Is my neighbor faking Asthma to get out of her lease??

Is my neighbor faking her asthma attacks
Yes, she's a passive aggressive narcissistic nut case - 100.0%
No, it is possible to have severe asthma around smoke sometimes while not being affected at all other times - 0.0%
The other tenants in the house should get rid of their cats and / or move out - 0.0%
None of the above - post comment - 0.0%

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   Posted 3/28/2013 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My neighbor moved into a 4 unit house where all tenants smoke and all tenants have multiple cats. She liked the apartment so she decided to move in and get everyone else here to change their lifestyles.

She goes through coughing fits when she thinks someone is smoking and sometimes, her coughing fits go on for hours even when no one is smoking.

She is a scuba diver and seems to be fine with that.

Her mother is a smoker who smokes in the house who she visits frequently.

She says that sometimes she can handle the smell of smoke and other times she can not. She says that she's been to the emergency room 3 times because of the smokers in this building and yet, she keeps her windows wide open even in extreme temperatures. She slams the windows closed after coughing really loud out the window to make a statement. Then she yells out the window saying "YOU STOP SMOKING NOW, THIS IS HARASSMENT, I'M CALLING THE POLICE!!!"

The lease does not prohibit smoking in the building or out the window. Only one tenant smokes out the window, the others smoke outside. She does not complain about the people smoking outside even though the smoke travels closer to her window from outside than it does from the upstairs apt. where smoke is blown out the window.

She didn't start her coughing fits until 2 months after she moved in.

She places unbearable and overwhelming air fresheners in the common area hallway b/c she says she's allergic to the cats and doesn't like the way they smell.

My question is: is it possible that if her asthma is so bad that she goes into reap. distress from the smell of smoke 20 feet away, yet she can handle the smoke sometimes and not on other occasions? She can be a scuba diver and visit her mother who smokes in the house w/no problems?

Is my neighbor faking her asthma in order to get out of her lease or to manipulate other tenants?

Post Edited (mzelle) : 3/28/2013 7:17:54 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/29/2013 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's a toughy. On one hand I feel as if this neighbor is a passive aggressive bully and on the other hand I can understand. Personally, if I had asthma as bad as she says she has, I wouldn't put myself in a situation where it would make it worse. Especially if I knew that the whole building was full of smokers.
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   Posted 3/29/2013 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Either way, it doesn't sound like she creates harmony in the building, so I wouldn't be worrying about her leaving. In fact, I'd be hoping she can break her lease so she can move on.
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   Posted 3/29/2013 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Smoking can make allergies/asthma worse. I was advised to stay away from smoke even though I don't have any reaction to it that I can tell. My asthma does show up as coughing fits and wheezing. But it's pretty consistent - I know more or less what will trigger it and I stay away from that stuff.

If she is allergic to cats then they can definitely make things worse. However, this can vary. If people keep their apartments clean and the cat clean, my allergies are less severe then if they don't.

With all that said, if she knew she had bad asthma and/or allergies, she should never have moved in and instead found a place that allows neither. I have zero expectation of other people changing their lifestyles or habits to make me more comfortable. It's my issues and I will deal with them as appropriate.

Also, air fresheners shouldn't make a difference. I'm not sure why she is doing that. It's not the smell of smoke or cats that people are allergic too or have reactions to. Strong air fresheners don't help allergies or asthma. In fact, they'd make mine much worse.
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