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I just moved in to my double wide over a month ago and I let the landlord know there were some things that needed repair and there was a severe roach infestation. She said that she would pay for the exterminator which we paid for and the $ 300 worth in receipts of different bug remedies. This was a verbal agreement and I know now that it should have been written. Then we noticed that there were electrical problems also. Everytime we turned on our closet light the tv and computer would go off then come back on. The last time it happened my gfci power strip that I had my computer equipment plugged into went dead and I had to reset it. Good thing I had this or it would have most certainly been fried. Some of the outlets and light switches have no plates on them. My ceiling fan is hanging only by the wires. My ac is rigged also, you have to turn it on at the t box then go to the circuit box and turn on the breaker. Still havent got it fixed, then last week I turned it as usual and the breaker arced and threw the main power breaker off. I complained about and she sent out a friend of hers who was an electrician. The only reason she did this was I had someone give her a little push. He replaced the breaker and said he would have to tear down the wall to repair the short circuit but she said no it would cost to much money. Still did not get it done right. Still havent seen the ac man she said was coming out to fix it. I went to go pay my rent and she said she wasnt paying to do anything else. We told her quite simply that if something happened due to her neglect of responsibility then we would sue her. She got mad, said we threatened her and wanted us to get out by next week. My ex came out to look at the issues and he said it all was a fire hazard: we have a 100 amp box and we are pulling more than that, no smoke detectors, no filter in the ac return causing excessive buildup of dust around the wires, no plates on outlets, etc. Among other things are one of the windlows doesnt lock, kitchen faucet leaks, wood under kit sink is rotted, toilet chain is broken,deck is rotted, no stair rails or anything around deck (there are four stairs), back deck is unusable because stairs are collapsed and wood is rotted, theres rotten wood on the bottom of the front door (from inside the house you can see outside). We are going to move but she wants to keep our deposit, we have not broken any rules and have always paid our rent. She said are costing her too much money already and SHE wants us to move. How do I go about getting this place inspected, there are numerous violations. I went to the fire dept and building & zoning and they told me I had to hire a home inspector which I dont have the money for that. One of her other properties had caught fire and the fire inspector had come out and told her he was going to check all her other units for fires hazards and never did. I am more than ready to move but when I get my dispossesory warrant I will respond for a courtdate. I need someone to document these violations so I can show the judge in court we only wanted her to take care of these repairs not kick us out because we cost her money then keep our deposit. Got any advice, this woman cant possibly be allowed to get away with this. Other tenants have had problems and she said if you dont like it move. Of course no one ever fought her because there were damages caused by these tenants.
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1. This sounds like a troll. Nobody says they moved into their "double wide". So if you're a troll, screw you.
2. Every local has a building code governance body that is there exactly for the purpose of reporting such conditions. Find out who it is and report the landlord. This again is why I think you're a troll, they don't tell you to get an inspector - THEY do the inspection to make sure your place doesn't burn down with you in it.
3. The landlord cannot supply substandard and unsafe housing. This is illegal. So if you're not a troll and the code compliance people are retards, contact your local legal services organization. If you provide your zip code I'll look it up for you.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

No i am not a troll and yes those people are complete idiots. I was told that it was a civil matter between my landlord and I. I have never had something like this happen before with any other landlord. The reason why I referred to my home as doublewide is because everyone else I talked to about this problem asked me if I lived in a house or a mobile home, as if to insinuate mobile homes electrical problems were usually a issue. Trust me I know from past experience how fast a mobile home can burn down. I have four kids and ill be damned if I stay here and take that risk. My zipcode is 30014
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wrote:

Covington, GA.
There are laws there, but they won't come to you. Try the zoning and code compliance people again.
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HeatMan wrote:

I cannot believe the run Ive gotten today. I went to the board of commissioners they sent me to the courthouse. I went to the courthouse and got sent from one place to magistrate then they sent me to enviromental health. I did manage to get a number for the landlord tenant helpline but no one answers and their mailbox is full.
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Take a small tape recorder into each and every office, sit it firmly on the desk and ask your questions again.... make it known to them that you are taking reordered notes. I've seen a man stutter from this approach. Told his Secretary; to "never let them two with me in the same office at the same time.'"
I would recommend to you first that you read the links posted and what each official handles by department.
Contact a local shelter for women and protect the kids.
Vote.
Oren
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote in

Many of the things you mention were visable when you looked the place over right? Why did you take it?
If you are not a troll then:

Send her a certified letter with return receipt to document her notification in writing.
Take pics of the stuff you spoke of.
If you are going to move anyway, stay & no pay until you use up the deposit and any $ you put into it. She would have to formally evict you. She'll have to part with many nickels for that. And by the time it goes through you'll be gone anyway.
Keep roaches, make stew and give her a peace offering. If you have a cat, toss in some of doze lil kitty "sausages".
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Al Bundy wrote:

We took this one because we lived in one of her other units for a week and it was far worse. When we first came out to look into getting a place she said she had several units but that particular one was the best. The best? maybe to to a street bum. The other units would have taken a while to fix up. The park amnager was currently living in the unit so we didnt get to see the inside. BIG MISTAKE. We went ahead and paid the deposit so she would hold it. We didnt see everything that was wrong with it at first. we didnt know about the electrical problems until after we moved in. We didnt have much time to look due to certain circumstances and there were slim pickings in this county. Of course after we moved there were places for rent everywhere, go figure thats my luck right. everything that we did see was supposed to have been fixed weeks ago. The maintenence man did come in and fix a few minor things but when it came to electrical, he wasnt very knowledgable. The maintenence man is more than willing to do the job but the landlord has him fixing vacant properties so she can herd more people in. Never mind the fact weve been here for over a month shes not too worried about correcting these problems. She said she was not going to let him do the work yet because at that time we had agreed that we wouldnt pay rent for two weeks so what we spent for bug remedies would be reimbursed. I have already written a letter and have to send it and have already took pictures.
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Good enough for you to take...
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Dave Balderstone wrote:

