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Overcharged for Maintence Issue

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by chalisa anderson, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. chalisa anderson

    chalisa anderson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    On October 13 I called the on-call maintenance number and had the on-call guy come out to my apartment to fix my toilet it was sucked up and was not flushing correctly on the guy used a plunger and plunge the toilet and found out that one of my kids had placed a toy in there and flush it he left my apartment he was there for no more than 20 minutes and the issue was resolved. On October 13 I called the on-call maintenance number and had the on-call guy come out to my apartment to fix my toilet it was sucked up and was not flushing correctly on the guy used a plunger and plunge the toilet and found out that one of my kids had placed a toy in there and flushed it he left my apartment he was there for no more than 20 minutes and the issue was resolved.

    On October 16 I called my landlord just ask if someone could come look at my toilet again because it still was not flushing they said that they would wait until the person came in and had them come out and look she knew of the incident that happened on Sunday about the toy and I said yes I had company over and the younger child must’ve put one in the toilet did not know. On October 16 I called my landlord again to ask if someone could come look at my toilet again because it still was not flushing they said that they would wait until the person came in and had them come out and look she knew of the incident that happened on Sunday about the toy and I said yes I had company over and the younger child must’ve put one in the toilet ok fine she sent the guy over this 2nd time. After he left she then told me that I will have to be billed for both incidents and sent me a bill for five hours worth of services at $60 an hour totaling to $300.

    There was no way neither guy was in my apartment no more than an hour total so I’m trying to figure out where my landlord got five hours of services from. She refuses to tell me any other information and is basically telling me that I need to pay the $300. Issue is if she knew about Sunday then why not build me for Sunday’s incident before I called I yesterday (the 16th). Aren’t even going to bill me for Sunday’s incident if I would’ve called and said that the issue was still occurring so why bill me now it just does not make sense. A copy or information on where they got five hours from but they are not providing it for me I work part time and I do not have the money other than rent money which I always pay on time and I’ve never been late so I need to know is if I don’t pay the $300 will I be evicted?

    I can at most give them $100 and that’s it. I am on section 8 and I just feel like that she’s trying to overcharge me knowing that I’m not gonna be able to come up with the money I’ve had several issues with her before and I just feel like she has a vendetta against me based off of her response when I talk to her about the issue. I don’t know what to do or who to contact about this issue.
     
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  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Because you later state you are in a lease backed by Section 8, you might first start by talking to your counselor/contact person at Section 8.

    The agency overseeing your benefits has the ability to resolve this in your favor if you act quickly and don't let it fester!

    Forget personalities, stop using words like "snotty", and focus on satisfying everyone and resolving your issue.
     
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  3. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry that the landlord is so snotty about your failure to control your children in order to prevent damage to her property.
     
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  4. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    "sucked up"...do you mean plugged up?
     
  5. chalisa anderson

    chalisa anderson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Yes it would flush sometimes
     
  6. chalisa anderson

    chalisa anderson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    It wasn’t my child it was a friend of mines! And she didn’t need to be there’s a way to be professional about these things don’t need your snotty response either I’m just looking for advice
     
  7. chalisa anderson

    chalisa anderson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I did contact them waiting for a response
     
  8. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    You are easily offended...and overly use the word "snotty" in inappropriate ways. Obviously the child needed to be supervised ...hence your "sucked up' toilet.

    The member here are volunteers. I suggest you conduct yourself with some civility or the volunteers may choose to overlook your thread and assist other,more mannered, people.
     
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  9. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Q4P. :)
     
  10. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Keep paying your rent on time and eviction likely won't be an issue. The landlord will have to sue you in civil court and prove you owe the amount. You don't have to pay it until a judge orders you to do so. Chances are that the two of you will come to an agreement for less before it gets that far.
    Does your lease address maintenance fees that you may be responsible for?
    In your situation I would not pay the bill, but I would be prepared to pay up to two hours labor (minimum of one hour per incident) depending on what evidence is eventually produced. I would expect that to be half, or less than half, of what is being demanded.

    Ask the landlord for an itemized bill. If not itemized it would appear to be a fee, which I would expect to be in the lease agreement (and probably is not there).
     
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    mightymoose Moderator

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    I bet the spell checker edited that one.
     
  12. chalisa anderson

    chalisa anderson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I finally talked to her and she said she doesn’t need to provide me anything. So I’m just going to do like you said and keep paying my rent on time. I have no problem giving them at least $100 I should be getting a work bonus for Christmas they told me I had to pay it off by 12/31/19. So hopefully they accept the $100 at least until I can pay more or borrow it from someone
     
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    mightymoose Moderator

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    Volunteers or not, some members have a habit of offering rude responses that do nothing to help resolve an issue and are totally unnecessary, such as the one offered above.
    Such comments likely dissuade people from returning here or recommending its use to others.
     
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    mightymoose Moderator

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    Be careful offering partial payment as it could be construed as acknowledging you owe the rest. If you offer s partial payment clearly indicate it is being offered as payment in full.
    Review your lease and check with Section 8 before you pay anything, because you may not have to pay a penny.
     
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    I suspect that you're not going to apologize...
     
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    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    The OP's attitude towards her LL about this matter is assuredly exacerbating the situation. I am simply pointing that out.
     
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    mightymoose Moderator

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    If anyone should, it is you.
    Nobody wants to see rude responses. Please be more courteous or simply choose to not reply if you have nothing helpful to add.
    Your comment in this thread serves no practical purpose.
     
  18. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    You did not simply point it out. You made a rude statement. You could have stated it as simply as you just did without the attitude attached.
     
  19. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your opinion.
     
  20. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    You are welcome.
    Hopefully you and others will become more aware and less prone to the unnecessary rude comments you make and it will not be necessary to point them out to you and to apologize to others on your behalf.
     

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