By Anonymous
Today, my pregnant girlfriend and I moved into our first home together, signing a 1-year lease. Less than 12 hours later, we've discovered that the place is infested with cockroaches and we have a mouse. The landlord won't let us out of the contract. FML
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  katachristic  |  19

The salesmen for these places are often assholes. They generally will show you a much nicer "model" unit, and you'll be told that this one is the same as the one you'll get once it's available. Come move in day, if you ask to see the unit, they'll dodge the question with "I can't give you the key until you sign the lease and pay the first months rent."

You need to specifically say "Why don't you bring me to the unit?"

  JustinJK  |  21

The OP can contact local tenant rights agencies to help with escrowing rent legally. That way the landlord isn't getting any money, but you're still paying rent. They have to resolve the issues.

  allforfun  |  23

I agree. Just because you signed a rental agreement doesn't make it your fault. I'll assume the landlord left the details about vermin infestation out. That makes him a douche

  Qualm  |  6

I'm sorry I didn't really think that hard about it because who says "we have a mouse" instead of and we have mice? It just didn't click in my head.

By  DocBastard  |  38

Simple solution - burn the house down and start over.

Or you could just do what normal people do and call an exterminator. That may be a slightly less expensive (though equally effective) solution.