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DP and I had a house built on a very underdeveloped street in a farm-type area because we wanted a safe place for DS (and future children) to grow up and be able to play. For a long time we were the only home on our street, and we liked it that way. A year ago two houses were built across the street, both were never occupied and went up for rent. About 6 mos ago a family moved into one across the street, it is a young mother and father with four young children. At first we were excited and DP went over and introduced himself and welcomed them, etc.<br><br>
About a week after they moved in we started having problems with trash scattered EVERYWHERE. They did not use trash cans and the animals in our area were tearing their trash bags to shreds. This went on for 2 weeks when we found a poopy diaper in our yard - my DS tried to pick it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> DP went over to talk to them and allowed them to use our trash can until the city could deliver one to them.<br><br>
A few weeks later they are lighting off fireworks, at 10:30 pm! It was like 4th of July, 8 months too late. We're also under wildfire warning because of the lack of rain and we're in a heavily wooded area. Also, one by one they've accumulated several broken down vehicles. They have FIVE vehicles in front of their home right now, two are totaled. Only one is used. One is parked on the street at the end of my driveway - making it hard to back out.<br><br>
Two weeks ago they had a friend staying with them with a Mustang, they would all take turns speeding down the street and reving it up. DS and I were playing in the front yard when the neighbor came FLYING down the street (at least 80 mph) and TORE the street up. There was torn up cement everywere (our street was in need of a repavement). DP went out and yelled at them, telling them it was not only dangerous but it was ruining our street. They blew us off and I called the police. The police did not come (said they would be there later) so when it happened later that day I called again. I also reported them to the code dept for all of the cars. So far nothing has been done.<br><br>
Their kids are always leaving their bikes in the middle of the street. The kids ride ATVs up and down the street without parental supervision and I'm surprised they haven't gotten hit by a car yet. Their oldest child is 6 BTW, but the let their 3 yr old ride an ATV too. They ride their ATVs after dark frequently and it is DANGEROUS! The kids are also allowed to play outside until well after dark, I've seen them out (underdressed and without shoes) past 10:00 pm.<br><br>
Last night they had their music BLASTING until 11:30 pm. They were also using an airhorn. It woke me up. I have had it with them now. They are so disrespectful and they are bringing down the value of our neighborhood. I could go on and on about all of the things they do. I'm at the end of my rope with them!<br><br>
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Wow, I don't know what I'd do but they sound like real prizes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. My mom is going through a very similar situation, in that her neighbors do many of the same things (atv, cars -the whole street full of junkers, loud music, fireworks, etc) IN TOWN but in an underdeveloped area that is overlooked. She's called the police numerous times, and sometimes they come out and drive by but so far nothing has been done. I'll share what she's doing so far in hopes that it works for one of you.<br><br>
She wrote letters to the local newspaper about how the police respond in my neighborhood (I live in an upscale neighborhood but it's less than 10 minutes across town - small town - from her) vs. response in her neighborhood. She contacted the mayor and the city councilman responsible for her neighborhood, and I think she might actually be getting somewhere with the councilman. HE came out and took photos of all the cars on the street, asked her for documentation (which she had collected) of all the police calls, loud music violations, fireworks violations, etc., and he was supposed to be going this week to the police dept with that stuff.<br><br>
If talking to them gets you nowhere (which it sounds like it hasn't) then I would suggest making a fuss with anyone who will listen. Eventually I tell my mom, they will get tired of hearing from you and someone will come do something about it! Well, that's the hope anyway.<br><br>
As I said, so sorry you have to deal with that... have you tried talking to their landlord? It just occurred to me that you said they're renting, so maybe if you approached the landlord HE might be able to do something? Just a thought...
 

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They rent from a rental company. We're in FL and so many people from out of state here have investment homes built and rent them out. The owner of the home lives out of state and rents through this rental company. I've heard that the owner of the home is public record so maybe I can get his/her name and try calling? They are really destroying this home, it used to be so beautiful and it is less than a year old.
 

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What lovely neighbors. I would call and file another complaint with the police, and include ALL the information :re the broken down cars, the speeding, the neglected children, etc.<br><br><br>
Then, if that gets you nowhere, contact your counselperson, your town manager, your town paper, etc.<br><br>
What the police refuse to take action on public humiliation may achieve naturally <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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If I remember right you are in Lee County, here is the website for the property appraiser.<br><br><a href="http://www.leepa.org/Queries/SearchCriteria.htm" target="_blank">http://www.leepa.org/Queries/SearchCriteria.htm</a><br><br>
You should be able to find out who actually owns the house and maybe that will help you figure out how to contact the owners and let them know how their 'investment' is being treated.<br><br>
(I'm thinking you're in Lee Cty. because I remember some references you made and that is where our family is from, not because I'm a creepy stalker, LOL)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(I'm thinking you're in Lee Cty. because I remember some references you made and that is where our family is from, not because I'm a creepy stalker, LOL)</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Actually we're in Sarasota County, but I'll just look on the Sarasota county site and look for their property appraiser. Thanks for the idea!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Whenever you can, take pictures. Document everything. Then send copies of it all to the rental company.</div>
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I agree that this has gone beyond phone calls. You need to start writing letters and keeping copies. Start writing them letters via certified mail. Write your city council, likewise as well as the police. It's becoming a factor of safety now. Videotape them/take pictures and make sure they know you are. Let them know that you are documenting all of this and presenting it to the authorities.<br><br>
Good luck. This must be really frustrating.
 

