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mortch

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We have a two unit house in a small town. Everyone knows everything about everyone. One of the biggest problems in the town is drugs and all that goes with that. There is a large subsidized housing section in town and it does attract many unsavories from other parts of the state.

Long time residents like to complain but don't do much to "take back the town".

I recently posted about an eviction I had initiated with a tenant who has become more of a problem. We were able to come to a solution and the eviction has been halted. I could tell she was going to fight the one item...so we worked it out to my satisfaction.

I still get calls, however, from neighbors and well meaning acquaintances ....reporting that my tenant "has people over at all hours of the night" or "her lights are on in the middle of the night" or "That girl is living with your tenant". IM NOT KIDDING! The little old lady next to them called my husband tonight with those quotes!

We politely tell them that we are aware...and that if the tenant is disturbing them they need to call police. Of course no one calls police. Drives me nuts! They just want us to evict.

I know the tenant is probably doing something she shouldn't... Extra roommate, drug activity etc..... But without proof we can't do anything. We had a police report about the unauthorized tenant...but even that could have been argued....and my tenant was willing to fight it. The lease says she cannot be a disturbance to other tenants or neighbors....but no one wants to go on record for fear of retaliation.

I am venting! It's just frustrating that the community bitches about these issues but they refuse to be part of the answer!

My tenants lease comes up in April and I have the option of not renewing....we shall see. If she is paying rent and not violating lease though, I don't see why I should terminate.....

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You really have two problems here. An uptight neighbor and a savvy tenant who seems willing to fight. You are, literally, between a rock and a hard place.

The simple solution (and I've had people do this before) is to politely ask the callers to send their complaints to you in writing so you can "document" them for the purposes of taking further action. The actual prospect of having to do something beyond picking up a telephone is usually enough to dissuade these type of people. 

If that doesn't work, just screen their calls. Best advice I can give.

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mortch

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Between a rock and a hard place indeed! Lol

It is more than one neighbor! Typical of this little town! We do ask them to send us a letter outlying their concerns....but they don't want to be identified if we have a hearing. We just politely let them know that without police reports, letters, photographs of unauthorized tenants using keys etc..that our hand are tied. Honestly..... I question the validity of some of their concerns...

Either way, rent is paid, apartment looks quite nice inside .... We are good on this side!!

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That's so awesome you are taking up for her more or less.  I've worked for a lot of landlords-excellant landlord/tenant relationships and she always told everyone-they rent the place they should be able to do whatever they want and are entitled to their privacy so shut your windows and turn on your AC & mind your own business.  Their are good tenants out there and they shouldn't be harassed so badly, good payers are hard to get to.  Send out a comical flyer about nosy neighbors.  I'm upfront with all landlords.  I've landed quite a few jobs being that way.  I worked for most all my landlords they loved my work.  I can use almost any tool a man can & almost do anything a man can.  Roofing, construction, plumbing, landscaping, clean outs etc...I trained Denny's managers and cooks for over 35 years this is where the respect comes from.  After they were through with training through me they get a big head and get mean to employees but I still respect them.  So the thing that I tell apartments, rooms etc...that I am trying to rent which I am seeking a place to live and can pay and work, is:  No pets, no drugs, no parties, no drama, no kids, no friends or relatives coming by, clean quiet, mind my own business, you don't have to ask for your money, I own my truck, 58, disabled but get around good.  Only 2 bad things are on me=My low credit score of 580 and I smoke but willing to go outside.  I can pass a background check, application, criminal check, eviction check but low credit score.  Anyone interested in a really GOOD renter with only 2 bad items on me?  Loveabl1[bawl]
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