Confusing landlord situation
October 20, 2012 8:15 AM Subscribe
From a friend: I received a letter stating that my landlord has not paid the outstanding expenses due for the apartment and that I am now required by law to stop paying him for rent and send my rent directly to this debt collector. What should I do?
posted by Pwoink to law & government (18 answers total)
They cite a copy of this law: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartII/TitleI/Chapter183A/Section6
It states that it is now illegal for me to send any money to him and that I need to send it directly to the Condominium Trust and also that any action he takes against me as a result of this law is illegal. Also if I pay him anything until notified by the firm or a court of law that I do otherwise, I will be liable to pay the same amount a second time to the condominium trust.
So I called the landlord, and he's like "Oh, it's nothing to worry about, they're just using scare tactics because the condominium tried to charge me for some repair and I refused to pay it so now they're trying to send in debt collectors. They can't prove if you pay me or not, so I'll have my lawyer call you on Monday to reassure you that it's fine to keep paying me."
Now the way I see it, I'm going to have two parties, one telling me it's illegal to pay my landlord, the other saying I should ignore them and pay the landlord, I don't know what to do, I don't want to get caught up in the middle of some legal affair, I don't want to pay them and have my landlord make my life miserable and I don't want to pay him and then suddenly have debt collectors coming after me or filing criminal injunctions or god knows what, I really don't know what to do.
I would appreciate some advice!