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Concerned about an elderly neighbor

What should I do about/for my elderly, possibly senile neighbor? I am concerned for her safety. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Dangerous neighbor harassing my family. What can I do?

Dangerous neighbor harassing my family. What can I do? This has been going on for almost 15 years now, but yesterday the problem resurfaced. My family (mother, sister and her two young children) live next door to a violent man. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Feb 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Not Exactly Mister Rogers

How do I get my elderly neighbor to stop harassing me? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jan 28, 2014 - 64 answers

My neighbor is driving recklessly and I don't know what I can do.

Is there anything you can do about a confrontational neighbor who drives recklessly? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jan 20, 2014 - 12 answers

False noise complaints and an eviction threat

My 80-year-old grandparents live in subsidized housing in New Jersey. The neighbor in the apartment next door has been repeatedly making false noise complaints about them, saying that he can't sleep because they play the radio loudly all night (completely untrue). They were even visited by the property manager to tell them to stop. Now they've received a "notice to cease," saying that they'll be evicted if they don't stop. How can we deal with this without a lawyer? More details below. [more inside]
posted by lolichka on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

No more drama please: My neighbor says I'm too loud, is it revenge?

I think my neighbor is complaining about my noise because I previously complained about him to our landlord who is his boss. Should I wait to talk to him in person, which with our schedules could be days, write him a letter, or email our landlord? All three? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Dec 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Neighbor's toilet water is leaking into my home. Landlord doesn't care.

Brown water from the apartment upstairs occasionally leaks into my apartment and its light fixtures. The landlord and super won't fix the plumbing until that tenant moves out. What can I do about this? Withhold rent? Break my lease? Something else? I understand that YANML, but some help with NYC tenants rights would be good right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Awkward neighbor

My neighbor attempted to ask me out today. I'm not interested. How do I keep things from being awkward while living here for another year and a half? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Nov 22, 2013 - 41 answers

Boyfriend takes pictures of neighbor

I feel kink of embarassed but last day, I used my bf's camera to take pictures and when viewing the pictures I took, I saw that my boyfriend took pictures of our hot-looking neighbor when she was in her room changing, brushing her hair, etc. It was at night, the curtain in her room were not closed. He also took pictures of her underwears (bra and panties) hanging outside... [more inside]
posted by daile on Nov 8, 2013 - 196 answers

What amount of pool hypochlorite would damage an adjacent lawn?

My neighbor believes I am killing his lawn by emptying small amounts of pool water into a pond on my property which borders his property. I do wish he would stop yelling at me. How much pool chemistry (say, calcium hypochlorite) would I need to add per gallon to my pool to damage his lawn? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Sep 11, 2013 - 13 answers

House Hunters: Get Me Out of Here Edition

I moved into a new house about a week ago. Everything seemed great. Good, quiet location, central location, etc. etc. But, I've come to realize that the folks living across the street are bad news. They're extremely loud, vulgar, and generally up to no good. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Am I being scammed?

I returned from vacation to find out that my car had apparently been keyed and my neighbor, who is also an employee of my landlord, had it repaired for $80. What's the best way to handle this? I don't want to be taken advantage of, but I feel obligated to reimburse him. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Aug 19, 2013 - 49 answers

Please Help Me Find a Gargoyle

A verbal altercation with a neighbor (over a trashcan! Feh, neighbors!) has ruined my week, and I've put it in my head that the best way to fend off this demon is to mount a gargoyle on one of my fenceposts. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Jun 14, 2013 - 6 answers

A twist on the neighbor-conflict theme

The problems are pretty standard: our next-door neighbors are a mom with four teen-age daughters who seem to thrive on conflict. Their screaming fights and door-slammings keep us awake; their response to polite requests that they not do this have been retaliation (full details inside!). The twist is that we live in a conservative suburb and we are both trans gender, so their social credibility is way higher than ours (in part because of rumors they spread), so it's hard to figure out what action we might take. [more inside]
posted by DrMew on May 9, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I tell my next door neighbor to take care of her own cat?

