Homeowners assail annoying neighbor

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Incessant barking of dogs, a mini poultry farm, and indiscriminate garbage disposal.

These are but a few of the complaints of members of the Greenville Subdivision Homeowners Association (GSHA) in Barangay San Jose, this city, against whom they branded as an "annoying" neighbor renting the house owned by a villager.

The homeowners recently lodged the complaint-petition before barangay captain Loreto Tumang and GSHA president Levi Ponio against one Jocelyn Barnett and her non-Filipino boyfriend, Darren, for alleged annoyance and disturbance of peace in the neighborhood, and asked that they be "discharged and expulsed from the community."

In the first complaint sheet dated November 2, 2013, signed by some 17 homeowners, it was noted that the Barnetts moved into the house of Tom Martin sometime in May this year, bringing with them several native dogs.

The dogs, alleged the homeowners, bark incessantly at night for more than six months now, disturbing the nighttime rest of neighbors and causing fear to passers-by when the dogs are set loose by the househelp of the Barnettts.

"Our neighbors also allow these dogs to just defecate anywhere, although inside the property they are renting, causing foul odor that also affects us adversely. Now, we can't even open our windows for fresh air to the filthy smell caused by dog excretion that remained unattended for sometimes a few days," the homeowners said.

The issue against the dogs, they said, was aggravated when the Barnetts started a "mini-poultry farm" in the village.

"Of late, our neighbors started to grow chicken in the place, although in a small quantity. This is also cause for alarm as our neighborhood is now being transformed into a mini-poultry farm which is prohibited in a subdivision like Greenville. This resulted to an incident where a dead chicken, which was not properly disposed/dumped or buried, caused unbearable smell, affecting most of those living within the vicinity," the villagers said in the complaint.

They added that the Barnetts allegedly "do not dispose of their garbage properly, dumping trash, waste and junk in a vacant lot near the house they are renting that may pose outbreak of disease, aside from the foul odor and unwanted eyesore."

In a second complaint sheet dated November 6, the irked homeowners alleged that the Barnetts are "intentionally disturbing peace in the neighborhood" despite the reported intervention of barangay officials and police.

"Despite the intervention of our barangay captain Loreto Tumang and police authorities, our neighbor continuously annoys us by playing their stereo music so loud starting in the morning until afternoon. Lately, during nighttime at around past 9:00, he (Darren) drives his motorbike along our street, intentionally disturbing our restful sleep that causes stress to us and our health is at risk," the homeowners said.

Notice to vacate

Last December 5, Martin, issued the Barnetts a formal notice to vacate his house on or before December 31 this year, as they agreed.

"I understand that you need some time to look for another place where you can move. However, we cannot allow you that privilege anymore given the petition of the homeowners and the alleged annoyance that you give your neighbors and the people around you, which, according to reports, earned their resentment and irritation, up to the point that some of them are already threatening to stone the house that may lead to damages to our property," the landlord Martin said in the notice.

He added that the "existing animosity" between the Barnetts and members of the GSHA, have rendered them "incapable of living at peace."

"Because of these issues and the existing animosity between you and your neighbors that render you incapable of living at peace with them and some subdivision owners, as well as the squabble you had with the Barangay Captain who felt bad and disrespected, we are serving the formal notice for you to vacate the residence," Martin said.

Sun.Star Pampanga reached the Barnetts but they refused to comment on the issues. The homeowners, meanwhile, are seeking the assistance of Mayor Edwin Santiago to mediate between the parties and find an amicable solution to the problem.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 23, 2013.

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