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Morton's fork, serious apartment trouble.

Old 09-06-12, 03:19 PM
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Just like a fart in a hot tub,the nasty truth will come to the surface.
Another creative writer in the thread.
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Old 09-06-12, 05:30 PM
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I would subtly warn the other tenants so they have ahead start on finding another place. Then call the inspector.
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Old 09-06-12, 05:53 PM
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I would subtly warn the other tenants so they have ahead start on finding another place. Then call the inspector.
Another great brainstorm
Now all the soon to be homeless tenants form a lynch-mob for bluefoxicy.

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Originally Posted by spry View Post
Another great brainstorm
Now all the soon to be homeless tenants form a lynch-mob for bluefoxicy.

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And you really thought he was going to get serious advice in the foo without any random inane ideas? Have you been here before?

As for a serious note, it sounds like it's an unsafe place to live and you really out to call the inspector (can this be done anonymously)? If he doesn't have a problem with it (or the slumlord has bigger pockets), you're on the hook for your legal requirement under the lease and no wriggling off for you. If he does shut the place down, you got lucky - this time (unless you went into a place that had problems for just this reason).

I hate dealing with landlord-type issues. It's looking like I'm about to have to go the legal route to get my security deposit (plus interest plus interest on last month's rent as proscribed by our state law) back and it's going to be a major pain in my ass. Our state is very tenant friendly, but I'm trying to finish up the last few months of my job here, will be going house hunting in a state 1000 miles away next month, and preparing to move there in the next 4 months or so and start a new job. The last thing I have time for is haggling with a dreadful person about money through the courts, but we are talking about a fairly significant (to me) amount of money (could increase my down payment on my next house by say 1-2% give or take).
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Old 09-08-12, 08:28 PM
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I own rental properties, and if there were mold growing in any of my houses, I would want to know about it PRONTO! Hubby & I stress to all the idiot college kids we rent to call us if anything is out of order - from a leaky faucet to... well, whatever! I would advise the OP to make sure the landlord is aware of the problem - sounds like he has - and if he can't get a defined plan of remedial action, to call the inspectors. While it might be a pain for the other tenants, it will be healthier for them in the long run.

Aside from that, OP should read the lease carefully, and if the habitability section is being violated, OP would have cause to break the lease... if the landlord doth protest, the building inspectors can come to the rescue.
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Old 09-10-12, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
I own rental properties, and if there were mold growing in any of my houses, I would want to know about it PRONTO! Hubby & I stress to all the idiot college kids we rent to call us if anything is out of order - from a leaky faucet to... well, whatever! I would advise the OP to make sure the landlord is aware of the problem - sounds like he has - and if he can't get a defined plan of remedial action, to call the inspectors. While it might be a pain for the other tenants, it will be healthier for them in the long run.

Aside from that, OP should read the lease carefully, and if the habitability section is being violated, OP would have cause to break the lease... if the landlord doth protest, the building inspectors can come to the rescue.
Most likely the Natty Light and weed fumes will kill any mold at your WVU rental house(especially if it's the hockey team).


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Most likely the Natty Light and weed fumes will kill any mold at your WVU rental house(especially if it's the hockey team).


*You really think college kids want to contact you?
correction - rural hick idiots? Glenville State College... and we get the more of the music major crowd. We have it all worked out - hubby is thier pal & Mr. FixIt & I call when the rent is late!
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correction - rural hick idiots? Glenville State College... and we get the more of the music major crowd. We have it all worked out - hubby is thier pal & Mr. FixIt & I call when the rent is late!
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Devil's advocate. Say you move out. Don't call the inspectors, don't give landlord an opportunity to stop you. He comes after you for rent and penalties while waiting to find new tenant. You say, "I'm not interested in living in your moldy apartment." What's going to happen? He, operator of moldy apartment, sues you? I doubt it. He'll just find a new tenant.

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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
correction - rural hick idiots? Glenville State College... and we get the more of the music major crowd. We have it all worked out - hubby is thier pal & Mr. FixIt & I call when the rent is late!
Music major crowd?
Sure wish I was a wildflowerweed/Natty Light vender in your town.
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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
I own rental properties, and if there were mold growing in any of my houses, I would want to know about it PRONTO!
+1

Tenants are sometimes hesitant to report a problem. (Depends on the tenant.) It can get worse or cause more damage. More communication is a good thing about this sort of stuff as early intervention can save some major headaches.

(I'm not a landlord any more. I used to be, sort of, but didn't own property. I was renting a place, and renting out rooms from it.)

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