Posted by MikeW on February 05, 1999 at 12:11:33:
In Reply to: Re: You obviously have no idea what RICO is and how it works posted by satori on February 05, 1999 at 03:12:03:
: I read some literature were a large housing complex sued the landlord, under
: the federal civil stature RICO...
Yes, I've heard about this case also (it's somewhere on this site, I think). It was a federally subsidized housing project, and the developer had set up a pattern of defrauding the Federal government over an number of years, while no providing the services to the tenants he was contracted to in his agreement with the government.
This still has no bearing on private landlord tenent disputes. The only way I could see bringing a RICO case against a landlord was if he was involved in a conspiracy to violently harass or extort his tenants. In addition, there may be, but I'm not sure, some requirement that the crimes involved be interstate and/or involve Federal money (rent subsidies, etc.)
If there are any lawyers out there reading this, feel free to chime in.
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