Could you live next to a family of 12?

Australia
November 16, 2007 10:28am CST
My cousin lives in a new suberb with nice houses and great community. They build their dream house 2 years ago. About 6 months ago the family next door was seling the house and they spoke to all the neighbours about it. And every time someone gave an offer they asked the neighbours if they agree with the buyer (eg. one was mechanic and wanted to bring cars home to fix them to which they all said no). So this family gave an offer and said they had 4 kids (its a 5 bedroom house) so the neighbours said ok. well the 4 turned into 10. Which is ok if they are well behaved. But the kids are 17 and under. The father is never home and the mother thinks she as angels at home and when ever the neighbours say something she is abusive. My cousin was at the time was 6 months pregnant with twins (since then she gave birth to 2 girls) every time she came home she had to park in front pick up all the bikes and toys from her front yard and re park the car. They had 2 windows broken. Ever since the babies were born the kids open the windows and turn the music up so the babies cant sleep. She cant put her washing out as the kids spray the clothes with water gun filled with dirty water and even water with food colour in it. If they say something they get abused by the whole family if they call the cops its even worse. I am glad its not me but it is so sad that she has to deal with this. She tried been nice to them and explain it nicely it does not work.
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
16 Nov 07
I am glad I never had to live in those new suburbs. Unfortunately... cheap housing brings in cheap low class people. It is the human condition. If you cannot live amongst them... you should move out to a more expensive suburb. I know it is not fair... but that the way it is. If you are unlucky... you can still end up with some bad neighbors in the more expensive suburbs... but it is less common... and it is less tolerated. Usually the law is used to drive them out... as the local government of those suburbs have some very strict rules which are enforced.
• Australia
17 Nov 07
oh belive me this suburb is very expencive my cousins house is over $750.000 and this is in melbourne my house is about $240.000
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
Hi violeta-va.Nope not at all.I am a person who likes the quietness outside and peace,i could not live beside a large family because of the noise,maybe sneaky kids in our dooryard and etc.Haha. Peanutjar:)
• Australia
17 Nov 07
Same with me. My friend also loves next to a large family (even larger than this) but they live in small farms. She sais that she cant be friends with them because if one child comes over all of them come.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
16 Nov 07
The size of the family has nothing to do with it, a family with just one child could cause just as much trouble. You cousin should just continue to call the police when her property is damaged. If they leave their belongings in he yard she has the right to confiscate them. Tell her to document everything and get other neighbors to do the same.
• Australia
16 Nov 07
It was relevant to mention it as just the normal day to day noise is just too much (screaming and yeling and doors slaming) It would be hard to evict them from their own house that is for sure. They bit up a kid (7 years old) few times and the last time that happened he had a broken rib the parent decided to sell the house but once potential buyers see the other house (the one with the 12 people) they back off so far they had to reduse the asking price by almost 15%