A Renters Nightmare - Do Not Let This Happen To You!
My rental horror story is of a rental lease agreement’s breach of contract and later found to be null and void. Therefore, Back in March of 2003, I was approached by some customers of mine that they had a farm house for rent and needed a roommate for the owner’s sister. They invited me and my then 3 ½ year old daughter to move in ASAP. Therefore, I made the necessary arrangements and gave my current landlord the necessary 30 days notice. Then I had a meeting at their house to sign the 1 year lease. However, this is when the breaches of the contract started to appear. A Breach of contract is
If one side fails to stick to her/her/its part of the bargain, there is a breach. A breach occurs when: one party to a contract makes it impossible for the other parties to the contract to perform; a party to the contract does something against the intent of the contract; or a party absolutely refuses to perform the contract. (Freeadvice.com, 2009)
So, when I went into the house to move my belongings in, I was told that the room I was given would be given to be the owners sister. Also; that her 5 dogs and 8 cats were to be allowed to roam free. Furthermore, my daughter’s room was to be changed as well. Therefore, my daughter’s room went from a 75 x 50 square room to an unfinished 20 x 30 square foot room. However, none of the above was in writing and I had already given up my previous house, so what was I to do. Furthermore, I thought that I had no real legal leg to stand on.
Therefore, I allowed things to unfold during the course of the next few months, and I am glad I did, because the owner’s sister moved out by September of 2003. However, I am now stuck in a home that requires a roommate and the landlord asked me to choose a roommate or he would choose one for me. Moreover, if I couldn’t find a roommate by October I would have to take over the full $800.00 in rent plus all utilities and sign a new lease agreement. Therefore, at this point I had it and decided to look at my original lease agreement. Behold, to my surprise the original lease was null and void, because the dates on the lease agreement were backwards. Furthermore, it stated to be leased from April 14, 2004 and to end upon April 14, 2003. Therefore, the landlord in her haste to get the contract signed before I pulled out of the agreement did not look it over very well nor did she get it notarized. Therefore, the contract was null and void.
Moreover, I did not bring this up to the landlord attention. I simply looked for an affordable apartment and had my family to assist me in moving out. Furthermore, because the contract had been null and void from the start I was under no obligation to adhere to the leases terms.
If the tenant wants to end the legal agreement with the landlord, and has a written lease for a specific period of time, it must be read carefully to determine if and how it may be terminated before it ends. If the requirements of the lease are followed, there will be no legal obligation to pay rent after the tenant moves. (Uslegal Definitions, 2009).
However, when I did move out and vacated the premises the landlord just happened to be passing buy and was outraged. Furthermore, they took out a warrant for my arrest because they stated that I took some of their property. However, per the investigation, their claims were unfounded because one key operated all of the locks, and although they changed the lock to the front and back door they forgot to change the key to their storage shed which contained valuable antiques. Furthermore, I was told that I could have sued for fraud and gross misrepresentation. However, I chose not to because they were very vindictive people and lived only two blocks away from my parent’s house. Moreover, they had put me through a very bad time already and I just wanted to move on with my life and be done with this whole matter.
Therefore, hindsight is 20/20 and if I had it to do all over I would not. However, the above experience has leaded me to be wiser and smarter in the future. Moreover, I scrutinize all contracts, I get everything in writing, and I make sure all terms are specifically spelled out and initialized. Therefore, I am thankful that the rental lease agreement breached the contract and was later found to be null and void.
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