Condo Living Troubles

Dear Revenge GuyDear Revenge Guy,
I’m all just about ready to start shoving nasty smelly cheese under this woman’s door.. Please help me think of a better strategy.

My Husband and I own a condo in the city – we are the oldest condo owners in this 24 unit building. A new owner has come in (about 2 years ago) and decided to be on the Condo Board. There were 5 once on the board. 2 have moved. Now down to 3. One does not even live in the building anymore and he is silent.. Which is bullshit. Moving on…
The first woman is now president of the Condo Board Association – Architect. Doesn’t know squat about construction OR how to save money.
Second woman moved in a year and a half ago – Attorney.
The two woman now run this board. She has been making every decision and does not invite us to the meetings.

We have certain rights to some decisions as owners…
For example – the hallways are getting painted today with OUR MONEY. Who was the one who got to choose the color?

Back to this miserable woman… From day one she has been making everyone’s live a miserable hell. We have had a leak in our closet & bathroom for the past 4 years. This is the third time we are redoing our ceiling. We have been trying to get this fixed for quite some time. Since before she was even a thought.

The roof was started on, & the guys fucked it up. They left with half the money and the roof is still messed up.
No apologies.. & there went our money.

I’m a realtor my husband is a contractor. We are in this business. He especially has been in it and is amazing at what he does. He knows the ins and outs like it’s nobody’s business. This woman just has a stick up her ass.

Now, the roof is finally going to get redone. GREAT- We have a guy that put a bid on it.

We learned that she wanted her roof deck to be completely redone and her sliding doors to be replaced.

This is bullshit.

My building has 4 floors. I’m on the third opposite end of her unit. The 4th floor has a small empty spot by the stairwell where she has taken over for her own personal things.

How can I start doing things to her with out her knowing it was deliberately done by one person.

When she first moved here my husband showed her EVERYTHING and answered any question she’s had. Showed her where certain switches are. The whole shebang. Now that she is president she dis-includes him in everything and wants it all done her way. She knows my husband is right… about everything. Her pride exceeds her.

PLEASE. Tell me any ideas you might have at getting back at her.

Thanks & Regards,
Unhappy Condo Owner

Hi Unhappy,
You need to carefully read the condo association rules and condo board covenant. If needed, have a lawyer familiar with condo associations review these documents with you.

A condo board requires a certain number of members, each with a vote. Indeed, every owner has membership. You can always have them sign voter proxies so that you can change the board, maybe even kick her out.

Depending on how the rules have been laid out, this bitch being president may have personal liabilities in the decisions she makes, it’s something to look into.

Know these rules, inside and out. Go after her with fines and penalties for the hallway storage issue.

Play by the rules and maybe she will sell.

The Revenge GuyGood luck!

My “Duplex” Neighbor is Driving Me Crazy!

Dear Revenge Guy,
I don’t know what to do. I live on the first floor of a condo. The second floor unit above me is currently empty, but the third floor unit above that is owned by an elderly, disabled lady. This woman blasts her TV at full volume ALL. NIGHT. LONG… right into the morning and I can hear it all the way down in my home. I use earplugs, but I can still hear this woman’s TV through them!

I tried twice knocking on her door and she didn’t answer. I taped two letters to her door, but she apparently didn’t read them because the noise persisted. I complained to the condo board in writing; the property manager said he spoke to her, and she claimed she had no idea that her TV could be heard all the way down to my unit. This proves to me that she never read the letters I had left to her. She’s becoming hard of hearing and their response was “Hopefully she’ll keep it down now.” Apparently the board isn’t or won’t do much about it because I complained a second time and was basically ignored.

A couple of weeks ago while I was at work, my boyfriend (who stays with me often) found an opportunity to speak to this woman and had a polite conversation with her about the noise. Her initial cocky response was “Well, I have to hear my television.” She told him that previous tenants below her on the 2nd floor used to complain about her noise and called the police on her for using her bathroom. Honestly, the insulation in this building is crap to non-existent. She said she’d try to be a little quieter; and for a few days, she was OK. She did keep her TV on past 11, but seemed to keep it off for the rest of the night. But, like all humans, old habits are hard to break and she’s right back at it again.

