I hope this question is ok to ask

It's a legal question so i put it in a general chat area

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I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:38 PM

There is a roommate of mine that is trying to skip on the bill and also trying to sue and move out without giving 30 days notice. Now the landlord is my father and I'm renting from him to so I'm trying to figure out how this is going to end. Now, my question is that he is trying to sue use because he slipped on some ice and broke his hand. Now he's trying to actually claim that it's the landlords fault. The thing is though is that his lease says that the maintenance of the lawn and the Removal of snow from the house is all the tenants responsibility. The only reason he is doing this is because he wants to get out of paying the bill which is a lot. But I don't know about leases or anything. So is my dad in trouble? He's not even near the house. He's 200 miles away, Also this guy hasn't helped with the chores of maintaining the lawn or shoveling the snow once in the long amount of time he's been here. Also about 90% of the drive way was clear of snow except for the edges. I know because I did it myself. Is my dad really in trouble even though everything says that it was the tenants responsibility?

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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:41 PM

LOL


Get a lawyer.


If the "small print" says the tenant is responsible for the upkeep of the home and yard your friend has no one to blame but himself.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:45 PM

It does say it, I have the same lease and I remember that clearly in it. Which is why I shoveled the driveway. Thanks for the advice. My dad already got the lawyer, I was just worried because it doesn't say in the lease that any injury sustained is not my dad's fault. I really appreciate the advice.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:49 PM

Never mix business with friends & family.

My suggestion, get a lawyer.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:33 PM

Thanks for tweeting KYA. You are my hero (but not actually, just for the next minute or two.)
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:54 PM

step 1: learn to use paragraphs.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:44 AM

Best way to get legitimate advice: post to a legal help board instead of the Lounge area of a coding board. For here, you shall be repeatedly flamed.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:56 AM

View PostKYA, on 30 Nov, 2009 - 04:41 AM, said:

LOL


Get a lawyerhooker.


If the "small print" says the tenant is responsible for the upkeep of the home and yard your friend has no one to blame but himself.


Fixed
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 07:32 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 30 Nov, 2009 - 03:44 AM, said:

Best way to get legitimate advice: post to a legal help board instead of the Lounge area of a coding board. For here, you shall be repeatedly flamed.


Well, it's all pretty much established that the tenant is at fault, this is actually a livejournal.com in a seemingly-legal disguise (didn't the family part tip you off?)
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:59 AM

View Postcalebj, on 29 Nov, 2009 - 10:33 PM, said:

Thanks for tweeting KYA. You are my hero (but not actually, just for the next minute or two.)


damn, i don't even get a whole day?
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:14 AM

The rules vary by state. In general, the lease can't override the big one no matter what you get the tenant to sign. If it happened on property that's being rented, you're probably in the clear. If it's a sidewalk that the owner might be responsible for, it can get iffy.

Get a copy of the rules for your area, renter's rights and landlord's rights. Even if you get a lawyer, you'll be better off knowing the rules yourself.

I've been a renter and a landlord. Never, ever, be a landlord. Unless you're screwing someone, the income will rarely overcome the annoyance. If they cause damage you may not even break even. You will find the laws favor the tenant; but usually not as much as some might think.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:18 AM

*sigh*

http://lawguru.com
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:33 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 30 Nov, 2009 - 09:14 AM, said:

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I've been a renter and a landlord. Never, ever, be a landlord.
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I'll remember that.
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:37 AM

I thought landlords got a bitchin' mustache and could demand the rent in a musical nature?
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Re: I hope this question is ok to ask

Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:43 AM

FALSE!

They change the law, these days landlords must have goatees and cannot demand rent in any fashion other than angry.
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