I have been renting a room (each room of this house is rented by someone different) in a house since early 2013. I stopped living there when the other tenants became violent towards me and the landlord wouldn t do anything about it. I still had some stuff there, the key and was paying rent on this room. I decided
I have been renting a room (each room of this house is rented by someone different) in a house since early 2013. I stopped living there when the other tenants became violent towards me and the landlord wouldn t do anything about it. I still had some stuff there, the key and was paying rent on this room. I decided to go get my stuff today to find out my room was rented to someone else and all my belongings were removed. I have still been paying rent, even this month. The door is now broken and unable to be used. The tenant they rented to apparently died in this room and they had to bust the door in, but it has been days and still not fixed. I need to know my options because I do not wish to continue paying rent here any longer after this. And honestly I want my money back that I paid for a room I apparently didn t even have.
You have to file a police report for stolen items and being locked out. They have to let you in to get your things.That is illegal. Show them proof you paid rent.
Just call and arrange to pick up your belongings. It is not worth trying to get your rent money back. However, if you insist, ask for it and if he won't give it, sue him.
You will need to sue the landlord. However, he may claim in court that you
abandoned your room and he was forced to clear it out.
Arm yourself with a copy of the local laws about renting rooms, abandonment versus vacating, and the landlord's right to re-enter. The landlord may have violated your contract by failing to provide "quiet enjoyment" when they refused to deal with another violent tenant.
Then have a preliminary discussion with your LL about how they are going to fix this so you don't have to sue them. If they don't get it, then go ahead and sue them. Your attorneys will draft your claims for refund of rent, damages for your missing goods, and damages for unlawful eviction, not to mention any security deposit you may have left in their care, if not also the attorneys' fees and court costs… State laws vary.
Sue the LL.
Contact a lawer. They cannot collect rent from two people for the same room.
a door is not an urgent fix as you were not living there.
what happened to your things?
if you and landlord can mutually agree that you will terminate your tenancy immediately, you can stop paying…otherwise you may need to take the landlord to court.
assuming your things were stored by the landlord, you can be charged for that
(1) even tho you were not there, your belongings were, and in the eyes of the law, that means that you were still occupying the room….that means you can't get a refund of $$ for the time you were not there (2) your belongings were removed to where ?? the landlord should know where they are (3) in the future, if you leave a place you are renting, take everything w/you or leave a written note for the landlord that tells them your items can be disposed of