What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I'm a landlord in the Bay Area. For the past year or so, a few of the neighbors have been lodging complaints against my tenants and called the police numerous times. They've accused the tenants of drug dealing, drinking, damaging city property, etc. I've spoken to the tenants, a single mother w/ kids, and she denies any illegal wrongdoings. And the police didn't issue any citations/violations. They are under Section 8/Public Housing and she believes those neighbors are discriminating against her because of her socio-economic status. Essentially the neighbors are trying to push her out. She mentioned that everytime she walks her dog, one of the neighbors bring her dog and tried to provoke them. There have also been some arguments with the neighbors and the kids.
In a case like that, what would you guys advise me to do? What sort of legal actions should I take, if any, to protect myself?
In addition, those complaining neighbors want to set up a meeting with me to discuss the issues. Would you guys recommend having such meetings? I've spoken to a friend of mine, and she said it's not advisable to do that because essentially my relationship is with the tenants, not with the neighbors. And to protect myself from any liabilities in case they hang on to every words that I say at the meeting. She recommends me to issue a warning letter noting the complaints and have that copied to the police, so it is on file and to cover my bases.
Any advise and help is appreciated.