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Posted by Ken on October 16, 2000 at 18:04:37:

In Reply to: Landlords _______ caused family to split posted by Gary on October 16, 2000 at 05:31:05:

I'm a bit confused by your post, especially your proposition that "landlords" caused your family to break up. Sounds like you're looking to blame landlords for your own unfortunate circumstances.

It sounds like you agreed to renovate a place for the landlord while you lived there and paid rent. You say the arrangement "worked great" until you went to work, and had to pay the rent yourself. I guess the house didn't seem to be worth all that money when it came out of your own pocket. I can't figure out why you didn't just move out at that point; you could have avoided a lot of problems later on.

I also don't understand how or why your landlords "sued for back rent and won" yet they "refuse to evict you". Doesn't make much sense. But in any case, remove your stuff from the house now! You already have another place. A long-term unoccupied house is an easy target for burglars. Also, while I'm not sure of the specifics of this, I believe that if you are not paying rent and not living in a house, after a certain point the landlord can consider it "abandoned" and just move your things out and re-rent the place.

: In 1990 I was able to find a 150 year old farmhouse to rent.
: At the time we were a family of 7. The house was gutted and I
: had an agreement with the landlord,that I would pay rent on a
: month to month basis if they provided the materials nessesary
: to make the house liveable. This agreement worked great,until
: I went to work.(Public Assistance paid the rent etc.)The electric
: service was the major problem,the main breaker continually buzzed
: and burned out! And the Utility bill was outrageous. I asked the
: landlord in 1998 to have it looked at,the response was "I'll
: send someone to check it",to date no person has checked the
: service. The bill eventually became $2000.00 even though I tried
: to pay the bill. Of course the service was terminated. With no
: place to go I figured we could get a generator until we found
: another place, needless to say after 9 years of acumulation 2
: dogs and 3 boys, finding one did not happen before the generator
: burned as well. she couldn't handle the situation (I can't blame
: her) and she left me with our boys and we have become estranged
: I do not beleive this is right. the landlord sued for rent and
: won. They refuse to evict me, there are 7 landlords to my surprise
: the Judge indicated they were a partnership, and they needed an
: attorney. I hae since found an apartment, but my belongings are
: still there,wood stove, sattelite dishes,personal belongings.
: Can they lock me out? N.Y.S. County of Broome. Please any info?

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