Q: Can I take legal action against HABC.org (Housing Authority of Baltimore City) for False Advertisement?
I have two rental properties in Baltimore City that I wanted to lease out in October 22'. I came across an article/press release online advertising a $1,500 incentive for new landlord's who signed up with program. I begin working with the program and due to their own continuous mistakes and lack of effort, it took me nearly 6 Months to get my units leased through the program which resulted in nearly half of year in lost revenue. Once my units finally were leased they did not honor the $1,500 incentive, I set up a meeting with the Senior Vice President to discuss. When I asked why they did not honor the amount she said there was a mistake in the article and it should have read "Up to $1,500". I told them that it was their mistake and the whole reason I was originally interested, they basically told me it's nothing they can do. They have now since changed the article online but I have screenshots of the original.
A: You want to retain a lawyer to file a suit against what is either a government agency or a public-private partnership which might have a regulatory layer that requires some specialization, and the amount of your lawsuit will be for $3,000. Is that right? The non-refundable retainer from counsel in Baltimore (not my firm) will be more than the amount in question. You might try a small claims case that you prosecute on your own, but that won't make whatever legal issues are there go away. You might have a claim, but I can't imagine how you will pursue it from Georgia. Next time, you need to spend a bit more up front on due diligence investigation and not rely up an advertisement.
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