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Terribad neighbours.

By Dilandach - 14 October 2012 39

Where I live has been relatively quiet. Apart from the odd person relieving me of the burden of a full tank of petrol. We had a neighbour that was troubling. Except for the odd screaming and banging in his house or eyeballing me, it wasn’t too much of an issue.

They moved out, we cheered and hoped that the next lot of people would be somewhat less of a hassle.

Oh how our hopes were dashed.

Ever since they’ve moved in, there are screaming matches at any time of the day or night. We usually dread friday and saturday nights due to the sub-human inhabitants getting tanked up on whatever it is they drink/smoke/snort. Now these screaming matches just aren’t slightly raised voices, they’re full on screaming, car window breaking, throwing items including garbage onto my front lawn, choking and last night while I was out on the varandah… pissing on my drive way. I gave a “what the fuck? seriously!” to no response. No doubt trying to get more of a reaction out of me for a reason to punch on with me.

Nearly every weekend the cops have been called, we’ve called once but obviously others around call as well.

As much as I’d like to reason with these people to grow the fuck up and deal with their issues without being a pain to everyone around them, I know that the knuckle draggers would rather take a swing than agree to knock it off. I’ve got two children under 6 who thankfully so far have slept through the worst of it but no doubt would absolutely be terrified of the screams of some chick and dude loving each other with their fists.

I have the phone number of the owner of the house. I’m not sure if I should pass that on to the realestate agent to take up with the owner or if there’s some other course of action I could take. Quiet, its all we want. What can I do?

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Terribad neighbours.
Madam Cholet 2:37 pm 14 Oct 12

I’ve been through a neighbourly issue regarding a dog that did not want to stop barking. The house was also rented. Not to go into it too deeply, (my post about it is already on RA), the real estate people who are a well known mob whose catch phrase was at one time ‘….Mr Hooker, you’re the best…’ were so uninterested it was simply astounding. In the end my correspondence with them bears out that they told us that their tenant is entitled to peace and quiet. And this after it was revealed that they weren’t even meant to have a dog on the property. So they were already in breach of the lease.

Suffice to say, real estate agents make a big song and dance about vetting prospective tenants, but when push comes to shove, even in high rental demand climates they are still unwilling to assist. I ended up asking for the tenant to be told he could not come onto our property due to his threatening behavior and my concern for my and my sons’ safety They did do this but it raised no alarms with them. Totally totally hopeless.

However, to be fair to the owner, I believe the correct course of action is to go to the agent first. If you have no luck, go to the owner. Oh, and record the goings on as well – keep a diary and record with your phone or similar. At least then you won’t have to go through the rigmarole of it being disputed by the tenants.

I wish you luck. Let us know how it works out.

Dilandach 2:08 pm 14 Oct 12

arescarti42 said :

Just out of interest, which region do you live in, and is the neighbouring house public housing? (apologies to those public housing tenants who are good neighbours).

Belco, Page specifically. The neighbouring house was a private rental. I saw it on allhomes a couple of months ago. That doesn’t discount the possibility of it still being public housing tenants. I find it extremely hard to believe that people like that would be able to continue to get properties for rent without being stamped on some kind of blacklist.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:28 pm 14 Oct 12

Human trash. Get rid of them. Go to agent, if they refuse to act then name and shame here. Call owner and if they are a dbag as well then take action into your own hands. Go provoke them into beating ou then take them to court.

Brianna 12:27 pm 14 Oct 12

Best thing to do is call the police and report every time it happens. Keep a diary of all the incidents. Email the real estate and document every thing. Document, document and document. Tell the real estate it has under a month to get things sorted. If you have no joy in that way, then contact the owner and back up your story to them with all the emails to the real estate agent and all the police report numbers.
Good luck.

TheDancingDjinn 12:26 pm 14 Oct 12

Masquara said :

Nan212 said :

Calling the police is not really an option. They don’t like getting involved in ‘domestics’.

That is nonsense. Police have been given intensive training regarding domestic violence for some years now; there is a domestic violence unit and the police will charge a domestic violence perpetrator regardless of whether the victim wishes to press charges. Times have changed.

Thank you for reading my mind,i really didn’t want to type all that out

taninaus 12:02 pm 14 Oct 12

arescarti42 said :

Masquara said :

Good luck with that. You do realise that the owner and real estate agent are in no way legally liable for the behaviour of the tenants, don’t you?

They do to some extent – the quiet enjoyment clause in the standard tenancy agreement goes both ways – neighbours have a right to expect that you will behave in a way that will not disrupt their quiet enjoyment. You can’t enforce it if the owners are bastards unless the EPA or Police get involved, but if they are a tenant, subject to the tenancy tribunal and law, you can do a little more to change the situation.

good luck with this one – it is one of the burdens of living in suburbia unfortunately.

