I got back home at 4am seeing my friend I haven't seen all day drunk looking for me, and realised that he rang my neighbours doorbells (they ignored him). I forced my friend to apologise, but complaints were already made the next day. They have no way of knowing it was my friend without him admitting to it, so they immediately assumed it was me. two months prior, we had an issue of someone ringing the doorbell, initially I wasn't sure what my friends were up to without my knowledge so I sympathised with the neighbours, but an incident occurred making me confident that it was not them, or not on that specific case (which happen to be the one that sparked the flame). Its not wether i did it or not but i know the neighbours dont care and are comfortable blaming me. what can I do?
You won't be liable for the actions of another so long as they were not your invited guest. For instance, if you had a large party where damage was done due to the individuals attending the party, would would be responsible for it. However, if someone came to the building and vandalized it, you would not be liable for their actions simply because you knew them prior. If the building or your landlord makes an issue out of this situation, you should speak with an attorney.
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I agree with the other attorney's comments. However, if you want to keep this from happening and begin to establish conditions where your neighbors are not looking to get rid of you - you leave out the other things they complain about, could that be because they are YOUR actions similar to the friends'?
Tell your friends that they should not come over drunk and late at night would be my suggestion to you, and tell them to phone you when they get there rather than ringing random doorbells.
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