She has an ancient, diabetic cat that she's been trying to get rid of, offering people $150 to take him off her hands. She keeps asking me to feed him and give him insulin twice a day on weekends. She's moving out June 1. [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 9, 2013 - 21 answers

I want to help and I really mean it!

Help me write a note to my neighbor, offering help if needed... [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Apr 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Neighbor rebuilding shared fence--do I have any responsibility?

My neighbor has expressed a desire to rebuild the wooden fence between our houses. We share one side of the fence with her, and it's definitely in need of repair--warped boards, aging, etc. Should she be fully responsible for paying for the fence, since it was her idea to fix it? Or should we contribute some money since we share one side of the fence? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 2, 2013 - 36 answers

Loud neighbor help

I have a loud neighbor with a TV who lives below me. I've tried multiple things (try to ask them, tell the manager, bang on the wall) to no avail. Any other options? [more inside]
posted by eliluong on Feb 5, 2013 - 26 answers

Fighting a new neighbor who wants to tear down, rebuild, and flip

A couple recently purchased a beautiful Hacienda-style home on my street. They want to tear it down and replace it with a soulless, bland, aggressively imposing mini-McMansion. Luckily, I live in a really special city with an incredibly strict design review committee. What can I do to fight them? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

How to anonymously and non-creepily help a neighbor?

I don't know my neighbor, but I do know she's going through a rough time. Can I anonymously help her without freaking her out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2013 - 49 answers

Too close for comfort

In a follow-up to this post, our neighbor has continued giving us bottles of alcohol, among other things. We came home to find an electric cord attached from our driveway to their house, and a note explaining their PG&E was turned off... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Nov 13, 2012 - 58 answers

Neighbor feels threatened, asked for help

My upstairs neighbor stopped me on the street today to describe a man that she thinks is following her. She said that at various places she's been going with her son, she's seen him parked watching her. She sounded very worried. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Nov 12, 2012 - 7 answers

How to deal with a furtive, trespassing neighbor?

My neighbor encroaches on our property and leaves garbage. The police haven't been particularly helpful. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Barking me into a corner.

Friendly Neighbor Version: Barking Dog is driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Oct 15, 2012 - 25 answers

How to deal with water damage caused by insurance-less neighbor?

Friend lives in a Philadelphia row home. His neighbor's house was sealed by the DA. Neighbor broke back in & flooded the basement intentionally. The water also flooded my friend's basement and he is now concerned about potential mold problems. Neighbor does not have insurance. How should he proceed so as to both deal with potential mold & mildew before they become a problem and not cause his own homeowner's insurance to increase.
posted by davidvanb on Sep 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Neighbor text

I received this text from my neighbor this morning. I have owned my house for 7 years and think my neighbor should mind her own business. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 3, 2012 - 74 answers

Just moved in, took 5 days for the loud neighbor-hammer to drop.

We moved in 4 days ago to a downstairs corner apartment. It's been quiet, until last night (Monday) at 1 am when the neighbor decided to play some combination of thrash metal and 90s technopop. This lasted for about 5 songs, before I went up, and in the politest way possible introduced myself, and asked if the guy could turn down the music because we couldn't sleep. And also not to hesitate to let us know any time we were too loud. He was nice enough, introduced himself, and immediately turned it down to maybe 15% of the volume it was before. Too bad that even this was too loud; [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Aug 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Thanks but no thanks.

Need help on how to avoid eating someone's food. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jul 16, 2012 - 36 answers

How to deal with a crappy neighbor

Neighbor problem. My neighbor lets unleashed dogs run around. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Jul 12, 2012 - 56 answers

Need to keep it legal!

Anything we can do about cop neighbor's multiple legal street-parked vehicles? [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on Jul 10, 2012 - 43 answers

How much freedom to roam?

