The old landlord is trying to sell us a home she no longer owns
(She doesn't know that we know this)
She told us to write 2 different checks 1 to her and 1 to a mortgage company. Which was a red flag. So upon investigation it turns or out she's a scam artist. Whose been sued and taken to court many times,but just denies the claims on paper to get them thrown out of court Because no one has paperwork proof to win against her because she never gives copies.
I went to the mortgage company explained what's she's doing. They confirmed that she doesn't own the property and that it's about 5+ months behind with new owner, who's not even made any payments. Even though we have been paying $1400 to $1550 for 2 yrs to this lady.
the bank said don't give her any more money get an attorney.
I have security cameras in and outside of the home.
That are ALL VISIBLE and she's been verbally told they record.
Can i use that as evidence of the multiple attempted transaction?
And can i use my cell phone (w/o her knowledge) in order to record the conversations to further my proof of her attempt to defraud us to the court
No - such recordings are likely illegal. Moreover, there is a GREAT deal of disconnects and inconsistencies in this story, as lenders will not discuss the finances of an owner with a tenant, let alone a tenant from a previous owner, that the property was sold to a new owner that never bothered to take possession nor address the existence of a tenant, and bank customer service people do not generally tell tenants not to pay landlords for any reason, and yet you are still staying in the property with all of those issues - and to what end? This whole fact pattern drips with scamminess - its just impossible to tell from which angle(s) its all coming from. Bottom line is you need to retain at some expense a tenant lawyer ASAP to assist you, most likely, in getting out of the property and terminating the tenancy in proper fashion.
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