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Old 08-18-14, 07:54 AM   #26
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Talk to the local news. Get his name out there. Ruin him as a landlord. Don't harm the property in any way.
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Old 08-18-14, 08:00 AM   #27
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It's been my experience that little duplexes and what not are often run by landlords who are a little scummy. I've had some threaten to take me to court over bogus stuff before. I always call their bluff, but I did end up in court once. I won. I'm guessing the lawyer guy wouldn't back off and he'd likely win, being a lawyer and all.

I try to stick to the larger operations with a management staff. They're far more professional.
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Old 08-18-14, 08:10 AM   #28
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In my limited experience, when I'm dealing with a lawyer who isn't representing me I tell them that I'm recording the conversation. (Unless it's a privileged conversation). When they react vehemently and refuse to continue I know that something's up. That doesn't help OP though, and I have no suggestions. Even if you contact the Bar Association, without proof it doesn't come to anything.
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Old 08-18-14, 10:01 AM   #29
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Google everything. I just recently became a landlord and in addition of interviewing my tenants, do background check, I will also google as much as I could. Since he was known locally as a sleazy type, it would have been an easy spot.
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Hubby & I are landlords for a house and an apartment house in a small college town. We rent our properties on an annual June-May lease, but are pretty liberal about the kids having to leave mid-year (read... whoops! partied hearty & flunked out!!) as it's pretty easy to fill vacant apartments without even advertising. BUT - if a kid trashed the apartment, the kid's going to pay for repairs, cleaning, out of their security deposit. I have no problem asking for rent after they vacate when I can't rent the place while repairs are being made.
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And where did you have the tape recorder? .......
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I also communicate via Text Msg for a record........
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I've always followed up verbal communication like that with certified letters to my landlord. I've dealt with too many shady landlords who would use the lack of written communication as an excuse to not follow through.

Example, a house we rented had its furnace die on us between Christmas and new years. I called the landlord, spoke to him about getting it fixed and followed up with a certified letter that notifying him that a broken furnace breaches Colorado's warrant of habitability statutes. Seven days later, when the furnace wasn't fixed, I called the landlord again and sent another certified letter. It took twelve days to get that furnace running again, between him having incompetent "handy" men come out and finally hiring a professional. The certified letters were necessary to comply with Colorado's warrant of habitability statutes if I need to break the lease as a result of the lack of furnace. If I had only communicated verbally, the landlord could have denied everything.
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I've always followed up verbal communication like that with certified letters to my landlord. I've dealt with too many shady landlords who would use the lack of written communication as an excuse to not follow through.Example, a house we rented had its furnace die on us between Christmas and new years. I called the landlord, spoke to him about getting it fixed and followed up with a certified letter that notifying him that a broken furnace breaches Colorado's warrant of habitability statutes. Seven days later, when the furnace wasn't fixed, I called the landlord again and sent another certified letter. It took twelve days to get that furnace running again, between him having incompetent "handy" men come out and finally hiring a professional. The certified letters were necessary to comply with Colorado's warrant of habitability statutes if I need to break the lease as a result of the lack of furnace. If I had only communicated verbally, the landlord could have denied everything.
Looking back I should have done that. That's what I get for being a nice guy and believing in "gentlemen's agreements". He verbally agreed over the phone. I felt it would be insulting to follow up with a legal document. Our relationship had always been informal and friendly. Basically, I thought he was good for it. Man did I get suckered.
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