I feel that my landlord is harassing me, what can I do?
I have been renting an apartment for 3 weeks and my landlord's bother is constantly harassing me. He insists on knowing as much as possible about every visitor I get. He gives me a hard time when I have a boyfriend stay over once in a while. He constantly complains that my children are too loud. He says that we close the doors too hard and we put too much food in the refrigerator. He says that I'm there too much and he didn't expect to rent to someone who was going to be there every day. He keeps on asking me questions about my personal life and my jobs.
First, all leases come with a "covenant of quiet enjoyment," which, among other things, means that tenants can use their rental free from harassment by the landlord or people under the landlord's control. If the landlord is faciliting or supporting his brother's actions, or has any control (e.g. the brother rents from or works for him), you could bring a legal action against the landlord to force him to take steps to end this. You might even be able to force the landlord to keep his brother away from the premises, and you might consult with an attorney about going ahead and doing all this.
However, a landlord is not, if you'll pardon the biblical reference, as a general matter his brother's keeper: if the brother is not under the landlord's control, not being aided in his harassment by the landlord, and not using the landlord's facilities to harass you (for example, say he calls you from his own home, or accosts you on the street), the landlord might not be responsible. In that case, a protective order may be your best option, and that's something else to discuss with an attorney.