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Landlord dropped the ball, how can we get him to pick it back up?

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? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 25, 2014 - 25 answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suggestions for getting security deposit returned.

Need help figuring out the next step in my quest to get my deposit and pro-rated rent back from my landlord. Difficulty - I am now living out of state. [more inside]
posted by tillei on Mar 2, 2013 - 6 answers

La cucarachas... leave por favor!

I've lived in my current apartment for around a year and a half now. I moved here mostly because it was cheap and there were no real problems abound. But now... there are cockroaches. I'd say it's infested. I complained to the landlord and a pest control company came out yesterday... but today... I saw a scary cockroach! WHAT GIVES? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jan 5, 2013 - 19 answers

How do you find a great place in Austin, TX?

We need some advice on the logistics of finding a place to rent in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by lamechopz on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Any way to get a deposit back if we didn't read the fine print?

We kant reed. Husband and I were interested in an apartment and signed an application. We also paid a deposit, but did NOT sign a lease. Five days later, we changed our minds about the apartment due to costs. Apt. co. is saying they get to keep our $400 deposit because it stated so in eeny weeny font on the application. Is there anything we can do or is this a very expensive reading lesson? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Confusing landlord situation

From a friend: I received a letter stating that my landlord has not paid the outstanding expenses due for the apartment and that I am now required by law to stop paying him for rent and send my rent directly to this debt collector. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

What is the legal situation with regards to my ceiling falling in?

My kitchen ceiling just fell in, as a result of a month-long leak that has been building over time. About 2-3 square metres of inch-thick plaster came down at once - would certainly have caused injury if not worse had we been underneath it. The owners of the flat above have repeatedly stalled in taking any action - as far as I know they have still not called a plumber. They explicitly stated on Thursday that they were getting an emergency plumber in and hoped for Saturday morning but weren't sure. This is Tuesday and we haven't heard anything. Prior to this they were repeatedly contacted by our letting agent but claimed that they'd "been having trouble with" both their mobile and landline. Are they liable for this in any way? How do I proceed? (Further details: I'm in Scotland in the UK.)
posted by Kirn on Oct 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I continue this fight with my landlord?

Towards the end of September, I realized that the property management company did not cash my rent check. I called the company and asked if they had received it, to which they said they had not. I feared it lost in the mail, so I called my bank to ask how much it would cost to cancel a check, which is $15. Trying to save myself some money, I went down to the office to talk to the property management company in person. The surly man at the front desk informed me that my rent was overdue, that I should cancel the lost check and write a new one. I explained to him I didn't want to have to pay for it, and could he take a new check to cover my rent and not cash the old one if it arrived? I had brought with me a letter I had written which very clearly stated the problem with my rent not being paid on time and the costs associated with cancelling a check. I detailed which check # was lost in the mail, which was the new check # and to please DO NOT CASH the lost check if it showed up. He said he would give it to the rent manager. Fast forward to a week later when both checks have been cashed. It was so much money that my account went negative and now I've been charged a bunch of fees by my credit union! Should I fight my landlord to get them to pay for these fees? [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Oct 9, 2012 - 36 answers

Does maintain premises in good repair mean I need to fix the washer?

Washer broke and we think it's the motor. Landlord said it's old and it's on us to repair if we want but she wouldn't be surprised if the machine's time was just up and she wasn't going to replace it (nor ding us on our security deposit if we moved out and it was still broken). I don't agree that we should just deal with it. How would you, as a normal human who has rented places before, interpret the relevant section of the lease (inside) and take this up with her? [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 on Aug 21, 2012 - 25 answers

Home rental lease for 18 year old daughter?

My 18 year old daughter is renting a "college rental" house with three other 18 year old females. I've just read her lease and I have a question about the portion I have to sign... [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome on Aug 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Have some spare money, should we buy a condo to offer as rent?

Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi on Jul 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Can my landlord enforce a fee for overnight guests?

Can my landlord charge $5/day for overnight guests? This is an apartment, not a room in a boarding house. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jul 16, 2012 - 39 answers

How to deal with a crappy neighbor

Neighbor problem. My neighbor lets unleashed dogs run around. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Jul 12, 2012 - 56 answers

Must I sign a new lease?

Can my landlord require me to sign a new lease, even though we've been on a month-to-month basis for more than a year? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Jun 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Is she a slumlord landlady or am I just a delicate flower for needing a hotel room for a broken A/C in Phoenix?

Is my landlord liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and pet boarding when the air conditioner broke due to lack of maintenance in Phoenix, Arizona? The law seems incredibly unfair to tenants and I'm wondering if I'm misreading it. [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor on May 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Renters' Rights After Burst Water Heater in Apt Across the Hall

About three weeks ago, we moved into a fantastic new apartment; we are renting. Last Friday, the water heater in the apartment across the hall burst causing extensive damage to our apartment. What are our rights with respect to rent and reasonable expectations regarding quality of life following this incident? Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by JuniorBCat on May 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Who pays?

