Saturday, January 23, 2010
Here's what the lawyer told me yesterday - DO NOT PAY ANY MORE RENT.
He said to call the board of health about the rodents.
He said that in order for a physical eviction to take place (after months of court proceedings)....in order for a sheriff to show up and tell us to vacate....
In that case, my Moronic, bankrupt landlord would need to front the money to a moving and storage company. He would have to give them CASH.
How much? Four thousand bucks?
"At least," according to this particular attorney. Mind you, that's 4k that my landlord most certainly doesn't have.
Though it might only take 6 weeks to get an initial court date. But he said the court is a zoo; that the judge really just tells everyone to go back and work it out. If someone shows up with a check, or a partial check, the judge is satisfied and bids the parties to go back and reconcile. So I could theoretically drag this process out indefinitely; pay a little; stop; have him file for another court date; all the while documenting the trash left on my property; the dead rats; etc.
I definitely have all the leverage here - learning about the cost of *throwing me out* makes me feel even more secure on that front.
The tricky part will be, however, conveying the reality of my strong position to my idiot landlord.
Lastly, the attorney said I had no case for a restraining order - not until the guy threatens or engages in something physical.
To my wife's chagrin, I still have not communicated ANYTHING to my landlord - about why we didn't pay, what our plans are, what our gripes are, etc. As I said before, that is by design, and this unknown is irking the crap out of him.
I want to *slow play* the whole thing. In other words, the rats, the unescrowed security deposit, and my entire litany of complaints will be revealed piecemeal to him, in the manner of slow torture.
I'm still astounded by the irony of this profligate criminal trying to invoke *the law* on someone else. By rights, he should be in jail himself.