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Old 10-10-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Okay, there's a few issues in here and I'm just wondering if anyone here could provide some insight. I don't really have money for a lawyer, so I'm attempting to research everything myself.

I've lived here for 6 months, they never deposited my security into a bank account. I've already handled that with a certified letter stating that it now needs to be used towards rent. From my understanding, they cannot deny doing that nor can they request an additional security deposit.

Since then, it's taken a turn for the worse I guess you could say. For one, we had a deal worked out where I paid $750 a month rent and $50 a month for cable and internet connection (think they just ran a splitter and router so I used the same connection as them). After the 1st month, they told me to just pay with 1 check of $800 instead of seperating it into two checks where I specified what the funds were for. So since this problem has happened, the landlord decided to cut off my internet and cable. Would me paying for the internet and cable with the rent make it a part of the lease since I paid for them together? I am a month behind on rent right now but am in the process of catching up and know that they cannot deny you or cut off things from your lease just for falling behind on rent. Does anyone know?

Also, what is the easiest way to find out if my apartment is illegal? With how sloppy they were with the security and just the overall way they've handled things since I've moved in, I have a strong feeling that my attic apartment is illegal. I'd like to find out if this apartment is indeed legal or not, instead of being slapped in the face with it a few months from now and having to leave. I would just leave on my own due to some of these problems, but I really don't have the funds to do so right now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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You need legal advise for the tangled web you are in
First off...$50 for cable TV & internet connection...you were getting off cheap
I pay close to $75 a month for both without any premium channels.

They would have to take you to court to evict you forn non payment of rent
As far as I know you can not use security in lieu of rent
Yes it needs to be in an interest bearing account
Owner occupied homes with a rental unit come under different guidelines then say an apartment building

Attic apt/...more then likely my hunch says illegal but only your town or county code enforcement person could answer that
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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A few years back I know that security can be used as rent if the landlords do not provide the tenant written notice of the interest bearing account that the security is being held in. If you go to the NJ web site there is a section on tenant's rights. We made this mistake with our first (and only tenants) and it is a huge mistake for a landlord to make because then you don't have any security for the mess that your tenants make. I learned this the hard way.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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A few years back I know that security can be used as rent if the landlords do not provide the tenant written notice of the interest bearing account that the security is being held in. If you go to the NJ web site there is a section on tenant's rights. We made this mistake with our first (and only tenants) and it is a huge mistake for a landlord to make because then you don't have any security for the mess that your tenants make. I learned this the hard way.

Well you would know then

I know IF the apt is illegal he has many rights including relocation at owners expense
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