NJ Tenants Sued Over Haunted House Claim

Landlord Richard Lopez is seeking damages in state court from Michelle Callan and her fiancé. He says their claim will scare away potential new tenants or buyers of the house in Toms River.

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 5:37 PM EDT
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Neighbors are wondering if a house in Tom's River is haunted by a poltergeist after a series of strange events. But the owner's lawyer says those renters are just looking for a way to get out of their contract. News 4's Brian Thompson reports.

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Neighbors are wondering if a house in Tom's River is haunted by a poltergeist after a series of strange events. But the owner's lawyer says those renters are just looking for a way to get out of their contract. News 4's Brian Thompson reports.

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A New Jersey landlord has filed a new lawsuit against a couple who claim their rented house was haunted.

Landlord Richard Lopez is seeking damages in state court from Michelle Callan and her fiancé. He says their claim will scare away potential new tenants or buyers of the house in Toms River.

The couple fled the house in March. They say they found clothes mysteriously ejected from closets and heard all kinds of strange noises — including the sound of something being dragged through the basement.

The couple and the landlord are also in litigation over the security deposit.

Lopez has said the couple bolted because they apparently couldn't afford the rent. The couple denies that.

Callan tells The Asbury Park Press the TV program "The People's Court" is offering to air their dispute and settle the matter.

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