Property management did not respond to my second complaint in writing, so I have no faith or confidence that they will do anything to help me. This woman told my boyfriend that she’ll probably be out in a few months, but obviously she doesn’t care about her noise and wants to do what she wants.

I don’t know what to do now. I have one of two options:
1) find someone who will cast a spell to make her friggin’ TV break down, or,
2) call the police if her noise persists.

I’m beginning to feel like a jerk for being angry at an elderly, disabled person — but that does NOT give her the right to disrupt other people’s lives!

Any suggestions or advice?

Hi R,
I’d take a very close look at your lease if you’re renting or the condo association bylaws if you’re an owner. I’m certain that you’ll find some rules that will allow you to withhold your rent or condo fee payments until management deals with the interruptions to the “quiet enjoyment” of your residence.

Money speaks and by holding back the money you pay it will get their attention quickly and force them to act on your behalf.

There are other options, of course.

You could befriend the old bag and become the “helpful neighbor” thereby making her happy to work out a compromise about the television noise. Maybe she’d be agreeable to using a set of wireless headphones?

You could hunt down her family and make them are of the issues. A surprising number of elderly people have Facebook accounts setup (even if they don’t have a computer) so that family can share news about them. You’d be able to find her family and speak with them.

And you could go all “Terminator” on her. Call the police. Call social welfare for the aged. Call the management company head honchos, going over the head of the on-site property management. Speak with her same-floor neighbors, I’m sure they have the same issue with her all-night television binges. Start a petition to get the old lady kicked out.

I hope this helps!

Best Wishes, The Revenge Guy

Neighbors Parking in Front of Our House Troubles

Dear RG,
We own a house in the city and all the neighbors park their cars from across the street in front of ours and even leave them there for a week. Police do nothing. There is no reason for this. And when we complain, we look bad. We live in a house and can’t even park in front of it. And we can’t park in front of theirs because they have their other cars parked there. Our house is the first place everyone comes to…. I swear u would think the spots in front of my house is gold. It’s like this all the time.

How do u get rid of inconsiderate & ignorant neighbors? I’m trying to get my husband to sell the house. It’s ridiculous. Any ideas??

Hi J,
It’s next to impossible to get people to stop parking on the street, especially if the police will do nothing about it. Of course, the police don’t issue parking tickets, the city does.

The first thing you need to do is check with the bylaw office and see what the street parking rules are for your street. There may be some enforcement rules you can use to your advantage.

Of course, then everyone on the street will hate you and could escalate things, but your own peace of mind comes first, am I right or am I right?

The next thing I’d do is get some old furniture and park it right on the curb, let it sit there. Block anyone getting out on that side of the car. Frustrate the hell out of them. Old sofas and mattresses are easy to find that don’t cost a lot.

Put up yard signs on the curb that say “Poison: Pesticide spray, do not walk here” in bright colors. Give people something to think about.

Water the area all the time. Keep it wet and gross.

Of course, moving will solve this issue but you may be in for worse things later. Stalk your new neighborhood, interview the neighbors, make sure your next place is as friendly as it can be.

Best Wishes, The Revenge Guy

My Neighbor, the Thief

Hi RevengeGuy,
I found you online and decided to contact you via fb. My husband and daughter moved into this trailer park after purchasing our trailer. The neighbor to the right of us befriended us very quickly as the husband does the same kind of work mine does. The wife stays home. Recently I found out how big of a pill head they are and also how dishonest they truly have been with us.

It all started when they came to us stating they needed to borrow our water hook up because they were unable to pay their bill. It was only supposed to last for 2 weeks. Its been 6 months now. At first, they would now our lawn in exchange, and once cooler weather hit, the grass didn’t need mowing. So they gave us $20 a month. When our bill started becoming higher and higher, I asked they pay half which they did and also told them they needed to get their water cut on like responsible adults do.

