My husband and I recently rented a trailer. It isn't in the best of shape, but we agreed to move in and do the work ourselves and we would be reimbursed for the work. Well, we have not been able to reach our landlord via his cell phone for about 6 weeks... It's been going on 2 months since we gave him the first months rent. We have not been able to move in as of yet because of some major problems with the property that is beyond our financial reach, that are his responsibilities. I reported to the Health Department in my city that there were multiple leaks from the roof, that have caused mold to grow around the floorboard. We have notified the landlord by word, and in writing, and have been told on multiple occasions that he would provide the tar, as long as my husband did the work. He has failed to give us the tar to fix it. We also reported to the Health Department that we have no electric, because of some wiring problems under ground/under the trailer. We had an electrician friend of ours come over and test the wires to see where we had power. We also reported that we have already spent over 30.00 on pipes for the water. That is also not our responsibility. In the health code papers, it says that they must make sure there is running water. So we have no electric, no heat, leaks from the ceiling, a leak around the toilet, and some SERIOUS problems with the water pipes. In the health code booklet, it also said that a landlord is required to provide the tenants with an address and a telephone number for emergency situations and so that rent may be paid.
He has failed to provide us any way of getting ahold of him other than a phone number, that an employee of his told us had been changed and was not even his anymore. Everything that I have mentioned is in the code booklet as his responsibility.
Today we received a notice that we had 3 days to evacuate the premises, remove all of our property, and return a key or remove the doorknob that we put on. His maintenance man has been to the property 2times in one day, and he stated in the notice, that he had been there multiple times. Here's the problem with that, we were not notified that he would be coming, and the landlord is aware that we are not living at the property. He knows where my mothers house is (that's where we're staying), and he has our phone number. He also stated that we have not paid rent for this month, but we have not been able to move in because of all of the problems, and we have no way to reach him to pay rent.
My question is, if we were to take him to court for the money that we have paid him, and for a reimbursement of the money spent on the trailer, that we will not have use of, would we have a strong enough case to win?