Top 5 Universal Tenant Rights

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Whether you’re new to the tenant scene or you’ve been renting for the last 20 years, every tenant has rights. Here are the top 5 universal tenant rights throughout the US.

1. Right to a safe living space

You are legally entitled to live in a space that supports your ability to thrive healthfully and safely. If any utility or basic function of your apartment is not functioning properly—the heat doesn’t work; the toilet overflows constantly—your landlord needs to take action to correct it. While your landlord is not necessarily obligated to provide a high-tech security system, locks, deadbolts, and some sort of locking system for windows should be provided for all residences. Gates and keyed access for residents are other ways to protect your security. Your lease agreement will outline the details of security features your landlord is prepared to provide. If you have concerns, document them and get the police involved—you should not be required to stay in or pay rent on an apartment that is not safe.

2. Right to privacy

You have the right to enjoy privacy in your rented living space. Though your home is owned by your landlord, the rent you pay entitles you to a certain degree of privacy. You should receive prior notice when maintenance is going to enter your apartment; if this is not possible, at the very least a note should be left indicating that your apartment has been entered. If maintenance does need to enter your home, it should be locked when they leave to protect your belongings. Should you have a complaint about apartment employees or other tenants violating your right to privacy, bring it up with the landlord.

3. Right to reasonable comfort and quiet

Although your neighbors have the right to enjoy their space, they need to be respectful of you and other tenants as well. If you have noise issues with the apartment above you or can’t bear your neighbor’s habit of piling up trash bags outside his door, you have the right to complain about the behavior and expect that it be addressed. Likewise, other tenants have the right to complain about your habits, so be respectful if you want to be respected.

4. Right to repairs

Unless it can be proven that you created the damage, your landlord is responsible for conducting plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, and other repairs necessary to make your apartment livable. However, landlords aren’t clairvoyant, so it’s your responsibility to report the need for repairs and allow them to be made. Should you not receive a response from your landlord within a reasonable amount of time following a repair request or two, make sure you can document your requests in case you should want to take legal action or move out because the lack of repairs made your apartment unlivable.

5. Right to review a lease agreement

Never, never, ever sign something you haven’t read or don’t understand. It may be tempting to assume that a lease agreement is a “standard” lease agreement that will resemble previous contracts you’ve signed. Each lease is a new agreement between you and your landlord. Read it thoroughly, take it seriously, and ask questions or get legal assistance if you don’t understand what part of the contract means. Even if you later claim that you didn’t realize what you were agreeing to, your claim won’t hold up in court.

Along with rights come responsibilities, of course, and you need to be aware of those as well. Your rights are predicated upon fulfillment of your renters’ responsibilities—most notably paying rent on time and refraining from damaging your apartment—so make sure to hold up your end of the bargain if you want to reap the benefits of renting.

210 Responses to “Top 5 Universal Tenant Rights”

  1. July 14, 2006 at 2:05 pm, Guest said:

    i hope i get my quiet time. the 3rd right metioned in this part: 3. Right to reasonable comfort and quiet … i sure hope i have my own peace and quiet…..if ever someone is violating that right how can i handle it . my neighbor upstairs bangs on his floor all the time and then come knocking at my door in a rude manner telling me to stop banging. how can i handle it. what leghal measures can i take.

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  2. July 27, 2006 at 5:10 pm, Guest said:

    We are forced to move due to our inability to make enough money to afford our current rental unit in Key West FL. We are 7 months into a l year lease. Is there any legal means to break the lease? The landlord collects the rent and could care less about being decent.

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  3. July 31, 2006 at 10:55 am, Guest said:

    Probably not, but the landlord is obligated to re-rent the unit as quickly as possible (this is a little subjective.) You will still be held liable for whatever he cannot recover. Good luck.

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  4. August 02, 2006 at 6:08 pm, Guest said:

    The people above our apartment are clearly violating #3. They do exercises…exercises are fine..but having 1 person 260+ and his wife 200+ doing jumping jacks above our living room is just insane. We have complained to the manager and they said we need to find a “happy medium”. It is causing our ceiling to flex and crack. I have tried to nicely talk to our upstairs neighbors and the manager but, unforunately I am stuck now to looking up my renting rights. If any of you have any suggestions plz reply. Thanks!

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  5. August 03, 2006 at 2:01 pm, Guest said:

    I’m living in an apartment complex with a horrible staff. It takes forever to get anything done and everyone who works there looks like they’ve been forced to be there rather than want to be there. I can’t stand it any longer and I just want out, but I don’t want to pay 4 months rent in order to break the lease! What can I do legally?

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  6. August 07, 2006 at 12:23 pm, Guest said:

    I am renting a room from an older lady in Los Angeles. Ive lived here for 3 months now and unfortunatly signed a 1 year lease. She enters my room while I am away even if I close my door before I leave. We live in an older building and I am lucky to get 2 warm showers a week, which are usually on a weekend. Before I moved in the pipes in the celing leaked and we now have water stains in our entry way and bathroom that have still not been fixed. When I was shown the room my roomate had her own bedroom and her daughter which moved to New York had left her bed and some of her belongings in the room I now rent. Upon moving in, my roomate moved her daughters bed out of my room and into the living room and now resides in there which limits my access to the living room since I do not want her entering my room I will not enter hers. Her daughters belongings are still spread througout the house in a very cluttered manner. THe other bedroom is filled with her things as well as the entry way and living room. Is this a reasonable cause to termitate my lease legally?

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  7. August 07, 2006 at 2:47 pm, Guest said:

    I have been leasing for 1 yr and it has been month to month since January. Last month I received a notice stating that he was raising the rent from 790 to 890. I signed a form and sent it in. Today, I received a package with a new lease agreement. It had been verbalized that the rent was going to be month to month after a year, and now he wants me to sign this. I had to give the landlord 1335 (1 and a half months rent) as a security deposit. In the new lease, it stated 445 is a cleaning fee. The apartment wasn’t cleaned when we moved in! What should I do?

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  8. August 11, 2006 at 4:36 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an apartment community that is experiencing some management problems. I know they are doing their best to bring this complex up to the great place it use to be. It seems as though there are some tenants that want to air their grievences by placing negative ratings in this forum. I don’t see how this helps anyone who might be considering renting. It is clouding the rating. Some people are writing mindless jibberish that is totally outrageous about how good this place is. And that’s not being honest. And others are smearing it and thats not honest either.

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  9. August 29, 2006 at 11:01 pm, Guest said:

    Hi there,
    My name is Jorge Armando Lopez, I presently live in a unit in West Hollywood which has a rodent infestation problem, I reported it 3 weeks ago and all they did was to set up a few traps (which I had already done) and nothing happened. I ended up killing one rat my self… and there might still be rats here so I actually put my 30 days notice 2 weeks ago (agust the 16th) and they wanted me to pay the entire month of september saying I would get half a month back with my deposit but I don’t have the money to pay the entire month and pay rent somewhere else but that’s not the main issue. I tried to leave by sept the 1st and to not get charged for sept at all (before the end of the 30 days) due to the infestation, the manager denied my request saying I had to pay anyway (even though I can’t even stay here) and said that I could leave early if I wanted but I had to pay for it anyway and that if they rented the aparment before the end of the month they would give me some money back. I then spoke to the owner and he actually agreed and said I could leave, tht there was no problem and that he would take care of it, then a couple of days ago I went back to the owner to confirm and he took it back saying he couldn’t do anything (the manager told him it wasn’t good for him to get involved) and now I am stuck with another place I had already agreed to move to because the owner had told me it would be ok. The manager wants to come check the place, he’s been saying that there are no rats that they are mice (even though I killed a very big rat) and that the place was not that bad and that I had to give him the keys by Sept the 1st, I asked him if he was going to try to charge me for the rest of the month and he said that he wouldn’t tell me right now, he also asked a couple of things to see if I had any pictures of anything and he is testing me to see what I got and he will try to get as much as he can from me and hurt me financially. PLEASE please tell me what to do my deposit is $1000.00 and I fear he will try to keep that on top of everything, what can I do??? what do you reccomend???? He is really trying to take advantage, help please.. thanks

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  10. August 31, 2006 at 2:18 pm, Guest said:

    Keep killing those rats. Save your money. Have a Good Day.

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  11. September 20, 2006 at 10:22 am, Guest said:

    i live in an apartment infested with roaches. i had five in my apartment last night. they are the size of canada. i think they’re coming in through the door and they are apparrently living in the siding of my building. i complained two months ago and was told that an exterminator was called but no one ever showed up. i am planning to tell my landlord that if the problem isn’t taken care of by the end of the month i will be giving my notice to vacate as well as requesting my security deposit be refunded. I also plan on reporting them to the housing authority. Is it possible to get my deposit back? also can i refuse to pay rent until the problem is fixed?

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  12. September 20, 2006 at 2:00 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a 2/br 2/b apt. The shower in the master bath does not put out hot water. If I want a hot shower, I have to bathe in the children’s bath. I have a very nice garden tub that does me very little good in a room temp bath! Maintenance has come out to fix the problem, but discovered that it was due to a mistake in the installation of the master bathroom plumbing, and that it’s “too expensive to fix.” Since then (about 3 months ago), I’ve been showering in the kid’s shower or toughing it out mine. Is this enough break my lease? I rented a 2/2 because it’s a necessity in my family! We need 2 showers. I’m really disapppointed with the quality of service.

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  13. September 21, 2006 at 11:56 am, Guest said:

    PLEEEEEEEEZE!!!! WHATEVER!!!!!!!

    I’ts not clouding the rating, it’s helping renters to know what they’re getting themselves into. And if they’re “smearing it”, it probably needs to be “smeared”. Why would people lie about their living conditions? You’re probably the only one in the whole complex that likes it there which could be one of two reasons…#1- You’re screwing management or maintenance….or #2- You are management or maintenance!!!

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  14. September 21, 2006 at 12:58 pm, Guest said:

    Our septic system got blocked up a few months back which caused it to overflow into our hallway a living room. I woke up one morning, stepped out of my bedroom into a lake of water, pee, and poop everywhere!!! It was totally gross!! So, I call maintenance and when they get here, they tell me it’s everyone’s pee and poop from my entire building. He said everytime that someone was flushing their toilets, it was running into my hallway. I would say that around 50 people live in my building. So, he cleaned what he could and cut out the soaked, disgusting carpet and said he was going to call Roto-Rooter, which didn’t get out here until the next day. So, for over 24 hours we had to live with the flooding + more flooding + more pee and poop every time someone flushed. He told me that new carpet would be put down in a day or two. Well, it ended up being 3 days and to my disbelief, they brought my old, urinated and dumped on carpet back to be laid. When I asked where my new carpet was he told me that they had cleaned and sanitized the old carpet out in the parking lot. And to top it off, it was totally soaked!! He told me to put a fan in my hallway and that would help it dry faster. I was floored!! Now, understand. The smell was still there, it was soaked, which could cause it to mold and mildew, it didn’t fit right anymore because he said that it had shrunk, and I have 3 small children all under 5. Now, if this isn’t a health hazard, I don’t know what is. It took 3-4 days until it was fully dry, and then still I didn’t want to step on it. Everyone that I told my story to said I should call the health dept. Well, we’re still living here and for this reason plus nothing ever gets fixed – (they say it’s not in their budget), we have very loud neighbors above us, and they raised our rent $30…. well, needless to say, we want out of our lease. Is this grounds for breaking it? Someone help me. I can’t live like this for another 6 months.

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  15. September 21, 2006 at 1:05 pm, Guest said:

    Don’t kill the poor, little, cute, defenseless rats!!!! Kill management and the owners!!!!!!

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  16. September 23, 2006 at 4:53 pm, Guest said:

    I have rented an apartment and was due to move in yesterday. I have signed the lease and paid my deposit and first months rent. I owe them nothing. I have been unable to reach the management team for 2 days now to get my keys. The apartment is unlocked, what can I do leagally can I go ahead and enter the apartment and lock the door and take possession and get the key from them when they finally return my calls or show up to work and also they are on site managers as well and they will not answer their doors???

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  17. September 25, 2006 at 6:32 pm, Guest said:

    i am living in an apt. building that has 5 apt. in it. i live in a basment apt. with no windows and mold is a constant problem.in my utility room sewage waterseeps through the wall. i have told the landloard about the problem and he told me it was my washing machine leaking. i removed my washer and checked it from top to bottom.it is covered in dust around all the places that it could be leaking. i have spent my own money to buy block sealer and seal the walls but in 3 weeks the water is comming through the wall again. this is nothing but sewer water. i crawled under the building to look for myself and found about 3 ft. of wast water standing around the outside of the block wall. the problem is comming from one of the apt.when the apt. is empty there is no water problem but when someone moves into it the water starts comming in again.i dont know what to do to get my landloard to fix the problem. can i hold the rent untill the sewage problem is fixed? Please give me some advice.

