(Closed) Got written permission to have a grill. Now they're telling me I can't. Help?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Make them provide proof that this rule came into effect AFTER you signed your lease.  If they can’t then they are violating the terms in your Lease Agreement and therefore you can either terminate the lease or amend it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It could just be that he wasn’t aware of the ordinance which, yes, he should’ve known about it. Even still, since the ordinance is in place, there isn’t much you can do about it regardless if he gave you written permission or not. You can keep the grill but you just have to use it 10 feet away from the building.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Also, rereading your initial comments, it kind of sounds like a misunderstanding. Yes, you can have a grill, but you cannot use it within 10 feet of the apartment.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

 

cautiously3optimistic:  I would let him know you’ll be deducting $150 from next months rent to pay for the grill he told you, in writing, you could use on your patio. He messed up and will hopefully learn to check into these things before making promises to tenants.

Like PP said ask for proof that the ordinance JUST became a thing (which I’m sure it didn’t) and if he can’t provide, attach a copy of the receipt from the grill to your deducted rent check.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

But keeping the grill there and using it there are two different things.

some places don’t allow you to store, say your bicycle out on your balcony. Some allow you to store a bicycle there but not to ride it around (whether or not there is actually space to ride your bike around isn’t the point).  You specifically asked about keeping it there, not using it there.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

cautiously3optimistic:  Okay in that case, you didn’t ask the right question.  The way he took it was that you wanted to keep one on the patio.  Not use it. (which would be ridiculous, who buys a grill to not use it), but he can say you didn’t clarify what you wanted to use with the grill, therefore you are violating the terms of the lease agreement by using the grill regardless of the fact that he signed something stating you could have a grill.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

 cautiously3optimistic:  You are allowed to keep a grill on the patio, but you are not allowed to use the grill on the patio which he should’ve said when you asked about it. You can still use it – you just have to move it 10 feet away from the building which is very common to apartment complexes/condominium (I work in real property law). 

I don’t suggest you short next month’s rent by $150. It sucks, but you can either move the grill every time you use it or try and sell it. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

cautiously3optimistic:  well when it comes to legal rights and recourse, it pretty much always comes down to specifics. You may call it splitting hairs but that’s how the law works unfortunately. Your question would have given you more coverage/protection if it had been worded as “can I cook on the patio using my grill?”

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

cautiously3optimistic:  That’s just ridiculous. I would include the written confirmation that you got that you could have the grill on your patio and ask to have your next rent check deducted by the cost of the grill. It’s probably not worth moving or getting into a huge fight about, but I think it’s worth asking. 

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