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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 11:10 AM

21. I'll take your challenge of a neighbor nightmare.

In 2000 we were living in Lincoln, NE. My hubby (a psychiatrist) was losing his
office in a medical office building (owned by the attached private hospital) that was requiring all MD tenants to be on-call
at the OTHER hospital in town, which they had just bought, which had been a public hospital. He did not want
to be on-call--after 30 some years in practice--so decided to build a small, detached home office adjacent to our
house on our property. The city gave us a permit. We hired a contractor and he began construction, which required
tearing down a little brick playhouse (that had been built by previous owners) in the spot where the office would
be located. Everything was above board (permit) and according to city regs (no employees).

The neighbors--both sides--and one other down the street (an attorney) got together and filed a lawsuit to prevent
us from building the office. They claimed home based 'businesses' were prevented by restrictions in the deeds for
all the houses on the street. There was no homeowners association and our house had been built in 1924. One other
neighbor--who no longer lived there--had run a home based high end clothing business out of her house for several years and everyone
in the neighborhood attended her 'showings' and bought from her. One of the next door neighbors--party to the suit--was also running a home based property management business out of their home--as well as leasing a garage apartment on their property (and had for several years).

It was clear during the trial that the neighbors were simply discriminating against people with mental health problems.
They were such bigots. One street over was a psychologist who had a home based practice.

The court ruled against us--frontier justice--since the judge was buddies with the attorney.
They had no legal basis for the ruling. Our attorney presented evidence that the 'regulations' that were cited
running with the deed expired after 75 years.

I convinced hubby that if the ruling was against us we'd list the house and move to Chapel Hill. And we did.
But not before it cost us about $25,000. in payment to the contractor for his services...plus attorney's fees,
plus moving costs (about $12,000, I think), plus costs associated with selling the house and buying another one.

Yet, if those neighbors hadn't been such a$$holes, we probably never would have moved to Chapel Hill. I love it here--
although I'm very disturbed by the right wing takeover of the state government--but can't imagine living anywhere else
now.

When our house here burned down in 2007, our neighbors took us in, helped us salvage photos and other items from
the debris, and basically behaved the way neighbors should. They also have never objected to hubby having his
private office in the house where he sees patients.

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