Threats of Eviction for disturbances we did not have any part of and are not responsible for

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My son, age 25, is renting a duplex with two other friends. Yesterday he told me his landlords (husband and wife) called him and had him on a speaker phone. The landlords said there had been two complaints from neighbors — one where police were called — and if they receive one more complaint, they would be evicted. The complaints were that loud noise and music was coming from the direction of their duplex during the night. My son tried to explain that he and his roommates were not the ones responsible for the noise and music, that they live in a duplex, and it was probably coming from the apartment attached to theirs. No police came to my son’s place, and he didn’t know anything about it. He said he and one of his roommates were asleep that night and the other one was not home. The landlords didn’t seem to want to consider he and his roommates were not responsible and told him they’d have to leave if they received one more complaint. They have 10 months left on this lease and they like the place, but he doesn’t want to have to live with the threat of being evicted over something he has no control over. He said he will talk to the people in the next apartment and let them know what the landlords are telling him, but there again, he really can’t control their behavior. What recourse does my son and his roommates have in a situation like this where the landlords are unfairly threatening them with eviction for something they are not doing? Thank you for your help on this.

Edited on: Thursday, November 4th, 2010 10:48 am

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