Posted by israel on June 21, 1999 at 14:47:28:
In Reply to: Re: No C.O.: Massachusetts posted by Anna on June 21, 1999 at 12:44:45:
Nothing is rent free. Only a Housing Court Judge can determine if you should pay all, part or none of the back rent. Make sure you document everything.
: : :
: : :Thanks for your response. I haven't paid any rent since
: : I moved in, and will not pay any until it's finished.
: : I don't know if once I officially start paying rent if I have
: : to pay the first month, as I've paid 1st/last, and what's
: : considered the "official" 1st month.
: : The building inspector knows that he's got people
: : living there and has given him a certain amount of time to get
: : it finished, or he faces daily fines and/or jail time.
: : He actually lives in the house (it's a 6 family),
: : and has unlimited access to the apartment - there's no way he can
: : claim that he hasn't had access. I'm just so frustrated because
: : nothing is getting done. I like the apartment, I just want the
: : thing finished.
: from your first msg:
: "We have been told by the Bldg. Inspector NOT to pay rent until he has
: it. My question is, when he does have it, and we start paying rent, do I have to pay
: for the 1st month, as I paid 1st/last? "
: You prepaid your first month's rent (and paid the last month as a security). That prepayment should count for the first month he will be allowed to collect rent. He might dispute this, so it's good that you're asking now. Check with the excellent resources on TenantNet Home for MA: the first item is a mirror of and the second is a LINK to a MA tenant-atty website, revised 5/99.
: Sure, it is frustrating, but as long as the unfinished work is not dangerous to your child, you're living rent free in what will eventually be a nice apt!
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