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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
I get really annoyed at landlords who act like the house is all theirs and make tenants feel like unwelcome guests. As long as you are paying for it, this is, by law, your home, and if it's in the lease, by law it's your parking space.
Amen to that!
This seems to be a very common problem. It's like "oh I've got these people to help pay my mortgage" but they don't grasp the concept that by renting out their basement, they've become landlords, and under the law they have obligations to meet.

I can't believe I'm going to say this (considering me & DH are the supers in our building) but if I were in your position, I'd bail out early and look for somewhere else. She's not holding up her end of the deal, so why should you? You deserve somewhere decent to live!
So, you haven't made friends with the bat in the laundry room yet?
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post
Amen to that!
This seems to be a very common problem. It's like "oh I've got these people to help pay my mortgage" but they don't grasp the concept that by renting out their basement, they've become landlords, and under the law they have obligations to meet.

I can't believe I'm going to say this (considering me & DH are the supers in our building) but if I were in your position, I'd bail out early and look for somewhere else. She's not holding up her end of the deal, so why should you? You deserve somewhere decent to live!
So, you haven't made friends with the bat in the laundry room yet?
It would be really hard for me to move..I have noone to help me and can't afford to hire movers or rent a moving truck. But I think the next place I live won't be in someones house...they are way worse than living in an apartment building...at least in a building you always get a freaking parking spot.

I haven't even seen the bat yet...he is very good at hiding
post #33 of 46
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It would be really hard for me to move..I have noone to help me and can't afford to hire movers or rent a moving truck. But I think the next place I live won't be in someones house...they are way worse than living in an apartment building...at least in a building you always get a freaking parking spot.

I haven't even seen the bat yet...he is very good at hiding
I do know the reality of moving - it's hard! In May, we only had to move upstairs, and that was bad enough. We didn't get anyone to help us, though after the fact, everyone was like "oh you guys moved? Why didn't you say anything? We would've helped." ah, yeah, right..... Anyways, we ain't moving for a long time now.
I guess there's pros and cons to every situation. In a big building, you can expect more organization and rules to be followed. In a house, you're usually in a nicer area with a yard etc.
However, my friends live in a duplex near Georgetown. NICE area, in the country, close to the city, roomy apartment. However, their old landlords were knobs like yours - never doing anything, letting things go. Then just sold the house. My hubby stayed there last night and called me. I could hear the kids running around upstairs like they were in the same room as him! Yoiks, sounded like a daycare! My friends are going to be thrilled when they get back into town tomorrow.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Nope I don't pay for parking. But I still don't think I should get inconvenienced like this...she :censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor: walks all over me..she STILL hasn't fixed my cieling or got that bat out of my landryroom. OMG I feel like calling her now but its too late..I am so mad.
Ummm...and later I saw something about Water Damage? There is a point that a place to live does become inhumane to live in. I would do a little searching on your area and the state/province or city laws regarding renters. If a landlord doesn't fix this stuff, usually within 30 days then she can be cited for inhumane living conditions.

I realise you said that you don't currently have the money to move right now, but I would really try to dig up some money if I were you. You may have to move soon.
post #35 of 46
Wait a minute... have you talked to the landlord? How about knocking on the door when you are calm and no one else is in your parking space, and just tell them how it upsets you when your space is taken? You can be very nice about it, yet firm. I'd try this before anything drastic! Maybe they are oblivious to the fact that this really upsets you, people can be really dense.

If you dont' know what to say, call your tenants' council (or whatever it's called where you live) and ask for advice.

If they are still ignoring you after that, I would put EVERYTHING in writing (parking, bat, water, anything else), make a copy of the letter and put it with your lease, and hand-deliver the original. Make a note on your copy when it was delivered and to whom. This could come in REALLY handy later on. Good luck.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #36 of 46
I am going to stick my neck out here, because I don't know either people involved, but I am getting a very bad feeling about this. I would seriously suggest that you find somewhere else to live. I just have a feeling this is just going to get worse.

