How to deal with a crazy neighbor?
December 26, 2005 3:00 PM Subscribe
A friend of mine lives in an apartment in New York where for the last 8 or 9 months his downstairs neighbor has been harassing him.
posted by heartquake to Law & Government (23 answers total)
This harassment comes in the form of banging on the ceiling and coming to his door to yell at him. Both of those seem pretty much like "normal" neighbor occurences but things have escalated.
She has (on more than one occasion) left broken glass outside of his door and once broke the locks on his apartment (didn't go in and take anything) and later admitted that to him verbally and the police response to that was it's not worth $250 or more - sorry for you. She also dumped an entire jar of miracle whip on the rug in front of my apartment and put some sort of glue or gum substance on the top lock on my front door (as well as mailbox). Lately she's just been banging incessantly on the ceiling at least once a week
My friend has been to the police, filed reports and basically been told - you're s.o.l. The lady claims that my friend "...harass(es) her all day and night" even though he has a full-time job and isn't home much.
I suppose it's worth nothing that he does have 2 cats but cats can't make enough noise to drive someone batshit crazy can they?
So basically what I'm asking is what is the most appropriate course of action? The super has assured him it won't happen, but it continues to. I did advise him not to correspond with the super or building manager unless it's by certified mail and to make sure to cc them both in on it. But besides that, what could/should he do? Thanks for your help.