I live in MA and here's my situation:
I live in an 3 family house apartment building. My neighbor upstairs thinks that I backed into her car in the back parking lot of our building. Four cars are parked in one direction, the person blaming me is parked horizonally across the backs of all four cars (there's no assigned parking). There is a minimal amout of room between her car and ours to back out of and exit the parking lot.
She claims that when she parked her car at night, there was no dent. The following morning, her car has a sizable dent between the driver door and the side panel (there's no paint transfer). She assumes that its either my car or the other car (my fiancee's) that was parked in the middle of the four. She threatens that she will call the police, file a report for “hit and run” and call the land lord. She took photos and claims the appraised damage is about $1000. My fiancee adamantly denies denting her car and I make a similar claim. There are no witnesses to her allegedly claim and our driveway and parking lot is openly (no controlled access) shared by the building next door. There is no expectation nor assumption by any means that there wouldn't be another car parked in one of our spots by the tenants next door, only mutual respect separates us.
Can she truly blame and hold us accountable for something as subjective as the claims she is making? Who's to say that she isn't lying and already had a dent in her car before coming home? Who's to say that it wasn't the other cars that dented her car? It could also have been a car from next door that used our portion of the parking lot to turn around in as well?
I think her chances of falsely blaming us are nil and her only recourse is taking it to small claims court which I expect that she will lose as well. What do you think?