I am a landlord in Michigan. A tenant moved out owing 2 months rent, trashing the house and causing damage to the garage door and carpet. I have a judgment for the 2 months rent and a new claim for the damages. She did the same thing to her next landlord. Neither one of us or the court can find them. The tenant's father called and harassed me, so I blocked his phone number. Both her next landlord and myself had our cars tampered at the same time. We both contacted the police. Can I put an ad in the local newspaper which offers a reward for their new address? Or is that harassment? Slander? Or wrong in some other way. Thanks.
Nothing yet. I may also Google the question
Welcome and thank you for your question!I am sorry to learn of your experience. Do you have her driver license number and date of birth? Don't post it here, I just want to know if you have it?
No. I may be able to search around the internet on sites to find her birthday or maybe his.
Thank you. To answer your question, yes, a newspaper ad can be placed. Court records are public information. So long as what you publish is true, you cannot be sued for defamation. It's also not harassment. Perfectly legal.What are your options now?If you wish to continue this conversation, click on the Continue Conversation link. If you are satisfied that I have answered your question, then please rate the answer with a four or a five so that I receive credit for assisting you. Positive ratings are the only way I receive credit for assisting you today.IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more," then do not rate me (not yet, anyway!). Instead, reply to me using the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button. Specify what additional information you need and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Thanks, ~~ J.B.
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