This year has been a whirlwind of changes for myself, Devon, and Molly. One of the biggest changes happened most recently. Devon and I decided to out of the house we were renting. It was the house we lived in when we first got married, and for a few months before. It was hard to say goodbye to, but at the end of the day we knew it was the right thing to do.
We came to this decision because of the issues the house had. It was very old and had not been kept up. Before I go any further I want to point out there were obvious issue he promised to fix before we moved in. One of them being the leaking hole in the ceiling…that is still there. Also the rodents, but we ended up paying money to handle that.
This was a rental property, which meant we had a landlord. In our rental agreement it states that any repairs that make the house uninhabitable falls on the landlord. This is where issues started. The previous tenant our ex landlord’s daughter planted a tree by the trailer and built a porch around it. It is a big oak tree. We noticed that the wall if you push it moves and you can see the outside. We told our ex landlord, who put his hand on the wall pushed it saw it moved and said “.oh you will be alright” We ended up putting plywood down, and new flooring to try to fix the issue of the cracks it caused. Our landlord kept saying we were responsible for repairs, and we kept fixing stuff. The pipe under the sink busted 3 times and we repaired it.
We dealt with it for a while until all the outlets for the house went out, and my husband the electrician rigged an extension chord from the shed to the window to run the window unit in the house. But, then the shed went out. The straw that broke the camels back was when pipes burst underneath the trailer. I was responsible for the water bill, so I was not very happy. I was told by my ex landlord I would have to call a plumber and pay for it. I had my father in law look over my lease and found out that all the repairs I was paying for was actually my landlord’s responsibility. We were basically being taken advantage of.
I talked it over with the family and we decided we needed to move. I gave my landlord a thirty day notice,. and we moved in temporarily with Devon’s dad.
Don’t fall for what we fell for. Know the laws and rights you have. Here are a few I wish I knew the 8 months I lived with a slum lord.
- You have a right to livable conditions. This means working plumbing, heating, and electricity. If you do not have these things most states allow that as terms to be able to break a lease. I was signed into a six month lease and felt trapped, due to not knowing this.
- It does not matter if it is in your lease if the law says something different what’s in the lease can not be enforced. For example, in the state of Georgia major repairs like plumbing and electric fall on the landlord. After looking over my lease it never said that I was responsible for major repairs, but even if it did it could not be enforced.
Thank you all of my readers for taking the time to read the back story on my rental experience from hell. I will be back this evening with Part 2 where I talk about our new place (with pictures)