Friday, December 7, 2012

All I Want for Christmas

...is to see my idiot neighbors loading their stuff into a U-Haul truck!

Anyone who's read my blog on a regular basis knows the kids in my neighborhood are a problem. Actually, the problem lies with parents who don't keep their kids in line. They run around here all hours unsupervised--more than once, I've seen them out in the courtyard as I'm going to bed at midnight.



Management has posted multiple NO BALL PLAYING signs throughout the complex--two in our courtyard alone--that are often ignored by kids and parents alike. Management provided a play area for the kids. Even that hasn't stopped the problems.

Last night, they became an even bigger nuisance. The boys, along with a girl who was easy to catch because she's too chubby to move fast enough to get away, would bang on our door and run. I left a message for the property manager, but so far, she hasn't been able to do anything about the problem.

I think I may have a solution, however. Recently, an airline offered, for an additional fee, a kid-free section on their flights. Armed with photos and video of our resident brats,  I'm going to propose to the property owners that tenants be offered, for an increased rent amount, apartments in a section of the complex with no children.

I realize those of you with kids might not like my comments here,  but bear in mind I don't take issue with all children...just those whose parents don't both to supervise them.

Does anyone have any problem neighbor horror stories to share? 

(Also posted at http://windchasersjourney.wordpress.com)

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  1. Brilliant! I don't see why this isn't an option; I mean, you can find kid-free hotels so why not kid-free living, too?

    I have new neighbours and while I don't care if they want their yard to look crappy, I do care when it creeps onto my yard. They dug up part of our front lawn while digging up their own; they leave their flyers on their front porch to blow everywhere (and by everywhere, I mean they end up on my lawn); and they leave their garden hose out all the time, also on my lawn, so now there's a huge section in my side yard that's totally dead and looks like a giant snake.

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    1. That's the kind of neighbor whose slovenly actions can decrease YOUR property value, Carla.

      I always tell people looking for our place (it's a large complex, the buildings all look alike, and the address sign in front is inaccurate) to look for the slum section. It's no joke. The courtyard's a dump--the grass has been worn down from the kids running on it, there are toys thrown all over the place, and the door on the end looks like somebody's been trying to break it down. And then there's the pungent aroma of pot in the air....

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  2. I don't particularly like children as it is, so this would drive me up the wall.

    My parents had a neighbour who thought it was perfectly fine for their animals to roam around free range over their property all day, digging up the lawn or the garden at my parent's place. Freerange turkeys, chickens, and a pig in an area with wolves and bears regularly passing through...

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    1. I can see why your parents would have a problem with that...but given a choice, I'd take animals over kids any day.

      Even the bears. They'd have to have higher IQs than these kids!

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  3. Just makes you shake your head in dismay, doesn't it?

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    1. Last night was the last straw for me. I'll move into another unit--but only if they cover moving expenses and waive the deposit. The fact that this has been allowed to continue is a violation of my lease.

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  4. Time for you to step it up with the management then.

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    1. I'm wondering why tenants have been evicted over lesser issues, but these people keep getting a free pass.

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  5. While I'm very lucky to not deal with this now, I can sympathize completely. I always wonder about parents who let their children run amuck, my parents would never have put up with it, not even for one second! (Thank you for dropping by, glad it led me here.)

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    1. I'm glad top have found your blog as well!

      My parents spoiled me in some respects, but wouldn't allow me to be a nuisance to other people. My son didn't have to be told--he was always respectful of everyone. I'm lucky!

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  6. Norma, really it is the parents firstly and then management. Even if they post signs, they aren't enforcing anything. And parents should really be concerned about their kids staying out late at night. It is terrible that not many kids these days are taught manners. Hope you find a solution soon. I never behaved that way and neither do my kids. I know what my Mom would have done if I had bothered our neighbors; I wouldn't have sat down for weeks! Take care!

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    1. It's true, Lena, that posting signs just to avoid legal liability for property damage doesn't work if it's clearly not being enforced. But the problem management has is that this is a very large complex and policing it isn't easy. It would be easier for our manager if the nitwit on her staff who lives in this section would enforce the rules or at least tell her when the tenants get out of hand. Instead, ol' Gladys Kravitz stands out there and watches it. (The kids' parents are friends of hers. Draw your own conclusion here.)

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  7. Hmmm. These look like Stepford children!

    Could be the management is afraid of a lawsuit against them for discrimination if they evict. I know you have to have your i's dotted and t's crossed when evicting, or get involved in costly lawsuits. Maybe get a restraining order against the little demons?

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    1. You're right about that, Cheryl. And I suspect in this economy, landlords aren't quick to evict a tenant as long as they're paying their rent.

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  8. Oh, Norma, that would drive me MENTAL! I hate noise like that, especially when you feel helpless to stop it.

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  9. Hey,Talli!

    Fortunately for me, the village idiots are about to find out how helpless I'm not!

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  10. Sounds like a plan! Tenants should have that option.

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    1. That's why I'm going to propose it to management and the owners of this property!

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  11. Oh so true. I'm shocked at the lack of parental involvement with their children these days Norma.they really should know where their offspring are and what they're up to at all times..

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    1. Grace, I really believe that's one of the main reasons we now live in such a dangerous world. Out-of-control kids grow up to be out-of-control adults.

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