Last year my next-door neighbors, having been unable to sell their condo (same unit as mine) for their price, decided to rent it. Their first tenant was a nice quiet couple — he was stationed at Wright-Patt AFB — whom I only saw once in a while, but were pleasant enough. Evidently, he got transferred and they moved out last month. New tenant — middle-aged couple but not all that friendly — moved in a few weeks ago. Suddenly their back yard looks like an outdoor furniture showroom and he likes to open his garage door and sit there in a folding chair watching the nothing that is the parking area. And they are both loud talkers who must have crappy cell phones or service because they always step outside to carry on phone conversations. Their patio is 6 feet from my den/office window, so I can't help but hear everything.
OK, so none of this is worse than a bit annoying, and except for the weekends now, I'm not here during the day to hear it.
This morning it got ugly. He was on his patio hollering into his phone a/b something he had done to his car and how f'n expensive it was. "I tried to Jew the bastard down…" he says at one point. I almost decided to ignore it. But no. This can't stand. I step outside and walk up to the fence btwn our yards and say very loudly, "The Jew next door heard that, neighbor!"
A pregnant pause, then, "Mind your own goddam business, wise guy."
"Let me remind you that owners in this complex rent their units at the pleasure of the HOA, and any significant tenant problems are reported to the owner with a warning they their rental privileges will be revoked. Which means you'll be on the street before you can finish unpacking. Got it?"
From the other side of the fence, "Screw you!"
Time for a call to the management office tomorrow morning.
The owners are not particularly nice people, either. Both attorneys (she's a county prosecutor). Not one neighbor in this complex was sorry to see them move out, and they have a history of giving the property manager and the Association a hard time. So I can see some real problems when they get that letter.
By a happy coincidence, the property manager was onsite today checking on our newly reopened pool. I told him what happened, and I like his plan. He's going to speak directly to the tenant and let him know what's at risk. He will also send a letter to the owner and let them know the circumstances. He isn't going to tell the loudmouth to apologize to me, because his POV is that if the guy realizes his misstep and apologizes on his own, then it'll be more believable. If he doesn't want to do the right thing, fµck 'im. And if he steps in it again, he'll be facing eviction.
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