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What kind of rights do tenants have following tenant screening process?

Apartment complex management denied our application based on erroneous information - they now refuse to talk to us about the incident that got our application denied. If CRA's and landlords are protected within tenant screenings, what recourse do tenants have? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Aug 2, 2015 - 3 answers

I don't want to be a sleazy landlord but I will need to withhold some $$

What would be considered normal wear and tear in a rental property to deduct from a security deposit after 6 years? The place looks pretty bad. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 15, 2015 - 37 answers

I lied on my rental application.

I was informally evicted from a lease in the past year. I skipped it in my rental history on a new application. Now what? [more inside]
posted by rubster on Jul 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Served a deadbeat and hostile roommate with eviction notice. Now what?

Posted on behalf of a friend, who lives in Florida: Me (Master Tenant) and 2 others (Co-Tenants) lease a house from a property management company. We have permission & authorization to sub-lease. I had to give proper notice for eviction due to failure to pay rent today. If he doesn't vacate, and I have to take him to court... do I have any reasonable expectation to actually collect un-paid rent and legal fees? [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Jul 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Taking shortcut when locked out - is this trespassing?

I live in a house that's broken up into two units, with a shared basement where everybody does laundry. I went down to do the laundry this afternoon and found that I was locked out of my portion of the unit (normally the door to the basement is unlocked). The oven was also on because I was cooking. I had no phone and no keys, so I went outside and banged on the door and shouted 'HELP!' Nobody was home to answer, for either unit. I went back into the basement and it turned out that the people downstairs still had their door unlocked. I walked through the downstairs unit to get back into the common entrance to get back into my unit. Is this trespassing if it was an emergency? As I said before, the oven was on, and there was no telling when people would get home and I didn't want a fire to start and put everybody at risk. Otherwise I would've just waited or tried to find another neighbour so I could get in touch with the landlord or a housemate. Nobody knows this happened, but I'm not sure whether I should mention it or not.
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2015 - 23 answers

The Curious Case of the Angry Non-Tenant

My housemate's fiance changed her address to ours without telling any of us, is taking up a lot of space with her stuff in the kitchen and bathroom, and just left a nasty letter under my door. She is not a tenant. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jun 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Received an termination/eviction notice. Now what?

I'm still waiting for tenant lawyers to get back to me, but I don't know what to do. We've been given 2 weeks to vacate the premises and it was a complete shock. [more inside]
posted by manderin on May 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Tenant woes in Ontario

Are security door chains illegal in apartments in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by Lay Off The Books on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

What are my rights here? Tenant in Virginia

Hi out there! I'm moving away at the end of May from Charlottesville, Virginia for a new job on the west coast and I have a lease that goes until July 30. My landlord has kindly offered to terminate my lease early, and has said that it is on the condition that he finds someone else to take over the apartment. However! [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Where Does Quiet Enjoyment Come In?

Four days ago, we got an email from a realtor introducing herself as the person selling my landlord's house. She's been incredibly aggressive and rude in regards to viewings, and we do not trust her to respect our wishes if we ask her not to show the house at a certain time. It has been incredibly stressful, and it's only been one week. What are our rights here (detailed questions also within)? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 16, 2015 - 23 answers

I just want to wash my dishes

My dishwasher in my apartment has a lower rack that is not made for my dishwasher, and this causes the dishwasher to not run correctly half of the time. I feel like my landlord is supposed to supply appliances that work correctly and not jury rig something together than kind of sort of works. Can I do anything besides wash my dishes twice or by hand? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

State of Indiana - Tenant Rights/ Rental Laws on sudden increases?

Apartment complex gave me 3 days notice of either immediate lease renewal with rent increase or a fee for staying month to month. Obviously, details behind cut. Yes yes, I know, you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

3 day notice grar

Landlord has “applied my payment”, intended for rent, toward a bogus (or at least totally-news-to-me) bill for supposed maintenance services. Now landlord claims my rent is late and left a 3 day notice to pay or quit. I do not want to pay maintenance bill. Details below: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 5, 2015 - 19 answers

How do I get out of this lease?

I need to know my options for getting out of a lease in California. We have lived in a rental home for 5+ years and just signed a one-year lease renewal in January that can be renewed every year, expecting to stay for several more years. Our landlord just announced that he is selling our place. We are trying to start a family and moving at the end of the year while I'm very pregnant or with a newborn is not an option. How can we get out of the lease? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Am I going to wake up IN FLAMES because of an electrical prob in my apt?

So, I woke up to part of my apartment without power. The maintenance man has strung up extension cords so now many, many electrical things (lamps, computers, refrigerator, wifi) are all getting juice from a single outlet. This feels unsafe. Is it? See inside for more blah blah blah. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Dec 4, 2014 - 28 answers

Landlord question: "Service animals"...Could it be that we are exempt?

