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Can landlord break lease with tenant to sell the home?

August 30, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  I just received a certified letter stating that my family and I need to move out of our rented home in 60 days. The landlord wants to sell the home, but I have a signed lease that doesn’t expire for another six months. We have been good tenants the whole time we’ve been here: quiet, pay rent on time, have never had a problem. Is the landlord allowed to force us to leave before our lease is up?

Landlord overcharging for damages upon move-out

June 20, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  I moved into an apartment and paid a pet fee since I have a small dog. When it was time to move out, there were a few carpet stains, but they were confined to one room.  I was charged $200 for an overall cleaning of the apartment, plus $1,000 to replace all the carpet in the apartment. Can the apartment complex do that?  When I spoke with them, they said that their carpet is five years old, and when they replace it, they replace all of it, but that I was given a break and charged a discounted rate.  This doesn’t sound right to me. What do you think?

Builder damaged my yard

February 9, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  I have been dealing with a builder for over a year regarding damage done to my yard after they graded the home next door to mine. The damage has caused two sinkholes in my yard, but the builder maintains that there is no problem. What can I do?

Do I need insurance against damage to my water pipes?

December 1, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  I received an insurance solicitation in the mail saying that the water pipes on my property are my responsibility and not the responsibility of the county. The letter contained an offer to purchase insurance on the water pipes in case they ever burst or got damaged. Is it true that I am responsible for that type of damage, and if so, should I buy this insurance?

Repeated problems with brand new apartment

October 24, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  I recently moved into a brand new apartment.  Since this apartment complex was newly built, I expected a well-running and well-maintained home.  However, there has been one issue after another, including the HVAC not working properly, an inoperable toilet, a window leak, and a broken lock on the storage unit.  The manager is working on fixing these problems as we go along, but do I have any recourse in this situation?  After all, when I signed the lease, I was led to believe that the apartment was in great shape.  

Roofer never finished repair work

September 21, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  I hired a company to repair my roof after it sustained some damage.  They did some of the work, but never finished the job.  It’s been three weeks now.  I have tried calling them and they won’t return my calls.  What can I do now?