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27 October 2010 @ 12:33 am
I'm sorry to come in with my bags of woe  
But I've got 'em.

Ok, so, first?  Good things in my life, things that have gone on in the last 7 days:

  • Maija came over tonight and bought me yummy vegetarian thai food and we watched True Blood and had an enjoyable, sane (mostly, but will get to that) evening
  • I got to work with 3rd graders today to figure out how to learn more about local landmarks via the web and had a good time with it, even if it took a lot of energy (I worked with three kids, and it really is like herding cats)
  • I managed to get my laundry done on a monday night - yay for clean sheets
  • My advisor wrote this kick ass "you should give her $$ for expenses" letter in support of my recent conference journey
  • I went to Griffith Observatory with a friend on Sunday and we actually caught one of the planetarium shows (yay student ID price!) and it was awesome in a super duper geeky way
  • I took the dog to the dog park and met a Chinese Mastiff puppy that is going to look just like this when he grows up (and is bigger than Domino now)
  • I was actually interested in doing art and did a banner for [profile] eurydice72 (finally beginning to fulfill some of my [community profile] help_pakistan bidders/winners)
  • I started to think about how I'm going to decorate my place when the evil housemate is out
  • I got a pretty decent fridge for $200 delivered on the morning I wanted it.
Ok, so keep that in mind (trust me, I'm trying, really trying), because tonight I came home to find Asha had broken into my room through my window in order to circumvent the lock i'd put on the door

Tuesday she was moving out - got her shit out, and handed the keys to the landlord at 11:30 at night, and made appt with landlord to do final walk through on Saturday

Wednesday she starts emailing me about how I still need to move out, and I owe her money

Friday she calls the police and they arrive on my doorstep.  She told them she was barred from entering the home by the landlord, "who stole the keys out of her hand"She stalks through the door an hour later and starts moving her crap back in.  Police are called back.  They end up making the landlord give Asha a key back.

Over the weekend she emails me this "you have three options" email that includes basically me paying her more money and having my shit out of the apartment,  I respond with one line telling her I'll remain in occupancy.  She emails back insanity, accusing me of yelling at her, accusing me of profiling her to the cops, accusing me of racism, etc.  I stopped responding.

Monday she emails to demand that I take the lock off my door immediately or she'll do it for me.  I did not respond.

I came home tonight to find my window screen broken because she'd climbed in through the window to replace the lock on my door with the old handle -- and she'd apparently sprayed some scent in the room because it smelled like lemons.

I cried. 

I also called the police.  The officer actually got on the phone with her and told her what she'd done was illegal, and that if I had claimed she'd stolen anything, she would be charged with a felony.  He talked to her for almost half an hour, trying to get her to tell him the name of the supposed "housing official" she supposedly had out today (that was the "reason" why she broke into my room).  He got off the phone with her and said "yep, she's crazy". 

But she did it to rattle me, and it worked.

At this point I don't know what I'm going to do.  There's a big part of me that wants to out stubborn her.  There's a big part of me that wants to get the hell out of here and get on with my life.  There's a big part of me that is freaked the fuck out and there's a part of me that sees that she didn't do anything but what she did, which is fucked up, but if she does any damage, real damage?  She knows she's going to get fucked for it.  Right now it qualifies as harassment. 

also posted to dreamwidth | you can reply here or there | um, but don't worry, i'm still an lj girl
BJ: Bad Bad Daydara_starscream on October 27th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)

Methinks it might be time for you and landlord to consult an attorney if you haven't already. Also, does the landlord have any other properties into which you can move? Like, now?

Are you worried about physical safety -- yours or Domino's? And at what point can the police remove her from the premesis and/or arrest her?

If the serious, no-bullshit answer to question one is yes, concede the field. The game isn't worth the candle if you or Dom wind up in the hospital because some deranged person doesn't know when to quit

literate and stylishmishloran on October 27th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
I honestly dont see how she can get away with that level of harassment, if she's not technically a tenant she shouldn't be able to get in; there's no squatters rights involved?!!