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  18. September 26, 2006 at 6:35 pm, Guest said:

    For three years I have been living in the same apartment. It used to be very quiet, and enjoying. Now as of lately after we signed our third lease about 2 months ago, we have been getting a storm of people that love to party every night, my car was broken into twice in a two month period. My roomate’s car got broken into last night, people are throwing their trash everywhere besides the dumpster, people decide to consume all of the parking stalls that either stay at someone’s apartment for long periods of time or they park their cars there for months at a time. My walls and windows seem to not filter out the noise that come from within the building or outside anymore. There was also a murder that took place in neighborhood, include a few violent shootings. I can’t sleep without worrying that something else is going to happen to our cars, my pets, even the possessions I hold inside of my apartment. I have seen a major trasition that took place, and its not a good one. I want to leave the property, but I am not really clear of how I can terminate my lease early without being subject to paying up to the property management company. I have tried several times to get our manager to get some sort of security on the premises but it doesn’t seem like she’s doing anything to help all of us tenants out. There have been about 30 cars broken into so far this year and the feeling of safety has turned into a swarm of feeling violated. I am pissed! Should I talk to the property management company and a lawyer to see if I can get out of the lease without paying fines for having my feeling of safety violated?

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  19. October 06, 2006 at 7:12 pm, Guest said:

    You are legally bound to the rental lease unless the landlord offers you a buy out….he/she does not have to let you out just because you now find out that you cant afford the unit, he can take legal action against you including wage garnishment if a civil suit is filed.

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  20. October 08, 2006 at 4:42 am, Guest said:

    i too live in west hollywood and though my apartment is relatively nice, my landlord has gone out of his way to not go out of his way; this must be par for the course; i’ve lived in nyc, though, and even there the ridiculously rich brokerage firm i rented from had the apt. cleaned before i moved in. i realize in the future i want EVERYTHING in writing, down to the most seemingly obvious detail. because renters are the prey in a market where people are desperate to find a place and apts go like hotcakes, landlords have an edge and i’ve discovered that money rules most in the end.

    it’s pretty sad. those people who made a joke about the rats may come face to face with one next to their bed one night, upon which they will discover how unfunny the joke is. i feel for you and hope it worked out.

    i have immediate family working in the center of california politics, and an ‘ivy league education,’ and i still feel pretty helpless regarding the problems which have come up in my first few months of a year lease; there are spiders creeping out of cracks often enough to cause suspicion and discomfort : one imagines how many more are close by and just where (all over?) they are coming from. my place wasn’t cleaned at all before i moved in; there is still a shelf of grime caked onto the inside of my fridge that is absolutely repulsive. i’m single and young and a woman and man, this landlord is milking me for every dime he can get or avoid spending. i pay 1550 a month!!! and he didn’t even bother to have the place cleaned. under the kitchen sink is a ripping eroded moldy looking blob of rotting wood two inches from the drainpipe. there is mold in the shower tile grout. these things are subtle and hidden and EASY (easier than one may think) to overlook when you are in a rush to find a place to live. my apt is very very nice, but only because of the 1930’s architecture and craftsmanship; the added amenities which have aged over time expose a much lower standard of construction and expertise, and make living comfortably in a fancy place very difficult. i’m ready to own. or have a lawyer present whenever i sign leases in the future. i won’t compromise on taking my sweet time and going over every detail of the apartment before i sign. flushing toilets running faucets opening and locking windows checking window coverings, door handles, _flooring_ and tilework in kitchen and bathroom (a disgusting linoleum so dirty it can’t be cleaned and must be removed was revealed though it was completely hidden in the walk-through)….

    i’m angry. but grateful i have a place to live. i come from a privileged background but have a mom who grew up dirt poor in queens nyc and each day i see the effects of dollars and cents, money money money money money. a man pushing a shopping cart down fairfax heading north just 200 feet from the 10 west onramp. girls always open strip club accross from uber-healthy organic hot spot restaurant and extravagant furnishings/accoutrements stores for those with nothing to do but money to burn. the word ‘ironic’ seems ironically insufficient to sum up this day and age of slave to wage.

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  21. October 11, 2006 at 4:33 pm, Guest said:

    What about rental incentives? Are they always a scam? Read what happened to renters in San Franciso…

    http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/tenants-sue-over-rental-coupon-scheme.html

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  22. October 19, 2006 at 7:46 pm, Guest said:

    My landlord likes to act like my father. I live in a house that has two other tenants. One has been here for two years, myself two and a half months the other for a month. When I was signing my lease my landlord said his expectations were a clean quiet environment and that things be left the way you found them. Also, he assured me that the boxes littering the common spaces with his overflowing junk would be removed and any time he needed to access the appartment it would be announced and for the collecting of his mail and the exterminator. Since living in the appartment I have found that he never announces himself, although he has all of our cell phone numbers, he inspects the house two or three times a week and then leaves notes if we leave even one dish in the sink. Also I have been told that I am not allowed to have overnight guests because then he would be paying more in utilities. I really need to know what is up with all of this. He never listens when any of us talk to him, and I am finding that I am being blamed for alot of what the longest term tenant does, i.e. the dishes left for extended periods of time, having multiple guests over for extended periods…

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  23. October 30, 2006 at 12:15 pm, Guest said:

    I need to break my lease in OR. My landlord is the devil. If I find someone to rent the place before I move out can I avoid paying the $1400 lease breaking fee? Is this a law or something that the landlord is in control of?

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  24. November 05, 2006 at 5:23 pm, Guest said:

    Same boat. When I took the unit I’m in, my landlord played Mr. Nice Guy and said if I came upon financial hard times, as long as I gave sufficient notice, I wouldn’t be held to the lease. Well, guess what? I approached him last week and he said if I left, he’d sue. I have 4 months left. In the future, try to get an apartment with no lease or a tenant-at-will (there are tons out there). I took my unit because I was racing against the clock. I’ll know better next time.

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  25. November 09, 2006 at 4:33 pm, Guest said:

    Your post is sending up all kinds of red flags!! Are you and the other tenants all women, by any chance? Or what’s the gender situation? Because I almost got myself into a similar situation when I was looking for a room several years ago, except then the landlord also lived in the house. It seems that your landlord might as well be. It makes sense for a landlord to request that someone doesn’t move in with you for long periods of time, but forbidding overnight guests altogether is a violation of your privacy- assuming that it doesn’t say that in an agreement that you signed. As for the dishes, etc., those are the responsibility of the tenants who are sharing the common spaces. He (and his crap in the living room) is really stepping over the line. If I were you, I’d be documenting every incursion of his, and see if you can organize a house meeting with him to talk about these issues. If that doesn’t work, or you can’t see that working at all, talk to a lawyer friend (or a free lawyer- you can find them at all kinds of community organizations), write a letter…. and if all else fails, get the hell out of there. This guy has major control issues, and no sense of appropriate landlord-tenant boundaries. Besides… CREEPY???!!!

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  26. November 15, 2006 at 4:00 pm, Guest said:

    I was due to move out of my apartment on a Friday, but when I came home on the previous Wednesday morning (since I work at night), the apartment manager had changed the locks to my apartment, refusing to allow me to get my belongings. After several attempts to get my things, I spoke with my lawyer, who attempted to retrieve my belongings through their lawyer, but was unsuccessful, until approximately 35 days later, then we were informed that the apartment manager had disposed of my things. When I took them to small claims court for the value of my belongings, the judge informed me that they were a part of a corporation and that is who I would have to sue, but I have been unsuccessful in finding out what corporation they are a part of, and they refuse to tell me. How do I go about finding this information out?

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  27. November 20, 2006 at 1:46 pm, Guest said:

    you must be a property manager. Scumbag!

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  28. November 27, 2006 at 4:16 pm, Guest said:

    The community has an operating license and tax records. You can secure the information and name of the owning legal entity from your local town or county’s records department.

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  29. November 30, 2006 at 7:28 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, i have been lived in this aparment since a year, i have allegies and my son have astma, the problem is i bought a mold test kit and the results come positive, i do not what to do? help me i really deseperate y concern about my son. he is just 4…..

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  30. December 04, 2006 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    your local court house will have all the info usually its the office of county assment or your local fire ,police station should also have records of owners

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  31. December 08, 2006 at 10:47 pm, Guest said:

    my landlord is holding some of my property hostage in liew of a gas bill. What do i do?

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  32. December 09, 2006 at 11:56 am, Guest said:

    What is the name of the appartment complex and what state is it in? there is a way to find the corp’s name on the net,with the info.You might even try to go to their www. and see if they name their corp. or
    try googling it.I dont know what else you can do.

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  33. December 15, 2006 at 3:48 am, Guest said:

    Help Me!

    My neighbor’s washer is broken and keeps flooding from her garage into mine. I’ve politely asked twice not to use the washer due to flooding into my garage and damaged of my belongings. I also have a 3 yr old and am afraid of one of us sliiping while going to our car. A week later she leaves a note on my garage saying that when I leave my house at night opening my garage wakes her and that us leaving our house at night disturbs her. Now again she is flooding my garage with her washer. I’m so frustrated and feel like she’s trying to say if I complain she will. What should I do?

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  34. December 15, 2006 at 9:27 am, Guest said:

    Hello,

    I am new to this. I’m 19 and this is my first apartment. I have been in my apartment for less than a month and my vehicle has already been broken into. The cop that arrived when this incident occured was very nice and gave me what seems to be Helpful advice. He told me that I should get out of these apartments as soon as I can. He told me he has been patrolling the area for 15 years, so I mean that has to give him some credability. I singed a lease that goes until may. I feel that there are some serious racial conflicts between me and my neighbors. The living environment after being here for about a month, is in my opninion, is unsafe for me and my roommate to live in and endangers our well being. What can I do to break my lease and get out of here!?! Please Help! Thank you!

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  35. December 28, 2006 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    We have had a problem with our property manager. She doesn’t respond to our complaints.

    About 6 months ago, our neighbors flooded their apartment, don’t know what happened, but it leaked into ours. We reported our damage and asked that our plumbing be checked when they did next door and to check for mildew and mold.

    Then 2 months later, it happened again. This time a plumber came but said he would come back and never did. Now, our kitchen sink does not drain, when the neighbors take a shower our sink in our bathroom overflows. We have visited our manager, phoned, emailed and nothing. What can we do?

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  36. January 01, 2007 at 12:28 pm, Guest said:

    my apartment is infested with some sort of creature and the landlord told me that as long as they weren’t in the unit there was nothing that he can do.. i don’t believe that because it makes for a bigger problem when they are in the unit and not just in the walls i have two other neighbors in the building that want to take some action we are just not sure what action will make the most difference Please if you have any idea…….

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  37. January 07, 2007 at 11:18 pm, Guest said:

    Big trouble.

    I live in an apartment and have for ten years, the city building and safety officer came buy for a check of the building and has said my unit isn’t legal and I am going to be eveicted. I need advice as to if I can postpone the eveiction as I am unemployed and have no car in Los Angeles. This could literally put me on the streets.

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  38. January 10, 2007 at 6:45 pm, Guest said:

    Hi,
    I just moved into my apartment and am feeling like I have been raked across the lawn with fees. I have gone to renters rights pages to see what I can do about my problem but none of them address my specific situation. Maybe someone could help me….
    My roommates and applied for an apartment in mid-late December. We stayed in contact with the apartment complex all through the process but getting them to call us back was a big hassle (clue number one) we kept asking them how much our prorate for December was going to be and they said they wouldn’t know until we were approved for the apartment. So we waited. A couple of weeks later they called and said they needed a deposit from us but told us we still weren’t approved. So we took them the depopsit (non refundable). Then a week later they told one of my roommates she had been accepted to rent and that they were going to call me and tell me the same. We were told our applications were accepted on the 27th of December. The part I need help with is they charged us a pro-rate from the time we submitted our applications all through the end of December instead of from when our applications were accepted and we picked up the keys. Is there anyway that we can get that money back?

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  39. January 12, 2007 at 9:06 am, Guest said:

    you might find that info from the county tax apprasel office,in my county that is public onfo

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  40. January 12, 2007 at 2:54 pm, Guest said:

    I am in a rental unit and the landlord (who lives above) is doing renovation/construction and plumbing in his apartment. Dirt, dust and debris is pouring into my apartment and while he is paying for a cleaning lady he also said this might continue for weeks until it’s finished. I agreed to 5 days of construction and so far my printer has been ruined, my fiance has had to go to the hospital to have plaster removed from his eye and we are living with plastic taped up all around us. Is there anything we can do like a reduced rent? This seems especially invavsive.

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  41. January 15, 2007 at 5:54 pm, Guest said:

    The front lock on my apartment door busted and I could not open the front door. The lock was frozen and I could not open it from the inside or outside with a key. I informed the manager via a phone message. When she did not return our call we removed the door knob and had to take the door off its hinges to remove the busted lock in order to have access via the front door. The manager returned my call today and said it would take a couple of days to get someone out to fix it and I would have to pay for it since we took the lock out. What are my rights on this? Am I legally required to be trapped in my apartment until someone comes and fixes the door? We do have a back door but it sticks in cold weather. The access to the street from there is a ways away. What are my rights in this situtation?

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  42. January 17, 2007 at 6:36 pm, Guest said:

    I live in an 8 unit apt building and own a car and a minivan.
    I got home from work today to find that my landlord had my car towed away.
    It is registered, legal and it runs… I just don’t drive it much in the winter.
    Is there any sane law out there that would allow a landlord to simply have someones car towed because they don’t like it being there?

