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I just lodged a formal complaint against my guvvy house neighbours…

Captain RAAF 20 April 2011 65

My special neighbours have started to deconstruct several cars on the front lawn of their house, there are car parts and tools strewn all over the place, along with rubbish etc.

They’ve been doing this kind of thing for years, wrecking the colourbond fence, throwing rubbish into my yard, mobile phones onto my roof, using my driveway to get to and from their caryard parking facility and so on, not to mention their kids, all girls, getting around in just their undies, their cats and dogs wandering into my property to do what cats and dogs do, to cut a long story short, I’ve had enough!

So, I lodged a complaint and will soon receive a letter acknowledging same, with a reference number so I can refer to the departments gross lack of action in future.

I decided that a Blitzkreig approach is best, so I spoke to the elderly couple across the road and they too are submitting a formal complaint.

The question I pose to the RiotACT is, what do you think the Department of Housing will do about it?


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SidneyReilly 2:08 pm 03 Jan 16

I have been in this situation myself. I bought a house next to a Guvvy place and did not realise it was a guvvy till the older guy who used to live there told me. Poor old guy passed away in trot some right bogans, 9 cars on the front lawn in various states of decomposition, the guy across the road complained to Housing who issued a clean up notice that was ignored. there was a contniual stream of ACTEW and police visiting. Problem was the bogans could not read….. Housing suggested that we move (I jest not) and I had a dummy spit and eventually things got sorted and those residends were moved on to be replaced by some great Kiwis….
Anyway just let me tell you that for those who say “sell up and move” you try selling a house next to a place with 9 cars on the front lawn and 4 males wandering around shouting obscenities at all and sundry….

EvanJames 10:41 am 21 Feb 12

TelecasterLPGTop said :

You haven’t mentioned whether you’ve sat down with them and had a chat about the situation, have you ? Going to the offending neighbour in a calm and friendly manner can have good results.

Oh, FFS. There’s always someone who comes out with this.

Cluetime: ferals, scum, anti-social substance-abusing lunatics and their ilk are not to be reasoned-with and to try will give them a definite target for attention in their substance-addled, bored, violent, welfare-funded lives.

TelecasterLPGTop 9:41 am 21 Feb 12

You haven’t mentioned whether you’ve sat down with them and had a chat about the situation, have you ? Going to the offending neighbour in a calm and friendly manner can have good results. Of course if they’re crazy THEN you go for the throat.

The Antichrist 8:44 pm 06 Sep 11

Captain RAAF said :

Easiest fix is to just burn the house down while no-ones home but no way I’m going to the slammer for these pigs, so it’s got to be done right, utilising the system

It is the easiest way, and it worked a treat in our street. Watch those electric blankets, they can cause all sorts of fire issues ya know !

farnarkler 7:15 pm 06 Sep 11

Capt RAAF I’ve recently finished an 11 month stint at Housing ACT. Oh the stories I could tell.

Your neighbours will get their notice to vacate. If they’re smart they’ll lodge an appeal and get assistance from Northside or Southside Community Services or one or more of the many advocates they have access to. .

The chances of them actually getting turfed out is pretty slim from my experience. Once they get their visit from the RM they might behave for a few weeks then they’ll probably go back to their ways. I’ve seen it happen a hundred times. Oh and you’ll never get to know because the Privacy act stops anyone from Housing ACT telling you anything at all about their tenants.

The one thing you have to remember is; if they do get evicted, the new residents may be worse. Believe me there are families out there that you do NOT want to have as neighbours!!!

Henry82 5:37 pm 06 Sep 11

(but yes, it does put unnecessary stress on the rspca)

Henry82 5:36 pm 06 Sep 11

Captain RAAF said :

cat and now it may be but down..

The ceo of RSPCA was on RA about a year ago, he said that there are very few animals are put down, basically the ones that are injured so badly they won’t survive rehabilitation.

Captain RAAF 5:10 pm 06 Sep 11

matt31221 said :

oh’, and I caught one of their cats and took it to the pound, I think I have two or three to go.

Very pleased that you got some action happenning to sort out your neighbours Capt. Just gotta say though – kidnapping someone elses pet cat and taking it to the pound is not cool, the owners may be douchbags but they were looking after and feeding that cat and now it may be but down. That is a pretty low act man.

