It is official now I have no choice

@winterose (39918)
Canada
April 1, 2009 3:52am CST
It is official now I have move, I moved into this place in 2005, then in December 2007 it was sold. I can't keep the back yard up, I can hardly move being disabled. The new landlord was a real jerk, and to make a long story short we have been looking for a place cheaper all winter. Now it is rent renewal time and he wants a hundred dollars more a month. He is also selling the place. I could fight it but I don't want to be here anymore, and I will be out come what may by July. I froze to death for 3 winters here and I was plagued by fleas most of the time. The landlord wouldn't do a thing. Would you move if the landlord was going to put your rent up by 100.00 or would you stay and fight, please note I am not asking you what I should do I have made my decision, this question is what would you do if your landlord raised you by a hundred dollars.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
2 Apr 09
If it were me, I guess there would be a lot of things to factor into my decision. Fortunately we own our home so I won't be facing that dilema. But, hypothetically, I guess the number one concern would be availability of other places to move too. If I could find something better or equal that the amount that I was paying originally or at a better price, then I would probably move. I guess another thing that I would have to factor into my decision would be how much STUFF I would have to move. I'm not a huge packrat, so I think if I were renting I might not have accumalated as much stuff as I have by living where I do now. I guess another thing that I would factor into it, would be if I would have help in moving or if I'd have to hire someone to help me. Would the cost of moving be greater than the cost of staying or not? For me, it isn't a simple yes or no question. I'd have to factor all these things into it if I were in that position.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
great answer for me it is a necessity I will not be able to pay this rent,
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I hope you are able to find a less expensive place that is in better condition. (better heating and no fleas!) :-) Good luck!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Oh and thanks for the "best response"! I don't think I've gotten one of those in a while. :-)
@Jemina (5783)
2 Jun 09
Hello Winter, Although you have already made a decision but I'm sure it is a very difficult position to be in. Hundred dollars is definitely a huge raise and if the place is not being improved then it is a pure selfish motive for the landlord. He is greedy, unmerciful, and evil. I know I have heard you complain about you new jerk landlord several months back.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Jun 09
now I am running really scared, because I do not have much time left, I have to be out by June 30th.
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@Jemina (5783)
2 Jun 09
Sometimes we find the solution at the time we needed it most. If only there's anything I could do. Anyway, my prayers will go with you. I'm sure the Lord has a better place prepared for you.
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@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I would fight with myself over this that's for sure. I know there are tenant rights and such and if a person is freezing in the winter and dealing with fleas I would question the rent increase. I think it would all come down to money really. Could I afford to move. I'd have to out weight putting down the deposits again and reconnect fees for phone, utilities extra. I feel that I would probably move, look at this as a push come to shove instance where I wasn't exactly happy there to begin with and if the place were going to keep changing hands then I would look for another place that was better cared for and cleaner. I think that a place that has a little higher rent is worth it if I have a better peace of mind when I live there.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
yep that is how I feel, I could fight it but I don't want to stay so what is the point. I just want to get out of here as fast as I can.
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@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I understand that some things are much more bother than they are worth. This appears to be one of those things.
• United States
1 Apr 09
I never have to face that problem as I own my own home.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
but if you were in a rented place what would you do?
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• United States
2 Apr 09
If I had to exist for 3 winters without heat I would have been long gone. I would never pay more to live any place that was unsatisfactory to begin with.
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I would move even though part of me would want to stay and fight. I would move because he might try to make your life more miserable and I would probably take legal action which is not the best way to stop bad things from happening..he would just do more stuff. Move.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
of course I am moving that is what I said in the decision, and I am happy to go we have been looking all winter now we will have to look for something the same price as I am paying now or slightly more but it will be worth it.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Hi, winterose. Sending you best wishes in finding a great place to move into. Given the situation you describe with a jerk for a landlord, insufficient heat and fleas not being tended to, yes I would move if rent was hiked $100. I'm sorry to hear you have had to endure such things.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I am just happy I am getting out.
