Stupid landlord. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

FI and I rented a house for 3 years before we moved into our new house about 3 weeks ago. A little background on the rental : during the 3 years we lived there, our water and electricity was shut off for non-payment 8 times (the landlord paid the utility bills). A pipe burst in the bathroom wall and the shower didn't work for over a week while the landlord fixed it. He also replaced the countertops and sink in the kitchen and NEVER cleaned up the mess he made (sawdust EVERYWHERE). The house was so dirty when we moved in, that I wouldn't take a shower until FI cleaned out the tub. So I took pictures. Of everything. Over the 3 years we lived there (including before we moved in), I took over 300 pictures of the house and the yard to document the absolute sh!ttiness of my landlord JUST IN CASE. The house is a dump and I didn't want to be blamed for ANY of it.


Being the conscientious (and unbelievably BUSY) renters that we are, we paid to have a cleaning service clean the house AFTER we did a very basic clean-up ourselves when everything had been moved out. I swear I have never seen the house look cleaner. In addition, during the time we lived there, we made numerous improvements to the house: we refinished the hardwood floors, installed new faucets, and landscaped the back yard (ALL out of our own pockets).


So FI and I have our final walk-thru on Sunday morning with the landlord. I am not kidding when I say he PUT ON A WHITE GLOVE and proceeded to wipe the tops of door frames, inside light fixtures, and (UNBELIEVABLE) the top rims of the smoke detectors. Then told us it wasn't clean enough and that he was going to pay a cleaning service to come in and clean again and charge it to us at a rate of $50/hour deducted from our deposit.


UM NO. FI sweetly reminded the landlord of the condition of the house when we moved in along with all of the problems we had while we lived there. He also reminded him that it will cost us nothing to go to small claims court to recover our $1000 deposit. *sigh* I really didn't want this to turn out this way, but I guess I am not surprised. I have no doubt that we will get our deposit back, but it's looking like it will be a PITA to do so.


Stupid stupid stupid landlord. I don't think he will like what happens if this goes to court.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 5:07 am
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What a jerk!  He won't have a leg to stand on because you did such a good job documenting it!  You have dates, reciepts, and photos, right? 


UGH.


My last landlord wasn't quite that bad but I moved out early (to move in with FI )without penalty because he was a slacker, too.  I had documented and taken photos, too!  Good girl!  And basically he put his tail between his legs and gave in. He was essentially a good guy but really really naive and inexperienced as a landlord.


I later got a call from a woman renting my same house.  Oh my God.  She was in tears. She apologized since she got my name from some junk mail delivered there and wanted to know what my experience was like renting from him.  Apparently, she had RATS infesting the house and was like seriously battling them every day and feared for her four year old son!


I told her my experience (I didn't have rats!  OH MAN) and told her to get out and put in writing/registered letter why she was leaving and even consider billing him for the hotel!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 5:39 am
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What an a-s-s!!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 5:40 am
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That's ridiculous, and it sounds like he is just trying to take advantage of you and hope that you don't fight him on it. Let him know about all the documentation you have, and that should send the message that you are not going to stand down.


Do you have a copy of an inspection report that would have been done when you took occupancy of the house? I know you said you took pictures, which should be useful as well. We own a few rental properties, and we do inspections when each new tenant takes occupancy and when they leave. So any damage or general uncleanliness would be noted on the inspection report when they move in, and also when they move out. That report is signed by both the tenant and myself or FI.


Check out the information provided by your area's tenancy board to see what is in the act, but in most cases if you left the unit in better condition than you took posession of it in, you are fine.


*Try to avoid having a hearing with the tenancy board if you can, it's a long and painful process and (in our area at least) the board is there to protect the landlord not the tenant so tenants can get screwed pretty easily.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:03 am
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Good thing that you took pictures of the place. He sounds like a "slum lord". 

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:13 am
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Yeah he's just an idiot.


@doolittlebride--yes, I have over 300 pictures along with copies of letters from the utility company and dates of shut-offs.


@nadine2135--I think that's exactly what he's trying to do. Little does he know I am one of those tenacious/stubborn people who doesn't let anything go if I can help it! We didn't do an inspection report when we moved in, but I have date stamped photos from the day our lease began showing the condition of the house. I mean, I took pics of EVERY scratch, ding, pile of dirt, etc. I sent copies to our attorney the day that I took them, so he has them as well. If it comes down to it, we will just take him to small claims court. I just got off the phone with my attorney and he explained to me that the very first time the water got shut off, it was a breach of contract and we should have had our deposit returned in full at that time if we decided to move out. So we should have no problem fighting this...it's just a pain.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:21 am
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ugh stupid landlords!!!  Some can be so amazing and others well.... yeah....

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:37 am
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Ugh! That sucks. I've never had a landlord try to screw me over, just roommates... my last one made me vow NO MORE ROOMMATES until I get married. I was shocked to get my full deposit back on that apartment, considering the crap that roommate did... it looked like he had scribbled all over the walls with pencil, he had broken the closet door and just propped it in the door frame so it looked ok... when the carpet cleaner came, the closet door FELL ON HIM! That roommate had a crazy ex girlfriend who slashed the screen door (his room had a sliding glass door) with a knife... roommate never got the screen replaced, so I just threw the whole thing in the trash. That plus sticking me with over $300 in final bills... let's just say I was glad I had a copy of his signature on our lease when the deposit check came back.... he didn't see a penny of it!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 7:41 am

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