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  43. January 17, 2007 at 7:12 pm, Guest said:

    help..i recently moved and my landlord did a walkthru. she found a stain under the bed. I asked her to let me know if i could come by and rectify the problem she never called. i emailed her again b4 my deposit was due, no answer. she ended up emailing me for damages done to the carpet. as the tenant don’t i have a legal right to be informed of what is happening to my deposit, and a chance to rectify the problem????I’ve actually just tried to settlew with her b/c I’m tired of this negativity, still no response. She hasn’t even shown me the DWP bill..etc. What to do?

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  44. January 19, 2007 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    I was evicted by the Sheriff on Ooctober 31, 2006 and all of my possessions are still in the apartment.
    I had until December 1, 2006 to remove my things. I made several attempts to move my things but the days I had avialable, the managers were out of town and I could only move my things during their business hours. I was sick on the weekend of December 1, 2006 and was unable to move. I had made arrangements to get some personal things out the following weekend, December 10th with the managers. I went there on December 10th but they were not on the property so I went to my apartment and the door was unlocked. I went in to find that someone had broken in and stole some things, tossed every drawer, went through every little thing, wrote on the wall, and took apart my computer. I’m not sure when this break in occured. It could have been before the December 1st deadline. When I left the apartment, there were several police outside. I talked to one of them and told him what had happened and he took some notes then he called dispatch to have someone come out to take a police report. After awhile no one showed and he had to leave and so did I so he gave a number to call. I couldn’t call right away because I was going out of town the next day. When I came back I called the landlord to make arrangements again to get my stuff out. I didn’t tell them about the break in because I wasn’t sure what they would do, maybe try to cover it up someway so they would not be responsible for anything. I wanted to be there with them when they went in. I went to the apartment but they wouldn’t let me get anything out until some kind of payment was made so I told them about the break in and they said that when he got home (they live on the property) that he would call the police and make a police report, which he did. I need to know who is responsible for this mess and my stolen property. Can they use my deposit for any of this or can I sue them since they were supposed to have my stuff stored in a safe place?

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  45. January 21, 2007 at 7:50 pm, Anonymous said:

    I recently moved into a apartment where I was told the rent would be one amount. Upon review of my rental agreement I noticed that a serious error was made to the monthly rent ( making it half ) This agreement is for 6 months and is signed by me and the manager. Is it a binding contract even though I was aware of the true amount the rent should be?

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  46. January 24, 2007 at 9:28 am, Guest said:

    They were supposed to store your stuff until Dec 1. After that, they could have tossed it. You had plenty of time (even before your eviction was final!) to get your stuff.

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  47. January 24, 2007 at 9:32 am, Guest said:

    That’s ridiculous! They can only charge the prorate from when you agree to move in to the apartment after you have been approved. The lease start date should be the date you move in. (if you haven’t signed the lease yet, make sure this is accurate.) If you can’t move in on that date because of delays from the landlord, they have to change the prorate to the date you are actually allowed to move in. If you can’t move in due to your own delays (moving truck, etc…), then that’s another story….

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  48. January 24, 2007 at 9:34 am, Guest said:

    Um, pay the bill?

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  49. January 24, 2007 at 4:29 pm, Guest said:

    it is a legally binding contract. On the lease, if generic, is there a “see addendums” clause? look over EVERYTHING. not enough info here to advise you.

    re: paying half for 6 months to “take advantage of a mistake in document”. when a lease expires, the landlord in most cases can ask a tenant to leave with/without cause. the without cause is generally a 30 day notice.

    depending on how they feel about the half a month’s rent (albeit written and signed on the lease), you may be asked to move after paying half for 6 months.

    good luck. try to stay out of trouble.

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  50. January 28, 2007 at 12:39 pm, Guest said:

    My wife and I have lived in the same apt for 4 years now. We have two kids who are still young a 5 year old and 3 year old. My situation is that our walls need to be repainted and the carpet replaced. The kids have drawn on the walls and spilled stuff on the carpets. I rent a carpet cleaning machine about twice a year to help keep it looking ok. When we first moved in the walls had been painted but the carpet was not replaced from the tenant before us. if we ask for new paint and carpet can we be charged for the this or is it something that the manager should be willing to take care of?

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  51. January 29, 2007 at 11:09 am, Guest said:

    You should either paint it yourself (they can tell you what kind of paint to get, or they may be able to give you some) or ask them to and prepare to pay for it. Your kids did the damage! Of course you should be charged for it! As for the carpet, I (as a landlord) wouldn’t recarpet a unit until the tenants who damaged the carpet were vacated. If there was nothing wrong with the carpet (besides not being ‘brand new’) when you moved in, be prepared to pay for that, too.

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  52. January 30, 2007 at 10:28 am, Guest said:

    Preventing roaches?
    I am moving to a new apartment in an apt building. I have a friend who currently lives in that building who says there are roaches in her apartment (but not from hen she moved in). I want to prevent any roaches or critters or anything from the moment I move in. I’ve heard suggestions of gassing the place, plastering any holes from before we move anything in. Any other suggestions, ways to prevent a roach problem?

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  53. February 01, 2007 at 2:29 pm, Guest said:

    Are window coverings mandated by law or is it the renter’s responsibility to provide these?

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  54. February 01, 2007 at 3:23 pm, Guest said:

    Lease signed but cant move in
    i have signed the lease and apartment move-in date was supposed to be on FEB 10 2007. But today the management calls and tells me that the previous tenant refuses to move out so i wud have to move to another apt.
    What are my options in this case? the management refuses to give me any incentives.

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  55. February 05, 2007 at 2:23 pm, Guest said:

    I can’t imagine that any state would mandate that landlords require window coverings. Buy your own blinds!

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  56. February 06, 2007 at 9:26 am, Guest said:

    Find another apartment and tell your landlord you don’t want to rent from them. If the other person won’t move, there’s really not anything else they can do. Even if you signed a lease, though, it’s not valid because they didn’t produce the apartment it was for, so you’re not bound to them for anything.

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  57. February 11, 2007 at 4:39 am, Guest said:

    I had the same situation in a place I was happy in. I was told by the city officer that my landlord would be required to put me up in a hotel at his expense until I could find a place to move into. You should check with the city to find out if this applies in your area.

    Also, there are some agencys that will help with a one time rent assitance and some that will help for longer. The city officer can probably tell you more about this.

    Good luck, I know how stressful this can be.

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  58. February 16, 2007 at 4:31 am, Guest said:

    I had a repair done while I was at work. When I came home I noticed that not only was the repair not done properly, but several of my small personal items were missing from my apartment, including a camera and several video games. I reported both in writing and in person to the rental office. I also stated in writing that in the future all none emergeny repairs where to be made only with me present. Whe I came home from work the following day I discovered that someone had been in my apartment again that day – I was unaware that they would be coming. When I called to complain I was told that they were too busy to “make appointments” and that any repairs that I report, even with the mention that I must be there for them, gave them the right to enter my apartment without my prensence or knowledge of time of entry prior to repair. Is this right or do I have the right to demand my presence for non-emergency repairs? There is nothing in my lease that states anything about non-emergency repairs.

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  59. February 17, 2007 at 2:35 pm, Guest said:

    No way to prevent it if there are already roaches in the building. You are moving straight into HELL if you are like me and afraid of these disgusting creatures. You can do the absolute best you can do by living very cleanly such as no dirty dishes EVER in the sink or on countertops, garbage taken out daily and covered when still inside, toaster kept clean of crumbs, countertops clean of all foodstuff, NO HIDING DIRTY DISHES IN THE OVEN, etc. Keep your floors swept often and mopped. Keep your rugs vacuumed often, bathroom trash out, etc. Look up how you can use 20 mule team borax to your benefit in combination with roach baits, poisons,etc. But the main problem is this, if the apt building is already infested than you cant keep them out of one apartment. They’ll keep coming. the dirtier your neighbors are the more likely the infestation will get worse. the landlord needs to exterminate. good luck.

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  60. February 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm, Guest said:

    Can anyone help me out here??
    I was renting a room from a friend… I went on vacation and before I did I gave him a months notice. He wants me to pay for January’s rent and I was not even there. Come to think cardof it, I had not been there since october/2006 but I still paid him from Oct-Dec. I have the money for Jan/07 but now he is not returning my phone calls or text messages. On several occassions he did stating I could not get my things until I paid him. He is even witholding my mail. I don’t know what to do… I have tried all avenues and have exhausted any possibilities. Thanks!

    email me at dcardn@hotmail.com

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  61. February 20, 2007 at 11:11 pm, Guest said:

    I moved into an apartment in the middle of January and have found mold under my kitchen sink. The management sent someone over to clean it up with bleach (something I have since learned is not wise to do). It came back and spread to other places within a week. I had a mold specialist come and evaluate. She found moisture extensively around the area and said not only is there mold on the surface, but in the wallpaper and drywall as well. An addendum in the lease directly addresses mold. If there is indeed “an environment conducive for the development of mold” that they terminate the lease. There has been a persistent leak in the plumbing under the sink for a month now. Management gave me a bunch of “well, we don’t think it is that serious” and hasn’t done anything…even cleaned up the mold that is there! What do I do?

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  62. February 28, 2007 at 2:52 am, Guest said:

    the burner of the water heater was not working ; we phoned landlord. He sent us a repair man and they changed the burner. We paid the workers before they left. My landlord says it is my responsibility to pay this bill. It this right. I have been in this house for 6 months.

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  63. February 28, 2007 at 6:18 pm, Guest said:

    I do not think this is a proper response to the message above. There is a normal wear and tear out period. If you have been there for 4 years, and the carpet was not even new when you moved in, they MUST put a new carpet. It is definitely normal wear and tear out. You LANDLORD! How could you think that one can keep apartment carpet clean for 6 years (4+ 2 I suppose)? You suckers always try to maximize your profits, and get us pay for your own mortgage. I wish you taste how it feels when you are a tenant!

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  64. February 28, 2007 at 6:24 pm, Guest said:

    You are the same LANDLORD making comments above. Don’t you have anything to do besides writing here nasty comments?

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  65. March 03, 2007 at 8:38 am, Guest said:

    I have been renting my apartment for 9 months now (1yrlease) and my landlord is now telling me that the front part of my house is to be taken for her son so he may have access to the upsairs rooms that can only be acessed through my home. This hallway has like paintings of mine in it its part of my house. i only have this door to go in and out of and i think that is illegal already to have only one entrance and i am on the second floor. I also have a leaking roof and she just says oh get the receipt loike im supposed to do the work!!! no! so i feel very uncomfortable now in my home…what do i do?

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  66. March 06, 2007 at 9:49 pm, Guest said:

    what happens when repair guys come in a week early when tenant is not home and the dog runs away? apartment manager just says “sorry”. what can be done

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  67. March 09, 2007 at 2:46 pm, Guest said:

    Apartment Building from Hell!!!
    We moved into an apartment complex in October 2006 with a 1 year lease. Since then We have found that of the 8 apartments near us, we can hear families screaming and yelling through the whole night! This is made worse that you can actually hear Men beating their women and parents beating their children. This may sound extreme but since the day we moved in, Social Services people are constantly calling on us and leaving their cards for us to call them if we “hear anything”. Well, I have called Social Services but have seen no changes. I feel really, really bad for the people who are being hurt but in this atmosphere I fear for my life! I want out of the lease and would like to find a legal way to do it. I would talk to my Apartment Manager but she is one of the people beating their children. Please Help!!!

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  68. March 09, 2007 at 5:12 pm, Guest said:

    we are renting out our new house and the tenants want to paint the walls already do they have the right to do this

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  69. March 10, 2007 at 11:22 am, Guest said:

    Hi,

    I think you should look for another place!
    Actually, I just moved into an apartment where I smell weird musty odors. I am worried about mold, and I’m curious how you found a specialist?

    Thanks!

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  70. March 11, 2007 at 3:02 am, Guest said:

    Mainetenance Question… My mom has been living in her apartment for about 30 years… 10 years in her current unit and is paying significantly less rent that the current renters. The carpets are old (they were NOT new at the time of move in) and I feel they should be changed. She had a leak in her closet and water penetrated the carpets… I would hope that there is no mold in the padding but who knows? Considering the circumstances, is the landlord required to change the carpets for us?

    Also, the linoleum floors in the kitchen/dining area are cracked and peeling, the bathtub floors are weak and sink in when stepped on, there is a small roach problem, and the paint they used in the shower … which I don’t understand why there is paint in the shower to begin with…. is peeling… Do we have the right get these things fixed?

    The landlords are trying to convert the old builing into newly remodeled “luxury” condos… which is great for the new tenants. But my mom has been living in sub-standard conditions for a while and it is unsettling, to say the least, that they are so concerned with the remodeling vacated units and not so concerned about the occupied older units.

