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Every time I’m outside of the house, dog or not, she comes out to shout.

This is Dr. Lillian Chin taking dirt out of the planter next to my back door. She’s 100 feet from Loxley Court, in the alley way between the Arch Street buildings. I happen to be in the neighbor’s house when I see her do it.

This is Dr. Lillian Chin taking dirt out of the planter next to my back door. She’s 100 feet from Loxley Court, in the alley way between the Arch Street buildings. I happen to be in the neighbor’s house when I see her do it.

The rough winter was tough on the fence (in Loxley Court, outside my front door) and it fell down. I replaced it with a taller one so she stopped looking in my kitchen window.

The rough winter was tough on the fence (in Loxley Court, outside my front door) and it fell down. I replaced it with a taller one so she stopped looking in my kitchen window.

The emails ended when Dr Lillian Chin left for FL in late 2010. I was not surprised, as I was non responsive. She returned in May 2011 with a new methodology of screaming.
– which I began to capture on video

Vinegar isn’t working - back to sugar

Since I’ve been radio silent, she’s tries the sweet approach again, complimenting me on the pumpkins I’ve put outside the front door, in Loxley Court.

In this case, it seems we are sharing my front door -“our area”, which is an improvment from the previous letter that declared it belonging to all the local property “owners”.

10/10/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

Just wanted to tell you how nice your decorations look.  I appreciate all
your efforts in making our little area look so pretty.  I appreciate it
very much.

Many thanks again.  Lillian

Now she’s claimed the “common area” too

In previous letters, she refers to the alley that runs down the side of my house as “common area”, despite the fact that it is not. The residents of Loxley Court have access to the street from the rear of the courtyard and their parking lot.

In this letter she begins to “legislate” what I should do in the Arch Street alley - as she refers to here as the “walkway”.

I did not respond because I’ve made it clear it’s not up for discussion.

The beginning of the -WE- (the owners) and -YOU- (the renters) terminology is clear here.

8/9/10 (email)

Dear Amy:

I would appreciate very much if you could train your dog Molly to avoid
peeing in the courtyard in front of my house as well as in the walkway.
As I am sure you are aware that not only leaves unsightly stains on the
brick, which I am having to hose down, but also would invite other dogs
walking through to leave their mark.

I have noted the extra efforts you have made  in not having Molly poop in
front of my house any more, and I really appreciate your extra efforts
for that.

We consider Loxley Court from front gate to back gate as a small slice of
Eden in the midst of a bustling city and try to make it beautiful and
keep it clean.  I trust that is a reason you moved here, and I hope you
can be counted on to do your share in keeping it beautiful and clean.

Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation and compliance,   Lillian

She’s sure my front door belongs to her

Dr. Lillian Chen makes it clear that

1) Complying with her is the only option

2) The “Common Area” she refers to is the alley between the two buildings facing arch street. They are not part of the courtyard at all, but as you’ll come to see she has decided these belong to her too.

You’ll see in my response below her email that:

1) I’m clear about the fact I can use my front door without permission from the people who own the adjoining property, that my status as a renter is not pertinent.

2) I am in compliance with the city ordinances about my dog

3) She has begun the screaming and yelling at me, the dog, my guests.

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

First of all, I find your commitment rather hollow since you have not
stopped having Molly poop and pee in front of my house.

Second, as I count it, I have made 2 requests, only one of which you have
kindly done, that is the removal of your furniture to your common area.
The “numerous and incessant requests” are because you have your dog poop
and pee in front of my house on “numerous and incessant” times.   I also
have “so much patience” in dealing with what I consider disrespect for my
property.

Third, if you have found no “peace’ is the direct result that you have
not complied with my request and have obvioulsy refused to walk your dog
frequently enough and soon enough that she cannot even make it out to the
street before unloading.

If you are really interested in a mutually beneficial proposal,  I would
suggest you try the Golden Rule.

Fourthly,  I would like to disabuse you that Loxley Court is part of your
apartment’s common area.  Your common area is the walkway.  You do not
have a common area in Loxley Court.  That is private property with only
easement for the apartment dwellers.  Use of the courtyard is only with
permission of or invitation from the owners.

You missed a good time last night.  Hope you can make the next one.
Lillian

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Lillian,
Thank you for your response.

