Now for the "Could Spit Nails" part of this...our landlord is a slumlord. We have drainage problems that he has been ticketed for and has been aware of for a YEAR. We have A sump pump that cannot keep up when it rains anything more than a sprinkle and therefore lost some items in the basement, as a result (that's when we found out that the basement floods). We lived here for a year, before I could get them to do anything about the "sewer gas" smell, which ended up being raw freaking sewage under my back porch. Then, when the "fixed" said back porch, they ended up leaving a two inch gap under the back door and we get a bad draft through it...yeah, -40 degrees with a draft is real great I had Do3K hillbill-ify the door way between the back porch and the kitchen with a blanket, which has cut down significantly on the draftiness. So, I know that if we would have called him at 12am, to tell him of this problem with the furnace, it would have been another, "I'll be over in the morning to check it out." BS! It's 100% BS! My husband should not have to take care of a RENTAL like this. We've put so much money into the house, because we know it won't get done any other way. We can't move, b/c there are no houses that will take dogs and all of the apartment complexes in the area limit the number of animals...you can usually have two pets per unit and we have four. That is a rant in itself, but I digress. At least, now, my house is starting to warm back up...64 degrees the last time I checked, my husband will be driving his tired and not so happy butt to work in the morning and the landlord will hear about it when I call him in the morning. I.AM.DONE! He can take his January rent payment and suck it! I'm not paying crap until he fixes the problems fore-mentioned! I have rights too, dang it!
Our landlord has suggested we scatter poison pellets around the outside of the house.
Knowing we have 2 pugs and a 3 year old.
I totally feel ya. Props to Do3K for saving the day!
For example, in the city where I live, if the police are called to a property 3 times within 90 days, the city can seize the property from the owner.
Are the Landlords looking for a way to get you out of the house?
What legal route do you have to get re-imbursement from the repairs you have made?
Do you still have raw sewage problems? Have a friend make an "anonymous" call to the city/county offices about raw sewage issues at your address. This can result in the authorities getting involved and forcing the owners to permanently fix this along with a fine. (I know this because my former MIL didn't fix the septic problem with her rental until an "anonymous" phone call to the county was made and she ended up with a big fine and mandated fixing of the system)
Talk with the first landlord and see about getting a written agreement where you can deduct the cost of repairs from the rent.
These conditions sound abysmal. Why are you still living there?
ETA: Just re-read the info on the pets...so sorry for you!
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Before you withhold January's rental payment, check what your lease says about late/non-payment of rent.
First check with your local laws. If the issues in your house are laws/rules being broken..then:
1. Get a binder and dividers for each of the seperate issues (i.e. the door, the sump pump).
2. Take pictures of each area with something that can determine the date - like a news paper. Then put that in the binder. Also, make a time line for each instance of each issue. Get any emails you sent for the issue.
If you have the time - scan all of this and put it in a safe location.
3. Then you need to set up a seperate bank account and then when you get online to 'nickname' the account - put on it "Rent withheld". There is a BIG difference between witholding rent and not paying it. When you with hold it, the money is there - you are just holding it until your rights are met/the judge has told you you need to pay. This will also show the judge that you are not trying to be an ass, you are just trying to stand up for yourself.
4. When the order of eviction comes in - then you counter sue (you can find all the documents to fill out online, otherwise you can probably talk to a lawyer to see about which documents to file and when) you will probably have to pay a court fee (between 50- 100 dollars i think) and then boom - your landlord just took his ass to court.
It will very depending on the state, but if you can prove that you are not living in a law abiding abode, then the judge will look at your landlord and say 'fix it' - the judge may also look at you and say 'pay a percentage of your back rent, since you know....the guy needs money to fix it now."
Find out what your options are about getting the repairs done *properly* and in a timely manner and go from there. It's obvious to me the partner landlord is only interested in getting the rent.
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