For some reason, we got the feeling in our new apartment that we had to be very cautious with any kind of sound when our neighbor from below asked us to take off our shoes so he wouldn't have to hear us walk. Then a new family of smokers moved in next door, and the entire floor started smelling like a club in the 70s. We looked over our lease to see if there were any smoking regulations, and found this instead:
"The Tenant shall not play in a disturbing manner or cause to be played in a disturbing manner any musical instrument, radio, TV, or stereo on the leased premises, and shall not conduct or permit to be conducted vocal or instrumental practice or instruction at any time."
- Gee, couldn't the management have told us that when they asked us our occupation and we told them that both of us were professional musicians?!
- Seeing instruments put in the same category as radio, TV and stereo just hurts my musician's soul.
- How about reasonable rules instead of a no-playing rule: playing allowed between 9am-8pm, electric instruments unplugged.
- Cigarettes are permitted but not instrument playing?! When it comes to a big apartment complex like ours, how hard could it be to have specific buildings designated for smokers, specific buildings designated for pro and amateur musicians?
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