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Unread 04-24-2011, 10:42 PM
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Angry Rented house not up to code !

I recently moved my family into a rental house, my family includes my sick elderly mother and my child. This house has many issues. Water based paint was used in the kitchen so it is everywhere, on our clothes, hands, utensils, dripping onto the floor if there is a spill, exposed wires in the walls, light switches with no covers. My bedroom is in the basement and has a bathroom which he has not put into working order and will not answer me when I ask him about it, he snuck the carpet out of the house he was to put in my room, there are no smoke alarms. I asked for a back door key again this weekend he came by and fiddled with a few keys and said it didn't work and I had to wait until Monday for him to get one. This man has several properties and apparently has a history of this. Not only do I want this house fixed I want him stopped ! what can I do ?:mad
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Unread 04-24-2011, 11:54 PM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Wasn't it this way when you looked at it? Not excusing the fact that no repairs are done, but why did you choose a house with defects you could see when you first saw it?

I don't think there's much code with paint however the wiring and plumbing should certainly be in order and you should have smoke alarms.

I'd be looking for a new place to rent and look closer next time before you move in.

Speaking of the move in did you do a walkthrough with the landlord, have some kind of inspection " report " where these problems were written down?
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Unread 04-25-2011, 12:55 PM
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Call the County for Violations...That will stop him.
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Unread 04-25-2011, 02:35 PM
Location: The Wild West
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Before we even get to the point of offering a place for rent we have two checklists. One is our own "turnaround" list (smoke alarm battery, ac filters, cleaning, drains, etc). Then once all work is completed we use a HUD / Sect 8 inspection checklist and do a pre-rental inspection to at least HUD standards. This covers things like alarms, screens, light sockets, locks, etc.

Things like non-op plumbing are different. A unit should not even be offered for rent if all systems are not working. But more important is why would you even move into a property in such condition?

Small issues like door locks or switch covers depending on your state you can use the repair and deduct self-help. But be sure you are completely right because such things tend to make LL's really mad. And you can't just go out and buy new stuff, the LL has to have a reasonable time to solve the issue, 30 days is usually considered reasonable unless it is a safety issue or the only toilet is plugged.

I would NOT call the county unless you want a really, really mad LL who will kick you out at the earliest opportunity.

There are a lot of low life landlords. They give the rest of us a bad name. A tenants main protection is to be selective where you rent. When you move in, check everything, make sure you and the LL sign a move in condition agreement and take your own pictures when the LL is there. (Note I take photos, but I do not share them with the tenant unless under supeona.)
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Unread 04-26-2011, 09:41 AM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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I take lots of photos and let them know I have them and if they want copies, I e-mail or print them out like 6 to a page B&W and include w/ the copy of the inspection report. They have done their purpose many times when at move out I hear the age-old "it was that way when I moved in" statement.
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