I own and live on the first floor of a five floor condo unit in Alexandira, VA. My neighbor
on the third floor has repeatedly despite my requests to stop - has been watering her plants from her unit each day to the point that my own porch that is under her's is completely drowned (no exaggeration). I have video recordings to prove that her watering of her potted plants is causing flooding on my porch below and I have had to throw out porch furniture twice due to the damages
. I have repeatedly requested her to either curb her watering habits or to stop so as to not cause any further damage. Instead of showing consideration, she has blatantly challenged me to do what I can to make her stop from damaging my porch as she will not do so herself. Given this situation, I have the following questions:
1) Is there a legal way to stop her from damaging my porch and my furniture any further, and making her pay me for all the damages she has caused thusfar? Do I have any legal standing to take her to small claims court (or civil or criminal courts) in Virginia?
2) I have video recordings of her watering habits that cause active flooding on my porch for over the past month after I have had to throw out my second set of porch furniture that was completely damages from these events. However, I have not retained receipts or photographed damaged furniture as evidence of active damages because falsely assumed that she was going to do the neighborly thing and heed to my repeated requests. If I do have legal standing to sue her in court, what kind of evidence would I need?
3) On one of the recordings, she even admits that I have mentioned to her numerous times in the past that she is damaging my porch furniture which I have had to throw out ... would that suffice as evidence?
4) What are the conditions under which this lawsuit can be dismissed?