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Ok what appears to have happened. Land owner buys a sim divides it up sells the parcels and askes for tier. Then after getting all the money he sells it to someone else or to one of his/her alts. the new owner boots everyone out and re rents /sells the land over and over again. How on earth can this be legal. 

Is there any recourse. Hell this could even be something for the police if one got angry enough.

 

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The charge of fraud is correct only in that the original landowner owes his renters refunds.  If he refuses or ignores calls, then you can file a TOS violation on him.

But the hard truth is you are going to have an expensive lesson in SL.  You aren't going to get money out of this guy and LL isn't going to get involved -- they've avoided involvement in matters graver than this.  So you are likely going to just have to chalk it up to experience and move on.

 

A suggestion is to rent with groups that have been inworld at least a few months.  You know that the land owner isn't going to just up and disappear most likely.  But there's nothing to protect the renters from being ripped off by a fly-by-night landowner.  Just remember that the new land owner didn't get any of the money, so it's not his fault.  The guy who took the money and ran, it's that guy's fault.  But you aren't likely to be able to get your L back from him.

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SID Riler wrote:

If the sim has tenants, why would the new owner kick everyone out, and take the inconvenience of finding new tenants, when he can keep getting rent from the tenants already there?

 

Hi SID -

That's a fair question and there are a few different answers.

If the Buyer intended to buy a sim with tenant and then kicked them out then you are right that is just dumb.  It it more likely that the Buyer intended to buy a vacant sim because they had plans for it.  In that scenario the tenants are just squatters.

Also, look at it from the stand point of the people who were living in the sim.  If you had just paid tier for a week, month, or longer, are you going to be happy about paying tier again to the new owner?  Of course not.

Best thing to do no matter what side of the equation you are on is only buy from someone established in SL who has a good reputation for taking care of their people.

Good luck everyone!

Lizard Howl

Segarra Estates Owner

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