Posted by Ken on December 13, 2000 at 19:59:26:
In Reply to: Legally or realisticly posted by John on December 13, 2000 at 18:18:52:
You're renting a room in an acquantaince's newly purchased townhouse. Your acquantaince is new to property ownership and seems to be treating your stay there in a manner more appropriate for roommates ("let's just split all the expenses in half") than in a true LL/Tenant arrangement.
You did not tell us what agreement (lease ? month to month ? Just crashing for a while and sharing expenses?) you have with your aquantaince, or if the fees he is asking for are realistic when compared to the rent for other rooms in your neighborhood.
Let's face it -- the arrangement you have now should be temporary. Move out and into a place of your own while you and him are still friends. The downside potential for problems here is just too great.
: : I'm renting a room in an acquaintance's townhouse. He just bought it and it's brand new. He is trying to charge me for all of the startup/connection fees that are involved in getting the services (cable, phone, etc) turned on. He is also trying to have me pay for Homeowner's Association fees and trash removal. I'm pretty sure that the last two are a stretch, but I'm not sure what kind of fees I should be responsible for. I just don't think that I would have to pay these fees if I had come into the house say 3 months after he bought it. It seems to me that the landlord should solely be responsible for these kinds of fees. Am I way off base? I realize that he is strapped for cash, but so am I. Any info on this subject would be appreciated.
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