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Topic # 232173 3-Apr-2018 08:17
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It's with a huge sense of relief that my neighbours from hell have moved away.

While the owner moved to Aus, she rented her 2 BR urban central city home. The property was unfenced, as is typical of urban houses.

The renters are a mid-wife, and he's a builder. They also had various adult relatives living there sporadically.

We have a very narrow cul-de-sac, which when devoid of cars is too small to turn around. It also spoked with lots of driveways, so some houses literally have no parking in front of their house.

Even though they had a 2 car driveway, and a garage, they always parked two cars on the street. This caused to no end of grief for anyone trying to turn around.

They kept a Harley Davidson, a not a nice "I'm over-30, and having a mid-life crisis" one. It was "you can hear me from a kilometre away" one.

They kept chickens, two very large tom cats, and a large muscled dog. The dog and cats were kept loose. The dog killed the chickens.

When people arrived home, the dog would literally confront us in our garages and bark and snarl. Other nuisances is it would tear up trash bags, and chase cats.

Myself and neighbours complained, and she got pinged by animal control 4 times, at $200 per ticket. Also the garbage men stopped picking up her trash, as they were menaced by the dog.

To stop the animal control ticket, and get garbage pickup, in the driveway they set up a dog cage. Then she brought in a male dog to breed with their female. The male dog was actually more aggressive than the female.

But thankfully that's all behind me.

I didn't realised how stressed they made me, until I peeked in the windows and found every bit of furniture gone, and the Harley no longer parked in the garage.

They did, of course, leave outside a hill worth of garbage strewn around, for their friend to clean up, including an old bathtub, but they are gone!

I'm not religious, but halleluiah.

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  Reply # 1987383 3-Apr-2018 08:23
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I'm pleased for you. It sounds decidedly uncivilised.





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  Reply # 1987384 3-Apr-2018 08:24
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I feel for you. Home is your sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life, not post 5pm hustle and bustle v2.0


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1987411 3-Apr-2018 08:32
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What a nightmare. Really happy to hear that it's all over, KDF.

 

 


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  Reply # 1987415 3-Apr-2018 08:42
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you never can be sure if the next people maybe worse

 

 

 

my neighbour had 5 kids all around 12 and younger every evening at 6 pm on the dot rain or shine , outside they would come screaming etc i know they are kids but it used to friggin annoy me no end having to shut our ranch slider to hear the nightly news on tv

 

well great a while back they sold up, whoohooo i though

 

now i have an older asian couple living there , but the older gentleman seems to be running some sort of business carving or similar . almost every day and i mean every day it goes on all day some times till 9 pm at night

 

 

 

so can i have the kids screaming back please ......


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  Reply # 1987419 3-Apr-2018 09:00
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If it's a residential area then the local bylaws would usually prohibit both DIY commercial noise making in the evening. E.g. Auckland City info:

 

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/noise/Pages/construction-and-maintenance-noise.aspx

 

But hopefully you could ask him nicely to desist first. We have elderly Asian neighbours and they are extremely quiet.

 

 


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  Reply # 1987430 3-Apr-2018 09:34
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We still have ours next to us.

 

She is south african and spends most days and nights yelling at her kid (around 14/15 now), her ex husband or on the phone back home yelling at them.  Her voice is one that no walls or windows can stop.  She is also very judgy and just not a nice person.  

 

A couple of years ago we had random nappies thrown over the back fence into our place.  The only place it could have come from was their house and setup a camera to catch them.  Ended up being her kid throwing them over.  She goes away on holiday a few times a year and there has been a couple of times her house alarm has gone off non stop for days.

 

 

 

When we first moved in to the place I saw her outside and said hello to her, she looked me up and down and rolled her eyes at me.  I knew from that point on that it was not going to be fun living next to her.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1987452 3-Apr-2018 09:59
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My neighbours are alright, but seriously agree with the 'Bossy South African Mother' thing.  My Neighbour's voice that cuts through everything, barking at her kid all the time.  Sounds like that character from the muppets, all day long.


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  Reply # 1987460 3-Apr-2018 10:11
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jonb:

 

My neighbours are alright, but seriously agree with the 'Bossy South African Mother' thing.  My Neighbour's voice that cuts through everything, barking at her kid all the time.  Sounds like that character from the muppets, all day long.

 

 

I over heard her on the phone once saying the following "I am a good christian and not a judgemental person but people in New Zealand don't pray correctly".

 

How the hell does one "pray" wrong?

 

The flatmate and I found that very funny.


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  Reply # 1987522 3-Apr-2018 11:17
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Landlord will no doubt be reeling from the clean up bill so could grateful to have some eyes and ears next door going forward. This could be a prime opportunity for the OP to connect better with the Landlord/manager and solve these problems earlier.

