Harassment/Complaints from possible neighbor. California

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Harassment/Complaints from possible neighbor. California

I have a question regarding harassment at my apartment. I never make much
noise and usually study as a full time student. The other night I talked to my gf for
hours on the phone. Then received loud bangs at my door. If it is a nut-job
neighbor that is acting angry/rude. Is it possible for me to press charges for
harassment after explaining to them that they are not welcome at my door again. I
did not throw any parties or make more noise that my voice on the phone with my
gf late at night. Thank you.

Asked on February 10, 2018 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Simply banging on your door and being rude to you is not a criminal act under your state's law. You would need a repetitive course or pattern of conduct (i.e. doing this repeatedly) with an intent to harass you, or the making of criminal threats (e.g. of violence) to make this criminal.
Complain to your landlord. A tenant may be evicted for disturbing others ("disorderly conduct") after having received a warning from the landlord to not do so, and landlords have an obligation to take reasonable steps (such as warning and if necessary evicting disruptive tenants) to protect tenant's "quiet enjoyment" of their premises. You landlord may be able to help you--and if they will not even try, that could provide a basis for you to terminate your lease and move out early (if you want) for the breach of you quiet enjoyment.


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