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I asked my apartment neighbors to be quieter and then my car tires were slashed, what can I do?

Dennis the Menace is a funny story about a mischievous and curious little boy and the lives and events he disrupts, mostly those of his neighbors. This story has been captured as a comic, movie series, and even a few movies. Dennis' childlike antics are often found humorous and charming; however, being neighbors with individuals who are not only loud and disruptive, but also destructive to your property, is an entirely different issue. 

Property Damage

Car tires tend to be a popular target to vent petty disagreements, jealousy, anger, and sheer annoyance. Unfortunately, it does come at a cost and not always to the vandal, but to the owner of the damaged property. Cost Helper readers report paying $50-$290 per tire for car tires (in sets of two or four), at an average cost of $139 per tire, installed [i]. The cost of replacing the tires is often expensive, but there can be other costs as well due to lack of transportation to work, errands, family events, and more; a victim can lose money and time in a myriad of ways just by the inconvenience.

What can you do?

  • It is important to immediately file a police report of the incident. If there are any known eyewitnesses to the event or proof such as video footage, it would be important that it is included.
  • Notifying your landlord to explain the situation is also important in the event that there are policies in place where a tenant may be fined or evicted for such behavior.
  • Contact an attorney for exploring your case and pursuing charges for the property damages.

Buffalo, New York Civil Litigation Attorneys

If you have questions about New York laws involving property damage or neighbor harassment, we can help.Contact the office of Hall, Ricketts, Schuller & Gurbacki, P.C. online or call (716)-652-0828 for experienced, ethical, understanding and responsive assistance with all your legal needs in the greater Buffalo, NY area.

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