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Sheri Hartley, Other/Just Looking in Orlando, FL

I have just moved into a home with my 4 kids and I am finding that there are things about the hous ethat the

Asked by Sheri Hartley, Orlando, FL Mon May 12, 2008

home owner did not tell me. My husband sort of made a verbal agreement that any repairs that are dome an the house that would be taken off the rent. Well a lease was signed without reading completely nore was it in writting anything of the verbal that was made between these two men. Now here I am in the house with my kids and there are cockroaches, windows with no screens, some do not stay open, upstairs carpet that blacken my kids bare feet with filth, bad plumbing in two of the three bathrooms as well as the kitchen. There are two exterior doors to the house but we only got keys to one dopor and we don't know if the locks were changed from the previous renter. There are also two interior doors with locks on them and I have no keys if they get locked. Advice Please

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as a previous landlord and realtor, I agree with Barbara's advice:

make a detailed written list of everything wrong, call the landlord to discuss it calmly and professionally, agree upon a timeframe to fix everything (if he agrees), and if that does not help get a recommended real estate attorney asap. In the meantime, please do not withhold rent, which is not a good move.

All the best,

Tobias Kaiser, MS, CIPS
Greater Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Broker + Consultant
Certified International Property Specialist
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Hi Sheri,

My advice is for you to immediately call the landlord and discuss problems. Usually in the lease it will describe who is responsible for performing the repairs. I am a Realtor, but also own several rental properrties. If you'd like to call me I can point you in the riht direction but cannot assist you in any legal way , but I can refer you to real estate attornies. 321.293.0701
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