My 86 year old mother moved into a new single level apartment building. Before she signed the lease, she asked about gardening and was told by the landlord that she could grow flowers and vegetables in pots as long as she kept them in a specific area along the wall of her apartment.
Now the maintenance man is removing the pots and making up arbitrary rules about what she can and can't have. For instance, he removed 2 solar lights (shaped like dragon flies) because he didn't like them. Then he removed a small U.S. flag and said mom couldn't display it because it made the apartment complex look like a cemetery.
We have tried calling the landlord and get no help. He claims that he knows that the maintenance man has "control issues" but will not intervene.
A few hours ago, my mom called me (I live about 40 minutes away) and said that the maintenance man was yelling at her through her apartment window and said my mom was going to be "in big trouble" for not following his directives.
I told her to call the police and ask for an officer to come to the apartment and that she should report the maintenance man for harassment. I'm going to drive over there tomorrow and see what is going on.
I'm going to tell my mom to call her lawyer and get his take on all of this. I'm thinking some kind of restraining order is the way to go. But, I don't know if that can be done since there is nothing in writing in mom's lease about the plants.
My mom is heartbroken that she can't have a few plants in pots like the landlord told her.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this situation?