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I live in a fairly upscale apartment community in a major city in Florida. I've been having major issues concerning building security and another matters that I tried to address with our property manager. Her response was dismissive, rude, argumentative and did not even address most of the issues that I brought up. I followed up with her again and her reply was even more dismissive and arrogant. Currently I'm trying to take my problems with our property manager with the management company ( You're very large and on apartment communities around the Southeast). In case this doesn't go anywhere, I would like to warn another people in a review about living here. I would like to post the emails in the review, redacted for privacy and removing any personal information to provide receipts and backup my claims. If I did so, would that be illegal in any way?

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would that be illegal in any way?

No, since you are taking the precaution of redacting for privacy and removing third-parties' personal/identifying information.

In fact, publishing records that support your assertions is likelier to discourage the landlord about filing a defamation lawsuit. That is because you are pre-emptively disclosing evidence that your assertions are truthful, and truth is an absolute defense in claims of defamation. An analogous rationale applies to other forms of retaliation that the landlord might be tempted to incur.

  • Agree on the conclusion, but unless there were something unusual about their contents, I don't think there would be anything illegal about publishing even if the e-mails were unredacted. – bdb484 Sep 15 at 19:21
  • @bdb484 Maybe, but in any case it is better to err on the safe side. For instance, if another tenant is a victim of stalking/harassment, that tenant will not appreciate the publishing [on the Internet] of information that can facilitate the harasser's purpose of figuring out the tenant's home address. – Iñaki Viggers Sep 15 at 19:33

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