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Old 04-18-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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I am a single father renting out a room in a basement here in Littleton. I was at a loss for words when the owner of the house currently living here wanted to add yet another person while also turning this into a construction zone without a permit. It is a 3 bedroom house. He added another room downstairs which I currently live in but is not registered or legal. I don't necessarily want to get him in trouble and I want to stay but he is trying to have somebody move in to the living area downstairs where I have all of my furniture and Tv including my son's toys and play area. I don't know what to do, this is not alright he's being greedy, he is a business owner and has another property renting out. I don't have the money to move or pay a deposit. Should I report him not paying taxes and renting illegally or just threaten him with it at least. Or should I let him walk all over everybody in the house.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I have no advice except to say that however this turns out, you are living in a very short term situation. Start looking very hard for alternatives immediately.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Move, then rat him out.
Document everything.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:29 PM
 
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I make $1350 an hour and have no money. No money for deposit or no money to move.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I make $1350 an hour and have no money. No money for deposit or no money to move.
I'm sorry, but staying isn't a viable option. You need to come to terms with that. The sooner the better. Start planning for how to make this move happen.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Derek, either way you are going to be moving. If you report him for rental and/or construction without permit violations, he's going to get angry and evict you. You could just hang tight and make him go through the eviction process, which may take months, or get proactive and move out.

If he is renting out his basement illegally or doing work without a permit, you really should report him. If only to protect others that he may try to rent to in the future.

You didn't mention, but do you have a lease? Is there anything in there about what space you are renting and whether or not other tenants can be added?
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:32 AM
 
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Look on Craigslist for rooms that specifically say something about there being other kids in the house, the new tenant must help out with child care, something along those lines. They'd be looking for another kid to move in. Maybe. You need to get out of your current living situation.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:08 AM
 
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Expectations are everything. If you are renting illegally you shouldn't be surprised if he does other illegal stuff. If doing illegal things bothers you, don't rent illegally. You are part of this to. You are looking for the law to protect you. If you want that, find yourself a legal rental.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:25 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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You were given a lease that said something about your living area. Since your living area is being reduced, is your rent being reduced?

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Old 04-20-2016, 10:08 AM
 
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I make $1350 an hour and have no money. No money for deposit or no money to move.
PEP TALK/

While that is your CURRENT situation, you MUST not just give up and resign yourself to this fate. Stop restating the problem, focus ENTIRELY on the solution - and one will happen. This landlord isn't concerned about your situation, so you have to find one that will meet their contract. This exists, it is out there, YOU have to find it and make it happen. And YOU CAN! People upgrade their lives every day, and you can do it also.

\PEP TALK
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