Posted by Joe on August 17, 1999 at 21:24:21:
In Reply to: Re: Drug use by tenants posted by Mark Smith on August 17, 1999 at 14:05:45:
As a matter of fact, the landlord rented 4 bedrooms to 4 people (including myself)
and collected money individually.
It is hard to prove that one of the house mates deals drugs. But isn't the
landlord responsible for a safe and healthy living environment in the house?
I had talked to the landlord several times about this issue (basically, I asked
her to evict the drug dealer) and told her that I'd move out if she didn't do
anything and she asked me to wait 1 week and agreed to give me back my money if
nothing changed. So I waited 2 weeks and she did nothing. Things got worse
so I moved out last Sunday and now she is saying that I didn't give her 1-month
notice so she won't give me back the security and half-month rent.
Whatever the law is, it is just not fair for decent people to suffer the loss.
: How many people rented the house directly from the landlord and pay rent directly to the landlord? Did the landlord rent directly to some people and let those people bring in roommates?
: The drug issue, especially dealing, might be difficult to prove. If the suspected drug user/dealer is only a roommate and not a direct tenant of the landlord, I see no basis for you to get anything back from the landlord.
: : I lived in house with 3 other people. I recently found that one guy was using
: : drugs (Although I don't have proof, I could smell it) and I was told that he
: : also deals drugs. I talked to the landlord but she wouldn't do anything
: : about it. So I moved out immediately and have to stay in a motel until I find
: : a decent place.
: : Am I entitled to the one month security deposit and half month rent I paid?
: : Thanks,
: : Joe
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