do about noisy neighbours. We own our groun d floor apartment and an English couple own the one above. Origionally they were just using it as a holiday home once a year for a month. They occasionally let it to family - no problem. They once let it to an English family with 2 small children - no problem. Three years ago they let it for 11 months a year to a professional Turkish family who in themselves are really nice but the noise is so bad we are thinking of selling. They wear heavy plastic clogs as slipper a nd the constant clip clop up and down early in the morning is just not fair, the hoov er goeson at 7.30 the kids go to school then she goes back to bed. Can't go to bed early as their tv is loud and the noise carries from the front balcony back in to the back bedroom. Ramazan was a nightmare at 4 - 5.30am and in the end I had to complain again and it went quiet, but this morning at 7.30 the cloppers were back and unfortunately once they wake me I cannot get back to sleep, I really want to return home I've had enough of not sleeping, my stereo has been on since 8.15 this morning as I'm awake and why should I keep quiet. I don't think we could rent this place out in the summer as rentals wouldn't like the noise either. Any advice would be appreciated.
Oh both my husband and I have complained (in a nice way not nastily) every time we come which is every 4 - 6 weeks, we have had Turkish friends here and they have also noticed the noise.
 

babsgood

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Lesley sorry to hear this, we used to have the same problem when we had our apartment, it was one of the factors in deciding to sell, I don't have any answers though, well apart from blasting music out every time she goes back to bed but that would be taking yourself down to her level (although it probably would make you feel better)
 

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My every sympathy. Apartment living and noisy neighbours has been the bane of my life both in the UK and here. There is no solution except to pray that they move or last resort, you move. The only peace I have every had was when I bought my own house in the UK. I have always rented here though and one of the reasons for this is because I know I can always move on if things don't suit me. I'm afraid you won't get any joy by retaliating with your own noise on Turkish people, noise does not bother them.
 

Peaceplant

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Poor you. I know how you feel. We recently stayed at our apartment and although our Turkish neighbour below is brilliant and we never hear a thing the neighbours to our right (detached building) were soooo noisy. Telly blaring till early hours from early on in the day, baby screaming, visitors coming and going. what a nightmare. Every day at the same time both of the families put on the same game show which has a really annoying sound effect like a loud mobile phone ring and the show seemed to be on forever. They enjoyed sitting outside to watch it so left the telly inside and just turned it up even more!!!! Aaaaaaagh!!

In our last apartment we had the clog dance overhead as well.

It is a waste of breath complaining as they do seem totally oblivious to noise. Even when we lived with Murat's family years ago and he had to get up for work the family never turned the tv down and it was on half the night cos they fell asleep watching it. If you can't show consideration to you own loved ones are you gonna bother about your neighbours?

Not ideal this but we lived for 6 months in a flat (UK) next to the snorer from hell. We could not get out of the tenancy so there was nothing to do but go to bed with earplugs in every night. We just moved so it's wonderful to be able to sleep without them.

Flip flops like we wear seem very expensive in Turkey but are much quıeter underfoot. Maybe you could present them with a bundle of flipflops and ask them to wear them in the house. If they wear those wood ones no wonder you are going crazy!! I took a few pairs of cheap flip-flops out this time. So easy to just rinse when they get dusty and quıet round the house. Maybe in your area you can buy them cheap. You could maybe suggest it to them?
 
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KKOB

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I've never lived in a flat or apartment. My biggest nightmare about living above or below someone is always that they'd be noisy or that I would have to spend my life tip-toeing around incase I made too much noise for them.

I've lived in detached houses for so long and have always been able to have music up as loud as I wanted and been up and about at all hours I doubt that I could ever adapt to living any otherway. I also couldn't get used to not having my own garden and the freedom to do what I want in it.

You've got my sympathy.
 

Yalides

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I've never lived in a flat or apartment. My biggest nightmare about living above or below someone is always that they'd be noisy or that I would have to spend my life tip-toeing around incase I made too much noise for them.

I've lived in detached houses for so long and have always been able to have music up as loud as I wanted and been up and about at all hours I doubt that I could ever adapt to living any otherway. I also couldn't get used to not having my own garden and the freedom to do what I want in it.

You've got my sympathy.

Absolutely spot on mate, our neighbours have no concept of respect towards other people but are quick to complain if a door slams in the wind. They just love to drill a hole at 2.00 in the morning. One of the reasons we want to move to detached in Yali town.
 
