Thanks for the info Roger, Im going to work on that tomorrow. Now my
power keeps going off and when it comes back on the lights go from dim
to bright several times.
Since the lease states that anything in disrepair should be written she
got us there with everything that was visible forget the verbal
agreement but i got her on the electrical problems being since we didnt
know about this problem until after and she is required to put smoke
detectors here. Still moving though found a place for 20 more that is
Moving is so right for you.
Reading about your predicament was so sad.
Not sad about what your situation with the landlord was, but sad
about how much the landlord seemed to affect your life. I could
just see you getting deeper and deeper into this problem until there
was a catastrophic result for you. I'm sure the stress affects your
immune system and you would have become sick with serious illnesses.
You don't need the stress in your life and moving is the right thing
I didn't read all this, but I gotta ask. Did you sign a rental
agreement? What does it say, exactly?
You are bound by the lease agreement.
There are a few exceptions, but the lease agreement could mean that
you never accomplish your goal of getting what you want. Read it
carefully and make sure you understand every single word in the lease.
Once you understand the lease, then learn about the few protections
you have that are not in the lease. Those are few and hard to enforce
so don't get your hopes up.
As others have pointed out, in every municipality that I am aware of,
they have officials on staff who's job it is to enforce the local
ordinances. If it's a health issue, like insects, vermin, leaking
sewage, call the health dept. If it's a fire hazhard, call the fire
safety official, or contact the local fire dept. If it's a building
code violation, like rotted unsafe deck, electrical, etc, there should
be a municipal code enforcement dept. If not, talk to the building
In addition, I would inquire with the municipality as to what is
required before a tenant moves into rental housing. Here in NJ, most
places the landlord needs to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, just as
they would for a sale. This entails the code folks coming out and
doing a walk-through inspection to make sure the place is up to code
Having said that, I also agree with the advice to just move, possibly
using up your security deposit by not paying rent till you leave. She
can't get you evicted that fast. If you decide you need to move with
her still holding your money, then document everything. Take lots of
pics. A video is even better. Make sure a friend or two that can be
witnesses see everything. Try to get something from her in writing
that says she told you to move. If that can't be done, send her a
letter 2 ways, regular mail and certified so she has to sign for it.
In the letter just summarize that you understand you must leave because
she told you that you had to, when you will be out, that you expect you
full security deposit returned because she told you that you have to
Then after you leave, sue her in small claims court for any money she
for OP: document and photograph everything.Get everyone involved full
name.Most especially document and photo any hazards, such as electrical.Then
move...get your family somewhere safe.
Document and photo any damage you did and how you repaired it.
After you have a new place,you have the option of an attorney..or small
For everyone else:
Sometimes your only 2 options are temporary shelter in a bad place..or
living on the street.
If you have never been forced into that choice,you are truly blessed and
need to say a prayer of thanks...right now.
Most people like to think they are "set up"...but are not as far from the
street as they believe.
An illness or some other unforeseen occurrence can leave most of us
destitute and homeless( or living with relatives) in 6 months or less.
Count your blessings.
Smell that smoke? Sure you do, try a little harder. Must be arcing in
the electrical wiring. Call the fire department. They will pull the
meter and the utility won't reconnect you until a licensed electrician
has checked it out as being safe.
You might want to have a place to move to.
--Andy Asberry recommends NewsGuy--
Wow, what a piece of work she is. So she just wants you to live in that
bug infested, broken down place and pay your rent every month like a good
little renter?!?! Yeah, it's best to have promises in writing. Because if
it goes to court, she won't fess up or "remember" what she promised you.
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