For two years, a Montpellier woman has been subjected to the incessant barking of her neighbor’s dog

“I suffer from high blood pressure and at night when I go to bed and the dog starts barking, I get stressed”, says Michèle Giraudo. This septuagenarian from Montpellier, retired from the town hall, lives in the worry of hearing, every day, the dog on the 5th floor of his building in the Port Marianne district. “It’s ruining my life”she insists.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to bark for. I don’t think about it when he doesn’t bark but it comes back when he starts again and I can’t stand that”Michele said again, tears in her eyes. “It can last several hours, in the morning, during the day or in the evening”she explains.

“I have the right to live peacefully in my apartment” — Michèle Giraudo, 72 years old

However, Michèle Giraudo tried to contact her young neighbor on the 5th floor. “She doesn’t answer when the doorbell rings. So when her dog barks, I leave a note in her mailbox. And when she reacts, which is rare, she replies that I never came to explain to me. at her house, that she does not consent and that I was the only one in the building to complain”recalls Michele.

An answer that Michèle could not bear. “As soon as I saw that, I went down to her house. Her companion told me that she was going to come up to my house and she did. It was the only time I was able to chat with her”says Michele again. “She told me ‘you’re crazy!’ And then I told her that it was too much and that I was going to file a complaint at the police station. I was then threatened that if I did something and well he something happens to me”she remembers, sobbing and exhausted by the situation.

A known problem of the ACM social landlord

As soon as she felt it was necessary, Michèle informed her landlord ACM, the metropolitan body, which gave formal notice and then summoned this tenant following Michèle’s numerous reports. “ACM couldn’t receive her where maybe she didn’t go”she regrets.

“And I turn, I turn. I call the police and they send me back to ACM. ACM redirects me to the police and I just do that. It seems like no one believes me,” sighs Michèle. On the side of the social landlord, the situation has been taken into account: Michèle’s neighbor has already been summoned and given formal notice. The deposit can now go as far as a cancellation of deposit. “If there is a termination, it may take time to set up”, concedes Sébastien Lefebvre, security and mediation director for ACM Habitat. Except that in the meantime, the dog is still there and Michèle continues to suffer from the barking.

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