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KMG last won the day on December 19 2018

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  1. I want to thank you again for convincing me to call our insurance company again. They are handling the issue and so far we are extremely pleased! One of the attorneys came out to the house to take tons of photos and discuss the case. They filed a spectacular answer with a dozen defenses and requested a jury trial if the judge won't dismiss.
  2. Great, thank you, will check on the insurance again.
  3. We called the county office responsible for streets and drainage. He pulled up the elevation map and saw how much lower our property is. Then he came out to make sure there wasn't something else the county should do. I agree with you about the police not understanding all legal issues. I did call our homeowner's insurance. We have a large deductible so we would end up paying for the attorney. Because the plaintiff has no damages, I can't imagine that we would lose, so I don't want to pay for an attorney.
  4. Our house is the lowest house on the street. Our crazy neighbor just sued us for several thousand dollars because some day rain water may damage his property. When it rains, the excess water flows down from his property to the side of our house, where it then goes out to the street or back yard. His gutters point right at the side of our house. Our gutters go into longer pipes that point to the front drain and back yard so our water keeps moving. In our backyard, we dug a small brook that carries water out towards the woods where there is a natural spring. I guess he is thinking that some day during torrential rains that enough of his rain water will pool against the side of our house and flow back uphill onto his property again and flood his basement. He wants us to do something else on our property to handle his rain water. I suggested calmly that he should take care of the rain water on his property, like also digging a small brook, because we didn't have a problem. We called the county and they laughed because our property is lower than his. We told a police officer friend and he suggested we sue him for harassment. I have photos of the neighbor trespassing on our property. He is a constant complainer, control freak, hates animals and threatened us a couple of weeks ago that he would get rid of our dogs just like he got rid of the neighbor's dog. We are careful around him because other neighbors have told us that he actually shot 2-3 animals years ago. Our dogs rarely go out, his recent complaints were actually about a stray pack of dogs, not ours, and we have photos of that as well. I have to file our answer. On the one hand, I just want to deal with the bogus water complaint and be done with it. He has no damages, nothing has happened, and I don't think a property owner can tell another property owner that they have to something about rain. However, we really want him to leave us alone. We are wondering if we should countersue for harassment and ask the judge to issue a no trespass order. I'd really like a tall privacy fence on our property line because he can see over our retaining wall and we are all uncomfortable in our backyard. We just put in a new furnace/ac unit and are worried he could damage it out of retaliation for losing this case as well. Thanks for any insights on how we can/should answer this complaint.
  5. This is very small town stuff. The amount of back rent is less than my attorney's fees would be. The court's office will assist in making sure you have the right forms and fill them out correctly, they just won't give legal advice, of course. The advice to opt for a jury (no extra fees) was two fold, first, in case the judge golfs with the attorney or landlord and second, that it would be a David vs Goliath scenario, with me being an older kind grandma figure who owns a well liked family business, going against the big city attorney and landlord. But you are correct, I know just enough law to get me in trouble. I'll go to the court's office next week after I have all our evidence together and then before trial, I'll have my retired judge friend grill me.
  6. Yes, sorry for the how in the world question. I do know anyone can sue, it's just frustrating to have to deal with this. I've kept good documentation just in case we were sued and consulted with a retired judge and the local police along the way and have tried to do everything correctly. I'll be representing myself against a well known attorney and have been advised to request a jury trial. In the complaint for breach of contract, the attorney lists the wrong address and attached a lease that we did not sign. I have the email where the landlord sent us the corrected lease with the right address and with an addendum of changes. That's the one we signed years ago. They do have our signature page though. Also, in another point in the complaint, the attorney doubled the amount of the monthly rent. I'm assuming that if I just ask for a dismissal for these errors that they will just re-file.
  7. I am the tenant. Our former landlord is suing us for rent because we vacated the commercial property a few months before the end of the lease. We had given 2 months notice after attempting to get him to resolve a nuisance he caused, which he refused, and paid up until the last day we were there. We left due to a classic constructive eviction which I am going to counter sue him. While gathering the evidence online last night, I came across an online post where the new tenant in our old space announced they were moving in. This was 9 days after we vacated. We have dated photos showing the space was being renovated the following week. We are being sued for rent for that month and the month following. How in the world are we being sued, besides the fact that the landlord thinks we may be unaware that he had re-leased the space and renovations had started? In South Carolina, are there any kind of additional damages we can sue for because of his intentional attempt not only to get us to leave but now his attempt to double dip and collect rent from us while he was renovating the unit for his next tenant?
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