I am at the ends of my sanity and I thought I would ask for any legal
and/or real estate advuce from anyone out there that might have gone
through something similar.
I purchased a house a few years ago in an "up and coming" neighborhood
in Denver. At the time, my immediate west-end neighbors were VERY
large drug dealers (unknown at the time of purchase). Through a long
drawn out process, we involved the Colorado FBI and local police in
getting them removed from the neighborhood. Just days before the city
would have confiscated their house, a lady jumped in and purchased the
house for pennies on the dollar. To all the neighbor's relief, the
neighborhood went quiet.
This lady soon fixed the place up over the course of two years.
Within the past three weeks, she started renting it to a group of
individuals that I would NOT want to see on the street, day or night.
First off, there is at least 6 to 10 people crammed into a 1 story,
600 square foot house where the radio balres into the night and people
drink and socialize loudly on the front porch. When I retrieve the
paper in the morning, there's typically someone crashed out on the
front lawn and beer bottles/cans are strewn throughout the yard (and
sometimes in mine).
I realize that every American has a right to their property and to do
on it what they please. But the straw that broke the camel's back was
this past Sunday night... To my utter amazement, someone was bashing
out windows of the cars parked in front of the house. After finding
the phone and calling 911, I then heard GUNSHOTS going off. The
police were called in and unfortunately EVERYONE had dispersed and
noone was taken into custody. Apparently, the groups in front of the
house all wore "colors" representing some gang they were in and I
found out from another neighbor, that they were taunting and enticing
12 year old girls to come into their house!
Yes, not a great picture I know. This neighborhood has come a long
ways, in the right direction, from when I bought the place. Just
within these past 3 to 4 weeks, has everything gone down-hill again.
It's just this ONE house in a nice neighborhood.
My question is: HOW do we deal with the OWNER of the property who
rents/loans/gives the house out to these menacing tenants? I am
looking for any advice, legal, personal, experience, etc that might
help me and my other "trapped" neighbors regain our neighborhood?