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Re: Can they do that?

Posted by me again on February 04, 2002 at 15:27:38:

In Reply to: Can they do that? posted by Frazzled on February 02, 2002 at 10:03:56:

: My landlord posted a written warning on our door regarding a situation with a pet. The situation was completely false and a finger was pointed at me as a violation of my lease. However, when I tried to explain the truth of the matter, since they had not investigated themselves to see if the situation actually occurred, they would not hear me and told me to mind my own business and not let it happen again and to stop complaining about insignificant things. I recently received a letter from management that outlined the "behavior" of my trying to find out what was going on as being unprofessional and unacceptable and was threatened with police action if it ever happened again! Can they do this? For my own privacy, I would like a possible link to investigate the matter myself, or a private email reply...I would like to speak with someone who knows tenant's rights and speak with them by email regarding this situation. Thank you so much, Frazzled.

not quite sure what the 'situation' with the pet was, or your 'behavior' was when trying to find out what the story was.
your best option here is to write a very professional letter in response to their letter about the pet situation, telling them that you dispute it, and invite them to help you understand how such a baseless complaint could have been made. you can't have 'behavior' in a letter. send the letter return-receipt requested, so you get proof that they got it. also, in the letter, request that a copy of it be put into 'your file' so that it is on record for future reference.
sounds like they're just creating a paper trail for future reference, if needed, and the appropriate thing for you to do is to perpetuate the paper trail in your own defense. it's hard to have 'behavior' in a letter, so be as professional as the original letter to you, and don't personally confront anyone in management over the issue, it'll just p*ss them off.
as far as them telling you it was 'insignificant', apparently, it was significant enough for them to write a letter, so it should be significant enough for you to respond APPROPRIATELY.
good luck.

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