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Old 05-20-2015, 12:21 PM
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My landlord lives on the 1st floor of my apartment. We share a common entrance. Every time I go to answer my door she is listening at the door to see what I am doing. You hear her talking right behind the door each time.

Also whenever we have company over, she finds a way to be outside when they're leaving or going to the street for a cigarette. They have a video camera doorbell, and it lights up when the camera is on, sometimes I notice it's turned on if I'm out there getting the door (even when I'm answering for take out).

Recently we've been getting rid of excess baby stuff that our daughter grew out of or doesn't need. She accused us of running a business out of the house and said she doesn't want strangers coming to the door. She's obviously been watching everything we do as suspected.

Unfortunately in my area rent has skyrocketed in the past year (everywhere I look it's at least $500 more a month). I can't afford to move, but do want to.

Any advice from anyone is greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:40 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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life is too short to be harassed or aggravated or stressed by some stranger.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:12 PM
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Just go about doing your business and let her accuse you of whatever that old geezer wants, or like what nightcrawler said and move
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:21 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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While annoying and plain silly, your landlord's antics don't seem to warrant an extra $500 per month, so I'd stay put. Just my view, though.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:30 PM
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Do you have anything to hide?
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:57 PM
Location: Brooklyn
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Landlord is probably looking to make sure theres no Air bnb going on, no drugs or prostitution, etc.

If you have nothing to hide and landlord is not breaking into your apt and handles repair requests then what is the issue.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:06 PM
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Start talking about drugs and/or prostitution when she's listening. Give the video camera doorbell the moon, or at least a look at your rattiest underwear. Get an old camera flash and fire it at the video camera.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:11 PM
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paranoid old lady landlord are high maintenance, but they tend to offer the best discounts because they are so risk adverse to seek new tenant. As they always think the next one will be the one who ruins her property.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:14 PM
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Ignore as much as possible. When she aggravates you, multiply $500 x 12 ($6000) to remind yourself how much rent you're saving in the course of one year. Don't forget all the extra money moving costs too.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:58 AM
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Thanks everyone for their comments. I told my wife we need to ignore it the rent everywhere else is really the main reason why we're not going to move. We don't have anything to hide, I like to think we're pretty good tenants.

Also, they're pretty bad with repairs, granted we've only had 2 issues, after 1 issue was fixed they raised our rent, we have another issue that we've been waiting a couple of months for them to address but since they raised our rent last time we complained about something we're afraid of it happening again.

I believe she has issues with everyone, they own the house next door to us with 2 apartments, and no one has every stayed there more than 6 months!
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