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  71. March 13, 2007 at 9:26 pm, Guest said:

    One of my employees is in a really bad situation. She rents from a slumlord. There are a multitude of health issues in her apartment; such as a leak between her apartment and the up stairs apartment that has caused serious damage to personal belongings and ceilings – all the landlord does is patch the ceiling and replace ceiling fixtures he doesn’t even attempt to find the leak and fix it, security issues that if you move the bathroom mirror you can go through hole in wall from hallway and enter apartment, landlord has complete control of heating and in the winter months tells tenants to heat their apartment with stove etc…I’ve told her to call the local health dept but says that her landlord regularly talks to and is friendly with a lot of the employees at this dept and she doesn’t know what to do. She’s unable to move to another apartment as she doesn’t have the money to do so as she’s supporting her son alone.

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  72. March 17, 2007 at 5:49 pm, Guest said:

    me and my wife are getting a divorce and we share an apartment with both of are names on the lease she keeps calling the police on me and i have to leave every time they come what can ido

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  73. March 20, 2007 at 12:52 am, Guest said:

    This sounds little compared to alot of you guys out there, but I was wondering if it is enough to get out of my lease. When we first moved into our apartments 4 months ago, the entrace gates worked nicely and made our apartment complex a nice gated communtity that they advertised. Since then though, for the last three months, the gates no longer work and everyone is able to get into our complex. If one of the main reasons we moved to this community is because it was gated, is that enough to break my lease?

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  74. March 30, 2007 at 9:43 am, Guest said:

    I just got mugged oustide of my apartment. My roommates car got broken into in our driveway. Do you think this is a viable reason to get out of the current lease?

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  75. April 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm, Anonymous said:

    my husband and i rented this 2 bed. apt. for a year so far. when we moved in the landlord told us that the lease was for 7 months and he would have us sign one later. later came into never. we now are moving to another state and could only give him a week notice. he wants to keep the security deposit can he? also our cat that he does not know we have ripped a small part of the carpet by our bedroom door should we tell him and how much should he keep from our deposit to fix that?

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  76. April 20, 2007 at 10:11 pm, Guest said:

    The next door neighbor obtained my name from the leasing office. I have not heard there side of the story yet but I am going by the leasing office tomorrow. Have they violated my right of privacy

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  77. April 26, 2007 at 3:44 pm, Guest said:

    We moved into a luxury apartment complex and everything was perfect until obnoxious smoke fumes filtered night and day into our unit. I had childhood asthma and am experiencing breathing problems at times, my tongue tingles and burns in the presence of the smoke; I am relentlessy oppressed by the foul odor—our entire place smells like a rotten ashtray. We have purchased a $700 air-purifier and so far it still stinks in here.
    We have tried everything and the manager’s efforts are simply not effective. They installed some Sanuvox purifier (totally useless) onto our heating unit, dropped 2’x2′ bags of some kind of sachet under the vanities and plugged up poorly some areas around pipes.

    I have even spoken with a Vice-president of the leasing company. He tried to smooth-talk his way out of it. “They” were certainly taking this seriously but of course had to consider the poor addicted smokers and the company’s own financial interests. Bottom line: you can wait until the state legislature or until the company hands down a law and if you are not dead by then, we will have to ban smoking or segregate smokers.

    My husband and I are senior citizens; he is handicapped and do not feel that we should bear the expense and work of another move after moving just 8 months ago. WE do not think that we should have to pay $1335 a month to live in an ashcan either! Management has refused to move us to another part of the complex. “What assurance have you that you won’t meet up with the same problem there?”

    They did not disclose this problem before we signed on here, yet all three in the leasing offoce separately have acknowledged that it existed when I first complained.
    Have you any advice for us?

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  78. April 27, 2007 at 11:34 pm, Guest said:

    i am looking for the same answer.

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  79. May 01, 2007 at 10:04 am, Guest said:

    I just moved into my apartment about a month ago and the air conditioner does not work, my cabinet is broke, water leaks under my sink in the bathroom and in the kitchen, the intercom buzzer does not work so I have to walk from the top floor down to the front door to let my guest in, and on top of all that I found a roadent in my house. I asked if I can be moved to the front of the complex and the landlord told me I had to be here for a year first to be moved. I want to be moved because of the conditions and I am a single women who works a late shift and I have to walk from the bus stop to my apartment. They still did not fix any of the problems to my apartment. What can I do in this situation?

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  80. May 01, 2007 at 11:12 am, Guest said:

    What do I do? I am a single female and I work a late night shift and I asked my landlord if I can be placed up front before I moved in and they still put me in the back. When I questioned this they told me that I can not move to the front of the complex until I have been their for a year.

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  81. May 05, 2007 at 9:33 pm, Guest said:

    i’ve been assigned to a 2-car garage for 10 years now the manager wants to reassign me to another 2-car garage less convienient with very short verbal notice. i’m not ready to relocate what’s my recourse?

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  82. May 08, 2007 at 10:10 am, Guest said:

    My Daughter and Boyfriend want to move into an apartment and filled out the paperwork and was up front about a Dui he had 7 years ago in Arizona. He had 2 of them within 6 months which I guess is considered a felony. Neither of them involved another car, person or object. He went through the required program and does not have a drivers licsence at this time or has had one since then, He has gone through a background check in the state of Oregon and has worked in a Child Care facility and is a Medical Studnet at the Natralpath school in Portland. But the apt turned them down. Çan they do that? in Oregon, or are they just being difficult.

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  83. May 09, 2007 at 11:29 pm, Guest said:

    I’m going through something similar. I’m also a single female and I was placed in the back of the complex on the ground level. I had a problem with a strange man hanging outside of my apartment in the middle of the night and looking at my window. I also had a problem with kids trying to look in my apartment through a mail slot that I asked management to repair. I asked for a better location and they offered me another lease with with higher rent. I don’t think this is fair. Now they are renovating apartments and decided to place several large construction containers and trash bins in the parking lot in front of my apartment. Sometimes I have to park further away from my building at night and if I’m lucky enough to get a parking space close to my apartment, I have to worry about getting nails in my tires because the construction workers will not clean up after themselves. I’ve already had my tires plugged 3 times because of nails and management doesn’t care. I decided to go to court. At first I just wanted to them to fix things but now I want out of my lease. Hopefully, all of my reasons and documentation are enough. If not, I think I might just go live with my family in London … and they can do whatever they want to my credit! My life is more important. I can’t keep paying people who don’t give a crap about my safety or privacy.

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  84. May 21, 2007 at 10:50 pm, Guest said:

    Get boric acid it’s a fine powder that you sprinkle around. All you’ll find are dead body’s, baby roaches too.

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  85. June 06, 2007 at 3:45 pm, Guest said:

    No, the apartment community can change any ammenities that it wants- you are not actually paying for them. If they wanted to remove the pool, fitness center, etc, they could. Your rent covers your apartment only. The access gates are considered an ammenity as well. You cannot rely on them for your safety- even if they worked, people can still follow someone in.

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  86. June 17, 2007 at 9:12 am, Guest said:

    My husband and I went to look at a house and it looked great. When I asked about pets, they said not pets. I told them this is great because my daughter is highly allergic. Well, we moved in. Now that we are in, we have noticed a REALLY foul smell in every room. Smells like rotton meat. There are also big stains that came up on the carpet. I told them about it and they said the former tenant had several dogs in the house and they had left bags of rotton trash lay around. They said they would replace the carpet up to $100.00. But it will cost more. We are also right on a very busy street with sirons ALL the time and wakes my dsughter up at nite all hours. She is blind and autistic so her hearing is intensified and it hurts her ears. How can I get out of this lease?? Please help.

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  87. June 26, 2007 at 8:39 pm, Guest said:

    I’m living in a duplex, I’ve been here about a month and my landlord told me that I can’t have a daycare in my home. Can he enforce that? I was under the opinion that they can’t tell me that. I don’t want to move so that I can start a daycare. Is this something my landlord can control???

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  88. July 03, 2007 at 1:38 am, Guest said:

    I have been living in this house for five years is the landlord obligated to paint the in side of the house, and the sink leak and it is messing up the floor, am I responsible

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  89. July 03, 2007 at 7:30 am, Guest said:

    does a landlord have to provide hot water to his tenants? our landlord required us to pay for our own gas for hot water and to cook with for the last 7 years. Now we are moving and the gas company took the gas tanks away and our landlord is trying to deduct from our security deposit a fee that he has to pay for new tank set up can he do this?

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  90. July 10, 2007 at 11:49 am, Guest said:

    I live on the 3rd floor of an APT. Do I have the right to an AC? It’s so hott I wake up sweating all the time. I need help.

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  91. July 10, 2007 at 6:37 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a house that my parents own, and I have signed a rental agreement and I pay them rent every month. So essentially it is a landlord/tenet relationship. My mother who is a clean/control freak, has recently demanded that I keep my personal room spotless and that she will be “inspecting”. I have not damaged anything in this house, I keep the common areas completely clean, does she have a right to demand that I “clean” my personal space or to go throught my things if I didn’t comply?

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  92. July 13, 2007 at 1:25 pm, Guest said:

    I’m wondering the same thing. I have 2 floors where i am renting, and i put an AC unit in the upstairs window, but now they say they want me to take it out. I want to know if i have rights to have it there.

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  93. July 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm, Guest said:

    that, um, depends on wether or not they are the ones providing the service. if you pay to the utility company and not the landlord or property then the utility company is the one that you owe money to and the landlord has naught to do with it and should hand your things over now because it’s not their bill.

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  94. July 19, 2007 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

    My partner and I payed the deposit and first months rent on a two bedroom apartment. Only after a few days of signing the year lease though, we have decided we aren’t ready to move in together. At first the landlord said not to worry and he would start to advertise again. I’m worried though, since i’ve left him a message and he hasn’t called back. Do we have any rights? Or should we expect not to see any money back at all?

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  95. July 20, 2007 at 6:39 am, Guest said:

    My parents both live in an apartment complex that has six parking spaces for nine units. All of which are not being used because a 45 dollar fee is being charged per space. My father is handicapped and has to park close as he can to get in his apartment and the manager keeps telling him he can’t park in a space without paying or he’ll get his car towed. Does he have any rights or can she do this?

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  96. July 22, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Guest said:

    yes they are to paint and do repairs you can get a rightfully paint job every year

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  97. July 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    Yes. He owns the building, and thus is responsible for insurance issues. Let’s say that a child in your daycare falls down the stairs outside your home, and his parents decide to sue, claiming the stairs were in disrepair. It’ll be your landlord who gets sued–as he is the one responsible for the upkeep of the stairs and the rest of the duplex.

    It’s reasonable that he not want to be held liable for something like that. Furthermore, he owns the property as a residential property, not a commercial property. Should you start a daycare, you’re basically making your home a commercial property. Yet another sticky situation for your landlord.

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  98. July 22, 2007 at 8:29 pm, Guest said:

    It’s my understanding that in most states, when a property is privately owned and managed, the landlord can turn down whoever they want.

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  99. July 22, 2007 at 8:38 pm, Guest said:

    I think you should be prepared to cut your losses. You’ve signed a legally binding document that holds you (and your partner, if s/he signed too) responsible for 12 months of rent. Your landlord sounds pretty flexible, so he might let you out of the lease early IF he finds someone to replace you. If he doesn’t, it’s the responsibility of you and your partner to keep paying him rent until the lease is up.

    He is not obligated to find a new tenant. He has a signed contract–the lease–saying that he has two qualified tenants for a year. If he advertises for a new tenant, it’s out of kindness. I would imagine most landlords would understand and would be willing to look for a new tenant, but they’re not obligated to do so.

    Either you or your partner could continue living in the apartment and find a roommate, though. I’d be willing to bet that the landlord would amend the lease to replace the person who doesn’t stay with the new roommate.

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  100. July 26, 2007 at 6:17 am, Guest said:

    Actually, I know that at least in the State of New York it is mandatory for landlords to provide window covering.

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  101. July 29, 2007 at 4:08 pm, Guest said:

    My landlord has a aircondioner installed in my apartment but in the rental agreement she said that I can’t use it even though it works. It gets as hot as 120 degrees in the summer.
    Can I legally use it if me or my pet gets sick because of the heat?

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  102. July 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm, Guest said:

    Hello,
    I moved into a house that was not painted and did not have new carpet when I mpoved in. Am I responsible to pay for this carpet replacement when the carpet is over three years old? The landlord and I did not do a walk through when we moved in either. We have also had rats for 6 months, but i am mostly worried about the capet since we are for sure moving out of this rat infested place. Thanks!

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  103. July 31, 2007 at 10:57 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, is it law, specifically in Oklahoma, that the carpet must be changed every 2 years? Cause there trying to charge me for the carpet, when it was pretty crappy when I moved in.

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  104. July 31, 2007 at 11:00 pm, Guest said:

    Is it Oklahoma state law that you must change the carpet in an apartment every 2 years? There trying to charge me for the carpet after I moved out! It was crappy when I moved in anyway! I think that is just there method in getting others to pay for new carpet. My friend told me that they must change it every 2 years anyway, whether its dirty or not. Please email me if anyone knows for sure. MEDIC_9911@yahoo.com Thank you.

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  105. August 01, 2007 at 7:16 pm, Guest said:

    My boyfriend and I have lived in several different apartments over the last 9 yrs and have never had a problem whatsoever. Now we’ve moved to alabama and we have a huge roach problem in the apartment. Yet everytime we complain and ask for the bug man to come they write us a lease violation and say its our fault we have bugs because our place is “unsanitary”. This is ridiculous! What can we do?

