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We walked through a rental home last year with only bare concrete floors on the first floor. The landlord said that the floors would be professionally stained by the time we moved in. We signed a 4

year lease and paid our security deposit. When we arrived to our new home a month later coming 2000 miles, with movers waiting on the curb, we discovered the botched paint job that the landlord had done himself with additional damage to the walls that he had splattered heavily with paint. He also put the wrong kind of tape (not painter's) on the baseboards and when he removed the tape, the paint came with it. We complained for at least three months but just got the runaround. Fast forward to January of this year when the heat went out on the same first floor and was restored 6 days later because the landlord's home insurance would not cover a new furnace due to his negligence. He had to shop around for the cheapest repair prices he could find so we had to wait almost a week in order to have heat. Two weeks ago we awoke to the first floor completely flooded because the 12 year old hot water tank burst. The restoration company came to extract the water, pulled wet baseboards under kitchen and bathroom cupboards and pulled the pad from under the only carpeting on the first floor which was in the master bedroom and closet. We have had to move the master bedroom upstairs because the living conditions have now reached an unacceptable condition. We have had dialogue with him several times regarding these issues. He is non-committal and two weeks later no repairs have occurred, nor has he made any attempt to communicate with us regarding the present condition of the home .We asked a floor company to come out and give us an estimate just to try to encourage our landlord by doing the right thing. The floor man said that this house would never pass an inspection for an FHA loan. When we told the landlord, he responded by saying that he is cheap.Duh, no surprise there. We need to get out of this lease before more drastic events occur.We know that it is just a matter of time before more poop hits the fan! We have three more years here and want to break the lease.HELP
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Tell nhim your going to call the city. If he still doesnt do anything go ahead and call the city. Make sure you have pictures and videos of all the damage. Keep any recepits of cost occur to you because of the damage. Lastly take him to court. You can get out of the lease if he is not keeping up with his side of the deal. Dont pay rent intil he fixes things. Make a money order out, but keep it blank or just leave it in the bank. He is going to keep taking you like a fool til you do something. STOP PAYING RENT AND CALL THE CITY ASAP!!!!

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I'm sorry to hear about all the problems you're having at your rental property.

When you/tenant and the landlord signed the lease, did it have a section titled "Notice: If Landlord fails to repair a condition that materially affects the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant as required by this lease or the Property Code, Tenant may be entitled to exercise remedies under 92.056 and 92.0561 of the Property Code"?

Leases that Realtors(R) use are promulgated by the Texas Real Estate Commission TREC, and include this language to protect both parties.

I would suggest sending a certified notice to the Landlord specifying what items need to be fixed and give him/her a adequate deadline to complete the repairs. If the repairs are still not fixed, then you have the right to terminate the lease. Of course, it depends on what language was used on the lease that you actually signed. (disclaimer: this is not legal advise) You have the right to obtain an attorney.

Next time you may want to work with a professional real estate agent to provide you with their opinion & advice.

Good luck to you.

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I suggest that you find out the laws or regulations regarding the suitability for habitation, provision of heat, and rendering of repairs. Rental laws and regulations are local. For example, in some jurisdictions if there is no heat during cold weather, the tenant may file for rent escrow - the rent is placed in an escrow account, rather than going to the landlord.

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Some of the above info is correct. You will need to set an escrow account for the rent but you have o notify him you will be doingthis and send certified so you have proof. Also take tons of pictures and hopefully you did this when you moved in or that the damage is in writing from when you moved in. After you send the letter contact the city inspector to come out and check the property for habitability. In the mean time after letter set up escrow account and put in your rent amount every month. Now keeping in mind that you can also aafter you have put in writing his need to fix items that you may at that time give him notice that you are moving out. Make sure that if it states in the rental contract you need to give a 60 day notice give it and put in there that he has failed to keep his agreement to keep home in working order. He will either fix because he believes you will do this or he will get it when the city inspector shows and tickets him and gives him a short time to fix everything and then to have the inspector do another inspection to make sure all is done.

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There are very specific route that you must take in order for you to stop paying rent. Take pictures, put it in writing, contact the city, and get a lawer. Each state is slightly different, so a proffesional is the way to go. Do not stop paying rent! Go through the proper channels to get it resolved. The owner may end up oweing you money in the end. I can't believe some of the advice that people give. If you start inturpeting the laws yourself and decide that you are going to "show" them, your just asking for trouble. Your landlord should have gotten a proffesional property manager to help him, so you have the advantage.

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You can have the health dept come out and find any unhealthy living conditions. Then if you have any problems trying to rent or purchase another place to live you will have their report to back up why you moved. Always put in writing and send it to the landlord certified mail for your records if you do go to court. You may be able to put a lean on the property for monies owe to you for any repairs.

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There is no legal binding to a four year lease in Florida....the landlord can NOT hold u to it...u have an out...Good luck guys

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Dont pay last months or two rent and move out. What he going to do sue you. He is cheap and wont do anything. Write a certified letter telling him you are leaving. and take many pictures, No Judge will hold u responsible. Most of the stuff written her is for major tenants. We are talking about home rentals.

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Wow I love this but its so confusing im in the same dam boat as LV but im not that smart and did not take pictures and do not have the extra cash for legal representation.How come first the owner is knocking at my door like clock work for the check.I live in PA and the code inspector gave the owner a list and NOTHING still.How moving or not paying rent is out of the question since the owner demanded when lease was signed 1st month rent, Deposit and last month rent.Now i understand why......

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