I would just like to say that the nearby areas are not dodgier in the slightest. The people are warm and friendly and very helpful, even though they might not look the same as you. We've never had any problems in our neighborhood, always met the nicest of people.
And for the record, we've put up curtains and had the hissing noise repaired. Apologies if it caused you any problems during your stay. However, we enjoy our hard-wood floors.