My husband and I were taken to court 2 yrs ago for non payment of rent which was totally false. The issue came up when the landlord wanted to raise our rent from $800/mth to 1,200. Then he decided, $1,100.
Since we lived in a rent control area at the time and knew the laws on rent increases, we told him that we did not agree with the rent increase. He decided to purposely not take our rent for that month and the months that followed before taking us to court.
On top of this, our house, which was concidered the second house on the property, was conected electrically and gas wise to to the garage apartment which, was illegally converted to a full one bedroom. The tenants (two different renters)for the three yrs that we were there knew this and decided not to pay us half of the utilities. We got left with a $450 gas bill that April before being sued.
Anyways, the issue was brought up in court and we ended up only having to pay for the 3mths, which we had put up and agrred to give up the aprtment two mnths after the proceedings.
If this agreement was fufilled, it was agreed that the case would be sealed. We followed the court order and moved out. Before moving out however, one of the lanlords that we intended on renting from would not rent to us. When we asked him why this was, he told us that our previous lanlord, told him that he was evicting us for non payment of rent. He was not supposed to disclose this but he did. Since we got a place a few weeks later, we just let the issue go.
So to make a loooooooong story short, my question was can, a landlord not rent to you if a previous landlord says that he's evicted you although this isn't true? Should we be honest and let the potential landlord know of this issue before he gets in contact with previous lanlord??? Are there any laws that protect renters from this? I have not had a chance to look at my credit report yet but also wanted to know if this would show on my report although the court file was supposed to be sealed.
Thaks for your answers and sorry for being soooooooooo.... long