First the blase attitude about the water and the water damage.....now parking problems......something is not right here. I would hate to see you involved in a legal mumbo-jumbo with all the cards stacked in your landlord's favor.

Have you considered dragging her into Small Claims Court?
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Well, I just found my lease, and it does say I get 1 outdoor parking spot!!!

But that doesn't mean they can't park me in or make me move my car all the time does it? There's no law against that I'm sure....:censor::censor::censor::censor:
The parking space has to be accessible when you have a space written in your lease. Otherwise, it would be like renting an apartment but you can't get into it, which is not acceptable. I'm positive accessibility is implied by law.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch

p.s. Can you tell I've had experiences like this with landlords? If you do everything according to the laws where you live, you will keep your rights or they will have to reimburse you (monetarily) for it.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by KittenKiya View Post
Have you considered dragging her into Small Claims Court?
For what? She doesn't owe me any money..I don't know why i would take her to court
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
For what? She doesn't owe me any money..I don't know why i would take her to court
Small claims court doesn't have to be just about money...it can include small jobs too...i.e. getting your ceiling fixed etc.

If you have been having issues for a while though, I would have to agree with KittenKiya...I would start saving money now and then look for a new place.

I'll give you an example. One place that B lived at he shared the upper half of the house with the landlord (lower half). Since the landlord worked 2nd shift, often times his get togethers would go well until 4 am. B said that he tried several times to reason with the landlord, but the landlord just had no respect and assumed that since he owned the place he could do whatever.
so one day, B went home, found another place to live and moved out. He ran the risk of begin sued by the landlord for not giving 30 days, but B also had it in writing all the times that he asked for the landlord to turn the music down.

I know my story doesn't exactly help you with your current situation, but I hope it gives you a focus that you don't have to live the way you are now.
post #40 of 46
My suggestion for Small Claims Court was to force her to live up to HER part of the lease. The water damage for example. Not having your parking space.
post #41 of 46
Wonder if the Health Department might be concerned about the bat??? I know I would be. ICK!

Good luck Natalie!
post #42 of 46
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Well, I just started a document about everything she does wrong...Really, I can handle everything else, but this parking thing really makes me fuming mad. SO, I will am going to take down anytime it happens, until it has been several times..THEN I am going to tell her nicely when I am not mad about how inconvenient it is for me...THEN if it doesn't stop, I will tell her more sternly that I am not having it anymore...THEN if it doesn't stop, I will try and sublet my place and move out..

I don't think she will want it to get to that...she knows I'm a good tenant and she is lucky to have me...so hopefully she realizes that its not worth losing me.
post #43 of 46
You are much nicer about it than me.

Heck, we'd lived in our new place a week when the neighbors dog came over and pooped in our yard. I promptly went down and shoveled it back over into their yard, just beside their vehicles. And we'd never met them at that point. Wonder how THAT will go???

Good luck Natalie, hang in there.
post #44 of 46
I have no great advice that hasn't been said yet. Good luck, hun and whatever you decide we are all behind you 100%
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
You are much nicer about it than me.

Heck, we'd lived in our new place a week when the neighbors dog came over and pooped in our yard. I promptly went down and shoveled it back over into their yard, just beside their vehicles. And we'd never met them at that point. Wonder how THAT will go???

Good luck Natalie, hang in there.
I just really don't want to have a bad relationship with my landlord..that only leads to trouble. I have heard horror stories. So, I am going to try and keep it civil until I get pushed over the edge..but once I do get pushed over she better watch out...people that get stepped on too much tend to FREAK OUT when they finally snap
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I just really don't want to have a bad relationship with my landlord..that only leads to trouble. I have heard horror stories. So, I am going to try and keep it civil until I get pushed over the edge..but once I do get pushed over she better watch out...people that get stepped on too much tend to FREAK OUT when they finally snap
A before you blow suggestion.....
Don't try to handle this yourself if you feel vulnerable.
Keep a journal with dates, times and what happened....add photos if possible about any issues with your landlords.
Find a tenant lawyer to discuss what your legal options are.
If your funds are limited there are organizations who offer help for no cost.
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