Posted by Anna on March 20, 1999 at 11:48:32:
In Reply to: Super used keys to rob apt. 1 more question posted by Steph on March 19, 1999 at 14:51:04:
: Thank You for all of your responses - I just have one other question / scenario
: What if I withhold rent until he takes me to court & then counter sue him?
: Has anyone tried this approach or know anything that might help ? Thanks A Lot!!!
"Whoever came in had keys": could be anybody who worked in building or is related to same since the locks were installed.
If you decide to take legal action, go with MikeW's suggestion: small claims court: withholding rent can be dangerous to your credit rating and you can lose your apartment. And housing court is much, much less friendly to non-lawyers than small claims court. Keep in mind also that the highest courts have just barely begun to hold landlords partially responsible for violent crimes such as rape and/or murder committed in their buildings when entry door locks have been broken for months one end...
Legal action should be a last resort: read about pre-legal actions and small claims on Tenant.net, nolo.com, elsewhere. Try writing letters before you sue: a soft letter, then a firm letter, then a registered return receipt letter: alone or, better yet, with the other tenants. The tenants might contribute to the $100-200 to have an attorney write a letter.
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