is it a hostile living environment if another tenant from a different unit is always making threats and starting fights??

We have contacted our landlord about the situation multiple times, other people from our complex have also contacted the landlord about this person and nothing has been done. Would this constitute a hostile living environment or a reason to break our lease?? It is an unsafe environment for us and our children, this neighbor has also abused our dog while our dog was out on his leash.

Asked on July 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord has assorted renters in a complex where one specific group seems to be a "problem" as you have written from a hostility issue where the landlord receives complaints from his or her tenants about the situation, the landlord is under an affirmative duty to try and remedy the issue.

In fact, many written leases have provisions within requiring the tenant to adhere to certain appropriate conduct and civility. From what you have written, your landlord needs to step into the situation and try to calm down the hostility.

If the landlord refuses to get involved, I suggest that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney about the situation.


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