It is not my intention to disrespect you or your property. I think that we can arrive at a reasonable agreement that does not involve you or Hal shouting at me, my guests and my dog.

My answer remains the same. I will continue to use my front door and will continue to own a dog.

I know you object to my contractual status at this property but that being said, I live here and my landlord has -owner status- which she has transferred to me in a lease. So my standing is the same as yours with regard to occupancy and use. I ask you to refer your objections regarding property line and use of common area to her. If she sees fit to provide me a discount to amend our contract to remove some of my occupancy and use rights, she may do that. I will tell you that I will not agree to it without a substantial reduction in rent.

I will continue to respect my agreement with her and clean up after my animal in accordance with city ordinance. That is the best I can offer to you and I don’t think any further discussion is beneficial. 

Best,
Amy

I can’t use my front door?

She’s not home six weeks before she

1) demands I stop using my front door (which she refers to as a back door)

2) assures me she will become an unpleasant neighbor

3) begins the “you’re a renter which provides me control over you” tirade.

I’m extremely clear in my response that these things are not acceptable.

6/24/10 (email)

Amy:

I went out to get my mail this afternoon after the storm.  Your friend
was taking Molly out, but before she could pass my front door, Molly
proceeded to drop a big soft poop.

I don’t know how else to impress upon you that this behavior is
completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer.  It is
clear that Molly is either not being walked enough or on time that she
cannot go 10 feet from your back door without letting loose.  May I
suggest again that you take Molly out the walkway door to get to the
street more efficiently.  Certainly your reason of a broken doorknob on
that door could be easily remedied.

I want to make it clear again to you that your back door allows you only
easement  to go out the back way.  Loxley Court is private property and
is not part of your rental privileges.  To be more blunt about it, my
front is not your dog’s toilet facility or playroom.  It seems to me that
you have the wherewithal to respect that, but it is not happening.  I
really do not want to be an unpleasant neighbor, but if this behavior
continues, you leave me not many other options.

I am hoping for your understanding and expecting your cooperation and
compliance.  Thanks, Lillian

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Lillian,
I am committed to finding a solution that works for both of us.That
being said, it will have to work for both of us. I don’t think you are
offering a mutually beneficial arrangement and I only have so much
patience to be accommodating of your numerous and incessant requests.


I do implore you - what incentive do I have to do what you ask of me?
My compliance to date has not earned me any peace. Perhaps you can
think of something worth my while to do things in a more difficult
manner for your benefit. I’ll consider a mutually beneficial proposal
when you have one.


I will continue to use my front door.  I will continue to clean up
after my dog per city ordinance. I am both permitted to keep a dog and
use the outside common area per my lease.

Neither of these things will change so please stop asking me about it.
You can accept that and we can continue to have a pleasant
relationship or you can see how far you can get with my landlord.

Hoping that we end this conversation here. Have a nice evening and
I’ll see you in the morning.

-Amy
Sent from my iPhone

Terrorists start small

And so it begins, Lillian camps out next to the window to watch me every time I am outside - dog, or not. She hasn’t even been there a month. At least she acknowledges that I do indeed clean up after my dog. My response is below her letter.

6/11/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

I happened to be adjusting my shades this afternoon when I saw Miss Molly
drop 3 very soft bowel movements and a big pee in front of my house.  I
know you picked up as well as you could and hosed things down, but unless
things go down the drain, the stools remnants get pushed someplace else
and dry.

I would really appreciate it if you could get Miss Molly out of the habit
of peeing and pooping anywhere in the courtyard.  As you said, it might
also encourage other dogs going through to do the same, and I really
don’t want that.

Thanks again for your understanding and cooperation.  Lillian

6/12/10 (email)

Good morning Lillian,
Hope you are well.
Yes, I made sure it went down the drain.
I do periodically mop the bricks with bleach just to make sure we’re
super tidy. We’ll do that next week in preparation for the party.
I do hope you can join us.

-Amy
Sent from my iPhone

Every time I’m outside of the house, dog or not, she comes out to shout.

This is Dr. Lillian Chin taking dirt out of the planter next to my back door. She’s 100 feet from Loxley Court, in the alley way between the Arch Street buildings. I happen to be in the neighbor’s house when I see her do it.

