Don't Waste Your Money: Tenant-landlord issues - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Don't Waste Your Money: Tenant-landlord issues

A tenant shows a photo of her ceiling from her phone A tenant shows a photo of her ceiling from her phone
(WTOL) -

A common course of action when you are renting a space in disrepair is to call the landlord to fix the problem. Sometimes, those calls go unanswered and renters are left living in a mess. 

Keoka Cavens is moving out of her apartment, because they landlord has refused to make repairs for months to water and mold damage. She showed photos of an open ceiling, where it was so wet it collapsed, and water cascading down from a ceiling light fixture. 
 

Earlier this year, Jimmy Stigall begged for someone to fix up the mobile home park where he lives with his son, who suffers from seizures and lives in a wheelchair. Stigall showed broken windows covered with duct tape and cardboard and disrepair everywhere.
 
The landlord would not answer either of our calls.
 
Common complaints people have with rented properties are: not enough heat, poor security, run down appearance, or bedbugs.
 
Attorney Daniel McCarthy, who specializes in landlord-tenant issues said, "If there's a specific problem the landlord's not addressing, the tenant should put that in writing."

He also encourages residents to continue paying rent while they make a list of the problems, send it in to the landlord and give the landlord a 30 day window to fix the issues.

If the landlord fails to meet that requirement, the tenant should go to the courthouse and ask about withholding rent. Escrow must be done through the court. McCarthy said it's important you continue to pay your rent through this process or you could be sued.
 
"Go to the Clerk of Courts downtown at the courthouse and do what's called a 'rent escrow,'" McCarthy said. "They cannot decide 'my landlord hasn't fixed this problem, I've been after him, he told me he was going to fix it he hasn't done it, I'm not going to pay,'" McCarthy said.
 
Follow these steps, so you don't waste your money.

Follow WTOL:  

Download our app here

Copyright 2015 WTOL. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Group Home seeks help after resident allegedly sets fire

    Group Home seeks help after resident allegedly sets fire

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:01:20 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    "You build something, and you want to help people then this happens,” explained Murphy. “It just hurts my soul."

    More >>

    "You build something, and you want to help people then this happens,” explained Murphy. “It just hurts my soul."

    More >>
  • Local man sings at Fifth Third Field, makes dream come true

    Local man sings at Fifth Third Field, makes dream come true

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:10:14 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    The Mud Hens began their second game against the Rail Riders on Tuesday, but the MVP of this game was the singer of national anthem.  It was Tom Rich's dream coming true, singing the national anthem at Fifth Third Field to an applauding crowd. Tom has faced many challenges, but he hasn't let those or his developmental disabilities stop him. What he is most proud of, is his biggest fan that has stood by his side. Cheering Tom on today is his fiancee, Jenna. The...

    More >>

    The Mud Hens began their second game against the Rail Riders on Tuesday, but the MVP of this game was the singer of national anthem.  It was Tom Rich's dream coming true, singing the national anthem at Fifth Third Field to an applauding crowd. Tom has faced many challenges, but he hasn't let those or his developmental disabilities stop him. What he is most proud of, is his biggest fan that has stood by his side. Cheering Tom on today is his fiancee, Jenna. The...

    More >>
  • First Alert Forecast: Next chance of rain is Friday

    First Alert Forecast: Next chance of rain is Friday

    Afternoon scattered downpours are possible as a cold front moves through on Monday.

    This will be our best chance for rain until nearly next weekend! 

    More >>

    Afternoon scattered downpours are possible as a cold front moves through on Monday.

    This will be our best chance for rain until nearly next weekend! 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly