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Q: We went to court for non payment if rent because the landlord would not fix anything, including mold

We did not get our cross complaint heard in court now we have until March to find a place to live and still pay rent and nothing is fixed.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 29, 2019

Check with your attorney to ensure your (defense/answer) case was properly filed with the court. If you do not have an attorney, that could be part of the problem.

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Q: I live in RI and my heat is not working and leaking carbon monoxide and my landlord will not fix it, its been months

we have contacted a building inspector, the mayors office, the gas companys. the building inspector told the landlord to fix it in 24 hours and when the landlord did not we contacted him again and we were told he can not help us because we contacted the gas company about the situation. What can we... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 29, 2019

Contact http://www.fairhousingri.org/en/complaint.htm

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Q: My tenant told me they need light bulbs changed in their apartment. Is that tenant’s or landlord’s responsibility?

Not mentioned in the lease

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 29, 2019

Tenant, unless the lease specifies otherwise.

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Q: Where can I find statutes or cases that support that OK has subject matter jurisdiction over my case?

I am on active military orders in RI, owned a home in NC that was rented by tenants, who abandoned the property, breached contract and now live in OK. NC statute chptr 7A, Art 19, section 213 states I cannot file in the state because none of the defendants live there any longer. I filed in OK in... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Sep 24, 2018

Your best avenue would be to engage an attorney practicing where the case is properly filed. There are myriad resources online for legal information, statutes, and case law along with many law schools that could provide you with the information you seek. However, a practicing attorney should be... Read more »

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Q: My tenants changed the lock and refuse to give me a copy of the key. What should I do?

They changed the lock few months ago, and never provided me the copy of the key, I am selling the property and ask her for a copy, she refused for me to show the apartment nor give me a copy of the key.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 9, 2018

If the lease agreement specifically does not allow changing the locks or making changes to the property, you are entitled to change the locks back and charge the tenant for the expenses incurred during the process. The cost is typically deducted from the deposit at the end of the tenancy. Read the... Read more »

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Q: I just signed a lease for a year 2 months ago. My landlord sold the place. Is my lease still valid?

They want to raise my rent $50 a month.

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Q: In the process of purchasing the multi tenant home I am currently in.I want to purchase tenant free.

I have been renting in the home that I am currently in contract with to purchase, there are tenants there currently. Their initial lease expired and is basically a month to month tenant. How can I begin the process of providing them notice, that upon closing (Scheduled for End of July 2018,) they... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jul 5, 2018

Negotiate that term with the seller. You will not be the owner until after the consummation of the sale. If the seller refuses to deliver unoccupied, you may well have to engage an attorney to assist you with the eviction.

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Q: If landlord breaks a 1 yr lease due to selling property what am I entitled to?

I’m 5 months into my 1 yr lease. My landlord approached me on April 20th I had my sister over that day and she proceeded to tell me she sold the house and the new owners want the entire property vacant as of June 1st. She stated that I wouldn’t have to pay rent for may and she will give me back... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on May 28, 2018

Consult with an attorney to review your lease and advise you of your rights.

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Q: Does a cosigner on a rental apartment have to list their SSN? DO I need their SSN?

Hi,

I have a potential tenant that is 25 years old, has been at new job for 2 months and does not have a rental history. Her father will cosign but he wishes to not provide SSN. Is it needed? The only reason I think I need him is to report to credit bureau agency if the cosigner does not... Read more »

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Q: if you lived month to month (no lease) we gave the landlord 30 days and move out before those 30d, can he keep deposit?

so the year lease was done and someone else bought the house. the agency told us they gave that person the lease money and now he comes and tell us we have to move so we move and we gave him 30 notice and we moved the 28th day, so now this guy doesn't wanna give our money back.

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Q: 1yr lease expired Jan17.verbal to renew. LL never did.30day term for LL not wanting to fix heat installation and outside

Door all in bedroom. We complained to LL to have fixed that's when he placed a 30 day lease term in mailbox not through mail. The letter is dated 2-10-18 and says we have 30 days but is dated 3-10-18 for a move out date . Is this legal ? I have a newborn and have been looking but haven't... Read more »

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Q: Am I held liable for all the rent if my roommate moves out and breaks lease

My roommate is suddenly moving out and breaking "her part" of the lease. Am I held liable for all the rent now or legally is she responsible for it?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 17, 2018

You may be. Talk to your landlord and see if they are OK with you getting a new roommate.

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Q: How much notice of a problem do you need to give your landlord before you can withhold rent?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 15, 2018

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Auxiliary_Housing/documents/LTHandbook.pdf

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/INDEX.HTM

TITLE 34

Property

CHAPTER 34-18

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

SECTION 34-18-30

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Q: I got heating and maintenance problems at the apartment with my landlord she live in the first floor on the same house

Only one heater works for all the apartment and sometimes gets damages, she takes her sweet time to call someone after I insist for her help, she yells at me and tells me she gave me one little heater to warm up my daughter's room to use that instead.. moving is too expensive, someting I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 11, 2018

If you are in Subsidized housing, contact Rhode Island Legal Services for assistance. http://rils.org/practice_areas.cfm?areaid=7

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Q: My friends landlord in Rhode Island is doing work on the roof (it’s 20outside today). Their apartment is now below 65

The hole is only covered by a tarp causing them to run their heat all day with the temp in their dwelling so cold the thermostat doesn’t even register it. What can they do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 11, 2018

Hopefully, the roofers are done by now and it has warmed up.

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Q: Is the landlord responsible for snow removal from entry door and to the street? Our door is located in the back.

there is a long driveway out to the street they say we need to clear. We are Flight Attendants with luggage. We come home after being gone for days and there can be ice and snow all the way back. We get in late at night and shouldn't have to shovel snow to get to our entry-exit door.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 11, 2018

What does the lease say? That will control.

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Q: My tenants have their boyfriends sleeping over every night. I am 100 percent sure they have given them keys also. Can i

Demand they be added to the lease and increase rent

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Q: Tenant moved out two weeks ago left several pieces of furniture in the garage. What do I need to do.

I text her today and she said she has medical issues and will get them when she recovers. I asked that she have someone come get them for her and she was upset, saying not so nice things to me and said she would see what she could do...what are my rights

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 11, 2018

If they tenancy was properly terminated, they may be considered abandoned.

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Q: My mother in law constantly puts her mitts on things that don't belong to her in an area deemed as a private area.

My mother lives in an area that is shared with my mother in law's things, but was given a clear division line for "her room". These spaces share a common door, however, every time we leave the house, my mother in law enters my mom's space, moves things around that do not belong... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 27, 2017

Your remedies will depend on whether she is a guest or a tenant. If she is a guest, you might ask her to leave if she continues this behavior you find unacceptable. If she is a tenant, you may have to file a formal eviction.

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