i need help please with this

United States
February 6, 2010 11:03am CST
i live in a run down house, i pay 550 a month in rent, when we moved in are landlord promised to fix things up and 6 moths later she has not, are water heater is leaking so bad and the water bill is high, should i stay and keep paying rent or should i not pay and move out? i'm confused as what to do .
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5 responses
@cream97 (29176)
• United States
7 Feb 10
Hi, brandypelland. If I was you, I would move out. It is better to do so before something develops into something more than it already is. We pay $550 for our rent every month here, and if something needed to be fixed, the maintenance guy would see that it gets done. We had our hot water heater burst two years ago when we was staying in a trailer. They came and replaced this. We received a brand new hot water heater. The water was all over the floor where my washing machine and dryer was at. My father-in-law had let us borrow his air blower so that we could suck up all of the water that was in the floor. This should be in your lease agreement, your landlord is responsible for fixing this. This is also considered a health violation with DSS. I hope she knows that she can get into a lot of trouble with HUD. If she is not trying to hear you out, take your money and go else where to live. We are paying $550 a month too, and what he are living in is not considered to be run down on the inside nor on the outside. I am pretty sure that you can find somewhere else to stay that is suitable and is worth your money. I hope that you get this resolved. Take care. ** If you are paying rent you have every right to receive an new hot water heater.
• United States
11 Jun 10
thanks to all who responed, we have moved out to a smaller apt, but cheaper and the landlord fixes things, plus the kids have a big yard to play in, we really like this place alot better!
@peavey (14936)
• United States
6 Feb 10
I don't know where you live, but some states (maybe all?) have recourse for renters whose landlords don't keep the properties maintained. If you like the apartment and want to stay, you might want to check with your state to see if they will make your landlord fix the water heater. If you don't want to deal with that, I'd say move. Not only is the water heater costing you, it's causing damage to the house which may not be seen easily. Mold and mildew are probably present, too, and that's a health risk.
• United States
6 Feb 10
your right thanks very much
• United States
6 Feb 10
Your landlord sounds like she is a very irresponsible person, and I personally would never want to live with someone like that. It sounds to me like you're losing more than you're gaining by living there, so I would probably try to find a better place...Unless there are simply no available areas and you need to live there because it's close to a job or something. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do!
• United States
6 Feb 10
thank you for the reply
@pipayst (140)
• Philippines
6 Feb 10
You're better off leaving. Staying there is just costing you more money than you would usually spend so better off cutting your losses.
• United States
6 Feb 10
If you can find a better palce and afford it I would move out. Or bug your landlord to fix things. Or you can get them fixed yourself and deduct it from your rent. If the land lord does not like that tell them they promised repairs and never came through on their promise. Show them your water bill and find out from the water company what it normally should be if things were working correctly. You do have rights as a tenant. Most times things are in your favor. Land lords have a certian standard of living that they must allow their tenants. Do some research and I bet you can stay there and get all the problems fixed.