How do I get the tenants to realize my landlord was wrong?

I’ve been living with my landlord for a bit more than 6 months. At first it seems great because the place is really nice and well decorated and furnitured, the landlord is rarely home, a cleaner come in every week, and two other tenants who live here are great. The house is also in a beautiful semi rural area.
My landlord who is in early or mid 30’s has always been rather shady. No body is sure where he’s from. He isn’t too talkative toward most people, have bunches of suspicious scars, and is rather cold and distant. He always claims he’s a translator for living, but yet we’re in a small city that is almost two hours away from nearest big city. One of the tenants once told me that he used to be in military for a long time and hinted that he have lose someone very close to him in war. They have say if you get past his barrier, he’s actually a very nice, caring, and a great friend that can be rely on.
I am not too fond of my landlord, but I love living here and since landlord was almost never home, I didn’t mind it at all.
On Saturday I and my boyfriend decided to have a party here while the landlord was gone. So we invited about ten people and have some beers and potluck and stuff but nothing crazy. Both of the tenants were very upset about the whole thing and told us to get out. Since there was so many of us and my boyfriend is really big and have a couple other guys with him, we weren’t too worried. A couple hours later, the landlord came home unexpectedly.
He end up told everyone to leave. When we tried to cool him down and tell him it will be ok, my boyfriend tried to be friendly to him by trying to be funny and put arm around him. To make whole story short, he end up attacked my boyfriend and a couple others. Then he held a knife to my boyfriend’s eye and threatened to cut his eye out if everybody didn’t leave. That’s when everyone left.
My boyfriend has a fractured sternum, bruised kidney, torn liver, and some damages to face. What really bothered me is when my landlord was doing all this, it was one of very few time when I see him actually smiling.
I’m living with my mom now. We’re trying to find a attorney because the police wrote it off as self defend.
Why is this landlord such a ass? We were trying to have some fun, be nice, and respectful then he did this to all of us. On top of everything, the tenants refused to take my side in the court and say it was my fault. Why would the tenants stand behind him on the whole subject?

Posted in Landlord Tenant Law.

8 Comments

  1. You had a party in a place where other people live without talking with them about it in advance? When the other people in whose home you are having a party ask you to stop, you refuse? Because your boyfriend is really big? And has a couple of other guys with him? Might makes right, right? Then when the owner of the property asks people to leave his home, they refuse? And this is what you call trying to “be nice, and respectful”? Your selfishness knows no bounds. Of course the other tenants said it was your fault. It was your fault! You need to learn to respect the rights and feelings of others. A landowner has the right to use reasonable force to evict a trespasser. Your bf and others became trespassers when they refused to leave on request. The landlord may have overreacted, but a lawsuit against him is a loser.

  2. Sounds like you need to live alone and not with people if you want to party. That’s why it was in a decent part of the community. People work hard for their money not to just let some come on in and have a good time and destroy it. I know you said it was mild, but we all know where beer can take you. Respect the people around you.
    You won’t get them to see your side because they don’t.
    Chalk it up as a lesson learned.

  3. You have the right to have all the fun you want, but you seem to not realize that you live with roommates and in all respect and consideration, should have asked them before having your little party. You invited people who they didnt know into their home. Yes, its your home too, but when you live with roommates, you have to learn to make allowances.
    Mistake 2 was moving in with your landlord when you already felt that he was ‘shady’. Its really none of your business what he does so long as its not illegal and in the home. But you stayed there anyways, because its ‘beautiful’.
    So now, your bf gets his as* kicked and the police call it self defense. Problem is, your bf put hands on him first…what his actual intentions were were unknown to your landlord so he responded. Thing is, there is something called ‘reasonable self defense’. Your bf put hands on him so he literally beat him down and them held a knife to his eye. A person always has the right to defend themselves but once the threat is gone, you cannot continue to cause harm. If you want to try pushing for a stronger charge then I suggest you contact the district attorneys office. But in all other aspects of this story, you were in the wrong.

  4. Yes, go to the district attorney’s office. Something isn’t right at that house. And sorry to say, I believe you left some major parts out of your story.
    PS A landlord does NOT have the right to remove a guest of his tenant. There are legal issues. Be thankful you got out!

  5. Sorry honey – you guys are terrible tenants and your BF pretty much deserved what he got.

    Funny how detailed you are about scars and accents, but when it comes down to who shoved who, you “make a long story short”.

    You can try to go to the DA, but without a police report and witnesses, you are SOL.

    Next time, try to be good tenants instead of pieces of trash.
    And this has nothing to do wtih etiquette.

  6. it actually sounds like you knew what was going to happen and were looking for a fight.

    What is . . . some beers and potluck and “STUFF”? What is the stuff?

    other tenants were upset by the party and actually said to end it.

    you weren’t worried because you have a large BF

    you weren’t worried because you had a group of friends to back you up

    you weren’t planning for the landlord to be there, so you had the party

    I love the part where you explained how “crazy” the landlord is, but when it comes to explain what actually happen, you say “to make whole story short”. Great tip off that there is more to the “story” then you want to explain.

    OWNER ask that the party end and people leave, but you didn’t

    Your BF actually touched the guy first

    Your BF was “being funny”???

    Your BF throw up

    The police actually said self defense

    The tenants say it was your fault

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