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The Landord

Did this landord have the right to do this?

Does this poor girl have a case in court?

What would you do if this happened to you?




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polomex
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the whole thing, but I would assume she has a case. I'm not familiar with the laws in every state, but usually a landlord is only allowed to enter a tenant's residence if the tenant allows it or in the case of an emergency (e.g., gas leak, fire, etc). Locks cannot be changed without advance notice. Even if a renter's payments are late or non-existent, the owner still has to go through the courts and proper procedures to have the tenant evicted.
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Toward the end of the video, he entered her apartment, holding a can of beer. He also had a disgusting smirk on his face as he walked up to her and reached for her camera. I don't know what happened next, because the video ended.

I believe he took advantage of this poor defenseless girl, and I hope she comes out the winner in court!
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playgirl
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
holding a beer can
Can you imagine how frightened she became when she saw the man holding a beer can, and reaching for her camera?!
daddy
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
it depends on the state, but in a nutshell the Landlord does have a right to inspect the property if he gioves adcanced notice. They cannot just walk in when you are home. She shopuld have called the Police right away, and the owners as well. Barging in with a can of beer in his hands is not kosher. In my state she has a case of breaking and entering against the landlord since she told him to stay out. She also has a case of battery against him since he touched her person. he cannot lay hands on her for any reason. The video will help her case greatly. Hopefully she has a copy of the note she was talking about as well as proof that he turned her rent down. The University should also file a clain against whomever sor stating they are a student organization when they are not. She shpu;d have called the police or the Sheriff when he first started this so they would have been there to prevent him from comming in. EVen if the landlord files to evict her she usually will have 30 days to evacuate. Its a shame she did not have a weapon for protection. Him walking into the barrel of a 357 pointed at his nose might have given him a change of attitude. I would like to know the whole story.
playgirl
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
He needs to be taught a lesson
Poetpaladin left a link here, where it gives a little more details about the story.

How dare he force his way in to the poor girls apartment. He needs to be taught a lesson!
playgirl
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
apartment was empty
What this asshole should have done was wait until the apartment was empty. But how could he think rationally when he's drunk.
photosexual
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Tough call about the court case. I can't speak for the laws in TX, and couldn't clearly hear the landlord until the door was opened. without knowing who's right or who is or isn't lying, it's difficult. If the landlord was, indeed correct, and legally proper about the three day notice, the woman may be in trouble. If not, the landord is.

If we assume that she is right, then by entering the landlord has just broken several laws including, and leading up to the entry on tape. He then commits assault reaching for the woman and blocking the lens.

Her biggest fault was threatening to call the police, but audibly not doing so. Granted, the police tend to be useless (at least in Seattle) over incidents like this, citing it as a civil vs. criminal matter and they take a report (good for evidence of incident and paper trail) but nobody's going to jail for it or stopping the behavior unless the laws differ greatly in TX.

Bottom line: If I lived in a situation like that, I'd seek to improve it by finding better situations and people.
poetpaladin
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Turns out she did call the police.

She's also won in court, but has been threatened with more lawsuits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW_chnDJLD4
photosexual
Sep. 10th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. that link went back to the original video. Is there another one that chronicles the aftermath?

Good for her for calling the police. I couldn't tell from the video that she did. Also glad that she's won in court - never underestimate the power of surveillance to prove your point, but the problem is without warning and consent, it's often not admissable evidence. I've thought about posting a conspicuous warning just inside the door that says "if you remain in this apartment or step in past this point, you consent to being monitored by video or audio." which covers my butt in WA over 99% of the time.

I can imagine that the landlord, who was in the wrong, immediately found some frivolous counter-suit to launch merely out of spite - as well as whether any other laws on the woman's side were broken during or relating to the encounter. It's a sad world we live in. But landlords are idiots. None of them know how to do their job or uphold their end of the law. I wouldn't be one for any amount of money.
playgirl
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
something new
See, I never new how to find the info., on YouTube, but you taught me something new! Thanks!
poetpaladin
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: something new
Maybe we're just teaching each other, dear.

Blind leading the blind. :)
playgirl
Sep. 10th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
best police force ever
I'm very lucky, because my city has the best police force ever!

