What can I do about my problem neighbors?
March 5, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
My neighbors moved in two days ago, and haven't stopped yelling since. And they're drug dealers. Can I nip this in the bud?
posted by vathek to Law & Government (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in an apartment complex in Baltimore. It's in a nice neighborhood but is owned by an doddering old slumlord. He's been totally unhelpful in the past, or else I'd call him first. I have plenty of weird neighbors, but these new ones are in a different league.
The new tenants moved in on Saturday. In the past forty-eight hours, they've been fighting constantly. All Saturday night there were weird sounds coming from their apartment, including lots of knocking on the wall. Today I heard one of them yelling about how the other one had commissioned a junkie to repair their bathroom (?!), given him too many Xanax, and now their bathroom is totally fucked up, which probably explains the noises. Last night somebody hung around outside yelling at them to let him in and give him his money. Then one of the tenants screamed until one in the morning about his partner sleeping with other men. Today they have been yelling about money and selling pills. One of them threatened to get the other one's probation revoked. There's been enough general drug talk and paranoid ranting to make me pretty sure they're all addicts. I heard them yelling about selling their Suboxone so they're probably junkies/ex-junkies, but their affect seems pretty tweaky.
So, in short, it seems like a volatile situation that could easily collapse on its own in a short time. I'm more worried that it might not. I don't want to say anything to the neighbors directly because they are so volatile and I don't want to make myself or my apartment a target. What I want to know is what I should be doing to protect myself and how best to set in motion a process that will either get these guys evicted/arrested or force them to shut up.
Should I send them an anonymous note pointing out that they've lived here for two days and have already tipped their hand about being drug dealers to everyone in the building, so maybe they could rein in the screaming at all hours? Or do I bypass this civility and just call the cops whenever they start yelling, selling drugs, or late night renovating? Do I stop in at the police station now and talk to them about my concerns? Do I send the landlord a registered letter? I realize the solution will probably be along the lines of "call the police early and often," but I want to know what else, if anything, I should be doing.