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Holding keys (by Jihn [VA]) Feb 7, 2019 5:58 PM
       Holding keys (by Vee [OH]) Feb 7, 2019 6:12 PM
       Holding keys (by Still Learning [NH]) Feb 7, 2019 6:16 PM
       Holding keys (by Ned [AL]) Feb 7, 2019 6:22 PM
       Holding keys (by Ned [AL]) Feb 7, 2019 6:23 PM
       Holding keys (by Ken [NY]) Feb 7, 2019 7:39 PM
       Holding keys (by RR78 [VA]) Feb 7, 2019 7:39 PM
       Holding keys (by beelocks [NH]) Feb 7, 2019 9:30 PM
       Holding keys (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 7, 2019 9:35 PM
       Holding keys (by Adele [FL]) Feb 8, 2019 4:21 AM
       Holding keys (by plenty [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 5:15 AM
       Holding keys (by plenty [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 5:15 AM
       Holding keys (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 8, 2019 6:26 AM
       Holding keys (by Don I [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 6:45 AM
       Holding keys (by S i d [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 6:55 AM
       Holding keys (by Nellie [ME]) Feb 8, 2019 7:38 AM

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Holding keys (by Jihn [VA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 5:58 PM
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Hello,

Had a few questions with scenarios. I live in an apartment and 2 roommates moved out in September. Told managers I wanted to stay but could only pay my portion. He siad that was fine but if I don't find more roommates I'd rmbe responsible for the entire rent in Oct or I'd have to leave. I agreed. I found 1 roommate end of septamber and another in beginnig of October. However, there is new management and she says I have to pay the remainder of septamber rent plus the late fee.

The story continues as I lost my apartment key and have not been able to get into my apartment for over 2 weeks and management wouldn't get me another one. I've been asking for a copy but they said not until the balance is paid. I told them I'd ask my attorney about it yesterday and today it's magically replaced. However, she now issued all three of us a 5 Day Pay or Quite even though she called me Monday saying she was not. my attorney suggested we work out compensation for me being locked out. So I suggested the remainder of Sept rent and late fee be waived but that's when she issued us the 5 day. Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

I have not been late on a utility or rent bill in the 2 years I've lived hear. I've been complaining about the mold in the bathroom for 2 years and the rud being torn up to the point wear it's a huge tripping hazard. They repainted over the mold last week but said the carpet is just old. Thanks again!

--66.249.xx.xxx




Holding keys (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:12 PM
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You accepted the unit as is right? So you are just short on rent? Could you go to the grocery store and get 2 bags of fresh vegetables and meat and give them to the landlord - tell the clerk you will pay in a couple months, let us know how that works.

--76.188.xxx.x




Holding keys (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:16 PM
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Why are you trying so hard to stay in a place that has mold, ripped rug, and obviously isn’t interested in having you stay? I don’t think they were right to withhold a key but if you live there and signed a joint and severally lease then you owe the remaining money from September rent and late fee. It sounds like there are issues with both parties. --24.61.xxx.xx




Holding keys (by Ned [AL]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:22 PM
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I'd clean the bathroom before you leave, since the mold (mildew) hasn't been cleaned in two years... --70.92.xx.xx




Holding keys (by Ned [AL]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:23 PM
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I'd clean the bathroom before you leave, since the mold (mildew) hasn't been cleaned in two years... --70.92.xx.xx




Holding keys (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 7:39 PM
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You lost the key,i don't think the landlord has an obligation to give you a new key. --72.231.xxx.xxx




Holding keys (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 7:39 PM
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First I would thank them for giving you 5 more days to make this right.

It would be unusual for a manager to tell you not to pay rent. And it may have happened. But you would need that in writing. The lease is in writing so any changes have to be made that way.

I would pay it and then sue your old roommates to collect from them. Did they give you 30 days notice to find new roommates?

Mold is usually from to much moisture and not cleaning. Just clean with a bleach cleaner. After a shower you nned to get rid of the moisture. Exhaust fan for 20 min, open a window etc..

No excuse for torn carpet. If they have that low standards then you just give notice and move to a nicer place. --73.152.xx.xxx




Holding keys (by beelocks [NH]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 9:30 PM
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You told the managers that you wanted use of the entire apartment but only pay one third? It doesn't seem plausible that they would agree to that; and almost certainly you don'y have anything in writing.

You lost the keys and expected management to make it right? Time for you to learn about responsibility for your own actions. If/when you get a key, make sure you have more than one so that you are prepared for your next bout of carelessness.

Mildew in the bathroom is almost always down to poor cleaning habits and/or ventilation. Clean harder, buy bleach and use it, use the extraction fan or open the window.

Torn up rugs are probably not normal wear and tear. Maybe management should come in to inspect and send you a bill for damages.

On time utility payments are expected and not a bargaining chip for a reward. Well done on not getting the power turned off by the utility company.

Your written lease is king. Take it out and read what it says about not paying the entire rent several months ago. Then pay the man and count your blessings that you don't have an eviction on record.

