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We have a renter living next door and the neighbors have reported to the police regarding drugs domestic abuse many problems.. I have called the landlord many times regarding problems going on over there and he will never return your call. Heviscawarebof the problems but says he can't do anything unless prof. I think I heard of a nudicance law that the landlord is given a called and they have to do something about the matter? This is a quiet neighborhood and to have this going on it is not good. Any thing you might suggest?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Des Moines iowa. Highland park area

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Not sure as the police has been there many times. 3 times on thanksgiving.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No just tired of the problems being there.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 6 months ago
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If the landlord will not take action to remove the tenant based on the conduct you have described, then as neighbors you could sue the landlord AND the tenant both for nuisance. To succeed on a nuisance suit, you have to prove more than just people are calling, you have to prove that these domestic issues and drug issues are indeed happening to the court and that it is causing decrease in property value and/or a safety concern for the residents of the neighborhood. The court would have to evaluate that evidence and can order the party evicted.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Any answer?
Real Estate Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 6 months ago

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Sounds good but will have to think about what we the neighbors think? We can't prove ourselves only seeing it from our eyes. Thanks for your response . Is the $5.00 refundable? Thanks!!
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Best wishes to you and hopefully your neighbors decide to do more than just complain, but that is up to them.

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