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Woman didn't realize who her neighbor was

Cyndee Phoenix of New Jersey is suing her property developer, Lennar Corp., for failing to mention a "dangerous" neighbor before she bought her condo. "Fox & Friends" says Phoenix claims her neighbor Kevin Potter has made death threats, racist comments, called the police on her and took pictures of guests. Daily Mail says Phoenix hired a bodyguard, but Phoenix claims Potter then began harassing him, too.

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Vicki January 08 2014 at 10:27 AM

I can feel for her demise, however, it's not the developer's responsibility to inform of such things. It is however, a legal issue, so the police can be brought in, and possible harassment/stalking charges brought on this man. Get a good lawyer, and see what can be done. Best of luck to her. No one should have to put up with such negative treatment in their own home. I have had disgusting neighbors who harass everyone in the area, and I found help with the local Sheriff's dept, and a good lawyer. The vandalism and harassment has stopped. They have criminal records, and will go to jail if anything else happens.

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joehennes Vicki January 08 2014 at 4:29 PM

de·mise
/diˈmīz/
noun
noun: demise1. a person's death.
"Mr. Grisenthwaite's tragic demise"
synonyms: death, dying, passing, loss of life, end, quietus;

Not being grammar police, just thought you might like to know.

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hony53 January 08 2014 at 9:19 AM

Financially, buying a condo or townhouse is a much bigger "gamble" than a 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family home. Do a LOT of research before purchase.

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jag763 January 08 2014 at 9:15 AM

Buying a condo or townhouse is like rolling the dice as far as who your neighbors are going to be-it's not the builders fault. "Let the buyer beware" has been around for a while for good reason

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xraybrain jag763 January 08 2014 at 9:19 AM

actually, you are rolling the dice even if you buy a house.

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mjr15 January 08 2014 at 9:15 AM

Nothing worse than a "neighbor from hell", but the seller (maybe just a realtor) may not have known about the situation. Not sure there is a case here based on the little information provided in the article. Would be interesting to hear if the home owner's association or the condo board was aware of this guy prior to her moving in. That's where the power actually lies.

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TLKEDOVARY mjr15 January 08 2014 at 9:25 AM

My parents had the neighbor from hell and when they sold their home...they advised the new homeowner of the situation out of respect. Today, the new home owner has problems with the neighbor from hell and has now put up a 6 foot fence around his property to keep him out! At least he was aware of what he was getting into...but he loved the area and the house!

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shar mjr15 January 08 2014 at 9:41 AM

Also Lennar is a mid range home builder... not the type of properties with tight restrictions or condo boards that do extensive background checks... As long as the guy mows his lawn, keeps his trash can hidden from sight, and doesn't park an RV in the Drive way...they really don't care. Very expensive, gated communities may have background checks but most condo boards aren't involved until after you purchase and move into your property. I feel sorry for her...but I'd just move...

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Richard January 08 2014 at 12:48 PM

How did the developer 'knowingly' knew he was 'dangerous'. I really do not think when he bought his condo he walked up to the sales agent and said 'I'm a dangerous person' but sell me a condo anyway. Also if you check with your local police dept. they will not do anything to the individual. He can say what he wants to, it is called freedom of speech unless you address those threat comments to the Preident of the U.S. In some states you can even carry a gun, non concealed and stare a person down and the police will have no grounds to do anything. They will tell you if the individual fires a gun at you, or set fire to your house and you have 'proof', or kills you, then they will arrest the individual. But again, the developer cannot do anything when your lawsuit alleges the person is 'dangerous'. Good luck with this law suit.....

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pamiss45 Richard January 08 2014 at 2:05 PM

I am guessing that she has proof he has done this before.
My nephew and his wife bought a condo in NJ and they are living in terror of their neighbor who most knew was a problem. He has damaged their condo, threatened them, was seen by witnesses damaging her car. She did call the police and there is to be a hearing.
They cannot move because they have a mortgage and cannot afford to pay for 2 places to live.
They also are suing over this because it was a known problem and not disclosed.

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aro9304739 Richard January 08 2014 at 4:55 PM

The sales agent works on comission,they would sell to Charles Manson if he had the cash.All they care about is the comission

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hark4109 January 08 2014 at 9:12 AM

Having bad neighbor is never ending nightmare.

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TLKEDOVARY hark4109 January 08 2014 at 9:28 AM

We had a bad neighbor, they were finally driven out by all of the surrounding neighbors. More than two can play at this game. I suggest those who cannot get along with neighbors to not buy a home in a neighborhood. Go live out in the country somewhere...where nobody is around you!

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slackwarerobert January 08 2014 at 1:01 PM

Lets hope she sells and moves.
That way we can see her telling the buyer about the "dangerous" neighbor.

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BlackDeep slackwarerobert January 08 2014 at 1:10 PM

I'd love to live there. Then he would really have something to complain about.

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GUNSLINGER January 08 2014 at 9:10 AM

I'm surprised she didn't throw the RACE CARD, oh wait, she did.

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jbraidedbeauty1 GUNSLINGER January 08 2014 at 9:17 AM

Race card? pulease, race has been a issue since the world has been here, dont give me that blks playing the race card crap, as lomnd as racism has been thrown against blks.. GIVE ME A BREAK.. and you know it! How the H is telling what a racist idiot did is playing the race card. Did she do anything racist to him? gtfoh!

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onlyway2goisup January 08 2014 at 9:07 AM

Wonder if this is a reason the former neighbor moved out! I wouldn't be interested in ANY place like this with a person like this as a neighbor! This info should have been disclosed! Of course the question is why did he become so irate that it should come to this? Was the neighborly thing done first ...a plate of cookies? Kindly making your wishes known....? If nothing really works
I'm sure there is recourses that are set out in the town, state, neighborhood, news etc etc!

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Mac onlyway2goisup January 08 2014 at 9:25 AM

There are legal recourses but rhe story would not have generated as much interest.

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onlyway2goisup Mac January 08 2014 at 9:53 AM

Sometimes just knowing what they are and mentioning what can be done would be enough for a 'cease and desist' situation ! But kindness can go a long way for ALL involved! Lonliness, frustrated, disillusioned, abandoned, drug addicted, sickly and on and on for both parties...it takes two but usually can start with the efforts of one.

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joehennes January 08 2014 at 1:11 PM

Many of you are considering this emotionally instead of legally. I just sold a house in NJ. There is a long, specific list of things I was legally required to disclose about the property before I could sell it. I had to disclose those things, and sign legally swearing them to be true to the best of my knowledge. If later it came out I lied, the buyer would have legal recourse. The temperament and/or legal status of my neighbors was not on the list. Condition of nearby properties, not on the list. As a matter of fact there is nothing on the list that is not specific to the house you are selling. Had there been a sex offender living next door I would not have been legally required to tell prospective buyers. It would be incumbent upon them to check the sex offender registry and find out for themselves (I never checked the registry, so I wouldn't have known anyway.) That is the law, like it or not.

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