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my house is falling apart by teddy howard (virginia) on October 19, 2009 @01:47

                              
I signed a lease on june 18,2009 for a 3 bdrm house that was electric and water only.after moving in I found out I had to have gas cut on. 2wks aft moving in the ceiling in my childs room fell in(got fixed but roof still leaking) 2mo ago the other side fell in(got fixed,roof still leaking now molding,plumbing is bad(first bill I got aft moving in on 6/18 was on 9/29 for 758.00 . The foundation is sinking in causing the floor to separate from the wall, cabinets are falling,windows will not close all the way some are still broken from before I moved in still not fixed. Still no bdrm door for my daughters room,plus more. How do I get out of this years lease get them to pay for the water bill due to bad plumbing and get some type of compensation to be able to move because codes and compliance is talking about making me leave and condemning the house. I gave my landlord a list within a week of me moving in 6/18 stating the water pressure was not right she sent a plumber who said the house needed all new piping b/c same piping from1934 when house was built and she has been saying she's working on a quote this has been since july. I also told her of the cabinents that looklike they are falling off the wall. The wholes under kitchen cabinet that's letting in mice and insects. The ceiling in my bathroom separating from wall, and me and all 3 of my children have asthma and being that the roof is still leaking when it rains(to the point the last time we had heavy rain it ran all down my daughters t.v.) I mean in 1 room the ceiling has fell in twice. The water company willnot do an adjustment on hlthe bill with out receipts that the plumbing has been fixed and my disabilty covers what my bills should be not a 758.00 water bill for only 2 1/2 months of service. Then she has the nerve to say o' my god it must be a leak under the house I'm going to see what I can do that was 3 weeks ago and I have not heard anything. I with held ,my rent so I can find another house. How do I get compensated for the health issues my kids and I are having from the mold, moving expenses,etc. What type of compensation could we sue for. What are my options.
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Re: my house is falling apart by Anonymous on October 19, 2009 @03:25 [ Reply ]
What type of disability do you have? If your having all of these problems why dont you call the city inspectors? If you call them and all of these things are true then they will condem it, if they do that then you are out of the lease. Far as you getting compensated to move that will never happen. As for the health issues, they are not liable for them, anything could trigger your ashtma from cold air,smoke, to pollen. I think if anyone is capable to be able to talk on a computer then they are able to get off their ass and work instead of being on disabilty, they need to quit letting people live off of disability and put only the ones that are in need of it far as mentally handicap,invalids,people with terminal illness's, and etc.
Re: my house is falling apart by Anonymous on October 19, 2009 @06:03 [ Reply ]
Do you have free legal aid in your area?
Re: my house is falling apart by OK-LL on October 19, 2009 @10:35 [ Reply ]
"...causing the floor to separate from the wall, cabinets are falling,windows will not close all the way some are still broken from before I moved in still not fixed. Still no bdrm door for my daughters room,plus more."

Most of these issues are readily apparent by viewing the property. They couldn't possibly have all come into existence since you moved in -- at least some must have been visible before you signed the lease. Why did you move into this place?

At this point, if you have documented all the problems with photos and written request for repairs to LL, and 30 days has passed since that request, you may abandon the lease and move on.

If you want to sue for compensation for physical health or other damage, you will need to hire a lawyer and he will get you prepared with medical evidence, etc.

Be more choosy in the future, you should take better care of yourself and your children than to rent a place like this. Slumlords exist and it looks like you found one. Report this one to your local health inspectors and leave.

Re: my house is falling apart by Anonymous on October 19, 2009 @11:53 [ Reply ]
If, as you say, the city has already inspected the place and it's so bad that they are "talking about making me leave and condemning the house", that is not how they work.

If the house is so uninhabitable, you would be told to move immediately. Cities do not leave children in places with mold and water and falling in walls and ceilings. That is just ridiculous.

Some of these issues, as other posters said, would have been noticeable at pre-move in inspection. You should have noticed this and refused to move in. I don't care if you have no money, why would you put your children in those conditions?

I suggest you engage a lawyer, pack up your things and move. Most of the time you cannot sue for moving costs, etc. until AFTER you have moved. The landlord does not need to compensate you in advance unless the place is condemned. Maybe that's what you are waiting for, but in that time, you are also endangering your children.

Think about it.s

Re: my house is falling apart by Anonymous on October 19, 2009 @13:28 [ Reply ]
Make sure you document everything, including the requests to fix. Seek some free legal aid to see what you should do next. As for damages of items of yours inside your house-do you have renters insurance? This usually covers these item, it is often hard to prove (unless you have it documented that he knew about the roof leaks, and problems that might cause the roof to severly leak and damage property inside).

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