What is the name of your state? OHIO
I will try to make this as short as possible. Yesterday morning, my fiancee and I ran into a problem with our Property Manager in the apartment complex we reside in. My fiancee had went down to the office in the morning to complain about our neighbor who was blasting their music from about 7:45AM until the Prog MGR said somethign to them. But, it was the actions of the Prop MGR that I am inquiring about.
WHen my fiancee went down to politely complain about the neighbor, the Prop MGR (who I will refer to in the future as "PM") cut her off in mid-sentence and went off on her stating stuff like 'because you live in an apartment building, people can't stop living their lives...I think you two have the problem...I am going to have you evaluated by management...people make noise you will have to deal with it." SO, the PM (and her assitant) went up to our apartment with my fiancee and CLEARLY heard our neighbors' music blasting through the door of his apartment. Then, the PM came in and heard the music clearly through our walls. The PM addressed the problem with the neighbor, but on the way to AND from the apartment, the PM was sayign "this is ridiculous...I told these 2 that they are the problems here!" Meanwhile, it was proven that our complaint was valid.
Very upset by what happened, my fiancee called me at work -- I left early and came home to address this situation with the PM. I went down there and very politely and calmly addressed my issue with the problem and how it was addressed. The PM immediately became very confrontational and started yelling. I told her about her comment that "having us evaluated" is a form of retaliation, which is illegal in the State of Ohio. She then said to me, "that is not what I said. I said 'if you complain again, I will have you evaluated.' I then laughed because I couldn't believe she had put her foot in her mouth AGAIN. I told her 'that is illegal...you can not retaliate against us -- it is illegal!" She then rushed the door, yelling. I said to her "this conversation is over. I am done!" She continued to yell and I turned back around and said again "I said this coversation is over!" and walked away.
This all stemmed (originally) from a series of complaints I made months ago from a tenant who used to live above us who constantly blasted her music at very excessive levels. We addressed the situation -- in writing each time -- and one time had to call the police. Each time I went upstairs to investigate, as soon as I opened the door to the hallway, the music was so loud, you would think you were approaching a nightclub. After about 5 complaints about it and nothing was being done (except the "please keep it down" calls from the PM), I addressed it to the Property OWNER and stated language from the lease and the local noise ordinance and also mentioned how the management in the building was taking care of it (they weren't!) and their attitude. Plus, I have caught the Property Manager in a couple of lies, which I have documented as well.
SO, the "have us evaluated" comment I view as a form of retaliation because I made a complaint to her boss. Moving is NOT an option when the lease it up because WE are not the ones who are wrong. We should not -- and will not -- move because of an unstable manager. Do we have a retaliation claim here? ANy other steps that can be done. I do document everything.
Again, my apologies for the length. Any guidance/assistance is appreciated.
Also, I have noticed sa couple of "TV Judge" wannabes answering with stupid comments. I did not post this to hear from some flunky from some "get your law degree in 2 weeks" program! I am looking for guidance here. So, for the wannabes-but-never-will-be's, I am not interested in your 2 cents. If I was, I'd empty your bank account. Put that 2 cents towards paying off your loan.