Masquara 11:34 am 14 Oct 12

Nan212 said :

Calling the police is not really an option. They don’t like getting involved in ‘domestics’.

That is nonsense. Police have been given intensive training regarding domestic violence for some years now; there is a domestic violence unit and the police will charge a domestic violence perpetrator regardless of whether the victim wishes to press charges. Times have changed.

arescarti42 11:16 am 14 Oct 12

Masquara said :

Phone the real estate agent and say you are considering going to the media (and naming them on RiotAct) if things aren’t sorted to the neighbourhood’s satisfaction and that in future if they fight so as to put you in a state of fear for your life and property, and your children’s wellbeing, you will decamp to a hotel for the night and sue them through the Small Claims Court for restitution. Raise the issue with your local members and the relevant minister. Send the real estate agent a bill for fixups for any damage to your property caused by those tenants.

Good luck with that. You do realise that the owner and real estate agent are in no way legally liable for the behaviour of the tenants, don’t you?

arescarti42 11:10 am 14 Oct 12

“What can I do?”

Move. Unless you can get them to move, it’s the only reliable way to make it stop. Any other routes you take, short of burning their house down while they’re inside, is only going to result in your car getting keyed, windows smashed, house egged etc.

Just out of interest, which region do you live in, and is the neighbouring house public housing? (apologies to those public housing tenants who are good neighbours).

Nan212 11:09 am 14 Oct 12

You and your family shouldn’t have to put up with that crap! You say you have the owner’s phone number? I think I would be calling them and asking them to give their agent a ring.
Calling the police is not really an option. They don’t like getting involved in ‘domestics’. And the neighbours from hell would probably know who called them anyway, making things worse for you.
Been there, done that. We ended up selling and moving, but I understand you might not be in a position to do that. Good luck!!!

BobGrrl 10:57 am 14 Oct 12

I’d try getting in touch with the owner of the house yourself. In my experience it’s 50/50 as to whether the real estate agent cares about the behaviour of the tenants, just so long as the property is rented.

Who knows what damage is being done to the property itself. With any luck the owner cares enough about their investment to take some action.

Masquara 10:42 am 14 Oct 12

“Reason with these people” ? Stuff and nonsense. Phone the owner yourself as well as taking it up with the real estate agent – put it in writing, including advising of the likely effect on your young children and that you will investigate what steps you can take if the agent doesn’t fulfil their obligations to you as a neighbour. Phone the real estate agent and say you are considering going to the media (and naming them on RiotAct) if things aren’t sorted to the neighbourhood’s satisfaction and that in future if they fight so as to put you in a state of fear for your life and property, and your children’s wellbeing, you will decamp to a hotel for the night and sue them through the Small Claims Court for restitution. Raise the issue with your local members and the relevant minister. Send the real estate agent a bill for fixups for any damage to your property caused by those tenants. Talk to all the neighbours about coordinating a formal complaint, and phone the police every single time there is an incident. Are there children in their house? If so, formally advise the child welfare people.

KarlV 10:26 am 14 Oct 12

Mate I’d be contacting the real estate agent. In writing would be a good idea. Keep calling the cops, I am sure they will know them by now as frequent flyers.

The real estate agent would already have the owners number…. I am not sure if know the owner well…maybe you can call the owner and let them know what’s happening…tell them you’re also going to contact the agent….. If I was the owner I’d be p’d off about the house being trashed….

The council is also an option for the noise, rubbish etc….though on a Friday or Saturday night with the noise the police are the best bet…….

I’d recommend not confronting them when they are off their tree. Obviously they are drop kicks, but you don’t want anything t happen to yourself…especially with kids in your house.

I am guessing that you own your place or are locked in renting etc where you are…. I feel for you guys…. Long term if it doesn’t sort itself it may be better to relocate….at least for the kids sake…..

……I often think that people of like this (your neighbours) are the types that continue to breed the following on bogan population…… If only the cycle could be broken!…..

Good luck mate..

Dingoman25 10:09 am 14 Oct 12

As the owner of a couple of investment properties I would LOVE that a neighbour rang the real estate agent to report tenants that would in all likelihood damage the property as well as annoy the cr@p out of society. The agent is probably totally unaware of what is happening, and should be given the opportunity to deal with the issue.If the agent didn’t deal with it quick smart (ie < month), as an owner I would like to be told. And if that was the case, the tenants, and probably the agent, would be given the flick at end of lease.

460cixy 10:05 am 14 Oct 12

Sounds like you live next door to me

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