This is Dr. Lillian Chin taking dirt out of the planter next to my back door. She’s 100 feet from Loxley Court, in the alley way between the Arch Street buildings. I happen to be in the neighbor’s house when I see her do it.

The rough winter was tough on the fence (in Loxley Court, outside my front door) and it fell down. I replaced it with a taller one so she stopped looking in my kitchen window.

The rough winter was tough on the fence (in Loxley Court, outside my front door) and it fell down. I replaced it with a taller one so she stopped looking in my kitchen window.

The emails ended when Dr Lillian Chin left for FL in late 2010. I was not surprised, as I was non responsive. She returned in May 2011 with a new methodology of screaming.
– which I began to capture on video

Vinegar isn’t working - back to sugar

Since I’ve been radio silent, she’s tries the sweet approach again, complimenting me on the pumpkins I’ve put outside the front door, in Loxley Court.

In this case, it seems we are sharing my front door -“our area”, which is an improvment from the previous letter that declared it belonging to all the local property “owners”.

10/10/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

Just wanted to tell you how nice your decorations look.  I appreciate all
your efforts in making our little area look so pretty.  I appreciate it
very much.

Many thanks again.  Lillian

Now she’s claimed the “common area” too

In previous letters, she refers to the alley that runs down the side of my house as “common area”, despite the fact that it is not. The residents of Loxley Court have access to the street from the rear of the courtyard and their parking lot.

In this letter she begins to “legislate” what I should do in the Arch Street alley - as she refers to here as the “walkway”.

I did not respond because I’ve made it clear it’s not up for discussion.

The beginning of the -WE- (the owners) and -YOU- (the renters) terminology is clear here.

8/9/10 (email)

Dear Amy:

I would appreciate very much if you could train your dog Molly to avoid
peeing in the courtyard in front of my house as well as in the walkway.
As I am sure you are aware that not only leaves unsightly stains on the
brick, which I am having to hose down, but also would invite other dogs
walking through to leave their mark.

I have noted the extra efforts you have made  in not having Molly poop in
front of my house any more, and I really appreciate your extra efforts
for that.

We consider Loxley Court from front gate to back gate as a small slice of
Eden in the midst of a bustling city and try to make it beautiful and
keep it clean.  I trust that is a reason you moved here, and I hope you
can be counted on to do your share in keeping it beautiful and clean.

Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation and compliance,   Lillian

She’s sure my front door belongs to her

Dr. Lillian Chen makes it clear that

1) Complying with her is the only option

2) The “Common Area” she refers to is the alley between the two buildings facing arch street. They are not part of the courtyard at all, but as you’ll come to see she has decided these belong to her too.

You’ll see in my response below her email that:

1) I’m clear about the fact I can use my front door without permission from the people who own the adjoining property, that my status as a renter is not pertinent.

2) I am in compliance with the city ordinances about my dog

3) She has begun the screaming and yelling at me, the dog, my guests.

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

First of all, I find your commitment rather hollow since you have not
stopped having Molly poop and pee in front of my house.

Second, as I count it, I have made 2 requests, only one of which you have
kindly done, that is the removal of your furniture to your common area.
The “numerous and incessant requests” are because you have your dog poop
and pee in front of my house on “numerous and incessant” times.   I also
have “so much patience” in dealing with what I consider disrespect for my
property.

Third, if you have found no “peace’ is the direct result that you have
not complied with my request and have obvioulsy refused to walk your dog
frequently enough and soon enough that she cannot even make it out to the
street before unloading.

If you are really interested in a mutually beneficial proposal,  I would
suggest you try the Golden Rule.

Fourthly,  I would like to disabuse you that Loxley Court is part of your
apartment’s common area.  Your common area is the walkway.  You do not
have a common area in Loxley Court.  That is private property with only
easement for the apartment dwellers.  Use of the courtyard is only with
permission of or invitation from the owners.

You missed a good time last night.  Hope you can make the next one.
Lillian

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Lillian,
Thank you for your response.

It is not my intention to disrespect you or your property. I think that we can arrive at a reasonable agreement that does not involve you or Hal shouting at me, my guests and my dog.

