I am being harassed by my neighbors. I live in a six unit condominium and the people in question are on the HOA board. I am not quite sure why they are interested in making my life hell but this is what I am experiencing: 1) They are following me - I have seen them in places where I am 2) Listening to phone conversations/text messages - know too much about me/my habits3) They have a few other people in the complex watching my behavior4) They have accused me of being 'on drugs' - statement made to by one of their sons Yesterday I heard them tell someone my phone number and 'I want her nailed'. It is very easy to hear them they are loud and speak with the windows open. I live a very clean life, do not have a record (not even a speeding ticket). I am, in fact, an endurance athlete and most of my time is spent either working or training. I feel that I am being discriminated against because I suffer from a very serious anxiety disorder and some other disorders, which sometimes render me unable to work. I did at one time (2008) need to use EDD for support for a very short period of time due to stress related illness. Some how my neighbor found out about this and filed a fraud claim with the State of California. Nothing ever happened because I was indeed very ill at the time. This has literally been going on for about four years. I can't move because we are underwater on our mortgage. At this point I feel like I have no sanctuary. I don't feel safe at home and can't use my phone. Is there anything that I can do? I feel as if I am being discriminated against for my illness. Do you have any advice for me.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): California
If they are listening in on your phone calls and somehow intercepting your text messages, then you can file criminal charges with the local police for illegal wiretapping and trespass. As far as the complaints regarding the neighbors following you and making baseless allegations to you, there is nothing illegal about that behavior unless you feel physically threatened by that, at which point you can file for a restraining order in your local county court against them. However, the burden would be upon you to demonstrate that they were somehow threatening you with physical violence. In addition, if you can show that they are telling uninvolved third parties that you are "on drugs" or other false statements, then you can sue the neighbors making those allegations in civil court on the grounds of slander and defamation of character.
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