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Old 06-16-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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Default Defamation from Landlord !

I have perfect rental history in the apartment I am renting for 2+ years @$1300mo., I heard of a townhome in a very hard to lease gated development and filled out an application, when the townhome owner called my property manager she told her that she had no idea I was moving out, stated I didn't inform them I was, that I was breaking the lease and after all that the townhome owner rented to someone else. The present landlord slammed me for "looking" and"shopping around" and I don't have to check in with them so why are the allowed to slander me like that over the phone ? If my application was accepted, I was going to see what my options were of getting out of my lease. I put down a $100 deposit to hold the unit being they only become available about ever six months. She gave more info that was being asked ! I thought they are only allowed to ask the question in a yes/no format and not divulge more info unless asked !
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I'm not aware of regulations that limit information LL's can pass between each other. It is not an employer/employee relationship. However they cannot "slander" (say untruths about you) or "Libel" (write untruths about you) without risking a lawsuit. If you LL said something untrue, you have grounds to sue her.
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:49 AM
 
Location: DFW
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As far as I know if they do any kind of Character asassination it's against the law if you've done nothing wrong.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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You don't go around applying for a new job, and listing your boss as a reference & showing his/her direct phone number, unless you have that kind of relationship where he/she won't mind ... in advance. Most bosses would fire your butt for looking around, or at least put that in the back of their mind as they know you are not a loyal employee.

It was not smart of you to fill out an application like that without first checking with your landlord, as (a) most landlords require that you give notice before you move out in writing and at least 30 days out, and (b) that you fulfill your lease 100% in full. It's rare day that people can just get out of a lease in Texas...so she probably thought you were looking to skip out on her.

So she did nothing wrong.

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I have perfect rental history in the apartment I am renting for 2+ years @$1300mo., I heard of a townhome in a very hard to lease gated development and filled out an application, when the townhome owner called my property manager she told her that she had no idea I was moving out, stated I didn't inform them I was, that I was breaking the lease and after all that the townhome owner rented to someone else. The present landlord slammed me for "looking" and"shopping around" and I don't have to check in with them so why are the allowed to slander me like that over the phone ? If my application was accepted, I was going to see what my options were of getting out of my lease. I put down a $100 deposit to hold the unit being they only become available about ever six months. She gave more info that was being asked ! I thought they are only allowed to ask the question in a yes/no format and not divulge more info unless asked !
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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You don't go around applying for a new job, and listing your boss as a reference & showing his/her direct phone number, unless you have that kind of relationship where he/she won't mind ... in advance. Most bosses would fire your butt for looking around, or at least put that in the back of their mind as they know you are not a loyal employee.

It was not smart of you to fill out an application like that without first checking with your landlord, as (a) most landlords require that you give notice before you move out in writing and at least 30 days out, and (b) that you fulfill your lease 100% in full. It's rare day that people can just get out of a lease in Texas...so she probably thought you were looking to skip out on her.

So she did nothing wrong.

I am entitled to shop around and landlords are not my parents so why do I have to check in and report as you say ? I was not going to move out or plan to move out until I was accepted by the new development. It all hinged on my credit and past references, which she ruined by opening up her mouth and stating I was breaking a lease when all she was asked did he pay on time: yes and did he live there 2 years without being late: yes. Those were the questions she was asked and then she began to ramble on about how I was in fault of my lease agreement. I was not in fault of anything at the time the lady called for a simple reference. In my opinion that is 100% wrong and I am going to have someone call again and this time tape her, then get a lawyer !
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I agree with you. The three comments attributed to the current landlord are not slander because they are all true.

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You don't go around applying for a new job, and listing your boss as a reference & showing his/her direct phone number, unless you have that kind of relationship where he/she won't mind ... in advance. Most bosses would fire your butt for looking around, or at least put that in the back of their mind as they know you are not a loyal employee.

It was not smart of you to fill out an application like that without first checking with your landlord, as (a) most landlords require that you give notice before you move out in writing and at least 30 days out, and (b) that you fulfill your lease 100% in full. It's rare day that people can just get out of a lease in Texas...so she probably thought you were looking to skip out on her.

So she did nothing wrong.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:36 AM
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Location: lake highlands
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Are you on a current lease, or month to month? Sounds like you are in a lease and wanted to "figure something out" if you got approved for the townhome.
I think your situation stinks, but I don't believe there is anything stopping your LL from adding extra info unless it was about sexual orientation, race, or some other protected class. Just like dallas90210 said, this is like job hunting.
I'm not too sure you have a case, but let us know what the lawyer says. This could be very interesting.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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My property manager who represents the owner of the property stated and i quote "if you pay you consessions ($1700) I will give the next person that calls a good reference"... That is as corrupt as it gets !!
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: DFW
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I would report them to everyone ...even the news......
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