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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Why You Shouldn't Try to Convince Your Tenants to Leave Without a Lawyer

To all the landlords “embarking on a campaign” to end a tenancy, you might want to reconsider this tactic. The case of Negron v. Foster is the reason why.

In the case, the court found that the owner harassed the tenant with the intention of causing the tenant to leave the apartment.

During the time of tenancy, the tenant claimed to be verbally, mentally, and physically harassed by the owner. There were insulting and intimidating text messages from the owner demanding rent. Other repeated acts included physically attacking the tenant and her children, putting the heat on in the summer, and turning off the hot water that “substantially disturbed petitioners comfort, repose, peace or quiet.”

The court awarded civil penalties and compensatory damages to the tenant concluding that the owner harassed the tenant “with the intent of causing the petitioner to vacate the subject apartment.”

The landlord had to pay the tenant 3,000.00.

Do you have a tenant that you’ve been trying to convince to leave? Have you thought of seeking advice from a lawyer?

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