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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 9 months ago

Is it legal to not fix up the house we rented but now fix it up for new tenants?

When my husband & i rented a house, the landlady told us she would be fixing things up. We trusted her & didn't get it in writing. She did very little in the five years we rented from her. We felt sorry for her because she's old & she has had health problems. It was difficult putting up with all the things that were wrong. Now that we've moved we drove by & see all kinds of things are being done. Where did the landlady suddenly get the money she said she didn't have to do all this? We don't feel this is fair. We always paid our rent on time, & we wonder now if she saved our rent to now improve the property. We see from the ad she is now only wanting to rent it for $200.00 more. We would have loved for the house we rented from her to look as good as it does now. Is this legal to do? We had to move because we couldn't take nothing ever being done. She didn't ask us to move, but we finally got fed up. Now we are staying with friends & searching desperately to find our own place to rent.

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  • Ti
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
    Favourite answer

    In real estate, everything has to be in writing to be valid. If it isn't it doesn't exist.

    Live and learn.

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  • Pam
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    Wow! That really sucks but maybe she was taking advantage of your willingness to not make her spend the money to fix the place up. Once you moved out, she probably knew that in order to get more rent, she would have to make improvements. If she made improvements to the place while you were there, she probably didn't feel it was worth her while EVEN THOUGH she told you that she would. That was really shady of her.Unfortunately, I think yall let her get away with it.

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  • tom
    Lv 4
    9 months ago

    Your problem ended when you moved out. Hers began when you moved out, She must bring the house back up to standards, to rent.

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  • 9 months ago

    There is a huge difference between what's not fair and what's not legal.

    And on top of that, what you got was what you deserved. You took none of the actions you could have to get work to be done. You could have made written demands send Certified with proof of delivery, followed any inaction up with additional written demands and notices that if the work was not completed by a reasonable deadline, you would follow state law in either withholding rent until the work was completed, or hire your own contractor to do the work and withhold rent until that was paid for. You didn't do the things you could have, and for your inaction, you got nothing in return.

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  • GEEGEE
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Of course it's legal. It's always easier to make repairs or renovate when a dwelling is empty. That might be a huge part of the timing. You perhaps should have been more willing to "push" her to get repairs made, but the time for that has passed.

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  • 9 months ago

    She has a right to spend "her" money any way she wants to and she is under no obligation whatsoever to upgrade the place to your standards or your satisfaction. If she didn't have the money then, perhaps a relative died and left her money. Perhaps, one of her parents. Perhaps, one of more of her investments came due and she now has the money to "fix it up" and make it really nice. Perhaps, she won the lotto. Perhaps, she just turned of age to be able to collect ss. Perhaps she took out a loan, refinanced the loan or - any number of possibilities.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Of course it's legal, If you're willing to pay the higher rent, ask her if you can move back.

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  • R P
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Yes, perfectly legal.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Perfectly legal...

    It's none of your business now !

    Her finances aren't your business.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Totally. All they need is a sucker like you. Being on time does not trump an extra $2400 a year. Even if some of it was late.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes, it's perfectly legal. You had no obligation to stay for 5 years if you didn't like it.

    Maybe she did save your rent to fix it up. Since the rent is her money, she is free to do with it whatever she wants.

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