MA Tenant Law - what if a tenant improperly stores their possessions (bed frame, mattress, box spring) on the other side of a duplex? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

If she moved out in the middle of the night, that would be fine, too

My roommate gave me notice that she was moving out on May 1. Now she says she's staying until the end of her lease. But we don't have a lease! This is in NYC. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Apr 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I sign a new lease or go month-to-month?

What are the benefits of renewing a lease versus going month-to-month? Location: Toronto. [more inside]
posted by 1UP on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Landlord/Tenant issues in Austin, TX

(Austin) Texas landlord/tenant issues. YANML of course. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I do when my landlord will not respond to me?

I'm trying to get out of my lease 13 days early. I have sent my landlord's company 2 letters, made 16 phone calls, left 11 messages, and no one has responded. What do I do? What can I assume? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant on Feb 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Beeeeep. Beeeeep. Beeeep.

There is a smoke detector in my building doing the low-battery chirp, and it's been going off for DAYS. How do I make it stop? Please, please help. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Feb 17, 2012 - 24 answers

What to ask an applicant's landlord

What should I ask my potential sublessee's current landlord? I've never been a sublessor (or landlord or even gotten random craigslist roommates) before and could use a little guidance. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Feb 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Dealing with a passive aggressive landlord.

Asking for a friend. She currently lives with 3 other people in a single family household in the Boston area. Recently her landlord/roommate sent the entire household a very passive agressive email and she'd like some opinions on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder on Feb 7, 2012 - 52 answers

Gave partial security deposit, didn't sign lease, check has been cashed. Can I get it back?

Gave partial security deposit, didn't sign lease, check has been cashed. Can I get it back? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Feb 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me deal with this pervert landlord.

How do I keep living in a great guest house in a great location when I have to deal with a landlord who I saw masturbating (apparently while watching me) through his bedroom window. [more inside]
posted by chimeling on Feb 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Inconvenienced by landlord - is it ridiculous to ask for some money off the rent?

Inconvenienced by landlord - is it ridiculous to ask for some money off the rent? [more inside]
posted by kilohertz on Jan 28, 2012 - 51 answers

Mefi, am I getting screwed over in this landlord/roommate situation?

Mefi, am I getting screwed over in this landlord situation? [more inside]
posted by blue rare on Jan 17, 2012 - 20 answers

It's either this or they burn their rent checks

NYC renters filter, asking for a friend: calling 311 over repeated and frequent lack of heat and hot water isn't working, as the landlord is a flagrant scofflaw. A lawsuit seems to be the next step - any advice from others who've taken that step? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Nov 8, 2011 - 9 answers

My neighbor stinks - literally.

Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year.

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year. Its a nuisance and very disruptive. What are the rules around this? I am obviously the tenant and the landlord is trying to sell the apartment. Do I have a choice?
posted by r2d2 on Nov 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Can my apartment complex restrict my acces to cable Internet?

Can my apartment keep me from receiving cable Internet from a 3rd party, if I don't order the apartment's basic cable plan? They shut off my Internet today, can they do this? Here's the deal - I moved in 2.5 months ago. the complex offers their own cable package through Time-Warner, for $45 dollars a month. I signed the paperwork to turn it down, but told them I planned on getting cable Internet. They never said I couldn't, or that it wasn't an option (there is only one cable company in the area, and DSL is available as an alternative). So the cable guy comes, hooks everything up, I have the Internet only for $29.95 a month, through Time-Warner, which i've been paying, to them. Sounds peachy, right? Not do much... [more inside]
posted by camdan on Oct 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Two much or not enough?

Two prospective renters both coming from out of town to look at my house next Saturday. Is my plan for handling potential conflict reasonable? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Sep 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Can my landlord act like my mother?

Can a landlord in California specify "no overnight guests" in a rental posting or in a rental agreement? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Jul 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Will you please be quiet please? -- But I am!

What's the best strategy for handling an enraged neighbor? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jul 20, 2011 - 26 answers

What if my landlord isn't allowed to rent to me?

Friend signed a July 1 lease on a condo. Found out today that the owner is prohibited by the condo association from renting to her. Movers are scheduled for July 7. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Jul 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Advice on dealing with hostile housemate?

Housemate is acting violent/threatening, land lord won't act. What can I do besides move? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jun 18, 2011 - 31 answers

Ex post facto, or applicable?

Will a certain newly passed law likely be applicable to my tenancy, even though it began before the law went into effect? [more inside]
posted by teatime on Jun 15, 2011 - 4 answers

What do you think is the fairest way to handle rental applications?

What do you think is the fairest way to handle rental applications? First come, first serve, or best application wins? [more inside]
posted by Crashback on May 24, 2011 - 38 answers

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