My answer remains the same. I will continue to use my front door and will continue to own a dog.

I know you object to my contractual status at this property but that being said, I live here and my landlord has -owner status- which she has transferred to me in a lease. So my standing is the same as yours with regard to occupancy and use. I ask you to refer your objections regarding property line and use of common area to her. If she sees fit to provide me a discount to amend our contract to remove some of my occupancy and use rights, she may do that. I will tell you that I will not agree to it without a substantial reduction in rent.

I will continue to respect my agreement with her and clean up after my animal in accordance with city ordinance. That is the best I can offer to you and I don’t think any further discussion is beneficial. 

Best,
Amy

I can’t use my front door?

She’s not home six weeks before she

1) demands I stop using my front door (which she refers to as a back door)

2) assures me she will become an unpleasant neighbor

3) begins the “you’re a renter which provides me control over you” tirade.

I’m extremely clear in my response that these things are not acceptable.

6/24/10 (email)

Amy:

I went out to get my mail this afternoon after the storm.  Your friend
was taking Molly out, but before she could pass my front door, Molly
proceeded to drop a big soft poop.

I don’t know how else to impress upon you that this behavior is
completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer.  It is
clear that Molly is either not being walked enough or on time that she
cannot go 10 feet from your back door without letting loose.  May I
suggest again that you take Molly out the walkway door to get to the
street more efficiently.  Certainly your reason of a broken doorknob on
that door could be easily remedied.

I want to make it clear again to you that your back door allows you only
easement  to go out the back way.  Loxley Court is private property and
is not part of your rental privileges.  To be more blunt about it, my
front is not your dog’s toilet facility or playroom.  It seems to me that
you have the wherewithal to respect that, but it is not happening.  I
really do not want to be an unpleasant neighbor, but if this behavior
continues, you leave me not many other options.

I am hoping for your understanding and expecting your cooperation and
compliance.  Thanks, Lillian

6/25/10 (email)

Hi Lillian,
I am committed to finding a solution that works for both of us.That
being said, it will have to work for both of us. I don’t think you are
offering a mutually beneficial arrangement and I only have so much
patience to be accommodating of your numerous and incessant requests.


I do implore you - what incentive do I have to do what you ask of me?
My compliance to date has not earned me any peace. Perhaps you can
think of something worth my while to do things in a more difficult
manner for your benefit. I’ll consider a mutually beneficial proposal
when you have one.


I will continue to use my front door.  I will continue to clean up
after my dog per city ordinance. I am both permitted to keep a dog and
use the outside common area per my lease.

Neither of these things will change so please stop asking me about it.
You can accept that and we can continue to have a pleasant
relationship or you can see how far you can get with my landlord.

Hoping that we end this conversation here. Have a nice evening and
I’ll see you in the morning.

-Amy
Sent from my iPhone

Terrorists start small

And so it begins, Lillian camps out next to the window to watch me every time I am outside - dog, or not. She hasn’t even been there a month. At least she acknowledges that I do indeed clean up after my dog. My response is below her letter.

6/11/10 (email)

Hi Amy:

I happened to be adjusting my shades this afternoon when I saw Miss Molly
drop 3 very soft bowel movements and a big pee in front of my house.  I
know you picked up as well as you could and hosed things down, but unless
things go down the drain, the stools remnants get pushed someplace else
and dry.

I would really appreciate it if you could get Miss Molly out of the habit
of peeing and pooping anywhere in the courtyard.  As you said, it might
also encourage other dogs going through to do the same, and I really
don’t want that.

Thanks again for your understanding and cooperation.  Lillian

6/12/10 (email)

Good morning Lillian,
Hope you are well.
Yes, I made sure it went down the drain.
I do periodically mop the bricks with bleach just to make sure we’re
super tidy. We’ll do that next week in preparation for the party.
I do hope you can join us.

-Amy
Sent from my iPhone

"The emails ended when Dr Lillian Chin left for FL in late 2010. I was not surprised, as I was non responsive. She returned in May 2011 with a new methodology of screaming."
Vinegar isn’t working - back to sugar
Now she’s claimed the “common area” too
She wants a copy of my lease
She’s sure my front door belongs to her
I can’t use my front door?
Terrorists start small

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