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Absolutely KKOB.
We have only ever had houses and good neighbours in the UK too!!
Since owning an apartment in Turkey its a bit of a culture shock relating to living attached to everybody else and sharing everything.
People above you,a shared entrance,garden and pool all seem relatively simple factors until you own on a complex in real life.
Its nothing to do with being in a foreign country or the lovely people.
We also have lovely neighbours in our block.
No,there is just so much more you have to consider.
We had a leak through our bathroom ceiling from the apartment above and of course we have never lived anywhere where an apartment was above us.
They are away so how does the plumber get access.
Who is actually responsible for the problem.
Do we have to consult the management committee.
Where is the maintenance man when you need him

I am amazed how complicated communal living is where neighbours become such an important part of your life that its like a huge commune with linked issues and things that need discussing constantly.
In a house it doesnt matter so much because its YOUR garden,YOUR pool,YOUR roof,YOUR entrance,YOUR pathway so you are focused on those things and not what somebody else is doing,damaging,flooding or using.

Dont get me wrong we love it where we are as a holiday home for 5 weeks a year but if we lived there permanently we would be up in the hills in a villa or house at Kaya Koy or Uzumlu for example.
Having the experience for only a brief time each year in Turkey makes me appreciate the joys of your own place and the freedom that KKOB mentioned.

Its a whole new ball game Lol
 

gren

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Forget any idea of 'being friendly'.

Firstly, steal their clogs..
The same day give them a thick carpet for their room above your bedroom and take it round with some nice food as a 'Bayram gift'.

If that doesn't help, install a false ceiling in your bedroom [2 parallel wood beams on each side wall then lay slats resting between the beams with insulation or old carpet in-between]

Beg your English landlords to not rent to them again or....deliver a letter (in Turkish) saying that their rent will triple as from next month which must be paid in advance...then watch how quick they move out..
 

Yalides

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We found that if there isn,t a wall between your gardens the Turks will soon install one. To their advantage of course. Ours have been taken to court by the Turkish neighbours on the other side and have to remove all illegal walls. Not holding my breath for the near future.
 
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We bought them out a pair of soft slippers each for which they thanked us, they were put in the cupboard and everytime they ask us up for coffee etc they give us the soft slippers to wear!
 
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I did forget to mention that the neighbour is actually our company accountant too. We have spoken to the landlords repreatedly but they need the rental, one way of looking at it is if they just rented it our in the summer to just anyone the noise could be worse. The neighbours were quick to complain to their landlords when we cut OUR bourgonvilla down (it was growing nicely up into the balcony above) and we got nasty comments about it, we brought it, planted it and have watered it for 3 years yet cannot cut it!. When the owners come out for a month we don't have any problem with the noise from them. I tried to record it on my phone this morning but couldn't get it to work. At the moment they are rearranging the furniture whilst I am typing this.
 

Sunny Seasider

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Oh the slipper saga made me lol, sorry Lesley, it's not funny for you. We are detached here in the UK, and often think back to the days when we were in semi detached house, we were probably noisy as we were a lot younger, but now it's bliss. In Turkey we are in a block of 4, and we are on the top floor, have to say we've been very very lucky because we and our neighbours below (who are friends) are the only ones that have been there when we're over, and we go out to-gether or socialise of an evening up on our terrace together, so have to say you have my sympathy. It does seem that they are totally ignorant of how miserable they are making your stay there. I hope they are not moving the furniture ready to fire off their rockets tonight for the Bayram celebrations.
 

Yalides

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Oh the slipper saga made me lol, sorry Lesley, it's not funny for you. We are detached here in the UK, and often think back to the days when we were in semi detached house, we were probably noisy as we were a lot younger, but now it's bliss. In Turkey we are in a block of 4, and we are on the top floor, have to say we've been very very lucky because we and our neighbours below (who are friends) are the only ones that have been there when we're over, and we go out to-gether or socialise of an evening up on our terrace together, so have to say you have my sympathy. It does seem that they are totally ignorant of how miserable they are making your stay there. I hope they are not moving the furniture ready to fire off their rockets tonight for the Bayram celebrations.

Don,t want you lot making a noise up the hill and keeping me awake when you here either.....
 

Sunny Seasider

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Don,t want you lot making a noise up the hill and keeping me awake when you here either.....

I'll not pack me clogs then, lol
 

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