What constitutes harrassment?

I have a neighbor lady who is giving me lots of issues. I had a valid complaint against her about her dogs which was handled through animal control. She was fined after not complying with a state law to keep her dogs on a leash. She is continually calls the the police for made up reasons. She calls my landlord weekly complaining about me, telling he landlord lies. The landlord is friends with her so the land lord is believing her. She spreads rumors to other neighbors in the neighborhood. She is making my life miserable. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on August 1, 2012 under Personal Injury, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There are different types of harrassment. Under Michigan law “harassment” means conduct directed toward a victim that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable individual to suffer emotional distress and that actually causes the victim to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose.  If she is calling the police and filing false reports she could get in to a LOT of trouble.  Please speak with some one who can help you file a report for her behaviour.  Good luck.


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