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I've been working with the property manager, SAPD, Code Compliance, our HOA (minimally. . . they're pretty pathetic), the DEA and our other neighbors. Most of the activity seems to have come to a halt. . . or slow roll I guess since they're still dealing but they're leaving to do it instead of running the show in front of their house (and mine!)
We told the property manager that we would not hesitate to take the owner to court if this was not curbed immediately and they were very willing to help after that. She set up a meeting with them right away and anytime they park in the grass now she has the car towed at their expense. I started taking pictures of the cars and license plates of the people who were pulling up to buy drugs. That helped put a stop to that. My husband would shine a SUPER bright light on their car too! One idiot drove up with his lights off and while he was waiting turned the cab light in his truck on. It illuminated the entire portion of the street he was parked in. (Smart guy!) Then he grabbed a bag of weed he already had with him and was holding it up to the light and shaking it. I have GREAT photos of that. The deal he pulled up to participate in did NOT happen right there, obviously. He got yelled at, drove off and thirty seconds after that the dealer and his sidekick drove off after him. They tried doing it on the street right BEHIND my house but that's still too close for me. I stood on a stool and took pictures over the fence so they drove off AGAIN. Other neighbors come outside and stare now too whenever something like this goes on. It's been a few days since we've seen any "roll ups" although I'm sure it's not over. It looks like they're leaving most of the time. I know there are still drugs in the house and by no means am I stopping. I have a feeling, though, that knowing how intent we all are on stopping the activity all together, at the very least they won't want to stay past the end of their initial lease which I believe is nine months. Three and a half down. . . .
They could be evicted before then for having too many tenants though so either way I know they'll be gone. I'm hoping for sooner but later will work if it's all I can get. If they go outside all I have to do is walk out on to my porch and they all go in right away.
I may be on someone's hit list for this but honestly, I was not raised to sit back and tolerate this kind of junk. I wasn't raised to handle it as brazenly as we have been, either but everyone has their breaking point and I reached mine. If my husband did too then I know it's bad because he's Mr. Calm, Cool and Collected. We balance each other out It's nice to have the other homeowners here pitching in, too. It makes SUCH an enormous difference when the complaints aren't just coming from one person! We even have another landlord pitching in. He doesn't live here but doesn't want to own a property on "Crenshaw", either! His tenants hadn't noticed anything but the woman works nights. He only heard about the activity through my neighbor on the other side of these residents and said when it came to complaints and threats against the landlord, count him in.
The key to the progress we've made has been documentation (thats been the hard part!!), involvement of multiple neighbors and awareness. I read another thread where some people mentioned that either they or neighbors around them were very "aware" of all activity in their neighborhood and I think that's great. Better safe than sorry ALWAYS.
Once I heard from the property manager and got her email address, I typed up an email summarizing our concerns and the actions that had (or hadn't) taken place to date. I cc'd EVERY single neighbor who asked me to (everyone in the immediate vicinity), I cc'd code compliance, our HOA, our city councilman's office and our assigned SAFFE Officer. This way EVERYONE knows exactly what is going on at all times and nobody can say they didn't know or make excuses for a lack of effort on their part. It's a situation that needs immediate attention and we made it painfully clear that we wouldn't let up until we got it.
Who's neighborhood is this again? Haha. . . yeah, MINE! (I'm still moving but since I'll still own the property I'll be damned if it happens after I'm gone!)
I know we aren't done but the progress that's come about is encouraging. I'm sorry this was so long (and poorly typed!) but I wanted to outline the steps we took and how we got the response we did in case anyone ever has the same type of problem. I hope not, but from what I've been told by some of the people we're seeking help from, this is a HUGE problem in San Antonio.
Anyway, I'm done for now! Sorry that was so long again. . . couldn't help it!
IMO (not that anyone asked lol) every neighborhood has it's good and bad points. Are there neighborhoods that you want to stay away from? Sure, there are no matter what state you're in. (believe me, I've lived all over the place) However, being in a higher priced area does not make you immune from what goes on everywhere else. I went to 2 different highschools in NJ - one where the kids had money and the other school's kids had a lot less. I have to tell you that drugs ran rapid where the kids had money because they had the means to buy them. A lot of people get fooled by iron gates. DigginHouseVibez, I don't blame you one bit. If it were me I'd probably fight just as hard!! Everyone deserves to be peaceful in their own home.
Diggin--you are lucky no harm has come to you/yours
not that what you are doing is wrong but that you are messing with people who have a short fuse...
I guess I am naive but I think the fact that you have produced such strong evidence and no police action has been taken just proves that either the police are being bought off or they are just too tired to care...
we had people (two guys) buy house across street from us more than two years ago--they did quite a bit of remodeling, put in pool, seemed to be taking care of property really well--so great--glad to have them
then as soon as they finished the pool, the parties started--lasting late and making lot of noise which was a problem mainly for the people behind their fence...no help when they were asked to be quiet and abide by the HOA rules...
then one guy's two sons moved in with him--he was gay but had been married/divorced..the sons were late teens/early 20s--they hung out during the day--no jobs--had lots of hs kids come visit--guess what they were offering--yes--I did not see anything because they sold inside the house--but neighbors who have kids in hs heard about it from their kids--
parties got worse after the sons moved in--they put the house up for sale finally because of the HOA complaining about the noise and the parking on street which are violations of HOA rules...but they were asking more than house was worth (they had put lot of money into it but that was mistake on their part)
over july 4th their party lasted for 4 days--cars parked on both sides of the street--not moving --then one night about 3-4 neighbors called police--they came out twice--first time the people said they would turn down the noise--
the second time the police showed up---one of the punk sons opened the door, stepped out, and tapped the police office on his chest and said he did not have the right to make him be quiet in his own home---LOVED IT when I heard what happened next--the police officer took him into custody for assaulting an officer, cuffed because the guy was drunk and resisted arrest--then a couple of the drunk friends stepped outside to criticize the police behavor--BANG, they were cuffed and put into cars for being drunk and disorderly in public--
when the rest of the gang saw what was happening they stayed inside and shut up--but their cars were gone by the late morning...
after that --since the son was charged and the other people as well--they reduced the price on the house and moved out--left it vacant to sell--which it did after several months of being empty--and is again empty after those buyers moved out---
Last edited by loves2read; 07-31-2008 at 10:26 PM..
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