How to Sue a Landlord for Sexual Harassment

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How to Sue a Landlord for Sexual Harassment

Staying in a rented house is all fun until your landlord starts making sexual advances at you. If your landlord is threatening to evict you because you turned down their request for sexual favors or they are often making unwanted sexual remarks, you are looking at a case of  Engaging legal counsel is the most recommended approach in this case, and DoNotPay is a reliable solution in such instances.

DoNotPay is a reliable and fast way to address issues of landlord sexual harassment successfully. We have been helping tenants deal with landlord sexual harassment cases for years. In addition to that, DoNotPay can help you with other issues such as:

What Constitutes Sexual Harassment from a Landlord?

takes different forms. The most common instance is physical assault when showing you the house or during maintenance visits. Other forms of landlord sexual harassment include:

  • Unsolicited verbal or visual sexual contact
  • Sexual remarks or comments
  • Unwanted attention
  • Unwelcome physical touching or sexual advances
  • Extortion for sexual favors
  • Entering the rental unit without permission
  • Discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex
  • Retaliation against tenant after complaints about harassment

What to Do When Your Landlord Sexually Harasses You?

Your landlord can harass you sexually in so many ways. Regardless of harassment, it is advisable to stop it before it is too late.

Here's what to do when your landlord harasses you sexually:

Talk to the landlordThe first way to deal with a landlord harassing you sexually is to talk to them. Usually, most tenants consider some sexual remarks and comments harmless. However, if you entertain such behaviors, you encourage the landlord to keep harassing you. Talk to them as early as possible to let them know you aren't happy with their behaviors or actions. If possible, you can do it in writing and keep a copy in case it is needed in court in the future.
File a lawsuitIf talking to the landlord doesn't stop the harassment, the next step is to file a lawsuit. The law allows tenants to file a lawsuit for protection against a landlord's sexual harassment.

Can You File a Lawsuit for Sexual Harassment?

If your landlord's actions make you unsafe, you are allowed to file a lawsuit for sexual harassment. The first phase of the lawsuit involves contacting a qualified attorney.

Usually, the right attorney will offer you guidance on proceeding with the claims while keeping your rights protected as much as possible. However, it is advisable to have solid and verifiable evidence when filing such a lawsuit.

What Does Landlord Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Look Like?

Here are the steps to follow when filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against your landlord:

  1. Gather all the evidence
  2. Find an attorney
  3. Issue a complaint against your landlord
  4. The attorney files a civil sexual harassment claim.
  5. Verdict

What Are the Damages in a Landlord Sexual Harassment Case?

Damages are the forms of compensation you are entitled to when you win a claim against your landlord for harassing you sexually. If the court rules in your favor, you get a verdict that covers all the expenses related to your harassment case, including pain and suffering, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and any other costs. Additionally, your lawyer can negotiate for your compensation by getting an insurance settlement that takes away the stress of going through a court hearing.

What If My Landlord Retaliates after a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

In some cases, a landlord may retaliate as a punishment to the tenant after complaining of sexual harassment. For instance, when you report the landlord to a legal officer, they may retaliate by giving you an eviction notice immediately. In addition, they may start discriminating against you on issues or resources entitled to you as a tenant.

If you face such issues, you are a victim of landlord retaliation. The law prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants for complaining about sexual harassment.

Report Your Landlord with DoNotPay:

Dealing with landlord sexual harassment can be difficult, especially if you find it hard to navigate the legal juggle or have no idea where to start. But you don't have to do it alone. DoNotPay can help you report sexual harassment as well as any form of retaliation.  Our landlord Protection product is designed to make it easy to solve issues such as landlord sexual harassment. All you have to do is:

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay. 
  2. Select which issue applies to you. 
  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter. 
  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process. 

And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.

Why Use DoNotPay for Landlord Sexual Harassment

DoNotPay is a fast, reliable, and less involved way to help you deal with sexual harassment. DoNotPay is:

  • Fast— you will get your sexual harassment issue addressed within a short time.
  • Easy—there're no multiple forms to fill or numerous steps to follow.
  • Successful—getting back your tenancy is guaranteed.

What Else Can We Help You With?

DoNotPay can help you address various issues affecting your tenancy and not just fight against sexual harassment. For instance, DoNotPay can help you:

Stopping landlord sexual harassment is just one of many things DoNotPay can help you with. We can help you address diverse problems like:

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