My flat is on the top floor of a three floor building. The lower two floors are for businesses, so there are only two residential areas - my flat, and the one across the hall, where my neighbour lives alone. The doors are about 3 foot apart.
All of this is necessary detail, you see, so you can understand why I heard rather clearly the argument and shouting match between my neighbour and our landlady today. When I came back from one of my many trips, he had a notice on his door saying that he was three months behind on his rent, and so was being evicted. Clearly he managed to wriggle out of that, but I think being late with January's rent (now 12 days overdue) as he is every month he does pay has been the last straw, apparently. Our Landlady had brought someone with her (I'm guessing her son, from his slightly over aggressive attitude, and the fact her husband' English is poor) who was getting pretty shouty about wanting the flat emptied. Apparently, my neighbour had already arranged to meet the Landlady in town one day with the money, but had stood her up and refused to answer his phone already this month. Genius.
So it looks like I may be getting a new neighbour soon. While she has threatened to kick the guy out before, I can't see him wriggling past this one much longer. I think his business is in dire straits (he's an interior designer) and clearly ridiculously short on cash.
Ho hum. I turned the music off so I could listen. He did a pretty good job of grovelling, actually, but she stormed off, unconvinced and left an eviction notice on his door again. Excitement, people!