Help me deal with this pervert landlord.
February 6, 2012 12:50 PM Subscribe
How do I keep living in a great guest house in a great location when I have to deal with a landlord who I saw masturbating (apparently while watching me) through his bedroom window.
posted by chimeling to grab bag (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Sorry, this is a little bit gross.
My boyfriend and I recently moved into this awesome guest house in the Pacific Palisades. We've been there 2 weeks now. It's the best location for our jobs, the air is fresh, the rent is amazingly cheap, it's quiet. No complaints. Except... My boyfriend left for the weekend, only about 24 hours, and when I got up in the morning, went about my business, I noticed the 84 yo, widowed landlord standing at his bedroom window which looks out on the backyard. There is a small gap in his blinds, 3 ish inches, where I imagine he has been in the habit of keeping an eye on his guest house/backyard.
I had never seen him in the window before that morning, so it never worried me. But, when I went back into my house and peeked through the blinds to see if he was still there, I realized he was unclothed and masturbating. Had he not been a somewhat frail 84 yo man, i probably would have called the police. Instead, I called his daughter, who had warned me the week before that he could sometimes be a little perverted if his meds weren't adjusted right. Now, it seems, I know what she meant. She was very apologetic, said she would get it under control. Later that day, he closed the gap in his blinds, but only about half way - there is still about an inch gap, but now I can't even see if he is in there watching me or not.
I am about to give the daughter another call to ask her to tell him to close the blinds all the way. I personally don't want to have any contact with the man after this event. I don't think that will be too hard to do as he generally stays out of the backyard and has no reason to interact with us. My bf and I decided we would get a PO box just to avoid him further.
So, my question is: are we crazy to stay at this place after this event? We really don't want to move, because we've moved about 4 times in the last few months and we are physically, emotionally and financially exhausted from it. Also, apart from the landlord, the place is perfect. My other question is: what can I do to make sure he leaves me alone? Do I have any legal rights in this situation? Who should I call? Can/should I get a restraining order?
Any thoughts/advice welcome. Thanks for reading.