Posted by JHyre in Ohio on July 02, 2002 at 07:37:42:
How you respond depends upon your personality. You can give her what she wants, saving a lot of hassle, but possibly advertising that you settle and attracting more “victims”. My preference with someone who has pushed matters this far: Parry and counterattack. You have presumably done nothing wrong. You are acting as a principal, so the RE board has no business being involved (depends on your local rules, I’m generalizing). There is no fraud that I can see, and certainly not criminal fraud…the police and AG probably get complaints and accusations from wackos all of the time- and they have experience at recognizing them. If either approaches you, do not panic. Make your character and reputation contrast with hers. She is shrill- you be calm. She throws accusations- you deal in facts. Answer questions either not at all (makes you look like you are hiding something, but keeps you from saying something dumb) or directly, politely and truthfully (my preference). I’d bend over backwards to be helpful- you are an honest businessman who made a contract and keeps his word (she HAS gotten all of her payments, right?). I’d sue her for illegally interferring with contracts (by talking to lessees) and slander/defamation (document who says what to you about your “problems” and their source). Attack hard, but lawfully- SHE needs to have something to lose. You also need to see whether local law permits her to force you to move the mobile…your contract may affect that power (e.g.- implied right to rent the land for the term of the contract).
From what I can see, you have done nothing wrong- so don’t act guilty! Decide whether you will settle with her to make her go away…though it’s hard for her to undo much of what she has done. Me, I’d act like Roosevelt/Truman after Pearl Harbor- I’d go atomic. YOU have the moral high ground- YOU have honored your contract, SHE has attempted to breach.