A tenant who used Twitter to complain about her ‘mouldy’ flat is facing a $50,000 lawsuit.
Amanda Bonnen is accused of defaming her landlords after updating her online status to say ‘Who said sleeping in a mouldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay.’
The Chicago company says Bonnen’s flat was one of several affected by an overnight leak in March when a contractor was making roof repairs.
Jeff Michael, general counsel for Horizon, said Bonnen moved out on June 30 of her own accord.
The company claims her tweet was published ‘throughout the world’ and severely damaged its good name.
Mr Michael told the Sun-Times: ‘The statements are obviously false and it’s our intention to prove that.’
Bonnen was not contacted before the lawsuit was launched or asked to remove the message.
Mr Michael added: ‘We’re a sue first, ask questions later kind of organisation.’