Can I sue my landlord for unfixed leaks/repairs and black mold?
Actually, I heard a similar story on Wyoming Public Radio just recently. In Laramie, which is a University town, there are many students who live in substandard housing, many of those units are illegal rentals. I heard from an attorney that even though someone is living in substandard housing and illegal rentals, they do have rights. I don't know if it's the same in your state. It is definitely worth calling a lawyer and asking. Many attorneys give the first consultation for free so it won't cost you anything to call around and ask. I wish you good luck. Before you call, write down what's wrong with the apt. Also, take pictures of everything. It also may be a good idea to talk to your landlord one more time and see what he/she has to say and then write that down too. If he/she doesn't say anything or call you back, write that down...Good luck.
by ndn_ronhoward - 2 hours ago
No written lease = a month to month tenancy at will as provided by your state's landlord/tenant laws. Your landlord can give you one month's written notice to vacate - no cause or reason in most states. Actually, if the place is as bad as you say and the landlord refuses to fix issues you should be wanting to move.
by Trouble - 2 hours ago
If you have no contract or lease youre pretty much screwed. This also means if you dont pay your last months rent theres nothing he can do to you... Hes already kicking you out. If you do have a lease then its his responsibility to fix anything and everything within reason. I dont think theres any law that says a landlord has to give you 90 days notice to move out.
by tink - 2 hours ago
Renters have more rights than landlords. Document (write down and keep track) all of the conversations you had and take pictures of the leaking ceiling and mold, video would help too. Then you beat him to the punch, go to your local court system (find out which one deals with landlord/tenant disputes) and take his azz to court for unsafe living conditions. I'd even go to the doctor and get a note stating your health problems that developed or got worse since living there. Don't pay him another dime either...save your money for your new place. This time get a lease or rental agreement though. Good luck!
by Redbone - 2 hours ago
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