I didn’t creep into their yard and trap it ya know, it came into my yard, i trapped it and took it to the RSPCA. If they really missed their cat(s) that would be the first place they’d look but all their mangy animals are unregistered, not micro-chipped therefore they are committing an offence so don’t bother retrieving them. That’s their problem, not mine!

matt31221 4:45 pm 06 Sep 11

Captain RAAF said :

Just a quick update and something to consider if you are in a similar situation as I.

The neighbors had five derelict cars and about five daily drivers. I can’t see anything being done about the five dailys, but I am pleased to report that two of the wrecks have been towed away and another two have been moved into their back yard.

The front yard is almost unrecognisable, you can actually see the grass now! There remains just one old wrecked people mover thing there. My fence has been straightened and once they pick up the 50kg of old clothes they dumped by the front door, things should be looking up…..

Complain often and loudly, get your good neighbors to complain also and you may just start getting results.

oh’, and I caught one of their cats and took it to the pound, I think I have two or three to go.

Very pleased that you got some action happenning to sort out your neighbours Capt. Just gotta say though – kidnapping someone elses pet cat and taking it to the pound is not cool, the owners may be douchbags but they were looking after and feeding that cat and now it may be but down. That is a pretty low act man.

Ex Warrior 3:58 pm 06 Sep 11

Good news, pls keep the updates coming.

My public housing neighbour works as a foreman with a plumbing firm, owns a caravan down the coast and has just installed a pool. This no doubt fits the criteria!!!

Captain RAAF 3:15 pm 06 Sep 11

**UPDATE**

Just received a call from the acting regional manager of the Dpt of Housing and they are going to issue the tenants with a notice to fix all the issues within 14 days (they were given 30 days to fix the problems and did nothing, which expired yesterday). Failure to address the problems and bring the property up to standard in that time frame will see them issued with a notice to vacate and legal action taken against them.

The acting regional manager will be personally visiting the property this week to bring these people up to speed. She’s been there before so knows what to expect. The Dept is not happy with the state of the property and they are acting so I don’t know why they are acting for me where others have failed? Maybe it’s my threats to write to the Minister as a disgruntled war veteran or the fact that I have photo’s of everything?

Anyway, noisy gear gets the grease!

Captain RAAF 9:36 pm 04 Jun 11

Just a quick update and something to consider if you are in a similar situation as I.

The neighbors had five derelict cars and about five daily drivers. I can’t see anything being done about the five dailys, but I am pleased to report that two of the wrecks have been towed away and another two have been moved into their back yard.

The front yard is almost unrecognisable, you can actually see the grass now! There remains just one old wrecked people mover thing there. My fence has been straightened and once they pick up the 50kg of old clothes they dumped by the front door, things should be looking up…..

Complain often and loudly, get your good neighbors to complain also and you may just start getting results.

oh’, and I caught one of their cats and took it to the pound, I think I have two or three to go.

Mystery2Me 5:40 pm 26 Apr 11

Captain RAAF, I hope you considered the disadvantaged homeless people before you posted (as was suggested to me : http://the-riotact.com/thanks-for-the-footpath-but/40776

I took matters into my own hands, for your information, and disposed of the rubbish in the park across the road. Maybe you should consider disposing of your rubbish in a similar way………… Oops, was that insensitive given the recent occurrences in Sydney where some poor innocent child was disposed of by her parents in bushland near their house).

astrojax 6:38 pm 23 Apr 11

big call, pb!!

Pommy bastard 10:59 am 23 Apr 11

astrojax said :

like the song says, all ya do to me is talk talk…

Brilliant (eponymous) single by the best band of the 80’s.

KCL 10:51 am 23 Apr 11

Bemused said :

Well, this has been a good thread.

While I appreciate the frustration of having neighbours like this, so far the “solutions” have covered threats of murder, criminal damage (by fire and otherwise), paedophilic salivating over small children in underwear, suggestions that those same children should be plied with alcohol before being sexually assaulted and animal cruelty through the murder of household pets. I can only assume these neighbours are of Anglo background, otherwise the racial insults would have been coming thick and fast by now.