True, but like the joke goes with the bird and the cat : A bird is freezing to death and gets shit on, the shit warms him up. A cat comes along and gets the bird out of the shit then eats it. The moral of the story is: If someone shits on you it doesnt mean they are not your friend and if someone gets you out of shit it doesnt mean they are your friend. I would rather get shit on than be eaten
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You're being eaten AND shit on. Pity you don't see it.
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Dave Balderstone wrote:

What I mean is I would rather be shit on and live to see the next day than to be eaten (you know get burned up in a fire) AND be dead
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Well, it's apparent you'd rather be shit on. Pity.
I lived in a shit hole once for a few months, when I was 18 and a starving student going to college. I swore I'd never do it again, and nearly 30 years later... I haven't.
You get to make your own choices...
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Dave Balderstone wrote:

I may be shit on but at least Im alive, trust me I dont like getting shit on but she will get hers. If I wanted to continue being shit on I would stay, but I choose to leave. See she thinks shes got the upperhand on me because she figures I wouldnt fight her in court due to a hole my son put in the wall that would have entitled her to the deposit. I had it repaired yesterday so she has nothing to withhold my deposit for.
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Al Bundy wrote:

We took this one because we lived in one of her other units for a week and it was far worse. When we first came out to look into getting a place she said she had several units but that particular one was the best. The best? maybe to to a street bum. The other units would have taken a while to fix up. The park amnager was currently living in the unit so we didnt get to see the inside. BIG MISTAKE. We went ahead and paid the deposit so she would hold it. We didnt see everything that was wrong with it at first. we didnt know about the electrical problems until after we moved in. We didnt have much time to look due to certain circumstances and there were slim pickings in this county. Of course after we moved there were places for rent everywhere, go figure thats my luck right. everything that we did see was supposed to have been fixed weeks ago. The maintenence man did come in and fix a few minor things but when it came to electrical, he wasnt very knowledgable. The maintenence man is more than willing to do the job but the landlord has him fixing vacant properties so she can herd more people in. Never mind the fact weve been here for over a month shes not too worried about correcting these problems. She said she was not going to let him do the work yet because at that time we had agreed that we wouldnt pay rent for two weeks so what we spent for bug remedies would be reimbursed. I have already written a letter and have to send it and have already took pictures.
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jen2006 wrote:

The only advice the fire dept gave me was to go to building & zoning, but then again I talked to one person and trusted his advice would get me somewhere. Building & zoning told me to hire a home inspector then told me her advice was to move, duh really? I want to report this woman for this negligence and show her that she ill not get the better of me. Either way Ill be better off moving out of here
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jen2006 wrote:

The only advice the fire dept gave me was to go to building & zoning, but then again I talked to one person and trusted his advice would get me somewhere. Building & zoning told me to hire a home inspector then told me her advice was to move, duh really? I want to report this woman for this negligence and show her that she ill not get the better of me. Either way Ill be better off moving out of here
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Did I read from you that you took your unit without actually seeing it? Would you call someone up after looking through the paper and buy a used car without seeing or driving it? No rational, intelligent person would do either of these things.
You may have money problems, lack of education problems, and perhaps other problems, but there is really no excuse for blatant stupidity.
Your description of your dwelling sounds like a "hell hole". If I were you, my number one concern would be getting my family into decent housing and screw the revenge on the landlord drama. It's sounds like you have more than enough grounds to break the lease.
Beachcomber
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Beachcomber wrote:

My number one priority is getting out this house. I dont look at it like getting revenge, I look at it like she needs to be cited so she will stop doing this to her tenants And if she doesnt she needs to be put out of business. Its not about revenge, its about doing whats right, so she dont do this to someone else.
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30014 = Covington GA ?
Not a lot on the website. COuple things to try -
1. Contact the fire marshall - this is:
David Carter Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal snipped-for-privacy@cityofcovington.org - his phone number is 770-385-2105
2. Contact your councilman - it's one of the ones listed here - I don't know which district you live in:
http://www.cityofcovington.org/coucilhome.htm
3. Contact your "public officer" - probably need to call city hall and chat them up about this and the process for filing a complaint. This is the lengthy section of your law that talks about unfit structures:
http://www.cityofcovington.org/Title_8/Chapter_8_24_UNFIT_BUILDINGS/8_24_040_Procedure_for_remedia.html
Another point in the same section of law says "The judge of the municipal court of the city " which is odd, but anyway, there is SOMEbody who is supposed to look out for these things.
4. The "Housing Authority" does not deal with your landlord/tenant problem (they do public housing) but they might be able to point you to whoever does deal with landlord issues - they are at 5160 Alcovy Rd. NE, 770-385-7739
For a city that acts as a Socialist Empire and owns and operates its own gas, electric, water, sewer, and cable (including data communications), I would have thought
a. their website wouldn't suck eggs
and
b. they'd have some easier way to call in problems about unfit buildings
Where I live you just call the mayor's call center and report it and *poof* it's taken care of.
Good luck !
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