So to get things started, the home we live in has had LITTLE to NO repairs during the 5 years we've lived here. Even though we've notified the landlords of the problems, we were promised they would be fixed, and it never happened. I've also been waiting for a screen door to my back porch for 5 years now.
Finally this March, I complained to the county officials and had someone inspect our home and write them a letter.
A few weeks later one of our landlords (3 siblings own this place) came over with a plumber to inspect the house and discuss repairs. Upon his way out, he said:
"Next time, we don't need to go to these extremes, just tell us."
I was dumbfounded as I have told them. I've told his mother for the first year (she passed away) and then I told his older brother (who recently passed away after being alive for the four other years we've been here). I know for a fact the elder brother kept records because he told me so.
A month after that, I get a letter in the mail saying they're going to raise our rent.
"Due to the rising cost of property taxes, insurance, assessments, and maintenance of the property we find it necessary to increase the monthly rent. You have been a reliable tenant over the years, hence the reason there has never been an increase to date. It is our hope you will remain a tenant,, but if this is not feasible, this should serve as adequate notice for you to make other arrangements."
Then today was the cherry on top.
I'm a stay at home mom, my husband works from 7am to 330 and then 400-8pm (sometimes later). We only have one vehicle, so I'm home all day with a young child.
I'm sitting here at the computer, drinking my coffee and enjoying a plain donut, when I hear a key being put into my lock to the back door. My initial thought is that it's my husband, so I abandon my items and run to unlock the door for him. Upon opening it, I'm greeted to a strange man standing at the door and a set of keys to MY HOME in the lock.
APPARENTLY their claim is that the plumbers have been trying to get into the house for 7 days now. Yet I've been home this entire time (the only time I go shopping is at 12 midnight while everyones sleeping and I go to the 24 hr walmart/giant eagle) and only received ONE letter on Tuesday evening about a plumber coming on WEDNESDAY (which btw he NEVER showed for).
What are my options here? I mean, is this suitable claims to start something?
I know the retaliation is against the law here in medina county (ohio) but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or has experienced this before.
Answer by BrawnwynII at 12:05 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
Answer by DreainCO at 12:05 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
Honestly I would have slammed the door in that guys face and called the cops right then & there!! I do not let strange men come in my house unannounced!! I would have kicked the guy in the cookies for him trying to break in like that!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 12:13 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
Answer by zetajen at 12:21 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
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Answer by momofkids at 12:26 PM on Jun. 8, 2012
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Answer by layh41407 at 12:37 PM on Jun. 8, 2012