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  106. August 14, 2007 at 8:03 pm, Guest said:

    Help, my apartment has alot of problems, and the management company won’t fix them. Its now 105 here in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, and the air conditioner needs charging. My oven has not worked in over 2 weeks, and there is more. They sprayed for roaches 3 weeks ago, and the same amount of bugs is back. What can I do. I pay cheap rent, and the place is big, and I have kids. and yes, I have provided all of my requests in writing in the form of maintenance requests.

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  107. August 16, 2007 at 11:13 am, Guest said:

    Only if your mess becomes a health hazard.

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  108. August 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm, Guest said:

    My question to you is, we (a family of 5 which is also including my dad of age 88) are currently living in a 2 family house. We live in the second floor and our landlord lives in the first. Now I brought to his attentions plenty of time that the electricity in the house is really old and all the wiring is basically everywhere and it is still not up to codes and operates still on old #15 fuses. I’ve been going literally through fuses basiclly I change them almost every other day (no joke) and friend of mine brought in a family member of his who is an electrician and he pleaded with the landlord to get that matter fixed because it’s a fire hazard just waiting to happen. and offered to do it for about $4200. still till this day the lardlord has not done a single thing regarding this emergency matter he says he has no funds for it. Now what can we do regarding this can we get like an emergency section 8 voucher to move or something because we are really tight on budget as well? I don’t sleep at night as well keeping up as guard thinking something might happen and how am I gonna get my elderly father down the stairs and my kids and my husband and myself. I’m scared and worried. please help us.

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  109. September 02, 2007 at 12:06 am, Guest said:

    a notice to occupant of intention to terminate service supplied to a multiple dwelling was sent to me, basically stating that my landlord owes national grid over 19,000 dollars in past heating bills due. the document suggests that the tenants of this apartment building pay this sum to avoid interruption of services. like, we band together and agree to pay the fee, and then deduct those payments from our rent in the future!!! most of these people are crackheads, so clearly that is not a unification that will enact itself. the shut off date is less then 2 weeks away. what can I do? does this mean I have to move??????

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  110. September 04, 2007 at 2:07 pm, Guest said:

    go to knowthecause.com

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  111. September 04, 2007 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    Texas ?? apartment complex…
    The right to have notification before or after your apartment was/has been entered.
    Online advises me in this state a landlord does not have to give any notification. This greatly surprised and angered me per I have a pet & have had reason to consider using a hidden security camera.
    I am in a very affluent area.

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  112. September 07, 2007 at 2:36 pm, Guest said:

    We have a two year lease and have only lived there for three months. The landlord says she has to sell the property now. Can she make us move? If so, are we entitled to compensation?

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  113. September 08, 2007 at 5:31 pm, Guest said:

    There should have been something put into the lease about renovations. Typically, renovations must have landlord’s approval in writing. Some places flat out prohibit renovations period. Others have a limit on renovations that can be done so long as all aspects get the landlord’s approval. For instance, some landlord’s are ok with a tenant painting the interior walls, so long as the landlord approves the paint color beforehand, and may hold the right to inspect while the work is being done to make sure no damage is being done to the place. Short answer though, the tenant does not necessarily have an inherent right to paint the apartment.

    For this particular case, though, I’d recommend pulling out a copy of this tenant’s lease and looking up the section on home renovations. If there is no section, I would suggest making an addendum including one.

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  114. September 12, 2007 at 2:55 pm, Guest said:

    A friend of mine used to work for Case & Assoc in OKC and she mentioned that they change the carpet every 5 years.

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  115. September 13, 2007 at 12:29 am, Guest said:

    Okay,
    My wife and I lived in an apartment a few months ago. We had a problem, the unit above us had a leak in the water heater, thus making its way to our unit and wetting our carpet. I didn’t think anything of it at first, untill we noticed mold. My (Pregnant) Wife and I contacted the Office with the problem. A few WEEKS later they came out to fix our moldy carpet problem. They tore it up, leaving a 2in gap under the door of our maser bedroom and the hallway. When we moved out we left the place spotless, except for the gap in the carpet. So being the logical person i was, i failed to do a move out inspection. 3 months later we go a call from a collection agent informing us we owe 1600.$ for the carpet. We were blind sided with this news having left a fowarding adress with the office befor we left, we hadn’t got any prior notice we owed anything. So.. I have been calling everyone ie. maintance, the office the management group and the credit agent, to find out why they were charging us for the carpet… no one will tell us why.
    does us not doing a move out inspection admit guilt?
    any advice would be great
    thanks-Jake

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  116. September 15, 2007 at 5:07 pm, Guest said:

    the apartments here in gordo,alabama are known as “greentree estates”.thtey have been here for 30 years and have no fire exits,back doors,molded,leaks and many are infested with roaches. we have asked the company to remodle them but they say,”no”.the fire dept even said theres no firewall protection any where.I think thats bad because we pay anywhere from 300.00 to 500.00 a month for rent.the saddest of it all is that the “projects”[gordo housing authority] gets remodled every other year and has fire extinguishers and back doors for safty exits and they only pay anywhere from $0.00 to 200.00 for rent !

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  117. September 30, 2007 at 10:39 pm, Guest said:

    i was wondering if there is anyway of getting around being a felon on a renting application?

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  118. October 02, 2007 at 2:34 pm, Guest said:

    Separate water payments have recently been implemented at my apartment. It is only about $70 (though I was quoted about $40-$50). I pay each month but carry a past due balance. I live in Texas and received a advance notice of lease termination. When I asked the manager I was advised the action is due to non payment of the water bill. I have read a lot about leases and eviction notices. I believe the notice is illegal because they never notified me of their intent to terminate the lease and subsequently I was not offered the opportunity to correct the situation. When I talked to the manager I told her I could pay the balance in full which I have. They have not rescinded the termination of my lease. What can I do?

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  119. October 12, 2007 at 1:28 pm, Guest said:

    I have a friend who rents a travel trailer in her back yard to this man. He was told from the beginnning no drinking on property. Well he got drunk passed out and caught the trailer on fire. It is no longer livable and what are her rights as the landlord. The police would not arrest him, they say he is a renter there.

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  120. October 15, 2007 at 10:37 am, Guest said:

    we have rats help!

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  121. November 04, 2007 at 10:35 pm, Guest said:

    im in a situation some what like yours… we are being told we owe 2000 dollars but yet they refuse to show us any proof as to how or why, they wont even give us copies of the paperwork we are legally entitled to…

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  122. November 10, 2007 at 5:46 pm, Guest said:

    My Landlord says sexual things to my roomate he
    harasses us to no end ,he doesn’t make repairs in our apt. windows need repairs, carpent need replaced we have lived there over 10 years I have asked him to replace the windows for the past years and all he does os laugh…he’s very rude… when we moved in heat and hot water was included for the past 3 years he has charged us $90.00 dollars for for the winter months ..he gets an electric bill in his name foe our apt. and the other tenants apts.but he only charges us I want to know can he legaly do this only to us and no one else in the apt. he is also renting 2 storgage rooms to 2 other tenants as a effic. apt.when the code officers come around he has them turned into storgage rooms until they leave if anyone out there has any answers IM AT WITS END OF WHAT TO DO… KNOW I CAN MOVE AND THAT MIGHT BE THE ONLY ANSWER…….

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  123. November 14, 2007 at 3:53 pm, Guest said:

    the landlord is right. After the eviction date, most times the belongings of a tenant are put at the curb

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  124. November 27, 2007 at 10:40 am, Guest said:

    pretty sure you cant legaly tell a tenant they cant drink alchahol in their rented space, unless he signed a contract with that in it.

    Why would you tell someone no drinking in their own home anyway? rented or not!

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  125. December 03, 2007 at 5:53 pm, Guest said:

    Three days ago I awoke to discover our ceiling in our bedroom was leaking. We live in a ground floor apartment. The following day I reported the leak to the front office. I was told that the building is 12 years old, that the roof has holes and that the water is leaking through the roof, down through the walls, and into our apartment. The leak from the ceiling is only the begining. The window sill in the same room is also leaking and has run water into the carpet. There are places on the living room wall that have water damage as well.
    I was told at the front office that they couldn’t fix anything until the rain stopped. It stopped the next day, btw. I was told the repairs could take up to three weeks to complete and that I should move my furniture into another bedroom of the apartment *because of course we have one empty and with enough space for the master bedroom furniture…not so much* I was also told to ‘keep an eye on the carpets because that was what *he* was most worried about* The leasing agent I reported it to *as the office manager doesn’t work weekends* didn’t even offer to come inspect the leak itself.
    The whole situation is very frustrating. We have company coming for Christmas. Less then three weeks til they get here. The apartment will be in disorder from furniture in odd places. And the master bedroom is unlivable. It smells like water. The carpets are still damp.
    What I want to know is what are my options? Any advice on the best way to resolve this? I’ve been advised by friends to put rent in escrow and not pay until the repairs are made, or to purchase things to make the place livable *fans/space heaters* and deduct that from the rent. Are these options legally valid?

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  126. December 05, 2007 at 4:46 pm, Guest said:

    It is required by law that you have a safe place to live. This would include the fact that if there is a fire hazard present it must be repaired.

    I would move out as soon as possible if you haven’t already. If this is something that isn’t being repaired you cannot be forced to live in an unsafe environment.

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  127. December 15, 2007 at 9:09 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and i just moved ( 12/03) to this apartment and signed for a 12 months lease with the owner. We facing a big problem with the trash bins,which are placed right under our windows of the bedroom. (all 5 for the whole building). There are big signs on the wall,behind the trash bins, stating ” private property, keep out of trash bins or violators will be cited” but the landlord still keep all trash containers under our windows, in front of the utility box….it is disgusting, placing our health at rick.
    ( smell, bugs, animals, noise from people dumping their trash all the time.. it is a nightmare). On the other side of our bedroom the neighbors are keeping their smelly trash bins ( 4)within 3 feet of our windows. So we are covered with trash all around our apartment. We also see homeless people, digging into the trash every day at any time, making a huge mess and leaving the lids of the containers open and uncovered…PLEASE HELP ASAP !!!

    Please email me me at gstane2005@yahoo.com with any tips..

    Where should I send a complaint? The landlord seems to not care.. Thank you all!

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  128. January 02, 2008 at 8:35 am, Guest said:

    My mother lives in an apartment in Oregon where her landlord controls the heat for all the units (no she doesn’t pay a heating bill either) and she freezes almost all the time. Is there anything she can do about it? She constantly has to go to his house across the lot to get him to turn on the heat and he still won’t do it. The landlord instead will run some heat during the day when no one is around and then turn it off at night. Can he legally determine when and for how long tenants can get heat?

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  129. January 16, 2008 at 11:10 am, Guest said:

    fuses harrisburg pa
    my apartment building locks up the fuse box and our lights keep going out we keep having to wait 30 minutes or more for the maintenance man to drive back to the apartments and fix a fuse i heard its illegal for them to lck it and need to know if thats true

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  130. January 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm, Guest said:

    If i have lived in an apartment for 3 1/2 years and the apartment needs to be painted is it my responsibility or the landlords?

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  131. January 27, 2008 at 6:18 pm, Anonymous said:

    Heck yes A/C is a basic function like the commode, I live in TX where it gets 100+ in the summer…

    Well behaved women rarely make history…

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  132. January 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm, Anonymous said:

    You should not of signed a contract saying you can’t use a baisc utility, that is like having water and saying you can run the water. Heat can/does make people and pets sick and is a health issue….For tha legal part can’t help you there I’m afraid.

    Well behaved women rarely make history…

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  133. January 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    As far as I understand yes a landlord does have say over what kind of business you can run or any at all…You should have have asked before signing. For example at my current apartment place you can only have internet based business. Daycares come with health req’s and permits, etc. and a landlord is probably not willing to mess with that to be honest.

    Well behaved women rarely make history…

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  134. February 04, 2008 at 10:54 pm, Guest said:

    HAVE TO GO TO COURT

    i was behind on my rent, got a notice from the landlord, tried repeatedly to contact them (this is a regular occurance – weeks+ to get stuff fixed) left messages, etc… then the sherrif served us w/ court papers. we have paid all back rent & the current months rent. we have 3 kids and little income. we have lived hear for 1.5 yrs (1 on lease, now month-to-month) the sherrif said even if we got caught-up to still go to court. are we gonna get evicted?

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  135. February 12, 2008 at 8:50 am, Guest said:

    Hi I have the same problem and I was wondering if you can offer any feedback you have gotten from people. I just moved into my apartment 3 weeks ago and now there are leaks coming from every corner of the apartment and we are on the second floor of a 6 stories building. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    you can email me at bourin@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  136. February 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm, Guest said:

    It depends on what state you rent in. It’s required by law in Texas because of the heat, but not in Ohio.

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  137. February 20, 2008 at 11:40 am, Guest said:

    It is illegal. Contact your state’s housing authority. It is a Fire Hazard and Safety Violation. You, Police, Fire, and Rescue are allowed limitless access to your fuse box. It happened to me, MD Housing Authority took care of it.

