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user1466222549 Wed 22-Jun-16 23:04:19

I became an accidental landlord about four years ago when we needed to move for work, but couldn't sell the house. We have rented the house to the same person ever since we left.

I keep getting hassled by one of my old neighbours who I have stayed in touch with. She has taken umbrage to the fact that my tenant leaves her lounge curtains closed most of the time. Not quite sure why this is such an issue to our old neighbour. She say that "It makes the road look terrible". I have told her that there is nothing i can do about it as I feel that it is none of my business whether the lady living in our old house opens her curtains or not.

My old neighbour mentions this "Issue" every few months. Although I don't want to fall out with her, surely she is completely unreasonable in moaning about our tenant's behaviour?

Chillyegg Wed 22-Jun-16 23:05:25

Tell your neighbour to get a grip

LadyStarkOfWinterfell Wed 22-Jun-16 23:06:21

Yes, she's an idiot. Don't entertain this nonsense.

Friendofsadgirl Wed 22-Jun-16 23:06:33

SIBU. MIL never opens her blinds because of her nosy neighbour. Maybe your old neighbour just wants to be nosy too.

Lurkedforever1 Wed 22-Jun-16 23:07:48

Tell her it's because the tenant is a vampire, but not to worry as you put a clause in the contract specifying that the tenant must only feed outside the mile radius from the street.

x2boys Wed 22-Jun-16 23:07:56

I dont have curtains i have blinds but they are often shut i like the privacy non of your ex neighbours buissness.

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 22-Jun-16 23:09:09

Sod her. She needs a better hobby.

MrsKoala Wed 22-Jun-16 23:09:34

Have you asked her what she expects you to do about it? If you do and she says 'tell them not to' you should explain the right to enjoyment of ones home without people with arbitrary standards imposing them on you.

Tell her it's funny as you've had complaints from the tenants that she keeps her curtains open and her collection of princess Diana plates from the back of the daily express is making them want to vomit.

Backingvocals Wed 22-Jun-16 23:10:09

tell her to pull herself together grin

ShatnersBassoon Wed 22-Jun-16 23:10:15

Tell her that you mentioned it to the tenant, who said she keeps them shut because of the nosy neighbour who is always watching the house.

99GBPChargeToUseMyPostsJournos Wed 22-Jun-16 23:10:40

Tell the neighbour that your tenant has had trouble with nosy neighbours peeking in the window, so prefers her curtains shut.

VimFuego101 Wed 22-Jun-16 23:10:53

Shatner grin

99GBPChargeToUseMyPostsJournos Wed 22-Jun-16 23:11:06

cross post!!

Fairylea Wed 22-Jun-16 23:11:30

She's being ridiculous. We never open our front curtains on one side as we actually use that room as storage for our computer etc and we don't want it visible from the street so we keep it shut. Never bothered me or occurred to me to wonder what the neighbours think!

mynamesnotMa Wed 22-Jun-16 23:11:32

It's the bloody twilight zone.
Your neighbour sounds bat shit.

paxillin Wed 22-Jun-16 23:13:37

Tell her the tenant is a naturist.

TheUnsullied Wed 22-Jun-16 23:14:03

Tell her that the curtains being shut isn't a problem. Be firm.

My flat is a bit of a fishbowl...the living room is my biggest room by far with a large window that the whole street has an unobstructed view of. I don't want to be watched so often have my blinds shut. If my landlord said they'd had complaints I'd laugh an awful lot.

thrillhouse Wed 22-Jun-16 23:15:57

Yup. Totally unreasonable of her.

Just tell her you don't care?

FuzzyOwl Wed 22-Jun-16 23:19:26

Your tenant probably got fed up with a nosy neighbour peering in! SIBU.

MrsJayy Wed 22-Jun-16 23:20:03

Just say oh does she every time neighbour mentions it daft bat people really have nothing else to worry about

MrsJayy Wed 22-Jun-16 23:22:06

My living room window is huge i keep my curtains closed till im dressed if im having a naff day it could be mid day

Pinkheart5915 Wed 22-Jun-16 23:24:12

How odd, I don't really see what she wants you to do about it confused

Is it a house with no front garden so people can see straight in? If so I probably wouldn't open my curtains either although I admit that probably makes me strange

I am a landlady and I can't imagine having a conversation with a tenant about keeping curtains closed.

fuckincuntbuggerinarse Wed 22-Jun-16 23:29:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Obeliskherder Wed 22-Jun-16 23:34:04

I'd be interested to know if she bugs your tenant about this too.

I agree, none of your business or the neighbour's.

NomNomNominativeDeterminism Wed 22-Jun-16 23:36:33

Backingvocals grin grin doctor, doctor ...

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