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Videotape them/take pictures and make sure they know you are. Let them know that you are documenting all of this and presenting it to the authorities.<br></div>
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The only thing, these people are there neighbors. I would be scared some sort of revenge might be taken, kwim?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only thing, these people are there neighbors. I would be scared some sort of revenge might be taken, kwim?</div>
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Honestly, I can't live my life in fear of what others might do. I have turned in neighbors before and point blank to their face tell them I didn't appreciate all of the "5 minute drop-bys" at their house. I have turned in speeding drivers (who also had suspended licenses and went straight to jail) where my name and address were on the ticket. That horrified my friend but I shrugged and told her the same thing.<br><br>
I refuse to have my life dictated out of fear of reprisal.<br><br>
OP: superstella sounds like she had some great ideas; document and start sending info to those other than the police; you can also write directly to the police precinct head and cc: his chief for more results...a friend of mine did that when she had a lackadaisical police response and they were MORE than happy to come out to her house and talk about it. In fact, the officer used that incident as documentation of his own in a report he was working detailing the shortcomings of the department as a whole.<br><br>
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Gah! Sounds like our "lovely" neighbors. They frequently physically discipline their kids in their yard for all the world to see,they do NOT watch their 2.5 and 5 yr old kids. Let them jump on an unsafe trampoline,in their FRONT yard.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: The 2.5 yr old girl was recently playing,without supervision,in nothing but panties(and it was windy and chilly that day),in a construction site on the street behing us. I went to her house and told them,and the dad got MAD at her and started spanking her,even though he wasn't watching her and didnt even miss her for a good 15 minutes or more.<br><br>
Trash all over the place,and it always seems to drift over into our yard. I just kick it back into their yard,but it doesn't stop them. Right now they have put a rather large tree stump in our front yard,even after I had dh move it last night,it's there again,but MORE in our yard now. No doubt it was done again on purpose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: They have about 5 cars there,plus a big old dilapidated boat now as of recently. They seem to also be having people living with them,so my guesstimation is theres about 12 people over there now,plus 5 big dogs.<br><br>
Sheesh,maybe I should start my own thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
Sorry for the derailment into my own rant,OP.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I can really sympathise with your problem. I agree,since they rent,that you should report it to the rental management comp. Pic are a good idea,too,so that way the out of state owner can see the severity of it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">About a week after they moved in we started having problems with trash scattered EVERYWHERE. They did not use trash cans and the animals in our area were tearing their trash bags to shreds. This went on for 2 weeks when we found a poopy diaper in our yard - my DS tried to pick it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> DP went over to talk to them and allowed them to use our trash can until the city could deliver one to them.</div>
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Have they fixed the trash problem? If not, call the proper authorities, because it is a health hazard.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Is there a noise bylaw? Usually munipalities have noise bylaws. Most of them say there can't be any noise after 11:00 pm.<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Also, one by one they've accumulated several broken down vehicles. They have FIVE vehicles in front of their home right now, two are totaled. Only one is used. One is parked on the street at the end of my driveway - making it hard to back out.</td>
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Again, there is a good chance there is a bylaw that prohibits junk cars lying about. The owners should be notified, if at all possible, if there are oil leaks and other fluid spills that could wreck their driveway.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Two weeks ago they had a friend staying with them with a Mustang, they would all take turns speeding down the street and reving it up. DS and I were playing in the front yard when the neighbor came FLYING down the street (at least 80 mph) and TORE the street up.</td>
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Don't hesitate. Call the police the next time this happens, if it does. What they are doing is illegal, reckless and endangers lives.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Go higher up. Call a commanding officer and file a complaint if your calls go unheeded. If that doesn't work, call the mayor's office.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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If there is a code about junk cars, call again and write a letter.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Their kids are always leaving their bikes in the middle of the street. The kids ride ATVs up and down the street without parental supervision and I'm surprised they haven't gotten hit by a car yet. Their oldest child is 6 BTW, but the let their 3 yr old ride an ATV too. They ride their ATVs after dark frequently and it is DANGEROUS! The kids are also allowed to play outside until well after dark, I've seen them out (underdressed and without shoes) past 10:00 pm.</td>
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Is there a law that says they can't ride after dark. Is there an age limit for ATVs on the street? Find out.<br><br>
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This sort of behavior is beyond disrespectful. A lot of what's going on sounds like it's illegal. Again, call the proper authories and band your neighbors together to complain.<br><br>
Finally, if you were the owner of a rental property, I'm sure you'd want to know what's going on. Try to find the owners and apprise them of the situation. If they are so careless about the maintenance of the outside of the home, imagine what the inside could/might be like!<br><br>
Your situation sounds dreadful. You have my sympathy.
 

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I would call the police about the speeding and probably the late noise. Speeding like that is dangerous and illegal.<br><br>
Do you have a police officer assigned to your area? Do you have neighborhood meetings? If you want, you can contact the cops in charge of your area and just let them know what's going on. In my city, we have neighborhood cops assigned to areas and they show up at meetings and such so residents can get to know them and let them know about different problems. It's really nice and the police here are, for the most part, much, much, more resident friendly than in other cities where I've lived (they actually serve and protect as opposed to assume everyone is criminal).<br><br>
I would definitely contact the rental company about the rest. I know in my city that if the police come to a rental house three times (and find evidence of crimes) the rental company gets in trouble as well as the tenants. It's supposed to cut down on "slum lords".
 

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Call the local news stations and tell them you have a good story for them about police/county inaction with an ongoing problem. Most news stations have a "problem-solver" sort of feature and media coverage might light a fire under the county & the cops.<br><br>
If you have good documentation of the problems, as well as your attempts to use approved channels to address them, the news stations will appreciate it, as well.
 

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I'd start with taking my documentation to the rental company. I'd be surprised if they didn't do anything about it, especially since it was a new house!
 
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