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Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by Kaldric, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. Kaldric

    Kaldric Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I dont know what to do, My landlord is a slumlord, he gets my money on time every month, no late fee's no delays, yet he never wants to fix anything, and insits on me paying half or he wont pay at all. He had us tear up carpet so he could put tile down, but he never bought the tile, the siding needs replaced, and the plumbing keeps clogging up under the house. I FINALLY after almost a year of two got him to fix the hole in the roof. and now he has raised my rent in direct responce to having to repair the roof..what can i do?
     
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    Tenant Options If Your Landlord Won't Make Major Repairs

    You also have the option of moving.
     
  3. Kaldric

    Kaldric Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I dont have the option to move out, as this is litterly the ONLY place I can afford.
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    After suffering the abuses and neglect you've described, MOST people would be looking for another place to live.

    No one should endure the abuses you've suffered.

    If you're a month to month tenant, start looking TODAY, so you can tell the slum lord goodbye.

    If you're locked into a lengthier lease, begin preparing for the lease to end so you can legally release the legal bonds of your lease.

    You've been provided some possible means of HELP by some of our forum participants/responders, I'd investigate those ASAP.
     
  6. Kaldric

    Kaldric Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I would very much like to use that help, but I am also not good at these things, I dont know which part I need to contact. which sections are appropriate. I am afraid that if I choose the wrong one I wioll get thrown out, and I am far less worried about myself, i've been homeless before, But I am far more worried about my one year old child, and yes the landlord KNOWS I cannot afford the increased rent and that i have a child. so further and more detailed help would be appricated
     
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    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Call Legal Aid and tell whom ever answers the phone (concisely) your landlord issue. They will either put you in touch with one of the attorneys or direct you to the correct state department/org to assist you.



    Contact Us | GeorgiaLegalAid.org | A guide to free and low-cost legal aid, assistance and services in Georgia
    If you need legal help:

    • If you live in Fulton, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, or DeKalb County, fill out Atlanta Legal Aid's online intake application or call 404-524-5811 to see if you qualify.

    • If you live in any other Georgia county, fill out the Georgia Legal Services Program's online intake application or call 1-833-457-7529 to see if you qualify for free legal help.

    • If you are over 60, contact the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline at (404) 657-9915 or toll free 1(888) 257-9519.
     
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    @Kaldric I meant to ask...Is this Section 8 or any type of subsidized housing?

    How much is the current rent and what is the rent increase? Do you have a lease? If so, when does it end?
     
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  9. Kaldric

    Kaldric Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No..its not section 8 housing, the increase is 100 dollars and its going from 500 to 600. Yeah I know its very very cheap for the location I am in, and everywhere else that i looked is around 850+. Yes I know I am making out like a bandit as it is even with the increase, but I have only stated the major things and havent gone into great details either.
     
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    What area are you in? Have you looked into the LL/Tenant laws to see if there is a rent increase cap? ...ie...5%...10%?

    Keep in mind that your LL doesn't have to allow you to rent his property. If you are on a lease s/he doesn't have to renew it.
    Have you looked at smaller apartments? A studio apartment or a one bedroom may be in your price range. Or maybe finding a roommate...perhaps another single parent. If you belong to a church that can be a great place to find a nice roommate or even a nice apartment at a reasonable price.

    You should also apply for section 8 if you meet the financial requirements.
     
  11. Kaldric

    Kaldric Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I couldn't find anything precise In am In GA I don t think that my county/city really matters does it?
    besides it's not just me and I am not a single parent. my gf who is the mother of the child is with me, we are not married for financial reasons. And I would love to look for a roommate but my slumlord tried to charge a friend of mine who visited for 3 days 500 dollars saying he was there for 3 months So basicly anyone we try to get as a roommate he will try to charge them, I dont even know if that is legal. Also i have a month-to-month lease, i have proof of it but the landlord is claiming we have no lease, I also have my little brother with me because he cannot live on his own, he helps with bills but even with his money we cant pay all the bills. GF doesnt have a job because the last time she had one I was taking her back and forth to work then i got into an accident. and now she is recovery from having her galbladder removed.
     
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    Is she receiving disability? Are you looking for a second job?

    This is going to come across as harsh, but you need to understand...You are making a bunch of excuses. I get that you are having a hard time right now but you need to do whatever is necessary to solve these problems. You either need to find a better job or find another part time job that will allow you to live in a decent home with your family. Living in squalid conditions is not good for the baby and in a few months, when baby gets more mobile, baby could get hurt in your current home.

    Call the legal aid number I posted and explain the situation and see if there is anything they can do for you or if they can refer you an agency that can help.
     
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    Maybe the reason the rent is so cheap is because of the bad conditions the place is in. Now you contact someone that will force the owner to repair these issues. You can bet the owner will RAISE your rent to recover the money they spent to fix the issues.
     
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