Landlord and I have a signed agreement that I have until March 31 to pay all rent due in full. If not, I have until May 1 to relocate. Interim, landlord forcibly pushed himself into the house on March 15, injuring my back and arm, in his usual weekly harassing visits. Behind in rent is due to ex-spouse leaving me with massive debt, $500 in fines on my vehicle for which he ran tolls 2011 so I cannot get my vehicle registered. He forged my name on checks and credit card applications as well as signing my name to our income tax refund check last year. I need to get my vehicle registered but do not have the funds. I am in process of moving I have contacted dozens of attorneys for help, without reply or referral. Is there no one that can help me please, particularly with landlord assault.
You have a lot going on here that goes beyond a basic landlord/tenant question.
You should retain counsel as I see issues with the following:
1. Potential criminal actions on the part of your landlord.
2. Criminal actions on the part of your former spouse.
3. Landlord/Tenant issues
4. A civil action against your landlord for injuries you sustained as a result of his trespassing into your apartment.
Have you contacted the police and made any reports regarding your landlord/ex spouse's behavior? If not, you certainly need to consider doing that asap.
DISCLAIMER: Brandy A. Peeples is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. This answer is being provided for informational purposes only and the laws of your jurisdiction may differ. This answer based on general legal principles and is not intended for the purpose of providing specific legal advice or opinions. Under no circumstances does this answer constitute the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice relating to your specific situation, I strongly urge you to consult with an attorney in your area.
There are several different circumstances with this situation that must be taken into consideration.
QUESTION 1: Do you want to leave the residence? Have you reported the assault to the police?
If the landlord came into your residence and it is documented, you may be able to break the lease for various different reasons. However, speak with an attorney before doing so.
QUESTION 2: Did you sustain documented injuries because of the assault? If you did sustain injuries you may be able to bring a civil claim against the landlord. Also, you may want to consider filing for a restraining order.
ISSUE WITH EX:
QUESTION 1: Did you report ex's conduct to authorities? If you did report the conduct and it is documented you may have claims for Civil Theft and or conversion.
Unfortunately, you probably will not find an attorney to take the case on a contingency fee basis, unless there is substantial money involved. However, I really would suggest speaking with counsel to determine your legal rights and the possibility to bring various claims. An attorney cannot give you an accurate analysis to this complicated scenario without an in person or at minimum a telephone consultation.
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