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Re: rent bill on door

Posted by Dayann on July 09, 2001 at 21:20:03:

In Reply to: Re: rent bill on door posted by Lilly on July 01, 2001 at 22:47:46:

You may have a remedy not in the housing laws but in the laws that control debt in New York State. Creditors are not allowed to post embarrasing information regarding debts owed to them, for example, leaving a bill or a flyer or notice outlining how much you owe them on your front door for all the world to see. This is considered harassment under the law and if it is severe enough, the creditor may have to waive the debt entirely or you can sue for damages.

Why not pick up some NOLO books on the subject of debt collection to see if the landlord is violating debt collection laws by engaging in this practice? If you have a good relationship with the landlord, you may want to revise your rental agreement/lease to include specific provisions as to how your rent bill should be issued to you when you are away. Then it'll be in writing and it will be part of your lease, and you'll at least have something in writing to stand on.

I'm not a lawyer so don't treat this as Gospel. HOpe it helped.

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