A Quebec woman's loud snoring has become national news in Canada. It seems the unidentified woman snored so loudly, and so regularly, that her downstairs neighbors told the landlord they couldn't take it anymore, reports the BBC. The landlords didn't just pass along the complaint—they showed up with snoring-reduction products and even scheduled a medical appointment for the woman, leaving the appointment slip with a note reading, "Take care of yourself." The tenant's response: Buzz off and leave me alone. When the complaints continued, the tenant claimed they sent her into a three-month depressive funk and stressed her out so much she couldn't sleep. She filed a harassment complaint with the province's rental tribunal, demanding compensation in the form of reduced rent, reports the National Post.
The tribunal just responded with a resounding no, stipulating that apartment dwellers can be expected to tolerate a reasonable amount of noise, but this case was different because the tenant's snoring was so loud and she refused to see a doctor. "Is loud snoring constantly disturbing neighbors a normal inconvenience?" the ruling asks. "The tribunal does not think so. She cannot impose on others her personal decisions that affect the quality of life of others." The situation apparently will continue as is, at least for a while. The tenant's lease runs until 2019, and the landlords have stopped their initial attempt to have the woman evicted ahead of time. (One of the hazards of snoring: a possible decline in memory.)