About a few weeks ago i moved into a new apartment. However, the couple who used to live there left a microwave, dresser, shower rod and used sofa for me under the terms that i would deposit some money into their bank account (nothing was in writing). With that said, i made the deposit and thought everything was fine, until this couple starts to send me threatening voice mails and text messages saying that i did not deposit anything and that they would send someone to my apartment to "Talk to me" and really scary stuff (i have every threat saved)
my question is .. how can i protect myself? and what do i do? since i have proof that i made the deposit...and i am scary for my safety (even though they moved out of the state of NYC)
Criminal Defense Attorney
Have you given them the proof you made the deposit?
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Real Estate Attorney
Email or text them a copy of the deposit slip as proof. Since they moved out of state, and this can't really be much money (a couple hundred dollars at best?), do you think they'll really return over it? Good luck!
I'm just 3 "helpful" answers away from a free toaster-oven! I may be guessing or not licensed in your state. No atty/client relationship exists.
You've raised a few issues.
1. You've PAID the money, and have proof, so be sure to put the proof somewhere that you can easily pull it up again if you need it.
2. They have made threats that sound like they might have crossed the line into criminal violations. I don't have any of the information and have not listened to any of the voice mails, etc, but you should be aware that you have the right to seek the means to both defend yourself and to report them to the authorities. Under NY Penal Code 240.30, they may be guilty of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which is a class A misdemeanor. You have the right to report them to the police. The easiest way to do this is to drop by the precinct where you live. You might also ask the reporting officer whether they think it is appropriate to file for a restraining order to notify them to stay away from you.
This does not constitute legal advice or the engagement of my services as an attorney.