Fighting for What is Right: I’m Suing My Landlord

November 3, 2011

Remember how my apartment is trying to kill me? I moved out on October 15, 2011 and into a much nicer place. Very happy here, even if it is a bit more in rent.

I sent a letter to my landlord and requested all the money I had paid him to be returned to me do to the state of the apartment. I advised him that I was not going to pay for the 2 weeks in October that I would be living there.

He NEVER replied to me!

I moved out and waited for the check. I called him, he didn’t return any of my phone calls. I emailed him, nothing! Then the check came and it was half of my deposit. He would not refund my September rent and he took the rent for the 2 weeks in October and took it from the deposit.

Due to the fact that there was active mold and in his words “I can’t get to it as quickly as you’d like.” I’m suing him.

Landlords have 10 days to fix the problem. In that 10 days, he was unwilling to do it. I wasn’t feeling well that week, thinking it might be the mold, I took it upon myself to clean up what I could see. I know there’s a lot more mold under the wallpaper (who puts wallpaper in a bathroom when it doesn’t have ventilation?).

I have a friend who is an attorney and she offered to write him a letter requesting the money. If he doesn’t reply, then I will be taking him to small claims court.

I WILL NOT allow him to ignore me.

He is not going to shut me up by ignoring me. I will fight for what is right.

He was in the wrong! Not me!

He knowingly rented out this apartment with defects. He had been advised of the water leak before. The apartment above was about to have the ceiling cave in (the tenant didn’t want to fight him though). The previous tenants of my apartment had advised him there was a hole in the floor of the bathroom but then never bothered to follow-up. Two of his employees knew of the problems. One, who also lives in the building, told me “We know it’s been neglected.” And from what I hear from other neighbors, people come and go out of that apartment.

He fixed one problem after I moved in. The stairs to the front porch were unsafe, that was fixed almost immediately. But the rest was completely ignored.

He’s gambling with my money. He’s hoping that I will sit back and let him walk all over me. That is NOT going to happen. I have lost a lot of money by moving a second time not to mention living in an apartment like that for 6 weeks.

Hopefully the threat of a lawsuit, knowing I will contact the city inspector (I have his personal number thanks to a neighbor) and wanting to avoid any court costs will force him to do what is right and settle this.

I will keep you posted!

Have you ever had a problem with a landlord? How did you address it? Did you let them get away with it?


I also blog at A Five Star Life. I write about anything that comes to mind but try to focus on finding the good in daily life.

8 Responses to Fighting for What is Right: I’m Suing My Landlord

  1. beckye on November 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Go Jess


  2. Lindsey
    on November 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I think you’re doing the right thing! In order to make a change, you have to DO something! Interested to know how it plays out.
    Lindsey recently posted..Love.Hate.Love.


    • Jessica The DebtPrincess on November 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      I highly doubt I’ll make a change in his life or the way he runs his rental units but I for one will not stand by and let it happen to me.


  3. Christa on November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Good luck! I think it’s rotten (let alone illegal) to lease an apartment when there are obvious health concerns. You are totally in your right, and I wish you the best!


    • Jessica The DebtPrincess on November 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      thanks Christa. I haven’t heard back from him yet. I keep hoping he’ll “man up” and do what’s right but so far he hasn’t.


  4. Tiffany Noth
    on February 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Any updates to this? I know mold made me so sick this past year {it was in the church we were attending}. I really thought I was going to die until my doctor’s figured out the problem.
    Tiffany Noth recently posted..Bloggy Conference 2012 Speakers


    • Jessica The DebtPrincess on February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      He fought back and I gave up. It just wasn’t worth the effort anymore. He moved someone else into the apartment. I felt it was better to just keep the negative stuff away from my life so I could move forward. I wish I had been stronger and fought him more. He needs to be held accountable.



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