Re her getting into your room, that IS serious and well done you for calling the fuzz on her. Hopefully that will tell her your serious and deter her from further madness. Be really careful with having a look to see she's not nicked anything; very tempting to say she has, I'd have thought!

Mostly; get your window fixed and hide valuables when you go out? Shouldnt be too long before she is kicked out the house for good? Can boyhousemate talk to her with some sense? :S

Mostly; lots of love from me! xxx
Kat: *hugs* - Leverageseductivembrace on October 27th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Ok, this chick is moving from annoying into the deranged category. *is pissed on your behalf*

First, I believe your landlord has given her a 30-day notice, correct? If so, and the time is up, (s)he needs to seriously consider filing an "unlawful detainer". I'm hoping just the threat of that is enough to see her gone - you can politely inform her that that stuff stays as a public record on her credit report, and she'll have a hell of a time renting somewhere else with it in place. (It's been awhile since I've done property management in Ca, but I'm pretty sure on the legalities of the formal serving of papers for her staying in the house after her notice is up.)

Second, she broke into your room? Um, have her arrested if you find out she's swiped stuff. The least she's liable to the landlord/you is the window damage and the lock damage.

Three, please tell me you're saving these emails. They will go a long way towards showing her crazy, irratic behavior.

Four, please be careful. She sounds unhinged. *hugs you*
seldomifeverseldomifever on October 27th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you have to deal with this crap. Why on earth would she think you owe her money?
Andrea: Adamsilentflux on October 27th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Wow - it's good you called the police, since it will show on the record if she does anything else crazy. And if you notice anything's missing, you should totally have her arrested - that's ridiculous.

Make sure you save and document everything that happens - kinda diary-like. It helps if you write it down as things happen so that there's a record of your recollection of events with dates and times. Take pictures of the window and door and file that with it. You can never have too much information, imho, especially when you're talking about harassment.

Good luck, hon - I really hope this clears up for you soon. *hugs*
sahiya on October 27th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Dude, there has to be some way to deal with this. At what point does her presence on the property become trespassing? Because it sounds like she'll keep doing it until someone (i.e. the police) force her to stop.

Can you change the locks on the outer doors?
cordelianne: Star Trek Spock/Uhura hugcordelianne on October 27th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
OMG, Kate, this is so awful. I'm so sorry that you're experiencing this. I don't know how tenant law and such differs in California from Ontario but if there is some tenant rights help organization, it sounds like they would be super helpful.

Blah, this sucks. *hugs*
reremouse: I give upreremouse on October 27th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I - you - she - there are no words. Only pronouns. And alarm.

What everyone else said about an attorney and calling the police if she took anything. But also check to see if she left anything. Y'know - of the illegal and lease-violating variety to try to frame you with. Because it suddenly sounds like she's not above that kind of thing. :(

Be careful of you and Domino. Get that window fixed. Document, document, document.
windchild85windchild85 on October 27th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Wow doesn't even begin to cover it.

As others have said, document, document, document. And check for anything she may have planted. I wouldn't put it past her, not in the slightest.

I think it's time for a little hidden camera action. Psycho-bitch-from-hell is escalating, and you need to protect yourself. Get a friend who knows how to set up a hidden cam to do it for you sooner rather than later. Not only will it help you, but it'll help the landlord, too.

Why the heck doesn't the landlord DO SOMETHING about her? From your other posts, it seems as if the landlord has followed the usual protocol, so it's bewildering to me that this girl somehow thinks she has you both by the short hairs? Shouldn't she be out by now? Shouldn't there be a way for you to get your money back?
(Anonymous) on October 31st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Wow, that is some crazy-ass shit. I am so sorry you are going through all this.
bexmaddybexmaddy on October 31st, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that is some crazy-ass shit. I am so sorry you are going through all this.