• United States
2 Apr 09
Oh Wow! That's a huge raise to make for anyone's rent, especially in these times; Sorry to hear that but I know you've been wanting to make the move so maybe its a good thing, I hope you find a place that is much better like I did so far I'm just thrilled to be in this section of the housing authority, its just a much better place for me; Some landlords shouldn't even be landlords at all, they suck and basically are just out for the buck; I know moving is hard for us, when we are disabled I'm looking forward to going to my chiropractor again today as I hurt and most of my body is so stiff, the decorating is just as painful for me as the packing, and unpacking, the lifting and so on but all that extra pain is so worth what I've gone through to be out of that awful place that I was in; I hope and pray you find a much better place to live, one where you won't be so cold I understand that part too ; take care, good luck and let me/us know when you find something!! Then you can give that mean nasty landlord a piece of your mind as you leave...(EG)!!!
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
I am also disabled so it is very hard on me too, but I will be glad to get out of here and get to someplace out.
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@kiran8 (15398)
• Mangalore, India
1 Apr 09
Hi winterose, i feel sorry about what has happened to you, it seems so very unfair. One is only hearing about falling real estate prices and falling house rents and your owner is putting up the rent. I think you are better off moving out of such a place and such a mean owner,i am sure, it will be a nice change for you to move to a different place- hope everything works out well for you
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
thank you so very much kiran
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Personally, I'd move. My mother and step-father rented apartments in their nearly 25 years together. They only moved twice, once when they were first married, then again about 12 years later. Their rent was raised over $100.00 one year but, compared to what they were already paying, it wasn't a big percentage as they were already paying over $1,000.00 a month. I would never rent a place for that much! As a matter of fact, the reason I bought my first house was because I was sick of renting and paying off my landlord's mortgage. I thought I would be much better off by paying my OWN mortgage... I was right. I paid far less by owning a home than I ever did renting. I got a special mortgage for first-time home buyers and only paid a 7% mortgage loan rate. (It's even less today.) All I needed was $500.00 as a down-payment. There are programs here in the U.S. to help first-time home buyers get into their first homes that are very reasonable. I bet there are plans in Canada that are very similar. Paying mortgage payments each month is so much cheaper than paying rent! Plus, each payment gives you more equity instead of giving your landlord more equity. Good luck in finding a better place and moving! I know it's a tough job... believe me, I know! I've moved about a dozen times in my life.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
thanks hon, it is a big job to move but I really do not want to stay here any more, I have had it, I want to move to a warmer place to live, I need it for my health.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Oh Honey I wish I could help in some way. I will say prays for you. What a hard situation you are in. Live can be so difficult for some of us. xoxoxoxo
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
thanks sweetie do say the prayers that will certainly help.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Apr 09
Hello ma'm if I would be the landlord, yes. I could do that provided that I could facilitate good maintenance in my place. In your case, it would be a shame increasing you when the place you're staying with is not properly maintained. That's crazy. You're right in your decision, leave that house and look for deserving one. Good luck ma'm...cheers
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
actually the landlords cannot do that here, but I don't want to fight it because I don't want to stay anyway.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Hi winterose, I will surely would like to move if the landlord will increase my rent for $100.00. I don't like to be paying that much since I know I can find affordable than that place. I hope you will find a better place soon!
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
thanks hon, we are certainly going to find something, anything.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I really do hope you find something better soon. The way things are where you are at now the landlord should be lowering the rent by at least a hundred instead of raising it. If that was me and the landlord was that way I would for sure get out of there, the faster the better.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
yes we have been wanting too, and now we will as soon as we find a place, any place.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Apr 09
In my area a landlord has to justify that huge of a rent increase if a tenant complains or files a motion in court. If they could justify it and the courts sided with them than I would move. When I was in property management I hated increasing people's rent and only did so when taxes, insurance or other expenses went up. And, I never raised anyone without atleast a 30 day notice and it was never very much $10-20.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
there is a rental board here to complain to but because I do not want to stay here I really don't want to bother with it, I just want to get out.
