Tenant getting harassed by a neighbor

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Hi All,

My tenant is getting passively harassed by a neighbor. I do not know who the neighbor is but they seem to be targeting him. He has been a great long term tenant and I am confident he isn't doing anything to provoke such action. 

The latest incident was the neighbor dug through his trash, found a few bags that weren't tied all the way and reported him to the city. The city eventually hand delivered a letter to him that he needs to tie his trash bags. If you are thinking that this is a joke I completely understand. Unfortunately it is not, this actually happened.

I feel terrible that he is going through this and also frustrated that I cant take any action as I don't know who the culprit is.  Also, I do not want to lose a good long term tenant or have the same thing happen to future tenants. Does anyone have advice on how to handle this? I thought about speaking with an attorney but I don't know what good it will do since I don't know who it is and have no proof. 

The house is located in a good area with an HOA in Tempe, AZ. Any input would be much appreciated.



@Matthew Lessard is that the only incident? I mean someone must’ve nominated themselves as block captain lol. You can offer your tenant some security cameras. Since they range anywhere from 40$-400$ you can make a small small investment in this long term tenant by offering to l upgrade her security slightly. I mean that would solve the rats digging in the trash

Unfortunately, I have experienced similar situations (there's a lot of crazy out there). I found there are several things you can do to support your tenant - and that sends a message to whomever has nothing better to do than intrude on your tenant that  they'll be needing a new hobby.  Here's a few:

1.  Let the tenant know that you're on his side and that you will let the police know that someone is entering your property and going through the trash.  And, please do that.  Having a record of the complaint will help you should the intruder elevate his crazy to the next level...they often do. Getting away with it empowers them.

2.  I agree with putting a camera up...even a fake one. Put a small sign that says "cameras in use." That alone usually ends things.

3.  Put a No Trespassing sign on your property (it doesn't have to be big and ugly). In some municipalities (including mine), unless a sign is posted, the police will not do anything but escort someone off your property. They can be in your backyard wandering around and the police will do nothing without the posting.

4.  Your tenant might want to package his trash differently for the intruder's personal enjoyment...maybe duct taping all the bags closed, maybe spray the bags with WD40 so the poor sap doesn't get that sack ripping burn, or a gift tag on every bag saying "I see you."  

I'm sorry you and your tenant are going through this.  The one thing you don't want to do is nothing...that will let the crazy know that there are no consequences. 

May the force be with you...

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