When you live in an apartment, condo, or other housing arrangement in which you're surrounded by other residents, conflicts can certainly arise. Although you might feel that you can approach another resident to voice your concerns, some people aren't always receptive to such discussions. This can cause the conversation to deteriorate quickly, leading to a poor relationship — and this isn't something that you want with a neighbor. It's better to approach the property management professional to provide your side of the story. This person can then speak to the other party about the issue and, ideally, resolve the problem. Here are some issues that are best to take to the property manager.
When you live in an apartment or condo, you'll occasionally have parking disputes with your neighbors. These could result from residents parking in your designated parking spot, or even their guests parking in your spot. Such situations can be frustrating and leave you feeling helpless. Confrontations may not be a good idea, though. It's better to seek out your property management and explain the situation. You might also wish to take some photos of other vehicles in your designated parking space to help support your case.
In an apartment or condo, you'll occasionally hear your neighbors. This isn't a cause for concern, as they'll likely hear you on occasion, too. However, if you're constantly hearing people who are not considerate of those around them, it's worthwhile to get your property manager involved. This way, you can stay anonymous. Instead of banging on someone's door and asking him or her to keep quiet, for example, you can share the issue with the property manager. This professional can then follow up and possibly give a warning to the problematic resident.
Problems In Common Areas
Occasionally, there will be an issue in a common area of the building that requires the intervention of management. For example, perhaps someone is consistently dumping trash from his or her vehicle in the parking lot, or perhaps someone is using multiple laundry machines concurrently, despite a rule to this effect being posted in the laundry room. It's best to avoid taking matters into your own hands — removing someone's wet laundry from a machine and throwing it on the floor might feel tempting, but this will only serve to escalate the conflict. Instead, bring the matter to the attention of the building's property manager so that things can be resolved properly.