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  1. Teenager neighbor's noise driving us nuts

    Hello good folks of TT,   It's been a while so let me start by saying i hope everyone here enjoyed some peace & bliss during the holidays :-)   Now for the topic I'm hoping you can help figure this out...  We live in an old and badly insulated building with just 5 apartments, all couples or singles, some pets and no kids. Except the one teenager downstairs, I'll come back to that in a minute. The building has an odd layout, with angles & split levels everywhere - this is only relevant because of the noise issue we're having recently.    So a single mom moved in around the same time we did with an angelic-looking son and up until this year it was all good, then hormones kicked in and the kid started turning into a teenage monster. He's around 16 now. His bedroom is directly below ours, on the ground floor, his windows overlooking the front narrow strip of a 'garden' (really more of a walkway to the back with a hedge blocking the street), He tends to consider this outside area and the building's main entrance - next to his bedroom and below our terrace, which is next to our bedroom - as his 'hangout'.    He has his mates over regularly on weeknights and weekdays, a mixed group of teenage boys / girls, about 6-7 of them at any one time. They mostly stay in his room which is fine, although we do hear the chatter and music, but nothing unmanagable. That I can put down to the crap insulation, although admittedly a tad annoying. The problem comes when they get into 'party mode' - that is, start going in and out of the house either via the main entrance, or later in the night (perhaps once mom locked up for the night?) through his windows.     Then they start chattering, drinking, smoking, laughing histerically, listening to crappy music on their phones, dancing around, sometimes running around; doing what generally slightly drunk and stoned teenagers do - right under our bedroom windows. Oh and when going in and out of the building for a smoke/spliff, they bang the front door or windows or pull the blinds up and down so that the whole building shatters like some bomb hit it.    About a week ago there was so much commotion I nearly fell out of the bed due to all the door/window banding... From what we could gather, turned out they decided going down  to the Keller for a quick spliff and one of them fell down the stairs drunk and stoned.   We did call out the kid and his mates a few times telling them to keep it down and then it was fairly quiet for the rest of the night, but that's not a permanent solution. I'm currently listening to some weird mumble rap seeping through the floor and just had to shout out the window to one of the mates to stop flicking his cigarette butts to the front door.   Anyway, I won't bore you with more details. The point is, the kid is in that really unmanagable stage of life with a bunch of equally idiotic little mates around him and is beginning to become a real nuisance with all the noise they make during the nightly 'hangouts', and as he gets older the worse it will be until he either gets a job and starts appreciating a good night's sleep, or f*cks off to college.    I don't know what the mom thinks of all this, or if she's even home (or sleeps really deeply), but since the parties happen quite frequently I doubt she's too much bothered by it all. What I do know is that we don't want to constantly sleep with earplugs, and we cannot move our bedroom. Also moving apartments is not an option so we need to fix this somehow with staying here and if possible, not wrecking the otherwise very civil neighborly relationship with the mom :-)    Question is: do we talk to the mom? Do we talk to the son? Do we just call the police on them next time they act stupid? Or do we just plan some prank / revenge? (my hubby's all for that option - I'm not a fan, as it can so easily backfire. We did go as far as throwing a snowball on his blinds one Saturday morning to wake him. He didn't, sleeps until 11 o'clock like every teenager).   Your sound advice is appreciated, as always :-)   Thanks, Dot