Re: Fear of Retribution
Posted by dd on 2/25/04
Ignorance of the law is no defense, but when the lecturer
asked, "how many are familiar with the states' landlord
tenant law?", I was one of two in room of nearly one hundred
who raised their hand.
Actually, the program was designed with a grant from the
Justice Department and listed amongst local sponsors
were 'tenant lawyers'. I asked if any were present, and they
said no, but they included the Attorney General's consumer
complaints lawyer as the 'tenants' lawyers. And yes, I went
there in the past for assistance and got none.
A couple of community police officers posed some of my
questions and statements to the lecturer and addressed other
concerns with landlords' illegal action. The replies were
short and diverted to other subjects.
mary, dearest, breathlessly awaiting your witty retort.
2/23/04, dd wrote:
> I attended a Landlord training seminar about keeping
> illegal activity out of property last week and was the most
> unpopular person in the room. When I pointed out that
> toxic tort, constructive eviction, unauthorized entry,
> failure to maintain, and damage by defect were illegal
> activities, only perpetrated by the landlords and/or their
> agents, a palpable chill fell over the room.
> The last day, the former police chief sat next to me for
> about 30 min., grinned, and left. At the end of the
> seminar, the teacher refused to give me a certificate, but
> issued one for the former police chief who attended the
> three day seminar for a total of 3 hours. When I returned
> to pick of my camper from public campground, it had been
> towed and damaged. Tow truck operator said campground
> people claimed it was for non-payment of rent. The
> The story is more complicated than that as the rules at the
> campground have changed several times since I started
> staying there and my rent was refused and returned 3 days
> before the sheriff's arrival.
> Hmm. Think someone doesn't like me? Maybe I'll get run of
> town on a rail yet.
> The seminar was excellent though, and did cover some of the
> issues of concern to me. I would recommend it to anyone
> who has rental property.
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