I live in a small appartment in a densely populated building (6 floors, 24 apartments per floor).
I have no furniture. I work on the floor. I sleep on the floor.
My downstairs neighbors listen to techno music. I can hear the beats / bass. Especially when I sleep (on the hard concrete floor).
I wear earplugs. That filters out most of the noise. But when I lie down to sleep I can hear the beats.
The neighbor is a youngish lady who lives on her own.
On weekends (Saturday and Sunday between 10am to 11pm), the neighbor has guests and they play techno music.
When the neighbor has guests, there is often shouting and loud noises (like furniture being thrown over, banging on pipes).
When the neighbor has guests, and when I open my window I can smell marijuana fumes coming from downstairs.
Frequently the neighbor throws objects out of her window (furniture, picture frames, skateboard, large flower pot, broom, light bulbs).
The owner of my apartment, said that there is a court case to evict the lady. But the case is still in progress.
My rental agreement expires towards the end of the year. Before that I would have to pay a penalty.
What bothers me
- The repetitive beats of the music. The beats are not loud. It is more like a clock ticking. Like tapping a finger on a wooden table ten times, then stopping for 5 beats and then repeating. The loud banging noises and shouting do not bother me.
What I have tried
Twice I have called the police. The first time they arrived too late. The neighbors had left. The second time the music had stopped by the time they arrived. The police spoke to the lady and she said she would turn the music down. Also the building often smells of pot / marijuana and the police do not take the situation seriously.
In my last attempt, I went downstairs to complain directly. The lady stared at me silence. The guest (a man) mocked me (he pretended to be mentally handicapped, danced and imitated me).
What I think presently (below are my opinions not facts)
Now the neighbor (when her guests visit) turns up the music on purpose. I had this impression after the police spoke to the lady, and after I complained directly.
From experience, calling the police is a waste of time and an unpleasant experience.
Calling the police was morally wrong in the eyes of the neighbor. I am now considered a traitor (prick).
Talking to the neighbors will not help.
- Firstly I lack the communication and negotiating skills required for such a situation.
- Secondly, I called the police which angered and provoked the neighbor and her friends.
- Thirdly judging by their taste in music, their behavior and the part of town they (we) live in, these are lower class, uneducated people.
The man who mocked me, has no scruples about mocking me in public and will do so when our paths cross.
I am looking for practical advice.
Will a bed (or just a matrice) dampen the noise?
I have tried wax ear plugs and foam ear plugs. Both work well but are not perfect. Any other types of ear plugs out there (maybe some one has a homemade ear-plug-material) ?
How do I deal with the taunting in public? Do I reply? Do I remain silent? How do I remain calm in such a situation?
I cannot always wear earplugs in the apartment, e.g. when I need to wear headphones. How do I deal (mentally) with the loud music which I now believe is being done purposefully?
Other information which might be (ir)relevant
I have been living 1 year in this country in central europe.
I look and talk like a native of this country.
But before moving here I lived my whole life in another country.
I am not used to living in a densely populated building.
I am 40+.
The neighbors are in their early 20s.
The build is a modern-ish concrete construction. The acoustics is terrible. Inside the apartment I hear the beats coming from below. I hear the beats (vibrations) not really the music. In other words a different type of music would be less audible.