A while back
, I posted about the neighbor. We live in a duplex, share a large, grassy backyard, and are supposed to share the responsibilities of keeping the grass cut. She has two dogs, a beagle and a lab.
She does not clean up after her dogs. There are usually at least a dozen piles of dog poop lying around in the yard.
She has insisted on taking full responsibility for mowing. I would do half the mowing, but I don't want to be picking up after her dogs. So when she said she would handle the mowing, I let her. But she doesn't mow very often. The weeds are not infrequently knee-high.
Neither of these things is good on its own, but the combination is awful.
The yard used to have a construct that was an aborted attempt at a dog run, started by the previous tenants in my unit, because they were so fed up with the dog mess. As I just said in an email to my landlord, you don't do this for a one-off. You do this if you're desperate.
So the yard is basically unusable.
I registered complaints for three years, which my landlord always met with "hire someone." In May, after a lot of attempts to work things out with the neighbor, I finally told him I was hiring someone, and taking half the cost out of rent, because I would mow if there weren't dog poop everywhere.
That lit a fire under his butt. He said cleaning up after her dogs was not my responsibility, nor was paying someone else to. He sent her a written reminder of her lease obligations to clean up after her dogs and share in lawn responsibilities.
She improved a little in terms of lawn mowing (in terms of how often the landscapers came over), but not in terms of dogs.
I sent a detailed update of the changes and lack of changes a couple weeks ago. He sent her an email saying he had decided not to renew her lease at the end of September. That if everything was perfect until the end of September, she could stay, but if she ever did it again, she was out, no more get out of jail card.
She was FURIOUS. (I am seriously eliding three years of efforts on the parts of me, my partner, and my stepdaughter to reach some sort of compromise with her, to cover half the costs of landscaping, etc., that she has consistently refused. Fortunately, some of these efforts were made in email, so I have a written record.)
She came home early from work, slammed the front door so hard it shook the house, and banged around. My partner and I were chatting when we heard the sound of breaking glass. We raised our eyebrows and went, "Is she breaking things?"
We figured she'd either accidentally knocked over a glass jar or something in her banging, or she was deliberately smashing her own stuff. Clearly furious, but not a problem per se.
Then my partner went outside. She found the neighbor sweeping up large shards of glass on the porch. Then she realized the window-sized glass pane in the front door was broken. The neighbor's unit is now open to birds, mosquitoes, etc. (We're talking probably 18 x 24 inches.)
We're not sure if she threw something through the window, or just knocked over a coat rack, but WOW. What if someone had been standing there? The landlord is now trying to get her side of the story.
The whole saga has been unfolding in a fairly dramatic way. As I reconstruct it:
Landlord emails neighbor with notice of non-renewal of lease.
Neighbor leaves a tearful message on my voicemail asking if I know why she's being evicted.
Neighbor calls landlord for explanation.
I email neighbor asking if she got clarification.
Neighbor sends me furious email saying she will clean up after her dogs but will not share lawn or snow responsibilities any more.
Neighbor comes home, bangs around, breaks window.
The weirdest part is the part where she went from asking me if I knew why she was being evicted (which the landlord said is technically not an eviction, but a non-renewal with 30+ days' notice, since she's month-to-month), to, when she found out, being furious with me.
I mean, I tried to work out the yard situation with her directly, without involving the landlord, in May. She ignored all my emails.
Then she got a warning from the landlord in late May about cleaning up after her dogs and mowing more frequently.
Then today he tells her (he forwarded the email to me), "The ongoing struggle with cleaning up after your dogs and your share of the lawn mowing is affecting our other tenants ability to enjoy the yard.
"We [he and his wife, co-landlord/landlady] really wish we were not in the position to need to take this step. This time, and this time only, we will reverse our decision if yard work and dog cleanup is kept up-to-date from here out. Should it become a matter of contention with our other tenants again, we would need to reinstate this decision."
Like, how was it not obvious that I had complained again? How was it, "I have no idea why the mean landlord is evicting me but maybe my friendly neighbor can explain" to "OH, it's the NEIGHBOR who's mean" in less than an hour?
That's what the warning was for. Also, he explained in the email notice. How did she not make the connection? I don't get it.
Anyway, waiting to hear back from the landlord on new developments. I really hope she moves out.
Also, I had to take half a day off work unexpectedly today to deal with this drama, and it's making it impossible to focus on what I really wanted to do today after work, which was write Finnick fic. (Yeah, I'm working on another story, or at least I'm trying to.)
Cannot cope, off to Mordor.