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Re: police community at fla apt complex

Posted by TenantNet on February 08, 1997 at 12:12:05:

In Reply to: police community at fla apt complex posted by Cassandra B. on February 08, 1997 at 07:08:34:

: I recently came home and found attached to my door new rules and regs of
: my apt complex. States a Community Service Program--the manager is
: implementing a program where if they hear/see/catch children fighting,
: cussing, acts of vandalism to people/property. The children or adult
: will be required to serve community hours at the complex. Such as cleaning
: the pool, trash removal, sweeping the parking area, weeding, cleaning the
: dumpster area. ARE THEY CRAZY. I know they cant do this but I am unable
: to find a legal passage to help. I have a ADHD son who sometimes slips
: and says words he shouldnt So does this mean they can make him work for
: the complex. NO But where can I find the legal support??????

There are instances, depending on the state, local law, case law and various
other things where a parent may be "responsible" for a child if it can be
shown the child is creating a bonafide nuisance (not the occasional fighting
with other kids his age) or engaging in illegal activities. In New York, if
a child sells drugs, it is possible for the parent to be evicted if the
premises are proven to be used for such illicit purposes. What determines
a "nuisance" depends on the freqency and severity and your local laws. But
in all cases, the owner's remedy is to seek the parent's eviction and that
is when it is an ongoing and continual activity, and usually under immense
pressure from other tenants. Your lease will require you to pay rent; it in all
probablility does not require you to serve community service. If you have
such a dictatorial landlord, I would band together with other tenants to
let him know such a remedy is unacceptable. ANd if you find yourself in
such a situation, I wouldn't do it.

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