filing a harassment complaint against my neighbor

Posted: Tue, 09/30/2008 - 19:59

Has anyone here ever filed a harassment complaint against their neighbor? She is the trustee for our condo assn. The assn is only 2 members, me and the neighbor from h-ll! We have been in dispute for over two years now and I was finally able to secure a court order to get the house painted, roof repairs, etc. For the past 6 months, she has been taping notes to my door. I wrote a note to her to tell her to stop littering up my doorway--to put notes in my mailbox. Well, then she started taping notes to my car. Tonight, I came home and their was a note taped to my garbage can! I finally called the police. They came over and when they started reviewing the notes, they said to go to district court and file a complaint. I didn't think to ask at the time, but, if I do this, what are the consequences to her? Will she get fined? Will we have to go to court? My guess is, she will just come up with something else to annoy me about but I am soooo tired of this situation. I tried to sell the place for awhile, but with the market so bad and no paint on the back of the house, I'm badly losing the battle.

Re: filing a harassment complaint against my neighbor

  • Thu, 10/02/2008 - 07:53

Yes, I have files against my neighbor.

You go to the courthouse, ask to file a harassment restraining order with the clerk, they give you the paperwork, and you sit there and fill it out. Alternatively you can find the paperwork for your area on the internet, fill it out at home and bring it in to the clerk.

Tips: Have your facts straight and if your petition doesn't in obvious ways show why you are afraid of or feel threatened by this person, it will be a waste of time. Like thebitch said above, she hasn't done anything "illegal" or threatening from what you have said here.

Re: filing a harassment complaint against my neighbor

  • Thu, 10/02/2008 - 06:04

As far as your question of what will happen, if you are in the US, it would be a civil dispute type situation. She wouldn't be fined, it would be a trial between you and her, the judge would hear both sides and render a decision about whether or not to grant a restraining order, if that's what you ask for.

Fine are for people that break law and get arrested by the police and are charged with a crime.

The reason I don't think it would result in any restraining order is that from what little you have said, I don't see a law being broken, or anyone being threatened or anything of that nature...I just see a very odd lady...and it's not illegal to be odd.

...if it were illegal, a lady in my community would be in prison for life...

Sadly, I think you are stuck in one of those situations where you just have a wacky neighbor...if she's leaving notes, and not yelling ansd screaming and stuff would indicate she not a confrontational threat...but then, you never said what the two year dispute consisted of either.

Re: filing a harassment complaint against my neighbor

  • Wed, 10/01/2008 - 20:16

Wow, that is odd, what does she have to say in notes that she can't say to your face.

That said, I highly doubt that a case surround taping notes to your stuff will be taken as very serious harassment. I mean, I don't mean to be negative, just the facts...

Unless, of course, they are threatening or there is more to the story that you haven't shared.

As asked above, what are the notes about? Whats the feud? Has it ever gotten physical, or just weird?

Re: filing a harassment complaint against my neighbor

  • Wed, 10/01/2008 - 15:10

Hi Dairymaid,
What an odd neighbour! What are all these notes about? (sorry if that's nosy) Personally I'd just screw them up and shove them back in her mailbox, but if the police have recommended that you file a complaint, I wouldn't reckon they would say that lightly. Could you phone the district court to find our what the process is, and ask what the consequences are?
Good luck mate  :)