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Old 03-20-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Fordyce Arkansas
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Ok our landlord raised rent on us today but there is a spot in the floor that needs to be fixed since almost we moved in a year ago! He has told us many times he would fix this. I am scared that my kids might fall through one day. We even told him get is the stuff and we would fix it but nothing still! This is not a spot that has nothing to do with us the floor is just old and falling through. Then our steps tore up and my son fell and cut his leg and sprained his knee! He(the landlord) will keep telling us he will be by to fix it. I even took my kids to my mom and dad's house once so they would not be there and he never showed up. Then today he raised rent on us but he will not fix things that need to be fixed! Is there anything we can do?
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Fordyce Arkansas
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By the way I do not wanna sue him or anything I just wanna know what kind of rights we have!
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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In most states the landlord must maintain rental property in a condition that meets the local building codes. A landlord is also obligated in most states to maintain he premises in a safe condition. The State Attorney General's office has oversight of landlord/tenant issues. You can call them for advice: Office of the Louisiana Attorney General - James D. "Buddy" Caldwell,

Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Haynesville, La.-Pangburn, Ar.
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By the way I do not wanna sue him or anything I just wanna know what kind of rights we have!
If it was me, I'd probably have the right to remain silent.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Fordyce Arkansas
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If it was me, I'd probably have the right to remain silent.
Well I told my husband to let talk to him but he is scared we might get kicked out! But he will not say anything!
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Bossier Ciy, LA
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I hope you're in a better situation by now! For future reference, the NOLO Renter's Rights book is a good resource.

Renters' Rights - Resource Center (http://www.nolo.com/resource.cfm/catID/31250834-6A2E-4970-9EDD4DAF221A0C7E/104/138/ - broken link)

I used it when I had a bad landlord. He wouldn't fix anything, either. You might be able to find the book in the reference section at the local library.
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