I was just informed that if I don't pay $350 to the owners of the apt bldg where I lived for 12 years, they will put a bad mark on my pristine credit. I was never late with the rent. I paid all the way up thru the end of the lease. I left a written notice prior to the 10th of the month (which is in the contract), and this notice was witnessed by friends. The apt mgr reported to me that they received the notice, but it wasn't on some specific form, therefore it violated the lease agreement (which ended at the end of the month anyway). But informed me, that if I don't pay them this additional $350, they will ruin my credit. They are not offering any guarantees that they won't continue extorting money from me, and they are not offering any guarantees that if I do pay them this blackmail that they still won't damage my credit. What should I do ?
I called their financial office. The refused to discuss the situation. They told me to pay up or they will ruin my credit. I called the management company, and left word with the supervisors there several days ago, who have never gotten back to me.
*This chat is not intended as legal advice. It is general information that may or may not apply to your situation and should not be relied upon.*Sorry to read of this dilemma. Please tell me what State and city the apartment is located in
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(1) A person is guilty of harassment if:(a) Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:(i) To cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or(ii) To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or(iii) To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or(iv) Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and(b) The person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. "Words or conduct" includes, in addition to any other form of communication or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication.(2)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, a person who harasses another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.(b) A person who harasses another is guilty of a class C felony if either of the following applies: (i) The person has previously been convicted in this or any other state of any crime of harassment, as defined in RCW 9A.46.060, of the same victim or members of the victim's family or household or any person specifically named in a no-contact or no-harassment order; or (ii) the person harasses another person under subsection (1)(a)(i) of this section by threatening to kill the person threatened or any other person.(3) The penalties provided in this section for harassment do not preclude the victim from seeking any other remedy otherwise available under law.
"Extortion" means knowingly to obtain or attempt to obtain by threat property or services of the owner, and specifically includes sexual favors.
(1) A person is guilty of extortion in the first degree if he commits extortion by means of a threat as defined in *RCW 9A.04.110(25) (a), (b), or (c).(2) Extortion in the first degree is a class B felony.
(1) A person is guilty of extortion in the second degree if he or she commits extortion by means of a wrongful threat as defined in *RCW9A.04.110(25) (d) through (j).(2) In any prosecution under this section based on a threat to accuse any person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be instituted against any person, it is a defense that the actor reasonably believed the threatened criminal charge to be true and that his or her sole purpose was to compel or induce the person threatened to take reasonable action to make good the wrong which was the subject of such threatened criminal charge.(3) Extortion in the second degree is a class C felony.the
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You've defined the term Extortion. But what am I to do about this ?
I apologize that my answer was unclear.You can consider filing a police report regarding criminal harassment (defined above) and possibly criminal extortion (also defined above)The police would typically interveneIf the landlord actually files a false negative marks on your credit, you may file suit for defamation and collect damages as wellI think this is what you wanted to know. Please let me know if I have answered your question
Great ! Thank you. That answer was more precise.
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