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Plumbing issue in rented PA home. Landlord wants us to share in payment?

My landlord is requesting that my roommates and I help with the cost of a plumbing repair. I think he's in his rights to do this, but I just want to see what the green thinks. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Apr 13, 2014 - 30 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

How to explain rental history?

I am looking to rent a house, but my rental history is a bit spotty: I moved every six months for the last 1.5 years due to life circumstances, and one of my past landlords will probably not give me a good reference through no fault of my own. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 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

Landlord wants to replace gas oven with electric. Help?

We have enjoyed 6+ years of our gas oven/stovetop, but now our NYC landlord is planning to replace all the ovens in our building with electric. This seems like it will make our (already high) electricity bill even higher. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Tax Question: How best to split up rent/mortgage/repairs?

TaxFilter: Partner and I own multi-family home. How best to split up $$$ from rents, repair costs, mortgage, etc for taxes this year? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Landlord changing building locks and I can't get the key

[NYCFilter] My landlord slipped a memo under the door last night that on Friday afternoon he was changing the front door locks to the building and all tenants had a small window to pick up new keys from him or had to make alternative arrangements. I cannot make the small window (night school), the number he listed is incorrect, and despite a couple voicemails on the other number I have for him he hasn't returned my calls. What are my options on Friday if I cannot get into the apartment? What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by teabag on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 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

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

Although she cleans up well, once you check under the surface...

I just moved into a furnished apartment (in Ontario, Canada) that I knew would have some of the owner's knick-knacks and belongings... but I didn't realize just how much stuff would be here. This is for a (relatively) short-term stay. How can I politely (and does it need to be polite?) request that I need some of her stuff cleared out? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jan 3, 2014 - 16 answers

Is e-mail legally binding in any way?

We're up to renew our lease and want the new lease modified so that we can keep our dog in the apartment. Our landlord refuses to modify the lease at all and suggested instead an e-mail stating that we are allowed to have the dog. Is this meaningful in any real way? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Dec 30, 2013 - 18 answers

It's Not You, It's Me: Landlord Edition

What are some best practices for dealing with landlords? Alternately, please tell me I'm over-reacting. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Neighbor's toilet water is leaking into my home. Landlord doesn't care.

Brown water from the apartment upstairs occasionally leaks into my apartment and its light fixtures. The landlord and super won't fix the plumbing until that tenant moves out. What can I do about this? Withhold rent? Break my lease? Something else? I understand that YANML, but some help with NYC tenants rights would be good right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Sleazy ex-landlord managing to elude any attempt to recoup security.

Two years ago I moved out of an apartment, with everything in good condition and good standing. My landlord ignored my requests for my security deposit, so I sued in small claims and won. Landlord has since ignored any attempt to recoup this debt, which is now - with damages and court fees - nearly $1,500. I've exhausted any resources I have to get this money back, and I'm hoping MeFites might have ideas or encouragement to help settle this in my favor. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Nov 6, 2013 - 15 answers

You want to change your newly signed 12 month lease to 6 months?

How much more should I charge my tenant to change from a 12 month to a 6 month lease at her request after just signing the agreement 2 months ago? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Is this creepy?

I'm on a very painful apartment hunt in the Bay Area, and having no luck finding anything (I've applied four times now). It's a terrible market for a renter and there's a lot of competition. Early this week, I finally found a place I liked and that the landlord seemed willing to rent to me-- but then he sent a series of text messages that made me question his sanity. He lives on the property, so I want to feel comfortable around the guy. I told him I wasn't interested anymore, but now I'm second-guessing myself. How strange do you think these messages are, and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Oct 25, 2013 - 52 answers

Device to tell whether someone's entered my apartment?

I live in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, and have been enduring some landlord harassment of various types. (I'm paying a fortune, but rents are so high right now that even what I pay is well below market.) For my peace of mind, I'd like to install some sort of reasonably priced device to ensure that no one's entering my apartment when I'm not there. A huge bonus would be collecting evidence if it does happen. [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Oct 25, 2013 - 17 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

Tell Me More About Good Fences Making Good Neighbors

The fence between my neighbor's house and my house has been damaged by a tree on their side of the fence growing larger and starting to push the fence down. The fence is further weakened by the fact that my neighbor's dog (a very large German Shepherd) often jumps on it when she barks at things in my yard. For the safety of my family I want to get the fence replaced. I would like the owner of the next door property to pay for half. The problem is the property is a rental and the tenants wont give me the landlord's contact info. How can I find out who owns the property? [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Oct 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I ask my landlord for money off rent?

My landlord and I have a previously discussed arrangement where if I am able to save him a call to a handyman by dealing with an issue myself, I can ask for "whatever's fair" off of rent. Yesterday, a visit by the utility company took up a large part of my day. Not sure if I should ask for money and if so, how much, and how to phrase. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Oct 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Is that Jackson Pollock? Nope! It's mold!

Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge? How much mold is too much? For how long? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Will my boyfriend's lack of rental history make cohabitation difficult?

