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Woman evicted over angry note 'threats'

7 Sep 2012, 10:32

Published: 07 Sep 2012 10:32 GMT+02:00

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According to the landlord, the 56-year-old woman left ever more demeaning and threatening notes for other residents in the building, wrote Hem & Hyra, newspaper of the Swedish Tenants' Union (Hyresgästföreningen).

Among the woman’s chief complaints was a recurring irritation towards one particular tenant, who often opened a window in the stairwell, causing a chill in the 56-year-old’s apartment.

The woman, who had a mild form of autism, argued that the open window caused a psychologically disruptive conflict and had led to her developing heart problems.

The building management company had terminated the woman's lease twice previously following complaints about her angry notes, but revoked the decision in the belief that the woman would improve with additional home care.

However, the woman continued leaving the messages, resulting in a growing number of complaints to the landlord from other residents in the apartment building.

The Svea Court of Appeals has ruled that the woman must move immediately, after a hearing where examples of the notes were shown.

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11:37 September 7, 2012 by The Nine
So basically, they evicted someone because they had autism.
13:15 September 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
@The Nine

No, they evicted her because she threatened other tenants. In fact, she was allowed to stay after previous threatening behavior precisely BECAUSE she was ill and seeking help for it. Did you not read the article?
14:12 September 7, 2012 by azimuth
From the picture of a note posted above, I can conclude that the other tenants were leaving their garbage rotting in the stairways or something like that. Why didn't she just complaint to the company? Silly people...
16:07 September 7, 2012 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Bullying of autistic 'weird' neighbours is extremely common. Been in that situation myself before. People seem to revel in antagonising us just because they can.

In the article above it says her chief complaint was that one particular person kept opening the window in the stairwell, which bothered the woman because it caused a chill in her apartment. As anyone with any knowledge of autism can tell you, hyper sensitivity to cold is extremely common and unbearable. So someone is delibrately and repeatedly doing something which makes very little difference to them, but which exacerbates her disability. Then when she complains in the only way she knows how, she gets evicted.
16:15 September 7, 2012 by Twiceshy
Let's not pretend we know all the details here...
18:15 September 7, 2012 by Lotus2035
The problem here is that they put someone with autism in the same building as people who think it's normal to leave smelly garbage in the hallyway. Killer combination.
23:02 September 7, 2012 by Swedish Cat
Dont know all details here but If I borrowed money up to my eyes and bought an expensive apartment in Stockholm I would hate if my neighbours were pigs to leave their garbage outside their door. Lived in the UK were this was the norm and there were rats and bugs in every home. Not only unpleasant and unhygienic but it would bring the value down on peoples investment. Probably the same reason why people were bullying this autistic woman to get her out.. Just saying
05:53 September 8, 2012 by foxy_fyra
an you read under the picture of the note, please?? These is NOT the real note from the story.

And please think that the woman could become dangerous for the others. And maybe she had ,,other problems'' too.
13:27 September 8, 2012 by Swedish Cat
OK point taken..
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