My question involves defamation in the state of: Florida.
We have some tenants who are proving a nightmare, led by one individual who is just an oily and nasty little troublemaker hellbent on making their tenure at the property a misery for us. We went out on a limb to give these guys the lease yet it has backfired on us, particularly given that the others in the house have deferred to this particular individual and allowed him to act as the ringmaster to all that has transpired since they moved in.
The latest episode involves the head of the HOA in the neighborhood calling us angrily last week to inform us that the lawns were out of control. I went over there and discovered they'd allowed a veritable jungle to take over, and when my wife emailed the tenants about our concerns we received a typically snotty response along the lines of the yard being weeds, not grass, that they might have more inclination to cut it all down if we laid down the fresh sod we've spoken of, etc etc, as well as laying on the typical kind of deflection people like this indulge in to try and gain some ground back. As we have gone to some lengths to remind them of their obligations to the lease, and specifically reminded them of the problems with the HOA only 6 weeks ago when a similar issue with the lawn first came to the fore, we have zero doubt that this latest stunt was contrived specifically with malicious intent involved (IE earning the ire of the HOA maven involved) though of course we can't prove it.
My wife and I have put up with a ton of crap from these guys and kept on holding to the thought that we only have to put up with them until the end of the year, at which point we simply won't renew the lease, but this latest episode, including the snotty email we received from this individual, really got me steamed, and I've written a 10 page letter answering his odious behavior, false accusations, and generally rude tone with an outline on all the work we've done to the house since we purchased it, the specific issues we've had with them, and a basic outline on the narcissistic, disingenuous, and schadenfreude personality we're having to deal with.
Basically speaking, if I wish to call a spade a spade where this individual is concerned I'm not transgressing any legalities, am I, particularly as we're only sharing the note with him, and not the other individuals he shares the house with? There's nothing threatening in the letter - other than a reminder of their legal obligations and liabilities - I'm merely rebuffing his outrageously false accusations in the kind of sarcastic tone they deserve, outlining his detestable behavior and personality, and giving pretty clear reasons why he's destroyed any chance of our renewing the lease. I don't see anything defamatory or libelous in doing so, as I'm only speaking the truth and not going public with the letter. Even if I did go public I don't think he'd have a leg to stand on, but that's another matter. And if we were to land in court at some point, I don't think there's a single thing in the document that we couldn't stand by. Any thoughts?