Can a landlord call an employer to discuss details of landlord/tenant dispute and demand additional money after agreeing to a specific amount?

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Can a landlord call an employer to discuss details of landlord/tenant dispute and demand additional money after agreeing to a specific amount?

I had a 3 year lease with a private landlord (not a company). He told me verbally when I signed the lease that if I wanted to leave after the first year, that was fine, just give him a month’s notice. After a year and a half, I spoke with him 3 months ago about leaving at beginning of next month. He agreed with no problem. I made the home available for review by future tenants and I continued to pay the rent as usual. I have since filed for bankruptcy but I continued to pay the rent. Last month the landlord took a different tone. He began insulting me.

Asked on June 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Maryland

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

There is nothing legally impermissible for a landlord to contact the tenant's employer concerning a landlord tenant issue with respect to the employee albeit to do so is poor judgment on the landlord's part.

If you do not have a written and signed agreement by the landlord with respect to the tenancy dispute you are writing about, then you simply have no agreement to resolve the matter you are writing about with respect to your landlord.

I suggest that you consult with your bankruptcy attorney as to the best way to resolve the dispute that you have with your landlord.


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