I moved into a new apartment a few months ago and now my LDR boyfriend of many years has joined me. To include him in the lease, he's submitted a standard rental application and has great credit history, no criminal record, but lacks rental history since he's lived at home his whole life. Landlord is making it difficult and asked me why he doesn't have prior rental history contacts and sounded a little judgmental about it. Since I already signed a lease with solid rental history (and have made more-than-on-time payments), should it even matter that he lacks previous rental information? Should I be honest about the situation? Or will that risk application rejection? And, really, why does Landlord care so much?
posted by evalunatik on Sep 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me assess this housing situation

Yesterday I moved into a room in an old Toronto house that has some character but a lot of issues. A couple friends are planning on joining me on the top two floors starting November 1st. A friend of one of them has lived on the mainfloor for seven years and is quite attached to the house. But the landlord appears to be absentee and what I learned yesterday gives me further misgivings about what we may be entering into. [more inside]
posted by TimTypeZed on Sep 16, 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

Won by default in small claims against ex-landlord. How to collect? (NJ)

This is a follow up to this question. I sued my landlord in small claims court (NJ) because I never received my security deposit (after breaking the lease 1.25 months early, but someone else moved in 1 week after I moved out). He did not show up to court on the court date, so I won by default. I now have to contact him within 7 days to ask for the money. What should that letter look like? How do I actually get money from him? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I get released from my lease agreement?

When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form. I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.) [more inside]
posted by brista on Sep 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Need a cashier's check in nyc but my bank is in a different state.

How can I purchase a cashier's check with funds from a local bank in NC that I can deliver to a landlord in NYC within one business day? [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Aug 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How to get an NY landlord to pay what they owe?

After nearly two years of us complaining, our old New York landlord sent us a check for our security deposit. (It was more than $2k.) Surprise, it bounced. What next? [more inside]
posted by feets on Aug 22, 2013 - 15 answers

New landlord by inheritance, lost and frustrated

How shall I decide what to do with an inherited property I have neither inclination nor time to administer myself, but don't need to sell and recognize it could be good if it stayed good to maintain it as a rental? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 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

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

I am not your mom

How do I handle tenants who live in my house and don’t clean up after themselves? I am a landlord/resident who is not there daily. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jul 15, 2013 - 30 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

Controversial Subject

(Ontario, Canada) Other people in my building have cats. I adopted a cat yesterday. I found out today my landlord only wants declawed cats in this building. This cat has claws. Does he have a leg to stand on? Could I get evicted over this? Should I just take the cat back? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jul 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Please help me phrase this request to my landlord...

So, most of the previous AskMes have had to do with either crazy landlords or desperate situations, and I have neither. But I need to ask my rental company if they'll let me out of my lease 30 days early, and I'm not sure how to phrase this. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 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

yanml landlording quetion

Is it possible recover damages caused a former tenant who cost me 10s of thousands of dollars in damages in 2008? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the best of the poor substitutes for a security deposit?

What recourse do I have regarding a tenant refusing to pay the last month's rent and possibly damaging the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc on May 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Awesome gift for awesome landlord

We have a very awesome landlord whose house we're moving out of. We'd like to get her something to show our appreciation. [more inside]
posted by pised on May 19, 2013 - 9 answers

i lost the landlord's copy of the keys

I lost my keys, and then I lost my landlord's keys. I'm baffled, embarassed, and trapped inside my apartment. [more inside]
posted by windykites on May 14, 2013 - 64 answers

Landlords!

Crap. My landlord just told me she's considering selling my house. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Virginia Lease Question - Landlord threatening to withold deposit

Recently my toilet stopped working. I emailed my landlord to ask to send a plumber. The landlord suggested the I try to use a plunger and liquid plumber. I did both but was still unable to fix the problem. I told the landlord this in writing over email. A plumber was sent and fixed the problem. Now landlord is saying the I will have to pay this cost from the security deposit. Help? Should I be responsible for this charge? How should I proceed with my landlord? Thank you in advance.
posted by seesom on Apr 29, 2013 - 31 answers

Landlord does not want tenant to have the carpets professionally cleaned

She is willing to pay for it. We (her friends, who are staging an intervention of sorts) feel landlord is being ridiculous. I'm asking on her behalf because 1) I'm taking this sooo personally because I don't think the situation is fair; This to me is no longer about a mouse, it's about a control freak landlord, but anyway. and 2) I also don't think it can wait for her to sign up on AskMeFi and wait the one week it takes for her to ask it herself. Way forward? [more inside]
posted by lilacp on Apr 26, 2013 - 76 answers

Class A, B, C real estate?

Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Landlord from hell saga continues...

Building off of the landlord theme from today...I posted about this 5 0r so months ago. We assembled our paperwork, took advantage of some pro bono consultations, and then filed in small claims. But they were unable to serve her and last week I discovered that she's libeled us on the website www.terriblerenters.com. We're seeking an experienced counsel, but in the meantime need help thinking this through. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Mar 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How to convince our landlord to install ductless AC?

Heat and AC barely reach the 2nd floor of our old apartment. Ductless AC seems like the way to do. Tips for getting a landlord on-side (at least) and footing the bill (at best)? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What Are Your Rights When a Landlord Wants to Break a Lease?

Asking for a couple of friends living in Washington, D.C. They signed a lease and put down security deposits to rent a two-bedroom condo with move in on Saturday. The guy just called them and said that he's changed his mind, and he doesn't want to rent the place anymore and he is currently living there. What can they do about it since they haven't actually moved in yet? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 11, 2013 - 15 answers

I rented a single-family house in MA. YANML, but I probably need one.

I rented a single-family house in MA with 2 roommates. We have 2 toddlers. This house isn't deleaded, and it needs to be, and landlady is very unhappy about the expense. We offered to vacate the lease, but my now crazy landlady wants to keep the security deposit I put down. Help? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Mar 6, 2013 - 20 answers

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