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Re: Dog Died LL refuses to decrease rent

Posted by Ace on July 09, 2001 at 14:10:09:

In Reply to: Dog Died LL refuses to decrease rent posted by Michelle on July 09, 2001 at 11:42:14:

There is no lease except proof from the real estate agent that agent received $1200 and not $1300. Do you have any other proof, such as carefully writing on your rent check that says rent is $1200 but $100 more is for keeping the pet?? Did you send two separate payments, one for rent and one for pet? You can either a) get a new pet or b) write a polite letter to LL explaining your situation and how the rent will now be $1200 (show proof from the ad and the rental agent and, although a touch morbid, send a copy of the dog's death certificate!) and make copies of everything for your files, sending the letter to LL certified return receipt or fedex or c) give full 30 days' notice to move.

Landlords are totally defiant if you don't have a lease to protect you. You can also try your local county office to see what they have to say about your rights against this LL.

: We are renting the top floor of a private home in Yonkers, we have no lease. When we moved in last October we were told the rent was $1200 per month. The landlord then decided to charge us an additional $100 per month since we had a dog. The dog passed last month, so when we submitted our rent check we paid $1200, LL had a fit and said rent was 1300 all along regardless of the fact that dog had died. The rela estate broker had also confirmed the lsiting at $1200 per month and such is indicated by her comission check. My question is do we have a leg to stand on since it irritates me to pay that extra hundred a month

: thank you

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