Gotta love a balanced and tolerant community.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CLARITY
we all make our own kahma,
my wise aunty always use to say “two wrongs don’t make a right”
i can garenteee that retalliation IS NOT going to fix the problem, only make it worse.
there is a win/win situation

KCL 10:28 am 23 Apr 11

unfourtunatley nothing…(unless you know someone or can call on a favour!)
must be that time of year, my mum has been living in the same house for over 30ys and in the last 3 months her new neighbour has started verbally bullying her over a tree that is probabley older than he is, and making her general life so uncomfortable that she is actually concidering selling up!!!

astrojax 8:50 am 23 Apr 11

Captain RAAF said :

Excellent, you all think I’ve gone soft. Mission successful!

This way, when plod comes to my door and asks me if I know anything about all the cars in the house next door catching on fire I can say ‘That’s so sad, what a tragedy for that poor struggling family’, and keep a straight face.

Firstly, I did go and speak to them and the result was ‘Whatever maaaaan!!’

So, dialogue has ended, you only get one chance with me.

Next step, complaints to the Department, lots of them, a lot of pictorial evidence building up before a report of biblical military proportions finds its way on Joy Burch’s desk with a ‘please explain’.

I then sit back and do nothing…for a long time, regardless of whether the filth cleans up their act or not, and when the end result is that they just trash the joint and start glaring at me evilly I start baiting them…enticing them, daring them, they’ll make a mistake, they’ll jump a fence in the middle of the night to kick my dunny down or poison my goldfish and I’ll be there, with a shotgun and the knife they tried to stab me with, or one by one all their cars die a few hundred metres down the road as the Obama style ‘cash for clunkers’ goop I put in their oil system blows their engines up.

I have by this stage, already ratsacked their prize bird collection and blown up the cat and two dogs.

Just getting warmed up at this point. They by now have probably put two and two together, come up with five and think it’s someone from interstate (hellooo, I’m just over here!). Quietly, I sit in my chair by the front door, happy in the knowledge that my spy camera is slowly collecting evidence of them poisoning the hedge that separates our property and them jumping the fence to do number two’s on my spa cover and so on, should their small brains start to look in my direction.

They leave all their sh/tbox cars open all night, doors open, windows open, so easy for them to mysteriously roll down the yard and take out the fence, other cars, corner of the house or for mysterious deposits of oil, litres and litres of it to appear on the ground under the car and then bursting into flame, of foreign bodies finding their way into carburetors, wonka-esque sugar deposits making their way into fuel tanks, the water being turned off and the pit housing the valve filling with quikset cement, all the car tyres being deflated and then topped up with just enough expanding foam that they think they can make it to the servo and then wonder why no air is getting in and so on.

I can keep it up forever. If they ever decide to play hard ball I am sure I have much better toys than they or their mates do.

like the song says, all ya do to me is talk talk… i thought you were captain raaf, superhero no 9. but you’re just a grumpy old man who likes to think tough and act meek. what a disappointment. where’s the hummer, the sweatband, the uzis blazing and the faithful sidekick saving you from time to time?

Pommy bastard 8:20 am 23 Apr 11

Bemused said :

I can only assume these neighbours are of Anglo background, otherwise the racial insults would have been coming thick and fast by now.

It could be worse I suppose, they could be Welsh…

Bemused 10:01 pm 22 Apr 11

Postalgeek said :

Girls in Undies – eventually come of age. Fail to see the problem here, especially if you ply them with alcohol.

So, for what purpose were you planning to ply the girls with alcohol?

It is a little hard to see how my comment marks me as racist – presumably recognising that the kinds of people who suggest killing their neighbours and their pets, destroying their property and plying their children with alcohol (for whatever purpose) while expressing simplistic, stereotyped attitudes towards anyone dependent on welfare are reasonably likely to be intolerant in other ways (including racially) makes me racist. Probably better that I just stick to being violent, sexist and hating foreigners.

Oh, and no, I don’t agree with killing household pets, even in the very unlikely that it is done with the intention of eating the pet afterwards. Killing the pet quickly with a well-aimed bullet does not make it any less cruel.

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