 

The situation sounds like they could/would have been in breach of several terms in their rental agreement which any good property manager would have used to move them on, had they known (or been made to care). My in-laws rental property had a limit on the number of vehicles and adult occupants permitted and when some troublesome tenants breached both, they were quickly moved on, but it took good info from the neighbours to know to act.


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  Reply # 1987788 3-Apr-2018 17:58
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Congratulations! It's amazing how the stress builds up and compounds without you really noticing until suddenly its not there. Enjoy your new found Peace and Quiet (hopefully!)

 

We live in a lower soci-economic neighbourhood with lots of state houses and while the majority of people around here are great, it does attract the types that aren't welcome elsewhere.

 

Neighbour next door (hedge fence) when we first moved in was your typical young couple with a pitbull and an under 2 y/o: old Nissan Sylvia ("done up"), lots of time to drink/smoke outside until the wee hours and parties every work night. Their guests used to walk through the hedge to urinate on our lawn. By the time we managed to get HNZC to agree to replacing the half dead hedge with a fence they moved out - leaving behind a $3000 power bill and a house needing extensive repairs (HNZC house). Found out later they were growing weed and selling it out of the rear bedroom. Their replacement is fantastic and I hope she sticks around.

 

House near the end of the culda-sac has just finished extensive repairs due to P damage (production, not consumption). They were frequent flyers with the Police, often resulting in the whole street being blocked off by the AOS. It was rare for a week to go by without them having a huge argument in the roadway with someones fence getting kicked in (normally ours as we are on the corner). I bulk bought new palings as we were going through so many. He's now in prison and she's been shipped off up north minus her kids (in MVCOT custody now).

 

The house across the road from the above has new tenants who are very similar to #1. They've brought with them a small army of kids who are rarely in bed, let alone on their own property by 10pm. They've already got into fights with other local kids and brought about the Police. Their dad is a drop kick who drives an old rotary station wagon (unregistered/warranted) who spends his days 'tuning' the car which upsets every dog within a 3 block radius.

 

We are currently selling up. I'm not really sure why..

 

 


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  Reply # 1987814 3-Apr-2018 18:31
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I'm very lucky with my neighbours, they're fairly quiet and we get on quite well. They even watch one of my boys in the morning once a week while waiting for the school bus to pick him up.

 

Also when I wanted fibre, she just said to bring over any (consent) paperwork we needed signed, and she would just do it, no questions asked (except for how to get it herself) smile


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  Reply # 1987815 3-Apr-2018 18:31
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Wow sounds like you could sell tickets and popcorn at your place!

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  Reply # 1987819 3-Apr-2018 18:47
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I'm lucky, I have great neighbours and have never really had an issue apart from one obnoxious short term renter who kept parking in my space (on land I own) for a couple of weeks.

 

However, about 12 years ago my parents had 8 months of the neighbours from hell. Landlord was away and the agent didn't care. Four day continuous drunken parties going on all 24 hours of the day, with the smell of dope wafting over the fence, loud "thump-thump" music all night, and upwards of 30 people staying in a 3 bedroom house. The neighbour on the other side woke up to find six of them (all men) in a row on her property, all peeing against the wall of her bedroom. Two children aged about 12 and 14 who never seemed to be at school (and were frequently stoned/drunk outside, and one one instance the 14 year old was having sex with his girlfriend on the back lawn in the afternoon). Three derelict cars on a shared driveway so the (same) neighbour from the other side couldn't even get in and out of her garage. Frequent visits from the Police and noise control. But they couldn't care less about anyone.

 

No one seemed to be working. They seemed to have endless money for booze, baccy and dope, but not for rent. By the time they left they apparently owed more than 3 months rent and had trashed the house, including smashing about 10 windows which they covered by taping brown cardboard over them.

 

There was just about a whole-of-street celebration when they moved out.

 

And this wasn't a terrible suburb or an HCNZ house either.


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  Reply # 1987829 3-Apr-2018 19:11
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Council's are encouraging high density housing but failing to adequately enforce environmental lifestyle laws.

The govt really needs to impose some service level agreements as they do now for building permits.

We once had very noisy neighbours and it took 6 months of complaining every weekend to get them shutdown.

Council noise control would respond about 20% of the time. They said it was very busy on weekend nights so could not always respond.

That is a cop out and negligent of the council. But, you cannot do anything as it seems council's are not able to be sure for failing to enforce noise control laws. We looked into it.

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  Reply # 1987831 3-Apr-2018 19:18
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Oh I know the relief of that feeling! Several years ago, when a particularly bad tenant lived next door, we literally cracked open the champagne when we heard they were moving on, it can just be so awful having bad inconsiderate neighbours.


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