Over the course of 5 months, my property has been vandalized (vehicle tires slashed, windshield wipers ripped off, as well as friends car's vandalized, my sons bike/potted plants thrown off my balcony, verbal threats made to me. I only have one police report (from my cars tires being slashed the first time.) I've called the local police only for them to tell them that they need to catch the men in action or I need to have a better description of the said men. I have reached out to my apartment complex and the regional manager of the management company with nothing resolved.I feel like I am not welcomed in my own home, I leave work early so that I am not coming home when it's dark out, parking off the complex/not having lights on in my apartment so they don't know I'm home. I have no clue as to who these men are, I have always kept to myself. I feel like I'm being targeted because I am the minority race in a very predominant neighborhood. I've tried to file a protective order but without knowing who these men are I am unable to. Please help,
It sounds like the landlord is not providing a safe place -- have you notified landlord IN WRITING about the problems? If not, do so. Assuming it isn't fixed (a security guard being hired would be a positive step) you can ask the Court to let you out. It Is NEVER, REPEAT NEVER, OK to 'not pay the rent'. If your landlord is not living up to the terms of your rental agreement, then you go to the local General District Court and file a "Tenant's Assertion" and pay your money to the court. The court sees you as showing good faith to pay your rental obligation (as opposed to keeping the money) and in my experience is sympathetic to tenants who 'do it right'. Before you can do an assertion you have to give the landlord reasonable written notice - how much is dependent on the circumstances.
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