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That is not how the law will work

Posted by Unstoppable Ed on August 19, 2000 at 01:28:27:

In Reply to: Re: Tired of being harassed-Landlord does nothing to stop it! posted by frank on August 18, 2000 at 18:48:54:

: If the landlord still refuses to help, then hold your rent and go to court and call these dogs as hostile witnesses to your situation

The Landlord is not harassing them ... an upstairs neighbor is. If they refuse to pay rent, the landlord WILL commence proceedings against them in housing court and they CAN be evicted ... which would be exactly what the harassers want, they might even go and testify for the landlord. In this type of situation one wants to keep as many people on your side, not emulate the neighbors and make more enemies.

:also go to the Police again and ask to speak to a Captain and file a complaint of harassment against them...

Moving around someone's patio furniture in a common area, and a rude 13-year old are not likely to cause a cop to move a finger ... yet basically this is what the complaint would consist of. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the neighbors knew each other and for a time were speaking ... them neighbors undoubtedly have their own version of the story to tell; this is not the same as harassment perpetrated by a stranger.

Once again, the neighbors seem to have an "attitude" to be as rude and/or obnoxious as possible. One could keep a diary and document each incident, establishing a pattern or wait and see if they make a more direct or credible threat which you could take to the police. Or, the victims could calmy and rationally confront the harassers and request that their behavior stop or try to make amends. As for hiring lawyers, going to court, not paying rent ... the time, money and agravation these actions bring far outweigh the annoyance of moved lawn furniture. The best solution to these "Archie Bunker" type neighbors is to "move on up" to someplace else.

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