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Old 06-03-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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We lived in an illegal basement apartment. There are currently two open code violations on the county website. They verbally agreed to let us out of the lease but absolutely refused to sign anything.

They returned our security deposit but are now threatening to sue us for the remainder of the lease (now that they've fixed the violations).

Can they do this??? We moved out because it was a fire/safety hazard!
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:12 AM
 
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You don't even mention what state you reside in to even try to assist you. It is best to read up on your state's tenant landlord laws. Also, contact your local tenant resource center for advice. They are usually pretty helpful or can point you in the right direction.

Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:51 AM
 
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State is Virginia

They gave us our security deposit back and said that if we step foot on their property it's trespassing.... soooo we're not entitled to live there, clearly left the apartment in good condition, but still have to pay?
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:18 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Any one can sue But can they win... Do you have Proof of the Violations? A report & pics that Clearly state what codes they broke? Other wise it just your word against yours & yes since you signed a Contract...lease that going to sway the judge in their favor.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:29 AM
 
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We lived in an illegal basement apartment. There are currently two open code violations on the county website. They verbally agreed to let us out of the lease but absolutely refused to sign anything.

They returned our security deposit but are now threatening to sue us for the remainder of the lease (now that they've fixed the violations).

Can they do this??? We moved out because it was a fire/safety hazard!
How do you know they are suing you for remainder of rent? Did they send you a letter or what? Did you get a summons? What reason does it state they are suing you?

Did they say they would let you out of lease because of the code violations? What were the code violations and how long ago did you move out?

It is very difficult to make any informed decisions or opinions when you aren't giving us much to go on.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:30 AM
 
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yes they're public record & on the county's website
fire hazard/means of egress issue
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:33 AM
 
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How do you know they are suing you for remainder of rent? Did they send you a letter or what? Did you get a summons? What reason does it state they are suing you?

Did they say they would let you out of lease because of the code violations? What were the code violations and how long ago did you move out?

It is very difficult to make any informed decisions or opinions when you aren't giving us much to go on.
sorry
they havent sued me yet, but they said they will if i report them.
we moved out one month after we found out about the violations. they gave us verbal ok to move out but REFUSED to sign anything.

they want to sue us for the entirety of the lease. code violations were fixed two days after we moved out
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:41 AM
 
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not making sense.
"they havent sued me yet, but they said they will if i report them"

What do you mean 'if I report them'? For what? You stated the code violations are already reported and on the county website.

Then you state "they want to sue us for the entirety of the lease. code violations were fixed two days after we moved out"

When did they say this and was it by letter or verbal?

You also stated they won't allow you on the property. Are you talking to them frequently or is all of this in writing?

There are way too many variables in what you are saying. You really need to contact a rental attorney or your county's tenant resource center so you can explain this to a live person. No one here has enough info to go on to even begin to help you.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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This sounds like a grudge match. You got your security deposit and informally out of your lease. Move on and don't bother with reporting them. The violations have been fixed so it's not as if some other unsuspecting person is going to be moving into an illegal apartment.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:03 AM
 
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You're already out of the unit so cross the "I'm being sued" bridge when you get to it.

You can't do anything until the summons shows up...so wait for it show up or get on with life.
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