About a week after this last discussion, our hot water heater fell thru our floor (which is located in our bedroom closet) and water began spraying everywhere in our bedroom! I cut the water off to keep from swimming. The very next morning at 6:40am the neighbors husband cut the water back on! Knowing why we had it off apparently didn’t matter. I went outside and asked what he was doing as he was getting in his truck to leave (with the water still on!!! ) He said he wanted to make coffee before work. After this….. I completely unhooked his hose.

Now, being that he works with my husband at this point, he and my husband talked and he promised to get his water on by the following Monday. After replacing the water heater, my husband allowed him to rehook to our water line.

Well, Monday morning rolls around, he leaves to go to the water company but is back in 10 min. (water company is at least 15 min. away) He tells my husband he paid the bill but no one could connect him for another week. I knew this was a lie so I called the water company and told them my situation. They said that if he had paid, someone would have been right out to connect him.

So, I once again until hooked him and dared my husband to read hook his lying ass.

Now he is hooked up to the neighbor behind us! And he has given them the same spill. Its been 2 weeks. I also informed the wife that they still owe us for last months bill and she is refusing to pay. She also had a dog chained up so close to our place that he keeps running under our trailer to chase our cats. I asked her nicely to chain her dog closer to her home. She moved him but the next day she put him back in the first spot and the chase was on again.

Now, we have fencing we are about to put up to keep her dogs on her property. But she is insistent that I keep my cats out of her yard which is nearly impossible to do. We do what we can.

This neighbor is so horrible, I’m pretty sure she has also stolen tools and food from our garden. She even went so far as to tell one of the neighbors that she knew who took our tools and went and got them back for us! Lies!

I’m at my wits end and my husband has the patience of a god.

I just don’t know what to do. These are some very horrible neighbors that need a lesson taught. One they can learn something useful from. Karma is late… Any advice?

Hi J,

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can’t choose your family and you can’t choose your neighbors!

But you should be allowed to live a life in peace without others demanding that you help them. Neighbors are friendly enough, to start (when they want something from you), but in fact they could care less about you because they’re wasteful, incompetent and just plain ready to take whatever they can get from you.

Sadly there are no easy answers for you to be free of this “neighbor abuse” unless you tighten up your own actions and refuse to play the “good neighbor game” with them.

So I’m going to give you some tips to protect yourself in the future.

  • Borrower’s Contract
    You should always have a “contract” or some other type of document detailing anything that you lend to someone. This should include the date of the item being borrowed and when it is expected to be returned; the type of item it’s make/model and serial numbers; the items current value; and finally what is owed if the item is not returned in the same condition or on time.
  • Personal Possession Security
    Your items should always be marked with an identifiable number so you can prove it’s yours. This can be in plain sight, clearly marked, or hidden using an ultra-violet ink. You may have to later prove an item is yours, whether to the neighbor or the police, so the markings will certainly help.
  • Setting Traps
    Neighbors may “borrow” something of yours without permission. Basically they are thieves. One of the things I’ve done in the past is buy some old tool from a garage sale, clean it up, take some pictures of it and box it up like it’s just been delivered to my front door. Then I leave it outside the front door (after properly marking it.) Random strangers don’t steal packages as much as neighbors do and this is a good way to find out how safe your neighborhood really is. You may also want to hide a GPS tracker in the box itself.

As far as getting your revenge the best thing at this point is for you to move forward. Assholes just don’t learn from their actions or care about how it makes you feel.

Just as you’d cut a family member out of your life that stole from you, so must you cut your neighbors out of your life. The good thing is that eventually you’ll be expected to forgive a family member, not so much for a bad neighbor.

Your revenge is in knowing that the misery they are living is karma kicking them in the ass and that you won’t be a victim any more.

Best Wishes, The Revenge Guy

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