Letter: Ginn family responds to Cape Elizabeth complaints

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As the family of the recently deceased David B. Ginn of the Sea Barn Road rentals, we feel that we can no longer allow our neighbors and the media to defame our loved one’s name and homestead.

Over the last several months, the renting of our home has been under intense scrutiny by our neighbors. The tales of wild parties and unruly tenants have gotten taller and taller – although there is no public record of complaints in the two seasons we have been renting thus far. Our town is not a party town, it’s a family town, and that’s the type of people that come to vacation here. Families that come to rent our scenic house in the Cape Elizabeth suburbs are carefully screened and the quality of tenants has been exceptional.

All of the examples that have been given in the papers were during the early, learning-curve stages of renting, and have been grossly exaggerated. Frankly, it’s a bit odd for newly arrived renters to see a neighbor of ours running across the driveway to take pictures and document the alleged nuisances, let alone interrogating our guests as to their lengths of stay and purpose of visit.

This is harassment and violates our property rights. Like many homeowners presently challenged in this economy, we are forced to find alternative sources of income and for us that includes renting our home.

William Ginn
Cape Elizabeth