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Q&A: If a tenant left without paying all the rent, then later someone else asks you for a reference, is it blackmail to ask the former tenant for the money they owe before you give the reference?

May 1, 2020
I’d have trouble fitting that scenario into a violation of Kentucky’s extortion statute, KRS 514.080, online at https://casetext.com/statute/kentucky-revised-statutes/title-50-kentucky-penal-code/chapter-514-theft-and-related-offenses/section-514080-theft-by-extortion They owe you the money, and you don’t owe them a reference. I did once have former tenants call a year or...
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