Help me deal with my crazy landlord!
July 30, 2010 11:22 AM Subscribe
What rights do I have with my landlord in Seattle?
posted by justalisteningman to human relations (11 answers total)
Me and my roommates are first time renters, and our landlord is causing us some problems.
We need some advice.
1. He's taken two weeks to finish fixing our dishwasher. Right now, its sitting in the middle of our kitchen. It's been incrementally leaking all over our kitchen, producing a horrible smell. He's left large puddles in our kitchen after working on it.
I feel like I live in a swamp.
A couple days ago, he came by in the evening, and I tried to ask him if he had an idea as to when the repairs would be finished. I could smell the alcohol on him - he refused to give me an answer.
He says that the reason they can't finish installing it is that they haven't found the correct size of a certain part (I think he said the fitting that goes around the dishwasher.
I think this might be bullshit - we live in a major city, with a lot of dishwashers...I'm thinking there might be a larger structural problem with the pipes or something and he's just not telling us. Our house is old and beat up.
I'm especially suspect of the structural condition of the house because...
2. On a note that my landlord wrote to the man fixing our deck/dishwasher, he gave instructions to clean up the black mold in the basement. We are not renting out the basement, and have only seen it once, quickly.
Given how my landlord has dealt with the dishwasher situation, I question his ability to properly fix this problem.
All of this is especially concerning to me because of the room I rent. I am right across from the kitchen, so that mess is unavoidable. Moreover, the room I'm in used to be a laundry room or something. There is an open metal pipe in my closet that looks like it used to be connected to a washing machine. Weird smells that definitely don't come from me emanate from this pipe.
Additional information: he rented the house to us when the back deck was clearly unsafe. We had a large party about two months ago, and a support beam snapped. No one was injured. All of a sudden there was just a massive dent in our deck. The support beam is now fixed, and is in the process of being repaired.
Additional information: a neighbor told us that our landlord had cheated some previous renters out of some money. He wasn't clear on the specifics. Also, he alleged that our landlord might be addicted to cocaine.
Give me advice hivemind! How do I get my landlord to finish fixing our dishwasher? It's been two weeks with no end in sight.
With this list of grievances, do I have the right to terminate my lease without repercussion? I don't want to be inhaling mold for another 9 months.