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We are under a lease situation where another tenant is currently refusing to leave is the lease legal?

Columbia, MD |

Also right after we signed the lease all work stopped in the home we cant live in any room which all is unfinished, we have leaks in sinks, things held together with zip ties, a huge hole in the living room floor leading to the outside, we are current on our rent but feel like paying this amount is ridiculous if we are stuck living in just one bedroom in a three story townhome. we were promised repairs but none are being done. The flooring has been sitting in the dining room now for three months. What can we do?

Attorney Answers 2


  1. I'm not entirely clear on your question. If you signed a lease, but can't move in because a prior tenant has not vacated the premises, your lease should address this situation. If the landlord cannot deliver the premises, your lease should include a provision that addresses your responsbility. If you signe dand moved in, who's the tenant that won't leave? You should not have to pay rent for a place that is not habitable. I suggest you consult with a local attorney.

    This should not be construed as formal legal advice or the offer of the formation of an attorney/client relationship. There is no substitute for taking the time to consult directly with an attorney regarding your specific legal needs and issues.


  2. I agree with the other attorney. This question is not clear. It appears that you are paying for space that is not habitable, because of repairs and another (possibly former) tenant who is still living there. These items are all addressed in your lease. I would recommend consulting with an attorney.