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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I have a harassing neighbor who has threatened us with our

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I have a harassing neighbor who has threatened us with our lives. We've seen him near our house target practicing..We have recorded threatening voicemails...And we are having to move from our house to get away from this crazy person...He is only a renter and I would like to sue the owners...Is this possible ??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note:This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

I am very sorry to hear about this situation. No, I am afraid that the landlord cannot be sued for the actions of their tenant in most cases. Simply put, the landlord is not liable for the actions of a third party (i.e. the tenant) - they cannot be held liable for what their tenant does.

The only exception is if the landlord knew with certainty that the tenant would be violent/threatening. What this means in legalese is that the Plaintiff (i.e. you) would have to show causation, and a third party's actions break causation unless it was foreseeable (see HERE). This is generally very hard to prove.

So I am afraid that the landlord is not liable, likely. Of course the tenant is and may be sued for a number of causes of action, however, and not just for an injunction/restraining order.

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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question. I am simply touching base because you had not rated positively. Let me know. Thanks!