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Are you like me and sick of paying the outrageous rents that Beacon seems to think its entitled to and in return you quite possibly have a landlord like mine who feels she's entitled and does nothing to justify it!  I currently have a mold infested attic (that took her nearly a month to address) just to begin with and then when she finally decided to do something about it, her solution....wait for put a lock on the attic door!!  Ok, I'll wait until your done laughing, (pause) ok, now this will send you over the she's trying to say I caused the mold, how you might ask, well silly me, when I needed to go up to the attic to either bring something up or take something down (a pull down attic door) I allowed heat to penetrate the attic which in turn caused the mold to form!!!!!  I know you are telling me to stop because you can't take it anymore, but I can't resist, I must go on!!  Well, you may be wondering where the mold actually is coming from, hmmmm, it's a mystery especially since I have bathroom right below the attic with no window and one tiny little non-working fan/vent that has a hose up into!!  I know you are surprised because I was too, surely that would be enough to ventillate a shower, right?? lol Why of course it would!  However, the fact that a wet towel never dries in the bathroom has to be my fault, I must squeegie myself prior to using a towel so not to create added moisture to the situation. A poorly ventillated bathroom, as well as a 30 year old roof could never have anything to do with it!  Phew, I am glad to have this site to ventillate in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tee Hee!!  Seriously though, folks, this has to stop, Due to the mold issue I've lost personal belongings, some irreplaceable, time, money and I've spent many, MANY hours cleaning and cleaning, sorting, throwing away and moving the salvageable stuff into a storage unit, all at MY expense, the landlords response: "I'm not responsible"!!  Well, I'm fed up and thought it would be great to hear your feedback as well as trials and tribulations!!  Time to get our rights back!


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Comment by Kelly Kingman on August 24, 2012 at 2:57pm

Jessica, Sara works for me. I am replying to you privately about your post and why it was deleted. 

Comment by JoAnne Meyer on April 6, 2011 at 10:58pm
Well, the saga continues!  At my suggestion we tried mediation but the landlord was unreasonable, it was obvious she was not willing settle this.  She complained she couldn't pay her bills because I haven't paid her, but yet she can afford to get an attorney!!  I can't afford an attorney, I'm still hoping justice will prevail!! 
Comment by JoAnne Meyer on April 5, 2011 at 8:08am
Well, back to court today, keep your fingers crossed tha justice will prevail.  Stay tuned!!!
Comment by Philomena on April 3, 2011 at 10:24pm
If you're going down the criminal complaint path, then you definitely need a lawyer.
Comment by JoAnne Meyer on April 3, 2011 at 9:43pm
Wow, Bud, how do I do that??  She seems to think she has a solid case saying I caused the damage, which we've identified is laughable', so what you're saying is that if I proove her wrong then I can file a criminal charge?  How does this work?  Don't I have to proove that I didn't cause it?? 
Comment by Bud Siegel on April 3, 2011 at 7:32pm
If you are being sued for $1800 in property damage, which if has been filed which it surely has been, then the the details behind that claim have been written, sworn to and notarized as true. If this is a lie, especially a lie intended to intimidate you, I would, and this may test your fortitude, I would file a criminal perjury complaint.  If perjury was committed, some time in the slammer may teach this person a lesson. 
Comment by Philomena on April 3, 2011 at 5:18pm
It seems very unfair, but probably from a legal standpoint (which doesn't necessarily mean justice !) you're the one primarily in the (legal) wrong here for not paying your rent. Unless there is some verbiage in the lease that says you can withhold rent due to circumstances you described - you still have to pay. So, to cover your losses, suing is the only way to go, especially since your landlord took that approach. What a headache :-(
Comment by JoAnne Meyer on April 3, 2011 at 9:29am
Thank you so much, Philomena for your advice, this is really becoming a headache!  Now on top of taking me to court for the lack of 1 months rent, she is also suing for property damage to the tune of $1800.00!!  This is laughable, but still causing me time, aggrevation, and money!  I didn't want to do any counter suits, I would just be happy to call it even right now and to move out.   Apparently you are right in suggesting the counter suit, it seems my only recourse.  By the way, I did have all my ducks in a row for the reason of not paying rent but the judge didn't want to even talk about it, it seems the reason I didn't pay rent doesn't really matter!  Where is the justice??
Comment by Philomena on April 3, 2011 at 7:40am

Definitely a bad situation :-( 

Is there no small claims court in dutchesss ? I was wondering why they were insisting you need a lawyer, as you usually don't, for small claims, which this should fall into. Since you're being sued for not paying rent, and depending on the small print of your lease, my guess is you would need to have all your receipts and such - photos, etc.. , to prove the $$ you paid out because of the mold, and also show that it wasn't your fault, and IS the landlord's fault - i.e. the bathroom vent was not channeled outside via the attic (like mine is) but was being vented openly INTO the attic itself. As soon as you didn't pay rent, the door was opened for the landlord to go the legal route. A close friend of mine went through something very much like this , and luckily he had all his documentation in a row, and could prove the landlord's negligence was the cause. BTW - even that took months. My guess is you will need to counter-sue to re-coup any losses. Hopefully someone can recommend a lawyer, but regardless, thats gonna cost even more $$. I hope karma shines down on you, as this can really be a drawn out issue, long after your lease is up.

Comment by JoAnne Meyer on April 2, 2011 at 12:29pm
Any suggestions out there??

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