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Old 05-22-2010, 05:28 AM   #1
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In late August of last year, SWMBO and I found this neato 2 bedroom house w/ a decent sized backyard complete with a already planted garden (pumpkin, peppers, tomatoes and something I didnt recognize) and a pretty spacious one car garage. Rent was a little high, but we need room for our child who would be crawling any day now...so I paid the first months rent and the deposit and we moved in.

Flashforward to this very moment:

I LIVE IN HELL.

Ok, slight exaggeration. But consider that we have had 2 episodes of mold in our bedroom closet, a screen door that practically fell off its hinges after letting it shut on its own, a non-functioning fan in the living room, a bathroom door that doesnt close all the way (knew about this, but pisses me off now that everything else has happened), and the final straw today is the fan/light combo in the kitchen just quit working completely. No warning, just stopped working.

Oh, also consider I have an ******* neighbor that wants to come point out the property line every time I mow. God forbid I be off it by 2 inches, but hey, its cool if he takes a half a swipe into my yard. Yeah, it is cool, but if you wanna bitch about property lines, stick to that ya know?

I called the manager today and told him that stuff needs to start getting fixed around here. He told me 2 months ago that he had spoken to the owner who lives out of state, and was told the windows were going to be replaced as well as the siding come spring.

Well guess what mother****er, its almost summer. Lets get a move on

The manager and I have discussed the mold issue at length. After a final discussion today he's agreed that if I want to move out in a months time cause nothing is being resolved, I'll get my deposit back.

This place is honestly a nightmare. But god damn, I dont wanna move again.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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I think I'd start looking for a new place, especially one with less ******* neighbors. Too bad nobody here posts up places for sale or rent, at least not that I have seen.

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Old 05-22-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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I don't know what the laws are by you, but around here the landlord is most certainly responsible to get those things fixed ASAP. If they do not you are entitled to pay for it out of pocket and then deduct the cost from the rent(submit the receipt as proof).

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:25 PM   #4
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Don't move to Massachusetts

When you complain to a landlord about crap wrong with your rental, they look at you as if you've sprung a second head, then tell that if you don't f*ing like it, you can leave.

Only problem is that if you're renting with a dog and (and 2 cats), you might as well have 2 heads, a foreign accent, and bad credit - nobody wants to rent to you.

The place I rent now with my ("boyfriend" - it's a long story) is owned by one of the cheapest landlords I've ever had - but at least he mows the lawn and shovels the snow. It has offstreet parking (a bonus in the Boston area), a mostly dry basement, huge kitchen, space for a garden, and accepted the pets.

We've also had mold in the bedroom closets (badly insulated walls in dark, cool places), a broken handle on the back (screen) door, drafty rickety windows from the dawn of time, and a oil burner that is leaking (again).

I'm about to sign a lease for another year, because it's the best option we have at the moment.

I am truly sympathetic to your plight, BB.. renting SUCKS.

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:26 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, with two bouts of mold it sounds like the wall needs to be ripped down to studs (or further) and rebuilt. There's also likely some sort of leak letting moisture into the wall that needs to be addressed. We had the same issue in a townhouse apartment we were living in. The whole family developed asthma in the time we were living there. That mold is toxic stuff and shouldn't be messed with, especially with a little one in the house.
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:34 PM   #6
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Get your deposit. Move ASAP. Pay a little more for a landlord that cares.

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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Dude, that sucks! But I agree, get your deposit and get the F out. Sounds like you have a small child that definitely doesn't need to be exposed to the mold!
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:26 AM   #8
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Just move out !

Here in Wa we have an entire group of laws protecting the tenant of a rental.

Your mold problem would get you out of rent until the problem is fixed...
A broken hot water tank you you can start to charge the owner of the property...

If I were you I would look to see if your state has a "landlord tenant act"



http://www.rentlaw.com/illinoistenant.htm

http://tinyurl.com/267to9r
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:50 AM   #9
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I have both lived in rented properties and rented properties to other people. In both cases the other people were complete ********.

 
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:02 AM   #10
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I don't know if it would apply or how you might go about it, but I've heard that if you can get a judgement against the landlord, then you can get your rent put into an escrow account until all issues have been addressed satisfactorily. In such a case, you would still be paying rent so they couldn't assess any late fees, but the landlord wouldn't have any access to that money until the problems are fixed to the standards of the state. Maybe worth looking in to?

 
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