Posted by ToolBar_SC on October 23, 2000 at 14:43:56:
Have you attempted to make contact with the renter? Sometimes talking to the renter can be more productive than you think. Find out what she needs and why she files these lawsuits. If its something as simple as keeping her apartment in good shape and keeping her rent down, then you should be able to work it out with her (think about using that $5-10K to offset this expense). If, on the other hand, it’s her way of getting attention or getting back at the world, then RUN don’t walk away from this deal.
In either case I don’t see how you are going to get her out, unless she is willing to leave. If she accepts the offer, I wouldn’t give it to her until I got a signed statement explaining everything and that she agrees not to sue you in the future for some contrived misrepresentation. I’d have my lawyer draw up the paperwork. Also she wouldn’t get the money until 30 days after she moved. Of course, I would be willing to pay her moving expenses prior to the 30 days and reduce the amount owed her by these expenses.
Best of luck and let us know what happens.