I've had a problem with a bad neighbor over the past couple of years. She verbally abuses me and my children, she

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Customer: Hi, I've had a problem with a bad neighbor over the past couple of years. She verbally abuses me and my children, she bullies me.
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Customer: I live in Canada
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have spoken to the land owner about the issue. In August the land owner sent my neighbor a registered letter informing her that if she didn't didn't the peace between us the land owner would terminate her lease.
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Please note that the experts don’t text so there may be a bit of a delay. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Have you called the police?

Customer
I have called the police many times over the past two years. The police around here don't do very much, the most they will do is ask the other side to stop with whatever they are being accused of. They also told us that we need to take the issue up with the land owner or the city rental board. Which I am in the process of right now.
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I rather chat, it's easier for me.
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Debra, Expert

That all makes good sense. You should be dealing with the owner.

But also, you can retain a lawyer and have the lawyer threaten both the land owner and the tenant with a lawsuit. It would likely work best. So if you can afford to pay a lawyer for one letter it would be a good idea. I'm not suggesting that you actually take them to court because it will be expensive.

Does that make sense?

Customer
It makes sense. My land owner has sent my neighbor a registered letter in August, 2020, stating that if she couldn't keep the peace the land owner would terminate my neighbors lease. Since then my neighbor has proven that she cannot keep the peace between us and my land owner isn't doing much about it. That's why I am in the process of taking my land owner to court. I have some evidence in the form of audio recordings of the way my neighbor treats me, my land owner has listened to the recordings. I don't think my neighbor would care about the threat of lawsuit. I think she would see it more as a bluff and not change her behavior.
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Debra, Expert

Well I certainly hope that the landowner takes it seriously.

Customer
I am hoping that in court I can make my land owner terminate my neighbors lease, as she said she would in the letter that was sent to her months ago. How much evidence do you think I will need to succeed? I have about half a dozen recordings of her yelling at me a "crack head" and "retard", among other degrading things.
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That is strong evidence and hope is that your land owner will do that without being dragged into court.

Customer
I didn't record my neighbor consensually, (my neighbor would never consent to it). Is this type of recording allowed to be used as evidence in court?
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Debra, Expert

You can always make audio recordings if you are a party to the conversation. But you can also make audio or video recordings if something is outside so if you were sitting outside or inside your house and hear a noise then of course you can record that and if you're outside you can record what you see. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy when someone is outside.

Customer
Okay thanks for the info. I would just like to ask a follow up question. What if someone is outside on there porch, and talking to their friend about me, am I allowed to record that?
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Debra, Expert

Well if you're sitting outside and hear it then you can record it. But you can't use some device to try to be able to hear it.

Customer
Okay that makes sense.
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Debra, Expert

Great.

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