We’ve been trying to find a new apartment in a good elementary school region since January. We love our apartment now, but the school region isn’t that great, and we are finding that moving to a good region means that we will pay several hundred dollars more to get a place that isn’t anywhere near as nice. On top of that, we have been discriminated against numerous times by people who don’t want to rent to families who have kids (before even meeting us). The manager asks over the phone how many people are in our party before they will set up an appointment and then tells us that the place is still occupied, but they will call us back when it is free. Mysteriously a few times when we had friends call up pretending to rent who say they have no kids, they get appointments right away. Anyway, today, we finally got to see a place that would work for us. My husband really liked it and took us all to see it later. We weren’t there for 5 minutes when someone came in and told us that the woman downstairs said it sounded like her roof was coming in and asked us to keep our kids quiet. Mind you, they weren’t doing anything extraordinary, just excited and running from room to room to see what the place looked like. Not screaming, not leaping about. My husband thought we must have misunderstood and that the woman was just worried that there was someone in the apartment that was supposed to be empty, so he went down to introduce himself and find out. She told us that in 17 years of living there, she’d never heard such a racket before, that my kids were out of control, and if we moved in she’d call the cops on us every day. Mind you she said this in front of my kids. Just for reference, we have never had a neighbor complain about us for any reason. Needless to say, we won’t be living there, because who needs that kind of headache? I was seriously tempted to leave my son’s dirty diaper on her doorstep though.