(Closed) Apt. vent: Just moved and hate the place!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i am so so sorry, i’ve been there before and it’s overwhelming!  you can certainly start to make a list for your landlord of things that need to be fixed/redone to make it habitable and once you clean it and move your things in you’ll probably calm down and it may feel more like home.  when my fiance first moved to nyc he freaked out because he moved into what seemed like a rathole with dead bugs and a broken sink and a weird stain on the floor.  a few months later it was our cozy den and we have good memories of his lease there.

Post # 4
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think you are being unreasonable at all. It sounds like there are a lot of issues with the apartment that would drive anyone crazy. Happy apartment hunting, I really hope you find one soon!

Post # 5
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Just keep in mind that in many states if you break a lease you are liable for the remainder of rent under your rent term (for example: 1,000 a month X12 months) if the apartment is not re-leased. A real attorney could give you better advice, but short of anything threatening your immediate health or safety (ie rat infestation, sewer overflowing) you don’t have a leg to stand on if you break the lease over a noise issue.

Post # 6
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Frankly, all I can say is i hope the next place is better! It sounds like a bait-n-switch (“Oh yeah, we’re totally renovating this place! Excuse the mess!” and then you move into filth and an unfinished apartment.)

Post # 7
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m sorry, that sounds awful! If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that you’ll be happier in the long run if you get out. Just try talking to management – many have a set policy for you breaking the lease. You’ll have to pay extra, yeah, but most places are happy to re-rent it out since they’ll get more money in the long run. In most cases you have to pay an additional couple months’ rent, and lose your deposit, I believe. If you can afford that AND you have another place that is better, I’d highly recommend considering moving out early. 

Post # 9
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh my gosh that sounds AWFUL! Take photos fo the broken stuff, see about getting them fixed, and try to move to another apartment within the place–citing noisy children. Ugh that would tick me off . The last apartment I had, if i broke the lease, I was still responsible for the full 12 months of the lease. Cha-ching!

Post # 10
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I would be on the phone with the office telling them to fix it and if not going getting a lawyer. I had no issues at my place out in CA demanding someone to come out and take of the ant problem…AGAIN!

They aren’t going to fix it if you don’t say anything. 

I would also have them notate about your downstairs neighbor.  They can send notices to other tenants about noise ordnances. Again, nothing will happen if you don’t say anything.

When you moved in did the office do a walk through with you?  Ours did and my Boyfriend or Best Friend made them notate the mildew in the shower door slider and a few other little things.  Because he did this they could not charge us for the cleaning of those things when we moved out.

Always get things in writing.  

Post # 13
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Document everything with date stamped photos. Keep a copy for you and send a copy to the landlord. Then write a letter with all improvments that must be made, ie the most unhealthy/unsafe ones, and by what date. I would agree that you should document everything, just in case you have to go legal

Post # 14
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

 Yes the fees is what WILL get you! We had to move from our apartment for my husbands job and they made us pay the remainder of the year PLUS a “fee” for breaking the lease. We had to pay $2500 up front before we could move. That right there is why they even have leases. If we just evacuated the premises then they could of taken us to court.

  P.s. The 30 day notice in most places is just a heads up for managment. It doesn’t mean that if you give them 30 days then you can move out without any charges. I would re-read over your lease. Good luck!

Post # 15
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Definitely check your lease. On the lease, it will tell you what your rights are as a tenant. In PA, we have a line stating that should you break the lease early, you will have to pay $XXX and will forfiet your security deposit. That’s why you sign a lease when you get an apartment, to protect the rights of the landlord and the tenant.

Good luck!

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