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  138. February 25, 2008 at 10:19 am, Guest said:

    my lanlord pays for my water supply, a leak was discovered when the water bill reached nearly 700 for a single month with four dwellings. They phoned when they first recieved the bill to ask if there were any leaks within the unit. They came two days in a row to check for indoor leaks. nothing came from this, they began digging ouside. there have been holes outside my apt. for three weeks, approx. 3ft deep. i have a three yr old daughter and the holes have been uncovered and unsafe, they ceased fixing his issue for approx 1 week. i came home this last friday and have not had water for 3 days untill sunday night. what can i do, i recieved no notification of the interruption of my utilities.

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  139. February 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm, Guest said:

    If i just moved into an appartment, are they required to put in a new carpet?For the little time i have been here i have notice that when someone is about to move into a new appt they put in new carpet,buy law should they have put in new carpet? please e mail me if anyone can help kcantor2001@yahoo.com thanks

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  140. February 28, 2008 at 11:08 am, Guest said:

    Rodents in my ceiling..
    I have lived at an apartment in Austin for 1 and 4 months and now have rats in my ceiling. I complained to the apartment management that I had being hearing animals in my ceiling in mid-January and they did not take action. Then I went back two weeks later and reported that something was in my ceiling again. Then they finally sent pest control out. Pest control only put small traps and their traps have not been successful killing only 1 out of I don’t how many are up there. Then we found one in our outside patio storage unit and had to get rid of him ourselves by purchasing pest control items because the leasing office was not available.

    What can I do?

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  141. February 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm, Guest said:

    I live in PA in an apartment complex that was built almost two year ago (I was one of the first tenants). The apartments have “shared walls”. Yes, it is very noisy, but does that mean there is no firewall and is that legal? There are smoke detectors and sprinklers in every room so does that mean that there doesn’t need to be a firewall? I and several other tenants have questioned it and we need a straight answer.

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  142. March 14, 2008 at 2:34 am, Guest said:

    Check with your local housing authority. You may withold paying rent, but only for specific things. However, If they’re actively working to fix the problem, you will probably have to pay. Sometimes speaking to your landlord about how frustrated you are helps. Maybe they will be kind enough to compensate you for any inconvienences. Good luck :0)

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  143. March 14, 2008 at 2:37 am, Guest said:

    If they accepted your rent, they terminated any action to evict you. They would need to renotify you of their intent to evict.

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  144. March 21, 2008 at 8:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    Help !
    I have lived in the same apartment for about 3 years .When I first moved in it was very nice and clean peacefull and quiet and safe.Now for the past year there has been alot of crime I am afraid to go out of my apartment because there is gangs on both sides of the building drug deals are going on right in front the apartments also they are roach infested and my ceiling is caving in on us .I have notified management number of time and they saying there nothing they can do about it.my lease is up next month and instead of renewing it I went out to find another apartment and so I did and I gave my 30 day notice to the management telling them I am not renewing my lease and I am gave them a 30 day notice too.well now they are comming up with now that I have to give them a 60 day notice to vacate I am not breaking lease early I am just not renewing it .What can I do in this situation! help

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  145. March 22, 2008 at 2:24 am, Guest said:

    I know that I have the right to peace and quiet and it is even listed in my lease. My downstairs neighbors are always noisy and disruptive and I call the police on them numerous times, but the police never make reports about noise issues so I don’t have any documentation stating how noisy they are. I was allowed, by the landlord, to break my lease but I can’t afford to and shouldn’t have move. What legal action can I take against the landlord to make sure I can get the peace that I am paying for?

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  146. March 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm, Guest said:

    Can anyone help me find a site that shows that the landlord is supposed to paint every year/2 years?

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  147. April 01, 2008 at 11:52 pm, Guest said:

    I have a big problem. My boyfriend and I rented a place together and signed a years lease. It lasted 2 weeks and he moved out. I cant affor to pay the rent on my income. We agreed to half the rent. The landlady said the only ones to live there are hima nd me. I cant find anyone else to help me pay the rent. Can she hold only me responsible for the rent without holding him half responsible. If I move out she claims to only take me t court, said she doesnt wnat him back in there. What are my rights or do I have any?

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  148. April 02, 2008 at 12:56 pm, Guest said:

    By Oklahoma State Law you are only required to give a 30-day notice. Google Title 41. That is the Landlord Tenent Act. Legally they cannot do this to you.

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  149. April 06, 2008 at 6:55 pm, Guest said:

    No, as it does not exist. Wishful thinking though;-)

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  150. April 06, 2008 at 6:57 pm, Guest said:

    Well…ummm..even if you’re not evicted, you do realize that being on a month-to-month means you’re a goner pretty much whenever they want you to be-right?

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  151. April 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm, Guest said:

    If you live in Ohio the landlord is required by state law to repaint the apartment and clean the carpet between each tenant.

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  152. April 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm, Guest said:

    You should review the signed lease contract. Most places over the years, (especially in Texas) have gone from a 30 written notice to a 60 day written notice. Many people sign the contracts without reading them, so I would double check this. I doubt they would ask you to do anything that isn’t already in your contract.

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  153. April 17, 2008 at 4:16 am, Guest said:

    Need Help—-I know I need paper work but please read

    Ok so I am paying weekly rent for my room. I have a 200 doller deposit for my room. My landlord tells me because I do not have a larger deposit its not “my room” and I do not count for being a legal tenet. He tells me Im still on this “trial period”. If I pay money to live anywhere then Im entitled to all the listed above rights, right?

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  154. April 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    I live in Oregon and am very upset about my apartment situation. The day that I moved in, the apartment was filthy.Food was still in the fridge, the bathroom was disgusting, the fireplace was full of ash, etc. The washing machine was missing ( I got it after 2 days), and I had no mail key. The manager finally called me back 5 days later, and offered to have a cleaner come in. By that time, I obviously had already cleaned. She said that I would still be responsible for hiring someone to clean when I moved out and her hands were tied. I also did not get my mail key for 12 days after calling and checking several times and I had to put a hold on my mail. Several months later, I noticed that my shower was growing mold. I cleaned it, and noticed that the paint began to droop on the ceiling. I lightly pushed on it and my thumb went right through. I called and expressed my concern and explained the situation. They said that it was the shower in the upstairs tenants apartment and they would fix that and the damage to my ceiling. Their idea of fixing my ceiling it was to Spackle the hole. That was 3 days ago and the Spackle is drooping and molding. Brown liquid is also seeping through the wall. What should I do? Do I have any legal rights?

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  155. May 02, 2008 at 4:26 pm, Guest said:

    how would a manager know if you have someone who is not on your lease move in to your apartment?

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  156. May 13, 2008 at 11:44 am, Guest said:

    Im wondering if i have the right to break my lease. I live in a place where, when we first moved in, we thought it looked nice, but then after a little while, as the weather got warmer, we started noticing almost gang activity, they’re screaming through the parking lot, police are here every day or every other and they blocked people from driving through the lots and stuff… its getting out of hand. Is there a way for me to be able to break?

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  157. May 20, 2008 at 9:07 am, Guest said:

    I have a question my mom rents a home in Florida and she now has rats and the landlord called her a pig. Well she is a very clean person and she is ill. So what can I do?

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  158. May 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm, Guest said:

    I have made complaints to the housing authority since it’s federal housing.The smokeing of marijuana daily,that the smell lingers right into my unit.What can be done.

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  159. May 23, 2008 at 5:03 pm, Guest said:

    Is it legal, in Oregon, for a dwelling sharing an electric meter with another dwelling when the landlord requires the tenants to split the electricity costs between them? The landlady didn’t tell me about this before she had me put the electricity in my name.

    She did write in the rental agreement that she would cover any disputes over the electricity, but didn’t disclose the situation until after we had put down our non-refundable security deposit of $750. The dwellings are of differing sizes, and ours has a wood stove, for which we purchase wood ourselves.

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  160. May 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm, Guest said:

    My apartment flooded due to a bad fixture on a toilet. My entire downstairs (there is one room upstairs, 2 bedrooms downstairs) carpet has to be replaced along with any parts of the walls that were damaged.

    This is in Los Angeles county.

    Right now, my upstairs is completely filled with stuff from downstairs, so it’s not really livable there. The carpet is torn up and shortly will have dry wall holes and dust, etc. My furniture and everything else is all over the place and it will take 2-3 weeks for all repairs to be finished.

    Am I able to pro-rate my rent for the days my apartment is not in it’s ‘normal’ state? I’ve had to stay with friends since this happened.

    Please respond to curt@myndsimedia.com. Thanks!

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  161. June 04, 2008 at 9:59 pm, Guest said:

    i live in a apartment with my two kids im a single mom that works for a living.My problem is my loud neighbors and they go up and down the stiars over 100 times a day.I been here 4 years and i pay rent on time . i told the owner about the problem and wrote letters abot it also .i made copys of the letters i gave her about the problem.The owner still wont do any thing to them. im looking for another place its not easy but im doing it. i get up at 5am i be tired when i get off from work. what can i do in the mean time about the neighbors? and the landlord who wont slove this problem?

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  162. June 09, 2008 at 10:59 pm, Guest said:

    Is it a requirement in Oklahoma that a landlord must repaint a dwelling unit, house or apartment, between renters? My sister was an apartment manager and although she does not know where this came from, she was told in her training that it is a health law.

    I am in a position that my landlord has told me that he uses the deposits to repaint his rental units and provide window AC units as well as ongoing repairs.

    I do know that deposits are, by law in Oklahoma, not to be used for these purposes but instead are to be kept in an escrow account, something he did not do, but he is now suing me for “unknown” damages and I would like to know what, if any, source I could cite in court to refute his right to charge me for repainting.

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  163. June 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm, Guest said:

    The landlord is not respecting you at all. Try to find another place to live. After a long day of working, you deserve some peace and quiet. Some people are animals!(Excuse me….I have animals with better manners than your neighbors!) Move, Move Now!

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  164. June 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm, Guest said:

    I live in california and our manager goes through the dumpster at our apartment complex and takes things out of individual bags of garbage, including paperwork and anything that interests her. She takes it to her apartment or leaves some things out on the ground for others to see. Is this legal?

    Additionally, there is evidence (missing jewelry, etc} that the manager is getting into our apartment. The only other person besides myself and my husband that has a key is the manager. What can we do about this?

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  165. June 23, 2008 at 11:06 pm, Guest said:

    hi i went through something similar in boston, it was in the kitchen,whenever it rained it would cause huge flooding problems because the brown water would eventually get past the cheap spackling they did and break through, finally it was so bad the sloppy patchwork they did came down completely making a huge hole, we could see out side! we took a lot of pictures and went to the apartment leasing office and threatened to sue. they eventually had to fix it properly since it was causing freezing air to come in making it an innadequate living place. my advice is do the same or if the mold is taing over as it probably will you can break your lease because it can make you sick, but definitely go above the landlord to her supervisor and so on.

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  166. June 25, 2008 at 9:18 pm, Guest said:

    speaking from personal experience {i have a big problem} the landlord will hold both of you responsible but more than likely it will just end up on both of yalls credit as it did mine,it could possibly be done different there but i wouldnt see that she could hold only one of you responsible

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  167. July 07, 2008 at 9:34 am, Guest said:

    I am a resident in an apartment complex in atlanta, georgia that I just moved into in Feb 2008. I have reported several problems to them and they have yet to fix them. Is there any organization that I can report them to that can help me with this matter? Please let me know @ neenee297@yahoo.com

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  168. July 09, 2008 at 4:25 pm, Guest said:

    does the landlord must change the carpet old as 12 yrs ?
    I have been in this apt for 8 . the carpet need to be change ;
    can i have the land lord change it ?
    please help

    Los Angeles
    mid wilshire

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  169. July 09, 2008 at 9:36 pm, Guest said:

    for the past year i’ve been asking my landlord to fix the leaky sink in our kitchen. finally he came over to repair it after sending a note with our rent checks for the past 12 months. instead of repairing it, he sliced his hand open severely and my white kitchen was (literally-i have the photos) covered in blood. he then left my apartment for 60 minutes. i figured he went to the ER. No. he went to the hardware store and purchased the wrong knobs for our faucet. he barely placed them on and then left. i thought he’d come back when he got his hand checked out. nope. haven’t seen him since.

    now we have no cold water in our apartment. my upstairs neighbor doesn’t have any, either. it trickles out the faucet when you crank the knobs all the way open. it’s nearly impossible to shower because the water is scalding. this started when the landlord shut the water off to “fix” our leaky faucet. he does not answer my phone calls, nor does he return my upper-neighbor’s calls, either. it’s been since June 21. today is July 9. he and his wife do not acknowledge me in any way, shape, or form, and barely speak to my husband. we can never get anything fixed — ever. to make matters worse, this building is for sale and we’re convinced he doesn’t care enough to come fix things that the tenants are complaining about because he’s selling it.

    who can i call or what can i do to make sure this is fixed ASAP? we can’t keep living like this. we live in minneapolis, minnesota. hateyourguts@gmail.com

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  170. July 14, 2008 at 9:45 am, Guest said:

    I recieve a federal section 8 voucher. Every year the apartment goes through an inspection prior to lease renewal. This is the 4th year in a row that I have recieved a notice that my lease will be cancelled due to the owners failure to make repairs. What can I do regarding this issue? The owner has a $1,700.00 deposit, I’m not behind on my rent or utility payments, and due to a seizure disorder I can’t drive. Making it diffucult to find proper housing. Is there help available?

