Landlord dropped the ball, how can we get him to pick it back up?
May 25, 2014 1:17 PM Subscribe
We are scheduled to move into a significantly renovated unit in less than a week; not one renovation has actually been done. What can we do?
posted by like_a_friend to Home & Garden (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
(This is in Chicago)
Two months ago my SO and I signed a lease on an apartment, with a move-in date of May 31. The unit was pretty much a disaster--liveable, technically, but holes in the walls and floors, busted-up bathroom fixtures, missing tiles, etc. The landlord showed us what would be fixed, and showed us an identical unit that was being fixed at the time. We had no reason to doubt him, because we saw the actual work being done next door--workers and all!--and that would be a hell of a lot of effort for a con.
Well, my SO went there yesterday to measure doorways for the move (IN SIX DAYS) and not one thing has been touched. In two months. No renovations whatsoever, still cat-sized holes in the damn floor. I don't know whether it's outright fuckery, or bad management. The building engineer (a new employee, fwiw) seemed very surprised to hear we were moving in so soon, it was apparently the first he'd heard of it.
Yes, it was our fault for renting a unit that we wouldn't want as-is, our fault for not getting an itemized list in writing, and we will never ever again make that mistake, rest assured. We know that legally, we have no recourse. But either way, I have to call the management company to arrange a key pickup. Should I mention that we know about the absence of repairs and ask what his plans are? I don't want to threaten, I don't want out of the lease; I just want the apartment we were promised on the date which we were promised it. What is my best approach for achieving this, or as close to this as possible?
TL; DR, landlord has failed, either accidentally or possibly on purpose, to make substantial promised repairs before move-in. How can I approach him in a productive way so that we don't end up either homeless, or living in a shithole?
Bonus question: Landlords: we admit to a relative ignorance of renovation time. If you were making fixes to floors, walls, kitchen, and bath, but no plumbing or electrical changes, would you be able to get it done in 6 days??