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Old 06-06-2016, 11:40 PM   #1
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I have an awful next door neighbor.

This is the latest stunt she is pulling. She has called the building department and told them someone is living in my RV in my driveway. This is not true.
No one is in my trailer but me. I sleep on a temperpedic in my bedroom in my house.

Why would I sleep on the uncomfortable Denver mattress unless I'm camping?

The building department left a notice in my mail slot that says no overnight sleeping in an RV in your yard. Please call building department if you have any questions. Ok no action required by me so no big deal.

Today I get a business card in my mail slot of the local health department with hand written in the corner to call them regarding the RV in driveway!

Ok now I'm ...... off! She has been shut down by the police department because she calls them for no good reason but to harass not only me but two other of our neighbors. Now she is using other local government agencys to harass me.

What would you do?

I don't think I want to answer any questions from any government agent.
I haven't broken any laws. Or have been using my RV inappropriately.
I know some towns and neighborhoods have laws prohibiting RVs on the property. We don't have those laws (yet) in my town.
I see it as a form of harassment, bullying, and intimidation by the agency in my neighbors name.

Do I have a case of harassment here or what?
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Old 06-06-2016, 11:48 PM   #2
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Answer the department's questions. The more people that are on your side the better.

Always always always take the high road...

Who knows what her story is. Maybe she's never had nice neighbors. Maybe she's never had close friends. Maybe she's never had someone show her the time of day to even begin to give a crap about anything...

Heck, buy her flowers with a note saying sorry she's upset. Invite her over for a campfire and marshmallows. LOL!! As my Dad used to tell me.... "Kill 'em with kindness."

Sorry you have to deal with this.


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Old 06-06-2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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Answer the department's questions. The more people that are on your side the better.

Buy her some flowers and cookies. Leave a note that says, "Sorry we've gotten off on the wrong foot. If you have any questions/concerns... come talk to me."

Always always always take the high road...


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Believe it or not, I have bought her flowers (Never cookies tho).
And "I apologized for any miscommunication in the past. We have to be neighbors, let's make the best of it."
That was answered with a grumble and a stomp off into the house with a door slam to top it off.

I like the high road too... Less traffic

That was 11 years ago... She is a miserable person. She's had problems in every neighborhood she's lived in this town.

I don't interact with them at all... That's the high road for me in this situation.

PS. You have a great attitude by the way!
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:17 AM   #4
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Believe it or not, I have bought her flowers (Never cookies tho).
And "I apologized for any miscommunication in the past. We have to be neighbors, let's make the best of it."
That was answered with a grumble and a stomp off into the house with a door slam to top it off.

I like the high road too... Less traffic

That was 11 years ago... She is a miserable person. She's had problems in every neighborhood she's lived in this town.

I don't interact with them at all... That's the high road for me in this situation.

PS. You have a great attitude by the way!
I agree that you should respond to all complaints. Government agencies do not like receiving false complaints and will act against people who make them but they need feedback from the people the complaints are directed at to know that the accusations are false.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:14 AM   #5
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If you can prove that she is the one calling all of these various agencies on you then yes, you can file a harassment complaint against her (At least in my state you can), as long as the various agencies are not finding any wrong doing on your part. Sounds like you are out of options and if need be file for a temporary restraining order so she can't contact you in any way shape or form even by a third party. Maybe just maybe she will get the message. She wants to play dirty, play dirty right back! Sometimes these are the only options left when every other thing you've tried hasn't worked
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:09 AM   #6
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Most municipalities don't act on anonymous complaints so under the Freedom of Information Act you should be able to get copies.
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Comply. You have nothing to hide. It's just a royal PIA though...I agree with ya.
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I agree with all above as hard as it may be. A personal visit to the agencies might well be in order to explain your situation and record it. If the departments know your situation then I think they will know how to address it when a complaint comes in and you won't see them around anymore.

Inviting the departments to your house is not something I would encourage as that could open up other potential issues you may not see.

If it persists...then consult a professional in that area for advise.


On this subject. I have a neighbor who has his unit in the driveway due to no backyard access. Also this is only during the season and for a week at a time with gaps of no unit. He gets complaints on his, while since mine is in the backyard I get none. His complaints come from no one directly next to or around him too. Some people just have it in for others.
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I don't think I want to answer any questions from any government agent.
I haven't broken any laws. Or have been using my RV inappropriately.
Silence is agreement and that's how the agencies involved will view lack of response. I think you need to answer them. Defend yourself now and don't wait. Do it in person or over the phone, follow up with a written letter. Document every incident. If you should find yourself in court or facing unwarranted fines you will be able to show the chain of events through documentation and keeping a journal. Since they have to actually prove there is a problem, anything you do to defend yourself will go a long way toward them leaving you alone.

As far as a harassment claim, I'm not lawyer, that said you may need to contact one. Most will offer a brief opinion over the phone.
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We had an interesting thing happen to us.
We keep our trailer in our driveway during the camping season and between our camping trips. We live in a small town, but we are the last house on a dead end road that ends at our house at the top of a hill.

During the last US census, we recieved a form for our sticks and brick house, and we also recieved a form for "house trailer in the driveway." No one lives in the house trailer, we don't sleep in it when we are not out camping with it. It doesn't have an address and the mailman doesn't deliver mail to it. It is only a 26 foot trailer with no slide outs. We filled out the Census info for our sticks and bricks house and threw the other form in the trash. Several weeks later, we got an in-person visit from a census employee knocking at our door and asking who lives in the trailer. We responded "nobody" and asked her if the census bureau questions everyone who has a travel trailer (a large amount of folks in our town own trailers and have them parked in their driveways when not camping).

So...the only thing that we can figure out is that the Census is looking at Google Earth photos when determining what forms to send out, because you can clearly see the travel trailer in the Google Earth photos. Big brother really is watching you.
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