Slummy Apartment Vent!

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@ElayneRunner:  I feel bad for you guys! We are expecting cold temperatures, so I can only imagine having something like that happen right now. Is this something that happens frequently when things break? I would start documenting everything just in case he tries to do something shady with your deposit or blame you for things falling apart. When we were looking at apartmets we looked at one from a private landlord. It was the shadiest place ever! Like giant glass windows without screens in a first floor apartment bedroom, and doors to the outside that you could see through the cracks and feel a breeze coming in. I’m glad we went with a complex in the end. I know management can be terrible, but in general we have found that they would prefer to fix things in a timely manner and not try and pull things like you’ve written about just to avoid getting into any trouble. Hopefully things get fixed, and your new apartment is better!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@ElayneRunner:  I’m so glad we found the place we did. It was pure luck. We live in the most expensive county in our state, but definitely can’t afford to! We happened upon an updated complex right outside of a terrible neighborhood that is also a gated community. The costs are too high for the people in the city, but low compared to everywhere else in our county. It took us two years to find this place though! Just start documenting what you can. Take pictures of all of those cracks. If he tries to withhold your s deposit just send him a letter stating that you will pursue criminal charges due to the fact that he did not fix things as they broke. In most cases the couple hundred from the deposit isn’t worth risking it. I’ve seen some letter templates online where people said they’d get a lawyer involved and that solved everything. Hopefully he’s honest and doesn’t even try! We have a few things in our apartment that worry us that were obviously due to shoddy craftsmanship: tiles separating, cracks in walls, etc. We even discovered a few weeks ago that they never even painted over the last tenant’s wall primer (if you paint you have to prep the walls for them to repaint), so our whole apartment is just covered in primer! Lol

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There are laws about minimum standards that landlords must meet. The biggest one of those is about proper heat. If he doesn’t fix this first thing tomorrow you need to call your police non-emergency line and report him.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@ElayneRunner:  have you checked landlord tenant laws in your state? I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a provision about adequate heating, especially if you’re in a northern state. Also ensure that it’s legal for you to withhold rent until minimum standards are met. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ElayneRunner:  I dont know where you live or when you moved in but in MA there is something called “Statement of Conditions” that renters canprovide to their landlords after moving in,. The statement on conditions outlines any issues, cracks, stains, issues etc in the apartment with photos. This is given to the landlors within the first week of moving in so if the landlord tries to keep the security deposit over items that were like that when you moved in they cant. Also landlords in MA cannot keep the security deposit for normal wear and tear, most of them try and renters dont feel like fighting it so they get away with it more and more now. Normal wear and tear is considered a “cost of doing business” for a landlord, just like your doctor doesnt charge you for the paper her prints your charts on, istead the fee you pay to your doctor is used by the business to pay for business expenses, landlord s should keep a portion of rent in order to keep their buildings maintained, wear and tear is a normal item that happens when owning a home and renters are not responsible for it. It sounds like none of the issues with your apartment are your problem.

Make sure to document everything with photos, keep dates and records (especially emails) you have with your landlord regarding repairs. Start writing LETTERS with what the issues and repairs are and that way you have proof of what you informed your landlord of and what the date was so if he tries to keep the deposit you have proof that your requests for important reapirs were regularly ignored and taken care of when he got around to it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@flowercrowns:  +1. I would have sent my husband to fix it right away to avoid the headache. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I feel so bad for you! At least you were lucky that your father was available to come and patch that hole, I couldn’t imagine the night you would’ve had with your door practically open!

Your landlord is certainly a piece of work, if I got a call that my tenants (if I had them) had their door practically open to the cold in the middle of winter I would’ve dropped everything or at least arranged for someone to fix it for you asap. No one should need to live like that.

I would make it very clear when he arrives today that this will not be coming out of your security deposit, put it in writing and hand him the paper stating how the door was old and you couldn’t control if the window popped out due to the wear and tear of it.

In my opinion a really good landlord who could not fix it right away for you would tell you to spend the night in a hotel and he’d take that expense off of your rent for you. What would’ve happened to you guys if that piece of wood blew off in the night? You probably would’ve woken up with frostbite!

You certainly need to look into your rights as a tenant here because landlords know their stuff and they know what they can get away with. Never just take his word that he’ll get around to it and even if it isn’t legal to withhold rent I would anyways because in reality if he fixes the door within the next day or so there is no problem collecting rent!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Is it an option to go out,purchase your own door, and turn in a rentcheck less the amount for the door & attach a receipt? 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Hotel Baronette Renaissance in Novi

@ElayneRunner:  I feel so much for you, darling.  If you see a post I had a few weeks back, it was very similar to this.  FI and I are currently battling with our landlord to fix much needed things as well.  We have sewer problems (our sewer backs up constantly, and our basement repeatedly floods) because the piping in our rental home is so old. He really only pays for the plumber to come and throw some draino down the drains once in awhile.  You are absolutely right that he should be putting this at the top of his priority list.  Hang in there! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@ElayneRunner:  well they’re going to have a lot of trouble proving that your FI threw you into the door especially since the glass just popped out and didnt break. Plus, you are showing no signs of abuse, so you can just ignore that. Honesty, they will have a lot of trouble trying to legally evict you since it can take forever for landlords to go through that process. Are you in a position where you could move to a bigger place like you had planned this summer? If so, I would start making up documents and looking up regulations in your state as to how long you can be left to live in poor conditions before you are allowed to break your lease. I know in my state if we are experiencing extreme temperatures and something happens with the heat, or basically anything that is considered an emergency happens and steps aren’t taken ASAP to ensure they will be fixed the landlord is considered to be breaking the lease, so we can technically leave. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ElayneRunner:  Where are you? I know some areas slum it down to get people to move out so they can raise the rent, because of the tenant favorable laws. 

Also, make sure you have great renter’s insurance in case something happens. Cardboard isn’t safe 🙁

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