My husband owns one small rental house. He had a tenant for several years (who has recently moved). Now that we are screening for new tenants we realize that we must educate ourselves anew about laws pertaining to service animals. We are completely on board about doing things lawfully, but it hasn't been easy to determine what we can and can't do. There seem to be tons of gray areas. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Renting an apartment while on Tenant Blacklist in NYC

Hi Everyone, I searched and could not find a question about this already posted so here goes. I am looking for an apartment for the first time in 6 years and I have found myself on the tenant 'blacklist'. I had NO IDEA. [more inside]
posted by FridaG on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

The roof is leaking, and the property manager couldn't care less. Help?

We rent a second-floor apartment in a two-story house. There is apparently a leak in the roof, and when there's a lot of rain (like right now, it's been pouring since last night!) water drips through our living room ceiling. It's not a HUGE leak, but it's right in the middle of the room, and the water is coming in right next to a light fixture. The property manager has been notified twice -- once a few months ago, and once today. He is ignoring us. Many many more details after the cut... [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Oct 23, 2014 - 30 answers

How can I gently encourage a housemate to go live elsewhere?

My wife and I bought a house, moved in, and rented one of the bedrooms out to one of her friends. She and I later broke up, and she is now living elsewhere. Her friend still lives here, and I've since rented out the third bedroom as well. My desire is more about sharing a home with friends than about simply making money renting rooms, though divorce is expensive and the money certainly helps. My ex's friend is a perfectly reasonable tenant who pays his rent on time, doesn't trash the place, doesn't cause drama, and while he's a bit slobby he does follow through on his agreements when we negotiate about chores. He deserves better than to just be kicked out because I happen not to prefer his company. At the same time, this isn't the living situation I want and it only exists because of the chain of events leading to my divorce. How can I make progress toward organizing the home environment I want to live in without treating my ex's friend unfairly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Can I keep it as a pet?

How bad is the mould in my apartment? (Bonus question inside!) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Oct 7, 2014 - 7 answers

WTF?!?!?!?! Youare going to raise my rent 50%?!?!?!?!?!?!

How do I make a ridiculously high rent increase to catch up with the market fairly and without feeling bad about it? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 1, 2014 - 66 answers

Bogus Damage Charges from a Corporate Landlord DC Edition

Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2014 - 9 answers

my move out date is after my lease expires. how bad is it?

I rented a new apartment with a lease starting on September 1st. My current apartment's lease ends 8/31. I foolishly thought moving out on 9/1 was standard practice. My landlord assures me it is not. Now what? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 25, 2014 - 51 answers

Binding arbitration

I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Moving in problems

There are a couple issues with the apartment we are moving into today- what to do? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Aug 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Question about eviction and co-tenants versus sub-tenants.

I'm going through a breakup. My ex very suddenly served me a Notice To Quit today. I'm not sure what rights I have here. I'm also pretty destitute because of recent medical bills. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheHappiestSadist on Jul 30, 2014 - 25 answers

Old tenant is in a legal dispute with landlord-- should I take the apt?

The apartment is otherwise perfect in mostly every way. Is this kind of thing a reason not to take it? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Rent question (grace period falls on holiday) Oregon

My friend rents an apartment. According to the lease he signed there is a 4 day grace period before his rent is considered late. (He sometimes pays on the 4th of the month because of when he is paid). This month the grace period involves the July 4 holiday. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jun 22, 2014 - 18 answers

There's a hole in my siding, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

I drove by my rental property today and it appears that my idiot tenant has backed into the front of the house within the last few weeks. The damage looks like this, with the damaged area measuring about a foot tall at its longest point. Is this an appropriate DIY project for someone with only basic levels of handiness, and if not, what professional do I call? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jun 17, 2014 - 8 answers

What should I do about this unauthorized entry in my apartment building?

An unknown person let themselves into my neighbors apartment, stole her pot, and then left, and my landlord isn't doing anything about it. I'm wondering what I should do now, if anything. Details at length inside. [more inside]
posted by apricot on May 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Landlord Part Deux (NYC edition)

Our neighbors are complaining to our landlord about what seem really ridiculous matters, and he is sending letters threatening eviction. We pay our rent on time and try not to bother him. Please help me figure out what he might be thinking, how to deal with this, and what our rights are. [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Landlordfilter: My tenants want to go day-to-day

My tenants, who have been reasonably good, rent-on-time tenants for 4 years, are looking for a larger house for their now-larger family. I let them go month-to-month to support that; now they want to know how much less than 30 days' notice is acceptable. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Apr 25, 2014 - 37 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Does a tenant in California have a right to have his closet unlocked?

I rent an apartment with a strange closet situation. Right now the closet has locked. No key exists for the lock. Instead, the landlord urges me to keep it unlocked, even though it tends by its nature to lock, accidentally. The landlord will not make a key. Instead he charges me for stripping the door from its hinges each time it locks, grumbling "I told you there was no key!" Is this OK or is there some ideal under the law that I should be able to have access to my closet?
posted by johngoren on Apr 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Tenant (probably) stuck in Toronto prison and time keeps dragging on...

