Re: Any Recourse on This? - Posted by Jim Locker
Posted by Jim Locker on January 16, 2001 at 08:06:47:
Now THAT is another matter entirely. In that event you could very well have recourse against the trailer park. You need to document (photos and hopefully witnesses) the condition of the unit, then contact the park owner and demand compensation.
Compensation should consist of fair market rent for the relevant time. Demand all 5 months, and be willing to settle for less. Also, the utility bill IS TO BE PAID by the park.
Have an attorney write the letter making the demand. The park will probably settle with you since, if an unlawful act can be proven (and this is one), their insurance won’t protect them.
If the manager was doing something on his own (very possible) then the park might not be able to protect itself since the amount of time this was happening is sufficient to indicate a pattern of behavior that the park ownership SHOULD HAVE been aware of. Failure of the senior management/ownership to exercise due diligence makes them vulnerable to liability for the ongoing bad acts of their employees.
I had a manager who did the exact same thing to me one time; gave a vacancy to a friend. We discovered it within 3 weeks. I fired the manager, evicted him, and sued him for rent plus damages. Never collected the latter, but he is thoroughly blacklisted by the mere fact that I did it and it is in the public records.