Disruptive and Harassing Neighbor
Hey all, found this forum in a search for possible solutions to a rude and unreasonable neighbor. From what I gather from the landlord, she has been nasty to previous tenants and drove a few of them to move out too.
The majority of the harassment started (July) when we became acquainted with another tenant whom she seems to despise ("Tenant A") and also when we politely asked her + family to stop double parking in the driveway in back of our car (her unit does not come with a parking space).
She makes vile and obscene comments about my family members and I, as well as all sorts of ridiculous accusations. She seems to love standing outside her front door (which is right next to ours) and yak on about all the people who "wronged" her and curse them to suffer horrid fates. She doesn't specify names but provide enough details so you usually know who she's talking about.
The apt complex has been in a general mess lately too though we can't tell or prove who is/are the culprits. We're responsible for the general sweeping, cleaning and taking out the trash maintenance of the complex. To name a few... In early August, urine was splashed all over my front door. During the third week of August, something was smeared onto everyone's closet doors (each unit has a small closet storage space in the laundry room): not sure what it was, but it sure smelled foul. Earlier this week, there were shredded sanitary napkins and used toilet tissues scattered on the stairway. "Tenant A" also found motor oil poured over his car. Our car has also suffered scratches and dings when parked in the secured parking garage. Plants have suffered as have our doormat.
I've filed a police report, but with the shortage of cops in the area, that's pretty much all it is.
I know the landlord doesn't like her either as she has a history of causing trouble (though I'm sure it was not documented as the tenants here tend to shy away from things dealing with law and police) and she has gotten into verbal arguments with the manager. However, they don't really know what to do either. The current tenants in the complex seems to be afraid of her and one of the units is good friends with her.
I've been hearing mixed advice on the legalty of making audio recordings. We're deciding on the cost-effectiveness of installing a video surveillance system right now, but that will probably take some time. Short of moving out (which would involve a fair amount of difficulty with the housing shortage in my area), what are some things I can do?
Any thoughts/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!