Originally posted: American Apartment Owners Association
A New Jersey woman made news earlier this year when she sued her landlord for the return of the rent and security deposit after alleging the property was haunted.
The tenant literally “made news” in the sense that she told the story to reporters. In response to the national media attention, the landlord spoke out about his fear he might not be able to find a new tenant for the property.
Despite the bazaar allegations, including a claim that the ghosts spoke via Skype, the tenant got her day in court — on the popular TV show The People’s Court. The landlord counterclaimed that the tenant’s allegations damaged the value of his property.
A recent survey by Realtor.com revealed that while many buyers aren’t particularly bothered by allegations a property is haunted, they overwhelmingly expect a price discount for stigmatized properties.