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Re: Discrimination

Posted by TenantNet on February 12, 1997 at 21:29:42:

In Reply to: Discrimination posted by Solomon Lee on February 11, 1997 at 04:08:58:

: I have been trouble with the mold couple months, but last winter was so wet,
: the problem was worsened; I have complained to apartment office for 3 months,
: they never responsed, even nobody showed up; Finally, I held the rent with
: advising them that I can't pay the rent until they solve the problem;
: But still there was no response at all. When I held the rent of 2nd month,
: finally manager showed up; As soon as he found the seriousness of the problem,
: he asked me to relocate to another apartment immediately; Now I am behind
: 3 months rent, and they asked me to pay the balance; but still I feel being
: humiliated and rejected last 3 months; and that physically I got some damages
: beside the mental damages;Nobody understood how much we suffered that long!
: On top of that, because of the sudden and unnecessary moving, I lost some money;
: Is there anyone who can help me or advise me how to confront this headache?

It depends where you are and the local laws. You should be entitled to
an "abatement of rent" meaning a deduction for the owner's failure to
make repairs. You can either negotiate this or fight it out in court.
If you didn't keep the money in escrow, what you do owe (less an abatement)
can usually be made up over a period of time.

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