My landlord informed me that he had received a phone call from a lawyer who wants to prosecute him for my "harassing" of his client(s.) However, my landlord said the lawyer would not disclose either the names of the clients nor the nature of the harassment. Only that it was done online and that he has my IP address.
The grounds the lawyer claims to have are that I am using his property and internet (it's a home rental) to publish defamatory content (I am not.) And if my landlord does not put a stop to it, my landlord is compliant. Since then my landlord has seriously started talking to me about eviction unless this stops. He doesn't care who is right or wrong in the situation, only that he does not want to potentially deal with legal fees & paperwork.
I have a blog where I review businesses, products, etc. So it's not like I haven't anticipated something like this before. My suspicion is that someone was angry enough to attempt to sue me to shut me up, but decided my landlord was a better target. Either that, or it's a "prank call," so to speak.
Is this a legitimate legal threat? Is there anything I can do to keep my housing situation without sacrificing my business?
"Is this a legitimate legal threat? Is there anything I can do to keep my housing situation without sacrificing my business?" Get and use your own internet service. Then, the landlord has no reason to get involved in your business.
Many cell phone services have options to share the internet connection with other devices.
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