I've tried to talk to her to get her to understand she creating a nuisance. Most recently I printed and highlighted the rules she's violating. I placed the sheet of paper in her door on her back patio as I have no other way of contacting other than directly. She does not use her front door. I hoped to avoid filling a formal complaint with the board, of which I'm a member, and just handle the issue cordially. She responded but knocking on my door and yelling at me and behaving in an aggressive hostile manner. I don't have an issue with what her dog does in her home, but when it's in the limited common areas like her patio, there are rules that she's breaking include allowing it to relieve itself on the concrete patio rather than the designated areas, being chained up, installing onto the brick the means to attach a chain ($250 fine+ repair cost), being on the patio unattended, barking and creating a nuisance.
Now she's threatening to hire a lawyer and pursue a harassment suit against me. I'm pretty sure this is baseless but it occurred to me that it's not bad to get others thoughts. I have submitted the formal complaint to the association which I'm confident will be found valid.
If you are not leaving out any other facts, then a harassment claim will not succeed. There may be something here that is missing that would give rise to such litigation, but I don't see any alarms.
This is a COA/HOA issue that needs to be handled according to the bylaws, CC&Rs and other such documents. See an attorney if anything is filed, but I wouldn't worry about harassment claims based on these facts.
It sounds like the nuisance issue may be resolved with the association management or at a board meetings (where a hearing may be held to more fully addressed the matter in the context of the Rules/Regs, Bylaws & Declaration documents). HOAs typically issue fines for residents in violation of the governing docs (which will likely leave your neighbor pretty angry). All that said, just because someone wants to file a lawsuit doesn't mean an attorney will be on board.
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