To Sue or Not to Sue?
July 17, 2012 10:47 AM Subscribe
We've been living in a house in Oregon that has been converted from a four bedroom to a two bedroom plus pottery studio. We've recently had some major issues with the landlords regarding a plumbing issue (see previous question
). Well, the landlords wanted us to pay half of the plumbing bill. I said "Hell No" then they asked us to move. They have found new tenants and I don't want the owners to get away with the shit they pulled on us.
posted by ohmansocute to home & garden (25 answers total)
Here are some basic stats of our rental unit:
-The previous two bedrooms now function as a pottery studio. The landlords use it as a business, teach classes, run an art camp all without a permit or business license. They advertise all over the internet and around town.
-There is no separate electricity/water meter and they "reimburse" us every month; about 10-15 bucks. This includes electricity use of: lights, kiln, stereo, and whatever power tools they decide to hook up to our electricity outlets. Our average water/electricity runs over 200/mo for a 100sq ft. house
-There was never any permit to convert the house from a 4bdr to a 2bdr. They use the front door while we use the back door leaving us with only one exit. It was brought to my attention that that is a major fire hazard.
-They are ALWAYS on the property. There is a garage out back full of my landlords shit, and he is always tinkering out there. There is also no more than 5 VW buses parked out front and back, along with what I call the "hippy shit pile" of broken down furniture that they chop up and burn, in my yard
-Since my agressive refusal to be responsible for any of the plumbing bill, my landlord has given my dirty looks and even once told me to "fuck off" in front of my three year old. He is ALWAYS in front of my house, and I have to walk by him all damn day long. Lots and lots of dirty looks.
-The landlady has had me sign multiple "Oregon Lease Termination" since they decided that we are not a good fit for their faux hippy commune. I don't believe they can even legally rent the house to people who are not employed in their business (pottery)
Some have suggested that I sue. We are looking for a new place and are having an awful time since there are so many university students moving to the area to attend school in the fall. We asked for more time to move, but the landlady found a new tenant who "agreed" to move in on the 15th of August, so that is when we need to be out.
Advise me, should I just get the fuck out of here, or should I talk with every city official to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else? And I will honestly say that I had no idea the pottery studio was a means when we first moved in; I thought it was a hobby space. Boy, how I was wrong.