I live in a 2 family house. My neighbor was drunk one night called me at 3:00 AM in the morning accusing me of smoking pot. Before this all happened, my dog was attacked by my neighbors pitbull and required surgery and stitches which my neighbor did pay the bill for. Ever since all this happened, my neighbor has been completely irrational to deal with. I explained the situation to my landlord. I do not feel comfortable living there. If I have to break my lease is there a way I am able to get my security deposit back? Also, is there a time period that I have in order to report my dog being attacked by their dog? My other neighbors saw the whole thing, but was never reported.
Thank you for your help
I t is not clear from your post if the neighbor about whom you are complaining is occupying the other unit in the same building in which you are living or if this is someone who lives in a separate property not under the control of your landlord. If this problem involves the other unit in your buildling, you must send a written complaint to the landlord, outlining the problems you are having with his other tenant and requesting that he get them to stop their harassment. If the landlord fails to act within a reasonable amount of time, you would then have the option to terminate the lease with no further obligaton to the landlord on your part. The landlord would be obligated to return your security deposit without any deduction for future rent, but would be entitled to make deductions for past due rents and any damage to the property that exceeds ordinary wear and tear.
Wtth respect to reporting the attack of your dog, I am not sure to whom you want to report it to - the police? Animal Control? Or are you talking about commencing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog for your out-of-pocket veterinarian expenses? You would have to inquire with the particular agency to whom you want to report the attaclk as to their timing for making such reports. If you are looking to sue to recoup your expenses, you have up to 6 years to file a complaint.
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