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By fireenginemad / Sunday 10 February 2013 06:08 / United States
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That burns. Things could get pretty heated when you try and fight it, but maybe they'll fire the apartment manager and you can have your home back!

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That burns. Things could get pretty heated when you try and fight it, but maybe they'll fire the apartment manager and you can have your home back!

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My grandad used to say fight fire with fire, but then that's possibly why he was kicked out of the fire brigade.

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It's not a matter of the owners caring or not. That's one of the situations where an eviction wouldn't hold up in court. If the judge doesn't overturn something like this, I'd be amazed. Then again, there's no telling what kind of mood the judge will be in, either. But if OP digs enough, I'm sure they can find a solid legal precedent to fight it.

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I'm not saying the owners don't care. But if OP and his roommate were good renters, then I'm sure the owner would be willing to work it out and not evict them.

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You can't really assume that about OP and the roommate. There isn't enough information about the whole situation. From what the FML says, the only reason there's a notice is because of unpaid rent from the time the apartment was unlivable. There could have been similar evictions doled out to other tenants, as well, but the story doesn't say. We only have the information that was given, so until OP decides to comment and give more of the story, I would follow just what we've already been told.

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It depends. If the OP is still on the lease, there's a possibility they would still have to pay rent regardless of whether the house itself has become unlivable. And sadly, some judges are asshole who still consider the renters responsible for paying rent until their lease ends and/or they break the lease. It's a loophole...though it really shouldn't be.

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They can fight it. You don't want an eviction on your rental history. And technically if there is a fire or water damage in the building that makes it unlivable, then you shouldn't have to pay. It's in the land lord/tenant laws.

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There is usually a clause in the lease that covers this very occasion, and it generally absolves the renter of any obligation to pay rent while the apartment is unlivable. It's there, if you take the time to look.

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I don't know, I think the owner of the building should probably care a LITTLE that what he/she's done is absolutely illegal. But ya know. Money!

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I think that's the point of the FML. The landlord HAD to know the building was unlivable, but decided to try to evict them anyway.

Just talk to landowner and explain the situation. The person can't be that stupid.....oh never mind yes they can.

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