The Haunting: Why not just tear the house down?

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The Haunting: Why not just tear the house down?

Post by Canageek » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:47 pm

So, I'm going to be running the classic adventure The Haunting soon. However, this is one bit, right at the start, that I've never been able to come up with a satisfactory response to why the landlord doesn't sell the building.

Spoiler light recap or description for those that do not remember. Landlord has a building that there are rumours might be haunted. This is making it hard to find renters. It is the last old house in a neighbourhood undergoing a usage shift, with the rest of the buildings having been turned into 2-3 story offices full of accountants, doctors, lawyers, etc.

Why doesn't he just tear the house down and turn it into a commercial building? The neighbourhood is moving in that direction. Almost none of the people in that area are still there, and both buildings on either side are now offices. That would remove the worry about renting it to people moving in, and even if he is overstretched right now, he could sell it to a developer and that would help with that issue.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: The Haunting: Why not just tear the house down?

Post by Whitechapel Jack » Tue May 14, 2019 3:00 am

I never figured that out either..... Zoneing is a good standby, even though the area has gone commercial the house is on a small side street and that street is still in the residential only zone and he is fighting the city to get it changed or sell it and wants to keep it rented for the income until then......
Or change the intro to a favored aunt has bought it but has been ran out by ghosts and wants the investigators to go investigate, prove she is just being silly or what....
Even if one of them is a big occult enthusiast they already have the basic info from the landlord and are just so damned curious they want to do a parapsychological investigation....

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