more important that I be out than to be paid . notice I recently found out that I have been paying for the mother-in-law apartment's Water and Sewer that is located on the property of the home that I have rented for 8 1/2 years I also have found out in about a week's time that the sewer water line that connects the property buildings has a crushed line and there is a leak that has been not fixed. when the house was looked at by the HUD inspection it was made clear that the electricity needed to be separate for the garage and my house since I do not rent out the garage the inspector was unaware that the garage is actually a mother-in-law apartment with a water tank bathroom/utilities I spoke with my HUD caseworker, she asked me to call the free legal services to see what the issue was & to call the utility company to make sure that it is true that there is not a separate billing for the mother-in-law apartment I have confirmed with utility company that the billing has been billed incorrectly to me solely instead of being billed to the owner of the property and my portion paid separately. So the pipes also rusted-out and the water damage was never taken care of.what do I do.
Give your landlord written notice of the defects, and document what you have done so far. The defects will need to be corrected and if not then you will have some choices to make. It is not your fault the landlord is renting a non-conforming and defective unit. You are protected from eviction for 90 days after you enforce your rights however after that I suspect the landlord will want you out even more. Perhaps you, the landlord and your HUD caseworker could work things out with a conference call to protect your relationships.
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