Your attorney should be working for you, not simply suggesting that you make your own negotiations. Get a better lawyer and pay him accordingly, but you may be better served by using your lawyer fees to pay the rent you owe and make the whole thing go away without any additional drama. --98.229.xxx.xx




Holding keys (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 9:35 PM
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You were locked out, but you had two new roommates? Were you able to copy their keys, or at least share their keys? Or were all three of y'all all locked out of the apartment for two weeks? O_o

The biggest turmoil with your former roomies was September and October. We had November and December and January. Now we're a week into February.

Get stuff in writing in the future when you come to an agreement about doing stuff differently, so that all parties can sign it and everyone has a copy for their file.

If your roommates bail on you, hold them accountable until they can get themselves replaced. Don't be mad at management; be mad at your friends who left you to cover their bills.

Clean your bathroom on a daily/weekly basis and let it air out-- give the humidity a place to go.

Is the rug a rug, or is it a wall-to-wall carpet? If it's wall-to-wall carpet, put a rug over the torn part. If it's a rug, roll it up, return it to the owner, and get something like a carpet remnant or a cheap rug on clearance.

If you like a place, jump through the hoops to stay there. If you need to work out a payment plan, work out a payment plan--- don't just ignore it for a quarter of a year and hope they forget about it and then be upset when they give you a five-day.

If you don't like a place, turn in the notice that's appropriate. But if it's about "they told me I could stay for 1/3rd rent in September and then management changed and said no I couldn't", don't make it about the bathroom or the rug or the keys. --96.46.xxx.xx




Holding keys (by Adele [FL]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 4:21 AM
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Find a smaller place that you can afford on your own. Be responsible, work out a payment agreement with the current management. Get everything in writing. Taking responsibility in life will foster appreciation and respect. Roommates are nightmares, this must be a right of passage for all young people to learn! Good luck. --162.238.xx.xxx




Holding keys (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 5:15 AM
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have not been late on a utility or rent bill in the 2 years

Yes you have. It was due and not paid in full.

You should have called a locksmith to let you in apartment.

You should have gotten your agreement with the original landlord in writting.

Sounds like you and your roommates have five days to pay or move. So box it up or pay it up.. seems easy enough to me. Clear. Choose and get on with it --99.203.xx.x




Holding keys (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 5:15 AM
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have not been late on a utility or rent bill in the 2 years

Yes you have. It was due and not paid in full.

You should have called a locksmith to let you in apartment.

You should have gotten your agreement with the original landlord in writting.

Sounds like you and your roommates have five days to pay or move. So box it up or pay it up.. seems easy enough to me. Clear. Choose and get on with it --99.203.xx.x




Holding keys (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 6:26 AM
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When you lose your house keys, Jihn, you call a locksmith to come to your house, open the door and make you a duplicate key. You are the one who lost the key, so you are the one who gets to pay to fix the problem. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Holding keys (by Don I [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 6:45 AM
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Seems like that didn't go as she expected it to. ;-) --174.234.xxx.xx




Holding keys (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 6:55 AM
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This is a land lord site...you'd get better advice at a tenant site. Because I'm the nicest person you'll ever meet, here are a few tips:

"Told managers I wanted to stay but could only pay my portion."

Land lords don't see rent in portions. We see it as "the rent". You and your roomies divide it up in your minds, but at the end of the day, there is one lease and one rent. If your roomies don't pay, do not expect your land lord to cover for them. That's on you. Go after your deadbeat roomies and get that money.

"I found 1 roommate end of septamber and another in beginnig of October. However, there is new management and she says I have to pay the remainder of septamber rent plus the late fee."

Did you get the agreement with the old manager in writing? If not, it never happened. The new manager is within her rights to evict you.

"I lost my apartment key "

Pay for a new one. Locksmith will charge you $75-$100. Next time, go to the hardware store and spend $2 to get a duplicate and keep it somewhere in case you ever get locked out again.

" I told them I'd ask my attorney about it yesterday"

You threatened your land lord with legal action for a situation that you caused by losing you key, and also you're behind on rent. If you reversed the roles and you were the unpaid land lord, how happy would you be with your tenant who lost his key, hasn't paid all his rent, and it now threatening you? You have alienated your land lord by failing to pay as agreed, by losing your key and expecting them to fix your situation, and then insulted them with a legal threat.

I am the nicest guy you'll ever meet, and part of my niceness is calling a situation like it is:

1) You need to pay your rent, now.

2) You need to reimburse you land lord for the key incident.

3) You need to pay the late fees. You agreed to pay late fees if you were late when you signed the lease. You were late. Pay the fees.

4) Apologize for threatening your land lord with legal action.

If I were your land lord, I would have evicted you when your rent was 7 days past due. We run a tight ship. Any time someone has threatened legal action against us we non-renew their lease, period. We are good land lords and pride ourselves on our many happy residents, so we don't end up in nutty situations like this, but we also don't tolerate late/unpaid rent and threats.

Questions?

. --173.20.xxx.xxx




Holding keys (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 7:38 AM
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Look for the term “joint and severally” in your lease. If this term is there then all of you on the lease are responsible for the rent. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from one of you, or all of you in smaller amounts. Each person on the lease can be held liable for the whole thing. --70.16.xxx.xxx



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