A woman and her kids had recently relocated to live in the suburbs. Little did she know, she would soon be riddled with neighborhood drama just two days after moving in.
A Clumsy Misstep
On the second day in her new home, a broken paver on the walkway led to a painful trip and a leg injury for the woman. While nothing was broken, it did require surgery and a two-week stint in a leg brace.
Emergency Team Rallies
Upon returning from the hospital, the woman found herself surrounded by a makeshift emergency team, which included her ex-partner Martin and her father. The support group kept her kids and pets cared for, helped her finish unpacking, and even made some necessary repairs.
Martin and the woman’s dad took it upon themselves to remove the troublesome broken paver and secure her yard fence. Her neighbor’s dog had already demonstrated a habit of digging through, and they wanted to address the issue.
After a restful week, the woman ventured outside for the first time, hobbling across the yard to check the mailbox. This decision would lead to her first encounter with her new next-door neighbor’s landlord.
A Request and a Challenge
The landlord wasted no time in issuing a demand that the woman bring her bins in by 9am, citing concerns about the street’s appearance. They also insisted that she remove the fence posts that Martin and her father had been securing, fearing that grass would grow through to their property’s side.
Unwanted Early Morning Visit
Just a day later, the landlord arrived at her doorstep at 9:10am, catching her still in her pajamas and leg brace. They once again expressed their displeasure with the bins being out, pointing out that the fence posts had not been removed. The woman reassured them that she would bring them in later when their friend could help, but the fence posts would be staying.
Things escalated later when Martin found himself escorting the landlord off the property. “The landlord thought nobody was home, and tried to sneak in to move the posts”, the woman recounted. “Martin said next time something like that happened, he would call the police.”
A Surprise Visit From Law Enforcement
After a few weeks of peace and quiet, things began to escalate once again. “The police arrived and said a concerned neighbor had called about someone attempting to destroy my fence”, the woman explained.
Reporting the Landlord
The woman told the police all about the landlord’s previous behavior, and the police promptly had a stern word with them. The woman noticed that the landlord stormed off, entering her neighbor’s property.
“Then the penny dropped”, the woman began to explain. “The landlord had let themself into my neighbor’s property while they were at work. I called them to ask if they were OK with that, and in a nutshell, they were not.”
In response to the woman’s report, the neighbors promptly moved out. The landlord was furious with her for this, claiming that they would never find new tenants because the woman didn’t take her bins out on time. Naturally, the woman couldn’t help but laugh at this bizarre accusation.
Telling Her Story
Bemused at her recent neighborhood events, the woman headed online to tell her story, curious as to whether anyone thought she had acted out of line. Thankfully, her readers saw reason and defended her. “Sounds like the neighbor’s landlady was a nightmare”, one person stated. “This person is not mentally stable and is a total control freak.”
Everyone reading the story put the blame entirely on the landlord. “Nope, you didn’t make your neighbors leave, the landlord did that all by themselves with their invasive, unethical, and potentially illegal behavior”, another reader chimed in.
A Landlord’s Perspective
Interestingly, a landlord shared their thoughts on the matter: “We only go into our tenants’ units after we either let them know in advance or if there is damage being done to the property and we need to get in”, they explained. “Those tenants were smart to leave.”
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