There are an increasing number of movies centered around paranormal activity and ghosts these days but are these things real ? A couple in New Jersey is suing their landlord for their deposit back because they claim the house they are renting is haunted. The couple said many weird things started happening to them after moving into their new home. Tenant Josue Chinchilla claims that after he heard three taps on the TV in his bedroom he felt something tap on his shoulder. Michele Callan, Chinchilla's fiance, also claimed that she witnessed spooky things such as doors opening and closing happen. The couple heard footsteps through the house.They also felt tugging at their sheets. The couple even recorded a voice thats sounds like it is saying "let it burn". They decided to move out after lights were flickering and cloths were flying out of closets, and took up residence in a hotel. If these things were happening to me there is no chance that I would have stayed in the house. The couple even went as far as hiring a paranormal research society to confirm the paranormal activity, which they did. They also went to a priest who blessed the home and identified that a the house has a "demonic possession".
The couple is suing their landlord, Richard Lopez, for their security deposit of 2,250 dollars back. Lopez is filing a counter suit claiming that the couple wants to break the lease and is using paranormal activity as an excuse. He thinks that the couple got in over their heads and realized that they would be unable to pay the rent. He also states that no other tenants reported paranormal activity in the past. Josue and Michele deny the allegation and state that they would have never packed up and spent all that time on a move just to leave seven days later. They claim that they don't feel safe in the house and would never be able to move back in. Chinchilla noted that he had to be hospitalized due to panic attacks suffered due to his experience with paranormal activity in the house.
People sue their landlords all the time for security deposits and rent reimbursement. They sue for things that break the lease such as the upkeep of the home or other terms of the agreement. I don't believe there are any cases similar to this one in which people sue for security deposits because of paranormal activity. This is an interesting case because many people don't believe that paranormal activity is real. It is possible that the family may also sue for the medical bills from Chinchilla's hospitalization.
This would be an extremely interesting case to follow in court. There are going to be arguments for both sides as to the reasons for the breaking of the lease and whether or not the family is due their security deposit. Many criminal justice majors are interested in going to law school and this case would be an interesting case to work on. Would the judge allow a paranormal presence as grounds for breaking a lease ? Would the judge even allow the paranormal research society members as expert witnesses ? What do you think the final outcome of this case would be ?