On one side I have neighbours that appear to be one of those “perfect family” types who all go on bike rides together and play games in their garden with their extended family and friends.
On the other side there’s a couple with two pretty loud children who’ve just got a dog that won’t shut up, meanwhile they have gatherings almost every other night and are constantly burning things, filling my garden with smoke.
Actually it’s pretty reasonable to be annoyed by the latter people. Just a nightmare.
They won’t see this, will they? I don’t think they know I work for The Hook. To be honest, I doubt they follow The Hook.
Anyway, one woman who really just seems like the neighbour from hell – the more this story goes on (I’m not just being anti-vegan) – massage therapist Cilla Carden from Perth, Australia, has taken her neighbours to court for a number of reasons, primarily though that they “deliberately” make her garden smell of meat.
She complained that Mr and Mrs Vu make it so all she can smell is fish while in the garden, as well as the fact their constant cigarette smoke is damaging and their children keep slamming a basketball against her fence at all hours of the day.
Her demands are that Mr and Mrs Vu control the weeds in their garden, repaint common fences and repay the cost of plants damaged on common property.
In January, the tribunal dismissed every one of her claims so she took her case to the Supreme Court, where they were dismissed again in July.
“They’ve put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my backyard, I can’t go out there.
It’s deliberate, that’s what I told the courts, it’s deliberate.
It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest I haven’t been able to sleep.“
In light of the complaints, Mr Vu has banned his children from playing basketball in the garden and has moved his barbecue to the other side of the garden. She honestly went to the supreme court for that.
Carden also complained about another neighbour, landlord Carmel Vallelonga, who owns a property on the other side of the Vu family.
As well as demanding Vallelonga stop floodlights from emanating onto the common property outside the other units, she also insisted she repair and paint a fence, paint the front entry steps, repay the costs of plants, and maintain her tenants’ dogs on leads on the common property.
To be honest, it just sounds like Cilla Carden wants someone to paint her fence and buy her some plants.
That’s what all of this comes down too.
Once again, all of the demands were dismissed by the tribunal, with Ms Vallelonga saying in a statement:
“Ms Carden’s demands were proven to be not reasonable and indeed were to the detriment of the other owners’ ability to enjoy their lots in a reasonable and acceptable manner.”
Carden has vowed to keep fighting her case, which has been ongoing since 2018.
What a waste of time.
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down. You can contact Alfie at [email protected]Follow