How can I find someone who is currently awaiting trial or in jail in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 27, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm moving out, new tenants want to move in early, should they pay?

New tenants want to move in 3 days early and don't want to pay for the extra days. [more inside]
posted by althanis on Mar 10, 2014 - 42 answers

Looking for advice on taking a tenant to Small Claims Court in Ontario

I may need to take my tenant to Small Claims Court, and I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Landlord splitting electric bills between two tenants

My (now previous) landlord split the monthly electric bill between us and the downstairs apartment. We had oil heat, neighbors had electric. We had no a/c, downstairs had central a/c. Electric bills run about $400/month, which we never saw, but were invoiced for as "lease extras". Landlord told us we were responsible for 1/2 the monthly bill. I'm not sure this was equitable. Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Jan 27, 2014 - 14 answers

To Sue, or Not to Pursue? That is the (complex) question.

My room has bedbugs. My landlord refuses to cover the costs of extermination, on the grounds that they've never had this problem before. Do I push it, or let it go? Complication: my landlord is not actually my landlord. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jan 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Can I sublease my NY apartment while I'm gone for 1-2 years?

Our apartment in New York is rent stabilized and we love the neighborhood it's in. I was very, very lucky to find this place back back when I was single. But in April we are moving to London temporarily (maybe for two years?) because of a job my wife has taken. The dream scenario is that we could leave our furniture, find someone we trust to sublease to, and have the option to come back in two years. Or if things go terribly in London we could come back earlier. But there's a complicating factor and I don't even know if the rules would allow us to sublease for very long. Details below. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Burgled!

I was burgled again this week. Sigh. I need help asking my landlord for specific safety interventions. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Tenant's Rights / Electrical work question - Hudson County NJ

While I was dusting the blades on one of our ceiling fan/light units it made a loud grinding/zapping noise and fiery sparks flew out. Needless to say it is now turned off at the wall and will stay that way until an electrician takes a look at it.

Short version: our landlord doesn't want to send an electrician. I on the other hand do not want to be electrocuted or burn the building down. Is there a ballpark figure for how much an electrician might charge to inspect/repair the fan? And has anyone had experience with similar tenant/landlord issues in Hudson County NJ? [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on Sep 15, 2013 - 5 answers

DC Rental laws - Should we pay rent during emergency repairs?

We're living in an apartment in Washington DC. There was a leak in the building's water system that caused damage to several units in the building including ours. It took about a month to get it all fixed - drying everything out, replacing the drywall, tearing out and replacing the wood floors. Its all done now. It was a big mess for a while, with fans and dehumidifiers and torn up floors and walls. We thought about moving out but decided it would be more of a hassle than it was worth so just didn't use the kitchen while this was going on. The building's insurance paid for the repairs and the landlord has been very responsive and done what he could to get it done quickly. We agreed that we wouldn't pay rent until all this was settled. The landlord proposes to pro-rate the rent so that we don't pay anything for the days that the kitchen was unusable and we had to put up with the construction. I've tried to figure out what DC rental law says about this ("OS expects to have a complete, authoritative version of Title 14 available for viewing by mid-October 2009") but can't find anything definitive. My question: Does pro-rated rent abatement seem like a legally and ethically reasonable approach?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Jul 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Massachusetts Tenant Blues

My landlord thinks that all Massachusetts tenants have the right to move their spouses into a rental property. For this reason, he wants to charge my roommate extra rent, even though his wife has no plans to move in. What rights do we have as tenants in this situation? [more inside]
posted by summit on Jul 24, 2013 - 12 answers

NJ tenant rights: how do I get my security deposit back?

After renting a room for almost 2 years, I broke the lease 1.5 months early (gave 1.5 months notice). I ensured that someone else was going to move into my room 1 week after I move out (so my landlord only has a 1 week gap in receiving rent checks). It's been almost 2 months and my landlord hasn't sent me my deposit, and is saying he will only give me 1/2 of it back. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Jul 24, 2013 - 6 answers

My husband temporarily lost his mind. Now what?

Yesterday he used a handsaw to fell a mature, healthy 20 foot tall jacaranda in the middle of the back yard, because it was in his way. We don't own the house. How and when should we tell the owner? What is my husband's mental state and how do we cope, long term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 59 answers

This tenant does not look good on paper

I'm trying to help a friend find an apartment to rent. She is on a low fixed income which will not meet the gross-income-must-be-3x-rent formula most landlords around here require their renters to meet, but she will be receiving assistance from family to ensure her expenses are covered. What kind of support or advice could I provide to help her find a place that will rent to her? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Recycling dumpster always full. Seattle landlord blames tenants.

The recycling dumpster shared by about 30 people in an apartment complex fills up to the top and overflows the second or third day after it is emptied. It's been this way for a few months now, after some changes in the tenant count and removal of one dumpster. Landlord says people need to use the recycling dumpster space more efficiently, refusing to get more recycling space and passing on overflow pickup costs in building fees. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 19, 2013 - 12 answers

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