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Posted by Renee on April 10, 2001 at 05:43:29:

In Reply to: RENTAL RIGHTS posted by DIONA DANIELS-JONES on April 09, 2001 at 14:21:12:

It is hard to read your post because you used all caps, but here goes.... if you lived there for 4 years and had no problems why are you all of a sudden making a stand? You could have moved at any time and judging from what I could make out, you will be moving now. Don't let it get to court, if it does and you are evicted - this will remain on your credit report for the next 7 years. Look for a new place fast and be out before the court date. Make sure you have a check in hand for this month's rent to prevent a money judgment from appearing on your record. If you wanted remodeling done to the home when you were moving in, you should have had that in writing. Verbal agreements do not stand up in court. It is he said, she said.... Absence of renewed lease means nothing. Most leases state that at end of the lease tenancy reverts to month to month and all terms of lease apply. In absence of any lease you are month to month tenant. As a month to month tenant, she can raise your rent or terminate your tenancy with no reason given with 30 days notice.

You have unfortunately mishandled this situation and your only option having a court date already in motion is to move before the date arrives or call the LL and try to make a deal with her to remain and sign a new lease. In the future, if you have a problem with conditions in a rental. Present the landlord with a written letter indicating the repairs that need to be done. You can request remodeling or enhancements, but those are not in the same category as a repair. Make sure that everything you do is in writing.

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