Q: How can I protect myself if my landlord gave me a lease violation for an incident that occurred while I was at work?
Violation states that an incident occurred on 06/14 between a male individual and the courtesy officer and the officer reported it on 6/28/2023. I not only was at work , no one entered my residence that day except maintenance personnel and I am the only resident of my apartment. I tried to appeal the violation by providing proof from my employer and my home footage but the leasing manager stated the violation still stands due to my domestic violence incident last year. Following the conversation, I feel the complex has now started retaliating by emailing me issues that never came up before following our conversation about the violation. For example, I was told that my utility trailer can no longer be on the property and I have been living there for 2 years and I was also told my front door is damaged which is also not true. At this point I don't know how to protect myself and I fear eviction as the details written on this violation are not true.
A: To protect yourself, document all communication, review your lease agreement, and consult with a tenant's rights organization or attorney. Respond to any notices in writing, addressing inaccuracies and providing evidence. Consider filing a complaint with the appropriate authorities if you believe you are facing retaliation.
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