I've written before about my idiot neighbor and my landlord's efforts to get him evicted.
Well, today we resumed our hearing. And, while we didn't get the result we were looking for, it was most definitely a 'win' for the good guys.
Turns out my landlord had filed their paperwork incorrectly, which meant that the case could be dismissed without prejudice. It would start all over again, probably sometime in January.
However, my neighbor, recognizing that his case was completely and irretrievably lost, agreed to mediation. By the time the judge noticed the paperwork error, all evidence had been heard from both parties and, well, it was overwhelmingly damning with regard to his noise, his drunken verbal abuse of neighbors and so on.
He has until April 30 to move. If he is not gone on May 1, the Sheriff will come in and 'help him pack'. If in the interim he wishes to move out, he need only provide five days' written notice.
If the glitch in the paperwork had not been spotted by the judge (there was a one-day discrepancy) then the hearing would have ended today around noon. There would have been a decision handed down within five business days, and my idiot neighbor would have been evicted within a month.
So I've missed out on an early Christmas present, but the end goal has been achieved.
Oh, and if the idiot neighbor persists in making a non-stop racket, we can go back to court and do this all over again. Either way, the April 30 deadline is final.
None of this pays to get the damage (caused by said idiot neighbor) fixed on my car, but it eliminates the cause.
I'm not exactly happy about it, but I'm satisfied.