Horrible Apartment Issues- Help

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think if you try to take any legal action, you will be evicted because technically you’re not supposed to be there… :/ 

So I don’t know what to tell you! Electric blankets are our winter lifesaver. 

Post # 4
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@chocolatecoveredstrawberry:  which state do you live in?  i live in dc and we have a tenant housing authority people can call for advice.  you don’t have to say your name, but in a lot of states an oral agreement is a binding contract.  they still have to apply law, which should mean access to heat and working appliances.  

Post # 5
5781 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you don’t have a lease and it’s not a registered/licensed apartment, you’ve kind of got no legal leverage against the landlord. I’d move out and set aside the new apartment’s lease-breaking fee in case you need to move out of state soon.

Post # 6
43 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

@chocolatecoveredstrawberry:  I know this doesn’t really solve your problem, but the apartment I live in doesn’t have heat so I use a space heater. I got it from Lowe’s about 2 years ago for a little less than $50. The brand is Lasko. It has a thermostat feature to where you can set it at whatever temperature you want. It also automatically shuts off if it falls over, which makes it less of a fire hazard. I leave it on in my bedroom at night and I have never had any issues. The only thing I don’t do is leave it on when I am not there. It really has been a lifesaver. I only have one, so I just cart it around with me from room to room. 

Post # 7
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We live far up in Canada and I have similar problems but my apartment is “legal”. We are also month to month tenants and the place is falling apart around us (we already know he’ll keep out security deposit for repairs that should’ve been done before we moved in)…

But the entire building (5 units on 3 levels) is controlled by one heater – which doesn’t blow any air into our apartment. We’ve complained left and right and were basically told if we don’t like it to just move. And as we could never find a cheap apartment with everything included we have stayed. 

Tonight for example it is below -30C and we have no heating system but a couple small space heaters – drafts are coming around the door… awful stuff. Our first trick is to stay bundled up with fuzzy socks and slippers on top, thick pj’s, the occasional pair of mittens. It typically gets warmer once we are in here moving around. To get a shot of heat we’ll turn the shower on max heat and let it go for about 20 minutes. By then the apartment is toasty because it is so small and it lasts a few hours. We also have space heaters that we keep on the lowest setting at night and not on at all when we leave.

When it is just me at home I’ll put a couple pots of water on to boil and turn the stove on and just stand near the stove.

If he won’t fix our heat we just will run up the bills to heat the place ourselves. 


Post # 8
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

It honestly sounds like your best option is to move out. Could you find a place to sub-let for a while? It sucks, but without a lease you can’t hold him to anything– the flip-side being that he can’t hold YOU to staying.

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