S.W. from Rockingham County, New Hampshire writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I am on the board of a Small self-run condo association. I am the secretary of the association and have to send out the letters to owners – good, bad, or indifferent. An owner is retaliating against me because I had to send him 2 letters that were not in his favor. The Board has ruled in my favor. However, he won’t stop harassing me and the other board members. He’s called the Building Inspector to inspect my space because he “feared for his safety ” and has bad mouthed me to anyone he comes in contact with. He’s threatening the association with a law suit. The Board has a Zero Tolerance policy for Harassment, Bullying and retaliation. Is the next step to get my personal lawyer involved to send a cease and desist letter or is it better to have the association’s lawyer deal with him?
Mister Condo replies:
S.W., I am sorry you find yourself at odds with a difficult neighbor. Whether it is your attorney or the Board’s attorney, it would be a good idea to try to get this behavior under control before it escalates from libel to injury. I don’t know what the underlying issue was cut it clearly has stirred up ill will from this owner. You can’t control what he does with regards to calling a Building Inspector, etc.., but you can control what you do. Take whatever steps necessary to protect yourself. The Board should do the same. If the homeowner does not stop this poor neighborly behavior, you may need to escalate the matter. That is where the attorney can best advise you and the Board. All the best!