Q: Do you have a good case in court to fight an eviction if there was crime and unsafe issues going on in apartment?
We are facing eviction after just renewing lease for another 12 months due to starting a new job but it fell through and didn’t have the funds to pay rent. While living in the apartment we faced many issues such as violence going on outside our door with knives, people in the building blasting music to the point we could never sleep, people banging on our door at night, people breaking into our car, an issue with flea infestations and apartment was not cleaned when we moved in or painted. Are these reasonable issues to fight the eviction or come to a agreement?
A: Perhaps these may be reasons to break the lease and move out, but you can't have it both ways. In other words, you can't stay and not pay. The fact that the unit was not clean when you moved in more than a year ago will not be considered. Any objection to the condition of the unit should have been handled back at the time of possession. A landlord typically has the obligation to take care of pest infestations. Assuming that he did so, you will likewise not be able to get relief from that either.
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