Good Questions: Problematic Neighbors

Good Questions: Problematic Neighbors

Gregory Han
Dec 15, 2008

With a sad and serious problem with his neighbors, AT reader David writes in with this question hoping for some advice from folks who've experienced similar dilemmas:

I was just looking through your posts about problematic neighbors. I was hoping to get some advice on a problem I am having in my building, but did not see any comments regarding this problem. Across the hall from me is a couple that are involved in an abusive relationship. To be more specific, there is a scary dude over there that threatens and assaults his girlfriend when they argue. This has been going on for about 6 months now...

I have called the police twice; the first time they took the guy away in cuffs only for him to return later that night; the second time the girl told the cops that there was no problems and they left. I have spoken to both the super and the owner of the building. Both have been sympathetic, but seem at a loss about what to do about the situation, although both have told me that they have "sent the couple letters". This situation has made for a very awkward living situation for me and my girlfriend and we are at a loss as to what to do at this point. Do you have any advice? Perhaps you have covered this at some point on your site? In any event, thanks for listening.

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