That's crazy. When I fire mine up the neighbors come looking for samples. I live in an apartment with 4' between the building and sidewalk where I have semi-permanently parked my 275 gal offset and a pile of wood
I was actually very surprised that the landlord said "that's a nice smoker" instead of "get that thing the ___ outa' here!" I hope you have better luck in the future. Maybe if you feed them some great BBQ they'll be more lenient. Maybe cook for an HOA meeting sometime? Sometimes all you can do is kiss some butts to get what you want. So why not kiss some butts with some pork butts!