Is it legal for my landlord to tell a past tenant he is giving me a no-cause eviction 3 days before I even receive my eviction notice?

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Is it legal for my landlord to tell a past tenant he is giving me a no-cause eviction 3 days before I even receive my eviction notice?

Asked on August 30, 2011 Oregon

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If it is true, yes. There is no law saying that a person may not disclose an eviction, either past or pending, to third parties. Since evictions become public records (e.g. once the action is filed), and since landlords will also disclose tenant problems in various other contexts (e.g. when a new landlord asks for a recommendation), there is no privacy interest in the information about the eviction.

If the landlord is stating a false fact--i.e. he is not actually going to do this--then it may be the case that the landlord may be committing defamation: defamation to stating or publicizing to any third parties an untrue factual statement that damages a person's reputaton and/or makes other less likely to do business with them. If this is the case, you may have a claim for defamation.


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