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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 - 8 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

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

should I call my old landlord about my security deposit?

Is it worth trying to get my security deposit back? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this nicely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this politely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

No working shower for a week+ in new apartment. Am I entitled to rent reduction?

New apartment has no working shower for 7+ days. Leasing office manager is being iffy about rent reduction. What are my rights in California? [more inside]
posted by elif on Jan 1, 2012 - 13 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

Help get my money from landlord's LLCs.

Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
posted by jjbb on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Building ownership has changed hands - what to do?

Property mgmt company just bought the building where I am a tenant. What does this mean for me? What do I need to keep a sharp eye out for here in order to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Mar 31, 2011 - 4 answers

I just want to go to sleep, dammit!

How can I make the best out of an upcoming meeting between myself, my landlord, and my noisy downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Feb 4, 2011 - 41 answers

How to handle a greedy landlord?

Interested in tenant rights: NYC landlord is asking for more money (additional $1000) than security+pet deposit ($2,400)?? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Dec 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Can my friend bring suit for violation of a non-written agreement?

Does my friend have any possible legal recourse after being burned by a Craigslist subletter, given that no written agreement of any kind was made? Is there a service in Baltimore that would help a low-income person in this situation? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Jul 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Fake landlords

My friend, renting a room in a house, has found that the people he was renting from didn't actually own the house. He came home to find an eviction notice on his door and the locks changed. The fake landlords have moved all of their stuff out, changed their phone number, and are gone without a trace. Now my friend can't get to his stuff. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on May 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)?

One of my roommates is in the military, he just got noticed that he is going to be redeployed in May/June. Our other roommate recently moved out and we are subletting her room for her. The lease doesn't technically end until October 2010, but I would prefer to go earlier. Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

What law says my lease is gone?

In Texas, is there a specific law or section of law that says a tenant's lease goes poof when a landlord's property is foreclosed on by the bank, or is it one of those situations where a whole body of law and court decisions are added together to make this situation? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Dec 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Rental discrimination/morality

I'm a landlord for a owner-occupied 4-unit bldg. I know I can't discriminate, with respect to tenant selection, regarding "family status", but am I free to prefer a single-occupancy renter to a family? My motivation is mostly remunerative -- included in rent are: water, hot water, and heat, and so a single renter is cheaper for me than a family of three with respect to those utilities. Is my preference for 1 vs. 3 rentors actionable discrimination? (Call me a miser if you like, but I'm under rent control, and I need to watch my costs, since it is near impossible to pass inflationary costs on to tenants.)
posted by JimDe on Nov 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Should I Take My Old Landlord To Small Claims Court?

Should I take my former landlord to small claims court? [more inside]
posted by heartquake on May 27, 2009 - 16 answers

usurping landlord

In 2001, we moved into our current apartment. It's a slighty dumpy (yet cheap) basement apartment. Along with our apartmet, we received two parking spots and a separate locking storage area in the basement. A few years ago, our landlord sold the building. No problems with the new landlord- everything has been the same. In late March of this year, our landlord mentioned that he wants the locking area for his stuff and told us we must have our stuff cleared out by May. Can he do this? Can we receive compensation (ie x amount off our rent)? We live in Massachusetts , do not want to move unless we have to and don't want to tick off the landlord. The building itself has 4 other apartments and the landlord lives offsite, if that makes a difference. AFAIK, our apartment is legal. Advice, please!
posted by pentagoet on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

In The Zone

My fiance and I made the mistake of renting from a young friend of mine who just bought her first house here in London, Ontario, Canada. We have been here since November 1st with nothing but trouble - construction which pushed back our move-in date by two weeks and then continued for weeks afterwards, incredibly loud dogs (she has 3 dogs upstairs who are almost always in cages) not to mention domestic fights from upstairs. [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine on Feb 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Is it okay to sever a new lease within a certain amount of time in Ontario?

I've heard that one can sever certain contracts they sign in Ontario if it's within the first 10 days of signing. If this is true, does it also apply to a lease on a house?
posted by gman on Feb 16, 2009 - 5 answers

How much notice am I required to give to my landlord without a lease agreement?

I'm moving out of my apartment in Washington, DC. My landlords didn't require a written lease agreement. How much notice am I legally required to give? [more inside]
posted by sun_also_rises on Dec 1, 2008 - 13 answers

$300 to fix your mistake.

Can a Chicago landlord transfer storm liability for the structure to the tenant? Can I get out of it? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on May 28, 2008 - 16 answers

How to handle a landlord forging evidence in small claims court (VT)?

How to handle a landlord forging evidence in small claims court (VT)? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Feb 13, 2008 - 15 answers

Give me a fire by Christmas, please!

What, if any, are the effects of express warranties by landlord and landlord's agents under New Jersey landlord tenant law? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup on Dec 14, 2007 - 6 answers

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