I need some advice on a rental matter - I'm having a crisis with the neighbours. Kind of a long story... The guy next door came over last night and asked us if we would mind trimming the edges of our lawn that border their fence... so I said okay, fine.
Next day, dad and I went out and had a look and edges look absolutely fine. The guy was out the backyard so Dad went over and asked him if he'd point out the problem. So he tells Dad that he's already been in our yard a couple of times and has done it. Reasonably civil conversation thus far... Although I don't know what the hell he is doing coming into my backyard without our permission.
So Dad's back in my yard later hanging out some washing and a woman from next door comes barging over to the fence and calls Dad over, and demands that he come to the front with her and have a look at something...demanding to know his name and "who are you" blah blah. She points at the front garden and says "What do you see"? This then escalates into a *heated* discussion about the condition of our garden. Dad asked her what it had to do with her - according to her "everything to do with her", starts crapping on about our tenancy obligations etc.
Now I know that the garden is a bit of a mess at the moment, we had every intention of clearing it up this weekend actually. But the yard is mowed, just not whipper-snipped and there's some weeds in the garden. I have a 13 week old baby for god's sake, gardening is not top of my list.
But then she starts with personal attacks on me, referring to the fact that she has never seen a wedding ring on my finger (I am married, not that it matters) and that "we've just had a $4200 baby bonus, they should have bought a whipper-snipper with that". Tells Dad to go back where he came from, and that he should "get back to Boggo Road". Nice.
I will mention that Dad gave as good as he got... he also has a tendency to get a little... heated...
Anyhoo, she's said that she's planning to call the Real Estate tomorrow and complain. So we're going to clean up the garden in the morning before she has a chance to do so. But I'm just p*d off that she might damage our good record as tenants when we've never had a problem here. Fair enough that they asked us to fix up the fence line, but I don't really see that our garden is any of their concern. And it's just grass for christ's sake.
Sorry about the long spiel... but I'm really worried about this now.