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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
posted by jjbb
on Jul 22, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by pentagoet
on Apr 2, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -