I Think I've Escaped and New Landlord Fun(3 posts)
Yesterday was the close on my new (first) house - yipee!!!!! (& also seriously scary, but that's a tale for another board). I've thrown away all my furniture <<insert frowny face>> I've thrown away most of my other possesions <> I've kept mementos (mothballed in plastic bags/bins & in the shed.) My cds/ dvds were treated one by one & sealed tightly in plastic - I trust them & kept them. Important papers are sealed up w/ mothballs in the basement. The only riskyish items I've taken are the tv that was in the livingroom (never saw a bug in that room) & I cleaned it out w/ compressed air & insected it w/ a flashlight. I also kept my steam cleaners (an upright & a cannsiter kind) I thoroughly cleaned them out & found no evidence of bugs there. Still I put them in the basement. The only clothes I've kept have been washed/dried like 8 million times. I threw away any clothes that look "untrustworthy" right at the beginning. blah blah....
Hopefully I am free.
Now, Fun w/ the Landlord
They are refusing to return my security deposit because I broke my lease. In Illinois bedbugs are classified as vermin & a vermin infestation is classified as an uninhabitable situation. I broke my lease because the Illinois State Implied Warranty of Habitablility was broken. The LL disagrees that the unit was not habitable (that's nice for her, then she can live there. The State of Illinois disagrees). Now she is saying that I owe rent until Feb (when the original lease was up - hahahahahaha). Also, she is claiming that she wants reimbursment for the extermintion. I re-stated that the DuPage County Health Dept hold the landowner liable for treatment, she says they told her differently (I think she was trying to call my bluff - again! I say hahahaha) I told her that I declined the Health Dept's offer to take a complaint, investigate and pursue action against the landlord, so that the LL could have an opportunity to act in good faith. I told her that if she wanted me to file a complaint to the health dept to prove she is responsible, I can. She got mad & stormed off.
Funny thing is this. I paid 4 months for a unit I wasn't living in because my belongings were there & they still needed to be treated. I paid the rent because they can't re-rent a unit with my stuff in it & I was being nice. All I want is my pithy $800.00 deposit back. NOW, I will sue for 4 months rent abatement AND the securiy deposit AND the interest payments I never received from my security deposit (now we're at around $5,000 - legal fees not included) AND I will file a complaint with the health department & the building commission. So congratulations to my landlord! They have just won the "whoops! I stepped on the wrong toe" award. <<<cheers!!!>>>
HI [expletive deleted] FIVE GIRL!!!
congratz!!! and good luck with your LL woes!! one day they will realize that if they don't treat their buildings when their tennets tell them , they will be suffering much worse .
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