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Asked on: 9/23/13, 1:44 pm

My landlord has been harassing my fiance and I over the last few months. It all started when her daughter broke into our apartment and stole our iPod. We did not call the police because my landlord said she would replace the iPod and move her daughter from the property (our residences are connected). Also I did not want to deal with a situation like that at the time, I was very upset. Her daughter has a past of criminal activity and has been in juvenile detention and rehab on several occasions. She falsely claimed the reason we did not call the police is because we had drug paraphernalia in our apartment. Ever since then our landlord has been harassing us and tells our downstairs neighbor almost everything. She had her boyfriend look in our windows (which my neighbor saw), runs the license plates of every visitor we have, she makes wild claims of both of us being unemployed, she has stood outside of our door in the early hours of the morning listening to us, and we have suspicions of her opening our mail. On top of that she has ceased trash pick up, she did not mow our yard for three months in the summer, and she did not clean our driveway this past winter which resulted in my car getting stuck in trees for three days. She has promised to fix our leaking sinks since I moved in about two years ago and also to install a stove in our apartment, both of which have never happened. I feel she has done wrong but a lot of these problems would be our word against hers (though my family and neighbors can testify about the trash, yard, and some other things). I just don't know if it would hold up in court. We are not on a lease. I do know for a fact that she does not pay rental taxes and that our and my neighbor's apartments are not up to code. I was just curious if anything she has done would have any bearing in court or if the lack of evidence would make everything inadmissible.

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