I have a property rental as an investment with a person (we'll call her Jill). Jill lived close by (on the same street). After Jill became involved in a relationship, she moved out of her unit and into another place. Jill then decided to rent out her former residence that she lived in before getting into the relationship.
This rental unit (we'll say no. 16) is a unit above another unit. On the last sub zero temperature day, one of the feed water line pipes burst in the unit Jill is now renting out, and it totally destroyed a lady's property in the unit below. My heart went out to the lady below and I'm truly hurt for her.
Unfortunately, the woman in the downstairs unit (We'll call her Linda) is now beginning to harass both of us.
Last week Linda took a photo of Jill and me eating together and said "smile for the camera!"). We both ignored her as she took her photo.
Today, I went with Jill to see the damage that was done to her old residence by the water leak. The insurance company gave us an estimate and Jill said four eyes are better than two, so she wanted us to look at the damage together.
Linda, whose unit is being repaired, came on the scene and accused us of entering into her home and threatened to call 911. At first I didn't understand what Linda was saying, but when I did finally understand, I said, "Go ahead and call. Let's do this now.” Linda then said I was threatening her and at least pretended to be calling 911. As I left, she followed and again said something about calling 911. I said, "Call. Call them now.” Linda at least pretended to be talking on the phone and said into the phone that I went into her home and then threatened her. So I had to call 911 to give my side of the story, which is that Jill and I were in Jill's unit to match the insurance estimates for damages and that I would never go into another person's home.
The police came out, but Linda left before they arrived. I explained the details to the officer. Also, I had a witness (the contract worker) who told the officer I never went into Linda's house.
Now I feel threatened. I'm a man, and I feel I am at a disadvantage when a woman tells lies and calls the police. I asked the police what I could do to protect myself. The officer said, never talk to her, never reply to her, and just keep moving if you pass by.
I'm thinking about getting an audio recorder device and wearing it for my protection against false accusations. Is this OK to do or am I breaking another law that I don't know about? What about legal help?