I feel that the man had no right to enter her apartment. There's no doubt that he's a shady, alcoholic bastard, and I hope she sues the hell out of him!
photosexual
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: best police force ever
Yeah - with a video out of context, it's hard to tell who's right there. If it were known that the renter was right, he did not have reasonable grounds to enter (your laws may vary) but if she was one of those nutcases that even good landlords have to deal with, he was right for coming in. Another responder mentioned that there was follow up and that she did win in court, but faced other penalties for it.
poetpaladin
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
When you post these, it'd really help if you also linked to that person's Youtube profile. Because otherwise, there's very little research we can do into the issue. Same with the earlier entry you made about a woman trying to trespass onto that man's property. It's difficult to form any opinions with just a video.
playgirl
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think!
If you click on the little Youtube icon, it will take you directly to the link. I think!
poetpaladin
Sep. 10th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I think!
Yes, that works. But I didn't know that, see. And I think other people didn't know either. :)
playgirl
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I think!
Ah shore is tarred a tellin ya' ah ain't ignert! Ya' think ah cain't even bawl water without burnin' it, don't cha'? ;o)
poetpaladin
Sep. 10th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I think!
Can you come help me boil water?

My kitchen is yours.
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: I think!
Just by placing the two of us in a bathtub full of water, will definitely bring it to a boil!
Muuuaa!
poetpaladin
Sep. 13th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: I think!
You're such a sweetie.


So sad none of this will ever come to pass...
ninjaguydan
Sep. 10th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Me and a baseball can fix his outlook in less than two minutes...

Hell yeah she's got a case, and she can have the asshole arrested for stalking.


This is why everyone is polite to me..
-)
playgirl
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
I'd give anything
I'd give anything to have been in her place, just to see what look he'd give me when I'd point my pistol, right between his eyeballs!
ninjaguydan
Sep. 11th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: I'd give anything
an armed society is a polite society...




NRA4EVER!!

-)
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I'd give anything
OMG! Yes! NRA forever!
Hugs Sweet Stuff!
ninjaguydan
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I'd give anything
It's weird, on most issues I'm very liberal, except on the gun issue.

-)
see_dog
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I agree with this woman as far as he had no right to be there BUT she said some pretty ignorant shit like. "We're not in Poland." And if I'm not mistaken she said "My country." And she had no right to record him without him knowing. If I'm not mistaken that is also against the law. Before you record anyone you are supposed to tell them. Otherwise that is illegal. Now she very well may have told him that he was being recorded and just edited that part out..but based on this video..she didn't.
playgirl
Sep. 11th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
permitted in Poland
I believe she had every right to record him. After all, he was breaking into her turf without her permission.

The asshole obviously forgot that he was in the U.S., and not Poland. Maybe that type of behavior is permitted in Poland, but thank God it isn't here!
see_dog
Sep. 11th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: permitted in Poland
You are if the defendent is aware. E.g. In places that have camera's they are required to at least have signs posted.

:P Well I doubt they allow that in Poland. Just sounds like he was an asshole more than anything.
asifallforever
Sep. 11th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Not sure what he was drinking but that is a clear cut case right there. Especially since she has it all on tape. However i would suggest that she get what he was saying enhanced because i could barely hear what he was saying. I saw a case like that on one of those judge shows where the landlord took a bed out of a space being rented by the plaintiff. That was an automatic slam dunk for the plaintiff because the landlord had no right to enter the space while it was still under paid lease.
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm positive he was drinking beer, because he sure did look drunk to me.

Can you imagine how frightened she would have been, had he tried entering her apartment while she was asleep in her bed.

I hope the asshole is seriously reprimanded!
asifallforever
Sep. 12th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think the laws in texas are pretty good for prosecuting shitty landlords like that. So he could lose his building which would be even better.
wwidsith
Sep. 11th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm kind of on the landlord's side. It's his property, and if he really gave her advance notice of changing the locks then she should let him do it. He shouldn't have barged in on her though. But the girl just annoyed me! Why does she have such a problem with him being from Poland?
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
I believe he should have called the police, if this were the case. He really put himself in grave danger. The girl could have had a gun and shot him, when he entered and approached her to take away the camera.

She should have called the police immediately, also.
nishar
Sep. 11th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
I am a 250 pound guy with a amrtial arts background. When he came into my room he would have been hurt. I don't know enough about Texas' laws for renters rights. I do know if some one enters your home in Texas, even a rental, you can shoot them. With his drinking, it would be easy enough to make it look like self defense.
playgirl
Sep. 12th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
With the expert training the U.S. Army gave me, I would have hurt him badly!

You and I ROCK when it comes to self defense! YAY!
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