So my landlord is very delinquent and shirking in all of his duties. He refuses to respond to any of our requests for services or fix any of the problems with this apt or the one above. As a means to leverage him to take action I want to know if I can hold the following against him. I refer to a mistake he made in the lease which states (exactly):
In particular, I want to know if he can be held accountable for the total term rental being specifically stated to be $1175 (an not $14,100 as it's supposed to be). The occupancy terms state the total term is 12 months. If so, I'd even consider leaving the premises since I've paid the 4x the total term already (lived here for 4 months).RENT: The total term rental is the sum $ 1175.00 (ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE AND NO/100 DOLLARS) which is payable in advance without setoff, deduction or demand, in equal monthly installments of $1175.00 (ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE AND NO/100 DOLLARS) on the first day of each calendar month during the term of this lease except, that rent for the first month shall be paid to the lessor simultaneously with the signing of this lease.
Also, it states:
Does that clause preclude him from any landlord responsibility, such as conducting necessary fixes in a timely manner? Can I actually sign away my rights to claim damages under Implied Warranty of Habitability?SERVICES: The Lessor shall provide grass cutting service.
The Lessor shall not be liable in any manner for the failure to provide or for the delay in providing any such service for any cause whatsoever beyond the Lessor's control. No such delay or failure to furnish any such service beyond the Lessor's control shall give cause to the Lessee to suspend in whole or in part the rental payment due or cause the Lessee to seek damages or abatement of rent under the implied warranty ruling.
My biggest complaint is that we signed the lease before the previous tenants vacated. When they did, the place was a wreck and the landlord held them accountable for nothing, leaving the damages on us. He now claims that we signed the lease and accepted conditions that we could not have been privy to at the time of signing. He also refuses to give us the water bill, instead giving us handwritten letters claiming what the price is, but not a single official bill has been given to us. Can I refuse to pay them based on the amount being just hearsay from the landlord?
This whole ordeal with him is very very frustrating and I don't know if I have legal case to take against him yet.
Thank you very very much to anyone who can help get me started or pointed in the right direction before I'm forced to pay for a lawyer (poor college student here).
I just noticed he put the "For Rent" sign back out. I know the guy upstairs was determined to find a peaceful solution to his landlord woes. I really think he want to try and push me out.