I have a very bad neighbor. What legal recourse do I have? I feel like I'm stumbling in the dark.
I find myself at a loss for an appropriate Stack Exchange site. Perhaps "workplace" or "parenting" are in the same vein, but I'm trying to figure out what to do (legally) about a terrible neighbor, so it isn't either of those... And Stack Exchange doesn't have a "interpersonal problems" site. Since legality is a concern, Stack Law seemed the logical choice to ask a question. Any better suggestions on QA forum and tags is appreciated.
I say my neighbor is bad because he:
- frequently calls false noise complaints on neighbors resulting in police action.
- stands in front of the building in a menacing way as people enter/exit.
- hates black people.
- hates Middle Eastern people and Muslims.
- constantly pounds on the floor/walls/ceilings.
- screams curses at children.
- Continues to park in handicap parking despite not being handicap, and receiving very expensive parking tickets.
- And to add to the list, I suspect he's been putting nails in my car tire, always on the same tire, on the inside wall of the tire; I just replaced my 5th tire in 3 months.
Despite several complaints to apartment management from 4 different residents, he has not been evicted, and most of my neighbors, whom I was friends with, have moved -- breaking their leasing contract to get away.
I want to place hidden cameras on my vehicle to catch him putting a nail in my tire.
I've approached my management several times to voice my concerns only to be stonewalled, which makes me wonder if there is something else going on, like witness protection (or they are just as terrified of him as everyone else). It may also be that each time the apartments contact him to voice their concern, he physically goes over there and basically has a tantrum, but without making direct threats. Most of the apartment staff are tiny women (shorter than 5ft).
When I asked if I could install a hidden camera to watch my car, I was told by management they wouldn't give permission, but also weren't not giving permission, and wished me luck trying to catch him on film.
If I install a hidden camera, is it legal, and could I contact the police/evict him/file a restraining order? Would that even be considered legal evidence, or would I be liable for unlawful surveillance?
Is there some sort of legal incentive I've not clearly communicated to management to evict him?
If he actually is insane, what sort of liability for his actions does he have?
I'm really just stumped and would like some advice from someone not emotionally close to the situation which could help guide my actions.