My landlord contacted me last night due to a simple misunderstanding I had with the home owner next door to me. When complaining to my landlord, the home owner next door accused me of doing drugs in her phone call to my landlord. I do not do drugs and can pass an UA at anytime. I am considering a defamation of character suit against the home owner that made this false accusation. It was mean spirited, and malicious in an attempt to get me evicted. I have resided at my current address for 55 weeks and have had only two complaints to my landlord, both of these ungrounded, factless, and derogatory complaints were directed from this same woman. Do I have grounds to file? I am willing to take an UA at anytime as is my nephew who has moved in with me.
You can certainly sue but what are your damages? Beside being upset, how has this comment hurt your reputation. Usually these suits stop someone from getting a job or some type of economic damage. Doesn't sound like you have suffered anything quantitative.
Attorney Gregory Spink is licensed in North Carolina, with a focused practice in Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties. Nothing is intended in this post to serve as legal advice. It is my opinion based on studying the law and passing the Bar Exam and should not be construed as legal advice. You should always contact a local attorney, who is familiar with local rules. Each case must be judged on a case by case basis with all evidence being reviewed by a licensed attorney. Nothing in this post should be construed as creating an attorney and client relationship.
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