What can I do if my landlord doesnt want to pay me if I fix his garage?

My landlord doesnt want to pay me anything if I want to fix our garage (we rent) which has alot of damage to it, including roof and attic damage. I was only going to charge him around $500 for everything and I was going to put in my own material. It would have cost him around $1500 on the very low end to about

My landlord doesnt want to pay me anything if I want to fix our garage (we rent) which has alot of damage to it, including roof and attic damage. I was only going to charge him around $500 for everything and I was going to put in my own material. It would have cost him around $1500 on the very low end to about $3000 to pay someone to do it. This just doesnt seem fair to me that he doesnt want to pay to fix a garage which should have been in good condition to begin with.

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Adam:
if it is not functional, you can follow procedures to force repairs… if it is functional you don't get to demand to be paid
loanmasterone:
Your landlord apparently have no incentive to have the garage repaired. Apparently your landlord is not interested in your proposal to repair the garage and pay you for your labor.

You knew of the condition of the garage before you moved into the rental unit. Why did you move into the rental? What about your landlord indicated he would do any repairs to the rental unit or the garage. You accepted the rental unit as it was because the rent was within your budget.

You have a few options

#1. Move to another rental where the garage is up to your standards.

#2. Remain in the rental and accept the fact that the garage would remain in the same condition you find it.

#3. Get permission of your landlord to repair the garage at your expense and to your landlord's satisfactions.

#4. Call the city and health and safety department and have the garage inspected for health and safety reasons.

Once you landlord find out you called the health and safety department, be prepared to move, as once your landlord find out you called the health and safety department, your landlord will find the slightest reason to evict you from the rental unit. If you are currently on a month to month tenancy, count on getting your written notice signed by your landlord immediately.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you,good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

sunshine_mel:
If the garage is not fit for purpose, or safe, you need to report the issues to him in writing so that he can resolve them.

Unless you have an agreement in writing that he's going to pay you for work done – he simply won't.

babyboomer1001:
He is not required to pay you anything and he is not required to fix it to your standards. You rented with a damaged garage so that is what you have. If you want to repair it yourself, you will need his permission and you will have to pay for the repairs yourself. Or, you could just leave it as is. Those are your choices.
tro:
obviously he is not concerned about the condition of the garage, he actually may be of a mind to simply let it deteriorate and fall down
if the garage is that important to you that you are willing to put in the money to repair it, hopefully you will stay long enough to get some recompense in the use of it of the money you want to spend
I seriously doubt that your rent includes the garage, it is simply a side benie
coraann:
Does your lease state that the garage must be in good repair? In relation to a landlord, what does the word fair mean?
Dan B:
Don't do it unless you want to donate the time and materials. Your slumlord doesn't care about the stuff in your garage nor does he care about the garage.
firefly_fliesby:
Having you fix the garage muddies up the landlord/tenant relationship. It can make processes like rent collection and eviction unnecessarily messy, plus there's the issue of liability. If your landlord lets you fix the garage and you get hurt, they might be liable. Even if they're not liable, they know it won't stop a tenant from suing them anyway. Unfair or not, there's probably a reason your landlord has vetoed the idea. It's their property and therefore it's their call. He doesn't have to fix the garage. You also have the right to take your business elsewhere when your contract is up.
Jamie:
It should have been but it wasn't. Although it is kind of you to want to save the landlord money, it is his property, his call. If you want a better garage you will have to wait until he has the work done himself or move out.
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