My ex landlord has been harassing me since I moved out. She had the electric turned off to force me and my family out in the winter of 2015. I left and was rushed out by her calling to police saying I was stealing her things as I was trying to move out. She had the electric and water bill in her name and she refused to show me the bills she had them going to her address in Delaware County. I am in Philadelphia. She has been slandering my name throughout the neighborhood, she has been telling people that I left drugs in the house. She has called my sister slandering my name. She has threatened my children. She had the kids teasing my kids calling them poor because I couldn't pay my rent. The list goes on. She has been threatening with court since the day I moved out. What can I do?
You need to consult with a lawyer. The problem with litigation for slander is that it is difficult to prove damages (that her slanderous statements harmed you in some way that had identifiable financial consequences). So the cost of litigation is greater than the possible result. But I think an action in small claims court may do the trick (if not to collect damages then at least to put her on notice that you are not going to allow this to continue). The Landlord Tenant issues should have been dealt with by a lawyer back in 2015 because it is against the law to turn off the electricity to force a tenant out. But you do have 2 years to sue so if you are prompt you may still be able to pursue that matter prior to the Winter of 2017....Depending upon the dates involved with your prior lease you may be able to pursue both matters in Small Claims court.
Leslie A. Margolies, Esq. is an attorney and Director of The Real Estate Law Group which provides affordable legal representation (sliding scale) for people with property problems in all counties of Pennsylvania. Her services include real estate and landlord tenant litigation, real estate transactions and document preparation. Please note that responses to questions on this website are for general purposes only. Such responses may not be considered legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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