the laws target
immoral or obnoxious behavior which may be, but is not
necessarily a violation of the criminal law as well.
of targeted activities
noise, piles of garbage and trash and inordinate amounts
of foot or car traffic
dealing, prostitution, gambling and gang activities.
agencies such as city health departments, law enforcements
agencies and in many states affected neighbors, who may
band together and sue for large sums in small claims court.
enforcement agencies only.
consequences to the landlord
court ordering the offending tenant, and sometimes the
landlord to compensate other tenant. If a health , fire
or other enforcement agency brings the nuisance action
based on many violations, it can result in a court order
closing down the entire building.
for money damages plus fines and imprisonment.