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Re: Question on Rent and Rental Rights

Posted by BB on February 23, 2002 at 13:07:11:

In Reply to: Question on Rent and Rental Rights posted by Aaron Shadford on February 23, 2002 at 12:25:24:

I'm not a lawyer, nor am I familiar with VA laws, but I suspect that if you have a lease signed by at least one of the owners or managing agents it is valid. If you have no lease or they have not given you one, then you may be in a better position...
I do not think "squeking" floors is covered as a needed repair, they may just tell you to put area rugs down.
The water spot is cause for complaint. Find the number for your local Housing Complaint Dept. and file a complaint.
Hate to say it, but you seem "stuck". They are never going to give you your security deposit back. So the best you can do is "live out" your security deposit, and then move or have them sue you for non payment. This is quite risky, as it can affect your credit rating...
I'm sorry I could not offer better help...I have included some net links below that should be able to give you much better information. Oh, maybe try calling your local "Tenant Rights" group and see if they can offer you any help...
Best of luck!

: Hi,
: I have been rented a loud squeeker in sheeps wool. The floors squeek something awful everywhere I step even some on the first floor of this condo. The noise is so annyoing we wake up at night just if one of us goes to the bathroom. I told the Realtor and the LL will not fix it saying it never bothered her. What can I do? Certainly not fix it myself or hire someone else to because I am already paying top dollar for this unsatisfying living environment. It is hard to call this place home.

: On another note I have never received a signed lease by all parties. Also, The Realtors I am forced to deal with are very dishonest and Unproffesional. They lied to me and I have to give them all my money??
: I even received a nasty later and a phone call saying I'm in trouble if I break the lease. I live in Virginia. If the area for sublet and assignment is left blank can I assign this place to someone and get rid of it. I probably never will and they'll never agree because the Realtors are mean and the LL is a cheap skate.

: Also, there is a water spot from a leaking roof which I informed the Realtor of over a month ago? They will not fix it and the water leak is getting worse. Can this be grounds for Termination?

: One more thing if you don't mind. There is a gas fireplace here which does not work. In order for it to work I have to spend 200 dollars to get the tank filled and a tech. to come up and start it. I cannot afford this. Would it be possible to get a rent reduction since part of the reason I rented this place is to use the fireplace. I was never told it needed gas prior to moving in.

: Your help is very much appreciated.

: Thank you and I warn all tenants...Don't judge a home/townhouse/condo/or apartment by it's three minute walk through and don't judge a realtor by there fake personna they will give you in the beginning. THey could rip you off as I have been ripped off.

: Thanks your friend from VA,
: Aaron

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