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Old 05-31-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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Hello, I am having a bit of a problem. I signed a lease to rent a home on 5/15, however, the landlord made the lease for 5/1, even though the home was inhabitable and was until 5/26, when the electrician had to run lines for the electric company to start services. The property has had a lot of dead beat tenants that didn't pay their bills and the electric company snipped the wires. Anyway, because of this issue, the electric couldn't be turned on until 5/31, which is today. Also, the house needed work done, but because it was taking SO long, some of the work we decided to do ourselves, ie, carpet the raw wood steps(I have a 2 year old and there is NO way she could go up and down them.) The was trash in the basement that the previous tenant left, (cat and dog feces and such.) In my lease, my "landlord" charges me $75 for water, but I found out through the electrician that the water is rigged in the house(no meter), so she is charging me for water that she does not pay for. And not the last thing....she says that I have to pay her rent for this month, June, when technically the house wasn't habitable until 5/31. Oh, she said the months rent is MY loss and she expects rent 6/1. What is my recourse? She refuses to give back my deposit, my first and last months rent. What can I do now? I left my other home and was staying with a family member since 5/15, when I actually signed my lease, unaware of the problems with the utility companies.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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If you have a lease, start here.


City of Philadelphia: Filing A Complaint


Let L&I come out and do property inspection.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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1. Fair Housing Commission

2. L&I (Licenses and Inspections)

If you decide to withhold rent be sure to inform your landlord of your intentions in writing and delivered by a certified courier and signed for; then you must open an escrow account at the bank ... but have a bank officer walk you through the process to create a legal account, doing it on your own is not good enough.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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thank you!
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