So what's the norm for kids running around the neighborhood and playing these days? As a parent, what would you like to happen when the kid down the street knocks on your door and asks if your child can play? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Jun 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Neighbor's Nasty Animal Traps

My neighbors have booby trapped the wall behind my house and I'm not happy about it. Who can help me with this? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Jun 4, 2012 - 44 answers

Bad Neighbor!

Neighbor is using an ultra-high-frequency device against us at very high decibels. It causes constant low-grade nausea and a long-lasting ringing in the ears afterwards. Problem is, it can't really be heard because its such a high-frequency. Cops have come to our house, felt the nausea and ear-ringing themselves, but refuse to do anything about it because they can't "hear" it and we have no way of recording it. My question is: Can you point me towards a device that can record high decibel sound in very high frequencies so we can show objectively that this is happening? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on May 28, 2012 - 51 answers

How to handle neighbor's nocturnal emissions (of cigarette smoke)?

Should we ask our new neighbor to lay off smoking in her bedroom, or just do our best to ignore it? [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on May 21, 2012 - 26 answers

Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 36 answers

I'd like to smoke outside, but I don't want to piss off the neighbors.

Should I introduce myself to potential new neighbors to see if my outdoor cigarette smoking would bother them? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on May 18, 2012 - 38 answers

Should I get a property survey?

What's the downside of not getting a property survey? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Something goes thump in the night

Thin walls, noisy partner; help me be a better neighbor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2012 - 35 answers

Am I overreacting to my neighbor's behavior?

What to do about a weird neighbor? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on May 7, 2012 - 59 answers

What else can we do?

Active domestic violence and emotional abuse in the unit above me... Help us brainstorm, are there other things we can do as neighbors with long ears? [more inside]
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish on Apr 25, 2012 - 16 answers

What to do about a smoking neighbor in my apartment?

I live in a downtown-Seattle high-rise apartment building, and the new neighbor is a chain smoker. It's causing serious problems. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Vox Nihili on Mar 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Neigbors gave us a chair, do we give them the craigslist proceeds?

Help my wife and I solve this minor ethical dilemma: What to do about a chair loaned by a neighbor and no longer wanted by either household? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Feb 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Should I cave to my neighbor who wants to use an unlicensed contractor to replace our fence?

What would you do if your neighbor wanted to use an unlicensed contractor to replace a shared fence? She claims this is a guy who they have used for decades and she really likes his work. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Feb 12, 2012 - 28 answers

This makes me want to live in a boat, in international waters.

How do we deal with our new neighbor, who seems to be having deteriorating mental issues. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Feb 9, 2012 - 40 answers

Should I move into the apartment of my formerly noisy neghbour?

There are a lot of previous questions about neighbour relations in apartment buildings. I'm nevertheless going to ask another one. Please tell me about top floor living in a walk up building and whether it's worth it. [more inside]
posted by analog on Jan 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Welcome to the neighborhood!

What can we get for our neighbor now that we've ruined her basement? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Dec 13, 2011 - 12 answers

My neighbor stinks - literally.

Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Deliberately or otherwise, this person is lying about us

What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 20, 2011 - 40 answers

won't you please be my neighbor (and not my roommate)?

My elderly neighbor lived in my rented room before I moved in. He still uses the public areas of the house as his own. What are my obligations? Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Oct 18, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I prevent my drunk neighbor from driving?

I have a neighbor on my block that seems to be an alcoholic. Every couple of weeks, I see him driving slowly down the block, pull into his drive way and drunkenly stumble up the stairs in the middle of the day. I don't care if he drinks all day long, but I am concerned that he drives drunk. There are lots of small children that live on our street, including mine and I don't want a drunk driving around. So far, I've only seen him coming him drunk and at that point it's too late to call the cops. I don't know him personally, so confronting him does not seem like a good idea. What can I do, short of a staking him out at the bar? I'd rather not entertain the idea of car vandalism.
posted by LemonOrange on Oct 13, 2011 - 32 answers

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