Tuesday, January 26, 2010
With my court date less than three weeks away (eviction proceeding)...
I've uncovered yet another bit of leverage.
Having noticed more frequent letters in the mailbox from the water company, and using basic commonsense, I deduced that my deadbeat landlord wasn't paying the water bill.
A phone call just now to the water company has confirmed that. He's in arrears by $867.44 - three quarters worth of H2O.
The customer service lady said that shutoff was *pending*.
So what does this mean exactly?
Well, for one thing, it should make the litany of complaints I barrage the judge with more credible. I'm sure he's seen thousands of despicable landlords in his courtroom; so it shouldn't be hard to make the case that he falls neatly into that category.
Also, I'll go pay this unpaid bill and deduct it from any financial claim he puts on me, i.e. unpaid rent.
Remember, I'm not trying to *make out* on this skirmish so much as I am trying to reclaim my rights as a paying tenant and my unsecured security deposit. But beyond that my goal is to make my landlord's life as miserable as he deserves. I'm very content to pay the water company INSTEAD of him. Someone has to step up and put an end to his thievery!
Now, if only I could find a way to funnel my rent to pay his mortgage and his property taxes directly...
For the last few installments, see:
You've Been NOT Served
Accosting And Altercating