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  171. July 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm, Guest said:

    received a flyer on our townhouse door stating that we have a 9pm curfew and if caught outside after this time we will have a $50. fine to pay. Now I contacted leasing manger concerning this, he states that they are having some problems and this is the reason for the curfew. I live in Memphis TN, we have our own patios, my husband works 3-11pm, after he gets off work we sit on the patio til about 12 am so that he can unwind,i’m disabled,our lease states between 9p-7a keep noise level down, does not mention a curfew, we are in our late forty’s.
    within renters rights is there anything that that makes this demand illegal? someone plz respond

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  172. July 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm, Guest said:

    I need to get out of a lease with case and assoc in OKC… any advice? They raised my rent with no warning and I signed a new lease so I wouldn’t have to pay the month-to-month charge, but I really just can’t afford it anymore.

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  173. July 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm, Guest said:

    To whom it may concern,

    North Hollywood is currently going thru many changes by business owners and developers, hoping to solidify a strong and safe community. One property stands out, The Lofts at Noho Commons. It is a beautiful property, centrally located in the Noho Arts District, across the street from the Metro Station on Lankershim Boulevard. Even through the architecture sets a tone more of a resort than that of a family based residence. There is a hidden story developing here. Under the facade of the modern design and amenities, there is a story of dangers developing. Due to numerous requests by the residents for security directly to the owner(s) at Redwood Partners, Inc. and the management company Legacy Partners, assaults, theft and vandalism run rampant with no resolve. The general consensus is focused on the well being of the children and families that reside here, as well as to deter the inevitability of more violence, further property loss and death.

    I ask for you to take a moment to view a petition explaining in greater detail, along with the comments made by residents demanding change. There is also a blog posting photographs of conditions that the owners refuse to acknowledge.

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/loftsatnohocommons-safety/index.html
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/loftsatnohocommons-safety/signatures.html
    http://loftsatnohocommons.blogspot.com/
    http://noholiving.com/

    The North Hollywood Community Police Station regularly sends officers on calls here, most recently regarding a masked male with a crowbar, running within the building’s interior on two of the floors. This was less than 24 hours after four high-end vehicles were vandalized and rims were stolen. Women are afraid to leave their homes with the fears of a possible rape or home invasion. Stairwells are not secured with locks that work properly, or are forced open. Elevators don’t function for weeks at a time. Lights go off for days at a time that cover one half or another of the whole complex. Parts of the complex are over run by trash and filth, which must be violations of health and fire regulations. The sight and smell of urine and feces are found throughout the common areas. Drug dealers and prostitutes live and “work” here, and in the stairwells. And yet nothing happens. This is a very upscale community, which many of its residents demand discretion from their high-visibility and high profile professional lives. All of which have voiced and demanded action with no resolve.

    We ask that you consider looking into our situation. There is documentation of events by some of the residents, as well as some officers from LAPD, including Captain Sharyn, I. Buck, Area Commanding Officer, of the North Hollywood Community Police Station.

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  174. July 31, 2008 at 2:09 pm, Guest said:

    When you sign a lease their are rules and regulations that go with the lease….find your lease READ IT….send a letter to the mangement
    and date it…now when they do not respond ..write letter to landlord commission of your state

    they should help.

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  175. August 03, 2008 at 1:09 am, Anonymous said:

    I am looking for inexpensive (duh) small studio/1 BR in Indianapolis IN because of temporary job relocation here. Almost signed up with WestLake but now see some really horrible reviews on it and most of the other <$400 month studio apartments I was planning on seeing. This is my first time in decades doing this. I’ll be driving back to my “real” home/family often so don’t need (nor can afford) much more than pillow to rest my head on but also don’t want to share it with roaches, rats, criminals, and lousy apartment management problems. Don’t really know Indy at all. Any suggestions? (I dont want to pay an agent to look for me).

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  176. September 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    MY landlord is evicting me and my wife saying we are behind in rent since 6/08 we have proof of us paying the rent. but hes saying we are 3000 in the whole with him. one factor is that if we break lease early he charges us 800 dollars, the other is that hes telling the courts that we pay 375 a month in rent when we are told 350 wich is what we signed on the lease wich the lease he file with the court says nothing of how much we pay a month. then theres some months we get paid 3 times and hes telling us no matter how many times we get paid we pay him 175. cause we signed our lease saying that we would pay 350 a month at the rate of 175 bi weekly. me and my wife are both sick. shes a type one dieabetic and i have a bad heart. is there anything in the law that would help us?

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  177. September 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm, Guest said:

    Hi, I’m new to this. However I’m currently living in Florida in an apartment with my boyfriend. We’ve been having issues with our dishwasher and have had maintenance come multiple times to fix it. However everytime they say we put too much in, or that it’s only meant to “sanitize” dishes.
    After the hurricane we had ceiling damage, the first time they came in they covered our belongings with a tarp. However they came in today while we were at work. And we came home to find that our laptop, playstation and my boyfriends guitar were all tampered with and everything is covered in dust.
    Is there any way to get out of this lease. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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  178. September 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, any advice on how to get a cheap widow landlord to pry open her wallet to pay for decade overdue repairs in a crumbling apartment building? She’s so stingy because she says she can’t afford it, but she can afford a new car and a country club membership, please!!!!!!!!

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  179. September 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm, Guest said:

    How many people can live in a two bedroom apt? We live below a family that seems to keep growing. What are our rights? T

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  180. October 10, 2008 at 10:41 am, Guest said:

    This depends on where you live – certain states, counties, cities, communities, and individual lease agreements have different restrictions. When I was a landlord in Gainesville, Fl, the law was two adults per bedroom, maximum. The lease stipulated that anyone staying in the apartment for more than seven days must be on the lease (and pass the standard application process). As far as the legal limit, the reasons are obvious (health, safety, etc). As far as the lease terms, the reason was that anyone who could establish legal residency (but who wasn’t on the lease) could get away with ignoring the lease while developing a degree of legal immunity from trespass notices and even eviction.

    If you think your neighbors are creating a flophouse environment, contact your landlord in writing. I’d also contact the code enforcement agency in your area and ask for their advice.

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  181. October 26, 2008 at 1:39 am, Guest said:

    Two problems in one post, one for me, one for my sister.

    I’ve lived in this apartment for two and a half years now. Two years ago neighbors moved in upstairs. Two adults, three children, two dogs in a two bedroom apartment. The children are horrificly noisy. I’m 23 years old, not some irritable old granny pounding on the cieling if someone sneezes, either. They pound on their floor (my roof), jump off furniture, play video games so loud I can tell which game they are playing.

    I have had to remove all my things from the walls, (Shelves, decorations, pictures) because they hit the floor with such force it LITERALLY shakes my apartment so hard my things are knocked off the wall. I’ve had belongings shattered when they’ve fallen off their shelves, picture glass break, and had lightbulbs shattered in ceiling fixtures. I have called at least two dozen times to complain to the management and all I ever get from them is “Oh, we’ll call them again.” or the most frequent answer “They say that they’re just children.” and then nothing happens. It’s beyond not live-able here. If I could afford it, I would move but there’s no way I can afford a new deposit, moving van, and to get util. hooked back up.

    What should I do with these people? Is there something I can do other than try to outlast them? My landlords seem usual in this.

    The second problem is my sister’s. They are half a month behind in rent and having some financial trouble since brother in law was laid off from construction job. They have a 15 month old baby and the landlord won’t turn on the heat. It’s getting cold fast in ND and I know this isn’t legal. Who do I call?

    Thanks.

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  182. October 26, 2008 at 2:02 am, Guest said:

    I’ve lived in this apartment for two and a half years. About three months after I moved in here, we got new neighbors upstairs. Two adults, three children, two dogs.

    They are horribly noisy. The adults listen to television so loud we can hear everything on their tv, including their porn, in our living room. The children jump off furniture, stomp, jump up and down, and throw things at the walls. The kids are hitting the ground so hard they shake my apartment and I’ve had to remove all my belongings from the walls. They’ve knocked things off my shelf that I inherited from my grandmother and broken them. Things that go back from before my family came to this country before WWI! Picture glass has been broken, even lightbulbs in the ceiling fixtures have been shattered.

    My dogs are in a state of panic the whole time they are awake upstairs, because it sounds like people are knocking constantly, or that the whole building is being attacked!
    I have complained so many times to the management over the last two years and they will do nothing. I have spoken to the upstairs neighbors, brought the parents down so they could hear how loud the kids and their appliances are. They even think it’s too noisy and have said they wouldn’t live under them. Then they go upstairs and turn up the tv, the kids start jumping up and down right in the center of the living room. They’re doing it just to make it hell, I swear.

    What do I do? I can’t afford to move. There isn’t a place in this town that’s big enough for us that doesn’t have a deposit under $700, plus the utilities hook up fees, and costs of moving. It would take another year or two to save up that much. Is there someone I can contact? This place is affecting my mother’s helping in a very negative way, she’s chronically ill with an auto-immune disaese that destroys muscles and connective tissue. The only way she’s ever been able to get through a whole day is to rest in the afternoons or evenings. She can’t even lay down in quiet anymore.

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  183. October 27, 2008 at 12:29 pm, Guest said:

    I got a notice that my landlord is putting in new windows – but the notice states that as a tenant I should lock up my valuables because they will not be held responsible for any theft. I checked my lease and it actually states something of this effect – that the landlord or agent of a landlord can not be held liable for theft. Just by stating this in a lease – does this make it true? I live in Pennsylvania.

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  184. December 03, 2008 at 12:02 pm, Guest said:

    I feel lost right now! The owner of the house has not taken care of the sewage problem and the house has a river running through it when it rains hard. I now have furniture damage and mildew which has destroyed books, papers and other. I am alergic to mold and am constantly sneezing. The rug has mold in it also. What do I do to get this person to fix these problems.
    The other problem is the electrical situation I have been paying not only for my electricity but have found out that I am also paying for the next door tenants living room electricity. what can I do to confront this person without getting kicked out of my house. Can he be forced to fix the problem before renting to another person.

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  185. December 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm, Guest said:

    read the real estate book.about tenants right

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  186. December 26, 2008 at 7:44 am, Guest said:

    You rent the place, and the patio is part of it, so therefore you have the right to use your property anytime, day or night. Yes this illegal. It sounds like a manager on a power trip. If you get wrote up, just save it, and contact an attorney who does pro bono work. I am sure they would find this case interesting…Especially an attorney who specializes in human rights. Good luck, and don’t back down.

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  187. January 07, 2009 at 11:53 am, Guest said:

    i put thirty day notice in and was moved completely out prior to date. the landlord wants to charge an extra month rent because i forgot to turn in the keys. ohio

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  188. January 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm, Guest said:

    I would call the police and say that it’s noise pollution and get them involved.

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  189. February 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm, Samantha said:

    Hey I just have a quick question. I owe my landloard $90.00 for the rest of our rent is this grounds to evict me, my husband, and 2 children? My landloard knows at the time my husband and I are doing everything we can to make our rent every month. We have never even been late on a payment until this month, we have just fallin behind and it is hard with this economy to find a job, my husband runs his own company and work is just not there right now. I just started to run my own childcare and make just enough to pay everything but $90.00 of the rent it is a hard situation to be in. My lease agreement says nothing about eviction so I dont even know what the grounds for eviction are, im sure none payment of rent is what he will use? But, rent was paid all but $90.00 of it. One part of the lease does state “all residents agree to pay a late charge of $50.00 a day until rent is received also further agress to pay $50.00 for evey returned check. These charges will be subtracted from the secority deposit if not paid.” I dont know what this means. Someone out there please let me know what you think.

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  190. May 06, 2009 at 2:59 pm, JJ said:

    There are many loops holes that exist depending on the state you live in. In NY, if you cannot pay your rent, advise the landlord with sufficient time and leave in a orderly fashion, then there will be no penalty. I have lived in NY my entire life and the slum lords are a dime a doz. I always pay on time and at times pay 3 to 4 months in advance. Landlords are filthy douche bags who care about nothing. I’ve gotten so fed up through the years that I fight back in my own way. I once signed a 3 year lease paying 1515.oo a month in one of the sleaziest, drug riddled, crime infested parts of Brooklyn. The place had literally thousands of mice scurrying all night and I’m not exaggerating. I got so fed up that I just lived there for free for the next 9 months. I didn’t pay him shit! When he took me to court, all I did was show all my complaints and receipts for pest control and he lost the case and got fined as well. Gotta know what your doing and not be afraid of landlords bossing you around. Yuppies are like a plague in my neighborhood and they attract these kinds of slum-Lords. Fight back what have you got to lose…………

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  191. June 16, 2009 at 7:23 am, Emmanuel Y. Harmon said:

    I live in a room surrounded by all sorts of embarrassment mainly given by my landlord. My landlord has a video club attached to my room with two large sound boxes played on an amplifier. Usually during the day I have no time to rest because of the noise. In my country, this time is rainy season. I noticed some leakage in my room after a 2 day heavy shower. Upon complain to him, he rejected being responsible for the problems over the roof. What do I do?

