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what would you say to lanlord?....

ok our lanlord does nothing but pick up rent we do everything, plow, mow, upkeep. he really only picks up rent. now on sun we almost had a chimney fire so dh called some company to get chimney cleaned. ( this is our first winter here ) the guy said there was so much build up it was scary and looks like it hasent been cleaned in many years and theres no way we couldve done that in just 3 months. now it says in our lease tenants are responsible to have it cleaned fine. but we ended up paying 195.00 for this dh wants to talk to lanlord and ask him to pay some due to the fact that its years of build up and he never made sure it was done by old tenents we beleave we are the first ones to have it cleaned. this place is over 100 years old. what do you ladys think? it cost 50.00 just to have 2 buckets full removed.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:25 AM on Feb. 6, 2009 in Home & Garden

Answers (8)
  • I would ask but if your lease says youre responsible then youre responsible. You wouldnt have any legal standing if you tried to go that route. I would just keep receipts and statements from now on for any major problems and give them to him.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:28 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I think that as long as it is in writing that this build up has been there for ALONG time, obvioulsly before you moved in, he should at the very least pay half if not the majority.

    Answer by tessntylersmom at 8:29 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I agree with Gemgem.

    Since tenants are responsible for property maintenance and upkeep, the previous tenants must not have decided to pay for things such as a chimney sweep service, as it was optional to do so.

    Since you opted to hire this service, I would expect that your landlord will require you to pay in full, but you can try!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:35 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • i am ok with paying for it and understand its in the lease but to clean 10 years worth of creasoit. i know the neighbors wont have theres clean ( farmhouse/duplex ) he dosent make sure its done when someone moved out. we would at lease like him to pay the 50.00 for having to pay for 2 buckets to be hauled away. and dh helps him out by looking and fixing his farm equipment . so its not like were just here we help him to. well dh helps him. lol.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • have something wrote up by the chimney sweep and present him with what you paid. and discuss this with him about the upkeep of the property as well...see if when you guys repair or do something that hasnt been done in A LONG time if some of it can be deducted from your rent.

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 9:49 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • We are landlords and one of our homes has a fireplace. The tenants were instructed that the fireplace might be unsafe and not to burn wood in it. It is in the lease not to use. The tenant oppted to have the gas company come out and check to see if it was safe to install gas logs and had the company call us. The logs are in and they are happy. We treat our tenants the way we would want to be treat and have been with us for over 8 years. This is a three bedroom 2 bath home in a very good neighb orhood and the rent is $350 a month and we have no plans on going up on this as long as they take . good care of it. We are responsible for major repairs.....such as roof and outside painting.
    Tramar aka Diane

    Answer by tramar47 at 10:26 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • Since it is in your lease there is nothing you can do short of a lawsuit which will cost you more. What you should have done was had it inspected before you signed the lease or asked for proof of last cleaning.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 12:16 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • hey tramar47 any more openings? lol. i have told dh we can talk to him and see were it goes but if he gets nasty ( he does with me when all i did was call to see if he got rent ) then thats it next time he asks dh for help or a favor tell him sorry i cant. he can pay someone to look at his machinary or fix it. were dh does it for free.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

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