Life In a Hot Block
Any vulnerable disabled or elderly person who has unwittingly taken on a problem block, will tell you it’s like being handed a prison sentence. we’ve served a 20-year stretch – the same length of time handed down now to a murderer – some people have served the equivalent of her majesty’s pleasure, dying before their release.
Unlike us caught up in the housing crisis, a prisoner can appeal against a sentence, request a transfer, get a parole hearing. Those people trying to get out or get a home are still in limbo, with no chance of a plea bargaining. We imagine the behaviour of some residents probably matches some of the worst behaviour of prison inmates, it’s a case of who can you trust!
For any vulnerable and disabled person living in an affected block will experience some degree of criminality. Our personal tally so far is as follows, but to make this more interesting, we will reveal what we’ve uncovered at the time of this going to press, or should we say going live. Now whatever happens, the problem is likely to get much worse within the next five years.
Our personal tally will be revealed later. Along with the known scores of other victims we have been the victims of parcel theft. The parcels were signed for within the building, one was passed through an open window and it was this one, our last, which drew our attention to the others. We’ve had demands for money, wanting cash not cheques, for £30 for an alleged leak. The woman in question harassed us on our door step, day and night until she got it.
We’ve had people borrow an item and not return it, claiming it wasn’t them when asked. That person also allowed their dog to fowl outside our door. We’ve heard of disabled and elderly people having mobility scooters stolen, signed for in the same way as our parcels. I’m so sorry to disappoint you but it doesn’t end there.
We’ve had accusations of making noise and harassment made against us, either directly face to face, or indirectly through various organisations under anonymous complaints, which always have to be followed up and investigated. We really feel for the poor sods who have to do this, as it must be as frustrating for them as it is for us.
Things that go on here seem to be a reaction to something. We’ve had our hand forced to deal with the thefts as retaliation for how we dealt with a local gang. The noise complaints usually followed, either after us acquiring something new or as retaliation for a valid complaint. We’ve been forced to make the situation worse. All too often, it descends into the classic he said she said thing
Those of us affected by this sort of behaviour, will discover the complaints are very often made by one intolerant and neurotic neighbour. Our 20-year stretch has been a testament to this. Very often they will make complaints anonymously through a third party. The noise complaints made by the intercom, often abusively, can be traced back to this one neighbour. We have our suspicions about our spate of thefts, based on this neighbours’ demand for money we mentioned earlier.
Many of us who have fallen victim to a problem neighbour in a block of flats, will know that you will spend your life going round in circles, chasing up repairs to vandalism, complaints about usually a TCP. It can be a frustrating and tiring way of life, one that we, and no doubt too many of us, have had enough of and really wouldn’t recommend to anyone, unless you love a reality game show type of challenge.
This is it from us for now, but we'll be back next time with another home truth. Next time we'll be discussing healthy living. So until then, it's over and out from us, your friends 'Dangerous' and 'Hawkeye'.