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  192. June 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm, CeCe said:

    I live in a section 8 apartment I have neighbors above me and under me I don’t know them or bother them. I have lived here only 2 years and they are invading my privacy they stand in front of my door listening to everything me and my husband talk about plus others from the area where I live I can hear them so can my dog when I open my front door they either run up stairs or down stairs I hear the doors slam or the front door to out side close. I don’t know what can I do to have it stop. plus I hear people out side my building talking about my conversations in my apartment to others and I try not to pay mind but now its going to far. I need it to stop what can I do?

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  193. July 02, 2009 at 7:00 pm, Gues said:

    I have been living at my place for about 2months. The landlord is not fixing my appliances that are broken. First it was the airconditioner and they told them they need to replace the whole thing and they will not. Second, my master bathroom toilet is not working either. The water does not seem to be running to the bathroom and it is leaking!! Thirdly before I moved in they were suppose to fix the leaking shower head and because they never fixed it now there is a horrible mold problem in the bathroom!! I have had enough of this place!! How do i go about breaking the lease and keeping my deposit.

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  194. April 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm, Anonymous said:

    Is there an Oklahoma law addressing proration of the final month’s rent (1 yr lease) when the lease is up on the 20th?

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  195. November 19, 2010 at 2:05 am, Jen said:

    I live in ohio in an apartment complex that has been here for years ( problem around 40years since they were here when I was a kid and i am 41 now. The complex was recently sold to a management service vs the first landlord who was around 29. I have complained about the leaking faucet in my kitchen, toilet constanly running and other problems like loose windows ( the whole window can be pushed back and forth. The carpet is older then dirt and are coming up around the edges leaving the tack strip exposed, kitchen cabnet doors are falling off and the weirdest one is that the top of my walls look like they were wallpapered at sometime by a person who did not the air pocets out. No idea what is causing that. The locks on my door were not changed when I moved in despite me requesting it be done. I have no idea how many people could have a key to my door. I am not sure how the previous maintance man even got the job since he could really not fix anything or if he fif attept to fix something he created even more of a mess. That is just the inside of the apartment, the outside gets even more fun. There are 5 steps coming down to the apartments that are various heights and the concrete at the bottom of the stairs is really cracked and every time it rains the water collects there in a big and deep puddle. I have even considered asking the new landlords if I could replace the cabnets and carpets if they are willing to pay a professional to come install them. The electrical system is old and mine is actually painted shut. What are my rights as a tenet?? I really can’t move due to finances on a monthly bases. I am on disability with lung failure and I think there may be mold lurking around. Any suggestions on what I should do next?
    One more thing, are apartments required to have designated handicapped parking? Mine has none and there are two of us who live here that need handicapped parking. Does anyone know about the law concerning this?

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  196. December 07, 2010 at 12:44 pm, Crystal Holt said:

    Carpenters Village, Il..I do believe they are discriminating against my parking spot as I am disabled and have metal in my back which requires me to have corizone shots in my back not to mention I’ve had Graves disease, Depression and Migraines…I worked with most of my medical problems all of my life and now it’s apparent I will no longer be able to work. I have a question regarding the apartment I live in and why they cannot install a disabled person’s parking spot..they’re reasoning is the apartment was build before the law became in effect…also they rejected my dog when obviously they had a cat here prior and marketed this as a new apartment … My pilot on the furnace goes out prequently and cannot afford to move…very unhapy tenant! Please help – out side of Chicago, Illinois A Sincere Disabled person Crystal holt…Thanking you for you consideration in the matter!

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  197. February 28, 2011 at 9:05 am, Veronica said:

    To the lady with the lease renting a room in CA out of a private residence:

    Unfortunately you are not considered a tenant if you are the only one. It is not like an apartment. CA has different rules for this. Your lease may not apply or may bind her in treating you as a tenant with a 30 day notice. I think same living standards apply to you as any tenant as far as health conditions, etc. The amount of access you have in the home should be stated in your lease. If you don’t get what you signed for I believe it breaks the lease. You have to make requests first but I would talk to a lawyer.

    “A lodger is a person who lives in a room in a house where the owner lives. The owner can enter all areas occupied by the lodger and has overall control of the house.8 Most lodgers have the same rights as tenants.

    However, in the case of a single lodger in a house where there are no other lodgers, the owner can evict the lodger without using formal eviction proceedings. The owner can give the lodger written notice that the lodger cannot continue to use the room. The amount of notice must be the same as the number of days between rent payments (for example, 30 days). (See “Tenant’s notice to end a periodic tenancy”.) When the owner has given the lodger proper notice and the time has expired, the lodger has no further right to remain in the owner’s house and may be removed as a trespasser.”

    This should tell you what you can do. You don’t have as many rights when you rent rooms in a private residence.

    dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/

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  198. July 07, 2011 at 8:28 am, donald c said:

    my landlord is telling me i can’t leave my brother in my apartment when i’m not there to go out for a couple minutes

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  199. November 29, 2011 at 9:05 am, Anonymous said:

    I signed a lease for an apartment in Plano, TX. However, I was unable to view the apartment beforehand. I got the keys yesterday and am mortified by the place. It is completed outdated and looks nothing like the model home they showed me.

    My entire floor is on a tilt…closet and pantry door do not open all the way because the floor gets in the way, my bedroom and bathroom door do not close and stay shut. The carpet in the bedroom looks like it is 5 years old. All the door knobs have bits of paint on them…you can feel it when you touch it. The vent covers are old, dirty and simply painted over.

    My counter is made of particle board and some areas have chips on the edges. If this particle board is brand new, then they are simply using their model as a bait and switch ploy. The model was upgraded, so I was told that if my apartment needed any upgrading, it would look like what was in the model.

    What are my rights as a renter in Plano, TX?

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  200. April 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm, rob said:

    living in apartment where the circuts pop once a day if not more and the septic is so outdated the house always smells and it has backed up into the house twice now can i brake the lease and not be responsible for the rest of it

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  201. June 07, 2012 at 8:25 pm, luvdalaw said:

    For all of You with Roaches, Rats ,meldew broken ovens ,floods old carpets call your County Heath departmen and file a complaint and they will come and want to see the problem and they will notify the owner and I promise you the owner will fix the problem ! But some owners will find a way to evict a tenant who comeplains I know from experince and I won my eviction case and didn’t have to move . Always take pictures of problems before you notify manager or owner when you report the problem and every e a complaint always write the time and date. this is your proof of the problems and how long it took them to fix and to show that you didn’t cause the problems that they had to repair. and always read and copy any work order they ask you to sign. Protect your self!!!

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  202. July 12, 2012 at 2:35 am, Dianaz said:

    I need help! I dont know what to do anymore I just it seems like all I can do is cry. I moved into my apartment on june 15,2012 eversince we moved in we heard some kind of rodents moving around in our roof, yes kinda creepy so we immediately notified the front office about it and they told ua they are doing there best they have traps set out to catch them. Well the noises besided being creepy didnt bother us much. Well one july 1st at 3:00 a.m. Iheard a scratching noise in the roof and looked up at my ceiling only to find a hole being made by one of the rodents up therez! I immediately called our so called “24 hr maintenance” so they could come out. Well to make that part of the story short noone ended up showing until about noon that day. Now thaf I think about it if I get really into detail thia ia going to be a very long atory so I will try to keep it short. Lets just say the office was notified on many occassiins about the hile and the rodents, and well they decided to put it off so now I have 2 holes in my bedroom ceiling leaking water and all these black balls keep falling out. Im not aure if its racoon feces or whaf because ive never seen any rodent feces bedore. But I also have a 6 mo.th old child that they are also aware of! He hasnt been able to sleep in his crib and I havnt been able to sleep in peace. I wake up in fear everytime I hear a noise thnking its a rodent coming through. Mind you I dobt sleep in my bedroom anymore because of the issue I sleep in my cousins room where you can still hear them moving,taljing,fighting and eunning. It really is scary! Ive taken pictures , videos, wrote a letter and its still hasnt been dealt with. Now my apartment ia atarting to have a moldy like smell throughout the whole apartment. Zand the reason why I want to cey is because I actually got a hold of the city of dallas Inspector and he came out, took pjctures and told them they have 10 daya to fix it! 10 days even though I have my baby in here! It will be 2 weeks ob sunday I dont think I can go another ten days! I went to the front today to ask when they will.be fixinv it all and her response was”well we have 10 days”. I dont have family here in texas so I dont have nowhere to fo in the meantime. Correct me if im wrong but this is obvioualy not a safe place for me.bor my baby. Can somebody pleaseee help me me and tell me what more can I do? I am on the verge of a meltdown I dont know what ill do if my baby gets harmed! Sorry foe all the miapells I am on my phone :/ sorry.

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  203. August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm, Janet said:

    I recently rented a room i the Bronx and was told that I could not put an actual locking lock on my room door. However the new guy who just rented a room was allowed to place one on his. When I mentioned this to the owner he said he was allowed to keep the lock because it was already there. It wasn’t and this man is lying. I have valuables that I would like to keep and his refusal to allow me the right to have a lock on my door is really stressing me out. He states that he could get an $8000 fine if I don’t remove the lock because the city inspectors are always coming to the house and they never let anyone know when they are showing up. Also He states that there are video survelliance cams all around the house and shows no proof. The only cams are outside of the house. I just want to be able to lock my door when I go to work without the fear of returning and finding my stuff gone of broken. He is allowing certain people to lock their doors and I am not allowed to.

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  204. September 04, 2012 at 3:23 pm, Claire said:

    To Janet – that is seriously messed up and against the law. Not only is there a discrimination suit in your facts, but I’m sure he is violating New York state laws about rental property security. Contact a lawyer, there are plenty of places that offer free legal advice in NY. Go here for a list:

    housingnyc.com/html/resources/legal2.html

    Good luck!

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  205. March 04, 2013 at 12:21 pm, frustrated renter said:

    I rent in Chicago. The girl below my unit set fire 2 weeks ago. Myself and my roomate as well as other tenants in the building were put in a hotel while major clean up was done.

    My roommate and I moved back into the place last week. The place still smells of smoke, the maintenance guy has left the apartment doors unlocked (with many contractors free in the building repairs the ruined units.) There is constant noise from construction and the smell is just awful. The building has puddles of water in the common area from where the roof was leaking (fire fighters had to vent the roof.)

    Do I have the right to ask for pro-rated rent. I did not move into a building in the conditions it is in now. As i know it is not the buildings fault for a fire I still feel for the large amount of money I pay for rent that I shouldnt have to pay the full amount to live in the fire smoke smelled, loud construction apartment complex.

    Please help me

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  206. October 26, 2013 at 11:39 am, NY Landlord said:

    Where did you get such a crazy idea??? LOL!!!

    Guest Says:
    July 26th, 2007 at 6:17 am
    Actually, I know that at least in the State of New York it is mandatory for landlords to provide window covering.

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  207. February 01, 2014 at 11:22 am, Anonymous said:

    hi ,i live in ny im trying to find a place to live .im 55 yrs old and disabled but get around well , my son helps me with heavy things laundry ,store etc ,he lives in the bronx and im trying to find a landlord who would rent to me but im on ssecurity and dont receive much is there any one out there that knows any where low income housing

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  208. April 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm, Sean said:

    I have a problem, I called my emergency maintenance people at this townhouse i live at (Bennett Property Management.) to clear a sewage issue that cause every drain to flow into the downstairs toilet and overflow it (this includes sinks, upstairs toilet and bath, washing machines) They came down next day and fixed it. The issue here is that they served us with an eviction notice same day if I didn’t clean some tiny oil spill and the day after the sewage overflowed outside right next to the front door. 2 of my roommates are now sickly and vomiting. I really have no want to deal with these people anymore and I would like to know if their is a way I can break out of the lease on the grounds of not having fixed the sewage and endangering the health of my roommates.

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  209. May 05, 2014 at 4:02 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hi there my apartment had severe water damage this weekend due to a busted water pipe in the laundry room. They came and cleaned the apartment the day of the incident. They put a big dryer in the hallway to dry everything out, then left and said they would be back Monday for repaires. Before they left they tore the carpet up and left the dryer underneath. Well the carpet was so damaged that I tossed it after they left. My question is will the property management have to replace the carpet? Because they came today and asked where the carpet was and I told them I wasn’t gonna keep a soaking wet carpet in my apartment all weekend. Any thoughts?

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  210. May 05, 2014 at 4:10 pm, Jason said:

    We had water damage this weekend due to a busted pipe in our laundry room the carpet in the hallway was soaked and damaged. They left a big dryer to dry out the carpet but it was beyond repair. When they left my wife called the property manager and she told her they would come Monday to fix the pluming and carpet. So I tossed the carpet out after she got off the phone. Carpet guys showed up today and asked where the carpet was I told them it was beyond repair and the landlord told you where coming to fix everything. I didn’t want a soaking wet carpet in my apartment all weekend. Well they left because they where just gonna put down padding and put the old carpet back on top! My question is can they do this I mean come on they where just gonna replace the padding.

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