Kutchai's twisted tale

I am writing in regard to your article about housing. [March 20: "Crowded house: It may be cozy, but should it be illegal?"] (http://www.readthehook.com/93193/cover-crowded-house-it-may-be-cozy-shou...).

I live in the house next door to Elizabeth Kutchai, who has unfairly represented us in your article. She says there have repeatedly been cars in the front yard. This is not the case.

Unfortunately, at the beginning of this year, we had a car that was broken down in the yard that we wanted towed. However, the towing company just would not show up. Kutchai repeatedly complained to us, and we repeatedly explained the situation and our desire to have the car towed, but it was out of our hands. Despite our efforts to be fair and cordial, Kutchai repeatedly harassed us.

With regard to the trash issue, it was a one-time occurrence where we had built up a multitude of trash in our backyard, and one of the cans got knocked over and a bag ripped up (most likely due an animal of some sort). Yes, we were slow to clean it up, but that was the only time. Neither of these incidents occured "often" as Kutchai claims.

As for it being too late to "save the neighborhood" and how it is "not a lot of fun living next door to a lot of students," perhaps she should not have moved in to a college neighborhood. Granted, it may not have been that way 29 years ago, but she did move into a house 200 yards from one of the main campus buildings (Cabell Hall), and the neighborhood was clearly bound to become full of college students.

We have also made every effort to be decent neighbors. We do not throw big loud parties and get really noisy every night; we do not come over to her home and harass her (as she does to us). I don't think that trash in the backyard, out of view from her home, should be considered grounds for being "not fun" neighbors.

Tim Granlund
Charlottesville