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Antagonistic landlord

Posted by Karen Manfield on August 30, 1999 at 14:16:00:

Because of my requests to the landlords that they fix the paint and water
damage, as discussed in an earlier post, I am starting to worry about
retaliation by the landlord and wondering what forms it may take. What are my
rights in the following situations?

1. Our dryer has been broken from day 1. They gave us the name and number of
a repairman who never showed, at which point the landlords said "Oh well, it's
so old, I'm sure it just needs to be replaced anyway." They ordered a new
dryer which turned out not to work with the space--a special shelf will
need to be built. We told them about this the same day we told them we were
concerned about the painting going undone. The dryer is obviously VERY old and
had been repaired just before we moved in, and that was not the first time.
The next day the landlords told us they were sending a repairman. Can they
keep repairing a dryer that doesn't stay "fixed," resulting in a huge amount
of hassle for us? If they could do it out of laziness, does the retaliatory
nature change things?

2. I live with a roommate who is on the lease. If he moves out, can they
evict me? If I invite a licensee roommate to live with me, and my roommate
stays liable on the lease, can they evict me? Again, is retaliation relevant?

3. We have a one year lease with no right to renew, but were hoping to be
able to stay an extra year or two. Are there any limitations on the landlord's
ability to refuse to deal with us, or to raise the rent prohibitively, when
our lease expires?

I am trying to figure out the answers to all of these questions before I
decide whether to really pressure the landlord to do the work, or back down.

Thanks for your insights.


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