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Couple sue landlord over haunted house

By T.K. Randall
April 14, 2012 · Comment icon 59 comments

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The pair claim they had to flee their newly rented home after only one week due to paranormal activity.
Now Josue Chinchilla and Michele Callan are suing the landlord and have demanded their $2,250 security deposit back based on the claim that in the space of only a few days they experienced everything from whispering voices to strange footsteps and a mysterious force pulling at their bedsheets at night. The reports of paranormal activity have been backed up by a local paranormal investigator and even a pastor who concluded that the place was possessed by a demon.

The owner of the house has filed a countersuit on the basis that the couple are using the story of a haunting as a cover for their own financial problems.
A New Jersey couple is suing the landlord of their three-bedroom ranch house in Toms River, claiming it's haunted, the Asbury Park Press reports. Josue Chinchilla, 37, and Michele Callan, 36, fled the house in March after staying only one week and want their $2,250 security deposit back.


Source: USA Today | Comments (59)




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Comment icon #50 Posted by slaughtr 12 years ago
In some states you have to disclose info like this to potential renters or buyers so say they will loose is not true.If I sold you a pair of nike's fresh out the box but it had dog pop inside the shoe you should get a refund right well in this case they should refunded their deposit especially if they have proof.Untill you experience the paranormal it will always be a joke to many.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Fletcher 12 years ago
I haven't looked into this state or which it's applicable, but some places it is required that the real estate agent (whether renting or selling) is required to disclose if the location is haunted if it is known. This may not apply to this situation since the original owner of the home states he is unaware of any haunting or paranormal activity in the home. I just thought I'd throw that piece in since you were making a statement about other situations where people just "had to deal with hauntings". I only mention this cause I'm studying for my realtors license. This of course is a grey issue a... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by JamieSymptom 12 years ago
Let's say in an alternative universe I'm a estate agent (I'm assuming this is what a "realtor" is). I don't believe in ghosts, so I'm not going to talk to a client that a house might have ghosts or demons of fairies or dragons or any weird crap like that. A few months after not paying rent they say they can't live there because it's haunted and I should have told them there's a ghost in it and they want their bond back. A judge would have to be on acid to side with the tenant in that court case. Or do judges believe in ghosts in America?
Comment icon #53 Posted by TheLastLazyGun 12 years ago
It doesn't surprise me that this couple are Americans. Americans sue over anything.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
It doesn't surprise me that this couple are Americans. Americans sue over anything. Scottish jail prisoners sued the government cos having to pee in a bucket at night violated their 'human rights'. They won, I believe.
Comment icon #55 Posted by coldethyl 12 years ago
It doesn't surprise me that this couple are Americans. Americans sue over anything. You'll be hearing from my lawyers over that statement.
Comment icon #56 Posted by pallidin 12 years ago
I highly doubt that a claim of "failure to disclose suggested prior paranormal activity" would even come close to being a viable claim in the courts. At least in the US. Does anyone know of a US court case that accepted such claims?
Comment icon #57 Posted by coldethyl 12 years ago
I highly doubt that a claim of "failure to disclose suggested prior paranormal activity" would even come close to being a viable claim in the courts. At least in the US. Does anyone know of a US court case that accepted such claims? Apparently, yes: http://news.yahoo.com/legal-precedents-couple-suing-landlord-over-haunted-house-211500488.html Stambovsky v. Ackley Reed v. King Church Street Station
Comment icon #58 Posted by Simbi Laveau 12 years ago
It doesn't surprise me that this couple are Americans. Americans sue over anything. Not all are Americans .They just live here .I cannot even tell you how many immigrant injury cases ive treated in my career . 1000s . I would say 10% are people born here ,90% are not .This is pain management for no fault and workers comp cases ..
Comment icon #59 Posted by Simbi Laveau 12 years ago
Apparently, yes: http://news.yahoo.com/legal-precedents-couple-suing-landlord-over-haunted-house-211500488.html Stambovsky v. Ackley Reed v. King Church Street Station What an idiot .Everyone knows how superstitious the Japanese are. They won't go near haunted property .


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