How Much “Harassment” Can You Complain About in Your Home?

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on December 19, 2013

Apparently a lot, at least in Ohio. Whether or not people agree with your complaints is another story. Particularly, this is about resident filing suit with his 40 neighbors – that’s right, forty of his neighbors – for “horn honking.” Again, you heard right. Horn honking. This is a gripping story of a man by the name of Garrick Krlich of Hubbard, Ohio, dismayed at the late-night sounds of shrieking tires, growling engines and, last but not least, the horns. They’re apparently hornnonstop at night for this individual, so much so that it’s almost volatile, ear-splitting and without a doubt frustrating.

This begs the question: does it constitute a civil protection order? Does it constitute a police report? It’s possible. Although one may think it’s frivolous when you find that Krlich filed this real estate lawsuit with the intention to be compensated for more than $25K in damages, most of those damages due to his wife’s emotional distress. Added to this dispute are the names of a police officer and firefighter, most likely responding to the many calls Krlich places on the abhorrent horn honking.

This kind of case could be open for plenty of debate, and for good reason. Apparently, Krlich had filed a complaint before to no avail, because it was determined that a particular neighbor wasn’t honking his horn at him, but rather at a friend of that neighbor’s. Intent does matter, especially when considering harassment.

It seems unjustifiably insane to claim, as Krlich asserts, that horn honking is a form of “small-town terrorism.” However, consider the rights of the homeowner. Do they really apply here? Or is it a “you moved here, you deal” kind of situation? You be the judge.

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