I have a question! I’m living in a basement apartment that I know is not legal – though the landlord claims that it is.
1. First he said the apartment came with one parking spot – a grassy section to the right of the driveway.
2. There is a kitchen in the basement and when I went to use the stove the other day, the oven wasn’t working. I asked him to take a look and its been several days already.
3. Last week the toilet leaked (wax seal), but it leaked under the wall into my apartment. Because he was taking so long to fix it I fixed it myself and informed him. Then the next day, he came with (his so-called) contractor and replaced it again (and now its leaking again). When I replaced the wax seal, I noticed that the cement job under the toilet was done proper. and he claimed that they fixed it when they replaced the wax ring. but after it started leaking again, I got suspicious, so I checked and found that their wax ring wasn’t installed properly and they never leveled the floor.
3. In the spring, the whole house was invaded with carpenter ants and we requested the landlord have a specialist come in and spray. He claimed that the garbage bags were drawing the carpenter ants in and suggested we place the garbage bags outside in the shed (which has squirrels, raccoons and skunks) living inside. I figured that the ants were coming inside because of rotting wood from the sewage leak – which is still leaking.
Then today, he rented the main floor of the “3 apartment house” and previously he had suggested that I moved my stuff from the side of the house to one of the sheds (which one, the garbage shed or ) but anyways today I decided to move my stuff into the shed and he said that those sheds are for main floor and second floor only. Now he wants me to place all my things in the furnace room, which is already an illegal fire hazard.
I don’t want to go to the city and complain, just want him to fix the appliance, repair the toilet properly, unseal the basement windows so I have a decent fire escape, clean out the furnace room and give me a place for storage. Is that too much to ask – in exchange for “not claiming my rent” and allowing him to share my kitchen?
Let me know what I should do. I don’t want to screw him over!
Illegal Apartments Tenant Version
So when a tenant reports an illegal apartment to the city, if it is illegal the landlord will be forced to evict the tenant. Reporting illegal apartments is very nice and a civic service, but you should start packing before you call the city and your landlord is forced to throw you out.
So before calling the city and the fire department, you’d better know what exactly you’re doing. Also if your landlord kicks you out, it takes forever, if the city tells your landlord to throw you out, they have a bang up case of impaired safety.