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Old 04-07-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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We have been renting for 2 years now. We pay close to 1000 for a 2 br dump. New residents are paying close to 800. We have ongoing problems with our "newer" neighbors downstairs and have called the police as well as notified the office. Their patio is right below ours, we have a sliding door leading to our living room. The problem is, they are constantly smoking pot on their patio- heavy stuff! Causing it to drift to our upstairs- we can hear them hacking away also. I am asthmatic with a heart condition and we have a 2yo. Keeping our door opened is really the only way to get air on a nice day. The police have visited them, but havent really done anything (they were very nice though).The office supposedly has had talks with them, and they claim they are not the ones smoking but that its another unit. The unit they are referring to has their patio on the opposite ends of the building (they are young kids and Im sure they smoke it, we think they deal it, but other than they have not been bothersome to us, they are in fact very friendly) Bottom line: we know its them and nothing is being done. The complex is going to crap and we need to get out.. we would like to break our lease and feel we have grounds to do so without paying a penalty.. any input?? we have NOT notified corporate office on this matter as management has asked us not to and has been "friendly" but unhelpful!
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Why not notify the corporate office? Management is obviously doing a poor job, and are probably just trying to hide it from their bosses.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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This should be in the Renting forum.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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Im sorry, I didn't know there was a renting forum. We were told we would have to pay first and last months rent in order to break our lease- that's over $2000. That's hardly fair for having druggies under us on both sides, not to mention loud and inconsiderate (welcome to renting huh?) Management said they have to be fair and since she had spoken to the problem renters, she was doing the best she could therefore it wouldn't be fair to cut us a deal. This stinks!
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:52 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Im sorry, I didn't know there was a renting forum. We were told we would have to pay first and last months rent in order to break our lease- that's over $2000. That's hardly fair for having druggies under us on both sides, not to mention loud and inconsiderate (welcome to renting huh?) Management said they have to be fair and since she had spoken to the problem renters, she was doing the best she could therefore it wouldn't be fair to cut us a deal. This stinks!
Go over their heads to their bosses.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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Do you think they will allow us to leave? That's all I want- I don't want to be a bother anymore. Im tired of complaining I just want to leave with my family and go to a nicer area where I feel safe. Sure, I signed a lease.. but that's under the clear assumption that I would be living in a drug free community right?? Im just tired of complaining and getting no where..
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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No, they're not going to allow you to leave, you're going to have to make yourself a big enough pain in the butt that they WANT your to leave.

Call the cops whenever you detect drug use. Go pound on the manager's door whenever you get a whiff of pot. Call the main office and anyone associated with the complex nonstop. Document everything with photos if possible. Look up tenant advocacy groups in your area and complain to them. Write letters warning your landlord that you are reporting them, make copies for yourself, and send them via certified mail.

Refuse to leave unless they let you out with no penalty (and make sure they refund your security deposit!) but make them WANT you gone. You can consult with a lawyer for free and pay ~200 for a "threat letter" warning of legal action against the complex. That's usually enough to scare people into giving you a fair deal, but not always.

Make the landlord break your lease or do something stupid, don't do it first, otherwise you can be liable for the entire rental term.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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The feds may be more interested than the local cops in taking action, but ask yourself if you really want to get them involved.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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No, they're not going to allow you to leave, you're going to have to make yourself a big enough pain in the butt that they WANT your to leave.

Call the cops whenever you detect drug use. Go pound on the manager's door whenever you get a whiff of pot. Call the main office and anyone associated with the complex nonstop. Document everything with photos if possible. Look up tenant advocacy groups in your area and complain to them. Write letters warning your landlord that you are reporting them, make copies for yourself, and send them via certified mail.

Refuse to leave unless they let you out with no penalty (and make sure they refund your security deposit!) but make them WANT you gone. You can consult with a lawyer for free and pay ~200 for a "threat letter" warning of legal action against the complex. That's usually enough to scare people into giving you a fair deal, but not always.

Make the landlord break your lease or do something stupid, don't do it first, otherwise you can be liable for the entire rental term.
AGREED!!! Make it their problem.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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This thread has been moved to the Renting forum.
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