When trying to move into a new home, my prior landlord stated to the home owner that I quote "skipped out on rent and damaged the place." This is not a true statement. My final statement of account shows that I completed my lease, but they are trying to charge me for 2 extra days because I didn't turn in the keys until the 3rd of September when my lease was up on the first. They are saying that I damaged a storm door that was broke when I moved in. The real mistake on my part was not going back to do a final walk through with them, that was my fault, but I feel like they lied on my by saying I skipped out on rent when I completed my lease terms, which my final statement of account says. And to also say I damaged the place which is not true. Please advise as it is appreciated.
You can sue, but it is a matter of his opinion vs yours and there are factual issues. You have not expressed the damages you have incurred. The case will not recover its costs on the facts as given.
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Perhaps. I would want to first know if you suffered harm beyond embarrassment?
Were you denied a new lease based on this statement?
Was something falsely reported on your credit report?
If so, you should consult with a landlord-tenant attorney to get this resolved.
Negative remarks by landlords can have very harsh consequences in the future for people-being denied loan applications, mortgages, denied a lease in a new home or apartment.
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