Roofers smushed my garden
Argh, I have to vent and more than that I hope someone here has experience in this type of issue.
I rent my home and recently the property owner had it re-roofed. The roofers slid huge loads of debris onto my garden bed and not only crushed several plants but during "cleanup" they actually raked away dozens more. It was unbelievable. I got pictures of the piles of debris, and the wasteland-like aftermath.
I added up the damages including the cost of skilled labor to replant the plants that needed replacing and wrote to the roofing company offering to settle for $700, somewhat less than the total sum. (This was worth it to me to avoid the hassle of going to small claims court).
This morning early, in my fenced backyard, without invitation, permission or even announcing himself, the owner of the roofing company was walking around taking photos!
He says there's no way I'm getting $700 out of him and essentially implied that I was lying, that there was no way there could have been anything worth $700 in the yard to be damaged. He also says if I take him to court over it he'll countersue for his lost wages, which he assured me would be substantial, and he obviously tried to imtimidate me by saying he was contacting my landlord and property owner (which of course I already did as soon as I discovered the damage).
I am furious beyond belief that he would walk in and try to manipulate me instead of doing what's right and replacing the damage his workers did by being unbelievably careless. I really want to go ahead now and sue his sleazy behind off, but I can't find a clear answer on whether he would succeed with a countersuit -- and there's no way I could come up with payment for a countersuit if he did succeed.
And I'm left trying to replace my flowerbed, having lost most of this year's enjoyment out of it.