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• United States
5 Nov 09
My decision would be same as yours i wouldnt pay the extra especially if i was unhappy there like you have explained. Where i live affordable housing is very hard to find. I hope you find a very nice place to move to. You will be so happy once its finally over and you have a nice new place.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
8 Nov 09
I didn't have to pay and I am still in the same place but we will be moving as soon as we can
• United States
8 Nov 09
thats good you didnt have to move. I hope you can find some place better very soon.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
4 Apr 09
That's a easy answer to your question. I would be in the process of packing my things the moment I could. I would be calling around and looking at other places to live. Our old apartment had major problems, the roof was falling apart. When they did come out to fix it, a guys foot came through the bedroom, while I was on the bed with my youngest. Then the stuff they put on the roof to seal it, gave off an odor that wouldn't go away. I made the apartment company move us to another apartment in the complex, or cancel our lease. After 3 years of moving out of the apartment and in our house, the smell is still in our dressers and won't go away. If my landlord decided to raise our rent on top of our apartment stinking after months of having a leaking ceilings. I don't know honestly how I would have handled the situation, but I bet you it wouldn't have been a happy one.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
I have been looking since october but now I have to get real serious and look even harder.
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
4 Apr 09
For me, the packing everything in your home is the easiest part when it comes to finding a new place to live. We have been there, having to move short notice and trying to find a cheap place to live. We had to give a lot of things away, because the place we moved to, was extremely smaller than our last place. You and your son will be in my thoughts and prayers as you look for a cheaper place to live that will house everything you have and at the same time keep you warm during the cold months, and cool during the hot ones.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
3 Apr 09
As a disabled person you should be living in a place that can accomodate your needs. Cheaper is not always better and you should be looking for someplace to live where you can be comfortable and have a quality life. What the landlord does or doesn't do with his property is out of your hands so focus on what you have control over and look for housing with no yard to maintain that has been designed with the disabled in mind.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
there is not that many places here for disabled people and there is a long waiting list, I may have to wait about 3 to 4 years to get one, I am on the list now.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
4 Apr 09
Look for buildings that have recently been constructed under the newer guidelines. Contact local agencies like the United Way and Red Cross and consider moving to another nearby town or city if the facilites are better.
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Apr 09
Well a lot would depend on what my current place was like, and if I liked being here. In my particular situation, it wouldn't happen, but if I liked it here and had a landlord who wanted to sell, so put my rent up by that amount, I'd stay and fight. I'd go to the Citizen's Advice Bureau and get advice on what my rights were, then take it from there. Brightest Blessings my friend.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
thanks for you input hon, much appreciated.
@Darkwing (21588)
4 Apr 09
You're welcome my friend. Good luck with your move. xx
• Romania
2 Apr 09
I understand you wanna get out, but, still, try and 'froze' the guy somehow, don't let him just get away with that so easy. I understand your feelings and your story looks true sad and the owner unfair to me. I am glad you will soon get out from there and hope from all my heart that you will find a better place with humans beside the owners. Me? In your place? I would fight him a bit and then leave. If you were correct to him, he should be to you. Good luck!
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I am disabled I cannot fight him, I don't have the energy I would if I really wanted to stay here but I don't I want to get out of here fast.
• Romania
3 Apr 09
I understand... you tolerated him too much. Not only him, buy the situation. You are right, the best thing to do is fight for you, get out of there and start living in a better place. Do whatever comforts you. I hope you will be much better soon, more relaxed and spring will shine for you. i hope you will find good, understanding people and a quiet home. A new, place, a new luck.
@frygirl (382)
• United States
2 Apr 09
well first of all the rent hike aside why freeze and put up with fleas if they wont do anything about it especially if you are disabled as iam myself i understand but what i dont understand is why people treat other people this way what if they suddenly became disabled and had to have help from someone what would their reaction be totheir new situtation and would they stay in a place like where you are and then they want to raise the rent another 100 dollars a month i dont think they would like it very much.i dont blame you for leaving i hope that if they are able to rerent the place the new tenants are horrible to the lanlord and dont give them the rent they are asking for.god bless you
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
that is the landlord's problem to re rent the place not mine, I am not renewing the lease at all.